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1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

Daily Theme

Thank God for safety & shelter.

Giving Thanks

Read Psalm 121 in its entirety. Think about those times when you might have been down and out, when you were not at your best or on top of your game. Reflect on how God reclaimed you and restored you. Think back on how it felt to know His presence and to receive His provision, those times when you knew that you would not have made it if it had not been for His protection.

Thank God for His help during your hard times. Thank Him for everything that He provided to you. Thank Him for everything that He protected you from during those times. Take a moment and thank Him for all of the grace and mercy that He showered upon you. Let Him know how much that it meant to you to have His hedge of protection in your time of need.

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Giving Back

Support & shop small businesses today. Whether it be at a local farmers market or through a small business website for online shopping. Help end the effects of coronavirus on the small and minority business owners that have been able to keep things together. Black business owners need help, women-owned businesses need help. Veteran-owned and operated businesses are in need of help. Do what you can and make Small Business Saturday a staple as we shop small and buy local.

Go Beyond the Norm

Deliver leftovers to a needy family within your church or community. If you have leftover turkey and trimmings, you might be in a position to help somebody else out and offer them something that you might be looking to toss out come Sunday. Ask your pastor or a church elder. Check with the principal or counselor at your child’s school. Look into it and see who might be willing to accept some care packages of homemade cooking, especially if it is enough to feed a family or two.

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Unless the LORD of hosts Had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah. – Isaiah 1:9

God rebukes us for good reason.

Rebellion.

Disobedience.

Idolatry.

We could go on for a while, you know.

The point is not that we are rebuked or the reasons for our rebuke.  The point is that we can respond to the rebuke rightly.

Reminder

Our rebuke should remind us that God is a righteous judge.  We are reminded that our purpose here on earth is to please God.  His rebuke reminds us to get our lives in line with His purpose for us.

Reflection

Usually, rebuke from God is based on His supreme authority.  Such rebuke should help us reflect on who God is and how He is to us.

Relationship

Focus on your relationship with God.  God redeemed us for us to have a relationship with Him.  Above all else, we need to maintain that relationship with God through constant communication and continual communion with God.

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If It Had,Not, Been For The Lord, On My Side / Where Would I Be?, Where Would I Be? /

The classic gospel song that is derived from the Scriptures in Psalm 124.  It stems from a personal reflection amid the call for a collection reflection.  Each heart and every soul is to ponder and think deeply about the ways that the Lord has done miraculous things in their own lives as well as those both near and dear to them.  They would collectively look back upon how God had enhanced and enriched the lives of men and women throughout the ages.  In particular, the collective reflection would collide and combine with the personal reflection, bringing about a response from among people.

Think about what your response would be amid such a song of ascents.

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.- Peter Drucker

How often do we accomplish a goal and then quietly reflect upon it? I am not sure about the experience of many others, but I have seen where we get our desired results and instinct leads us into celebration, not reflection.   Take a long, hard look at what you have done, the effort and energy put into doing something right, and then simply reflect upon it quietly.  Discern what more could have been accomplished or how to improve on the effort the next time.  Keep thinking forward for the next opportunity.  Identify opportunities that exist now that you have accomplished this goal.  You need to build upon the success of this latest triumph, but you need to do so with some time to reflect upon what you have already done.  Use the victory as motivation for more movement.  Keep that enthusiasm burning among your people to get them over the next hurdle that is headed their way along the journey.  Take some time to simply reflect, then regroup and go forward with an action plan for further success.

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