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Don’t you love fresh fruit and vegetables? When we have Sunday lunch at Nina’s and she is serving something just harvested, she will say, “Those are REAL peaches.” or “Those are REAL tomatoes.” None of that canned or frozen junk we have to settle for in the winter. Fresh corn is one of our favorites. Cut from the cob and fixed cream style, how good!

How about fresh bread? What is more wonderful than to walk into a kitchen where a fresh loaf has just come out of the oven? Or pound cake? O my goodness! For years Hannah baked for coffee shops and restaurants from her home. I think that must be what Heaven smells like.

A tiny phrase from Isaiah 29:19 says this: “The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord.”

The New Living Translation phrases it like this: ‘The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the LORD.”

I think it’s time for a big helping of fresh joy! None of that fake junk! None of that stuff served up when someone says “How are you?” and you reply “Fine…”

Hey, I do that. I AM that person. Nobody wants to hear about my aches and pains. I don’t want to be the lady everyone knows better than to ask how I’m doing.

“Well honey, sit down and let me tell you about my suffering. Help me get my shoe off so I can show you my bunions.”

So what do we do? It’s hard when we hurt so much that we don’t know whether to lie or complain.

Then on the other hand we have the Cheshire Christians. Their world is glowing and sprinkled with fairy dust because they know Jeeeeeesus. They skip along forgetting that though joy comes in the morning, it likely is following a night of sorrow.

Night after night of weeping tends to make us humble enough to be used greatly. When we comfort someone else who is also hurting, our comfort doesn’t come across as canned or frozen.

Real… Honest… Truthful… Joy.

What a fresh idea!

I think it smells like Heaven.

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People have funny ideas about Scripture. Some even quote verses that aren’t there. If “cleanliness is next to godliness,” then my mom and Jesus are joined at the hip. While I don’t doubt at all that they hang out together frequently now that she is in Heaven, I do not believe it’s because she was the cleanest person to walk this green earth.

This truth has been true for too long. From Isaiah 29:13 we hear:

“And so the LORD says, ‘These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.’”

If Jesus thought enough of a passage to quote it, knowing that would cause it to be written in both the Old and New Testaments, perhaps it is noteworthy.

“Jesus replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote:

‘These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.’” -Mark 7:7,8

Before we tell a suffering soul that “God won’t give them more than they can bear,” let’s notice that the comfort is that He is the One Who will bear it.

Before we say, “Judge not!” to someone, let’s check the context to make sure we’re not spouting off a cliché. The Lord also warns us to be wise and make correct judgments.

Before we take the words, “I can do all things through Christ!” as our mantra, let’s realize those words were written from jail. “All things” may include some suffering and perhaps a little prison food.

I looked all over for the verse, “This too shall pass.” Numerous translations later I realized I couldn’t find it because IT’S NOT IN THERE!

We can only separate the world’s philosophy from Truth if we know the Word.

Get in God’s Word. That’s the only way to heed the warning Jesus cared so much about.

Bible clichés are a source of comedy in the Clark household. I was aggravated about something one day and commented to a daughter that I had my butt on my shoulders. That dear friend is a heavy load. Her comfort was this “Don’t worry mom. God won’t give us more than we can bear.”

Can I get a halleluiah up in here?

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