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Yet, God frequently demonstrates his blessing by redirecting you from what you think is best for your life-to what he knows is best for your life.
 
Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17
 
* Mark 12:28-34  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which  commandment is the first of all?" (29) Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; (30) and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' (31) The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (32) And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; (33) and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much  more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (34) And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
 
 
* Meditation by Elizabeth Furlong


"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
With all your soul,
With all your mind,
And with all your strength."

In my busy multi-tasking life, how frequently do I do the above? Do I let other worldly concerns prioritize my energy?
 
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Who is my neighbor?

Do I love myself? "And to love him with all your heart, With all your understanding, With all your strength, And to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Do I engage in  21st century parallels of ritualistic burnt offerings and sacrifices?
Do I love Him, my neighbor, and myself with all my understanding and strength?
"And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding." Do I respond as the scribe did, i.e., with understanding? Do I practice these two great commandments?


* Supplementary Reading

Disconnected by Disappointment?

Those who hope in me will not be disappointed -- Isaiah 49:23


 
What do you do when your life doesn't turn out the way you hoped it would? What happens to your relationship with God when your prayers fail to bring the answers you asked for? How do you keep on believing when you see others get their miracle-only to have your miracle denied? Disappointments such as these can rupture your relationship with God and shatter your faith.

Yet, God frequently demonstrates his blessing by redirecting you from what you think is best for your life-to what he knows is best for your life. Rather than withholding blessings-in truth, he is steering you away from pain and closer to him. Though you can't see it today, trust that he will make the blessings crystal clear in days to come.


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Disappointment is what lies between our expectations and unfulfilled realities. How do you respond when you feel God doesn't come through for you or meet your expectations?

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Note:  This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional"
 
GOD BLESS US ALL!

PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.


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