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“Great Day” Friday 08/18/2017

“Stop and smell the roses”.
There are many ideas as to where that phrase originated, and several interpretations.
One theory suggests it was used in a conversation between two friends, one of whom had a beautiful rose garden.
She worked so diligently in her rose garden that she didn’t take the time to enjoy her handiwork.
Her friend gently reminded her to stop working and experience the beauty she had crafted.
However we may choose to interpret the admonition, above all, we need to take the time not only to sample but to savor the beautiful creations that God has given us.
As time rushes by, remember, life is a journey, not a destination.
Enjoy the trip!     

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is Secret Song” by Mercy Me.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 08/13/2017- 08/19/2017

The Chapel Quotes

“God has a purpose for your life. If you’re single today and looking to date, or single again and wanting to marry again, look for someone who is going to help you fulfill God’s purpose in your life.”

“In time, God will restore your hope. Don’t give up your hope. If it doesn’t unfold in time, it will unfold in eternity.”

“Please note the power of doing the right thing. If God is asking you to step up, step up. If Jesus is calling you, answer yes. If there’s something in your life that’s different than Jesus wants for you to do, drop it immediately.”

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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 08/13/17

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Devotion 08/13/2017
Our Devotion: “Identity in Christ” by Yehee Kim of Asan-si, South Korea, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

While facing the complications of this world, it can be easy to lose our identity in Christ. When I was young, I used to say “I can do everything!” I thought I was special and my parents encouraged me to have great confidence in my abilities. I began to believe there was nothing I could not handle. However, once I entered grade school, I realized that I was not much different from my classmates. I had to learn how to speak nicely, make friends, and work well with others. When I became a high school student, I had lost my belief that I was superior to others.  In fact, I studied extremely hard and worked diligently to be competitive in my academic studies.  At one point I even cried out, “What am I doing here?” I panicked when I could not come up with a worthy answer.  It was then that I recalled that God had a purpose for my life, and I needed to relax, do my best work, but not be nervous about my future. I would not be facing it alone.  Indeed, once my identity was in the Lord, the rest of life fell into place. Now, I’ve changed my mantra to “I can do everything…through Christ, my Savior.”

PRAYER: Lord, let me remember you have a plan for me, and let me trust your leading. Amen.

Book Review 08/16/2017

This Book Review comes from Lillian G. Smith, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University.

Mattie’s Pledge
by Jan Drexel
Revell, PB, 377 pages

This story is set in 1843 in Brothers Valley, Pennsylvania. Mattie Schrock and her family are preparing for the journey of a lifetime.  They eagerly are awaiting the arrival of the rest of a group who will accompany them to a new Amish settlement in Indiana. As the newcomers show up, they include the handsome Jacob Yoder, Mattie’s childhood protector and friend. Jacob and Mattie have an immediate attraction to each other, but their dreams for the future lie on opposite spectrums. Jacob longs to settle down in Indiana and begin his family, whereas Mattie dreams of the mysteries and wonders of moving to the west.  Can Mattie and Jacob decide if their dreams are worth compromising for each other?  Complicating matters, a frightening but tempting Englisher flirts with Mattie throughout their journey, asking her to run away with him.  Mattie struggles to stay true to her Amish roots while also retaining her yearning to travel, explore, and discover new places and people.
Jan Drexler delivers a heartwarming story of excitement, love, and decision making. The page-turning novel leaves readers eager for a satisfying conclusion, and they are guaranteed to receive that. The compelling message of trusting God’s will is expertly woven into the pages and leaves readers with a desire to discover such leading in their own lives. Teens and young adults, especially women, will enjoy this story. Although this book does not have a blatantly Christian storyline, Christian themes of trusting in God and relying on his plans are obvious throughout the chapters.

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