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Worry

Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster, and belief in defeat.  It’s a magnet that attracts negative conditions.  Faith is a more powerful force that creates positive circumstances.  Worry is wasting today’s time and cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.

(William Ward)

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No Shadow Without Light

The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God.  There must be light, else there could be no shadow.

(Dwight L. Moody)

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Loving God

Loving God–really loving God–means living out His commands no matter what the cost.

(Chuck Colson)

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God Promises

God does not promise you victory in every task you devise, but He does promise that you will be successful whenever you follow His will. (Deuteronomy 28:7, 25)

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 215)

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Intentional Effort

It takes an intentional effort to tune out every voice except God’s.  But personal and spiritual growth are the rewards for doing so.

(Henry Blackaby)

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God’s Will

But as an overarching principle, the will of God for your life is pretty straightforward:  Be holy like Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God.

(Kevin Deyoung)

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No Plan B

When we come to the place where we have no Plan B, then and only then are we persistent in prayer.

(Jerry Bridges)

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Imitating God

Our imitation of God must be an imitation of God incarnate:  our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions.

(C.S. Lewis)

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Bringing Light

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.  Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Your cheerful beams.

(Augustine)

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When We Do Not Give

The Dead Sea receives beautiful water from the rivers, and the water goes dank.  It has no outlet.  It receives and does not give.  In the end generosity is the best way of becoming more joyful.

(Desmond Tutu)

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