Good Friday

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‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good Friday
My son (and daughters) means the world to me; so, I cannot imagine sacrificing him for others’ bad behavior. But God loves us so much that He was willing to give His flawless Son to save us from our sins. It is Amazing Grace beyond my comprehension, but the reason we celebrate Good Friday.

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Solitude

“”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
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Solitude
Solitude can offer a peaceful mental break to a stressful day. Our society demands so much of us and some days become virtually intolerable. But finding a quiet space alone allows us to refocus on what is important and calms our souls. Amazingly, short rests can change our attitudes and our entire day.

Loneliness

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“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to isolation. One may feel anxious about a lack of connection or communication with other beings. Loneliness can even be felt when surrounded by other people. Many of us suffer from loneliness at one time or another, but we need to remember that we are never alone—God is with us always!

The Vine

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‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬
The Vine
Growing up I remember my sister saying that what is in you comes out when squeezed—our real selves have to be tested in order to know who we really are. And the fruit we bear is dependent on who we are. Wow, many years later, I am just beginning to understand all the meanings behind that truth.

Rest

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Rest
Sometimes I just cannot seem to get enough rest and I feel exhausted. It may be easy to refrain from physical activity, but it is often difficult to relax the mind…so I lay still, but keep thinking and worrying about all sorts of things. What seems to help me most is to count my blessings. That reminds me Who is in charge and how much He loves us. His Peace provides true rest.

 

Clarity

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“Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

When you seek God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might, He manifests Truth and Peace and Love. We can only have this clarity with His Divine intervention. I have come to realize my life is tenuous, and I need Him to save me from myself. I can see clearly now—that’s clarity.