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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
Yes, life is a journey. And we can enjoy it. Follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, because He knows the way. Sure, not everything that happens is always so enjoyable, but He is with us even then. And He is always leading each of us into all the good He planned for our life long before we were ever born. Enjoy the journey...
But what does it mean to follow God? Basically...to obey Him, to follow His lead, to do what He says. So many times we get ahead of God. We may think we know the best direction to take on our journey, or we get impatient with His timing and make a wrong turn because it looks quicker. The problem is, once we realize that road leads to a dead end, we have to go all the way back to where we got off course. The good news is, God is there—waiting to take the lead again and show us the right way to go.
Throughout this issue, we’ll be sharing more about God’s character and the importance of trusting Him and getting in line with His Word and His leading.
The Christian life can be likened to a journey. The Holy Spirit is our guide... He leads us daily. And He is always guiding us to what is best for our life. The key to a successful and enjoyable journey is to follow Him.
The Lord has each of our journeys perfectly planned. We need to fully understand that He loves us...that He is good and righteous and just...that we can trust Him. We can trust Him to lead us in the direction that is right for us. We can trust Him to correct us when we stray and guide us back to the right path. We can also trust Him with others our paths cross. We can trust Him with our life...period.
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Want to live a life worth celebrating? You can...even as you learn to celebrate a few things, like being approved, accepted and loved, along the way!
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Ena was trapped for eight days under the rubble. See how you’re bringing her hope—and the many others in this devastated nation.
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How They Enrich Your Life and Can Make You A Better Person
BY JOHN C. MAXWELL
Have you ever considered the value that shared memories bring to relationships? Fond memories are the foundation of my dearest friendships and of my relationships with loved ones. I cannot think of my family without thinking of the wonderful times we’ve had together throughout the years. I believe memories enrich our relationships in the following ways:
Memories are meaningful because they are the exclusive territory of those who took part in creating them. There’s a sense of intimacy that comes from a shared experience, since only those involved have access to the memory of it.
The uniqueness of shared experiences explains why we have inside jokes that are incomprehensible to anyone apart from our closest friends.
Even when we have lost touch with old friends, we can instantly connect if we cross paths. Why? Because we never lose the memories that we share, and those past memories serve as a connection point to reengage in the relationship.
Memories Generate Positive Emotions We enjoy reliving fond memories when we join together with loved ones. At family gatherings or class reunions, stories about “the good old days” can go on for hours and hours, punctuated by roars of laughter. Our memories stir up emotions of warmth and happiness, and they remind us why our relationships are so valuable to us.
Seven Ways to Make a Memory Most memories don’t happen by accident. We can plan our lives in order to create lasting memories with the ones we love. Here are seven principles for making memories...
1) Initiative—Make Something Happen As Lewis Carroll once said, “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.” Life isn’t lived in reverse, yet many
Memories Draw Us Together
As newlyweds, Margaret and I led a small church in Hillham, Indiana. I have memories of faces, places and events in Hillham that are incredibly significant to me, but no one except Margaret would understand why they mean so much to me. Since my wife was at my side and shares my memories, we can reminisce and laugh about them. Our mutual remembrances draw us together.
Memories Serve as Connection Points Each person has a one-of-a-kind personality, a unique vantage point in life, and his or her own ideas and opin-
“Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.” - Cicero people spend their days yearning for the past. Instigate fresh memories by starting new family traditions or by inviting your friends to partake in activities that will help them and you continue to grow and learn.
2) Time—Set Aside Time to Make It Happen If we aren’t careful, the humdrum routine of life crowds out joyous moments with the ones we love. Guard your calendar so that work never overruns your relationships with parents, children or a spouse.
3) Planning—Plan for Something to Happen Most people don’t lead their lives; they accept their lives.
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ions. Yet, our lives intersect, and we experience each day in the context of relationships. Together we encounter all sorts of events and situations—some humorous, some significant, and others simply ordinary. These shared moments familiarize us with one another and give us a feeling of connectedness.
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Consciously choose to live a life worthy of remembrance. Be intentional about planning events to celebrate the relationships that matter most to you.
