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And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, … this is the sixth month with her … And Mary arose and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and she … said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb … For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

I remember my wife’s first pregnancy — she eagerly anticipated feeling the baby move.

Elizabeth, in the Bible, was six (6) month’s pregnant so the timing of feeling her baby was not that unusual. What made it so extraordinary was God’s Holy Spirit.

God often uses ordinary events, adding his Holy Spirit to make them truly extraordinary, so don’t miss it by requiring something completely unique. Open up to the Holy Spirit’s ability to make even the ordinary extraordinary.

Sound bite: God’s Holy Spirit make ordinary things extraordinary!
Prayer: Jesus, take my ordinary life and use it for your purposes, that make it truly extraordinary! Amen.

— fritz@langgang.com
See “Coincidence Or Answered Prayer?” – August 20, 2011

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“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” — Proverbs 15:15

Secular thinkers have discovered an important fact known by the sages long ago — Happiness is found before not after “success”.

“The formula is clear: Work harder, then you’ll be successful, then you’ll be happier. When I asked some of my Harvard students, their answer was easy: “I’m working … now so I can be happy when … [fill in the blank with a six figure banking job, make a scientific breakthrough, get into medical school, etc.].”

But here’s what these brilliant students often forget: Getting into Harvard was supposed to make them happy….

It’s hard to find happiness after success if the goalposts of success keep changing.

Now for the good news … If you reverse the order of the formula, you end up with greater happiness and greater success rates … If you cultivate happiness while in the midst of your struggles, work, at school, while unemployed or single, you increase your chances of attaining all the goals you are pursuing, including happiness.” — Shawn Achor in “5 Ways to Turn Happiness Into an Advantage (Read Shawn’s full article “here.)

Christ provides what we really need to be happy — complete acceptance, an enduring purpose, and bright future.

“[W]e know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose … What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” — Romans 8:28,31b / Psalm 118:6

— fritz@langgang.com

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Getting More

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. – Proverbs 11:24

Proverbs are unique expressions of simple truth for those who take the time pause and think.

Today’s proverb tells us that stingy people end up with less in the long run. Generous people, who give easily, actually get more.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Psalm 127:4-5 says, “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

Being a former Gothardite I took this scripture to heart; my wife and I have eight (8) sons.

It was fine when they were small, but as they have gone their own way and chosen their own lifestyle, some of them much earlier than they should, I have struggled with my emotions over their choices and actions. I have never cried so much as I have with several of my children and I have often been anything but happy, sometimes at the point of despair.

Psalms 127:5 has haunted me and over this past year, or so, and I have secretly questioned the validity of that verse, asking God where that “happy” is that I am supposed to be experiencing.

There are several things that I have decided along the way, not the least of which is that life is not over and God’s work in my children is not finished; it is very likely that as they mature I shall become happy and grateful for God’s directive and my choice to have them. Each time I bring my sorrow to Christ I am reminded of my many blessings.

Today God pointed out that I am happy with and in Him and my struggles with the things most dear to my heart have moved me to seek Him more. He comforts my sorrow and gives hope in the future. It was then I realized that Psalm 127:5 doesn’t say the man with many children will be happy with and in those children. Coupled with the scripture from Colossians 3:1-3, where it says to set my affections on things above and not on things on the earth, I realized the happiness is from learning how to move my affections from the natural love of my children to the supernatural love for Christ, to draw comfort from Christ’s care and his presence in the midst of distress.

I am truly happy and, perhaps, had I not chosen to have the number of children I have I would not have become so.


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