For 3 weeks every fall season, our city becomes an art gallery. Nearly 2,000 artists from around the world display their creations in galleries, museums, hotels, parks, city streets, parking lots, restaurants, churches, and even in the river.

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What Love Is

Years ago I asked a young man who was engaged to be married, “How do you know that you love her?” It was a loaded question, intended to help him look at his heart’s motives for the upcoming marriage. After several thoughtful moments, he responded, “I know I love her because I want to spend the rest of my life making her happy.”

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Music And Megaphone

Christopher Locke buys old trumpets, trombones, and French horns and transforms them into acoustic amplifiers for iPhones and iPads. His creations are modeled on the trumpetlike speakers used in the first phonographs during the late 1800s. Music played through Christopher’s AnalogTelePhonographers has a “louder, cleaner, richer, deeper sound” than what is heard from the small speakers in the digital devices. Along with being interesting works of art, these salvaged brass instruments require no electrical power as they amplify the music people love to hear.

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Someone was shadowing me. In a darkened hallway, I turned the corner to go up a flight of stairs and was alarmed by what I saw, stopping dead in my tracks. It happened again a few days later. I came around the back of a favorite coffee shop and saw the large shape of a person coming at me. Both incidents ended with a smile, however. I’d been frightened by my own shadow!

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Working For The Wind

Howard Levitt lost his $200,000 Ferrari on a flooded Toronto highway. He had driven into what seemed like a puddle before realizing that the water was much deeper and rising quickly. When the water reached the Ferrari’s fenders, its 450-horsepower engine seized. Thank-fully he was able to escape the car and get to high ground.

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New To The Family

While on a ministry trip with a Christian high school chorale to Jamaica, we witnessed an illustration of God’s love in action. On the day we visited an orphanage for disabled children and teens, we learned that Donald, one of the boys our kids had interacted with—a teen with cerebral palsy—was going to be adopted.

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All Together

For years my wife’s piano and my banjo had an uncomfortable and infrequent relationship. Then, after Janet bought me a new guitar for my birthday, she expressed an interest in learning to play my old guitar. She is a very capable musician, and soon we were, together, playing songs of praise on our guitars. I like to think that a new kind of “praise connection” has filled our home.

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First Response

When my husband, Tom, was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, I began to call family members. My sister and her husband came right away to be with me, and we prayed as we waited. Tom’s sister listened to my anxious voice on the phone and immediately said, “Cindy, can I pray with you?” When my pastor and his wife arrived, he too prayed for us (James 5:13-16).

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Tiny Island

Singapore is a tiny island. It’s so small that one can hardly spot it on the world map. (Try it, if you don’t already know where Singapore is.) Because it is densely populated, consideration of others is especially important. A man wrote to his fiancée who was coming to Singapore for the first time: “Space is limited. Therefore . . . you must always have that sense of space around you. You should always step aside to ensure you are not blocking anyone. The key is to be considerate.”

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Clean The Closet

To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that she would be up in 5 minutes to inspect the room. Unable to effectively clean the room in that time, I would proceed to hide everything I didn’t know what to do with in the closet, make the bed, and then wait for her to come in—hoping that she wouldn’t look in the closet.

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21 thoughts on “Clean The Closet

  1. jh2 says:

    Thanks to odb, the writer of this note and all of your comments. I stay a day behind, and lOok up the extra readings when mentioned. Lord please clean my heart, and strengthen my ability to read your Word, amen

  2. guineafoot says:

    Lord, you are all-knowing, and I thank you for continued guidance throughout my existence. I thank you for your grace, forgiveness, mercy, strength, wisdom and understanding. I thank you for opportunities to praise your name, in good times and not so good times. I thank you for the planned successes and the unplanned successes. I thank you for allowing me to speak to others using your name, in Jesus name, Amen.

  3. noeldocanto says:

    Yes Lord search me!

  4. xemslt says:

    I find very interesting psalm 139 has come up in meditation yesterday and today. Being one of my favorites, I look for, and have read different translations.
    For me, one translation of vs.5 reads, “You Who have “Known” me from before time, have “Knitted” in my mothers womb, how marvelous are Your works”, is my favorite translation. Our Heavenly Father, wonderfully knew us all before creation and took His time to set up our Birthdays.
    Thank You Lord !!!
    Not sure about the knitting needles though. LoL
    So, you could try to run but you can’t hide. Sadly, some of us do try. However, (as I call it), He has set a GPS, (God’s Personal Spirit), in all of us, and He knows the Where and How we are, and will help us make any adjustments to get back on the right road. So, give in, and give it up to the Lord.
    Blessed Is The Lord God
    of all creation, Who made all the Heavens and the Earth.
    All Glory, Praise,and Honor,to You Almighty Father, now and forever, Amen.

  5. bondserve says:

    I want to thank today’s devotional writer for this encouraging and challenging meditation. May God continue to use you as an instrument for His glory and praise!

  6. bondserve says:

    Living life among a sinful world, while housed in the flesh, leaves us with the need to open our hearts to the Spirit’s inspection on a daily basis. It’s not just a “one and done” kind of thing. Remaining separate, as souls set apart unto God (sanctified), we find it necessary to constantly surrender to Christ, confess our imperfections and be cleansed daily. It is Jesus’ righteousness which fits me for heaven, not my own.

    Therefore, we invite and welcome God’s holy vision to search our hearts and reveal whatever may yet hinder our maturity in Christ.

  7. sandy229 says:

    Sounds like you have a wonderful family Rocky. I can relate to some of what u said cuZ my parents would say the same and sometimes say “because I said so”. We we should live how God wants us to live because He said so. Who are we to question God? God doesn’t make mistakes. We were fearfully and wonderfully made. Jesus can take away any strongholds that are causing people to rationalize their behavior. We hate all evilness but we have to love people who are caught up in evil.

    1. Rocky says:

      sandy229, Yes I agree, we must “live how God wants us to live because He said so” the cool thing is that Jesus did not teach us by giving us the rhetorical word only, He supported His teaching words with action by demonstrating them, as He would want us to.

  8. Rocky says:

    I have learned that meditating on the word alone or simply knowing scripture will make a difference in my life. The Bible teaches us to not just read what the word says, but do what the word says.

    Jesus taught His disciples by example, one demonstration was when He washed His apostle’s feet. He could have said, “Hey! I’m the King of kings, you wash my feet” but He humbled Himself, what an awesome lesson of humility, servant-hood, of one practicing what they preach.

    In the house that I grew up in I often heard, “I’m the parent you do as I say, not as I do.” Wow! what a contrast.

    We all need to be held accountable, even though our society is so concerned about being judged. When my kids came to live with me, it was obvious to me how I wanted to teach, I too like Jesus made a level playing field, knowing that I too needed to be held accountable, I allowed my children to hold me accountable. Hold me to the same standard that I’m holding you to, If I’m out of line call me on it, why not allow the people that love us the most, hold us accountable?

    You won’t believe how many times I found myself on timeout, I couldn’t watch TV, couldn’t talk on the phone, I couldn’t have company, I couldn’t visit my friends, I had to write sentences.

    My response demonstrated the response I desired from my children, the results were phenomenal! Not only was I able to teach my children how to receive discipline, I taught them how to administer it, today, we have the utmost respect for each other, and we are able to speak openly about sensitive issues, in addition I now have seven grandchildren, and I never have to get involved in their parenting, they are doing a much better job than I could ever do.

    Praise God for His awesome word!

    1. oge says:

      Bless you, Rocky

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