4) Creativity—Find a Way to Make Something Happen Instead of watching football for eight hours straight, get off the couch and exercise your creativity. Whether a cake, a craft, or a construction project, strong memories are made when people build something together.
5) Shared Experiences—Make Something Happen Together Memories compound when you share them with someone you love. Spoil those you care about by treating them to their favorite restaurant or taking them to their favorite travel destination.
artificial aids such as diaries and photographs.” Take pictures, write in a journal, and buy souvenirs so that you have keepsakes to keep the memory alive. These physical reminders evoke the emotions of pleasant times spent with friends and family.
7) Relive the Memory—Talk About What Happened In conversations, revisit your memories. Share stories and recall the humor of past events. Talking about your memories brings them to life and allows you to reconnect with the magical moments of days gone by.
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God’s Greatest Message Reflected in You
After teaching for thirty-two years, I’ve come to the conclusion that love is the most important message in the Bible. I really feel like this is part of the legacy God wants me to leave in these later years of my life. Being a Christian isn’t about making a weekly trip to church. We need to develop the character of God so others can actually see Jesus working in a practical way. Ephesians 5:1 says that we are to be imitators of God.
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Love isn’t just something God does—it’s who He is. As Christians, we need to learn how to reflect His love.
How He Loves Us The Bible talks about various kinds of love. There’s the Greek word “phileo,” which means friendship or tender affection. Then there’s “eros,” which is the passionate love we feel for a lover. But there’s a third kind—a higher kind of love. “Agape” is the kind of love God has toward His Son and the human race. It’s a love that sacrifices. John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…(NIV). There are so many scriptures on this topic. It’s really something you should sit down and study personally. Another scripture that teaches the concept of “agape” love is Matthew 5:44. It tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
You can love people by being patient with them. You can love people by being understanding with them. You can love people by saying something encouraging or by not saying anything when you could. Humans are inherently selfish, and if we don’t soak up a lot of teaching and encouragement to love people, we just begin to drift off again into What about me? What about me? We have to declare war on selfishness. We need to be good to people on purpose. And we have to continue studying scriptures on love.
God isn’t bothered that we haven’t arrived yet. He knows we’re only human. But He does want us to continue growing. We’re not meant to live stagnant lives, never moving forward in our faith. Where’s the adventure in that? We need to be able to look back at our life and see some changes taking place in us. I used to be a Pharisee. I think I could have been the chief of Pharisees. I had a real religious act going on, but I wasn’t really doing anything to help anybody. At some
“There are so many brokenhearted people in the world, so many people who are full of self-hatred and self-rejection. God is training us up to help them.” point God led me to ask myself: What am I doing to help anybody? Am I just in this thing so God will make my life better? When we’re in a place of questioning, that’s the best place to be—to be constantly striving toward perfection in Christ. First John 4:12 says, No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides in us…. There are so many brokenhearted people in the world, so many people who are full of self-hatred and self-rejection. God is training us up to help them. Are you willing to go where God wants you to go? Are you willing to sacrifice your comfort for someone else’s sake? Are you ready to reflect God’s love?
It’s not difficult to pray for people who are good to you. But it does stretch you to pray for people who have wounded you. It’s easy to hang out with your friends at church. But it’s harder to seek out that person who looks like they’re miserable and alone and just listen to them awhile. You may not enjoy it, but you do it for them anyway. That’s “agape” love. It’s sacrificing your comfort to do what’s righteous.
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Youâ€™re on Your Way to a Life Worth Celebrating
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The moment we receive Christ, we step into a lifetime journey—a journey where we continually grow in right behavior.
In other words, God’s smiling at you. Think about it. Every time you smile at someone you’re saying to them, “I approve of you. I accept you. You’re cool.”
Little by little, from glory to glory, day after day, our behavior improves. It is vitally important that before you try to change your behavior, you know who you are in Christ.
God not only approves of you, He’s smiling over you. He loves you! You need to get that so deeply rooted within your heart that nothing can ever take it from you.
I think in church today we need to speak affirming words over people. We need to resurrect this benediction in Numbers 6:24-26: The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; the Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace….
When you’re rooted in God’s love, He’s going to help you stand up in faith and start walking. But you can’t go ahead of Him trying to do good works on your own. You have to know the Word. And it’s not easy to get the Word in you. Your human nature will fight it.
