Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 … A Spoonful of Sugar

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 105

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to see/hear Julie Andrews singing A Spoonful of Sugar, proclaiming from the Disney Movie that we find some positive in life from our gratefulness of the Lord’s provision to help take the bad stuff from the world … And then to this link  to hear the Issacs, a Gospel singing family, singing Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, proclaiming the wondrous power of the Jesus’ Name to be able to handle the tough stuff of life.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Psalms 19: 8, …10 [NKJV] …
  8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; … 
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Psalms 19: 7-14 [NKJV] … Go to this link  

Reference Passages #1: Psalms 100 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #2: Psalms 117 [The Message] …  
1-2 Praise GOD [HEBREW = HALLELUJAH!!], everybody! Applaud GOD, all people! His love has taken over our lives; GOD’s faithful ways are eternal. … Hallelujah! 

Reference Passages #3: Romans 15: 7-13 [Note Paul’s quote of Psalm 117: 1 in verse 11] [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #4: Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] …  
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

My Journal for Today: Fellow Christian; … I don’t know about you; but this morning I needed a spoonful of sugar to help me take some castor-oil type medicine from my life circumstances; and I was duly encouraged today by my Our Daily Bread devotional, where today’s author, Julie Link, wrote …

“Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I know this sounds as if I’m longing for the good old days when cheerfully unrealistic movies featured characters like this fictional nanny, but what I’m really longing for are people with a vision for the future that is realistically optimistic. I yearn for joyful, creative people who can show us the positive side of what we consider negative, … those who can remind us that ‘… just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.’ " 

I really loved the Disney classic movie, Mary Poppins, where this magical nanny was able to inject an uplifting and encouraging outlook on life into a family who were on the down and outs, especially the dad in the family who had become cynical and downcast from the circumstances of his life. Can I sense anyone saying “AMEN!” out there?

Well, if you believe in the same God I serve, our Lord and Savior, Who went to the cross as our Messiah, then meditating on the Scriptures above should be an ample “spoonful of sugar” to help you take in the sour medicine which life often doles out – even as we proclaim to believe in Romans 8: 28, which I’m sure most reading here know by heart.

In those Bible passages, linked and quoted above, we read of David and other psalmists writing songs to Praise the Lord” (the Hebrew word for that is “Hallelujah!”); and to give God’s people a spoonful of the sweetness of God’s truth to help deal with the sourness of life. But I know (especially right now in my life) that what we have to take in is often more like castor-oil than a spoonful of sugar.

And it’s in these times and circumstances that our faith in the reality of our Savior and sovereign God is tested; and it’s in these times that we must realize that we have One Who is the sweetest all, … One to provide us with His spoonful of sugar to help the medicine of life go down; and that One is Jesus. Hence in the devotional songs to which I’ve linked you today, I go from the Mary Poppins movie classic to that wonderful and uplifting Bill/Gloria Gaither classic, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus … There’s Just Something About That Name. [see link above].

Prayerfully we can all realize that we have the sweetest “spoonful of sugar” to take in anytime and anyplace where we need Him to give us God’s love … the sweetest taste of all.

My Prayer for Today … O Lord, Jesus; Your Name is the sweetest of all !! … Amen

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