Live Loved

God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.

[2 SAMUEL 22:33]

Yes, You Can

Two types of thoughts continually vie for your attention. One says, “Yes, you can.” The other says, “No, you can’t.” One says, “God will help you.” The other lies, “God has left you.” . . . One proclaims God’s strengths; the other lists your failures. One longs to build you up; the other seeks to tear you down.

And here’s the great news: you select the voice you hear. Why listen to the mockers? Why heed their voices? Why give ear to pea brains and scoffers when you can, with the same ear, listen to the voice of God?

Turn a deaf ear to old voices. And, as you do, open your eyes to new choices. . . .

I had a friend who battled the stronghold of alcohol. He tried a fresh tactic. He gave me and a few others permission to slug him in the nose if we ever saw him drinking. . . .

One woman counters her anxiety by memorizing long sections of Scripture. A traveling sales rep asks hotels to remove the television from his room so he won’t be tempted to watch adult movies. Another man grew so weary of his prejudice that he moved into a minority neighborhood, made new friends, and changed his attitude.

Turn a deaf ear to the old voices.

Open a wide eye to the new choices.


Lord, your word has promised that we can do all things through you because you give us strength. Our hope is in you, Father. Teach us to concentrate on your strengths rather than on our failures. Grant us grace to do our part in overcoming difficulties, and give us the wisdom to know when to let you do your part, amen.

You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you.

[ISAIAH 55:12]

Holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.


“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

[JOHN 16:33]

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