God loved us, and through his grace he gave us a good hope and encouragement that continues forever.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:17

God loves those who need him most, who rely on him, depend on him and trust him in everything. Little he cares whether you've been as pure as John or as sinful as Mary Magdelene. All that matters is your trust in him.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
JOHN 1:14

The one to whom we pray knows our feelings. He knows temptation. He has felt discouraged. He has been hungry and sleepy and tired. He nods in understanding when we pray in anger. He smiles when we confess our weariness. He, too, knew the drone of the humdrum and the weariness that comes with long days. God became flesh and dwelt among us.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.

~Nido Qubein
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.
ISAIAH 53:4

Why did Jesus live on earth as long as he did? Why not step into our world just long enough to die for our sins and then leave? Why not a sinless year or week? Why did He have to live a life? To take on our sins is one thing, but to take on our sunburns, our sore throats? To experience death, yes - but to put up with life? To put up with long roads, long days and short tempers? Why did he do it?

Because he wants you to trust Him.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
Create in me a new heart, O God.
PSALM 51:10

Ever blamed your plight on Washington? (If they lowered the tax rates, my business would work.) Inculpated your family from your failure? (Mom always liked my sister more.) Consider the prayer of David: "Create in me a new heart, O God."

Real change is an inside job. You might alter things a day or two with money and systems, but the heart of the matter is and always will be, the matter of the heart.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
This is my command: Love each other.
JOHN 15:17

Resentment is when you let your hurt become hate. Resentment is when you allow what is eating you to eat you up. Resentment is when you poke, stoke, feed, and fan the fire, stirring the flames and reliving the pain.

Revenge is the raging fire. Bitterness is the trap that snares. And mercy is the choice that can set them all free.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

~Oprah Winfrey
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Do good to me, your servant, so I can live, so I can obey your word.
PSALM 119:17

God loves to decorate. God has to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child's tear untouched.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like flames of fire.

REVELATION 1:14

What would a person look like if he had never sinned? If no worry wrinkled his brow and no anger shadowed his eyes? If no bitterness snarled his lips and no selfishness bowed his smile? If a person had never sinned, how would he appear? We'll know when we see Jesus.

Source: Everyday Blessings by Max Lucado
“Learn anything you can … from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

~Sarah Caldwell

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