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Archive for November, 2012

Dear Friends,
There are times in our lives when we need to make decisions based on the choices and opportunities we have at the time. Each choice we make has consequences and, therefore, we must choose carefully. But how do we know which way to go? What if both choices look good for us? Today I want to share with you one of the devotionals from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that encourages us to not worry about tomorrow. We must trust God and that He has a plan for us. We must trust that His Holy Spirit is within us to make the right choice with the information we have at hand. Then, we have to leave the situation in His hands and not worry about tomorrow for He will help us then too.

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow
#301
Matthew 6:34 (Weymouth)

Do not be anxious, therefore, about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own anxieties. Enough for each day is its own trouble.

Do you worry about tomorrow? Do you worry about losing your job? Did you know that worry is the opposite of faith? Fear and worry rob us of God’s peace and rest. In His Word, God tells us to not worry. In fact, He commands us not to worry. Why? Because worry shows lack of faith and trust in Him. When we worry, we are telling God that what He says in His Word doesn’t work, so we are coming up with a better solution ourselves.

Did you know that God has feelings? God, as a Father, gave up His only Son and sacrificed Him so we may have life. By worrying, we are saying that what Jesus did was not worth it to us and that hurts God. Yet He doesn’t keep track of hurts, and He forgives us on a daily basis.
God gives us grace for one day at a time. Each day has its troubles—sometimes big and other times small—either way, we must confront and resolve each one.

Therefore, don’t worry about the future. Give it to the Lord. Work hard today and know that He is in charge and in control of your life.

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Dear Friends,
It is easy to get hurt by others. But we must always remember to do what’s right—forgive them. Jesus has forgiven us countless times and we must do the same: forgive those who offend us, every time. It is very hard but we have to learn to do it so our hearts stay clean from resentment. Today I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women about doing the right thing—always.

To Be Happy We Need to Be Just and Do What’s Right
# 77
Psalm 106:3 (NLT)

Happy are those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.

God is just and fair. He is also no respecter of persons. If any person loves Him and accepts Jesus as Savior, that person will be saved no matter what color, race, or age he or she is, or what background he or she has. He also expects us to walk in love, and part of that is being just with others (all people). We cannot favor some people over others if we are to imitate Him.

Every person wants to be happy. Well, the Bible tells us right here how to be happy: be just with others and always do the right thing. Notice that it says always, not sometimes, and not to some people only. Doing what is right always is a lifestyle. It is a decision we make on a daily basis. We can only know what the right thing to do is all the time when we are in constant communication with God.

In the workplace, you will have daily opportunities to deal justly with others and always do what is right. If you are in management, be fair to all your employees. If you are in sales, be fair to all your customers—and always do what’s right.

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We Produce Fruit

Dear Friends,
As the year end approaches, for some reason, busyness creeps into our lives. When we allow ourselves to be so busy we don’t spend time with the Lord to get refreshed and then our behavior changes. I call our behavior the fruit we produce in our lives. Today I want to share a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us to check the fruit we produce on a daily basis. I hope this helps you as it helped me today.

What Kind of Fruit Are You Producing?
# 86
Matthew 7:17 (NLT)

A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit.

The Bible warns us about false prophets who look like sheep but are really wolves. It teaches us we will know and identify them by observing how they act—by their fruit.

Verse 20 tells us, “the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.” Even though these verses refer to false prophets, we can also apply the same principle to our daily lives. The question today is: what kind of fruit are you producing in your life?

I examine myself often to see what kind of fruit I’m producing. I find the results very predictable. When I’m not spending enough time with the Lord and I allow the busyness of life to overtake me, my fruit is not good. In those times, I produce fruits of anger, short temper, impatience, irritability, and unhappiness, to name a few. On the other hand, when I spend time with the Lord, water my tree with His Word, mediate on Him, and obey what He asks me to do, I produce good fruit. Instead of anger and short temper, I have compassion. Instead of impatience, irritability, and unhappiness, there is grace, contentment, patience, and happiness. I also produce fruit of peace amongst the people I’m around.

Therefore, don’t let the busyness of life with the work demands and family commitments rob you of spending time with the Lord. It is the only way you will produce good fruit and help those around you. Remember, the fruit you produce is for others to partake of.

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