Zechariah 4:10 nlt

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Just as the Lord rejoiced to see the rebuilding of the Temple begin,
He is delighted to see us begin our journey, fresh and new everyday.

Do you feel like your small steps do not merit celebration?
Why would you depreciate something that God rejoices to see?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Zephaniah 3:17 esv

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Many may question a distant God’s power to save.
But for those who do not question or doubt
He is not far away; He is not a distant God.  
 He delights in them, giving them peace; 
 He celebrates their believing faith.

Where do you think God is right now?
Do you think He finds pleasure in knowing you?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Romans 5:2-4 esv

sunset4Because we live in the grace of Christ does not mean life is always easy.
Troubles and trials are allowed in our lives as part of the process of perfection.
Rejoicing is not our natural response to suffering; it is our nature to reject suffering.
If we abide in faith, knowing we live in His grace, our trials will develop our character,
transform our lives, and bring us joy 
in the hope we have in Christ.

Are you able to look at your suffering to see purpose in it?
Can you look beyond the suffering and see the hope that is your joy?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

1 Corinthians 13:6

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Evil distorts truth.
Love celebrates it.

In what ways do you celebrate love?
How can you show love to someone who may not feel loved?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 nlt

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When we are in a season of troubles and trials
it is often difficult to rejoice.
But if we are constantly in prayer we will have joy.

Do you pray more or less when times are hard and joy seems distant?
Is joy rekindled within you when you pray through difficulties?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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