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....Hands.gif (2243 bytes)...DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 131
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


Some people just spoil their lives wanting money and more money!
They don’t seem to realise that there are much more important things than that in life.

Once there was a man who got lost in our Australian desert, we call it the “outback.” He had been travelling in his four-wheel drive, when it had broken down. So he tried to walk to safety, but couldn’t find his way. Well, it was pretty hot out there, it can reach 40 degrees and more in the outback. The man couldn’t find any water after his water bottle ran dry. He was very thirsty. Do you know he would have given all the money he had in the bank for just one mouthful of water? He was finally found alive, but I guess he always appreciated water after that! It is the best drink in the world. And its free!

Some people want clothes that cost hundreds of dollars. But if they are grumpy, selfish and unpleasant looking not even clothes that cost that much can make them look good. A little girl dressed in a lovely outfit made by her own mother’s hands can look much better. Some people want to dine on the most expensive of foods in fancy restaurants. But the best food in the world, I think, is bread baked in your own oven at home, and vegetables you have grown in your own backyard. There is so much satisfaction in being a person who makes things for themselves, and enjoys simple pleasures.

God has given us some wonderful gifts in our world that can be enjoyed for free.
The beauty of a new morning, when there are no clouds and the blue sky stretches on forever. Go out and have a look! The sounds of birds in a garden are giving by God. Have you got a garden? If you have you are blessed. If you haven’t, then there must be some parks you can visit. They are there for everyone to enjoy. What able the stars at night and the moon, how beautiful they are. And no one has to be rich to enjoy them, we can all share their beauty. And talk about enjoyment, when we can go and jump in the lovely waves of the sea. It doesn’t cost money to go in, either. What a world! There are sweet smells and sounds and things to touch and nice places to run around in and water and dogs and cats and lovely breezes and soft beds to sleep on and parents that love you - I could go on forever! And flowers and trees and sand to dig in and grass to roll in. All of them are free. Thank You God for all these things.

This beautiful Psalm is in the Bible, it makes us glad that God made lovely things and gave them to us without cost. Praise God for all good things:

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that [be] above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also established them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree (special law) which shall not pass. Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour (mist); stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts (animals), and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens (young women); old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven. “ (Psalm 148: 1-13).

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