DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/31/2004:

From Things Unseen, by Mark Buchanan:

“William M. Dyke became blind when he was ten.  When he was in his early twenties and attending graduate school in England, he met the daughter of a British admiral, and they fell in love and decided to marry.  But before he agreed to give his daughter’s hand in marriage, the admiral insisted that William submit to what was at that time a risky surgery to restore his sight.  William agreed, but he also had a condition: he did not want the gauze removed from his eyes until the moment he met his bride at the altar.  He wanted her face to be the first then he beheld on their wedding day.”

“The surgery took place.  The wedding day was set.  William’s father led his son to the front of the church, and the bride’s father led her down the aisle.  As she came, William’s father stood behind his son and unwound the gauze from his eyes.  No one knew if the surgery had been successful.  When William’s bride stood before him, the last strand of gauze was pulled away, and he was face-to-face with his bride.  He stood there speechless, and everyone waited, breathless.  And then he spoke: ‘You are more beautiful than I ever imagined.”

“One day that will happen to us, only the roles will be reversed.  ‘Now we see but a poor reflection in a mirror,’ Paul says, ‘then we shall see face to face.  Now I know (Him) in part, then I shall know (Him) fully, even as I am fully known’ (1 Cor. 13:12).  One day, the Bride of Christ, near blind now, will stand before her Bridegroom at the Wedding Feast, and the veil will be removed, the scales will fall away, and we will see Him face-to-face and know Him even as we are fully known.”

“And he will be more beautiful than we ever imagined.”

There is a song that takes my heart and puts it in my throat every time I sing it, called “I Can Only Imagine”, by Bart Millard.  It goes like this: 

“I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk

By Your side.

 

“I can only imagine

What my eyes will see

When Your face

Is before me,

I can only imagine.

 

Chorus:

“Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel

Will I dance for you, Jesus, or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall,

Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine.

 

“I can only imagine

When that day comes

And I find myself

Standing in the Son

 

“I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever,

Forever worship You…

I can only imagine.”

Copyright by 2004 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Lord, how we long to see you face-to-face in our heavenly home! I long to see You in Your glory and for faith to become sight! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/28/14 – Signs of His Love

DayBreaks for 3/28/14 – Signs of His Love

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A former co-worker posted this on her Facebook page today.  I thought it was lovely…

From DaySpring – The Blessings of Spring

Lovely flowers show us God’s faithfulness…
If God cares so wonderfully for flowers…won’t He more surely care for you? Matthew 6:30

Singing birds tell us of His tender care…
Look at the birds…Your heavenly father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are. Matthew 6:26

Soft rains remind us of His refreshing grace…
I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings. Ezekiel 34:26

Sunny days reflect the light He brings…
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will…have the light of life. John 8:12

All of Spring proclaims the hope God gives our hearts!
See! The winter is past; the rains are come and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come. Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Let us rejoice in all of His love and kindness toward us!

PRAYER: For flowers and trees, for birds and rain, for light and the seasons of singing we lift to You our praise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/27/14: Satan’s Worldwide Convention

DayBreaks for 3/27/14 – Satan’s Worldwide Convention

Ephesians 6:11 (ESV) – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

The day came when Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, “We can’t keep the Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

“How shall we do this?” shouted his angels. “Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds, “he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade them to work for long hours, to work 6 – 7 days a week, 10 – 12 hours a day, so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon, their home will offer no escape from the pressures of work.”

“Over stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. To keep the TV, iPads, CDs and their computers going constantly in their homes. And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

“Fill the coffee table with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogs, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services, and false hopes.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted, and unprepared for the coming week. Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on God’s wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead.”

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion.”

“Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”

It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.

Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the JUDGE.

PRAYER: Save us from the busyness that keeps us from what is important! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/26/14 – Could Jesus Trust Me?

DayBreaks for 3/26/14 – Could Jesus Trust Me?

John 2:23-25 (NLT) – Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24  But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. 25  No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.

What an interesting interjection by the apostle John! John, the apostle that “Jesus loved”, was probably the closest human being to Jesus during his earthly life. There was something sympatico between Jesus and John that formed a special friendship. Apparently, John knew Jesus like no other human. He appears to have been the first of the disciples to believe after the resurrection.

