Behold, New Things Have Come

 

 

It actually looks like an impossibility.

How could something be changed from the inside out?

I recieved a intriguing gift—a glass cube, cut flat on one point so that it will stand on edge.

But that’s not the most interesting characteristic about this piece.

Deep within it, an image can be seen.

Two hummingbirds hovering over blooming flowers.

How was that accomplished?

The cube is solid without any outward cracks; no point of entry can be noted.

So how could an artist have etched this scene deep within the glass?

The procedure is called 3D laser engraving.

Although too complicated to explain it in detail here, a laser is used to focus a high powered beam within the crystal at certain predetermined points, etching an image.

The laser leaves no mark on the outside of the crystal, but the changes made on the inside are spectacularly striking.

And so it is when God focuses His forgiveness and love within us.

When we cry out to Him in repentance and belief, no outward entrance is noticed, yet change is completely obvious.

2 Corinthians 5:17 reads,

"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

What was once a transparently empty life, becomes a new life, filled with the etchings of God.

 

 

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The Apple of Your Eye

 

 

 

 

My son, keep my words
    and store up my commands within you.
 Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
 Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and to insight, “You are my relative.”

 –Proverbs 7:1-4

 

If you are a parent, these words probably sink deeply within your heart to a place of complete recognition.

As children grow older, the plea seems to expand even larger.

Could it be because, as the children reach adolescence and young adulthood, decisions made can have life-long consequences?

Isn’t it universal to hope that your children will not have to suffer from lack of wisdom?

Don’t we want them to remember all our instructions about life?

The author of Proverbs 7 implores to his son, "guard my teachings as the apple of your eye."

We hope that our children will not flippantly disregard our sincere words of teaching.

Just like they would guard their own eyes from possible injury, we hope they will guard what they have learned.

Godly wisdom and insight.

Isn’t that what we want for our children?

 

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The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

 

 

A few years ago, our oldest son purchased a lion figurine for my husband as a Christmas present—inspired by C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

In his books, Aslan, the lion, represents Jesus.

In the book of Revelation, John records the vision that God allowed him to see of the future:

Verses one through five are as follows:

"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Jesus has triumphed.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah is our Savior.

 

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Everything Under Heaven Belongs to Me

 

 

 

While visiting a pharmacy to pick up some medication, I decided to go outside for the fifteen minute wait until it was ready.

Getting my camera from the car, I began to notice my surroundings.

Quaint little shops lined the bricked, cobblestone-type pavement.

I found an alley adjacent to a small pizzaria.

Brightly colored flowers were planted on both sides of the walkway.

Pleased with every different kind of bloom that I found, I photographed several of them.

The waiting time flew by.

An unexpected gift from God, I was allowed to discover the delicate beauty of His summertime blooms as they whispered His majesty through color, fragrance and form.

God speaks these words about Himself in Job 41:11:

Who can confront me that I should repay him?
    Everything under heaven belongs to Me!

 

 

 

A Pretentious, Showy Life

 

Pretentious.

That’s a big word.

What does it mean, really?

I think of it as trying to be something that you’re not—rich, talented, respected, confident, famous…..the list is endless.

But wait…

Is there something wrong with being rich, talented, respected, confident or famous?

No, not at all.

It’s the deception part of the whole thing that ruins it all.

Having a relationship with Jesus creates a life worth living and that life is exactly the one He gave to you.

Sure, you may become monetarily rich one day.

You may even become famous.

But even if you don’t, being yourself–someone who is trusting God to guide them through life–is enough.

Faking everything just to get approval from others is an empty existance, draining you of your time and energy.

That’s not what you really want, is it?

 

 

 

 

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Rich Simplicity

 

 

 

 

Has anyone ever described you as being rich?

Are you rich with money and possessions?

Are you rich with family?

Are you rich with talent and intelligence?

There are many ways to be rich.

What about being rich in the LORD?

 

A devout life

does bring wealth,

but it’s the rich simplicity

of being yourself before God.

Since we entered

the world penniless

and will leave it penniless,

if we have bread

on the table

and shoes

on our feet,

that’s enough.

