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Sep 11

Good morning, Father!
I thank you, my Creator, for making me a happy person! I watched a learning show yesterday on emotions, where the professor was encouraging people to “cultivate a character” that makes positivity a habit. I know there is a LOT of truth in the fact that we may not be able to choose our brief emotions, but we CAN choose which emotions to dwell upon, to “cultivate” within our daily lives, like a habit. But instead of feeling like I myself have done this thing, I feel like I have TWO things to be grateful to you for, Lord — for giving me a cheery “set-point” and for motivating me to expand upon that foundation, to make it a habit to be positive and upbeat and cheerful and joyous. I certainly know for certain (haha) that every ounce of this amazing joy I have comes from YOU, Lord God. EVERY good gift comes from you. Please show me how I can make the BEST use of all the blessings you have provided, Lord, from my mind and my time, to my health and my joy. Show me how to help people and spread the joy and Love you give me. Amen, thank you Lord! 😀

James 1:13-18 ERV

Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. 
You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. 
Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death. 
My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. 
Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. 
God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.

James 1:17 ISV

Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow.

James 1:17 KJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17 AMPC

Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

Thank you, Lord God, our merciful Father, for being our steady Rock, our reliable and praiseworthy Creator, and the One who gives gifts to his children so freely and so kindly. Thank you for making me your own, and please help me to bear good fruit for you. Amen.


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