There are several things that are fascinating about this passage:

FIRST: people started to trust Jesus because of his miracles.  Miracles have their place and in a culture where Messiahs’s were expected (and many had come claiming to be the Messiah prior to Christ – and lost their lives for it), it was part of God’s strategy to confirm Jesus’ identity with miracles. How sad that humans needed the miracles to come to a point of trust. That tendency still hinders many from coming to Him today because He didn’t give a healing or protection that they so desperately wanted.

SECOND: “But Jesus didn’t trust them…”  Does that seem hard or unkind on the part of Jesus? We tend to think that trust should be reciprocal. Yet we don’t even do that, do we?  We are cautious about who we trust until they have proven themselves first. And humanity had, through the preceding millennia, proven to God that we were not trustworthy.  The same would prove to be true in Jesus’ case: the ones who sang his praises shouted for his crucifixion within a week!

THIRD: Could/Would Jesus trust me? Oh, how I’d like to think that Jesus could trust me!  How many of us would answer His question: “Can I trust you?” with a shouted, enthusiastic, “Yes, Lord! I won’t let you down, ever!” And in so doing, we’d be just like Peter because he said much the same thing: “I’ll never deny you, Lord!” and then he proceeded to do just that.

How many times have I betrayed him with my words, actions and thoughts? How many times have you done so?

And yet…and yet…he still calls us “friend”, brother, sister, son and daughter!

While we are untrustworthy…he is totally trustworthy…even to those who betray him!

PRAYER: We deserve neither your friendship nor your trust, Lord, for we have betrayed you over and over and over again!  Help us to become more trustworthy not just to you, but to all those around us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/25/14 – Passion and the Fire

DayBreaks for 3/25/14 – Passion and the Fire

John 2:17 (NLT) – Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

I’ve written recently about some of the spiritual struggles I’ve been wrestling with – about a desire to come closer to God, to really, really connect with Him, to come to trust Him without reservation. Much of my life has been spent, I now realize, trying to keep this frightful God at arm’s length for fear of being asked to do something or sacrifice something that I am unwilling to do or give. Is it that I want to be that way?  No, not really.  It is just the truth about me in my human weakness and fear.

Yesterday, in my quiet time, I was in looking at today’s text while I was trying to learn something more about the Jesus who is my Lord. I tried to picture the scene in my mind…and then to contrast it with my own “passion” for the Lord’s house.  I didn’t like what the passage revealed to me about myself!

Many times throughout my years, going to church has felt like a duty, an obligation, something one had to do in order to make God happy with us (and I was a pastor for 12 of those years!) I think nothing could be further from the truth.  While God invites us and wants us to come to His house, I don’t think God wants us going there begrudging Him the time.  He wants us there because we delight in worshiping Him, in fellowship and communion with the Trinity and other someday-to-be-glorified saints.

Oh, that we had such passion as Jesus did for the Lord’s house! Where do we get it?  Where does it come from?  It can’t come from a rocking worship band (though I love powerful worship!), from some spell-binding preacher, lest it be a manufactured thing, and God never manufactures passion for us.  It can only come from within, from a strong bond with the Spirit of the Living God Himself, that stirs us to love and adoration, gratitude and humility, inspires us with awe and wonder. The Spirit longs to be with the Father and Son, and They all long to be with One Another!

We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit when we become followers of Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says we are not to quench that Spirit.  In context, that passage comes in the midst of many exhortations to love, to encourage, help, be patient, rejoice, pray, do good always, giving thanks…  Those are combustible things that fuel passion for the Spirit.   A fire is quenched by putting non-combustible things on it…dirt, water, etc.  When we put worldly and non-spiritual things into our lives and hearts instead of the combustible things of God, we will quench the Spirit. 

As I have struggled to draw closer to God, I have looked for the “silver bullet” of how to actually do it. I don’t claim to have found all the answers. But this illustration of combustible and non-combustible spoke to me. I have the Spirit that Jesus has given me. If I am lacking in passion for God, it is not the fault of the Spirit – it is because I have quenched the Spirit by feeding myself non-Holy Spirit combustible things. If we are lacking in passion for the Lord’s house, it may well be because we are filling our lives with non-combustible things rather than what fuels the fire of the Spirit!

