Thursday, January 2, 2014

His Hand

by Shelly Burke

"For I am the Lord your God Who takes hold of your right hand and 
says to you "Do not fear; I will help you." 
Isaiah 41:13

What are you afraid of today? 

Test results?
Job uncertainty?
Family stress?
A loved one making bad decisions?
The future?

God promises to be with you always. He knows what you fear and He knows the future. I find it comforting that nothing happens without God knowing about it. I find it more than comforting that He is always with me and knows all of my fears. 

When fears come to mind, picture the Lord reaching down with His hand and taking hold of your hand. Hear Him saying to you, "Do not fear. I will help you." He will always help you; all you have to do is accept His help. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


By Shelly Burke

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,
that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Ephesians 4:29

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What talk came out of your mouth today?

Was it negative? Critical? Mean?

Or uplifting? Encouraging? Loving?

Ask God to stop you when you are about to say something you shouldn’t. Speaking harshly after the milk has been spilled, the mistake made, or task forgotten, will not change the circumstances or teach a lesson. Speaking with grace, however, will.

What will you say today that uplift or encourage someone? What can you say to show love?