Thursday, October 23, 2014
The grass withers,
the flower fades,
but the word of our God
will stand forever.
There are just some things I don't like about changing seasons and this is one of them. My daisies are almost gone but...
God keeps His word.
Thank you, Lord, for your promises. The next season will offer more beauty in different ways.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV
I love smooth stones. My grandchildren and I have been picking up rocks since my first ones were four, fifteen years ago. I have a jar of pink tiny stones picked up by 4-year-old Jarett on walks we took that long ago. These were picked up by Hannah, Seth and Micah on walks taken recently. They are just rocks until
they become something special and take on life.
We are nothing, born to sin, until we take on the life of Christ. We believe He is who He said He was...the Son of God. He gives us life eternal. Once we were lifeless. Now, we have life in Him.
Photo from personal files.
Monday, October 20, 2014
So whenever we are in need,
we should come bravely
before the throne of our merciful God.
There we will be treated with undeserved kindness,
and we will find help.
Hebrew 4:16 CEV
Yes, I'm beginning to sweat just looking at this photo.
There have been so many times when I've felt like this was the end. I've done all I can. Just take me to heaven.
God had other plans. At that point, when I've turned it over to Him, He saves me...literally, saves me. Things fall into place instead of my falling off the cliff.
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation.
Oh, my soul, praise Him for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration."
(Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, German Hymn, Joachim Neander; tr. Catherine Winkworth)
Friday, October 17, 2014
God is working in you
to make you willing and able
to obey him.
Philippians 2:13 CEV
My light grows dim...most of the time. I miss opportunities for service because I'm...well,...selfish. I need to be more aware that God is working in me. I just need to answer His text and do what He says.
Photo from personal files
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Don’t be like the people of this world,
but let God change the way you think.
Then you will know how to do everything
that is good and pleasing to him.
Romans 12:2 CEV
I love the changing colors of Autumn...from green to gold, red and orange but there are some changes that are more difficult to accept.
"Don't be like he people of this world," (those who make their own plans, do their own thing and create their own morality)
"but let God change the way you think." (listening to Him and doing what He tells us to do, i.e. obey).
"Then you will know how to do everything" (don't stop here)
"that is good and pleasing to him." (Not everything we decide for ourselves is His decision for us. Listening and learning from Him and His Word is the best policy.)
Monday, October 13, 2014
obey the teachings of your parents,
and wear their teachings
as you would a lovely hat
or a pretty necklace.
Proverbs 1:8-9 CEV
I think it's interesting that the Bible includes mentions of everyday, mundane things like hats and necklaces. Who knew that they even had hats back then...what kind?
I'm glad that the Bible speaks in things I understand (as well as in mysteries that I don't understand.) I can relate.
(I sold this necklace in my last sale two weekends ago. Last week's craft show got rained out and I have another this week (the last planned one this year.) I enjoy making jewelry and am grateful to be able to sell a few pieces.)
Photo from personal files.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
“I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (From the Contemporary English Version)
All our momentary trials can be washed in light if we acknowledge that we are not the "Fixer." Christ is.
We need to ask:
Are these sufferings because I've sinned?
Are these just part of being on Earth?
Are these because someone else sinned and I am suffering the residual effects?
Are these to allow God's Glory to be displayed?
Whatever you decide, Christ is the answer.
Turn toward the Light of the World.
Bask in His Glory. Allow Him to right the wrongs and soothe your soul.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1 ESV
Do you feel empty, like something is missing, like there's a hole in your heart? You long for an unknown something to satisfy a craving but don't even know what you crave?
Think about God...how He's cared for you and loved you regardless of your lack of acknowledgment. He's the one for whom you long. Start counting all the wonderful things He's given you even when you didn't deserve them. Then step back and drink in His peace and love. He is still the giver if you want Him to give. And, oh, by the way, be thankful He hasn't given you what you deserve.
(All these "you" words point back at me, too.)
Monday, October 6, 2014
Trust in the forever,
is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:4 ESV
It's so easy for me to take off on my own, even if the way is questionable. "Oh, I'll be OK. I can do it."
My insides start to churn; I begin to sweat; I begin to doubt. Then I remember..."Trust in the Lord."
I'm so stubborn and a very slow learner but when I do trust, I find peace and the job gets done with God's leadership not mine.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Don’t fall into the trap of being a —
trust the , and you will be safe.
Proverbs 29:25 CEV
I'm a little cowardly posting this verse because I realize that bad things happen to good people but I liked the wording in this translation. I also know that things happen for a purpose...to glorify God. The safety mentioned here is the hope of eternal security...something we tend to forget in dire circumstances. However, there have been many times I know God has protected me with His kind mercy. I've felt it. I've been convinced that God was the one who saved me from something bad.
I've also prayed for courage and received genuine peace in trying situations.
It's all in the trust.