Great Expectations

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God promised a peaceful life, not a perfect life, so it’s important to understand the difference.”~TB

Misguided

When you follow the world too closely, it can lull you into a false sense of how life is “supposed” to go. Society tells you to follow certain practices, go to school, get a job, buy a house, join the HOA, build a family, etc. These rules seem fine because it gives you a sense of “what to do”. However, these superficial guidelines can make the blind feel a false sense of control or security that lies outside of God.  Ironically, what this world teaches you is not rooted in Biblical principle, because the only guaranteed thing in life is God and nothing else.  Blindly following this “checklist life” will bring you disillusionment and discontent because this path is the exact opposite of what Christ teaches.

The Impossible Quest for Perfection

Yes, it is important to be part of the community. Yes, one must have a job and educate themselves. None of these goals are inherently wrong. That said, life in this world is a journey and not a successive one at that. The world teaches you that life happens in an upward slope. The Bible teaches you that hills, valleys, and plateaus are normal. If you take the world’s guidelines to heart, prepare for a depressing reality because perfection is impossible! At least, for humanity. Just look at Job, Jonah, Joseph, David, and all of the stories in the Bible. Friends, even God’s favorite people in the Word faced trial after trial, setback after setback, before they experienced any kind of success. And, even after they achieved great things, they still faced opposition. So friends, do not strive for perfection, or the picturesque falsehoods of the world. Strive for peace, which can be found in the teachings of the Lord.

Perfect Peace

Your life does not have to be perfect to experience God’s perfect peace. No, this type of peace comes from a deep and lengthy time with God Himself. Friends, we cannot learn all that Christ has to teach us unless we take the necessary time to spend sitting at His feet. Through God, you learn that life is messy. Through Him, you learn that He controls all. And, if you rely on His wisdom, you will see that He is in the midst of all facets of your life. Know that He is always an umbrella when life and opposition bring inclement weather. Spending time in His presence strengthens your understanding that the world is a broken and misguided place and that you need to possess the lens of Christ in order to see through the falsehoods. So the next time you’re feeling down because life isn’t perfect, ask God to teach you how to sit in perfect peace.

Today’s Question

What is stopping you from living in perfect peace?

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Proverbs 29

1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5 To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
6Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.
11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
16When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.
21 A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel.
22 An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice comes from the LORD .
27 The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly

 

Fortify

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Fortify your mind like the walls of Jericho, so that you will rely on God’s perfect peace in all of the relationships within your life.”~TB

God First

When you’ve mastered your mind, you begin to understand how truly helpless you are without God. Friends, your foundation has to begin and end with Him. More to the point, loving God above all else is key to loving anyone at all! Experiencing God’s love informs you on how to properly love your brothers and sisters. You cannot truly love someone if you don’t know God’s love. His love is the only infinite and unyielding love there is! Mold your love after the love of Christ and watch how your relationships change. Because God freely loves and forgives, take those same principles and apply them to every relationship in your life. There will be times of mal-intent. There will be times of friendly fire. No matter the case, when God is first in your life, His Truth will reign supreme, giving you the peace and understanding of what it takes to truly love your neighbor.

Weak Walls

If you love yourself more than you love God, it will show. But, what does that look like? You love yourself more than God when you allow the influence of external factors dictate your mindset, behavior, etc., overriding your connection to Him. Your mind left undisciplined, will lead you to believe that you are the master and commander of this show. Friends, don’t fall for the lies of your ego and the opposition. The devil knows how to use a weak-minded person and he will use you to cause destruction. Because you are weak, you will gladly participate in his foolishness, as you blindly do his bidding, causing chaos amongst God’s people. Fortunately for us, all things work for Christ and even in your weak-mindedness, God uses it to His benefit. Our strength lies in our weakness because God makes up the difference when we fall short. Remember who loved you first so that you rule your mind accordingly.

Today’s Question

Are you giving your weak mind permission to wreak havoc in your life?

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Proverbs 18

1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. 
2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. 
3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt. 
4 Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. 
5 It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent. 
6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. 
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips. 
8 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. 
9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. 
10 The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. 
11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. 
12Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. 
13Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. 
14The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. 
16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! 
17 The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins. 
18 Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents. 
19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars. 
20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. 
21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. 
22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD . 
23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. 
24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Trust

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Trusting in God means taking responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and feelings. Most people would rather lie to themselves than do the work”~TB

Truth of the Matter

The truth of the matter is that through Christ you are set free. This means that you are unchained from the failings and snares of your previous existence. The sad thing is that many of you want to keep your handcuffs because it absolves you of being responsible for your deeds or lack thereof. You’d rather blame your minds and your feelings instead of admitting that you simply did not do the work. This is a hard pill to swallow for most, but if you make the resolve to take responsibility for your actions, freedom ensues. If you truly want to heal, you must start by owning your part of the equation. God will not run your race for you. He already did the hard part, now it’s time to do yours.

