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“God longs for a relationship with His children.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 206). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Kyle shares, “A friend of mine told me about an elderly man he knew who could no longer take care of himself and whose family made the difficult decision to put him in a nursing home. Every Sunday afternoon the man’s daughter and her husband and their children would go see him. Every Sunday this elderly man would wait for his daughter and her family to come visit. He looked forward to it all week and was always out waiting for them. As the years passed, his mind grew weaker, and he soon had a hard time remembering his children’s names. He would sometimes have a hard time getting back to his room. But no matter what happened, on Sunday afternoon, he was always there waiting for his daughter and her family. One day the daughter asked her father, ‘Daddy, do you know what day of the week it is?’ …

“If it were pain-free, we would act.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment ThatChanges Everything (p. 171). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Kyle goes on to say, “Most of us don’t want to act, because we don’t want the pain. So we put it off.”
And that was true of me.I hadn’t gone to the Doctor for over 6 years.I was feeling pretty good but I knew there were a couple of areas I needed looked at.I was feeling ok so I didn’t go.A few months back I was listening to a sermon by Rick Warren and he said that taking care of himself physically was a personal thing until he got to thinking about how important he was to his family and how they would feel if something happened to him.And that hit me where it needed to hit me.So I had my wife make an appointment for me to go to see the Doctor as a 69th birthday present for my family.
Now the spots on my head were skin cancer.And I get the biopsy report on whether I have prostate cancer tomorrow.…

“The truth is we need to obey God even when we don’t feel like it.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 166). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
And we want the truth, don’t we?But the truth is, I don’t feel like it.  And there is my problem, I don’t feel like it.
But Kyle says, “When we obey God without the motivation to do so, our feelings will eventually catch up with our actions.”
He goes on, “I remember learning this lesson when we lived in California. One thing that stressed me out there was the traffic. I hated sitting in traffic. One day I was sitting in a line of cars not going anywhere, riding the bumper of the car in front of me. I honked my horn, hoping that somebody miles up the road would hear it and decide to go a little faster. I kept switching lanes, trying to move ahead a few extra feet, and I was completely stressed out. I knew this wasn’t what God wanted for me. He wanted me to be at peace. I didn’t feel at peace, so…