The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Healer

“I put all my hope on the truth of Your promise
And I steady my heart on the ground of Your goodness
And when I’m bowed down with sorrow I will lift up Your name
And the foxes in the vineyard will not steal my joy
Because You are good to me, good to me
You are good to me, good to me
You are good to me
I lift my eyes to the hills where my help is found
And Your voice fills the night - I raise my head up to hear the sound
Though fires burn all around me I will praise You my God
And the foxes in the vineyard will not still my joy
Because You are good to me good to me
You are good to me, good to me
You are good to me
Your goodness and mercy shall follow me
All my life
I will trust in Your promise
Ya your goodness and your mercy shall follow me
All my life
I will trust in Your promise
Oh your goodness and your mercy shall follow me
All my life
I will trust in Your promise
Because You are good to me good to me
You are good to me, good to me
You are good to me”
- From the song Good To Me by Audrey Assad

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized Him [Jesus] and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well. - Mark 6:53-56

Heal: “alleviate (a person's distress or anguish)” - New Oxford American Dictionary

This is one of those days when I feel a need to say something important. I had a message ready to publish this morning. But I feel like there is something else that needs to be said. It’s simply that Jesus is so good. Today is April 16. Yesterday the countries taxes were due. And I feel like the process of our tax system is so hard on us. I wonder how many marriages this year were lost because of a tax return. I wonder how many people yelled at someone because of a lost piece of paper. I wonder if Jesus could heal. If He could be good to us in these moments of stress. I know, it’s such a small thing. Why should something like taxes be so stressful. After all, the reason they’re probably so stressful for many is because of the large amounts of money we Americans make on average. And I feel somewhat reluctant, because there are billions of people around the world who would love to have our tax problems. But still, for many a real damage has been done. Maybe it’s not taxes for you. Maybe it’s something far more important. Everyday damage gets done. And that’s why I’m so thankful for Jesus. Because in all the hurt, through all the damage, with all our sickness… He heals. Because He is good to us in lives that don’t always seem so good. Because He holds a promise towards us throughout lives of struggle. Because He died for us so that His promise could hold power. Life isn’t always good to us, but He is always here, always near, waiting for us to simply reach out to touch a fringe of His garment. Feel the power and the joy that He can bring to any situation. He heals when nothing else can. He loves when no one else will. He is strange that way. Strange in the absolute best way possible. He’s more than unusual, He’s the only Savior of this world. He’s the only Savior for you and me. Let’s reach to Him for healing today.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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