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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Sep 2012, 9:34 pm

September 17, 2012
Seeking Success
by Charles R. Swindoll

When pride comes,
then comes dishonor, but with
the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2

We are a success-saturated society. The tell-tale signs are everywhere. Each year dozens of books and magazines, scores of audio and video tapes, and hundreds of seminars offer ideas, motivation, techniques, and promises of prosperity.

Curiously, however, few ever address what it is most folks want (but seldom find) in their pursuit of success: contentment, fulfillment, satisfaction, and relief. . . .

At the risk of sounding ultra-simplistic, I'd like to offer some counsel to those seeking success. . . .

First, submit yourself to those who are wise. . . .

Second, humble yourself under God's mighty hand. . . .

Third, throw yourself on the mercy and care of God.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 15, 2012
A Giant Step Toward Maturity
by Charles R. Swindoll

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

One of the hardest things for you and me to do is own up to our own failures.

Whether we're talking to our spouses, our kids, our employers, or with our Lord Himself, it goes against the grain to come clean and admit our offenses. The knee-jerk response every time is to employ defense mechanisms: to deny, to excuse, to rationalize, to reinterpret our shortfalls.

The best and healthiest course is to 'fess up. To call failure, "failure." To name sin for what it is. To admit we were wrong, and having declared it, to learn what God may have to teach us from the experience.

Sir Winston Churchill . . . offered the best definition of success I've ever read: "Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." . . .

As you begin to interpret failure correctly, you will take your first giant step toward maturity.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 14, 2012
God Speaks to the Quiet Heart
by Charles R. Swindoll

A day in Your courts is
better than a thousand outside.
Psalm 84:10

If the pace and the push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it's time to stop the nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit.

Deliberately say "no" more often. This will leave room for you to slow down, get alone, pour out your overburdened heart, and admit your desperate need for inner refreshment.

The good news is God will hear and He will help. The bad news is this: If you wait for someone else to bring about a change, things will only deteriorate.

All of us can testify, God does not speak to the hurried, worried mind. It takes time alone with Him and His Word before we can expect our spiritual strength to recover.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 12, 2012
Living a Holy Life
by Charles R. Swindoll

Consecrate yourselves therefore,
and be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 11:44

As Christians we live a life that is different---morally excellent, ethically beautiful.

It's called a holy life. And God honors that. Because it's like He is. . . .

All of our Christian lives we have sung the old hymn "Take Time to Be Holy." Those words are true. It does take time to be holy. It certainly takes time to be mature.

It takes time to cultivate a walk with the Lord that begins to flow naturally because the enemy is so much more assertive and powerful than we . . . and so creative, so full of new ideas on how to derail us and demoralize us.

We need to lock onto the power that comes from God's presence and invite Him to cleanse our thoughts, to correct our foul speech, to forgive us completely, and make us holy vessels, who, like the winged seraphim, spend our days bringing glory to His holy name.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
September 13, 2012

No Place for Pride
by Charles R. Swindoll

It is better to be humble in spirit
with the lowly than to divide the spoil
with the proud.
Proverbs 16:19

Someone who is truly unselfish is generous with his or her time and possessions, energy and money. As that works its way out, it is demonstrated in various ways, such as thoughtfulness and gentleness, an unpretentious spirit, and servant-hearted leadership.

When a husband is unselfish, he subjugates his own wants and desires to the needs of his wife and family.

When a mother is unselfish, she isn't irked by having to give up her agenda or plans for the sake of her children.

When an athlete is unselfish, it is the team that matters, not winning the top honors personally.

When a Christian is unselfish, others mean more than self. Pride is given no place to operate.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 11, 2012

Care and Concern for Others
by Charles R. Swindoll

Clothe yourselves with humility
toward one another, for God is opposed to the
proud, but gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:5

Humility of mind is really an attitude, isn't it?

It's a preset mentality that determines ahead of time thoughts like this:

I care about those around me.

