Little things and bigger

By Chris Underwood — When God helps us take care of the “little” things, do not be surprised when God requires us take care of “bigger” things through the power and strength of Jesus Christ.

In both “little” and “bigger” the glory is through the Son of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Have a safe day.

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Daily Helps to Ponder in 2020

By Christopher Underwood

Tip Number 1:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The following notes may be helpful during the rest of your life during stress and no stressful times.

These tips may help:

  • Go slowly. Stress is tiring and it takes a toll on our mental capacity. Be patient with yourself.
  • Turn off the news. Consume enough to be informed – not consumed.
  • Sleep. And be understanding with yourself if you can’t.
  • Move. Just a 10-minute walk can reset your perspective.
  • Forgive. And that includes yourself. We’re all doing our best.
  • Apologize if you’re wrong. A simple “I’m sorry” can defuse tension.
  • Breathe. Sit quietly for a few minutes and breathe deeply. Give yourself some mental space.
  • Connect with a loved one. (Video chats are great, but you don’t even have to comb your hair for an old-fashioned phone call).
  • Find small things to be grateful for. The hot drink you look forward to each morning. An unexpected peek of sunshine.

Gratitude is good for you, so notice the little things that lift your mood.

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Encouraging note, May 2020

By Christopher Underwood — Everyone who has ever caught a child jumping into their arms can witness the joy of the safe catch and laugh. The child only knows that the catcher will absolutely grab them out the air before hitting the floor.

That bond of trust can continue to grow such that the child will always believe they can trust in your real or virtual arms.

The writer of Proverbs wants you and me to see the Father in heaven as a strong tower to be trusted as a guide. It may be in the image of a lighthouse, a skyscraper or a tall mountain.

Whatever the image, know that safety in the Father gives us the courage and strength to live obedient lives and welcomes us in his spiritual arms to catch us from falling. Let’s make up our mind to run to the Father daily.

Have a great day.

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Encouragement note March 2020

By Chris Underwood, Chicago

We may not want to book a flight on an airplane due to worries and precautions but we can book our spiritual flight to a home in heaven with confidence and joy.

The love of God is infinite in power for our souls to access protection more than sanitize liquids, masks, and isolation. Continue to seek God daily for thirst quenching help and joy. (Psalm 63:1-8)

Wash the physical hands three times daily.

Hear, understand and hold on to the right hand of the Lord continuously.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

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Chris Underwoods’s January 2020 Encouragement note

The original first Star Wars movie had the title A New Hope. The story showed how a war was continuing though there was a plan to carry out a mission that would help the balance of power swing over to another side.

Obedient believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ are constantly reminded to have hope in the strength of the Lord because we know nothing can separate us as long as we love and obey.

Say a prayer of hope today for the courage to have spiritual and physical skills to grow in the way of the Lord. The more we stay strong the less opportunity Satan will have to divide us from each other, or lead us away from the loving Father in heaven.

Have a great day and enjoy 366 days of prayer in 2020, Lord willing for us all.

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Put on spiritual clothing (Encouragement Note)

BY CHRISTOPHER UNDERWOOD — When the weather gets cold, frequently the weather report reminds people to wear layers to stay warm when outside and to carry emergency kits in vehicles such as blankets, extra coat and water. The local news will show people walking outside without hats, gloves, or heavy coats. The advice may seem frivolous to some who have recently moved from a warm climate and never experienced a winter storm in the Midwest.

With time, most people heed the warning to add warm clothing or quickly find a way to retreat to a land where six inches of snow is not likely to fall as often (Texas, Florida, Arizona, etc.) Continue reading

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Praying the Bible

By Chris Underwood — Application: Decide that at least one day this week you will use the Bible to guide your prayers.

Here are some Bible scriptures that may be helpful in your praying the Bible plan. Continue reading

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