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Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Source: “Woman run over with her own car trying to escape cat attack,” WKMG, Jan. 5, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

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Florida Today reports:

A woman said a cat jumped into her car and attacked her, and as she was trying to escape the feline's fury, she was run over by her own vehicle as it rolled in reverse, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

... Troopers said the car rolled over the woman, leaving her with critical injuries. 

APPLICATION

Life can change in a feline flash. From one moment to the next, we live on the edge of potential chaos.  Disaster can come at any moment and from any direction.  

Nothing and no one is safe from the precarious nature of life.  Even Julius Caesar met his untimely end just one month after being declared dictator for life.

Calamity and destruction can find anyone, even the child of God. But while nothing is secure or guaranteed in this life, the believer does find security in the promises of God.  What we commit to God, and only what we commit to God, we keep forever!

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Not only is the believer eternally secure in the promises of God, everything they do in the power of His love is eternally secure, as well.

Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day

Joy Circumstances Happiness

Source: Time Magazine

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Charles Krieg
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Time magazine ran an article recently titled “14 Ways to Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day."  The author, Ellen Seidman,  began: "Sometime this morning, during your shower or at work, you probably did a mental run-through of your day. You decided when you’d tackle various tasks and errands. Perhaps you vowed to hit the gym at lunchtime. Maybe you plotted to get out of something (apologies, PTA meeting). The one thing you forgot to plan for: happiness.”

The author then gives a list of 14 ways to be happy suggested by Barbara Fredrickson, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The list, among other things, includes the following suggestions about how to be happy:  Make happiness your goal, know what makes you happy, prioritize it, think happy thoughts, and make Sunday future-fun day (make plans for the next weekend).

APPLICATION

A man, living in the third century, was dying when he wrote these last words to a friend: "It's a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. They are truly a joyful people. These people are the Christians ... and I am one of them" (Riding the Joy Train by Wanda Jo Pence, p.18).

We who are Christians, followers of Christ, have learned a great secret: Jesus is the reason for the joy of joys. His presence in our life and the promise of eternal life in heaven with Him brings a transcendent joy to any set of circumstances.

If you want to squeeze more joy out of everyday life, fit more of Jesus into it!

Jesus said, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11). 

Happy Death Day!

Spiritual Growth Trials Circumstances

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Contributed By: Major Dalton | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: James 1:2 ; Romans 7:24

Author: Major Dalton
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Virtually everything we learn, we learn through repetition. Athletes master their field through repetition and call it practice. Students learn complicated formulas and facts through repetition and call it review. Aspiring musicians learn a new instrument through repetition and call it lessons. Virtually everything we know, we learn through repetition.

The film “Happy Death Day” is a cinematic thriller that follows a young college woman named Tree Gelbman. Tree is a self-absorbed material girl. She ignores those who are beneath her. She rejects those who don’t meet her strict social standards. But that all changes after she is murdered on her 21st birthday.

Now, normally, death would bring an end to personal self-development and rehabilitation of flawed character traits. But in Hollywood, death can actually be a catalyst for change.

Tree begins a cycle of reliving the day of her death over and over again. Think horror version of “Groundhog Day.” To break the cycle, she must solve her own murder. But no matter what she does, each day’s reiteration climaxes the same way. Her death.

Ironically each day’s death brings her closer to real life.

APPLICATION

Virtually everything we know, we learned through repetition. And if this is true of academics, athletics, and the arts, why would our most valuable life insights come any other way?

Do you ever feel like you’re living the same tragic day over and over again? You wish things would get better or change but it seems you are starring in your own horror story. Is there anything good that can come from these days?

Sometimes, while we are waiting for our circumstances to change, we change.

Dying daily changed Tree. She began to notice people she had previously ignored. She realizes that too much of her life was committed to impressing others. She came to terms with the loss of her mother and the broken relationship with her father.  When "you relive the same day over and over again,” she confides in a friend, “you kind of start to see who you really are.”

The Apostle Paul wondered aloud who would break the cycle of death in his life: “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). In the verse that follows he answered his own question: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Don't Turn Your Back on the Manger

Spirituality Christmas Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-13

Scripture: Luke 2:12

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Donning True Beauty

Gratitude Circumstances Spirituality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-21

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Let The Ice-Cream Melt

Contentment Circumstances Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-22

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:8

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Perfect Numbers Always Add Up

God's Sovereignty Trials Circumstances

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2015-05-01

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Larry Lewis
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Raise Your Happiness Set-Point

Happiness Gratitude Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-28

Scripture: Psalms 50:23 ; Hebrews 13:15

Author: Marelisa Fabrega
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Letter Order Not Essential to Comprehension

God's Care Circumstances Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-22

Scripture: Revelation 22:13

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The Heart of a Mouse

Fear Courage Circumstances

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2013-07-15

Scripture: Joshua 1:9

Author: Max Lucado
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