Today we launched our ‘Spread The Love’ contests for Valentine’s week 2021. Congratulations to Vanessa of Mount Vernon, whose question was about the classic song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She won $10 to The Gospel Christian Life Shop. Peter from Howard also won an MVNU blanket from the Cougar Corner bookstore – his question was about the top holidays for sending cards (Christmas is #1, followed by Valentine’s Day). Listen to win all week!
1- Gum 2- Dog Poop 3- Mud or Dirt 4- Tar 5- Paint
Congratulations to Elizabeth from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
Today’s Monday Motivation focuses on God’s unfailing love, despite our mess, and on joy.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11 ESV
Not to be confused with happiness, joy is not dependent on external circumstances. It’s a Holy Spirit-inspired mystery that defies all reason. Living joyfully is not denying reality. But in the midst of our ‘parched desert’ times, our heavenly Father reaches to lift and sustain us.
PRAYER: Giver of strength, fill me with Your joy in the midst of sorrow like a desert flower, Amen.
Joe’s Monday Motivation today comes from a daily devotional book he got as a Christmas gift – and today’s topic is creation:
“When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around, But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts, When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, using birds and beasts to teach wisdom.
In a world where such glory exists, why do we continually allow worldly concerns to occupy so much of our attention? Let God be our glory, and indeed, when we find ourselves most down, He will lift our heads up and show us all the wonders of His magnificent creation.
Today I shared some Monday Motivation from writer John Blase that fits perfectly into the start of 2021. As we think about what we can do differently this year, it might be wise to take a look at our foundation. What is it we are standing on? What is holding us up?
Name something with teeth. 1- a dog 2- a human 3- a shark 4- a crocodile or alligator 5- a comb Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup – she guessed the top two answers correctly.
Today’s Monday Motivation featured a reminder of the shelter God provides when we feel caught in a storm. Amy Boucher Pye shares “Shelter from the Storm” in this devotional from Our Daily Bread. Click here to read it!
Today for our Monday Motivation, I’m sharing a devotional from Monica Brands about the challenge of relaxing in the unknown. I believe many of us are wrestling with this in our current situation. How can we relax? Is it ridiculous to even ask that of ourselves…or others?