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Christian Living Comfort

Teddy Bear Out The Window

My wife and I were driving to church one Sunday morning, when there he was: a big brown teddy bear—lying face up on the shoulder of the interstate. Both of us agreed there must be a story behind this seemingly lost friend, one that involved a heartbroken little person.

It’s interesting how we develop emotional attachments to objects like stuffed animals. Somehow, they generate security and help us self-soothe.

Until I was 4 years old, my “teddy bear” was a small crocheted blanket our family aptly named, “Nasty.” I’m told I refused to let go of Nasty long enough for him to be washed (hence the name). And when my mother DID coax my little comforter from my grasp, I stood in the laundry room and cried the whole time.

I still have Nasty. He is safe in a trunk with several other family heirlooms. Yet other adult security blankets have taken his place, a special co-worker, a much loved family member or friend, or even a favorite chair. Can you relate?

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

God draws NEAR to the broken hearted; He doesn’t keep driving when our teddy bears go out the window. The Lord HELPS those who are crushed in spirit; He sent an angel to comfort Jesus when he collapsed at the cusp of His own crucifixion (Luke 22:40-46).

And He will comfort you and me. Guaranteed.

Check out the very next verse Psalm 34:19!

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Psalm 34:19a

Hold on Teddy, Daddy’s coming…


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This post was originally published on June 9, 2019.

Categories
Christian Living Healing

Stop the Bleed

During an assembly at my school, a kindergartener developed a nose bleed. Her teacher grabbed a super-absorbent piece of gauze and helped the child hold it over her nose. A few minutes later, the adult let go and the youngster was instructed to, “Keep holding your nose.”

But six year old’s are SO curious; the young girl just HAD to look. But when she took the gauze off her nose it began to bleed again. And the sight of her own blood made her totally forget about the, “Keep holding your nose,” part. In tears, she started bopping herself in the face with the gauze over and over–trying to make the bleeding stop. But it only made things worse. Her teacher came to the rescue with a fresh piece of gauze and began again. “Keep holding your nose.”

Have you ever had a problem you simply could NOT leave alone? Me too. God holds a bandage over my swollen snuffer during these times, but I keep taking it off. And it only makes things worse. Bleeding is bad enough, but re-bleeding–for no good reason?! Thankfully, our Father in Heaven is merciful. He comes to the rescue when we try to stop the flow (for the umpteenth time) and hands us a fresh piece of gauze. “Child, keep holding your nose.”

Here are a few of my favorite, “Stop the Bleed” scriptures. Please share one of yours, if you’d like!


“In mercy You have seen my troubles, and You have cared for me; even during this crisis in my soul I will be radiant with joy, filled with praise for Your love and mercy.” — Psalm 31:7 (TPT)

“For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord,” — Jeremiah 30:17a (NASB)

“All the people tried to touch Him (Jesus), for power was going out from Him and healing them all.” — Luke 6:19 (GNT)


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Christian Living Diligence

Peace Without Falling to Pieces

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Gabriel Cross wrote recently on the site, Pure Glory about Sleeping in Heavenly Peace. According to him, the “peace that keeps us from falling to pieces” comes only from God. And this divine tranquility cannot be disturbed, because it keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” (John 14:27) He wasn’t speaking hypothetically. Christ has the power to deliver such peace and He does!

But as Gabriel’s next statement points out, there is still danger for a child of God: “Therefore, all the devil can do is con you out of what already belongs to you.”

So watch out for the old “Slew Foot.”

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“A Slew Foot in hockey is an action where a player comes from behind an opposing player and trips him using his leg or skate, while, oftentimes, using his upper body, or arms, to further knock the opposing player off-balance.“

Source: Hockeymonkey.com

In other words, the devil and his demon buddies, resort to foul play in order to trip us up spiritually. They know the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) is guarded in our hearts by Christ Himself. So their best strategy is to sneak up behind and knock us off balance. The goal is to convince us that what Jesus says isn’t true.

And the enemy of our souls is an equal opportunity tripper.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

When the Apostle Paul said, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2a), he wasn’t speaking hypothetically either. Failing to abide in Christ can have serious consequences! (John 15:4-6)

En Garde, my friends!

Prayer:
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the peace that passes understanding. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and to be aware of the Devil’s tricks (2 Corinthians 2:11). May I always abide in Christ, the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.