Finding the Path to Progress
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I remember feeding my babies and as long as I was giving them bananas and peaches, everything was great. But when I’d slip in a spoonful of peas, they’d go “Phfttt!” So I’d scrape the peas off their chin and shove it back in their mouth again. It took me a while, but sooner or later they were eating peas.
‘I ’ve improved. I ’m more patient. I ’m more giving. I ’m less selﬁsh.’
It’s the same with baby Christians. When we start consuming God’s Word, we start growing up spiritually. We stop walking in the flesh and start doing what He wants us to do. No matter how badly we want to obey God, we can’t do it on our own, because God won’t let us do anything apart from Him. Proverbs 4:18 tells us the path of righteousness shines brighter and clearer every day as we continue in God’s Word. The key word here is continue. We’ve got to love the Word, study the Word, and listen to the Word so it can transform us. We all want to be able to look back at the previous year and say, “I’ve improved. I’m more patient. I’m more giving. I’m less selfish.” If we have the Word in us, we can do that.
Looking for the Right Signs Have you ever run a yellow light? Maybe you’re in a hurry and just think, “I can make it through this.” If you do that over and over, you’re bound to end up in a wreck. Well, it’s the same with God’s Word.
If we go ahead and do what we know we shouldn’t be doing and just try to sneak by, we can end up getting hurt. God’s Word is here to protect us.
If you’ve made mistakes, don’t spend half the day beating yourself up. But don’t take a sloppy attitude toward sin either. Sincerely repent and go on. Hebrews 5:14 says, Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong (NLT).
Conviction is a positive thing. It’s the Holy Spirit letting you know in your heart that your attitude stinks or that you’re on the wrong path. It’s a signal to turn around and go in the right direction.
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God loves me if I never change or grow. But I’m not going to be able to glorify Him if I don’t keep changing and growing. And I’m not going to be able to help more people if I don’t keep changing and growing.
Learning to Love Conviction An obedient lifestyle is the one and only real true way we can show God we love Him. So, when you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, you should celebrate. There are things now that I am seriously convicted about that twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have recognized at all. And that means I’m growing. We need to learn to celebrate our spiritual victories. It’s great to strive toward a goal and press on, but there are times when we need to just say, “God, I’ve come a long way. I’m going to celebrate!” Whatever it is you like, do it with enthusiasm. Give God a shout. Do a dance. Get yourself a pedicure or a cookie or a pair of shoes. Go play a game of golf. Bless somebody else. In Psalm 18:19 David said, “God is pleased with me.” David wasn’t perfect, but he knew God delighted in him. And God is pleased with you. Not because everything you do is right. It’s because He sees your heart. God is smiling over you.
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I have a grandson who’s going be one in just a few weeks, and he’s on the verge of walking. Well, my son called us because every little bit of progress he makes, we want to hear about it. My son was so proud. He said, “Travis stood up by himself!” And I was like, “Oh, Dave, Travis stood up by himself today!” A friend of mine was with me and she said, “He did?!”
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We didn’t react negatively and say, “Well, just how long was it before he fell down?” We were so thrilled with his progress! We wanted to know every little detail of how it happened and where it happened and if he was getting ready to stand up again. We just went on and on about it!
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That’s the level of excitement I think God has for His kids. He just wants us to keep going, and with every tiny step we take, He’s just as thrilled as can be.
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A HEART FOR HAITI
WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE FINDING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
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(Port-au-Prince, Haiti) - It had been five days since the earthquake, and Darline had given up looking for her sixty-nine-year-old mother Ena. Had Ena joined the 230,000 parents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that were lost that day?1 Darline didn’t know, but just below the rubble of one of the city’s largest cathedrals, this faithful woman was alive…waiting for rescue. Walking the Streets of Port-au-Prince
Mass Graves at Titanyn This was Darline’s fear…that her mother was one of tens of thousands who are buried in the mass graves at Titanyn. I didn’t really know what to expect here. Part of me was dreading the trip, but the other part wanted to see…hoping it would give me a stronger realization of what happened to these people. It took us more than thirty minutes from Port-au-Prince to get to Titanyn, and it was definitely not at all what I expected.
