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God obviously knows how lovely, how wonderful, how enjoyable singing is. It is so uplifting to hear a beautiful, joyful, inspiring singer, but it is also good for us when we

do the singing ourselves. Whether it is singing a solo in the shower, or gathering with family and friends, singing is such an energizing experience.

Some recent research[1] revealed that  singing strengthens the immune system, it is a good workout, aids in proper posture, and it helps with sleep. Singing is a natural anti-depressant, it lowers stress levels, and improves mental alertness.

Singing can also widen your circle of friends, boost your confidence, broaden your communication skills, and increase your ability to appreciate other singers. And what a better reason to sing but to praise the God who loves us, created us, and redeemed us from our sin. The sweet singers of the Old testament wrote, “You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart” Psalm 71:23 (CEV). Gather with your family and sing praises to God!


[1] https://takelessons.com/live/singing/health-benefits-of-singing Accessed 2-18-19

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According to Roman legend, soap was named after Mount Sapo, an ancient site of animal sacrifices. After an animal sacrifice, rain would wash animal fat and ash, that collected under the ceremonial altars, down to the banks of the Tiber River.

 

Women washing clothes in the river noticed that if they washed their clothes in certain parts of the river after a heavy rain their clothes were much cleaner. That may have been one of the earliest known uses of soap.

 

We’ll probably never really know who first invented soap, but we sure have benefited from its creation. We use soap to wash clothes and dishes. And most importantly, we use soap to wash our hands and our bodies.

 

But as good as soap is, we need something much stronger to make us right with God. Jeremiah, wrote, “For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord GOD” Jeremiah 2:22 (NKJV).

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God established a plan of work for the Levites. They were to begin their work at the age of twenty-five and at the age of fifty they were to retire.  During these twenty-five years they would represent the people before God while at the same time they would speak to the people on God’s behalf.

 

Lifespan has increased and the ability to work has been extended through the years, but the time will come when you can retire and hopefully enjoy the fruit of your years of work. Some may retire and play golf, travel the world, enjoy a hobby- like cultivating a garden- while others may simply choose to do nothing but watch television, lounge around, and rest.

 

While the Levites had to retire at fifty, they could continue to help with some of the duties of their colleagues. Moses instructed them: “They may minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of meeting, to attend to needs, but they themselves shall do no work” Numbers 8:26 (NKJV).

 

Retirement doesn’t mark an end. Rather, it can be a time of new beginnings!

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A parent’s love is unlike any other. We may feel physical attraction to someone else or may even be romantically in love with someone, but the love a parent feels for their child begins before they’re even born and doesn’t leave until the parents breathe their last breath.

 

That’s why Isaiah asks the question, “Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? Yet even if that should be, I will not forget you” Isaiah 49:15 (TLB).

 

God, our Heavenly Father, expresses His love for us both in terms of the father’s love and a mother’s love. Generally, a mother has a much closer attachment to their child because, well, God wired them to feel that way. They carried that baby inside the womb for nine months before they were even born. Even adoptive mothers feel this same motherly love for their children. Fathers also feel love for their children, but perhaps in a different way.

 

Love your children in the same way God, our Father, loves you- unconditionally!

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A nightmare, someone trying to break into your house, spiders, a disease…What makes you afraid?

 

Because we’re all different, with different experiences, we also fear different things. Some are afraid of heights while others enjoy the thrill of sky diving. Some may be paralyzed at the sight of a small garter snake while others keep large, poisonous snakes as pets.

 

Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, is likely to cause pain, or a is threat. So, fear is not bad…it is a protective mechanism God wired inside every one of us.

 

At the same time, fear can become paralyzing and disabling. Some people are not able to function normally under certain circumstances because of the overwhelming feeling of fear.

 

Kind David wrote in one of his psalms, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” Psalm 56:3 (NKJV). Fear does not have to defeat you or shackle you. David invites us to not be afraid but rather to trust God.

 

Whenever you’re afraid, trust in God.

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In his famous book, “What’s so Amazing About Grace?” Philip Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. Grace loves today’s addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.

 

Someone taught us that “Grace is getting what we don’t deserve, while mercy is not getting what we do deserve.” Justice exacts a penalty, but grace reaches out to us.

 

How often we have been the recipients of harmful words or actions from those closest to us. We may carry the painful scars they have left. We could resent them or even hate them, to our own detriment. But grace, without excusing the abuser, grants us freedom from the bondage of negative feelings toward them. Grace is the heritage we have received from God, “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy” Psalm 145:8 (NKJV).

 

Let grace abound in your family.

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Solomon wrote, “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” Proverbs 6:20 (ESV).

 

Fathers play a very important role of helping shape the character, the very life and future of their children. A father’s devotion and commitment to God teaches his children to also love and serve the same God. When a father fails to live his faith he also teaches his children that spirituality and devotion to God are not that important.

 

Fathers are one of the most important spiritual influences a child has. His commitment to his family, his love and attention to his wife, his guidance and example to his children teach them about his faith, his character, and his hope for eternity. Fathers cannot underestimate the role they play in the eternal life and salvation of their children. And fathers cannot devalue how important their advice, their encouragement, and their patience are to their child’s life here on this earth and in preparation for life eternal.

 

Being the father that God called you to be is the most important role you will ever play!

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A Word for Your Family – STAR

From the time kids are little we sing to them, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are.”

 

During a clear night we look at the stars high in the sky and are fascinated by their beauty. The ancients looked up at the starry night and saw certain patterns. In their imagination they saw bears, lions, and scorpions. They saw people and fish. Those who believed in God saw His handwork. Job says that, “[He] set the stars in place— the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and the stars in the southern sky” Job 9:9 (CEV).

 

As a family, we have sat in the dark of the night, to try to identify the different constellations, and to see the occasional shooting star.

 

If God is able to create the billions and billions of stars, and keep them all moving in perfect harmony, He sure can take care of my family, no matter where we may be.

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A miscarriage is the loss of a life while in the womb. We have experienced this pain personally twice when our dreams and hopes were dashed when in that moment we realized we would never hold our baby, or see it grow.

 

Experiencing a miscarriage is not uncommon. There are numerous reasons given by medical professionals why life was not sustained, but no reason seems to satisfy this ache and longing in your heart when it happens to you.

 

The psalmist wrote, “With your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.” Psalm 139:16 (CEV)

 

God knows us, even before birth! In those dark moments, as we grieved our losses, we took comfort in knowing that Jesus saw, Jesus knew, and surely, Jesus must have shed a tear along with us. He was right there beside us in that hospital room.  If you have experienced this grief, this loss, please know that Jesus is right there with you and He will see you through!

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There’s constant noise coming from television sets, radios, and other electronic devices. Go out on the streets and there’s traffic noise, cars speeding past you, horns blaring, the sirens of emergency vehicles or people talking loudly.

 

Even inside your home there’s noise coming from the blender, the kids playing, the phone ringing. It’s as if we’re constantly surrounding by noise, no matter where we go.

 

Some of us work in noisy environments. Construction workers are subjected to very noisy machinery. At the office, the computer keyboards, phones ringing, people talking or laughing. At the dentist, we hear the dreaded drill! At the airport we hear the announcements over the loudspeakers.

 

How can we get away from this constant invasion of noise pollution into our lives? Perhaps we should start with ourselves. Early in the morning, or late at night, while everyone else is sleeping, quietly read God’s word, meditate on it, and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from being in communion with God. “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 27:9 (ESV) Enjoy and practice the blessings of silence.

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