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FEBRUARY 26, 2020 – JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 (KJV)


Years ago I was at my part-time job when I noticed we had a brand-new candy bar. I hadn’t seen any commercials introducing it, but I was intrigued. The colors looked familiar, but I hadn’t heard of this one. This “Spunow” looked enticing, delicious, yummy, and most of all NEW!


Suddenly, I burst into laughter. My “new” candy bar was nothing more than the old familiar Mounds bar turned upside down!


It made me think about God and how sometimes my relationship with Him becomes stagnate, familiar and, quite frankly, boring. What if I took some time to look at Him differently, in a way I’ve never seen Him before – upside down, if you will?


Today I invite you to revisit your familiar spiritual places but look at them with new eyes. Do you have devotion in the morning? How about taking time during your lunch hour to devote to Bible study and prayer? Do you pray the same prayers? Try a new prayer. Or try journaling your prayers. Or singing your prayers. Do you lay your head on your pillow and drift off to sleep while barely breathing an “Amen?” Why not kneel beside your bed and take some time with your Heavenly Father? It just might turn your Mounds into the new and improved Spunow!


Lamentations 3:22-24 New International Version (NIV) says:


22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,     for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;     therefore I will wait for him.”

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