PRAYER: Jesus, I need your passion for the Father’s house! Ignite those things in my life that need to be consumed and destroyed so that I may be ignited by the Spirit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/24/14: Home

DayBreaks for 3/24/14 – Home

There’s no place like home!” Those famous words written by L. Frank Baum in his work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, were spoken by Dorothy in the 1939 film when she gets back home to Kansas.

It is true for most people: there is no place like home.  But what exactly constitutes home?

“Home is where the heart is.”  Really?  Unfortunately, many marriages have been broken up because someone’s heart was not at home, but somewhere where it didn’t belong.

There are times when I’m coming back from a trip for work (or pleasure, for that matter), and I say that I can’t wait to “get home”, meaning of course, the place where we live and sleep and where our “stuff” is. It isn’t as easy being on the road (nor as glamorous!) as many might think. I know…I’ve done a lot of traveling in my work life over the years.  So, when I say I can’t wait to get home, I am thinking about being able to relax, to kick back in my easy chair and put my feet up, to sleep in my own bed with my own pillows.

In Psalm 90:1, Moses wrote these words: Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!

What a fascinating statement!  What on earth did he mean?  This was the Moses who was born into the “home” of a Hebrew slave. Shortly after that, he moved into the palace of the pharaoh’s daughter (and likely with the pharaoh himself). Forty years later, he found himself in a new home – one of sand and blazing heat, where he lived among the sheep with his father-in-law’s family. After spending forty years in that home, he went back to Egypt, only to spend the next 40 years of his life homeless, wandering in the desert with the stubborn Israelites that he’d lead out of slavery.

It was perhaps during those 40 years that Moses looked back at the different homes of his life and wrote this passage. Those years of wandering had taught Moses a lot about being “home” and what “home” meant. He’d come to realize that home had more to do with relationships than places, and comes right out and declares that God is our home…not some place.  A Person is our home.

To the more romantically inclined among us, we say that we feel we are “at home” when we are in the arms of our husband or wife (or as children, our parents.)  I think that Moses was getting at something like that in Psalm 90:1. He’d discovered that “home” wasn’t a desert nor a pharaoh’s palace…those places didn’t meet the need for peace and relaxation that “being home” can give. But when we find ourselves in God’s arms, embraced and welcomed, then we truly have “come home”.

The day will come when I will no longer be able to hold my wife or she won’t be able to hold me, for one of us will have left this world behind. But such will never be the case with our God! We will be at home with Him, at home in Him, and His embrace for all eternity.

His arms are big enough to embrace all who wish to come to Him, “through all the generations”!

PRAYER: Home, Lord, home!  May we find the rest and peace we seek eternally in Your presence! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/21/14 – The Seduction of Success

DayBreaks for 3/21/14 – The Seduction of Success          

If one looked at my life, it would be relatively easy to conclude that I have not been that successful. I don’t have a boat or a sports car. I question whether or not I’ll ever be able to retire (not taking into account if such a thing is Biblical or not) or if I’ll have to work until I drop.  There are days when I must say that I do look back at decisions I have made with questions in my mind as to whether or not the right decision was made.

Still, I have truly come to believe that success, in the eyes of the only One Who matters, has nothing to do with piles of cash or stock certificates, nor with guarantees of comfortable living and retirement.  Please understand: I’m not holding myself up as a role model on this – I’m just thinking out loud with you!

I see people scrambling every day to reach the next rung up on the ladder of worldly success so that they can pay bills, buy newer cars, build bigger houses and roam the world in retirement. And I see so many of them doing so at the sake of their souls. One look in their weary, bleary eyes tells me all I need to know: they have sacrificed their soul on the altar of success.  That’s bad enough, isn’t it?

But there is something that scares me far more than that. They are adults – and they have a God-given right to make their decisions about what they will pursue and treasure. If they choose to chase after worldly success, God will allow them to do so. Here, however, is what terrifies me: they are, more often than not, sacrificing the souls of their children on the same altar. Mom and dad are so busy that the children are left to play and grow alone. Parents try to compensate for this by packing the weekends full of sport-related activity for the kids.

