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Prayer  And  Thoughts  For  Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers.  As we were reminded one time by Praise And Prayer Alert:  we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing;  keep them updated on events they might like to know about;  offer to run a few errands for them;  maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere;  etc..  There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc.   God expects us to show care for these.  They must not be neglected.    [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert]

Webster's Dictionary defines the word "circumspect" in the following way: "Careful to consider all circumstances and consequences". I was struck by this definition in regard to the word as it appears twice in Scripture---once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.

In connection with the Mosaic law and the instruction given by God to His redeemed people, Israel, they were exhorted thus: "In all things that I have said unto you be circumspect" (Ex.23:13). There were penalties and consequences if they disobeyed God's commandment ---if they sinned. Their history, as it is given in Scripture, testifies to this fact over and over again.

In the New Testament we read, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph.5:15-16).

Yes, everything we do has a consequence! Every choice we make has an impact on our life. It will be either for good or for bad---for blessing or for evil ---for bringing joy or for bringing sorrow.

Many an elderly saint of God weeps as he reaps the results of not walking carefully and weighing the import and effect of his actions when he was younger. How often as children we disobeyed or deceived our parents without considering the end result. Let us be careful as the children of God that we do not fall into the same pattern. Let us walk as wise believers, not as fools.

Time is short! We only have a few brief moments left to live for Christ and glorify Him here in this world. The days are evil indeed, but He is able to keep us through every circumstance and every decision of the pathway of faith. Let us learn to live in the "fear of the Lord" (Prov. 1:7).    - J. Hyland



Be careful everybody of the little things you do;
To God they may be big things, and He's always watching you.

Those sins that you've committed that you thought were only small,
God says they're very wicked, and He knows about them all.

God says we all are sinners, and we all deserve to die;
But Jesus suffered for us, rose again and lives on high.

Oh! Take Him as your Savior; don't you know He died for you?
And then just try to please Him in the little things you do.

The things you do for Jesus may not seem like very much,
But if He is your Savior, God will see and honor such.

- Children Song Book -
Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL - USA