Why do I always have to be first?

I'm going to help someone else win for a change.

Today I'm going to curb my fierce competitive tendencies.

Instead of always thinking about receiving, we'll start looking for ways to give. Instead of holding grudges against those who offend us, we'll be anxious to forgive.

And instead of keeping a record of what we've done or who we've helped, we'll take delight in forgetting the deed(s) and being virtually unnoticed. Our hunger for public recognition will diminish in significance.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 10, 2012
A Deliberate Trust
by Charles R. Swindoll

In you, O LORD,
I have taken refuge.
Psalm 31:1

Under heaven's lock and key, we are protected by the most efficient security system available---the power of God.

There is no way we will be lost in the process of suffering. No disorder, no disease, not even death itself can weaken or threaten God's ultimate protection over our lives. . . .

"God stands between you and all that menaces your hope or threatens your eternal welfare," James Moffatt wrote. "The protection here is entirely and directly the work of God."

Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust.

Accept the mystery of hardship, suffering, misfortune, or mistreatment. Don't try to understand it or explain it. Accept it.

Then, deliberately trust God to protect you by His power from this very moment to the dawning of eternity.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 8, 2012
Invincible, Immutable, and Infinite
by Charles R. Swindoll

Now to the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory forever and ever.
1 Timothy 1:17

Whoever is sovereign must have total, clear perspective.

He must see the end from the beginning.

He must have no match on earth or in heaven.

He must entertain no fears, no ignorance, and have no needs.

He must have no limitations and always know what is best.

He must never make a mistake.

He must possess the ability to bring everything to a purposeful conclusion and an ultimate goal.

He must be invincible, immutable, infinite, and self-sufficient.

His judgments must be unsearchable and His ways unfathomable.

He must be able to create rather than invent, to direct rather than wish, to control rather than hope, to guide rather than guess, to fulfill rather than dream.

Who qualifies? You guessed it . . . God, and God alone.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 7, 2012
Considering Quitting?
by Charles R. Swindoll

Come to Me, all who are weary
and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest . . .
for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28, 30

Every achievement worth remembering is stained with the blood of diligence and scarred by the wounds of disappointment.

To quit, to run, to escape, to hide---none of these options solve anything. They only postpone the acceptance of, and reckoning with, reality.

Churchill put it well: "Wars are not won by evacuations." . . .

Giving thought to giving up?

Considering the possibility of quitting? . . .

Don't! . . . The only time the Lord ever used the word "easy" was when He referred to a yoke.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 6, 2012
God in Our Conversation
by Charles R. Swindoll

You shall teach [God's commands]
diligently to your sons and shall talk
of them when you sit in your house.
Deuteronomy 6:7

We are to talk of spiritual things in our homes just as we would talk about anything else.

You talk together about how the Dodgers played last night. No big deal, you just talk about that. You talk about what you're going to do next week. You don't lecture on it. You don't make a big announcement, you simply talk about it. . . . You may talk about what you plan to watch on television that evening.

You don't hold classes on it, you merely talk about it. There is an easygoing, natural flow of conversation. . . .

That is what will make your Christianity authentic.

It isn't a Sunday lifestyle! It's a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday cycle-of-living lifestyle. So much so, that Christ fits naturally into the regular conversation of the home.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
September 5, 2012

No Mass-Produced Saints
by Charles R. Swindoll

Know that the LORD Himself is God;
it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.
Psalm 100:3

We live today in a microwave culture. If it takes longer than five minutes to fix lunch, that's long!

In earlier days, you even had to wait for a TV set to warm up. Can you imagine? And you couldn't push a single button on your phone to call home on a pre-set number, you had to dial it . . . with your finger, for pity's sake. Talk about the stone age!

I remember driving by a vacant lot some time ago, then going by the same corner several weeks later. Where there had been nothing but grass and weeds, empty beer cans, and trash just days before, there was now a huge warehouse, assembled from pre-fab sections, ready to receive goods.

