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Believe

“When you scratch below the surface, there’s either a will to believe or there’s a will not to believe. That’s the core of it….’So you’re saying faith is a choice,’ I said. Anderson nodded in agreement. “That’s exactly right,” he replied. “it’s a choice.”” Dr. Lynn Anderson

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Pr. Paddick van Zyl

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Source: The Case for Faith – A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity ny Lee Strobel, Zondervan, 2000, p.324

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Trust in Marriage – How To Get It

Thought provoking article by Dr. Paul Tripp on how to build trust in your marriage

https://www.paultripp.com/articles/posts/building-trust-in-your-marriage

“From the outside, these marriages look stable, maybe even healthy. But on the inside, the structure of the marriage has been destroyed by the drip, drip, drip of “little moments” of relational laziness and personal selfishness.” Paul Tripp

Paul offers a free Trust Questionnaire to check if the trust in your marriage is on par or not…

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick

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The 2 C’s of Life

Denzel Washington

“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship, so keep moving, keep growing, keep learning.”

~ Denzel Washington

Stay ccommitted and consistent,

Pr PPaddick

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How to never lose hope by Dr Paul Tripp

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How To Never Lose Hope

“Suffering can be so hard for us. The pain—whether physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual—can become heart- and life-dominating. It will greet you in the morning, nag you throughout the day, and pull the last groan out of you before you fitfully sleep, assuming you can sleep at all.

All this pain tempts you to spend too much time and energy wishing for what once was and craving what others have that you’ve lost.

It’s as if life has winners and losers, and you’re on the losing team.

You might not be aware of it, but your suffering, the pain it produces, and your envy of others will lock you into a view of life that has a disastrous past and a painful present but is functionally without a future.

Have you ever felt as if what is will always be?

That’s an understandable emotion in the moment of frustration, grief, and suffering, but it’s fundamentally unbiblical.

This is vital to understand, to believe with all your heart, and to preach to yourself again and again: What is will not always be.

The biblical story is not an endlessly repeating cycle; it has a perfect beginning, a dark and painful middle, and a glorious end. There is a bright light in that dark and painful middle in the form of the only perfect man who ever lived. He came as the second Adam to succeed where the first Adam failed. He won an eternal victory on a criminal’s cross for you.

This tells you that you’re on the winning team. His victory is your victory, and that victory guarantees that the pain that now seems inescapable, you will not have to live with forever.

Thousands of years into eternity, as you’re living in a perfect world that has been made new in every way, you’ll look back on what now seems unbearable and inescapable as a brief flash of difficulty. There will be a day when you will look back at today, and it will look like a little thing.

As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:16–17, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (ESV)

In this current darkness of confusion, fear, isolation, sickness, and death, the gospel shines even more brightly. We will only ever really understand the frustrating and painful trials of this moment when we look at them through the lens of eternity.

Eternity tells you that you aren’t cursed with less but guaranteed gloriously more than you could imagine. No matter what the next day brings, your future is bright, because a victory has been won for you.

It is impossible to characterize how deep and expansive our delight in him will be. It is hard to find words that do justice to how completely satisfied we will be. Our hearts will finally have what they have always searched for, and our celebration will never end.

Taken—
so much grief
so many sad songs
too much mourning,
love ones lost
gone too soon.
Empty rooms
tell a tale
of journeys ended.
Precious memories
dissolve into tears.
Taken—
empty shells
fill darkened closets.
Objects
once treasured
left behind unused
gathering grief’s dust.
Taken—
private places
once secure
once called home
museums to what once was.
Pictures stand as evidence
of a robbery
of the heart.
Taken—
voices silenced,
conversations echo down
abandoned hallways.
Taken—
memories interrupt
emotions flow
grief assaults.
Taken—
disease is a thief
war is a thief
violence is a thief
accidents steal from us.
Taken—
pieces of life
pieces of family
pieces of history
pieces of our hearts.
Taken—
hopes and dreams
plans undone
love’s history left.
Taken—
special voice
twinkling eyes
loving touch
endearing flaws
no more.
Taken
is not the story’s end.
You were taken
violence at night
stolen away
separated from loved ones
despised and rejected
hanged in public shame.
In your taking
grief will be taken
pain will be taken
mourning will be taken
sadness will be taken
loss will be taken
death will be taken.
Victory will live forever
and with it
everlasting love
everlasting peace
everlasting joy
everlasting life,
never again to be
taken.

