Going through the last election was like living in Egypt during the plague of gnats. Negative ads, bad news, and endless recorded phone messages were everywhere! The anger and fear messages were enough to sink the most buoyant spirit. I’m ready to cleanse my mind and nourish my soul with better stuff.
My cotton-topped poodle showed me the power of discriminating taste. After chasing squirrels, Cosette herded me to the crate that holds her treats. According to her morning routine it was time for her chew. I held out a rawhide; she refused it. I selected another; she wouldn’t take it either. I knew why.
Unlike the English lab we had who thought sneaking garbage was a treat, our standard poodles have particular tastes. Our son had brought them grass-fed cow ears. Cosette especially loved them. After sampling cow ears, rawhides were ho-hum. She turned and walked away.
The Psalmist understood the power of taste. He wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8 NLT). David wrote this when his life was at risk after he had feigned insanity in order to save it. Even in this difficult time he found joy and security in the Lord.
Trouble visits everyone. Bad news won’t go away with the election. We need shelter and hope every day. Do you know where to find it? How do we attain peace when trouble is so loud and distracting? Even the Bible can look big and heavy when our hearts are weary.“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Ps. 34:8 Click To Tweet
The Lord provides peace and joy for those who feed on Him. We start by cultivating the daily habit of meeting with Him. When we have that in place we know our way through any storm. Like a stable horse, we follow the well-worn path that leads home to the comfort and cover we need.
- Would you like a peace that isn’t tied to your circumstances or people’s approval?
- Do you want relief from worry, regret, unreasonable people, and your own messy emotions?
- Would you like peace and joy to govern your holidays instead of stress and chaos?
- Would you rather be fruitful than driven?
Give Yourself a Break shows you how. This interactive study is for groups and individuals. Its user-friendly format helps you find peace for your life challenges. The daily lessons include the Scripture. You just add a pen and open heart to this simple guide for your time with the Lord. When you’ve finished you will have a resource to boost your faith.Are you ready to detox your mind and refresh your faith? Click To Tweet
After doing the study, Michele wrote, “I couldn’t recommend this Bible study enough! It is quite possibly the best one I have ever done as it relates to understanding ‘biblical secrets to uncover the lies we believe that keep us from Gods rest.’ It has been so powerful and chain breaking to me that I intend to start it over and study it again to ensure I retain the knowledge I have gained.”
This morning I offered Cosette another chew. She refused it. Larry had bought some more cow ears so I offered her one. She snatched it, twirled, and pranced with delight. Like my poodles, when we get used to tasting the Lord, nothing less satisfies.
Your turn: How you detox your mind?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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