Daniella Whyte

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Enthusiastic (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 366)

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Romans 12:11-12 (NLT)
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Many people get excited about starting a new project or setting a new goal but never actually reach the finish line because they never learned how to maintain a disciplined work ethic and enthusiastic attitude over the long haul. In order to reach your long-term goals, you need long haul enthusiasm. You’ve got to have passion, heart, and inner fire for what you’re doing or you’ll never make it to the finish line. You will easily get discouraged and give up if there is nothing on the inside propelling you forward. Read more…

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One Thing Is Lacking: Harmony (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 341)

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1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

If there is one thing lacking in homes, in schools, in families, and in society as a whole, it is that we very often do not “live in harmony with each other.” By the very same token, if there is one thing that could define society it is that there is a host of divisions among us, very few people even among believers are “of one mind, united in thought and purpose” to reflect hope and to do good in the world. Read more…

Doing Right Leads to Happiness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 340)

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Philippians 1:18 (NLT)
But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.

Happiness is not determined by what other people do or say, whether you are treated good or ill, whether you are criticized or talked about, whether people are working with you or against you. The motives, intentions, and actions of other people cannot be the deciding factor in whether you have a happy life. If you allow people to determine your happiness or look to them as the source of your happiness, you will be disappointed over and over again. Read more…

Let Go and Get to the End (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 335)

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Philippians 3:14 (NLT)
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

We only have a limited amount of time, money, resources, and energy to do what we have been called to do in this life. Too often, we allow ourselves to get focused on what is behind us, what we have been through or are going through at the present moment, how someone has or is treating us or saying about us, or the environment in which we were brought up in, keep us back from focusing on the right things. Read more…

The One I Want To Know (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 334)

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Philippians 3:10-11 (NLT)
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

There is a very big difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing someone. We could all say that we know about our favorite sports figure or celebrity but we don’t really know them. We know about the leaders of our country but we don’t really know them on a personal level. We know about them by what we read, see, or hear, but we don’t know them like we know our spouse, children, or friend. Read more…

We Expected to Die (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 324)

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2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NLT)
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.

In our fast-paced world and often harried lives, it is so easy to focus only on the mountains we’re facing or allow ourselves to be blinded by our problems to the point where we feel like we can’t go on or even function in day to day tasks. The real obstacle that is standing in our way most of the time is that we try to do too much in our own strength. Read more…

You’re Not There Yet, Keep Growing (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 292)

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Philippians 3:12 (NLT)
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

Wouldn’t it wonderful if we could say at some point in our lives that we have arrived? I mean we have gotten to that place of total achievement, complete fulfillment, and ultimate perfection. It’s that point in which we are no longer growing or striving for anything. Because, well, we have everything and have done everything that’s in our time and energy span to do. Read more…

Searching For Change In All the Wrong Places (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 257)

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Romans 7:24 (NLT)
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

Have you realized yet that sometimes you need to be saved from yourself? I know I have. More often than not, it is my own fears, my own doubts, my own incompetencies, my own viewpoints that cause me to act and react in ways that are unbecoming of a believer. There are things I don’t like about me. Some things I want to do differently, other things I want to change. And you’re the same way too. Read more…

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