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Focus, Darling!

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The devo I’m sharing with you today started out by making me laugh, and ended up making me feel like I had been wrapped up in a nice warm blanket. Enjoy!

You are blessed,

Sarah

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Focusing on the Right Things
By Lisa Buffaloe

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Several months ago, I walked across a parking lot and focused on the door where I would be doing business. A few moments later, I found myself sprawled on the sidewalk. Fortunately, my nose broke the fall. Unfortunately, said appendage sustained damage and still has a slight tilt to the left.

Amazing how a fall shifts the viewpoint. Who knew there was actually a curb?

When trials come there is a zeroing in on the things we hold dear. Immediately, the path warrants our attention opposed to the surroundings. Life’s difficulties readjust our focus.

Whether I live ten more days or fifty more years, I want to experience life to the fullest. God has walked me through the fires, through the raging waters, and never left my side. I may come out dripping wet or charred and smokin’ but I have found more of Him. I pray for health (and good eyesight), but more than that I pray and beg for more of Him.

God is faithful. He is big enough to handle whatever you face today, and whatever comes your way tomorrow. There is no illness, no diagnosis, no heartache, and no problem too big for God. The same God who created the universe, set the planets in motion, and placed the stars in the sky, is the God who knows the numbers of hairs on your head.

No detail is too small, nothing in your life is overlooked, and nothing is impossible for God.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father regardless of the difficulties of life, help me to stay focused on You. Help me keep my eyes fixed on You and not my difficulties. Thank you that You are over all things and always in control.

About the Author:
Lisa Buffaloe is a madly in love with God, Christ-follower, happily-married, mom, writer/blogger/speaker. God has helped her through molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape, divorce, cancer, death, seven surgeries, and years of chronic illness due to lyme disease. For more information, please visit http://www.LisaBuffaloe.com

Laughter, It’s Just What The Doctor Ordered

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My son feels that his normal laugh isn’t exciting enough, as a result he’s come up with many different screeching noises..err..laughs to entertain us with. It makes me crazy! These laughs could wake the dead, I’m sure of it. But somehow, even when his crazy laughter is on my last nerve, he can still (usually) get me to laugh right along with him (As I’m yelling for him to stop screeching). Why? Because joy is infectious! I challenge you to infect everyone around you today with joy. Make this Monday so great that it feels like a Friday!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Side Splitting Laughter
By: Linda Bailey

Who would think that so much discomfort would come from something so good?

Job 8:1-22

Reference: v.21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Have you ever laughed so hard that your whole body starts to ache? There are times that I’ve spent amongst friends where the laughter has gone on for so long that my cheeks hurt, my chest aches and I actually get a stitch in my side from laughing so hard. Who would think that so much discomfort would come from something so good? I guess that’s why they call it ‘sidesplitting laughter’. And when the laughing has finally stopped I will always grip my side and say something like, ‘I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.’ And although that may be true I’ll already start anticipating the moment when I will laugh that hard all over again.

Application: There are times in our lives where it seems like we have a laughter drought. Life can get serious and times can be tough but once that drought breaks you realise just how much you have been missing. When Job’s friend gives him the hope that God “will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy” he is truly giving him something to look forward to. Even when we are going through deep valleys, if we are able to find some humour then life seems a little brighter. Earlier in the year when my father was fighting the last couple of weeks of his life, we were all blessed with his sense of humour. Although we were all grieving the inevitable it felt good to be able to laugh together and share some joy in the darkness. That is a true gift that we often downplay: the gift of laughter. I think if we were to add more laughter to our days then our attitude would immediately change for the better and our future would seem brighter.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of laughter. I couldn’t imagine how dreary life would be without it. May we have the confidence to laugh at our selves and the blessing of laughing with others. Amen.

How does laughter impact your life?

Praising Instead of Complaining

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Loving this devo selection! I try to be a “Pollyanna” with life, but sometimes I get off track! Praise is a great way to get back on track. 🙂 have a great day everyone!

– Sarah

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Turning Complaining Into Praise
By Wendy Pope

“It is good to praise the Lord … For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” Psalm 92:1a-4 (NIV 1984)

A few months ago I noticed the climate in my home had changed. It seemed nothing was good enough, attitudes were negative and a lot was being taken for granted. Appreciation had turned to complaint and contentment to displeasure. My family was snippy and short in our treatment of one another.

One day I had had enough and declared, “This has got to stop!”

The Lord whispered the word praise to my heart and showed me we had become praise-less. On the way home from my kids’ school I issued the following decree: “From today forward we are going to be a grateful family, thanking God for everything He does. Whether the blessing is big or small, direct or indirect, we are going to praise Him.”

I purchased a small notebook and placed it and a pen on our TV stand. Later that day, I peeked inside and was delighted to read my daughter had recorded the first praise. “I made brownies today. Dance Central and Kinect gives me a way to exercise inside.” The days followed with more praises recorded from our whole family.

• Mrs. Macedo, my English teacher
• Selling 31 boxes of Girl Scout cookies
• Daddy’s job
• Family devotions this morning
• 85 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold
• Erin is spending the night
• My ticket was thrown out of court (This was my personal favorite)

The more we gave thanks, the more our attitudes changed.

In today’s key verse, the psalmist teaches us that praising God is good. There is something mysteriously powerful about giving glory to the Lord. The joy created by my family’s praise transformed the once unpleasant climate to one that is now warm and accepting, appreciative and complimentary.

Is our home always full of compliments and kindness? No, we are human and can easily fall back into complaining. But our family’s praise book has made us more aware of God’s goodness and we give praise more readily. We’ve experienced how good it really is to praise God.

Every day gives us opportunities to worship God, whether they seem minute or mighty. Through praise, our burdens don’t seem so heavy and our life becomes a sweet fragrance to those around us.

Try it. Try praising God for the parking space close to the door or the one far away because you have the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors. Praise Him for the kindness of the bank teller. Praise Him for the opportunity to wake up and hear creation’s symphony of praise, even if it is 5:00 am on a Saturday and the dog woke you up.

Give praise today. It’s good for you and will transform you and others.

Dear Lord, I want to sing a song of praise everyday in response to Your goodness. Prick my heart to praise You in the minute and the mighty. You are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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