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Nearly everyone I spoke to lost someone in the earthquake. Few were able to have a proper funeral, because for many Haitians, they’ll never find their loved ones.
Life in Port-au-Prince is moving forward—as much as possible anyway. Thousands of people flood the streets striving to make a living. But everywhere we drove, we couldn’t miss the effects of the earthquake. More than a million homeless are living in tent cities, mostly made from branches holding up bed sheets and blankets—tents sandwiched together in any open space of land possible.
It was on the Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions trip to Haiti that we met Ena and also traveled to Port-au-Prince to get a firsthand look at the devastation. I’ll never forget what I saw there. The rubble was massive. We were warned not to get too close to the tilted buildings. I didn’t. Not for fear of it falling on me, but because the stench of dead bodies was too overwhelming to approach.
I HAD HEARD THE STORIES ON THE NEWS AND HAD INTERVIEWED SEVERAL S U R V I V O R S O N T H I S T R I P, B U T I T WA S N ’ T U N T I L T H I S M O M E N T T H AT D E AT H BECAME A REALITY FOR ME.
Mass graves at Titanyn
The graves are in a trash dump.
In Enaʼs Eyes
The only indication that the graves are here is a small white sign by the road that reads “Me’s pou viktim 12 Janure 2010 YO” (“For the victims of January 12”). On a large section of the dump sits approximately six large mounds of dirt and gravel—the locations of the graves.
When I met Ena, her faith was evident in the details of her face. As she told me about that day and her rescue, an array of emotions flooded through her eyes. She was on her way to the Cathedral to pray when the earth began to shake. Standing inside a courtyard, the four walls around her began to close in.
And on the hill behind those mounds sits a white cross covered in strips of black cloth, which is considered the symbol of death. There were no mourners when we arrived…just men with machetes digging through the garbage.
Standing there, my heart broke. I had heard the stories on the news and had interviewed several survivors on this trip, but it wasn’t until this moment that death became a reality for me.
My only comfort was that even in the midst of so much tragedy and loss, encouraging things are happening in the lives of so many Haitians. People are coming to the Lord and miracles are happening.
“Jesus was there with me. I heard Him say, ‘Be quiet my little child. Stay still, and you will be fine,’” Ena shared lifting her arms up in praise to God. And so she lay there, under a massive concrete wall…for eight days. With no food or water, she was forced to drink her own urine just to survive. Every day she prayed that God would save her…and He did. After being pulled from the debris, Ena was taken to the USNS Comfort for surgery on her right thigh. She was then transported to the Love A Child campus for recovery. This is where I met her.
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In the days following the earthquake, the Jesus Healing Center staff brought the injured in for care.
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Relief Is On Its Way Hand of Hope team members immediately began to coordinate getting relief supplies and physicians into the country. Because of the financial support of our friends and partners, we were able to respond with 21,000 pounds of medical supplies and household items, a small team of orthopedic surgeons and a much needed handheld, portable X-ray machine.
Thank you for being a part of bringing hope to these people and many others like them. It’s going to be a long process to restore this nation, and we are going to need your continued support as we continue to bring the love of Christ and relief to Haiti and beyond. 1. “Haiti quake death toll rises to 230,000,” http:// news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8507531.stm, accessed March 1, 2010.
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Love A Child also began using portions of the 270,000 meals shipped by our partners, as well as food donated by other relief organizations, to help
Of all the people I met in Haiti, one thing stands out to me—they have so much hope. I wish you could see the joy in their faces, the gratefulness they have when they receive the care they need so badly along with the assurance that they are loved. And I wish you could hear their voices lifted in praise to God. It’s strange for a nation that has nothing—and will desperately need help for years to come.
Overwhelmed with grief and running on little to no sleep, Sherry Burnette, cofounder of Love A Child, said great relief came when she got a call from Hand of Hope. “They offered to help us. And even though I didn’t know what to ask for at that moment, it was such a relief to know that the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries were supporting us.”
The Future of Haiti
They began using the Jesus Healing Center, a clinic fully supported by the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries, as a 24/7 emergency center. Making multiple trips into Port-au-Prince each day, they would pick people up off the street and bring them to the clinic for treatment.
feed the Haitians living in the recovery camp. Three times a day, Ena and the others recovering here are served a hot meal.