God bless,

Paul Tripp

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. Are you in a moment of significant suffering right now? If not, what low-grade irritation are you experiencing due to the brokenness of the world?

2. Are you allowing this suffering or irritation to dominate your time and emotional energy? How is this impacting your daily life?

3. Look back on a previous moment of suffering in your life that at the time seemed huge and now looks like a little thing. How can you apply that to your present experience?

4. How does the promise of eternity provide you with comfort for what you are facing right now? How can those comforts change the way you live?

5. Who do you know who is suffering more than you, or in a different way? How can you specifically encourage them with the truths of eternity and practically incarnate the love of Christ?”

I ttrust this encourages you as much as it did me…

Stay bblessed in hope,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

Source : http://Www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/how-to-never-lose-hope

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The Committee

TobyMac

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Philippians 4:8

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. 

Stay bblessed,

Pr Paddick

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The Pomegranate

Pixabay Free Images Steve Buissinne

“Observe a pomegranate – a tough shell protects the most delicious, delicate layered and beautiful jewel-like seeds that glow in the sunlight. But when the pomegranate falls to the ground, it will never be the same again, much like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.”

Paddick van Zyl

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Pr Paddick

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Silence

“When I find myself racing around, trying to fill a day with mindless tasks or petty entertainment, this is usually the time that God whispers to my heart to draw away with Him and to silence my heart as He wishes to speak.” Katherine Walden

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Pr Paddick

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Silence

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“It is not easy to enter into the silence and reach beyond the many boisterous and demanding voices of our world and to discover there the small intimate voice saying: ‘You are my Belived Child, on you my favor rests.'”

Stay blessed,
Pr Paddick
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Procrastination

Ecclesiastes 11:4

4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Procrastinating has the ability and nature of disabling its victims…

Stay focused and alert

Pr Paddick

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Forgetting The Past

While the past teaches us important lessons, we should be careful not to cling to or live in the past…

Philippians 3:13~14 TPT

13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr Paddick

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Community

Nicky Gumbel

“God ordained Christian community precisely because I can’t face life on my own. The fallen world will bring me to my knees, and if I did do life my way, it would be a complete and utter disaster.” Paul Tripp

“God made us embodied beings—the body (though it is weakened by sin) is a great good. God was so positive about bodies that he himself assumed a body in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. If we are going to give and receive grace from each other, we have to get it the way God gave it to us. We have to be involved in accountable friendships and deep relationships with other people where we live.” Tim Keller

“And yet the Bible tells us we were built for covenantal relationships. We want and need to have other persons unconditionally, unselfishly committed to us, and we to them. Christian theology tells us we were made in the image of God, and that God is a Trinity. Jesus said he never did anything, said anything, or accomplished anything without his Father. The persons of the Trinity are absolutely one—each person does everything with the others. We were meant to live like that. Sin, of course, makes all human community difficult and at times painful. But it is suicidal to avoid all food just because sometimes some of it can be ‘bad’ and make you sick.” Tim Keller

“Community grows naturally out of shared experience, and the more intense the experience, the more intense the community. What makes an aggregation of people into a community is that they are drawn together around some common object. Weaker community can be created by a common interest, such as a hobby, a sports team, a musical genre. Stronger community comes together around deep beliefs and causes, or powerful common experiences, like going through a flood or battle together—and surviving.” Tim Keller

Stay bblessed in building community,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

Quote : Paul Tripp ~ https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/a-lifestyle-of-community

Quote : Tim Keller ~ https://timothykeller.com/blog/2008/10/1/the-difficulty-of-community

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Forgive

Stormie Omartian

Perhaps one of the more difficult things to do ~ to forgive fully. God gives us the grace to do even this difficult task…

Mark 11:26 TPT

“But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

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Marriage Explained

Ephesians 5: 22~33 TPT

22 For wives, this means being supportive[j] to your husbands like you are tenderly devoted to our Lord, 23 for the husband provides leadership for the wife, just as Christ provides leadership for his church, as the Savior and Reviver[k] of the body. 24 In the same way the church is devoted to Christ, let the wives be devoted to their husbands in everything.

