Thursday, November 5, 2015


In Psalm 119:30-32, we read: “I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.”

She fretted over most things. Especially appearances. One frequent expression that tumbled from her lips--What would people think? She waded through life, miserable, unseeing of her surroundings. One morning in the park, she heard the voice of a little child.

“Are you dying?” The little boy stood there, by the park bench, holding his teddy bear. One with a large red heart  on the chest.“You can hug my bear. He helps take the pain away,” he offered.

She stared at the boy. Was that who she was? The walking dead? “Mercy me,” she said. She looked down at the him, accepted the bear’s hug, returned it. “Thank you. What’s your name?”


“What are you going to be when you grow up, Barney?” He shrugged his shoulders.

“I know one thing you are,” she said. He tilted his head. “You are an encourager.”

“Is that a good thing?” He said, his forehead furrowed.

“The best.” She offered him a warm smile. “Thank you.” He grinned and ran toward the swings.

In life’s journey, I have a tendency to look at the obstacles in my life as problems instead of opportunities. Opportunities to cling to the testimonies of the Lord. Opportunities to run the course--which I can’t do unless He enlarges my heart.

Kingdom Thinking. I have chosen the way of truth. I stumble but as the Lord has promised, He will not put me to shame. He loves me with an everlasting love. He has promised never to leave nor forsake me. He has enlarged my heart--for Him. He offers the same to you. His arms are open. Won’t you come to Him?