A World Of Trouble

Scripture Darken its {Job’s birthday} morning stars and remove all hope of light, because it let me be born into a world of trouble. ~Job 3:9-10,CEV Quote I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Wednesday is usually the day I visit the …

Joy When Others Prosper

Scripture Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. ~Psalm 4:7, NIV Quote God’s answer to every human problem is Jesus. ~Ya’akov David noticed the same thing that you and I witness: sometimes the wicked prosper while the faithful have problems. When idol worshiping pagans fair better in the market place …

Anxiety

Scripture When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us; outside, trouble was on every hand and within us, our hearts were full of dread and fear. ~II Corinthians 7:5, LNT Quote Worry and anxiety is like rocking in a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but you don’t get any …

Contentment Is A Gift

Scripture  Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind. ~Ecclesiastes 6:8 Quote “I’ve never met a rich man who was happy, but I have only very occasionally met a poor man who did not want to become a rich man. ~Malcolm Muggeridge …

Taste

Scripture Eat honey, my child. It is good. Honey from a honeycomb has a sweet taste.  I want you to know that wisdom is sweet to you. If you find it, there is hope for you tomorrow.  ~Proverbs 24:13-14, NIrV Quote O taste and see that the LORD is good…Joy is the flavor of the Savior! …

Joy In The Genes

Scripture A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13, NKJV Quote A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. ~Solomon I’ve always understood the Proverbs to be random sayings on unrelated subjects but my thinking was flawed. The Proverbs …

Successful Living

Scripture  How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways. ~Psalm 128:1, NASB Quote “If I had to die like an animal and there be no hereafter, I would still choose to be a Christian, for of all lives that can be lived, there is none that can compare with this.” …

The Cure For Unhappy Christians

Scripture There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.  ~Psalm 106:3, NLT Quote When God’s children are disobedient, they are ungrateful and unhappy. ~Ya’akov Psalm 106 is the last of this division and again it deals with Israel’s history and their perpetual disobedience. There is a list …

Garments Of Gladness

Scripture For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. ~Psalm 30:5 Quote Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. ~Helen Keller David understood that God has the power to transform our …

Hezekiah’s Revival

Scripture Ahaz gathered together everything that belonged to God’s temple. He took all of it away. He shut the doors of the LORD’s temple. He set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem. ~2 Chronicles 28:24, NIrV Quote The first step toward revival is deep repentance; getting down in the dust before God with …