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It’s funny how a Bible verse can be an annoyance and a help at the same time.

For example, I always thought of stimulation as a good thing, until I thought on it. Perhaps I got that idea from coffee.

Speaking of coffee. We don’t have coffee very often, but when we do it absolutely requires flavored creamer. I’m talking a lot of creamer and coffee for flavor enhancement purposes. None of this tasting like recycled tires stuff. I prefer a sweet, creamy and pleasant drink.

Today I decided to be a hero and make some. I was waiting for my wife to notice the greeting of that morning coffee aroma. She didn’t react. So, I proudly showed the freshly brewed coffee to her and she said, “But we don’t have any creamer. Did you forget?”

“Yes.” I grumbled. “So much for being a hero. AND my devotional makes it worse.”


“Because it said, ‘…be stimulated by the challenges that come your way…’” She laughed! Can you believe it? She laughed!

How can one be stimulated by the challenge that deprives one of stimulation?

Then the verse for today said, “Fear not, don’t be dismayed.” I need to depend on God.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10