Friday, March 9, 2012

Devotions This Week 03/06/2012


Agony of "De-Feet" vs The Thrill of Victory


I noticed the liner of my free-heel ski boot started to wear unevenly. Each gliding step left an uncomfortable impression on the side of my foot. The thick sock provided a barrier of protection for a time. Eventually, the irritation consumed my attention. It was my first outing of the season on this gear. I vaguely recollect dealing with the same discomfort at the end of the prior ski season.

Originally posted by Christian Outdoor Leadership ...

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Sweet Nectar

I'm learning the need to bless our children. Curses, even though we think they are a myth, are real. Our words either bless or curse our children. A curse may look like "You will never amount to anything" or "You're a spoiled brat."

A blessing focuses on the good things a child is and will produce because we name it for them. I name each of my girls a sweet flower.





Double Shadows

When I run at night I contend with two sources of light -- the moon and the street lights. One a natural source and the other unnatural. I cast two shadows. The same is true in life.
One shadow of influence comes from all things pure, lovely, noble, and praiseworthy and the other, well, not so much. I don't want to cast two shadows. I fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). You fall short of the glory of God.


The tension occurs in my life and probably yours too when I do what I don't want to do and don't do what I want to do (
Romans 7).

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Runt Cabbage

Desert gardening can seem a little confusing for regular seasonal gardeners. I plant cabbage in late September or October for a winter harvest. Each year I pray to still have a large yummy cabbage to cook for St. Patrick's Day in March.


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Pressure Treated Wood


Some building projects a peacemaker undertakes will require the use of pressure-treated lumber. If I have given the devil a foothold in my life in an area such as injustice or rejection, I'm apt to react to these situations with sin rather than as a peacemaker. I can treat my soul with a dose of protection prior to encountering harsh environments where the injustice of rejection is likely to occur.
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