โ€‹My Daily Bread – Now faithโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ› is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ‘๏ธโ€๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘๏ธ.ย The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ despise wisdom and instruction ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ.ย Singing ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถwith Violet. When GOD gives us a new beginning, we find a JOY ๐Ÿ˜‚ thatโ€™s never ending. I desire to depart ๐Ÿ›ซ and be with CHRISTโœ๏ธ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body ๐Ÿ’’.ย 

My Daily Bread – Now faithโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ› is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ‘๏ธโ€๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘๏ธ.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ despise wisdom and instruction ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ. 

Singing ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถwith Violet. When GOD gives us a new beginning, we find a JOY ๐Ÿ˜‚ thatโ€™s never ending. I desire to depart ๐Ÿ›ซ and be with CHRISTโœ๏ธ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body ๐Ÿ’’. 

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

http://bible.com/1/heb.11.1.KJV

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Proverbs 1:7

7. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Singing with Violet. When GOD gives us a new beginning, we find a JOY thatโ€™s never ending.

I desire to depart and be with CHRIST, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.โ€”Philippians 1:23โ€“24

An elderly woman named Violet sat on her bed in a Jamaican infirmary and smiled as some teenagers stopped to visit with her. The hot, sticky, midday air came into her little group home unabated, but she didnโ€™t complain. Instead, she began wracking her mind for a song to sing. Then a huge smile appeared and she sang, โ€œI am running, skipping, jumping, praising the LORD!โ€ As she sang, she swung her arms back and forth as if she were running. Tears came to those around her, for Violet had no legs. She was singing because, she said, โ€œJESUS LOVES meโ€”and in heaven I will have legs to run with.โ€

Violetโ€™s JOY and hopeful anticipation of heaven give new vibrancy to Paulโ€™s words in Philippians 1 when he referred to life-and-death issues. โ€œIf I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me,โ€ he said. โ€œI am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with CHRIST, which is better by farโ€ (vv. 22-23).

Each of us faces tough times that may cause us to long for the promise of heavenly relief. But as Violet showed us JOY despite her current circumstances, we too can keep โ€œrunning, skipping, praising the LORDโ€โ€”both for the abundant life He gives us here and for the ultimate JOY that awaits us. โ€”Dave Branon

LORD, when times are tough, help me to find joy. Help us to live in the tough times of this world with happiness while looking ahead to something โ€œbetter by far.โ€

When GOD gives us a new beginning, we find a JOY thatโ€™s never ending.

INSIGHT: Paulโ€™s mixed feelings about life didnโ€™t seem to be rooted in a moment of crisis or despair. Ever since his encounter with the resurrected CHRIST on the road to Damascus heโ€™d found a different understanding of what it means to live with purpose and to die with gain. Before he met CHRIST, his goal had been to inflict pain and suffering on followers of JESUS. But then he learned what it meant to consider it an honor to accept whatever it took to help others discover the mercy and kindness heโ€™d found in JESUS. Describing the LOVE that he now wanted others to know for themselves, Paul wrote, โ€œI long for all of you with the affection of CHRIST JESUS. And this is my prayer: that your LOVE may abound more and moreโ€ (Phil. 1:8-9). Nowโ€”whether in life or deathโ€”Paul believed he couldnโ€™t lose.  Mart DeHaan

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