Embrace Discipline and Work 

Any type of success– be it reading the Bible or talking with God– takes hard work and discipline. That’s it. There’s no seance, no magic potion; just plain work ethic, and discipline. Why is it that so few people put in the effort? More to the point, why are you so quick to complain about God when you do not put in the effort to personally know Him? Humans are foolish in that you want all the benefits of Christ, but dread putting in the work to cultivate an honest relationship with Him. Stop embracing the ‘something for nothing’ mentality. Do you not realize the joys of walking closely with the Lord? Of course, you don’t, you didn’t do the work! Friends, there’s nothing more joyous and wonderful than being in the presence of God. Embrace the work and discipline to enjoy the best relationship you could ever know.

Today’s Question

Are you trusting His process, or are you trusting your fake excuses?

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Psalm 101

1 I will sing of your love and justice, LORD . I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. 
3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. 
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. 
6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. 
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence. 
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the LORD from their grip.

Bully

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The devil is just a big insecure bully with a pathetic bag of tricks to scare you into submission. Stay rooted in the Word to see how harmless he truly is.” ~TB

Tom Foolery

Friends don’t fret over the nonsense that the evil one will try to sell you. Expect to question your thoughts, behavior, and external oppressive obstacles. He will not fight fair and you will be tried. But remember, we are strengthened in the Lord and He will fight on our behalf. Of course, evil is terrified of this fact and will try to distort this fact.  Rest in the Truth that God has already won.

Do Your Part

Don’t forget, we are all one body in Christ, which means how we navigate our trials is a collective effort. Mature believers, when you don’t stand up to the injustices, enslavement, and poor treatment from corrupt leaders, you are allowing the innocent to be trampled by such nonsense. Why are you so afraid to hold evil to the fire of the Truth? Do you think he is mightier than God? Resist him so that generations will see the Truth in action.

Today’s Question

Are you standing up against evil or are you numbing yourself in fear of a beaten foe?

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Psalm 75

1 We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. 
2 God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked. 
3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude 
4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’ I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists! 
5 Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance.’” 
6 For no one on earth—from east or west, or even from the wilderness— should raise a defiant fist. 
7 It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall. 
8 For the LORD holds a cup in his hand that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours out the wine in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs. 
9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.”

Musical Chairs

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God is faithful in that we have until our final breath to accept salvation. Of course, none of us knows when we check out!”~TB

Chance

Each day that you shuck and jive with where you stand with God is like playing a game of musical chairs with the devil. With each passing turn, a chair is removed, statistically decreasing your odds of winning. Friends, don’t play musical chairs with your salvation. You will not win.

 

Choice

If the truth is not something you are interested in, avert your gaze. The choice is yours to receive your heavenly inheritance. My job is to point to the truth– the Bible. God examines the motive of your heart. So while you may fool us, you are not fooling him.

Question of the Day

Are you comfortable with leaving your destiny up to chance, or will you grab your seat before it’s too late?

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Psalm 66

1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! 2 Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. 4 Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude 5 Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! 6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and his people went across on foot. There we rejoiced in him.7 For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude 8 Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. 9 Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. 10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. 11 You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. 12 Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. 13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— 14 yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. 15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. 17 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. 20Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Devine Radio Frequency

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It is amazing what we can learn and accomplish when we quiet the worldly noise to focus and tune into God’s heavenly radio” ~ TB

Tune Out

Listen carefully to what you’re being told and by whom. Evil and the world will fill your hearts with fear and anguish. We are lead to believe that we are deficient. Sin markets its wares by tricking people into believing they need things they have no business even desiring. When we fail to tune out the noisy worldly radio, we jam the Biblical frequencies that provide us with the tools and resources to live according to His will.

Tune in

When we begin to quiet the noise around ourselves,  we will see how many false beliefs the world has instilled within us. No, we are imperfect. However, when we tune into the Holy Radio, God silences our fears by imprinting the truth on our hearts and souls. We are His. We are not alone. We can fulfill our purpose in Christ. Take the first few minutes of your day to commit time to Him. His signal cannot be ignored forever, all you have to do is tune in.

 

Question of the day

Are you tuned into God’s message or are you playing the devil’s song on repeat?

