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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

The Gift That Lifts

"The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail" (Isaiah 58:11)

I would like to look at the guidance He provides with you, but first, here is a short story to illustrate what I am trying to say.

As a blind person, I've noticed there are some funny things that happen when using a guide dog, so I would like to give you an example. One day, I had just gotten off work. My dog had become used to guiding me outside, and he would look for the van that took me home. When he thought he saw it, I followed him, but the vehicle turned out to be a UPS truck!

Now in comparison, letís look at Godís leading, which is perfect; infinitely better than a guide dog. If we use the Word "gift" to look at the process in which we learn to be guided by the Lord, the letter "G" stands for "Guidance." Things may not always be smooth sailing, but God will never lead you on to a UPS truck so to speak. In other words, God has a perfect plan for your life. Many times, we wonder: "Why me?" when things donít turn out right. That leads us to the next letter in the word "gift," namely "I."

The letter "I" stands for the little word "In" and this word, though small, is very important. That is because the Bible stresses the fact that we are to live in a relationship of constant communion with God. This can only be done, by staying in prayer and in the Word.

The letter "F" stands for "Follow." One rule guide dog instructors stress to the visually impaired is to FOLLOW your dog. While the dogs do make mistakes as seen above, they are very rare, and I have to say that it beats not having a guide dog. In the same way that one would follow a guide dog, we must follow Christ. We cannot afford to run ahead of His leading or run behind what He intends for our lives.

In order to achieve a walk with Christ that is consistent, we must end with the letter "T." This stands for "Trust." Trusting Christ is the secret to real Christian joy. Joy is the gift that God wants to give you today because of trusting in Him, so that even when the road is bumpy, you will rejoice in Christ. Furthermore, I believe that if you follow this g-i-f-t idea, new doors will open to you, and His guidance will become more and more real in your life.

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

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