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Counting Blessings Instead of Sheep

“I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, LORD, will keep me safe” (CEV)–Psalms 4:8
Wow, how powerfully comforting are the multitude of thoughts that begin to flow through my mind as I think about this statement made by David long ago. When we are actively engaged in doing those things that will make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:5-11), when we are truly seeking first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33), when we have set our affections on things above and are seeking those things (Col. 3:1-2), we can with calmness, quietness and peacefulness of soul pillow our heads in sleep each night.

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Mary Did You Know?

“…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “Mary, Did You Know?” It brings tears to my eyes. If you are familiar with it, you have heard the different things that Mary probably did not know when Jesus was born. However, no song nor book can ever do justice to our Lord. Let us consider more facts about Jesus that Mary didn’t know.


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One Day

Ponder: What does one day matter? 

Scripture: “He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31, NKJV). 

Today is February 29. It must be Leap Year! Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years over 2000 years ago, but his Julian calendar had only one rule – any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. This led to too many leap years! The error wasn’t corrected until 1582 when the Gregorian calendar, which we still use, was introduced. This calendar uses three criteria to identify a leap year: 


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