That's the way life is today. Fast. Compressed. Condensed. Slam-bang-it's-done.

Not so in God's wilderness schooling. When it comes to walking with God, there is no such thing as instant maturity. God doesn't mass produce His saints. He hand-tools each one, and it always takes longer than we expected.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 4, 2012
Worry Is Distracting
by Charles R. Swindoll

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

Anxious.

Intriguing word. It literally means "to be divided" or "distracted." . . .

We find a perfect illustration of this in the story of Mary and Martha recorded in Luke 10:38-42.

Taking a minute to look into their little abode, we find that Martha is distracted, anxious. Jesus is sitting down talking, and Mary is sitting at His feet, enjoying His presence, . . . and His teachings.

But not Martha. She is busy back in the kitchen getting everything ready for a big meal. In good womanly fashion she is making everything match, everything fit, everything come out of the oven at just the right time. . . .

But Jesus wanted her to come and sit down beside her sister and listen. It wasn't that He didn't appreciate her efforts. He just wanted her to serve a simple dish so they could make the most of their time together. . . .

Her anxiety was distracting her from more important things. Worry always does that.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 3, 2012
God Is Awesome!
by Charles R. Swindoll

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and Your glory above all the earth.
Psalm 108:5

When was the last time you took a glance at a mountain? You don't glance at pictures of Mount Everest and say, "Hmm, nice hill. Maybe a little taller than some mountains."

You don't witness the glaciers in Alaska and say, "Oh, yeah, that's a pretty nice glacier."

You stand in silent awe.

I remember when my Marine battalion flew over Japan's Mount Fuji. Not one man on our plane, when they looked out and saw Fuji, said, "Sure, sure, that's nice." No, indeed! I mean, it was click, click, click . . . it was picture-taking time! This was picturesque, awesome Fuji!

Who made Fuji? God!

And like that mountain, the rest of His creation is equally awesome. Consider the stars in space, for example. Though we were to study for a lifetime, we still could not fathom them.

When God does it, it makes us stand back in respect. It puts all human achievements on the lowest level.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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September 1, 2012
The Riddles of Life
by Charles R. Swindoll

By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent. . . .
But His mighty thunder, who can understand?
Job 26:13-14

There are numerous riddles in life that remain wrapped in mystery and shrouded inside an enigma.

The sea, for example, is an unexplainable phenomenon. Who can fathom its tide affected strangely by the moon . . . ? We manage to continue on, though brilliant scientists have been trying to solve and/or explain life's mysteries for years. . . .

But when God leaves us with a mystery that isn't solved in a week or two, most of us go through desperate struggles believing that He is good or fair.

I mean, after all, if we're going to trust a good God, He should do only good things, right? No fair doing mysterious stuff!

The Bible that I read simply doesn't present that as the way life is. Yet the world I live in seems to expect that. And that's certainly the cynic's line: "You mean to tell me you are going to trust a God who treats you like that?"

When will we ever learn that cynics have no capacity to understand the profound and unfathomable ways of God?
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
August 31, 2012
Claim God’s Grace
by Charles R. Swindoll

For by grace you have been saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

While most people in the world are busy building towers with highest hopes of making a name and gaining fame, God's truth sets the record straight.

On the basis of God's Book, His Holy Word, it is my plea that we simply admit our need and claim God's grace.

Instead of striving for a man-made ticket to heaven based on high achievement and hard work (for which we get all the credit), I suggest we openly declare our own spiritual bankruptcy and accept God's free gift of grace.

"Why?" you ask. "Why not emphasize how much I do for God instead of what He does for me?"

Because that is heresy, plain and simple.

How? By exalting my own effort and striving for my own accomplishments, I insult His grace and steal credit that belongs to Him only.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 30, 2012
A Proper Perspective
by Charles R. Swindoll

So then, none of you can be My disciple
who does not give up all his own possessions.
Luke 14:33

Jesus' words are neither complicated nor vague. He simply says, "If you are going to call yourself one of My disciples, you must release your grip on materialism."