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Psalm 61

 

1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude 5 For you have heard my vows, O God. You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name. 6 Add many years to the life of the king! May his years span the generations! 7 May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him. 8 Then I will sing praises to your name forever as I fulfill my vows each day.

Walls

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“We build walls and God tears them down so that we can love, live, share, give, and learn from each other.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Tunnels

Walls create a tunnel vision of isolation, separation, and desperation so that your love cannot be exposed for others to see, feel, and experience.  Open up your window, get out of the house, and spread your joy of The Lord.  Hiding in a tunnel, room, house, or cave will not help others to learn and grow in their faith.  Exit your self-made tunnel. 

Fences

People need each other to help cross over fences, migrate, travel, and to relocate their families from evil situations into the light of love.  Sometimes it is best to move away from evil people and their wicked practices so that your family can have a better opportunity to learn, love, share, give, pray, and hope for a better future.  It is not wise to fence yourself into a bad situation when you can create a better one.

Borders

Create a border of protection around your family that is clear, invisible, and full of love from God, because you have taught them about the love of Christ in your heart.  The quality of work, faith, and time you spend with your family will fight off drugs, alcohol, abuse, waste, laziness, and disobedience.  Let the invisible Walls of God’s Love connect us to the Kingdom of God and tear down all man-made fake borders of patrol.  
Today’s Question
Are you walking through the walls of ignorance with Christ or are you trapped with satan, bound for hell?
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Psalm 49 

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Listen to this, all you people!
    Pay attention, everyone in the world!
High and low,
    rich and poor—listen!
For my words are wise,
    and my thoughts are filled with insight.
I listen carefully to many proverbs
    and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp.
Why should I fear when trouble comes,
    when enemies surround me?
They trust in their wealth
    and boast of great riches.
Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death[a]
    by paying a ransom to God.
Redemption does not come so easily,
    for no one can ever pay enough
to live forever
    and never see the grave.
10 Those who are wise must finally die,
    just like the foolish and senseless,
    leaving all their wealth behind.
11 The grave is their eternal home,
    where they will stay forever.
They may name their estates after themselves,
12     but their fame will not last.
    They will die, just like animals.
13 This is the fate of fools,
    though they are remembered as being wise. Interlude
14 Like sheep, they are led to the grave,
    where death will be their shepherd.
In the morning the godly will rule over them.
    Their bodies will rot in the grave,
    far from their grand estates.
15 But as for me, God will redeem my life.
    He will snatch me from the power of the grave. Interlude
16 So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich
    and their homes become ever more splendid.
17 For when they die, they take nothing with them.
    Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.
18 In this life they consider themselves fortunate
    and are applauded for their success.
19 But they will die like all before them
    and never again see the light of day.
20 People who boast of their wealth don’t understand;
    they will die, just like animals.
Love,
 
Jonathan

Gig

stage-2089831_1920.jpgHi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“One of my 700 trumpet students, a third grader saw me on a gig with his parents. I played a trumpet duet with him since it was the first time seeing their son play an instrument.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Community

All of the good lessons that are tough for children should reflect on community participation, enrollment, involvement, an discovery.  Simply share the stage with people as the moment arise.  Time flies and you never know when it will be your last gig!  Share the love.

Preparation

The fruit of the hard work will release and reveal itself by faith, opportunity, and prayer when you least expect it.  During the last month, 3 other sets of parents and grandparents recognized me on a gig and enjoyed watching their daughters play the trumpet in public for the first time as well.  Be ready for the gig.  I’ve grown more patient and long-suffering in my old age!

Recital

In life, there are no times for warm-ups.  My students are taught to hear, think, play, and read the music.  By teaching Tens of thousands of students over the years, I had to improve my techniques and approach to motivating, learning and teaching for myself and others.  I am the biggest student on the gig sharing the knowledge.
Today’s Question
Are you prepared to gig on the spot each day in your community with the love of your faith in action, being ready to share and work the knowledge of God’s Truth?
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Psalm 16 

A psalm of David.

Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
    are my true heroes!
    I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
    or even speak the names of their gods.
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!
I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
    My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Love,

Jonathan

Book Club

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
Start a book club that talks about the wonderful stories in the Bible to see how they relate to your lifestyle, home, work, community, school, and church environments so that you can fix the hidden problems you still have.”   ~  Jon Barnes

You

You are the church and your book club should include and invite everyone to read what God has to say.  Sharing, talking, and doing this work of faith will follow you where ever you go and possibly inspire others.  It is pure joy to see people read, share, listen, and love God’s word, works, and music created for His Service and Glory.  This is bigger than you, so get out of God’s way and enjoy God’s Book Club of Sharing.  