At Love A Child, our ministry partner in Haiti, they were also working immediately after the earthquake to help others like Ena who had been trapped under rubble, suffered broken limbs or even worse.
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BY JOYCE MEYER
It’s important that we know God’s character. Why? It gives us discernment. If we don’t know the character of God, how can we ever know who is from God and who is not from God?
The Bible says don’t believe everything that comes down the pike. You have to test and try the spirits. We need to know what is God and what is not God. And we need to recognize God in our daily activity.
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One way or the other, what was unjustly taken from you will come back to you. Nobody can mistreat you and get by with it if you have your faith in God.
2. GOODNESS God is good—this fact never changes. And He’s good all the time—not just once in awhile or when things go your way. Psalm 34:8 says, Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (NIV).
God is holy. What does that mean? In the Greek, to be holy is to be righteous—or to be right. You know I think it would make our lives a whole lot easier if we would realize that God is always righteous. To be honest, it has helped me in my walk with God, to realize that whatever He does is right whether I like it or not. He’s right. Whether it feels good to me or not, it’s right. And whether or not I agree with it, He’s right. Holiness means abstaining from evil conduct. It’s about being pure and clean from all the defilements of sin.
I encourage you to spend some time looking up these three traits in the Bible and studying the magnificent character of Christ. Find a good concordance or use an online Bible search engine and discover what the Word says about justice, goodness and holiness. Then study these three traits for the next thirty days, begin to practice them in your daily life, and see what God does… You won’t be disappointed. By the way, I would love to hear about your results, so please send me an email or letter and share how your life has been blessed after studying the justice, goodness and holiness of God.
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Dave told me one time that God showed him during his morning prayer time that nobody can really cheat you if you keep your faith in God. If somebody takes something from you, don’t sweat it. Even if God has to work it out through a hundred people to get it all the way back around to you, you will get it back.
These three traits are not the only characteristics of God, but they are three significant and powerful ones. With the help of the Holy Spirit, each of us can incorporate these traits in our own personality.
Out of all the aspects of God’s wonderful character, the one I personally enjoy studying the most is justice. God is a God of justice. That word justice is so awesome because it means that He will always make anything that’s wrong right. For example, if somebody mistreats me, I don’t have to worry about it because God is going to bring justice. He loves justice.
GOD’S AMAZING CHARACTER IS OUR EXAMPLE
Let me tell you something: When you are having personal trouble and all hell seems to be coming against you, one of the best things you can do is speak this out loud, “God is good. God is good. I may be having trouble, but it is not God’s fault. God is good.”
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Let’s look at three important traits of God’s character.
do you feel inadequate? ME TOO! WHY WOMEN DISMISS THEMSELVES —AND WHY WE SHOULD STOP
BY STASI ELDREDGE I have a cold this morning.
It’s the fourth day I’ve had this cold. Now, this isn’t earth shattering I know, but I don’t often get sick and the truth is, I am lousy at it. I’m moping around the house, carrying a box of tissue, feeling sorry for myself.
A friend just called to check on me; she offered to pray for me at the end of our brief chat. As she began to pray for God’s healing and the life of Christ to fill my body, I became embarrassed. What a baby, you are!, I was telling myself. She shouldn’t be praying for you. She should be praying for someone who is really sick.
Then I recognized a subtle enemy of mine—diminishment.
It’s that old familiar feeling of I’m not worth it or I don’t measure up or I’m not qualified or If people really knew the
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truth about me, they wouldn’t like me. Recognize the feeling? Diminishment is an enemy of every woman I know.
It Doesnʼt Matter Who You Are I have women friends who are absolutely beautiful. But when someone pays them a compliment, they are so quick to dismiss it: “Oh, you’re just being kind.” They’ll begin to point out their flaws: “I wish I had your hair.” They might say, “Thank you,” but you can see the compliment bounce off like a tennis ball. They do not believe they are beautiful. Their view of themselves is deeply and profoundly diminished. What about you—what do you see when you look in a mirror? Do you see yourself as beautiful, qualified, worthy? Me neither.
