A Friend Loves at All Times

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“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

Have you ever been through a tough time, and friends were there to help you through it? I have too.

And like wise have you ever been through something horrible, and even life changing, and there was no one there to help you? Yep, I’ve been there too! I think it depends on what period of our life we are in.

But a friend, a true friend is there regardless of our life circumstances. And you know what? We are to be there for them as well. That’s what friends are for, that’s what friends do.

So be there when you’re needed, even if it does cost some time, maybe some inconvenience. Your friend is worth investing in.

And when this verse mentions a “brother”, this is a about a blood brother. Family is to be and should be there for us, in times of adversity. If that doesn’t happen in our life or if our family is gone now, we should not give up. Pray instead. Perhaps God would send some people to be part of our life as a type of family.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the people in our lives, both friends and family, that can be a support for us during our times of need. And thank You Our God, that we can be part of their circle of support as well.

And Lord God we lift up to You those that have no one. Please give them the strength they need to make it through their circumstances. And if it is Your will, please give them some good people, give them some good friends, as part of their circle.

We trust in You God. Amen.

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

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Even in Darkness, Light Dawns

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“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

for those who are gracious

and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who

are generous and lend freely,

who conduct their affairs with justice.”

Psalm 112: 4, 5

Wow, ain’t this so cool? One of the reasons I love the Psalms (in addition to the praise and magnifying of the Lord God) is the way they often focus on doing good.

In particular there is a focus on having compassion for others!

There is nothing here of saying a quick prayer, and now you’re ok with God.

A prayer to start with is good, but then we are to be filled with compassion and justice! Yes!!

So does your faith teach you to lend freely and conduct your affairs with justice?

Heavenly Father help us to have a strong faith, caring for others and having compassion! May our lives reflect more of who You are!! Amen, and let it be so.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Before Dawn, Before the Birds Even Sing

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Before dawn, before the birds even sing,

a single light

in the window of a small kitchen

where a young mother prays,

for her sick child.

And in another town

a husband kneels by his bed

in the shadow of a hall light,

praying for his estranged wife.

So many know

the desperation

and the comfort of the Lord God

as they pray, before dawn

before the birds even sing.

     

Poem and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

Acceptable Religion

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“Religion that our God and Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

to look after orphans and widows in their distress

and to keep oneself

from being polluted by the world.”

James 1:27

 

I know you’re probably thinking, is it really that simple? That if we show compassion for people in need, and keep ourselves walking with God and doing what is good, that’s all we need to do?

Well in a way, yes. Notice James uses the word “religion” instead of faith. Our religion needs to focus on these two areas.

You know what these two areas remind of? – the Two Greatest Commandments, according to the Messiah, are to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

You see, if you love God you won’t want to be polluted. Now I know we each have a different standard on this and that’s ok. But let me give you an example.

Many of us watch movies, and I happen to like science fiction. It’s great adventure, but it’s pretend. When there’s cruelty though, I will sometimes fast forward, regardless of what kind of movie it is. I do not like violence.

And as far as compassion, if we treated our neighbor as ourselves, we would make sure they have enough food to eat, a decent place to live, and even medical care! In other words, anything that we would do to take care of ourselves, we should help others to do, if they are unable.

Lord God thank you for working in our lives. Help us to love You, and to love those in need! Make us into the people you want us to be. Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

He Wept

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“Jesus wept.”

John 11: 35

This is one of the shortest and yet most profound of all scriptures.

Why was He weeping? He was weeping over the jewel of a city – Jerusalem.

More importantly, He was weeping over people, people that in many cases had rejected God. They simply would not receive what He had to say.

But this was not only a problem of Jerusalem but of all people. Rejecting God is a human problem. Many believe He was weeping and praying about all of us. Why?

Because God always wants the best for us, and we are all, each one, His children.

Lord God please help us to love other people and have compassion for them. Help us to see people the way You do.

And Father we do pray for the victims of Las Vegas, and their families. Please bring healing, restoration, and comfort to all. Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Loving with Actions and in Truth

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“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need

but has no pity on them, how can the love of God

be in that person? Dear children, let us not love

with words or speech

but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3: 17, 18

There are times where the things we say, are not nearly as important as what we do. And there are so many needs in our world, in the U.S. and overseas.

Heavenly Father, please help us to know how and when to help people, including with our time and money. We need the wisdom, and the heart to make a positive impact Lord God. Guide us, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Bringing the Refreshing

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“One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others

will be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11: 24, 25

Have you ever noticed how stingy people lose out on so much joy? And it not only is it a joy to give, but how humbling and refreshing it can be when we are on the receiving end!

Years ago my wife and I went on a missions trip overseas. We stayed in an empty house, which also served as the meeting place for a church. And yes we were roughing it with no beds, but we slept in our sleeping bags on the tile floor.

One day a refrigerator made an appearance, and soon there after we found food in it, and we were told it was all for us. Talk about humbling! We were so blessed and wondered where it all came from. This was a poor country and the people did not have much at all.

It wasn’t until the end of our time there, we found out the refrigerator belonged to one of the pastors, and they were the ones that had stocked it with food. They had taken from their own house, and their own family, and had given it all to us.

We were so humbled we cried, and it still brings me to tears.

Heavenly Father, thank you that in this mixed up, crazy world there are still people that love You, and care about others. Thank You for all those that give and bring refreshing to others. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

Note: Enjoy your day of rest! I will be too and will see you, Lord willing, on Monday.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

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“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

   

I’ll be sharing more of this very beautiful and powerful prayer in future posts. Have you ever noticed though how the saints (or Saints) seemed to be so much more spiritual than we are? Why is that?

Well I think it’s for two reasons, besides not having the Internet! First, it was the depth of their surrender. They literally gave their lives over to God.

And secondly, it was their humility. They were ordinary people with extraordinary humility. They were so different from us in these ways I think.

Lord God, we may never be a Saint, but help us to live for You! My God, help us to surrender more of our lives and live in humility! In Christ’s name, amen.

 

2ND Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

Those Who Plan What is Good

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“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,

but blessed is the one who is kind

to the needy.

Do not those who plot evil go astray?

But those who plan what is good

find love and faithfulness.”

Proverbs 14: 21, 22

It’s interesting that these two verses are next to each other. God truly cares about our neighbors and we should too. Remember the two greatest commandments?

And I love the idea that there are blessings in caring for the poor. It’s my opinion, (just my opinion) that this includes providing health care, instead of trying to take it away.

Let us plan too, good things for ourselves and others.

Lord God please help us to be the kind, caring people You want us to be, including caring for the needy. Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

How Much You Care

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Why evangelism fails:

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Author Unknown

My wife actually taught me this. Sometimes when we share our faith, we focus too much on being right and we miss the point entirely.

We need to show the love of God, and share the compassion that the person needs, and the compassion that He wants us to have.

Heavenly Father please help us to be the type of people we should be, even when we share our faith. Amen.

 

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