Devotionals by Steve Arterburn

Gloom

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. - Psalm 68:3 
 
A recent edition of the New York Times featured news of a new toy—a plush “Ask Me More Eeyore,” modeled after the gloomy donkey from Winnie the Pooh.  The toy is designed for children aged three to seven.  The paper remarked that these are just the right ages, apparently, to learn about undaunted pessimism.
 
Eeyore responds to children’s questions with comments like, “Don’t’ count on it,” “Doesn’t look good,” “Outcome looks sort of gloomy,” “You can’t win them all,” and “Looks good for you, must be nice.”
 
Sometimes Eeyore will even ask the child, “You wouldn’t want me for a friend, would you?”
 
As if life isn’t tough enough for some kids. 
 
Do you have a gloomy Eeyore in your life?  Perhaps you’ve taken on that role for yourself! 
 
If you’re busy looking for all the things that can go wrong, you’re sure to miss the blessings God has prepared for you.
 
“It is not fitting when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” - St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, on XM and Sirius Satellite radio and on NRBTV. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 5 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as OprahInside EditionGood Morning AmericaCNN LiveThe New York TimesUSA TodayUS News & World ReportABC World News Tonight, and ironically in GQ and Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for the National Center for FatheringAmerican Association of Christian CounselorsPromise Keepers CanadaLife Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.

Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s BattleHealing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life RecoveryIs This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible. For a more comprehensive list of his books, visit our store site.

His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s BattleLose it For LifeThe 7-Minute Marriage SolutionEvery Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.

Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.

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