The day will come when we will stand before Almighty God and answer His questions relating to our life.  No matter how much money or security or success we may have had in the world, on that day such things will be totally meaningless.  They will not impress God one tiny bit.  What we taught our children about life and success and God will matter.  And they don’t learn that by playing sports.  They learn that from watching mom and dad as they navigate daily life, as they observe the values that mom and dad hold dear, the things for which mom and dad are willing to sacrifice.

Are you chasing the American dream? The American dream is not God’s dream. God’s desire for us isn’t wealth (in spite of what some health-and-wealth “preachers” proclaim), but that we pursue Him with all our hearts, souls, and minds. If we do that, Jesus says we’ll have the things we need for life – but not necessarily riches. There’s a reason Jesus talked about money more than any other single topic – it is because poison lies within. If God had wanted all believers to be fabulously wealthy He could have waved a heavenly magic wand and it would be so!  Instead, He warns us over and over again about money and what it can do to us.

The man who built bigger barns should be a sterling example for us all. Children who are saved will be the greatest measure of success of any parent.  All else pales in comparison!

Luke 12:16-21 (NLT) –Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17  He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18  Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19  And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20  “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21  “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

PRAYER: How very foolish we are, Lord, to yield to Satan’s trap for us! Give us eyes to see the destiny to which Satan would lead us and help us not to be stupid any longer! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Thank you!

DayBreaks for 3/20/14 – Stuck Between John and Jonah

DayBreaks for 3/20/14 – Stuck Between John and Jonah           

From the DayBreaks archive: 03/16/2004:

Psalm 73:23 (NIV) – Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

In his book, Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan writes about practicing the presence of God, and how it is so important as a spiritual discipline to help us get out of living in the “borderland” (where we have one foot in heaven and the other on earth – never really committing to God and living the adventure with Him).  Here’s his reasoning: “…we need to practice the presence of God: not just to acknowledge in some philosophical way that God is present, but to rehearse, to repeat, to work and rework our knowledge that even though we don’t see Him and sometimes don’t feel Him, He is there.  He is here.  When we practice the presence of God, we train ourselves to desire His presence – to resist our temptation to flee Him.  We also train ourselves to experience His presence – to resist our temptation to think that He flees us.  In other words, the practice of the presence of God  helps us to live between the temptations of Jonah bound for Tarshish and John bound in prison.  Jonah is the prophet who wants to abandon God.  John is the prophet who feels abandoned by God.”

Are you more often like Jonah or John?  What is your tendency?  Do you run from God because you don’t want to do what He’s asking of you?  Or, are you like John, and now that you’ve done what He asked, it seems like maybe He’s discarded you in favor of a new “favorite”?  Either tendency can be deadly.  And either one is wrong.  Either way, we’re in trouble, because we either think, or feel, that we’ve gotten away from God.

God is working at your work today.  God is studying with you in school.  God is driving with you on the road.  God is playing where you play today.  God is cooking where you cook.  “The secret remedy for almost all our slow-heartedness is to practice the presence of God.  This one thing has the power to break borderland’s gravitational hold.  Jesus walks the road to Emmaus with those disciples, if only they noticed.  Jesus is in the midst of our days and our events, our weeks and our weaknesses, our rising up and our lying down.  If only we noticed.” – Mark Buchanan,  Your God is Too Safe

Don’t spend another day stuck between John and Jonah.  God wants so much more for us – He has so much more to give to us.  And He’s right there beside you as you read this DayBreaks, waiting to give it to you.  And He’ll be beside you all day long.  Will you notice?

PRAYER: How very foolish we are, Lord, to yield to Satan’s trap for us! Give us eyes to see the destiny to which Satan would lead us and help us not to be stupid any longer! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Thank you!

DayBreaks for 3/19/14 – Truly His

DayBreaks for 3/19/14 – The “Impossible” Dream

 

2 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT) – And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.

There are times when we struggle mightily to really believe the “good news”.  We’ve been taught that if something sounds too good to be true then it IS too good to be true.  For the most part, that is correct.  But there are some very noteworthy exceptions.

