Find God in Scripture

By Karen O’Connor:

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A popular cliché says: “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.”

How much better would it be if the tough went to the Bible, to find God in Scripture?

It doesn’t get any better than this:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6).

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

God speaks to us in such personal and reassuring ways through Scripture. Instead of looking for a dose of daily news, how about a dose of daily Bible verses to see us through and to inspire us in all our ways?

Sign up now for a bible reading to come to your inbox each day by clicking HERE. It couldn’t be simpler than this to find God in Scripture. 

Be inspired by this YouTube video with encouragement for daily Bible reading.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor

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Find God in Soul Food

By  Karen O’Connor:

 

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Is there a soothing, comfort food you turn to when you’re feeling lonely, sad, uncertain, or even happy and satisfied? Perhaps it triggers warm memories of the family table and good times with friends and relatives. Such food not only nourishes the body but does the soul a whole lot of good too,

In the United States today, the term “soul food” refers to African-American cuisine, including such mouth-watering delectables such as yams, sorghum, watermelon, pumpkin, okra, and leafy greens, wild lemons, oranges, dates and figs. When the aroma of soul food wafts through a neighborhood, everyone knows there’s a big pot on the stove somewhere and they gather ’round.

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Image byJennifer Woodard Maderazo

In my family of origin there were many delicacies particular to my Irish heritage, beginning with Mom’s apple slices drizzled with a light frosting made from a mixture of water and powdered sugar, corned beef and cabbage, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, and plenty of hot stews with more vegetables than I liked at the time I was growing up.

In my home now, soul food is potato-carrot soup, pumpkin custard, and toasted English muffins spread with fresh hummus and topped with thin slices of onion, tomato, and avocado.

Musing about the kind of soul food one can eat, got me thinking about another kind––soul food without calories––the kind that nourishes the human spirit. The food that matters for eternity.

Find God in soul food: feasting not just on family fare but also on the word of God.

I believe it’s important to enjoy earthly foods that keep us healthy, functioning, and alert. But such foods should never take the place of a daily helping of true soul food: conversation with God, rest in Him, Scripture reading, journal-writing, listening prayer, and repentance when we overstep his authority and will for our lives. This rich buffet of nourishing choices provides the balance we all need.

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This week as you linger over a cup of tea and your favorite cookie or sit down to a lovely meal, enjoy every bite and sip, keeping in mind that these will one day pass––but the food you feed your soul, will––like the words of Jesus–– never pass away. Find God in soul food and you’ll never be hungry again.

Be inspired by this YouTube video from Quiet Hour Ministries on food for your soul.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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Finding God While Having Fun

By Karen O’Connor:

Do you know that you can be finding God and having fun . . . at the same time?

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Finding God while having fun is not only possible it’s probable—when you give in to your playful side and look for ways to live life on the joyful side of the street!

Leslie Alderman in her article, “Get Happy,” published in Real Simple magazine (September, 2005, p. 248), reminds readers that happiness (including having fun) brings its own reward.  “. . . it feels good–but it has another benefit: it’s great for your health.”

Researchers who study the science of happiness, according to Alderman’s report,  have found that “happier people live longer, have stronger immune systems, and are more resilient to stress than their less sanguine counterparts.”

Do you know that’s in the Bible?  Check it out!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22, NIV)

What are some of the simple things you can do to make the most of your days, to have more fun, more pleasure, more relaxation?

Start by making subtle changes in your daily life.  Keep your to-do list under control.  You don’t need to vacuum every day.  You could change your linens twice a month instead of once a week. Cut down your volunteer activities.  Which one do you really enjoy? Focus on that and let the others go.

And spend a few minutes each day reading from God’s Word—the Bible. Take the 30-day challenge at biblegateway.com  and see how it will change your life for the better.

Make sure you have plenty of funshine in your life each day.  Do at least one thing that is fun for you.

If you want to take a nap, go for it.  If you love to walk your dog and chat with people you meet along the way, do that.  If your pleasure comes from sewing, then turn on your machine at least a few hours a week and pull out the fabric. If that means letting the dishes slide or your bed go unmade for a few hours, so be it.  Fun is as important as a tidy kitchen or bedroom.

If you relax with classical music or a good book or find pleasure in pruning your roses and arranging a bouquet, choose that, and make it an essential part of your routine.

Spending time with people you love, laughing, walking, keeping up with a hobby, are just a few simple ways to help yourself to have fun and stay mentally and physically fit. And the most important benefit is finding God while having fun. For it is God’s will for us to rejoice in the life he’s given us.

“And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you” (Deuteronomy  12:7 the Bible)

“The best people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work . . . this comes from God. No one can eat or enjoy life without God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 the Bible).

Be inspired by this YouTube video on ideas for having family fun nights.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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