Book 

Buy ’The Book’ and go by ’The Book’ so that people can join God’s Book Club for pleasure, enjoyment, healing, inspiration, and quality of life.  Honoring God in this way will allow more miracles to formulate in your life, all day every day.  Share, walk, talk, read, re-read and do the work of faith that is in The Book, and your business of life and work will make good sense.

It

Book your own flight and take a trip around the world helping others to join your Book Club for God, by spreading His Message of Hope, Love, Charity, Forgiveness, Repentance, Thanksgiving, Faith, Reading, and Obedience.  It matters what God thinks and does with what you are doing for Him, not the other way around.
Today’s Question
Are your books, business, and thoughts more important than  God’s Plan, Books, Business, and Thoughts?
Enjoy The Reading
 

Job 30

Job Speaks of His Anguish

30 “But now I am mocked by people younger than I,
    by young men whose fathers are not worthy to run with my sheepdogs.
A lot of good they are to me—
    those worn-out wretches!
They are gaunt from poverty and hunger.
    They claw the dry ground in desolate wastelands.
They pluck wild greens from among the bushes
    and eat from the roots of broom trees.
They are driven from human society,
    and people shout at them as if they were thieves.
So now they live in frightening ravines,
    in caves and among the rocks.
They sound like animals howling among the bushes,
    huddled together beneath the nettles.
They are nameless fools,
    outcasts from society.
“And now they mock me with vulgar songs!
    They taunt me!
10 They despise me and won’t come near me,
    except to spit in my face.
11 For God has cut my bowstring.
    He has humbled me,
    so they have thrown off all restraint.
12 These outcasts oppose me to my face.
    They send me sprawling
    and lay traps in my path.
13 They block my road
    and do everything they can to destroy me.
They know I have no one to help me.
14     They come at me from all directions.
They jump on me when I am down.
15     I live in terror now.
My honor has blown away in the wind,
    and my prosperity has vanished like a cloud.
16 “And now my life seeps away.
    Depression haunts my days.
17 At night my bones are filled with pain,
    which gnaws at me relentlessly.
18 With a strong hand, God grabs my shirt.[a]
    He grips me by the collar of my coat.
19 He has thrown me into the mud.
    I’m nothing more than dust and ashes.
20 “I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer.
    I stand before you, but you don’t even look.
21 You have become cruel toward me.
    You use your power to persecute me.
22 You throw me into the whirlwind
    and destroy me in the storm.
23 And I know you are sending me to my death—
    the destination of all who live.
24 “Surely no one would turn against the needy
    when they cry for help in their trouble.
25 Did I not weep for those in trouble?
    Was I not deeply grieved for the needy?
26 So I looked for good, but evil came instead.
    I waited for the light, but darkness fell.
27 My heart is troubled and restless.
    Days of suffering torment me.
28 I walk in gloom, without sunlight.
    I stand in the public square and cry for help.
29 Instead, I am considered a brother to jackals
    and a companion to owls.
30 My skin has turned dark,
    and my bones burn with fever.
31 My harp plays sad music,
    and my flute accompanies those who weep.
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Negativity

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Thinking about people’s problems and talking about them constantly, like a story stuck on rewind, will pollute your mind, body, and spirit, which can  absorb your energy to work more effectively and efficiently for God.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Adoption

Be a solution to problems by not adopting them yourself, with God’s speed and help.  See the problems coming, give proper suggestions, execute the best solution, and live for God. By adopting God’s methods, eternal success is in your path.

Absorption

Breath, absorb, swim, and embrace all that God has for you with the little time you have on earth. See and be a part of the many miracles that will happen right before your eyes to enjoy the fruits of making good decisions. Every second counts adding up to a wonderful life with God. 

Adaptation

Since there are many bad choices to make with many people making them,  you will make fewer mistakes by following after perfection.  We are not perfect, so adopt a positive spin and lifestyle of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, Kindness, and patience in all you do. Since God is perfect, Follow Him and His Ways.
Today’s Question
Are you enjoying all of God’s natural resources with a positive attitude, look, work ethic, and love language or are you trying to destroy the planet and everything on it?
 
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Esther 8 

The King’s Edict in Behalf of the Jews

That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.
Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.
“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”
King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”
At once the royal secretaries were summoned—on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush.[a] These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language.10 Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.
11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,[b] and to plunderthe property of their enemies. 12 The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. 13 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
14 The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.

The Triumph of the Jews

15 When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy,gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.
Love,
Jonathan