 

1 Timothy 6:6-8  The Message

 

 

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Grapes From Briers

 

 

 

Stopping by the store to get milk, I hadn’t planned on getting them.

But as I walked up to the display of fresh, red grapes, I couldn’t resist—into my cart they went.

Hoping that they would be sweet and ripe, I brought them home for dinner.

The very first grape I popped into my mouth was delicious.

This was what grape eating is all about!

Whatever vine they came from, it certainly had produced luscious fruit.

In the New Testament, we find these words of Jesus in the book of Luke:

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

–Luke 6:43-45

 

The grapes I purchased today came from a grapevine—and a good one, at that.

They did not come from briers.

Those who harvested the grapes expected them to actually BE grapes.

After all, grapes do come from grapevines and no where else.

If we have good things stored up in our hearts, others will notice.

They will expect to see good fruit coming from our lives on a consistent basis.

What kind of fruit am I bearing?

What about you?

 

 

 

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Some Went Out on the Sea

 

 

 

 

The old ship was rusty beyond repair.

Its exposure to the elements had weathered what once had been proudly new.

Where had it been?

How many years had come and gone as the splash of rhythmic waves beat along the starboard?

I wonder.

There are no old, forgotten ships without a story.

Psalm 107:23-24 reads,

Some went out on the sea in ships;
    they were merchants on the mighty waters.
 They saw the works of the Lord,
    his wonderful deeds in the deep.

Wherever we may go in this world, be it on land or sea, God’s works are displayed.

From great canyons and vast deserts to endless horizons beyond the ocean’s waves, God is there, as He always has been.

Through years of experiences, we become part of a story that will become our personal history of faith on a journey toward God.

Think of it—haven’t you seen seen the works of the LORD?

Haven’t you witnessed His wonderful deeds?

 

 

 

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Thirsty

 

 

 The first time I can remember being almost desperately thirsty was when I was about twelve years old.

Being a part of the marching band at my school, we would practice outside on a grassy field with the sun beating down on us.

Being the end of summer, it was very hot.

I can still picture in my mind what the water fountains looked like inside the main building.

At the end of the practice, the need for water was probably the greatest thing on my mind.

At times like that, it’s like you can’t get enough water when it is finally available.

Psalm 107:8-9 says,

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
 for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things.

 

If we yearn for God and thirst for Him, He will satisfy us.

If we are hungry to know Him and follow His ways, He will fill us.

Why?

Because of His unfailing love.

Are you thirsty today?

 


 

 

 

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Whoever Hears My Word

 

 

Everyone deals with loss at some point in their lives.

In our fallen world, death is a reality.

I’m never quite prepared to hear about it, though.

Recently, a good friend sent me a text, telling me her brother had died.

The funeral is tomorrow.

Just a couple of days ago, I was actually holding my phone when I got a text from a friend who lives far away.

A mutual friend of ours with kids in their twenties, died in the hospital after surgery and a bout with pneumonia.

Yesterday, I found out that a friend’s mother had died in her sleep.

I lived next door to this woman as a child.

She was so good to me.

A couple of weeks ago, another friend of ours with a young teenage son, died of a brain tumor.

I have cried, I have prayed and I have sat silently in thought.

One thing I have NOT done is worry even a bit about where these people are right now.

To my knowledge, every single person knew Jesus as their Savior.

In the moment when they met death recently, it was an instant transportation into the presence of God.

I have friends who are alive that I am concerned about, though.

Friends who do not know Jesus.

How I wish they did!

One day, I hope to rejoice in hearing that they, too, will have eternal life forever with God.

Until then, I can pray for their salvation and the knowledge that Jesus has died on the cross as a sacrifice for their sin, purchasing a place in Heaven for them.

 

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

—John 5:24

 

 

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Downpour

 

 

 

 

Passing the lake, I could see the rain falling—connecting—to the body of water below the cloud.

 

Job 37:1-7 speaks of God in this way:

At this my heart pounds
    and leaps from its place.
 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
    to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
    and sends it to the ends of the earth.
 After that comes the sound of his roar;
    he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
    he holds nothing back.
 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding.
 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
 So that everyone he has made may know his work,
    he stops all people from their labor.

