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Guardrails

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Have you ever allowed words to come out of your mouth that you immediately regretted saying? I have. How do we keep that from happening? We ask the Lord to help us keep our mouths shut when they ought to be and open when the timing is right.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

The words that come from our lips and our social media posts should be edifying to others and glorifying to our God. We have been entrusted with the gospel truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your speech and guard your heart.

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:14)

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Rainy Days

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If you think every day is "picture perfect" for me, then you would be sadly mistaken. I'm sure you can say the same thing about many of your days. But while the weather or other circumstances may not go as we hope, we can rest assured that there is not one moment that slips by that God is not aware of in advance and He is there to walk through it with you.

As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16) 

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)

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Jesus Take the Wheel

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As you journey through life, realize that sometimes the road is wet and contains dangerous curves. Carrie Underwood made famous the song "Jesus Take the Wheel" and it's because we don't let Him have the wheel in the first place that we find ourselves spiraling out of control.

Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

God should never be your co-pilot. He should always be sitting in the driver's seat because He can be trusted wholeheartedly wherever that road may lead. So, lean not on your own understanding and submit to Him. He knows the road because He is The Way (John 14:6). 

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Standing for Generations

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Something about this scene made me pull over for a photo. I wasn't sure why at the time but the Lord has recently made it clear. And I ask you the same thing that has come to my heart:

When you're gone from this earth, will people remember WHERE you stood, for WHAT you stood, and for WHOM you stood?

God instructs us through the Bible to:

Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. ~1 Corinthian 15:58

Stand firm, and you will win life. ~Luke 21:19

Your sitting down doesn't make a difference. Your laying down doesn't change a thing. May your standing up for Jesus Christ in this life be the legacy that is remembered for generations to come. 

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Humble Beginnings for a King

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The "King of Rock and Roll" was born in this tiny house in Tupelo, MS. Yes, this is the birthplace of Elvis Presley where he grew up prior to his family packing up for Memphis. These were indeed very humble beginnings for one who would enjoy great popularity and live lavishly in his adult years.

There was One however who was King of kings but demonstrated the greatest of humility by stepping out of His place of honor to be born in a stable and live among mankind -- even giving up His very life for others.

Philippians 2:6-11 tells us about Jesus' life from riches to rags to riches again.

[Jesus] who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him t…

The Narrow Road

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I'll choose the narrow road any day over the broad road.

[Jesus said...] "Broad is the road that leads to destruction... and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." ~Matthew 7:13-14

Some say taking the narrow road is being narrow-minded. And I would respond by saying "Yes it is!"

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~John 14:6

I would rather be on the narrow road with a narrow mindset than to lose my way, my life and my salvation. I found Jesus and I am walking that path with Him daily and plan to do so for eternity. Have you? 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

First Impressions

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Driving through the town of Bostwick, GA, from one direction you will notice the storefront of a building that is no longer occupied, but driving in from the other direction one will certainly notice that the building is merely an empty three-sided shell.

Too often we are deceived by outward appearances. You may THINK you know something about someone based on their appearance or their actions but you can be completely wrong. We are often cautioned to not judge a book by its cover, and that is wise advice.

As Samuel was asked of God to anoint a new king, he was sure he had seen king potential in several of Jesse's sons but it wasn't until a little boy named David was brought to him that God indicated His choice. We read the following...

"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

So, while you may not have super powers that allow you to examine a person's heart and motives…