25 And to the husbands, you are to demonstrate love for your wives with the same tender devotion that Christ demonstrated to us, his bride.[l] For he died for us, sacrificing himself 26 to make us holy and pure, cleansing us through the showering of the pure water of the Word of God. 27 All that he does in us is designed to make us a mature church for his pleasure, until we become a source of praise to him—glorious and radiant,[m] beautiful and holy, without fault or flaw.[n]

28 Husbands have the obligation of loving and caring for their wives the same way they love and care for their own bodies, for to love your wife is to love your own self. 29 No one abuses his own body, but pampers it—serving and satisfying its needs. That’s exactly what Christ does for his church! 30 He serves and satisfies us[o] as members of his body.

31 For this reason a man is to leave his father and his mother and lovingly hold to his wife, since the two have become joined as one flesh.[p] 32 Marriage is the beautiful design of the Almighty,[q] a great and sacred mystery—meant to be a vivid example of Christ and his church. 33 So every married man should be gracious to his wife just as he is gracious to himself. And every wife should be tenderly devoted to her husband.

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

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In the arms of the Shepherd ~ Ann Voskamp

Psalm 23 The Passion Translation

1 The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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A blessed family

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Not very often one gets to enjoy a photo like this…

Ecclesiastes 4:9

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Ecclesiastes 4:12

 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

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The way God sees it


“What you and I might rate as an absolute disaster, God may rate as a pimple-level problem that will pass. He views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book. You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…he wrote it. ” 
― Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment Daily Bible-NCV

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

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Beyond Our Selves

Dusted off this old but awesome book from my library shelf by Catherine Marshall :

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Katherine Marshall
  • We claim to be self-sufficient but we fall short
  • God is sovereign, not us
  • We are really helpless and can do nothing without God

Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross by giving His own life, our salvation is truly beyond our selves ~ it is all by grace.

Stay blessed in trusting Christ

Pr Paddick

LDMI

Katherine Marshall, Beyond Our Selves, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 1961, 1969

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Happiness

If you seek God as the nonnegotiable good of your life, you will get happiness thrown in. If, however, you aim mainly at personal happiness, you will get neither.

Timothy Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

If we look to some created thing to give us the meaning, hope, and happiness that only God himself can give, it will eventually fail to deliver and break our hearts.

Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

The best news in the world is that there is no conflict between your greatest possible happiness and God’s perfect holiness. Being satisfied with all that God is for you in Jesus magnifies him as the greatest treasure and brings you more joy—eternal, infinite joy—than any other delight ever could.

John Piper, For Your Joy

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Your birth…

Rick Warren

Psalm 139 :13 ~14 TPT

13 You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside
and my intricate outside,
and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.
14 I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!
Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.
It simply amazes me to think about it!
How thoroughly you know me, Lord!

That is you reading this right now g you are unique, hand-made and amazingly complex with a unique calling and purpose…

Stay blessed in bringing glory to God in and through your life,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Impressions

1 Samuel 16:7 CEV

But the LORD told him, “Samuel, don’t think Eliab is the one just because he’s tall and handsome. He isn’t the one I’ve chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.”

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The Art of Life

Any parent has a built in desire, by design, to want to give their children the best in life but also to protect them first and foremost… God the Father is no different.

John 10:27~29 TPT

27 My own sheep will hear my voice and I know each one, and they will follow me. 

28 I give to them the gift of eternal life and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch them out of my hands. 

29 My Father, who has given them to me as his gift, is the mightiest of all, and no one has the power to snatch them from my Father’s care.

