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July 31st Friday

Greetings to you in the marvellous name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful last day of July … and – “this is the day God has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!”  I trust that you have had a good week with a divine mixture of blessings and challenges and opportunities. As this is the last day of July – we need to to take a moment and thank God for His faithful attention to our faith-journey and for all of His protection. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release health, strength, and an expectant spirit. May you know that when He does miraculous things in your life they are invitations to experience intimacy with Him.

Yesterday, I prepared this blog and as I was finishing the last paragraph…I guess I hit a wrong button and “presto!” I made it disappear! So I will try again this morning. I have been reading a new book in my devotion time and it is been very thought provoking and enjoyable. This morning I started re-reading it as when I am really enjoying a book, I have the tendency to rush it…missing some of the content along the way. The sub-title of the book is…Discovering Hope For Your Life, James Goll. It should be “Re-discovering” as it is about recovering from life situations when hope has been deferred. As some of you will know there is a Bible verse that says…“that hope deferred makes the heart sick – Proverbs 13:12. So the book is about surviving when your ‘heart’ is sick.

Two things the author offers and which I know to be true are the importance of re-establishing our core values and re-discovering God through prayer. First, what are or were my core values is an issue not often thought of but so necessary. As a Christian what  are my core values, what has been guiding me with or without my awareness? As the author shared his, I found that they were mine as well, even if I might have phrased them differently…[1] God is good, all the time; [2] All things work together for those who love God, to those who are called for his purpose; [3] Something good is going to happen to me – for me – in me.

Second, in the area of prayer is the acronym – C.A.R.E.S. – C – cry out … be passionate…maybe desperate, maybe reckless…but passionate ; A – appeal to His nature, related to my core values…why is He good; R – remember what He has done in past moments, both for me and what I have seen in other people’s lives; E – enlarge God over the circumstances – who is bigger, God or the problem; S – sing…singing your praise-hopes-beliefs … changes the atmosphere around you, affects the spiritual climate.

The verse that says…hope deferred makes the heart sick…goes on to say…but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. There will come a time when we need to do what the title of the book says…Tell Your Heart To Sing Again! You probably know that this process repeats itself again and again…but every time it does the song of the heart gains a deeper, richer melody!

Something to ponder…have a blessed day!