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Theme of the Week: Fueled by God's Blessings
Friday, February 7, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you." (Isaiah 43:2, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 43:1-13

A good friend of mine from church was traveling home from a business trip. He politely greeted the woman who took the seat next to him, then returned to his reading. During the flight he noticed the woman crying. It turned out that the woman's husband had come to Baton Rouge, looking for work and had been hit by a car and killed while crossing the highway. She was traveling alone on a mission to identify his body at the hospital morgue. She was [in a strange city,] distraught with shock and grief.

So my friend changed his plans, hailed a cab, and rode with the woman to the hospital. He went with this stranger to the morgue, and afterward took her to the hospital chapel to regain her composure. He prayed aloud for her [to experience] the comfort of our everlasting God.

Why did my friend risk this messy encounter? Because over the years he had opened himself to [a life of being blessed and blessing others]. As he received the grace of Jesus, he saw over time how both his own lost soul and his imperiled marriage were healed. So he entered into the joyful adventure of being available to bless others—even when it led him to a morgue with a stranger.

—Gerrit Dawson in The Blessing Life

My Response: When was a time God redirected me so I could bless someone else?

Thought to Apply: Find a need and fill it.—Ruth Stafford Peale (writer, editor, speaker)

Adapted from The Blessing Life by Gerrit Dawson (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me not to be distracted by false definitions of blessing, but instead, to live fully in the reality that true blessing is found in a deepening relationship with you.

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