Stay blessed, listening to His voice

Pr Paddick

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Do Not…

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Life is tough, with daily challenges to face and overcome. No individual can walk with the shoes of another or take their place in life’s journey…

I do not know what you may be facing right now, but there is a promise in God’s word that can be trusted:

Jeremiah 29:11 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Another gentle reminder:

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and helpyou; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

And another:

Joshua 1:9 b

… Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

And finally:

Ephesians 6:10 TPT

Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.

Stay blessed in trusting Christ who gives you the strength to do all you need today,

Pr Paddick

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Basic Leadership

John 6:3~14 TPT

 Jesus went up the slope of a hill and sat down with his disciples. 

Now it was approaching the time of the Jewish celebration of Passover, and there were many pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem in the crowd.

As Jesus sat down, he looked out and saw the massive crowd of people scrambling up the hill, for they wanted to be near him. So he turned to Philip and said, “Where will we buy enough food to feed all these people?” 

Now Jesus already knew what he was about to do, but he said this to stretch Philip’s faith.

Philip answered, “Well, I suppose if we were to give everyone only a snack, it would cost thousands of dollars to buy enough food!”

But just then, Andrew, Peter’s brother, spoke up and said, 

“Look! Here’s a young person with five barley loaves and two small fish . . . but how far would that go with this huge crowd?”

10 “Have everyone sit down,”Jesus said to his disciples. So on the vast grassy slope, more than five thousand hungry people sat down.

11 Jesus then took the barley loaves and the fish and gave thanks to God. He then gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. Miraculously, the food multiplied, with everyone eating as much as they wanted!

12 When everyone was satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, “Now go back and gather up the pieces left over so that nothing will be wasted.”

 13 The disciples filled up twelve baskets of fragments, a basket of leftovers for each disciple.

14 All the people were astounded as they saw with their own eyes the incredible miracle Jesus had performed! They began to say among themselves, “He really is the One—the true prophet we’ve been expecting!”

True leadership is not complicated, it takes a person who is willing to let go of their ego and teach others by doing (action).

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

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Inner & Outer Life

Taking good care of our bodies (the outer life) is of great importance but even more so, taking care of our spirit and soul, (the inner life) is so important and vital that Paul wrote the following:

Paul reminds us that the trouble we experience in our daily lives is but temporary, passing by and viewed in light of eternity it can not be compared. What we now see is temporary and what we do not see, is eternal…

Stay blessed and keep the inner life well and healthy,

Pr Paddick

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Life is for living

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”

Nanea Hoffman

Ecclesiastes 2 : 24~25 ECV

24 The best that people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work. I saw that even this comes from God, 

25 because no one can eat or enjoy life without him.

Ecclesiastes 3 : 13 ECV

13 God wants all people to eat and drink and be happy in their work, which are gifts from God.

Stay blessed enjoying life bringing glory to God,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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The way through

An important reminder:

(Exodus 14)

9 Powerful Reminders from the Miracle at the Red Sea by Debbie McDaniel

  1. God knows what He’s doing
  2. ​God leads our way
  3. God is able to turn the hearts of kings
  4. When we see obstacles, God sees opportunities
  5. We can focus on the problem or we can choose to trust God
  6. Prayer is vital, yet sometimes God says, “It’s time to get moving!”
  7. God will work powerfully on our behalf, but He often asks for our obedience first
  8. God will stand between us and the enemy. We never fight alone
  9. Our God is a God of miracles

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

LDMI

Source : https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/9-powerful-reminders-from-the-miracle-at-the-red-sea.html

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Ego trimming

Dr APJ Abdul KALAM

Phillipians 2:3~5 TPT

Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. 

Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. 

And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation.

