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Smart people are sometimes so because of a gift of brainpower.

Intelligent people are always so because of the grit of willpower. They know that intelligence is no accident, but instead the fruit of diligent study.

King Solomon — who knew a thing or two about intelligence — put it this way:

“Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
Their ears are open for knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)

There’s so much more for us all to learn, so let’s make the intelligent choice today, beginning with time in the Word. Here’s a great place to start each day:


As always, I love you

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This metaphor of a good life is so attractive… I want to see my life represented by this word picture. Perhaps you do, too.

“They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.”

So how can Psalm 1:3 become true in your life and mine?
By living according to Psalm 1:2.

“…they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.”

That’s what I love about God’s desire for our lives. A blessed life isn’t based on genius but instead genuine humility to learn and live His ways.

As always, I love you

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Now this is engaging thought….

“Wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)

When we share life-tested truths with others who are thirsty in their hearts and minds, we become the vessels God intends.

Learn from His Word. Live for His purposes. Love helping people. Become the brook that refreshes others.

As always, I love you

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My goodness. What a great reminder of why I so adore God…

“The Lord always keeps His promises;
He is gracious in all He does.” (Psalm 145:13)

No matter how many times I fall spiritually, God’s promises of love and forgiveness never fail. I am always forgiven when I humbly repent before Him.

It’s good that He’s God and I’m not. I seriously doubt that I would have forgiven me as much as He has.

You know, it’s important that we show the same mercy toward others that God shows toward us. In fact, the verse above should describe us, shouldn’t it?

“______________ always keeps his/her promises;
He/She is gracious in all he/she does.”

As always, I love you

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I’ve noticed in life that some people appearing to lack inner peace are the most prone toward trying to impress others.

It seems that they’ve embraced the fallacy that impressive or dramatic external actions are the key to unlocking the inner door to a restful heart.

But there’s a big problem with the lie that external merit assures internal peace.

We are trapped by the performance-based acceptance. Our worth is seen as based on what we do, not who — or whose — we are.

We become contract-minded people who see relationships as deals to be effectively managed rather than as gifts of worth based on the person, not the performance.

Not God’s way at all.

Listen, there’s a great lesson in 2 Kings 5:1-19 (click here) for us in our relationship with God and with other people. It’s not about impressive actions but instead about an expressive trust.

In this story, the focus of the trust is God.

In our relationships, the focus should be on becoming a person who can be trusted to always be gracious toward others, valuing them not because of impressive deeds but instead because of a desire for expressive love.

As always, I love you

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