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My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciples those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
—Proverbs 3:11-12
[One day by a hillside A LOT of people came by looking for Jesus. There were at least 5,000 men(not including their wives and children). Jesus was moved with compassion for them, so he healed them and taught them on the hillside. 

All day, the people, Jesus and His disciples had nothing to eat nor had Jesus rested. The disciples urged Jesus to tell the people to go to the near by towns so that the people can go and eat but the Lord knew that all of these people were tired and hungry. How would you like to walk at least a mile or two before you hit a nearby town. You’d probably faint on the way over there if you haven’t had anything to eat except breakfast that whole day.]

 “They don’t need to go away, Jesus said. “You give them something to eat.” Turning to Philip, He asked, “How much food would we need to buy for this many people?” Philip looked over the crowd. “Two hundred pennyworth of bread would not be enough to give everyone a bite.” 
“How much food is there among the people?” Jesus asked.
Andrew answered, “There is a boy here who has five loaves and two small fishes. But what good would that do for so many people?”

[Jesus asked that the bread and the fish be brought to Him and that everyone would be seated  in groups of fifty or a hundred. Once everyone was settled, Jesus blessed the food and had the disciples pass the bread and the fish to the people. Everyone ate until they were satisfied, in fact there were twelve baskets of left over food!]

"Jesus never performed miracles without a real need and an opportunity to lead people to know God..If people today lived simpler lives in harmony with nature, there would be plenty of food for all the families of the earth. There would be fewer things we imagine we want or need, but more opportunities to do God’s work. Our selfishness has created a demand on exotic and unnatural foods and has only brought more sin and misery to the world. 

The simple food was evidence that not only of Jesus’ power but of His concern about the everyday needs of life. The savior didn’t promise riches and luxuries, but He promised that their needs will be met-and more than that, He promised to be with them. 

In every real way, God is working this same miracle everyday . Farmers prepare the soil and plant the seeds, but God makes the seeds sprout and grown. Even though humans claim credit for skill and work, it is God’s miracles of life that feeds millions everyday from the crops harvested for food. The miracle of the bread helps us recognize this gift that God give us everyday.” 

[This miracle also teaches us that we can depend on God for anything and everything. Jesus knew that some of the families that traveled to see Him were far from home, so God provided those families with extra food. That’s why there were so many left over baskets:] “But if we have followed God as faithfully as we know how and find ourselves in need, He will help us. We should call on our Heavenly Father in every emergency.” 

[And in the same way that Jesus gave the bread to the disciples to pass out to the people, so in the same way we should share the truth about God to anyone and everyone.] “Like the disciples, we are the channel from God to people. No matter how intelligent or spiritual you are, we can share only what we have received from Jesus. We can receive more only when we have shared what we have. The more we share with others, the more we can learn from God and the greater our joy can be.” 
[Don’t think someone else can do a better job than you can. When given the opportunity, take it. Don’t let them wait.] “Whenever we are surrounded by people in need, Jesus is there with us. He will multiply our small talents as He did the loaves of bread. What little talents we have will be used in a great way. Jesus said, ‘Give and you will receive.’” - Man of Peace 105-106 

[I know this is a lot, I’m sorry but it’s definitely a good lesson/reminder:]
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You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8, NLT. Do you know how important you are to God? He cares so much about every detail of your life. He cares about your thoughts, feelings and emotions. In fact, what you are going through is so important to Him that He records every sorrow and collects the tears you’ve shed.
Why would God record your sorrows and collect your tears? Because everything that affects you matters to Him. He is your Vindicator. He’s keeping an account of every wrong that’s ever been done to you so that He can make up for every single one of them. He wants to restore to you everything that has ever been stolen. He wants to heal every hurt and pain.
Today, know that God cares about the things that concern you. He cares about the things that hurt you. He is close to the brokenhearted, and He wants to bring you peace and comfort. Turn to Him and receive His love. Let Him bring healing to your heart and restoration to your soul.
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by Mikko Lagerstedt
Spread Love Wherever You Go

"Jesus told His disciples and tells us too: ‘As you speak for me to people, I will speak for you to God and the angels. You represent Me on earth; I will represent you in heaven. And when the Father examines your life, He will not see your faults and failings-He will see you wrapped in My perfect character. And everyone who shares My sacrifice to save the lost will share the joy and glory of having saved them.’

Sharing Jesus with others is more than having the correct doctrines or beliefs. It’s is about sharing the love Jesus has for others. We can misrepresent Jesus by speaking words that are untruthful or unkind, or by being lazy or rude or selfish. If we do these things on earth, then Jesus cannot stand up for us in heaven.

Jesus knew that sending out His disciples and His followers throughout history would cause battles on every side, because Satan would always oppose them. His followers would have to be willing to give up everything-and everyone they loved, if necessary-to share His mission to the world. He promised any act of kindness shown to His followers would be rewarded as if it had been done to Him personally.

And so Jesus finished His instructions and sent His evangelists to preach His gospel and share His love by acts of kindness.”-Man of Peace pg.102

-Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and for what is right, no matter what the cost.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NIV