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Worry Much?

by Sharman J. Monroe

This photo appeared in my Instagram feed last week and blessed me mightily! I can’t give credit to the artist because I don’t know who was so wise as to created it, but thank you.  I hope this photo blesses you ten times more than it blessed me.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Amen!

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Party Over Here!

by Sharman J. Monroe

The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the Israelites said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (AMP)

The children of Israel cried out to the God for help during the 400 years they were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and, after a while, Pharaoh let them go. They witnessed God part the Red Sea and walked through it on dry land on their way to the Promised Land. When they reached the other side, they were finally free of Egypt forever! And what did they do? Every time things got difficult on their way to the Promised Land, they murmured and complained and lamented.

In today’s times, we act like the Israelites. We ask God for something (more patience, more time with Him, deliverance, etc.).  When He starts us on our way to it but it’s not the cakewalk we expected, we murmur and complain. In other words, we have a pity party hoping to get God’s attention so He will do another something to make everything easy. Sometimes we invite others to our party. Unfortunately, pity parties don’t get God’s attention. Why? Continue reading

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Diamonds Are Forever?

by Sharman J. Monroe

Recently I wanted to sell some diamond rings and a diamond watch that I own to met a financial need. I fell in love with them when I saw them years ago. They were so pretty and sparkly (I love sparkly and glittery things) I had to have them. I wasn’t happy until I bought them. The high prices didn’t bother me. When I took them to the jeweler to see how much money I could get for them now, the jeweler didn’t want them. My items were too niche-y and “not modern enough”; he couldn’t re-sell them.

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It was at that moment the Holy Spirit brought this scripture back to my mind:

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NJKV)

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The Best Christmas Gift

by Sharman J. Monroe

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
     Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

 

I first learn this verse in a song when I was in choir in elementary school. I didn’t know then it was a scriptural verse; I just knew it was part of a song in Handel’s Messiah. We sang the first verses twice softly and in a short round. We sang the third verse twice; first the sopranos then the second sopranos and altos. We sang the fourth verse together as one voice. And the last two verses, we belted out in 3-part harmony. The audiences always loved it. I loved it too. Singing the last two verses was my favorite.

Jesus told us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30).

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines yoke as “a bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of two work animals so that they can pull a plow or heavy load together.” The two are bound together Continue reading

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