Anger, pride and ego have killed and destroyed more relationships than anything else…

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Death of a loved one

The following quote by Max Lucado so beautifully explains the death of a loved one:

Max lLucado Goodreads quotes

We don’t have all the answers to life – we wish we did and often we act as if we do, but we need to learn to trust our loving heavenly Father…

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

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The boat

“It was a crazy request: build a boat. But there’s no water around. Build it anyway, and trust that water will come. Fill it with all the animals of the land, then board it with your family. Oh, and just a disclaimer – this is going to take decades and result in persecution and mockery.” Paul Tripp

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“What could give Noah enough confidence to commit a major portion of his life to this job? What could assure him that it would all turn out well for his family? What could provide him with the fortitude to endure community and cultural doubts and accusations? What could motivate him to get up morning after morning and chip away faithfully?

You see, Noah was just an ordinary guy who by faith accepted an extraordinary call from God. He happened to be part of one of the most incredible moments in all of history, but his call to obedience isn’t much different than ours today.

Like Noah, we’re called to give our lives in service to the Lord. We probably won’t be selected for such a gargantuan and seemingly ridiculous task, but we’re commanded to faithfully chip away day after day, in the face of questions, doubts and accusations. To the outside world, the Christian life can be counter-cultural and radical.

So what motivates ordinary people to obey the extraordinary call of God? I’m convinced that it starts with a settled heart.” Paul Tripp

Full Article by Paul Tripp : https://www.paultripp.com/articles/posts/why-would-you-say-yes

As yyou navigate through daily life, remember to keep your eyes and faith on Jesus, not on the waves…

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

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Genesis 1:31 NCV

God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. Evening passed, and morning came. This was the sixth day.

Psalm 19:1

God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. Evening passed, and morning came. This was the sixth day.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

This beautiful earth we are inhabiting can never be compared to what awaits those who placed their trust in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior ~ heaven :

1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Glory awaits, stay blessed and enjoy what God has created,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Fact of life

Of all the certainties of life, of which there are so few, this fact is so certain: one day you will face death…

Professor Morrie Schwartz by Mitch Alblom

Hebrews 9:27 NCV

27 Just as everyone must die once and then be judged,

The Passion Translation ~

Every human being is appointed to die once, and then to face God’s judgment.[a]

Footnotes
  1. Hebrews 9:27 The Greek is literally “a court trial.”

Always ‘live ready’ to die, to meet Jesus…

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

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Fear

Red_Musing via Instagram

“Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith *

Stay in faith,

Pr Paddick

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*https://www.christianquotes.info/top-quotes/22-powerful-quotes-overcoming-fear/

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Fear

Human nature… We all experience fear in our lives at some point.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  ~ Psalm 56:3

Yet the promises remain ~

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1 :7

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

Stay in peace,

Pr Paddick

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Talents

Matthew 25:25; 28 AMP

25 So I was afraid [to lose the talent], and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is your own.’

28 So take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

1 Peter 4:10 AMP

10 Just as each one of you has received a special gift [a spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God], employ it in serving one another as [is appropriate for] good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace [faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor].

Life is real short, fleeting in fact. Let your talent & gift bring glory to God…

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick

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Lessons Learned

Jon Gauger ~ If I Could Do It All Over Again : Christian Leaders Share the Most Important Lessons of Their Lives

Life is a learning curve, a school we graduate from when we take our last breath on this side of eternity…

Be sure to learn something from each new day.

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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In Retrospect

Jon Gauger ~ If I Could Do It All Over Again : Christian Leaders Share the Most Important Lessons of Their Lives

‘If I could do it over again [….]’ We all have something that can be placed in the blank, what would be yours?

Love every day to the fullest…

Stay blessed,

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Divine Love

Psalm 139 :16 TPT

“You saw who you created me to be before I became me!
Before I’d ever seen the light of day,
the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book.”

Acts 17 : 26 AMP

“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories.”

God knows the end from the beginning. He is sovereign over time and space, over history and the future…

Stay blessed in trusting God’s plan

Pr Paddick

LDMI

Scripture Bible Gateway

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Marriage & Parenting

True words… Always remember ~ the way you treat your spouse gets recorded in the minds of your children and becomes a blue print in their lives & marriages.

Stay blessed in serving and loving each other.

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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Life as an Arrow

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming…” Unknown

Pr Paddick

LDMI

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