Bible Verse of the Day
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Inspiration and Prayer for 2/3/13:

This week I have been looking a fear. What is fear anyway? We hear the word and immediately it brings up past or present fears we have of some people, or places or things. It is our focus on them that makes them expand and eventually overwhelm us. The focus on our fears takes away happiness and love. We end up in a living hell made by our own obsession. This can easily happen in the current times we live in when many are in fear of losing their jobs, their homes, their necessities in life, and sometimes their lives. I love what Maya Angelou says about fear, “The opposite of Fear is Courage. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true,merciful or honest.”

Fear takes away all that God intends us to be. Am I facing my fears and surrendering them to God or dwelling on them and making them worse?

” Dear Lord of our Hearts, help us today to rid us of those fears that keep us in bondage. Help us to be open to your prompting, and regenerating Grace. Keep us safe from the hells of negative thinking and actions. In our daily service to you help us to be positive, and affirming. Keep us from judgment of others and empower all toward good useful talents and lives. We give thanks everyday for all we have been given, for what we are able to give to others, and receive from others. Thank you. AMEN.”

Love, Rev. Judith

M. Judith Vandergrift MDiv., BS.

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