God Is Good, Y'all!: Inspirations to Bless Your Heart

God Is Good, Y'all!: Inspirations to Bless Your Heart

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Life is never easy, but God is always good! Whether you’re lookin’ to shine a little light on a friend or fixin’ to find a new purpose in your own life, you’ll discover a heaping helping of wholesome, old-fashioned truth in this collection of simple country sayings and wisdom-filled devotions.

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ISBN-13: 9781496439611
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 287,354
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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CHAPTER 1

God is good, y'all!

How great is our God!

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We often say "God is good" when positive things happen to us, but it's important to remember that his goodness goes way beyond the happy things he throws our way. God not only does good things; he is good! God's goodness means he is the very embodiment of truth, love, justice, and righteousness. Out of his virtuous character, God provided his own Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice on the cross for our redemption — Our eternal salvation. Remember this when someday you are faced with a health scare, a difficult situation, or even the death of someone close to you. Amid the bad things that happen, God demonstrates his boundless love, comfort, and compassion. With his help, we will still be able to say, "God is good, y'all!"

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Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

PSALM 34:8

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Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.

PSALM 145:3

Cherishing the ones who matter most

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You well know that biscuits and gravy made from scratch is a special kind of goodness — not only because of its mouthwatering taste but also because it reminds you of home sweet home: the familiar comforts and pleasures ... the happy memories made with those you love. No one's more important than family. Yet maybe you haven't shown how much you cherish yours lately. Perhaps now is a good time to remember the specific things that make your family members so special. Praise God for putting each one in your life. Then maybe at some blessed time today, whisper to them, "I love you like biscuits and gravy!"

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Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8, NIV

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Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

1 PETER 4:8

I love you like biscuits and gravy

You'd best get glad in the same britches you got mad in

When you get too full of yourself

Have you ever gotten all steamed up because you were sure you were right about something, but others disagreed? You were madder than a wet hen, and it spiraled into a bigger and bigger problem. Sometimes, though, the real problem is us. We can be so loud and pushy when we demand we're right that we end up making our own enemies and messes. There are words for this — pride and self-righteousness — and the Bible advises that we'd best get busy being glad in the same britches we got mad in. In other words, we need to get over ourselves, deal with the matter, let go of our pride, and start to value others more highly. Do you need to confess to God that you've gotten too big for your britches? Turn the situation over to him and see what he will do — not only in the mess you find yourself in, but also in your heart and character.

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

PHILIPPIANS 2:3, NIV

Abiding in the hope of heaven

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Have you heard the gospel tune "Will You Meet Me Over Yonder?" It's about Christian families and friends being reunited in heaven. The beautiful thing about the Christian life is its ultimate promise: eternal life. Here on earth, we enjoy fellowship with God through his Holy Spirit, and when we pass away, we'll be welcomed into his heavenly home. Maybe for you it feels too soon to think about such matters. But when you have heaven on your mind, your life on earth could never be better. So don't be afraid to give some thought to the joys of life over yonder. See how it changes your outlook today.

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Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

1 PETER 1:3-4

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor.

COLOSSIANS 3:1

Over yonder

Well hush your mouth!

When your tongue gets the best of you

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You know someone this applies to, don't you? Someone who chatters and gossips and often says things that hurt others. Even if you haven't said it to their face, you've probably thought it. But if you turn the mirror around, can you see yourself? If you're honest, can you remember a time you said too much about someone? As one who loves Jesus, you have a higher calling. He wants you to carry yourself with dignity and respect as he would instead of hogging the conversation and speaking ill of people. Pray for him to help you tell the Good News to others and not repeat the gossipy news about others.

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Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.

EPHESIANS 5:4, MSG

When doing nothing is the best thing

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The Bible says there is "a time for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Sure, there's a time for you to get up off the couch and do something. But maybe, just maybe, it's time for you to pause and wait — to sit down and put your feet up. Lollygaggin' isn't always a bad thing. The Bible also says we are to wait upon the Lord. Sometimes it's important to stop all our busyness and focus on God so we can rest up, both spiritually and physically. You might want to do some lollygaggin' by reading the Scriptures, listening for the Lord's voice, and preparing yourself for the great things he will do. And don't worry or feel guilty, 'cause this kind of lollygaggin' is never a waste of time!

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They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

ISAIAH 40:31, KJV

I'm just lollygaggin'

That dog won't hunt

Finding help when life doesn't work

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Maybe you're experiencing a spell when everything seems impossible. That dog just won't hunt. When you try and try and nothing succeeds, it's easy to spiral downward into hopelessness. But like Hazel says in Fannie Flagg's novel I Still Dream about You, "Don't give up before the miracle happens." When you're failing and flailing, come to God in your despair. See if he will change the circumstances and outcomes — or at least the way you handle them. Listen to him perhaps telling you to try something different. Let him speak new hope and possibility over you. He wants you to succeed. But even more, he wants you to seek him and spend time in his presence.

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I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness.

LAMENTATIONS 3:20-23

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Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

MATTHEW 19:26, ESV

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Table of Contents

Contents

God is good, y’all!
I love you like biscuits and gravy
You’d best get glad in the same britches you got mad in
Over yonder
Well, hush your mouth!
I’m just lollygaggin’
That dog won’t hunt
I’ve got bigger fish to fry
Mind your manners
Fish or cut bait
Life needs more sweet tea and sunshine
She’s tough as a pine knot
It’ll knock you into the middle of next week
If you met my family, you’d understand
Pretty as a peach
Well, I declare!
Don’t get your feathers ruffled
The squeaky wheel gets the grease
Plumb tuckered out
Two peas in a pod
Hold your horses—he ain’t done yet
Oh my stars!
So poor I couldn’t jump over a nickel to save a dime
Sweeter than sweet potato pie
Is it a doohickey, a whatchamacallit, or a thingamajig?
Tastes pretty good—even if I did make it
Gimme some sugar
Lord willin’
Can’t never could
His corn bread ain’t done in the middle
Happy as a pig in mud
When life gives you lemons, put them in your sweet tea
Knee-high to a grasshopper
Pitching a hissy fit
It’s a blessed mess
Her heart is pure gold with sprinkles on top
Stinks to high heaven
How’s your mama and them?
Your druthers is my ruthers
That thing’s all catawampus
The pot calling the kettle black
Bless your heart
It doesn’t amount to a hill of beans
Funny as all get-out
It’s so dry the catfish are carrying canteens
Fixin’ to
She’s as honest as the day is long
It’s blowin’ up a storm
Stay classy and sassy
Oh for cryin’ out loud!
She’s got gumption
Ain’t a pot too crooked that a lid won’t fit
Blessed to be called _______________________
Not today, Satan—not today
All chewed up and spit out
’Til the cows come home
Raised on sweet tea and Jesus
Heavens to Betsy!
No bigger than a minnow in a fishing pond
Off like a herd of turtles
Living in high cotton
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
I love you a bushel and a peck
Y’all ain’t from ’round here
I’m just fine, thank you very much!
Git ’r done
Lord have mercy
Preaching to the choir
’Prishate it!
Fix your ponytail and try again
Just piddlin’ around
Full as a tick
As I live and breathe!
You can get by on lemonade and God’s grace
Ain’t no party like a Holy Ghost party!

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