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Mornings with Jesus

Mornings with Jesus January/February 2020

Experience this devotional magazine that blesses you with Jesus' words, His teachings, and His Wisdom. This inspiring magazine will help you begin and end your day connected to Jesus.

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1 Min.
a note from the editor

I CONFESS THAT when I’m sitting in church on a Sunday my thoughts don’t always go in saintly directions. I’ll wonder why that mom can’t keep her kid from running up and down the aisle during worship, or why that guy wears the same jacket week after week—it could use some dry cleaning—or why the preacher takes 20 minutes to say something that could be said in 10. This is in church, mind you, when I’m supposed›to be thinking about God. I found a healthy corrective the other day as I was talking to one of my fellow choir members. “You know,” she said, “I’ve decided that if I’m not being paid to judge, I’m not going to judge. It’s as simple as that.” She should know. She works as a…

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friday, january 3

LAST YEAR I JOINED A gym. I’d let too much time pass by without any regular exercise. It showed, in both my tight clothing and doctor’s bills. It was time to get back in shape. I began going to the gym three mornings a week. At first it was grueling, but soon physical benefits became apparent. The various machines and weights became as familiar as old friends. Then I fell ill and missed several weeks. When I finally was strong enough to return, the circuit seemed impossible. I gritted my teeth and forced myself to participate. My muscles screamed at me, and I was tempted to stop going altogether. But every time I went back, it became easier. The weights didn’t strain my arms and legs as much. And if I had…

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saturday, january 4

I READ HEALTH AND FITNESS magazines during my trips to the hair salon. One day while waiting to be served, I read an article about food addiction. The writer shared her battle with obesity and went on to say that many addictions are due to family genetics. I thought of my family and the variety of food, drug, and emotional habits that some family members have overcome by the power of grace. The hymn “Amazing Grace” should be my family’s official anthem. Through many dangers, toils, and snares we have already come. ’Tis grace that brought us safe thus far and grace will lead us home. My uncle Jay is one family member who has been transparent in sharing his struggles. For five years, he was plagued by a debilitating drug addiction. My…

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sunday, january 5

IN LUKE 19 WE LEARN ABOUT ZACCHAEUS, a tax collector who was so short he had to climb a tree to see Jesus as He was passing through Jericho. When Jesus looked up and saw Zacchaeus, Jesus immediately invited Himself to Zacchaeus’s house! The people in the crowd didn’t think Zacchaeus was worthy of Jesus’s attention. In their eyes Zacchaeus was just a sinful tax collector. But it didn’t matter what they thought because Jesus thought Zacchaeus was worthy of both His presence and salvation. I’m so grateful that Jesus cared about me enough to save me. He willingly gave His life for mine. And it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Anthony Brown and Group Therapy’s song “Worth” brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it because the…

2 Min.
tuesday, january 7

A FRIEND OF MINE IS an image consultant. She helps clients sort their clothes, decide what to keep and what to discard, and shop for new items. Together they develop a personal wardrobe that complements the client’s skin tone and body type and reflects his or her personality. Did you know the Bible mentions wardrobes? Take Lazarus’s story. He was buried wearing graveclothes designed for the dead. His outfit was appropriate for the occasion, but it became outdated the moment Jesus brought him back to life. “Unwrap him,” Jesus commanded. In other words, strip off the old and don the new—clothes fit for the living. As believers, we ought to pay attention to our spiritual wardrobe. Colossians 3:5–9 describes our grave clothes prior to placing our faith in Jesus: sexual…

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wednesday, january 8

“WALK THIS WAY,” THE BUTLER said. Then he proceeded to limp his way noisily across a foyer. The visitor who followed did the same, mimicking his limp/stomp/limp/stomp, hunched over, listing-to-one-side posture. A classic comedic moment. Most credit the scene’s origin to the movie Young Frankenstein, but the comedic gesture first appeared in the 1936 movie After the Thin Man. The literalism of the follower’s response added the layer of humor. How different the scene when Jesus is the one instructing, “Walk this way.” He means it. Literally. Stepping into His footprints, walking like He walked. Offering a kind word. Stooping to heal and bless. Moving among the hungry and thirsty, offering the Bread of Life and Living Water. Rising early to be alone with the Father to pray. Forgiving those who rejected, reviled,…