To keep all this in proper perspective, think of it this way. He is not saying that we cannot possess anything, but things must not be allowed to possess us. To use His words, we must "give up" our possessions.

Corrie ten Boom, that saintly lady who endured such brutality from the Nazis in Ravensbruck during World War II, once said that she had learned to hold everything loosely in her hand.

She said she discovered, in her years of walking with Him, that when she grasped things tightly, it would hurt when the Lord would have to pry her fingers loose.

Disciples hold all "things" loosely.

Do you? Can you think of anything that has a tap root to your heart? Let go! Give it up to Him! Yes, it may be painful . . . but how essential!

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 29, 2012
Enduring Faith
by Charles R. Swindoll

Let endurance have its perfect result,
so that you may be perfect and complete,
lacking in nothing.
James 1:4

We're very fickle in our faith, aren't we? We are inconsistent, ambivalent.

We sing "My faith looks up to Thee". . . until the medicine stops working, until the lights go out, until the bill comes due and we don't have what it takes to pay it. Until our grades slip or our career takes a turn or we lose a mate. . . .

How do we learn consistent faith?

We learn it one day at a time. We learn it through endurance.

James writes: "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance" (James 1:2-3).

He's not talking about a will-o-the-wisp faith that starts out on the 100-meter sprint and, quicker than you can think, is over. Anybody can handle that kind of faith. Anybody can take ten, fifteen, or twenty minutes of a test.

But ten days or fifteen days, or a year, or two or three? Well, that's another matter. That's the enduring faith James is talking about.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 28, 2012
A Sweet, Winsome Melody
by Charles R. Swindoll

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is of good
repute . . . dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Let me urge you to take charge of your mind and emotions today.

Let your mind feast on nutritious food for a change. Refuse to grumble and criticize! Let your life yield a sweet, winsome melody that this old world needs so desperately.

Fix your attention on these six specifics in life:

Not unreal far-fetched dreams, but things that are true . . .

Not cheap, flippant, superficial stuff, but things that are honorable . . .

Not things that are wrong and unjust, . . . but that which is right.

Not thoughts that are carnal, smutty, and obscene, but that which is pure . . .

Not things that prompt arguments and defense in others, but those that are agreeable . . .

Not slander, gossip, and put-downs, but information of good report, the kind that builds up and causes grace to flow.
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August 27, 2012
Life in Living Color
by Charles R. Swindoll

I love Your commandments above gold,
yes, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem right
all Your precepts concerning everything.
Psalm 119:127-128

The thing I have always appreciated about the Bible is that when great truth is given, God frequently incarnates that truth in lives with whom we can identify.

He doesn't stop at theory as He teaches us about the abstract importance of faith. He mentions Abraham as a model "who staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief."

He doesn't just talk about standing alone and being people of character and resiliency---He gives us Elijah. He shows us the prophets because we have much greater difficulty identifying with abstract truth. We can, however, identify with people. . . .

God doesn't just say, "You ought to forgive." He gives us Joseph, who forgave his brothers for their mistreatment of him.

God paints His heroes "warts and all."

Since there are scars and a dark side to every life, we're not shielded from the Jonahs and the Samsons, from the pride of the King Sauls or the adultery of the King Davids.

We see it in raw, living color.
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August 25, 2012
We Weep and Pray, Grow and Learn
by Charles R. Swindoll

Man's steps are ordained
by the LORD, how then can man
understand his way?
Proverbs 20:24

Tests are never wasted.

God never says, "Oops, made a mistake on that one. I shouldn't have given you that. I meant that for Frank. Sorry, Bob."

It's as if the Lord has our name on specific trials. They are specifically designed for us, arranged with our weaknesses and our immaturity in mind. He bears down and doesn't let up.