At the time that I took this photograph, surely no boaters were in the water under the driving rain.

If anyone had been fishing there, they would have stopped and gone to a place of safety.

No one would be swimming.

Something totally out of human control was taking place and people were forced to take notice.

God truly does great things beyond our understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And His Mother’s Name Was

 

 

 

 In the Old Testament, it is common to find the death of kings recorded.

Also, which son took a certain king’s place on the throne after their death is recorded.

I have considered these types of entries before, finding it interesting how some kings served God and others did not.

Today, I have been thinking about how the "next" king is described in the scriptures.

As an introduction to their life’s account, it will list their father’s name and then tell who their mother was, as well.

This was probably important just for the sake of lineage, knowing the generations who had come before.

It seems to me that it is also more than that.

Many years ago, I heard a man speak about children.

He related the idea that someone’s child is the best they’ve got to offer.

I think he meant that, when someone is raising their son or daughter, they are investing their lives  into them.

Their children are who they want to be proud of.

I understand that feeling.

Parenting is a lifelong commitment, cutting a path through uncharted jungles with every passing day.

Every parent would want the records to say that their child had done well–made the right choices, lived a good life.

In the case of Hezekiah, he chose to serve God.

Look at the following words written of him:

 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.  He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.  He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.  He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)

 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.  He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.  And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

 

As a Christian parent, wouldn’t we all want it said of our children that they held fast to the LORD and kept His commands?

By teaching our children to love the LORD and live by faith in Him, we hope that they will wholeheartedly serve Him.

Someday, it may be said, "his father was…… and his mother’s name was……."

Parenting.

It’s a serious thing, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

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You Are the God Who Performs Miracles

 

 

 

 

Walking through the woods, I noticed some unusual plants growing.

The photograph I took reminds me of pictures of bacteria and viruses in the bloodstream.

Though they can be deadly to us, those tiny creations are fantastically formed in perfection by God.

In the thick woods, plants proclaim the same magnificence.

Psalm 77:13-14 reads,

"Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples."

 

All of creation is a miracle to behold!

 

 

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Let Us Go On

 

 

 

I didn’t see him at first.

Walking out on the dock, I was taking in all the scenery.

There he stood—on a boat.

It was as if he had booked passage on a trip to the other side.

He stood expectantly and still.

A motionless gaze out over the water accompanied his stance.

There was one problem, though—

that is, IF he wanted to go somewhere while ON the boat.

The boat was tied and anchored.

It wasn’t going forward.

In fact, it wasn’t going to go ANYWHERE.

If he wanted to move forward, he was going to have to decide to do so.

Fly?

Maybe.

It just couldn’t be on the boat.

Does that dilemma ever happen to us?

We choose a path in life, hoping to move forward, but we find that we are not.

If we are going to move forward, we have to make a change.

In Hebrews 6:1 we read,

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.

 After having accepted Christ as our Savior, we may become distracted and fail to move forward in our maturity and understanding of faith.

We must consciously choose to move forward, studying God’s word, praying, and spending quality time with other Christians.

If we are stuck on an anchored boat, it may be time to get off and get moving—

in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once God is Forgotten

 

 

 

How easy is it to forget God?

Do we forget Him when things are going our way?

Do we forget Him when trouble is upon us?

Do we forget Him when we are busy?

Do we forget Him when we are tired?

If someone totally dismisses God in their life, what is left?

I don’t want to forget God.

Do you?

 

Reeds can’t grow where there is no water;
    they are never found outside a swamp.
 If the water dries up, they are the first to wither,
    while still too small to be cut and used.
Godless people are like those reeds;
    their hope is gone, once God is forgotten.

–Job 8:11-13

 

 

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Let the Giving

 

 

 

 

Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God,
    and give the Almighty all that you promised.
Call to me when trouble comes;
    I will save you,
    and you will praise me.

Psalm 50:14-15


 

 

 

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Ask the LORD for Rain

 

 

 

Rain.

It’s actually a very big deal.

I stood behind a large grocery store and photographed the rain falling from an enormous cloud in the distance.