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Recognizing Godʼs Authority Now for the good news: Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free (see Isaiah 61:1-3). That includes me, and that includes you! The healing part begins when we invite Jesus to come into our wounds and bring His love, His mercy, His healing grace. He waits for our permission; when we invite Him into a specific wound or memory, He comes. Jesus breaks the hold the enemy has had on us and lifts us out of diminishment and accusation so we can walk in the light! But we must play our part—we must break the agreements we’ve been making with our enemy! You are a daughter of God. You are worth loving. You are cleansed of all your sins by the work of Jesus Christ.
Every woman lives under a cloud of diminishment. Where does it come from? Two sources.
Then the enemy jumps in. Satan uses our wounds to accuse us: No one will ever love you; you aren’t worthy of being loved. If you’ll pay attention when you pass a mirror, you can hear his accusations. Ugly. Foolish. Stupid. You know what I mean. And most of us just go right along with the accusations—we make agreements with our enemy! We accept the diminishment! That is how it really gets a hold of us—through our wounds and our agreements with the enemy.
Today, I say “NO!” to diminishment. I say “YES!” to the love of God, yes to the truth of who I am in Christ. Join me! No more diminishment!
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All of us have been wounded into believing terrible things about ourselves. So we diminish who we are and what we do, what we offer and what we bring.
You reflect the glory of God. You are beautiful. You are uniquely gifted and qualified by God to fill a place in the world no one else can fill.
My mother told me many times how she wept when she learned she was pregnant with me. It pierced my heart: I am a disappointment. My very existence causes pain. And so I have spent fifty years believing that I am and always will be a disappointment. (That is, until Jesus came in. I’ll get to that in a minute.)
“I have friends who are absolutely beautiful. But when someone pays them a compliment, you can see it bounce off them like a tennis ball.”
First, there are wounds that pierced our hearts when we were young. Playground taunts, betrayals, loneliness, abuse. Those wounds brought a message of who we are and who we will never be. Because those messages were delivered with pain, they felt true. We believed them. We still believe them.
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A CLOSER LOOK: following god LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW GOD. READ AND MEDITATE ON THESE VERSES TO THE LEFT, AND THEN ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW. Each one of these verses invites us to follow the Lord more closely into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. And every bit of progress we make calls for more trust...and more obedience. Take some time right now to reflect on your relationship with God. 1. First, we are called to follow His lead. Are you following the Lord? Describe where you feel you are on your journey. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 2. Next, we see that as we follow Him, we grow in our ability to hear and understand His voice and will follow Him even more closely. Is your personal journey progressing like this? What part does obedience play in your progress?
3. The third verse invites us to actually experience God’s presence personally as we trust Him. (Remember, obedience is a direct result of trust.) Are you experiencing more of God’s presence right now? Periodically? Regularly?
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4. Finally, we learn that we can even come to a point of simply wanting to live in this intimate fellowship with Him at all times! Have you come to this point? How is God leading you?
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THE OWNER’S MANUAL TO AMERICA
Find Out Why You Need to Know and Understand the Constitution B Y D AV E M E Y E R
The Preamble to the United States Constitution
Most Americans don’t know what the Preamble to our Constitution is, let alone the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Secularists have effectively removed them from our history textbooks. If we are uninformed, we will be disengaged.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
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When you buy something, like a new car or a refrigerator, you get an instruction manual (sometimes called the owner’s manual) with that item. Many people don’t bother to read the instruction manual. Do you read it? You are the owner of that item ( i.e. the United States). Therefore, it would be beneficial to read the instruction manual of that which you own, so you can receive the full benefits of what you own, better understand its functions, and know how to maintain and preserve it.
That’s extremely unfortunate and unnecessary. Here’s why:
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AMERICA AT ITS BEST The owner’s manual to america
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States are the instruction manuals for our nation. The Declaration of Independence identifies the terms of our independence from Great Britain: why we fought for the independence and what it consists of. Our forefathers sacrificed greatly for our independence. The Constitution shows us how we the people are to be responsible to maintain what we have inherited as a result of their sacrifice. Failing to read these instruction manuals has cost us dearly. Many of our rights have been stolen because of our inadequate knowledge of how to maintain them. We became indifferent in our attitudes, and thus, victims of our ignorance. Even though most history books today don’t say much specifically about the Preamble, it’s still not that difficult to get a copy of it for your own study. In fact, one of my favorite books that we offer is called Original Intent, by David Barton. There is a copy of the entire Constitution in the back of this book. In this two-part article, I want us to look specifically at our Constitution’s Preamble.