And we groan and we hurt and we weep and we pray and we grow and we learn. Through it all we learn to depend upon His Word. . . .

The common response to trials is resistance, if not outright resentment.

How much better that we open the doors of our hearts and welcome the God-ordained trials as honored guests for the good they do in our lives.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 24, 2012
Glorify God to the Maximum
by Charles R. Swindoll

I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
among the peoples, and I will sing
praises to You among the nations.
Psalm 108:3

By making us in His image, God gave us capacities not given to other forms of life.

Ideally, He made us to know Him, to love Him, and to obey Him. He did not put rings in our noses that He might pull us around like oxen. . . .

No, He gave us freedom to make choices. By His grace we are equipped to understand His plan because we have a mind with which we can know Him.

We are also free to love and adore Him because we have emotions. He takes pleasure in our affection and devotion.

We can obey His instructions but we are not pawns on a global chessboard. It is in the voluntary spontaneity of our response that He finds divine pleasure.

When His people freely respond in worship and praise, obedience and adoration, God is glorified to the maximum.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 23, 2012
Big-Picture Perspective
by Charles R. Swindoll

You are my hiding place
and my shield;
I wait for Your word.
Psalm 119:114

One of the greatest benefits to be gleaned from the Bible is perspective. When we get discouraged, we temporarily lose our perspective.

Little things become mammoth. A slight irritation, such as a pebble in a shoe, seems huge. Motivation is drained away and, worst of all, hope departs.

God's Word is tailor-made for gray-slush days.

It sends a beam of light through the fog. It signals safety when we fear we'll never make it through. Such big-picture perspective gives us a hope transplant, and within a brief period of time, we have escaped the bleak and boring and we're back at soaring. . . .

We can actually stand firm through discouraging times but only if we apply God's instructions.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission
August 22, 2012
Keep to the Quest
by Charles R. Swindoll

Acquire wisdom!
Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away
from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 4:5

All of us are surrounded by and benefit from the results of someone's quest.

Let me name a few:

Above my head is a bright electric light. Thanks, Tom.

On my nose are eyeglasses that enable me to focus. Thanks, Ben.

In my driveway is a car ready to take me wherever I choose to steer it. Thanks, Henry.

Across my shelves are books full of interesting and carefully researched pages. Thanks, authors.

My list could go on and on. So could yours.

Because some cared enough to dream, to pursue, to follow through and complete their quest, our lives are more comfortable, more stable.
That's enough to spur me on. How about you?
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 21, 2012
God Is in Charge
by Charles R. Swindoll

I have composed and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child rests against his mother,
my soul is like a weaned child within me.
Psalm 131:2

When it comes to irritations, I've found that it helps if I remember that I am not in charge of my day . . . God is.

And while I'm sure He wants me to use my time wisely, He is more concerned with the development of my character and the cultivation of the qualities that make me Christ-like within.

One of His preferred methods of training is through adjustments to irritations.

A perfect illustration? The oyster and its pearl.

Irritation occurs when the shell of the oyster is invaded by an alien substance like a grain of sand. When that happens, all the resources within the tiny, sensitive oyster rush to the irritated spot and begin to release healing fluids that otherwise would have remained dormant. By and by the irritant is covered---by a pearl.

Had there been no irritating interruption, there could have been no pearl.

No wonder our heavenly home has pearly gates to welcome the wounded and bruised who have responded correctly to the sting of irritations.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 20, 2012
A Present Help
by Charles R. Swindoll

The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 46:7

We deny it. We fake it. We mask it. We try to ignore it. But the truth stubbornly persists---we are weak creatures!

Being sinful, we fail. Being prone to sickness, we hurt. Being mortal, we ultimately die. Pressure wears on us. Anxiety gives us ulcers. People intimidate us. Criticism offends us. Disease scares us. Death haunts us. . . .

How can we continue to grow in this bag of bones, covered with weaknesses too numerous to mention?