A pond not far from me reflected the scene perfectly.

If it weren’t for rain falling to the earth, we wouldn’t have any grocery stores or markets.

No one would set up a fruit and vegetable stand on the side of the road to sell the items they had grown in their gardens.

When rain doesn’t come for a while, we start to get concerned.

If it’s not raining for a long period of time, we say it’s a drought.

In a drought, where can we get help?

Can we ask the government to make it rain?

No.

Does imploring the finest scientists of the land to make it rain help?

No.

There is only one who can do it—

God.

The rain is in His control.

So much of our lives is like that.

We want to ask for help from people who can’t.

We forget that it is God who truly has the power to help.

In every person’s life, there are situational "droughts."

Things haven’t been good in a while.

The absence of "rain" is becoming a great concern.

For most of us, the government and the scientific community would be of no help in solving our problems.

So—who can help?

God.

If He controls the rain, doesn’t He have enough power to help you with whatever is happening in your life?

 

 

 

 

 Ask the Lord for rain in the spring of the year. It is the Lord who sends rain clouds and showers, making the fields green for everyone.

—Zechariah 10:1

 

 

 

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People Learn From One Another

 

 

 

 

 I completely, totally missed him.

If it hadn’t been for my friends, I never would’ve seen him at all.

We were strolling down the sidewalk, headed for a popular lunchtime restaurant, when someone in our group called up to me from behind.

I had just walked past a very large moth.

He was standing on the pavement with his wings together.

Being about 3 inches tall or so, his presence was easily detected, but still, I had missed him.

Hurrying back, I took my camera and began my impromptu nature session.

After a cordial lunch where the conversation settled on family, parenting and devotion to God, we made our way back to the parking lot.

Reflecting upon the day’s events, I realized that my friends had called my attention to the gorgeous moth that I had totally missed seeing.

In sharing their discovery with me, I got to enjoy viewing one of God’s beautiful creatures.

During our restaurant time, something else had actually taken place, as well.

Through discussing our lives as they are framed with the knowledge and forgiveness of Jesus, I began to feel a little less alone in some areas that I had been struggling with lately.

My friends’ words gave me new insight as I applied their situations to my own.

The Bible says, "People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron."

—Proverbs 27:17

I am thankful that I learned from my friends…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Have Come

 

 

 

 

The rain was about to come.

Giant clouds were making their way across the eastern sky.

As the sun was setting, I could see it near a house in our neighborhood.

I had been taking a walk, looking for interesting things to photograph.

Turning one way, I took pictures of the approaching storm.

Turning another way, I was able to get some shots of the sun, just before it disappeared on the horizon.

Such blazing light!

In moments, it was gone.

Jesus is our Light.

He came to the world for us.

We no longer have to live in darkness.

Like a blazing fire, His light consumes it.

Do you believe in Him today?

 

 

 

 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.  I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

John 12:44-46

 

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Trust in the LORD

 

 

It was a beautiful evening to walk by the lake.

As darkening shadows crept relentlessly over the water’s surface, an amber glow began to transform my surroundings.

Someone was out sitting on the dock.

I wonder what they were thinking–

Did they notice the beauty encompassing them?

Like me, they surely had some joys as well as heartaches to consider.

Like me, they probably had some decisions to make.

Sometimes it is good to get away in order to think about the choices we have before us.

We can’t always understand, but we must trust God to guide us.

 

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

 

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Then the Sign

 

 

 

 

 Immediately after the tribulation

of those days the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from heaven,

and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

  Then the sign of the Son of Man

will appear in heaven,

and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn,

and they will see the Son of Man coming

on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

  And He will send His angels

with a great sound of a trumpet,

and they will gather together

His elect from the four winds,

from one end of heaven to the other.

—-Matthew 24:29-31

 

 

 

 

 

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But Learn What the LORD Wants

 

 

 

 

Coming home from a natural spring in the area, I started noticing how straight and tall the trees were and how closely together they stood.

It had been raining for quite a while and everything seemed vividly alive, green and wet.

On some days, I am acutely aware of God speaking to me through various means.

This was one of those days.

Because of my awareness, I spent the greater part of my time at the spring thinking about what I felt God was showing me.