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Dave is passionately convinced that the contents of this book must be shared with more Americans—for the sake of our country’s future.
“We are the ‘owners’ of the Constitution and our country.” The word establish, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, means 1. a. To set up; found. b. To bring about; generate: 2. a. To place or settle in a secure position or condition; install: b. To make firm or secure. 3. To cause to be recognized and accepted: 4. To introduce and put (a law, for example) into force. 5. To prove the validity or truth of: 6. To make a state institution of.
As responsible owners, we must hold our elected officials accountable. That’s why it’s so important for us to know our Constitution. If you don’t know what the Constitution says, how do you know your elected officials are abiding by it and following it? How will you know that your freedoms are being lost?
Now’s the time to get more knowledge—for the sake of your future.
America’s Providential History
In the Preamble, quoted at the beginning of this article, I intentionally bolded the phrases “We the people” and “do ordain and establish” to indicate our Founding Fathers took the responsibility to ordain and establish the Constitution…now it’s our responsibility to maintain what they established and every citizen of the United States is responsible for carrying out the instructions in the manual. We are the “owners” of the Constitution and our country.
We all have a responsibility to maintain our system of government. This takes assertiveness. As the “owners,” we are essentially in charge. We are the “boss,” and those we elect into office, whether Congress, the President, state and local level public servants…are our “employees.”
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What Is a Preamble? A preamble is a preliminary statement or introduction to a formal document. The words in our Preamble let the reader know right up front what the document stands for. Our Founding Fathers put much thought into writing our Preamble and chose the words carefully. It’s the introduction to America’s instruction manual.
Hosea 4:6 NIV says, My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. I want to encourage you to get a copy of the Constitution and begin studying what it says. In our next issue, we will continue our study of the Preamble and how this document reflects America’s Christian heritage.
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WHEN TWO BECOME ONE p pag A Practical Jum Way toe Keep Your Marriage AND Finances Strong
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If you and your spouse haven’t yet sat down to discuss and write out your shared visions and goals, make it a priority to do so NOW. Why? Because despite the fact that the preacher may have pronounced that “now you are one,” you are not.
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Donʼt Let Love Give You Brain Damage
You get happy marriages by giving up selfish desires in order to win together – winning at creating visions and goals that flow out of your shared values.
Successfully married couples learn that the “you” in “unity” is silent. You win at marriage by losing your selfish need to get your way in every battle. I am not saying that you must be a doormat, but I am saying most of the turf that couples battle over isn’t nearly as important as the damage the battle brings to the relationship.
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MONEY MANAGEMENT WHEN TWO BECOME ONE
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A lady once called my radio show to tell me that in thirty-nine years of marriage, she and her husband had never had a fight. Sure – and all the politicians in Washington are honest. I had to wonder if they lived in the same state! When we enter this brain-damaged state of mind called love, we think getting married will fi x our mates and their habits. Wrong. The truth is, we come to marriage with our own value systems and ways of doing things; those values won’t ever match our partner’s without some work. And part of that work is learning how very different we are. The challenge in a marriage is to work through the different identities, ideals and values you each bring to the relationship.
“Men and women aren’t equal, they are complementary.”
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The very things that attract us to each other become the things that, if carried too far, can drive a wedge between us. Yet, while our differences can frustrate us, we need each other because those differences are also strengths and allow us to cover each other’s weaknesses.
Men, Women & Money: Two Different Mindsets
While our differences can sometimes be overlooked, money always tends to bring those differences to the surface. When I tell audiences across America to have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses saved in a simple money market account just for a rainy day, I see these differences pop up. The relationship-oriented spouse (usually the woman) understands the need for an emergency fund not just in her head, but deep inside her instincts to protect the nest. The man, on the other hand, can understand the emergency fund in his brain, but his taskoriented nature won’t let him leave it alone. Men say things like, “You want me to put $10,000 in a 5 percent account and just let it sit there when it could be in an investment at 12 percent, are you crazy?” Men want to maximize the return, be efficient, leave the cave, kill something and drag it home.