We need a big dose of Psalm 46: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

What hope for those struggling through the grind of personal weaknesses!
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 18, 2012
The Great Gift of Fidelity
by Charles R. Swindoll
A faithful man will abound with blessings.
Proverbs 28:20

We are living in an era that attempts to stretch grace to heretical extremes. I see it and hear it virtually every week of my life.

So allow me to say this very straight:

The greatest gift you can give to your marriage partner is your purity, your fidelity. The greatest character trait you can provide your spouse and your family is moral and ethical self-control.

Stand firm, my friend. Refuse to yield [to temptation].

Deceptive baits are set out about us each day, and they don't all come from individuals. Some of them come from a cable television channel or the Internet or a magazine or peer pressure at school or colleagues at work. . . .

You'll feel like a prude, the only one around who's not yielding. Don't be deceived by the persuasion no matter how beautiful and appealing the words may sound. It is a lie. Remember, it is all a lie.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 17, 2012
Perfect Trust
by Charles R. Swindoll

The LORD also will be
a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9

When the Philistines seized David in Gath he said, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You" (Psalm 56:3).

When he fled from Saul into a cave, he cried out to God. "My soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by" (Psalm 57:1).

Many, many years ago, Felix of Nola was escaping his enemies, and he, too, took temporary refuge in a cave. He had scarcely entered the opening of the cave before a spider began to weave its web across the small opening.

With remarkable speed, the insect completely sealed off the mouth of the cave with an intricate web, giving the appearance that the cave had not been entered for many weeks. As Felix's pursuers passed by, they saw the web and didn't even bother to look inside.

Later, as the godly fugitive stepped out into the sunlight, he uttered these insightful words: "Where God is, a spider's web is a wall; where He is not, a wall is but a spider's web."

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 16, 2012
Hope Is More than Dreaming
by Charles R. Swindoll

The way of the LORD
is a stronghold to the upright. . . .
The righteous will never be shaken.
Proverbs 10:29-30

We toss around words like faith and love all the time. And most of us can describe both with minimal difficulty.

But hope? What in the world is it? And is it really that essential?

Webster defines hope, "to desire with expectation of fulfillment." To hope is to anticipate. It is more than dreaming, however.

It is possessing within ourselves an expectation that someday there will be the fulfillment of that desire. It will become a reality.

Hope always looks to the future, it's always on tiptoes. It keeps us going.

It makes a dismal today bearable because it promises a brighter tomorrow. Without hope, something inside all of us dies. . . .

We can live several weeks without food, days without water, and only minutes without oxygen, but without hope---forget it.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
August 15, 2012
One Day at a Time
by Charles R. Swindoll

When pride comes, then comes dishonor,
but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2
People who refuse to get bogged down in and anchored to the past are those who pursue the objectives of the future.

People who do this are seldom petty. They are too involved in getting a job done to be occupied with yesterday's hurts and concerns. . . .

I know human nature well enough to realize that some people excuse their bitterness over past hurts by thinking, "It's too late to change. I've been injured and the wrong done against me is too great for me ever to forget it."

But when God holds out hope, when God makes promises, then God says, "It can be done."

With each new dawn there is delivered to your door a fresh, new package called "today." God has designed us in such a way that we can handle only one package at a time . . . and all the grace we need will be supplied by Him as we live out that day.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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August 14, 2012
If Only . . .
by Charles R. Swindoll
A cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

Many folks eat their hearts out, suffering from the contagious "If Only" disease. Its germs infect every slice of life.

If only I had more money.

If only we owned a nicer home.

If only we could have children.

If only he would ask me out.

If only I had more friends.
The list is endless. Woven through the fabric of all those words is a sigh that comes from the daily grind of discontentment.

Taken far enough, it leads to the dead-end street of self-pity---one of the most distasteful and inexcusable of all attitudes.

Discontentment is one of those daily grinds that forces others to listen to our list of woes. But they don't for long! Discontented souls soon become lonely souls.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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