Timothy, at this time was leading what today we would call a mega-church and was coming under some harsh criticism so Paul, from jail and facing a death sentence for his faith, writes to encourage Timothy. Fan the flame. I imagine Timothy was feeling a lot of despair, yet, he is instructed to fan the flame! How exactly is he supposed to do that? How are we?
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It’s one thing to know what’s coming, I can brace myself, prepare myself and pray specifically for that. But to not know? Just thinking about all the endless possibilities of what may or may not happen is exhausting! That’s when God reins in my thoughts, slowing me down and gently reminds me that He provides me strength for today.
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When I laugh, not only is it good for my soul, but I find myself in a better mood generally. I see the beauty in the budding trees around my home. The green of the grass. The blue of the skies. When my soul is lifted, I speak kinder to people. When I feel better, I can share the humor with others and maybe brighten their day. The ripple effect, ya know?
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