Tuesday

Psalm 27: My Heart Says "Yes!"

Psalm 27:8, our time with God helps us
Last month, my three granddaughters spent the night. 

We did crafts, ate snacks and told bedtime stories. In the morning, we made pancakes. 

They went to play while I cleaned up, and then I retreated to the patio with my first cup of coffee and my Bible. Ahhh! 

Psalm 27:8 spoke to my heart: 

"My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with me.' And my heart responds, 'LORD, I am coming.'" (NLT) 

Just then my sweet six-year-old interrupted my "quiet." 

"Will you draw pictures I can color, Grammy?" 

"After I finish praying." 

"Why do you pray, Grammy?" 

Children's questions are so good--so straight forward. I thought a moment and said "Because Jesus is my friend and Helper and I need to hear from Him." 

She sat next to me in the morning breeze, coloring. And I pondered verse eight again.

God asks us to meet with Him because of our need, not His. How can we say anything but "yes!"

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A Half Full Faith

Optimism, Pessimism, Philippians 4:4-8
Do you think the glass is half empty or half full? I admit I’m often pessimistic, not a godly quality. And according to some studies, it’s also not a healthy quality.

"Since 1986, University of Kentucky scientist David Snowdon has been studying 678 School Sisters [nuns]--painstakingly researching their personal and medical histories, testing them for cognitive function and even dissecting their brains after death.”*

One finding of Snowdon’s “Nun Study” is this: nuns who express positive emotions are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who express negative emotions.

Pessimism isn’t healthy for our minds. Joy is!

In Philippians 4, Paul also makes this point:

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (4:4)
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” (4:6)
  • “whatever is true…noble…right…pure…lovely…admirable …think about such things” (4:8) 
Life involves difficulties and suffering (John 16:33). Optimism comes from inner joy. And that inner joy is good for our minds!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
* Time Magazine, the Nun Study, May 14, 2001
On Tuesdays I publish a devotion from the 2011 archive. If you'd like to read 2 devotions today, you can read "Living in a Small Box."

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