Overflow with Joy Found in the Greatest of Love

Overflow of Life

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Have you ever witnessed any living thing seemingly overflow with joy? This morning, I sat in the early morning watching two dogs run with wild abandon and overflow with the zeal of life. The word overflow, as defined by Oxford Dictionary, is to flow over the brim of a receptacle or to have such excess that the available space cannot contain it. Now, let’s apply that to joy. Have you ever experienced such joy that it overflowed from your being so that your body could not contain it? Is it possible to live a life that consistently has an overflow of joy? If we bind and intertwine ourselves with the greatest love of all given to us by Christ, then it is possible to live a life that consistently overflows with joy.

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Vines and Branches – Lessons in the Garden of Life

The Greening of the Vines and Branches

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The vines and branches are turning green on the mountain making springtime evident. The wildflowers are tipping the scales in their native beauty bringing hope for warmer weather and good things to come. There is something about the springtime that restores hope in the good things of life. It is also in this time that the necessity of vines and branches clinging together with healthy pruning is noticeable. Winter has its beauty but sometimes you have to look harder for it. For the cold dark days will one day again open up to the greening of the vines and branches. As I contemplate this on such a beautiful spring morning; musician and songwriter, Andy Squyres,’ song lyrics to Cherry Blossoms come to mind. As winter takes belief while springtime shows the evidence and lessons learned in the garden of life.

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Silence – Hear the Sound of My Voice

Silence – Peaceful or Deafening?

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Silence, to some, is the sound of peace and to others it is deafening. But whether we like silence or not we must concede that silence or at least quiet is necessary to hear clearly. Our world today is noisy with not just the things that affect our auditory senses, but things that affect all of our senses. A world where busyness is a given and those that aren’t exhibiting it appear out of touch or even lazy. But we must circle back to the need for quiet to hear properly, understand clearly, and be able to discern what we are to do with the messages that we can only hear in the silence.

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Grab Hold and See! Faith for Today

Grab Hold and Take a Bite

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Have you ever longed to grab hold of something just to see if it is real? Sometimes it seems, we live in an artificial world and that artificiality makes it difficult to distinguish the real from the unreal. This often creates doubt and confusion making trust an issue. It begs us to ask what can we believe and how should we measure our belief? Do we need to grab hold of something to see whether it is real?

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Believe it or Not – Considering Faith

Believe it or Not!

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Believe it or not, the month is marching on with warmer temperatures, new life, and maybe even a return to normalcy after a year of strangeness. Easter has come and gone somehow signifying that believe it or not, summer will soon be here. Sometimes it seems like this past year of the weird and strange life we moved into wasn’t real. But seeing is believing and we have all been witness to it. As Robert Ripley said, “Truth is stranger than fiction” and it has been one strange year. But what about the things of life that we can’t or don’t see? Does that make them not real or signify that they don’t exist? This is where we must examine the facts, gather our notes, and decide to believe it or not. When we are in this place of doubt, we must take to considering our faith.

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Good News That Never Gets Old!

The Best Good News!

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Do you need some good news? It seems there isn’t much good reported. We are quick, however, to hear the bad, disturbing, and disheartening. So as Easter approaches maybe it is time to hear some good for a change. Good news that creates wonder, amazement, and awe. Easter is often viewed by its celebratory accessories of rabbits, eggs, and bonnets. But if the jubilation of the Good News is to overflow from us, let’s reset our attitude on the joy that the Good News brings instead of the fluff around it. We also mustn’t see the Good News as old news forgetting its impact on our lives today because it’s a story we’ve heard before. So, how do we keep the enthusiasm of the Good News going so we can experience and express the joy of the glory of God all year long?

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Mindset – Reaching Beyond Fixed Attitudes to Find Growth

Looking to Mindset

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What’s your mindset been this week? How about in the last year? Do you have a different attitude for the future? Mindset plays a critical role in how we cope with the challenges we face in life. Our mindset is a collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape our thought habits. And our thought habits in turn affect how we think, feel, and the actions we take. To understand how we can take our mindset and pivot it for a positive future we first must recognize the 2 types. Then we can refocus and realign our thoughts and beliefs to the processes of life rather than the product.

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Do You See the Writing on Your Heart? – The New Covenant

The Shaky Foundation of the Unfocused

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Can’t you see the writing on the wall? Do you recognize what is going to happen if? Have you ever been told this or told it to someone else? As I read today’s headlines this is what I wanted to scream. Is the world blind? Has the focus been lost and buried so long that life is deteriorating? It often seems that the world is crumbling away bit by bit. Somewhere along the way, we have lost our focus and direction. Are we part of the problem or solution? When the writing appears clear how do we share it with others in a loving way? And what is going to happen to our world if we don’t?

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The Heartbeat of Love – Look up, for Life!

Heartbeat and Love

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Do you ever listen to your heart or specifically your heartbeat? I generally don’t think about my heartbeat much unless it is not behaving properly. For example, when I hike up a mountain early in the morning, then it lets me know that it is working hard! It seems, however, that even outside medical reasons all of us should give more consideration to our hearts but maybe not in the way we think. Our hearts connect with our brains and have a social reputation that is connected with love. There are many cultural references to the heart and love with sonnets, songs, images, and many others. It might all sound like hype, but there is science behind the lovesickness that might just be good for that heartbeat.

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Boundaries – The Description of Love Given by God

Are Boundaries Stifling or Freeing?

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Boundaries, rules, and the practicalities of life sometimes seem restrictive and even stifling. But most of us would agree that some boundaries are just necessary for life. They help it run smoothly and allow relationships between people to be amiable. Perhaps boundaries wouldn’t be necessary if people treated each other with love but that is not always the case. God recognized this early on and decided that boundaries were needed for the safety of His people. He created out of love what we call the Ten Commandments. This set of boundaries are guidelines to direct the community of God. They weren’t designed to earn God’s protection or love. Instead, they show God’s love for us. For as Christ taught us, they were to help fulfill and teach God’s ultimate law of love.

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