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Have you tasted God’s goodness?

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Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (ESV)

David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and saved the Israelites from defeat. Years later, David fled from King Saul into the land of the Philistines. Soon, the Philistines recognized him and brought him before the king. David acted insane, and the king released him. Psalm 34 is David’s response to God upon his release.

I enjoy eating. I especially enjoy the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes of vegetables and fruits. I spend hours chopping red, green, orange and purple vegetables. Cooking rainbows of color is my delight as I get ready for a family gathering. We savor the meal as we focus on each other. These meals help us understand each other better.

One day, I was asked to close my eyes and open my hand as someone dropped something into my hand. I was then asked to smell it, put it in my mouth and taste it without eating it. My thoughts were focused upon what was in my mouth, and it became sweeter as it melted in my mouth. I knew this piece of chocolate candy intimately. I understood its goodness.

David tasted God’s goodness like melting chocolate lingering in his mouth.

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

Thought for the Day

When we focus upon God, we understand God’s goodness.

My prayer

O God, help us to savor Your goodness. Your goodness fills our world with pleasures that delight our senses. Your goodness wraps us in Your love and peace. In the midst of our troubles, we take refuge in You and taste Your goodness. Thank You, Lord!

Graduation, a celebration of God’s future work through you

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Yesterday, I attended the University of Redlands School of Business Graduation Celebration, and today, I was honored to be invited to a student’s family celebration.

This young woman diligently worked hard to gain knowledge to help her achieve her goals for her career. She made many sacrifices to get where she is, including working full time in a demanding job while working to achieve an MBA.

God is at work in her.

She has delighted in the Lord since she was a child, and the Lord has put a desire in her heart to make a difference in the lives of children. Her focus is set upon that desire, and she has achieved milestones to get her there.

Today, was a celebration of one milestone.

God will perfect her good work and direct her path in fullness and joy.

My prayer

Perfector of the good works that You have prepared for us from before the creation of the world, I pray that You will pour out Your wisdom upon all Your children who are working diligently to achieve the desires that You have placed in their hearts. Teach us to use the knowledge of the world wrapped in the wisdom that You give us. Thank You, Lord, for Your great and precious work that You are doing through Your humble servants.

Are you resting in peace?

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Jesus gives us peace with God, a peace that is not dependent on our actions or others’ actions. This peace was bought with His blood and His flesh. Jesus paid the price for our sins and wiped away all that separated us from God.

Jesus breathes His peace upon us, all we have to do is take it in, live, move, and rest in His glorious peace.

His lovingkindness brings peace!

My prayer

My Jesus, breathe Your peace upon Your followers. Even in the middle of our struggles, our pains, and our sorrows, pour out Your peace upon us and empower us to trust that You are in control of our lives. Thank You for Your peace and show us how to rest in that peace. Praise You, Jesus!

5 promises of walking in God’s light

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in You! Psalm 84:11-12

In these two short verses, five promises are listed for those who walk in God’s light:

  1. Light. God shows the way we should walk.
  2. Shield. God provides His protection for His followers.
  3. Grace. God bestows His favor upon His children.
  4. Glory. God gives honor, a weightiness or fullness, to those He calls His own.
  5. Blessings. God creates a blessed state in the one who trusts in Him.

Lovingkindness blesses the one who trusts in God!

My prayer

Father, Thank You for Your great light. Thank You for show Your followers the way we should walk. Thank You for protecting us and pouring out Your favor upon us. Thank You for honoring us and showering us with blessings beyond our imagination. May we continually walk in Your light, Your protection, Your favor, Your honor, and Your blessings. We love You, Lord.

Where is God’s lovingkindness leading you?

Colored RoseAll the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth

It is a great and awesome thing that God gave Himself, so that men and women would be able to live with Him forever.

Declare His lovingkindness in the morning and His faithfulness by night!

The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:8-13

Lovingkindness leads us to the manger.
Lovingkindness leads us to the foot of the cross.
Lovingkindness leads us to repentance.
Lovingkindness leads us to thanksgiving.
Lovingkindness leads us to proclaim His mighty works.
Lovingkindness leads us to say, “Come, Lord, Jesus.”
Lovingkindness endures forever.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!

My prayer:

May you be filled with His love to overflowing; may you abound in His peace that passes all understanding; may you bless others widely as you live out the hope that is in you.

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