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Mornings with Jesus

Mornings with Jesus July - August 2018

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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Every attempt has been made to credit the sources of copyrighted material used in this book. If any such acknowledgment has been inadvertently omitted or miscredited, receipt of such information would be appreciated. Scripture quotations marked (AMP) are taken from The Amplified Bible and The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved. Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org Scripture quotations marked (ERV) are taken from Easy-to-Read Version Bible. Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International. Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are taken from…

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a note from the editor

I LOVE READING the Bible but I have to admit the verses I can readily quote are usually ones that have been in some hymn or anthem we’ve sung at church; then I can pull the words out of thin air but only by humming the tune. I look with admiration at those learned souls who not only can recite long passages by heart but will tell you which chapter and verse. There used to be a guy at the coffee shop around the corner from the office who thumbed through a tattered Bible as he waited for the lunch specials. His life hadn’t been easy, as I found out when I chatted with him. He’d lost a kid, multiple jobs, seen a marriage fail but he was full of faith. One…

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sunday, july 1

BEING MARRIED TO THE SHORTSTOP for the New York Yankees certainly had its ups and downs. Because of my husband’s job we were sometimes given perks that I was truly grateful for. But other times living in the public eye held many unrealistic standards. One night we joined another couple for dinner downtown. Midway through the meal I noticed flashes and cameras going off. This wasn’t unusual, but what made it strange was that the flashes were coming from outside. People walking by the front of the restaurant noticed that my husband and another ballplayer were eating inside, and the fans were snapping photos from the sidewalk, staging themselves to look like they were sitting next to the players at a meal. Up close the prank was evident, but from afar…

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monday, july 2

YES, I’VE SOMETIMES BEEN CALLED out for finding spiritual applications everywhere I look. But, in light of the practical stories and slice-of-life scenes that Jesus used in His teaching, I’m in good company. I stood before the mackerel display at the Monterey Aquarium, tempted to pass it quickly. Yet another fish. Because of my husband’s passion for fishing, I’m well-acquainted with fish, their habits, their habitat, their anatomy, and . . . their taste. The mackerel swimming past the tank window seemed ordinary. But it was the shape that formed the life lesson for me. “Smooth and streamlined, mackerel waste little effort as they swim.” So the sign near the tank told me. How much effort do I waste because I’m not streamlined? I stand in front of my closet, perplexed because I don’t…

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tuesday, july 3

I RECENTLY TRAVELED TO NEPAL to provide Bible training for rural church leaders. Eight conferees came from the region that was the epicenter of a massive earthquake in 2015. One afternoon they spoke about the earthquake and how it affected them, but they didn’t linger on details. Instead, they focused on the Lord’s protection and of His providing food in the quake’s aftermath. When they finished talking, the worship music began. I watched and listened as the men raised their hands and voices heavenward. Smiles lit up their faces, and they burst into dance. These folks are some of earth’s poorest, and yet they model joy, I thought. They prove that joy doesn’t depend on material things and happy times. I have much to learn. I suspect one reason my Nepali friends experience…

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wednesday, july 4

YEARS AGO I SIGNED UP for a beginning piano class. The first night the instructor gave us handouts showing the notes for two songs and which fingers to use. Every day I practiced, until I could proudly play the melodies of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Happy Birthday” with my right hand. The second week the teacher added the chords for the songs. Poof—my enthusiasm evaporated. Many class members had had lessons in childhood, and I felt like the only total beginner. While I struggled to put the right keys with the correct fingers, those around me could play them immediately. I left discouraged and tempted to drop out. I’ve had similar experiences in my spiritual life. I’ve launched into a ministry filled with enthusiasm, until I compared my performance with somebody…