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There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

Read more...

BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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HELP FOR STRESS (2)

About 300 years ago, minister Matthew Henry rifled through the Bible and wrote cool footnotes (otherwise known as a commentary) on all the pages. Here's what he had to say about today's verse: 'The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away.'

Today, most people sense that there must be something deeper to how we feel than 'just getting through' from day to day. To stay in touch with our humanity we have to look out for God's comforts. As you walk around today, notice what God puts in your path. The old clichés are to watch a sunset, or to lie on a beach. But you might have to train yourself up to look out for the beauty of God in everyday places too. To appreciate a conversation with a friend. To make a small gesture of kindness to someone in your family that you take for granted. To stop being hurried and find that deeper comfort that the world can't take away.

When you do this, you might even find that the Author of beauty Himself sneaks up on you to delight in it with you. Nothing we know restores your soul more.

So what now? When you find yourself on autopilot today, take a breath in and be present in (put your attention back on) the world around you. Ask God to show you His beauty and comfort.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 16-18, Lk 16:1-18, Ps 119:105-112, Prov 21:28-31

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