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Sunday, August 28, 2011

"RE" Words

There are many "RE" words that are packed with hope and encouragement. The word REpurpose is often used today to remind us that many things once discarded, considered useless, and put aside for the trash heap, can be brought back, become useful once again, have value, and take on new meaning.

In the Scriptures we find some wonderful "RE" words that can keep hope and encouragement alive and thriving in our hearts.

REdeemed
I am the LORD...I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments. Exodus 6:6
REstored
'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17
REnewed
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles... Isaiah 40:31

- Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Thousand more, never stops

How do we stop living like life is an emergency or something to be sped wildly through? How do we start believing that life can be carried only in the hands of the unhurried . . . a bubble held in awe. How do we stop wolfing life down?

All this or all these moments - all these are for you. Isn't that the Voice we have to learn to hear? The Voice that is telling the whole world that the earth under you and the rain over you, and all the stars spinning round you, this is for you, for you, for you.

So count the ways He loves, a thousand, more, never stop, so that when you wake in the morning you can't help unfold your hands to the heavens, and though you grieve and though you wonder, though the world is ugly, it is beautiful, and though time moves on, it's moments are holy, and though the planet spins, a blur, you can slow and you can wake and you can trust and and you can pay attention to the moments with this offering of thanks -- because this is how you spend your one life well --

Receiving each moment for what it really is: holy, ordinary, amazing grace.

A gift.

Excerpt from the book trailer for One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Created with Love

You're formed by God's hands,
dreamed up in His heart,
and placed in this world for a purpose.
There's no one else like you...
You're one of a kind, irreplaceable.
God has given you everything you need
and created you just as you need to be
to make a difference
in your own wonderful way.
So go for it, friend.
The world is waiting
and heaven is cheering you on.

--Excerpts from the new book God's Heart for You by Holley Gerth

What's your word? "In God's heart I am...(ex: wonderfully made, loved, enough)"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wonderfully made by Holley Gerth

Where something is made matters to us. Look at the tag on most any product and you'll likely see a line like these imprinted on it:
MADE IN CHINA
MADE IN MEXICO
MADE IN AMERICA
And if you could see the line imprinted on your heart,
it would read, MADE IN HEAVEN.

The word made usually conjures up visions of factories and impersonal production lines, but the way heaven creates is entirely different. Every part of you was carefully and intricately crafted by God. Of course, that creation was carried out physically in your mother's womb, but the idea of you started in the heart of heaven itself and He declared it was good....

God longs for His children to embrace the worth and value He's given them and then use it to bless others.
When we know who we are and whose we are, we're free to love, live with joy, and make a difference in the world.

-Holley Gerth

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Treasure

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

You may not have a lot of money, but you have incredible wealth. You may not have an abundance of things, but you possess more than you could ever ask or think. God has placed within you the greatest treasure anyone can ever possess-it is the life of Jesus Christ. You have, living within you, the beauty of His holiness, the kindness of His grace, the freedom of His truth, the compassion of His mercy, the greatness of His power, and the riches of His love. He has freely lavished upon you a treasure house of blessings that you can freely give away to others.

-Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer

Saturday, August 13, 2011

There is.

For every hectic work day there is a quiet rest...

For every painful experience there is a healing touch...

For every negative feeling there is an abiding joy...

For every disappointment there is a certain hope...

For every turbulent storm there is a sure foundation...

For every doubting thought there is a calm assurance...

For every hurtful action there is a forgiving love.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

-Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Come to Donate Blood and Receive 2 Free Tigers Tickets!

Would you be willing to spare just an hour of your time to save up to 3 lives? Help someone in need this summer!

Come to donate blood this Friday, August 12th at the South Macomb Blood Donation Center (13260 E. Eleven Mile Road) between 9:00 and 3:00 and receive a pair of FREE DETROIT TIGERS tickets for an August or September game!*

*In order to qualify for this offer, you must call Cheryl Champine at (313) 549-7048 to schedule your appointment in advance. Spots are limited, so call now! The donor center staff will not be able to answer questions regarding this promotion, so please contact Cheryl with any and all questions. Tickets will automatically be mailed on Saturday, August 13th to those donors who scheduled in advance with Cheryl and came to donate.

To schedule an appointment: Call Cheryl at 313-549-7048

Mother of Pearl Technique with Dawn

Monday, August 1, 2011

God's Love For You Has No Limits

I'm praying His unconditional love will touch your heart with all you need today.

This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
I John 4:9