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God Knows Your Heart

When your heart is aching and no words appear,

When life presents your greatest fear,

When the pain inside seems impossible to bear,

Remember, He knows your heart and He does care.

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“For thou hast delivered my soul from death,

mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.”

(Psalm 116:8)

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Want is Never Satisfied

Want is a small word with a big appetite. Wants can be for money, power, of the flesh, materialistic. Want is never satisfied. Want never has enough. Want can easily become your whole focus. Want and contentment cannot co-exist. You can choose to chase after “wants” or to live with contentment.

1 Timothy 6:8

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

1John 2:16

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah

 

“My, oh my, what a wonderful day

Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way”*

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It is easy to be thankful when the sun is shining and everything is going your way. It is easy to smile and sing with no storms in the forecast.

Zip-a-dee-do-dah…zip-a-dee-ay!*

What about those days and endless nights when nothing seems in your favor…when storm clouds obscure the sun and there is no song in your heart. How thankful do you feel…where is your zip-a-dee-do-dah* then?

Paul wrote* that he had learned to be content in whatever situation he was in. Whether the sun was shining or storms were brewing;; whether times were prosperous or the pockets were empty; whether he was bound or free; he was thankful…he was content.

This mindset may not make sense to the world, but to Christians it must. We follow One who had no home nor a pillow to rest His head. (Matthew 8:20) We are asked to let His thoughts* and His ways be ours.

If I may…therein lies our “zip-a-dee-do-dah”!*

 

* Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert © 1945 Walt Disney Music Company

* Paul wrote…Philippeans 4: 11-13

* His thoughts…Philippeans 2: 5-8

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The Hill

There is a lot of excitement in the streets today. Everyone is here. Not sure what is going on. There is a lot of hollering though, like everyone is mad at someone. I’ve heard it before, but never like it is today. I am just a boy, but something seems wrong today about all of this.

Shakened by the sounds and the angry cries, I found shelter within these walls. Alone and afraid, I sit in the darkness, listening to the footsteps coming down the street. Shivering in the cold and damp, my heart jumping in my chest, I peek through a small opening in the wall and I listen.

I see a man bloody and worn dragging a crude wooden cross toward the hill. The screams are so loud, I can hardly understand most of them. From my hiding place, I wonder what this man did to deserve this punishment. Soon, the crowd will pass, and then it will be safe to go out to the empty street. Maybe, I can find out what is going on.

The sounds and the shouting voices are in the distance now…coming from the hill outside of town. It’s a scary hill with an even scarier name. It’s a place I never go. As I slip along the wall into the street, no one is there but an old beggar whose name is Daniel. I kind of know him and he knows me. I’ll ask him what is going on.

Daniel, it’s Joey. I’m scared. Do you know what’s going on? Who is that man and why is everyone so angry? What did he do?

Joey, it’s okay. There’s nothing to be scared about. The man is called Jesus. He says he’s the son of God. That’s why everyone is so angry. Joey, this man Jesus has done nothing wrong. The anger of the crowd is actually fear.

Daniel, is this Jesus the son of God like he says he is?

Joey, in this old man’s heart, I believe he is exactly who he says he is. The one the prophets spoke of is here today, Joey. And he’s here to do what he must for you and me and the whole world. You see, Joey…God’s anger towards man has to be appeased by the perfect sacrifice.

Then, once and for all sin and death would be conquered and the curse of Eden would be broken. The gates of heaven will swing open to “whosoever will.” For such a purpose, this one man has lived a perfect life for 33 years. So, you see, Joey, the one on the hill is the one. He is the perfect sacrifice. He is the son of God and savior to all. Joey, this man called Jesus is our friend.

I left Daniel sitting along the street where he usually does. I wasn’t afraid of the shouting anymore. I kinda felt sorry for the people for they are afraid because they don’t understand. I don’t understand a lot, but I don’t think this Jesus is someone to be afraid of. I hid from him, but no more. I’m going to the hill to let him know I am his friend. I think he needs that right now.

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