Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Look up! Manna comes from Heaven

Each of the forty devotions in Getting Out of Bed in the Morning end with a section called When You Walk. I encourage my readers to walk because of the many benefits walking holds, but even if you don't, you can practice the art of looking up to receive blessings.

"Look up! Manna comes from Heaven, not by your scouring the ground for leftover crumbs. Keep your head up! Be encouraged!

Fill your mind with the characteristics of God. In the psalms He is known as my rock (Ps. 28), my light and my salvation (Ps. 27), my shepherd (Ps. 23), and my strength,
my fortress, and my deliverer, as well as my shield and the horn of my salvation (Ps. 18).

Make a list of these and other references to the character of God. Read and recall them each day."
~ From Getting Out of Bed in the Morning, chapter 15

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walking to discover beauty

As many of you know from my new book, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning, I walk each day. For the most part, I enjoy my walks as long as it's not too cold or rainy and I'm feeling well. Often I take my camera with me to capture some of God's beauty in His creation. Here are some recent autumn shots taken during a few of my walks.

Plan a walk in your local park. Take a souvenir home with you---a leaf, a blade of grass, a pinecone. Let this token remind you of how God delights in His creation and in you. ~ From Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

As you walk, think of your strengths. What do others find attractive about you? Ask God what He finds delightful about you. Listen. How can you use your strengths to reach others today? ~From Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

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