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“Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.” Ecclesiastes 7:3 I know, this really isn’t a scripture that sounds encouraging but it holds a powerful lesson. Think back over your life and remember all the moments that truly defined and shaped you as a person.…

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Gravity is not influenced by popular opinion. It just exists. Our preference has no effect on its properties. Many other principles in life hold true whether we like them or not. If we plant watermelon seeds we will not harvest corn or tomatoes. How we live our lives today determines to a great extent the quality of life we experience tomorrow. The Bible declares, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Often that statement has ominous connotations, but the opposite is true too. If we sow love, peace, kindness, and gentleness into those around us, we will receive a beautiful crop in return.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help is to be aware of what we are planting each day. Give us the grace and strength we need to consistently sow the right things.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock

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“He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor” (Proverbs 11:27)

Most people want to be good people who live good lives. But being good doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. It is a daily choice to make good decisions that will reap good results in your life.

To be diligent is characterized by steadfast, heartfelt and energetic effort. Day in and day out you are making right decisions, keeping a right spirit, and doing what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord. Your diligence in doing good will bring God’s favor upon your life. Hebrews 11:6 reiterates this fact, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Prayer: Lord, help me to diligently seek for good in all that I do and say. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight. I want to procure your favor upon my life. I want to gain the reward that comes from diligently seeking you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Devotion by Beth Dillon

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