I posted this picture a few days ago, but I am using it again because every week I get requests for a sample of the kind of light-hearted devotionals in this book, Lighten Up and Live. People who have read it have characterized the book in this way.
- It’s readable – Short and to the point
- It’s fun – Will tickle the funny bone and highlight encouraging truth
- It’s practical – Each devotional contains a single truth that can help carry you through the day
- It’s inspirational – At the intersection of truth and humor there’s a wonderful place for healing and grace. I would love to meet you at that place.
Here is a sample of one of the daily readings.
True Love Has 20/20 Vision
Remember the old saying “If you love something, set it free. If it’s really yours it will return to you”? Blah, blah, blah. I think I found a more accurate rendition of that strange proverb. The author is unknown but it goes like this:
If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place—you either married it or gave birth to it.
We’ve all heard the saying “Love is blind?” It’s a lie. Lust is blind. True love has it’s eyes wide open. The kind of love that lasts has perfect 20/20 vision. True love sees all the imperfections, missing cookies, messy rooms and dirty underwear. It sees warts and moles, and loves in spite of it all.
Someone said, “Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.” That’s right! It’s only when your eyes are open that you get the real chance to love. God misses nothing. He sees into the darkest corners of our life and loves us anyway. Then he asks us to love each other in that same way.
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
Recently a friend called to tell me how much the devotional meant to him. His wife was battling cancer and each morning they would read one of the devotionals to start their day. The laughter and simple truth brought great comfort in the midst of pain and difficulty.
Lighten Up and Live is not meant to replace Bible study but my hope is that it will empower you start your day with a smile and a challenge that will truly help you lighten up and live. Get your copy here!
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