Teamwork: The Key to Financial Rewards Nevertheless, both sides have to realize that the best investment you will ever make is an investment in your marriage. By funding an emergency fund, for example, you will have the need for security met. Men, do this as a gift to your marriage and your wife, because she is wired differently than you. Men and women aren’t equal—they are complementary. Identifying your differences and working with each person’s strengths and weaknesses will make your journey on the road called marriage much smoother. Once you’re on the same page, the management of your money becomes easier as well.
The late Larry Burkett had a great saying which goes: “If two people just alike get married, one of you is unnecessary.”
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It starts out innocently enough. At first you think, “Isn’t it cute that he doesn’t feel he has to be on time while I am so uptight.” Later, you’re ready to kill him because he is always late for dinner. One of you is hot and the other is freezing. One of you enjoys crowds and the other wants a solitary walk on a deserted beach. One of you organizes and the other has never folded clothes in his life.
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If you’re in a season of life that requires more patience than usual or you’re wondering if your efforts to “press on” are really making a difference, tune in this week for a timely message from Joyce.
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You’re a unique individual in Christ. Monday and Tuesday, Joyce shares about pursuing the life you were made to live. Wednesday and Thursday, learn how to mold extraordinary moments into your everyday life. Friday, learn how to make every fear-based emotion fade with “The God Factor.”
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When we’re wounded, we’re tempted to hold on to negative feelings that only make things worse. Join Joyce for helpful, healing teachings on dealing with offense.
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This week, Joyce keeps you learning and growing with lessons on obedience. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s programs are mixed with Joyce answering viewers’ questions about obedience. Friday, we’ll share the heart of Joyce Meyer Ministries during the TV debut of our 2009 Annual Report.
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fell apart…because everyone knows that only one person can lead. Ironically, I occasionally find myself in a similar position with God—“Thanks, God—I’ll take it from here”—and eventually find myself doing a solo. King David did the exact same thing.
The Wrong Way to Travel Shortly after he became King, David decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. Now, God had laid out very specific instructions for transporting the Ark. For starters, only priests were allowed to move it and they must use poles to carry it. But David came up with his own plan.
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First Chronicles 13:7 says, They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it (NIV). This verse hits close to home. I admit there have been times when I’ve loved the idea of leading God around— doing what I wanted, when I wanted…but it usually works for me just like it did for King David. That day, the result was disastrous for David and he quickly realized that seeking God for His plan was tremendously important.
Learning to Follow Your Leader
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A few months later, David tried again and instructed the priests to do everything God said to a tee.
A few years ago, my wife, Lori, and I took a few ballroom dancing lessons. I have to admit, we were rather excited and, overall, we had a lot of fun. However, there was one problem—I wasn’t very good. No Fred Astaire, that’s for sure.
He also did something else (this is my favorite part): During the procession to Jerusalem, after every six paces, David stopped to make a sacrifice to God. This was his way of saying, “Oh, God, I love you so much…and I don’t ever want to go without your guidance again!”
And Lori wasn’t Ginger Rogers, but she did fare better than me. And on occasion, when feeling rather confident in her skills, she tended to get a little antsy…and before I knew it, she was trying to lead. When she did this, two things happened. First, I lost all sense of my masculinity. And second, the dance completely
If God Is Your Dance Partner, Why Would You Want to Lead?
“I wasn’t very good. No Fred Astaire, that’s for sure.”
Don’t settle for a solo. So many of us want to be Frank Sinatra—“I did it my way”—but, truth be told, that’s a gamble at best. God is Fred Astaire. We are Ginger Rogers. And it’s never too late to get back in the dance and follow the Master’s lead.
CHAD TRAFTON is an experienced writer who has worked with noted Christian authors such as Joyce Meyer and Dr. Bryan Cutshall, as well as other ministers and professionals worldwide. Chad and his wife, Lori, reside in St. Louis, Missouri. 34 | E N J O Y I N G E V E R Y D AY L I F E
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