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Trust

‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’ — Proverbs 3:5-6

What do you use for your life’s compass? No matter how insightful, wise, experienced, or knowledgeable we may be, only God can guide our steps properly. God asks us to trust him and his wisdom even when we can’t immediately see the rationale behind it.

He wants us to recognize his presence, guidance, and grace in all we do. As we trust and as we acknowledge his presence, we suddenly realize that our paths are a lot straighter and our destinations are a lot a closer.

Prayer
Dear Father, please give me courage to not lean on my own understanding. I know my thinking can be flawed and what I intend for good can blow up in my face. Please bless me with wisdom and insight as I seek to live for you in today’s confusing and immoral world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “IF YOU PAY ATTENTION, SOMEONE WILL PAY YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.”

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” {Matthew 10:29-31}

How Consistent Are You?

Some folks are married but not committed to their spouse. 
Some folks are wealthy but not committed to giving to the poor.
Some folks are thin but not committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Some folks are saved but not committed to Christ.
As you can see, it’s impossible to have a certain attribute, but not be committed.
Are you committed?
One way to prove your commitment level is consistency.
The more consistent you are with something whether it’s honing in on your craft, business or talent, or spending quality time to get to know someone – it’s often a matter of how consistent you are with cultivating that relationship which will determine the outcome. 
For example, say I want to lose 20 lbs -if I work out once a month, even if it’s for 2 hours that one time – I may not see the results I’m looking for. But if I work out every single day at least 30 minutes to an hour a day while cutting calorie intake, then I may see a nice decrease in that red number on the scale.  
In this example, the fact that I chose to be consistent in my workout regimen proved my commitment level. One of Webster’s definitions for the word, “commitment” is, “the act of pledging or engaging.”
Just like as a child you may have pledged allegiance to the flag, you can also pledge allegiance to the cause of whatever it is you’re committed to.    
So for today’s devotional I’d like to encourage you to consider what it is you’re committed to – whether it’s your relationship with God, your family, your career, discovering your life’s mission and purpose, losing weight, getting out of debt, preparing for your future spouse, living life drama free – whatever the case may be…jot down things you can do for the remainder of this year to engage in the process.  
For example, if it’s a commitment to your relationship with God, commit to praying in the morning at least 30 minutes a day (or more), and going to church every Sunday even when it’s raining or you don’t feel like it or reading at least one Scripture a day.
If it’s family, commit to calling your parents at least once a day or once every few days, acknowledge every one’s birthdays with at least a phone call, and invite the family over for dinner at least once a month.  These are all just examples of ways you can add engagement and consistency to whatever it is your committed to.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  John 21:15-17 
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

#SaturdayStamps: Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson (1911-1947) spent his entire baseball career in the Negro Leagues. His powerful hits made him one of black baseball’s biggest attractions, and the length of his homers was legendary. Gibson was often called the “Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues.”
A native of Buena Vista, Georgia, Gibson made his baseball debut with the Homestead Grays in 1930 when he was 18 years old. He filled in for the team’s starting catcher, who was injured. The six-foot-one-inch, 215-pound Gibson earned the nickname “Boxer.”
In 1932, Gibson began playing for the Pittsburgh Crawfords. As a member of the Crawfords, Gibson teamed up with pitcher Satchel Paige. Gibson returned to the Grays in 1937. During the winter, he played in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Josh Gibson posted the Negro League’s highest batting average twice. His 1943 average of .517 was the second highest in its history. He also led the league in home runs nine times. Officially, Gibson’s home run count stands at 137. But his at-bats during his three best seasons, 1942, 1943, and 1946, were never recorded. For those years, he is credited with hitting 30 homers, making his unofficial career total 167. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.