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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Sep 11 2019 01:00AM

Jesus explains his metaphor. God's love is His yoke. Cattle were yoked together to keep them in step, in synch, make their pulling easier, more efficient, their work lighter.


Linked with Him, aware of His closeness, our lives become simple, satisfying, and rewarding.


His goodness will hold us and be enough. When challenges come, His presence and love surround us, giving rest. Studies show rest increases efficiency. Jesus invites us to rest in His love and care, trusting that God has our best interests at heart always.*


We create anxiety by being afraid to trust God. Worry is blind and can't see the future, but Jesus can. Those who seek Him first, will see the way open up.**


For every difficulty, God has a plan to untangle the worst snarls you've created without embarrassment, including the challenges created for you.


Satan pushes you to protect yourself, to fear surrender to God, to trust only what you can see. But worry brings unrest--steals your energy.


Need wisdom? strength? healing? God is willing to supply. He has resources and ideas you can't even imagine--a thousand ways to provide where you see none.


Trusting brings positive attitudes. Surrender makes you glad. Peace is in His presence.


The better you know Him, the more intense is your happiness. The more time you spend in His presence, the more bliss you will have, the more glory you will see.


He's amazing to work for, and if you make Him your priority employer, you will see problems disappear, your way become clear.


*Exodus 33:14 **Isaiah 48:18 ***Psalm 147:3,4, Colossians 2:3,9,10



By Arla, Jul 31 2019 01:00AM

Peter's discouragement smacks right into Jesus' supply, and seeing that Jesus has all of nature in his control, he forgets all about boats and fish. While the others secure the catch, he drops at Jesus' feet, holding on and exclaiming, "Lord, leave me, I am a sinful man!"


Daniel and Isaiah had exactly that same "undone" experience, feeling unworthy in response to realizing God's presence.*


He obviously doesn't want Jesus to leave, but he has connected with his unbelief and is ashamed of his doubt. He sees himself as he truly is. Peter sees there is no need to worry when he's with the One who can call fish from the sea into a net.


Self-distrust is important to learn, and a natural response to God-realization. You can't really trust God while thinking you can do it yourself. The paradox is that trusting Him calls to life abilities you never knew you had.


Until now they had still been going back to fishing, and before asking them to unite with him, Jesus gives them assurance that God will provide. Now, he chooses to ask them to work for him full time.


So with us, apart from Jesus it is easy to distrust and complain. But working in his presence, under his direction, his mind connects to ours, revitalizing us with energy and joy. Our weak, vacillating natures become strong and steady.


Satan is the one who works to discourage us. Jesus inspires with faith, hope and confidence.


Matthew 4:18-20, Mark 1:16-18, Luke 5:8-11, *Daniel 10:8, Isaiah 6:5



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