There are days when we desperately need to be able to look into the mirror and not just see, but fully believe, that the person staring back at us from the reflection is a child of God. If we can’t believe that, some days would be just too difficult to bear.

We can be assisted in believing that by others – real and fictional.  I first read the book, Don Quixote, when I was in high school and I remain fascinated by it to this day. A good example of how such a transformation into becoming something beautiful is found in the story of Dulcinea, one of the principal characters in the popular Broadway musical, Man of la Mancha, based on Cervantes’ classic work, Don Quixote.  During the play, the audience learns that Don Quixote, the main character in the story, lives with many illusions, most especially his idea that he is a knight errant who battles dragons in the form of windmills.

At the end of the play as he lays dying, Don Quixote has at his side a prostitute, Aldonza, whom he has called throughout the play Dulcinea – “Sweet One” – much to the mocking delight of the local townsfolk. But Don Quixote has loved her in a way unlike anything she has ever experienced. When Quixote breathes his last, Aldonza begins to sing the song “The Impossible Dream.” As the last echoes of the song die away, someone shouts to her, “Aldonza!” But she pulls away proudly and responds, “My name is Dulcinea.” The crazy’s knight’s love had transformed her.

It was more than she could have hoped for in a thousand lifetimes.  I would imagine her feelings were much like those of the woman caught in the act of adultery when Jesus tenderly called her, “Daughter.”

Jesus calls us his brothers and sisters…the sons and daughters of the Father.  The next time that someone calls you by a derogatory name, remind yourself of what the Father calls you and be transformed by that knowing!

PRAYER: Father, Abba!!  May Your love be a certainty to us and may we see that we are truly Your children! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Thank you!

DayBreaks for 3/18/14 – The Perfect Comeback

DayBreaks for 3/18/14 – The Perfect Comeback

One more from my minister friend, Barney Cargile: It was one of the great political rivalries of past days: Winston Churchill vs. Lady Astor.  On one occasion Lady Astor chided Winston with this insult: “If you were my husband, I would poison your tea.”  To which Churchill responded, “If you were my wife, I would drink it!”

Face it, there’s a part of us that enjoys such a sharp insulting comeback.  You’re watching a movie where an arrogant know-it-all who insults others throughout the film, gets humbled by a perfect comeback.  You practically want to stand up and cheer.  But in real life?  If you’re like me, more often than not, you suffer from “delayed intelligence”.  You know what I mean.  Someone insults you, or even worse, they insult God or his word.  You feel compelled to defend your honor, or God’s honor (hmm); and you come up with the perfect “comeback”, the quintessential witty response that will forever put the insulter in his place.  The only problem is…you come up with it two days later!  Oh, if we could only find the cure for “delayed intelligence!”

But when it comes to following Jesus, well…perhaps “the perfect comeback” might not help advance God’s kingdom.  Maybe the reason we experience “delayed intelligence” is God’s way of preventing us from responding in the flesh.  Even when it comes to “defending God” (BTW, I’m still searching for the scripture that tells us to do that), the “perfect comeback” usually lands us right in the middle of a religious argument, which I’m guessing you’ve discovered, as I have, turns out to be utterly fruitless.

Perhaps we need to search in a different direction for “the perfect comeback”.  What if “the perfect comeback” turned out to be a display of humility, or an apology, or an act of love?  Instead of putting an insulter in his place, perhaps we need to show him the love of Jesus and”turn the other cheek”  (Matt.5:39).  It’s not as much fun, but which is more Christ-honoring?  Romans 12:19-21 tells us, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord…If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head…overcome evil with good.”  Instead of mourning over delayed intelligence, thank God that he didn’t provide you with what you considered “the perfect comeback”.  Instead, His Spirit prompted you to humbly respond in love…and in the end, that really did turn out to be “the perfect comeback”.

Galen: Chances are good that you’ll have the opportunity to throw out a few zingers today. How about throwing out some compliments or words of blessing and appreciation instead!

PRAYER: Let us hold our tongues and speak in a way that honors You today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Thank you!