I felt that He was allowing me to reflect on how I have chosen to live up to this point and, at the same time, helping me to see changes that need to be made for the future.

I am grateful for God’s leading and compassion.

Aren’t you?

 

 

So be very careful how you live. Live wisely, not like fools.  I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times.  So don’t be foolish with your lives, but learn what the Lord wants you to do.

—Ephesians 5:15-17

 

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Surely the Lord Will Declare Peace

 

 

 

What kind of way do you have about you?

"She acts in such a kind way…"

"He always deals in such a way as to reassure his customers."

"Her way of life is slowly tearing her apart."

"His ways are often offensive to others–even his closest friends."

I wonder if the word, "way" and the word, "habit" could be exchanged and still carry the same meaning.

Habitual actions begin to define us, don’t they?

If they are negative and God helps us to see that they are, we certainly don’t want to go back to them once they have been removed from our lives.

Where there has been ways of faithlessness, we want faith.

True faith.

Where there has been ways of strife, we want peace.

Peace to stay.

 

 

 

I will listen to what God will say;
surely the Lord will declare peace
to His people, His godly ones,
and not let them go back to foolish ways.

–Psalm 85:8

 

 

 

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Behaving

 

 

 

As I drove away, I could feel it.

An almost sad feeling, nostalgic in a way.

A twinge of lonliness mixed with a little bit of doubt, seasoned with some warm goodbyes.

Today was the last day of a several month assignment at work.

I still have my same job, but many of the people I worked with will be gone.

Things will be similar, but different.

Progress is like that.

One thing is finished so another thing can begin.

Although I do not build houses, I can imagine that vocation seeming like that to the workers.

Lay the foundation, put in the plumbing, put up the walls and the roof, the windows and doors.

Eventually, it’s done.

Then, it’s time to move on to the next spot and build another house there.

Having driven only about three minutes down the road, I suddenly realized what song was playing on the car radio.

The lyrics went to my heart as I heard, "I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
knowing that my heart was true…" 1

The end of this day.

The end of this assignment.

Had I, over these past months been able to sign God’s name to all that I had done at work, knowing that my heart was true?

Had I been who He had wanted me to be?

Would I be able to sign His name to the end of the next day (assignment) at work?

Would my heart be found to be true?

 

 

God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.

–Galatians 5:22-23

 

1 Lifesong by Casting Crowns

 

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Have the Light That Gives Light

 

 

 

The sun was coming out and shining on the uppermost parts of the trees on my street.

The parts of the trees that were in the most light seemed to be blazing in a beautiful amber color.

The sections of the trees that were in the regular light appeared much darker and green.

The trees were simply responding to the light that was shed on them as they stood in their appointed place.

John 8:12 reads,

Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.”

When someone becomes a believer in Jesus, allowing Him to give them light that gives life, they change.

Ordinary green becomes blazing amber.

People notice the difference.

Do you have the light of Jesus in your life today?

 

 

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So Encourage Each Other

 

 

Yesterday, a dear friend of ours died of a brain tumor.

Also, yesterday, another friend’s mother passed away.

Whenever I hear of a loss, a certain solemnity settles in for me.

Memories and empathy coincide as partners as I ponder what it all means.

In both of these families there will be comfort offered and accepted by caring friends showing the love of Christ to those hurting from the separation.

1st Thessalonians 5:1 reads, "So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now."

God can provide strength for us in any way He chooses to.

One of those ways is to have His children show love to another, especially in times of great sorrow.

 

 

 

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A Gentle Answer

 

 

 

 A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger,
    but an unkind answer will cause more anger.

 Wise people use knowledge when they speak,
    but fools pour out foolishness.

 The Lord’s eyes see everything;
    he watches both evil and good people.

 As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life,
    but dishonest words crush the spirit.

 –Proverbs 15:1-4

 

Do I answer gently?

Do I use knowledge when I speak?

Do I speak words that give life?

What does the LORD see when He looks at me?

 

 

 

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Does the Hawk

 

 

 

 

It had been raining hard, with loud thunder claps and bright lightning.

When the storm was over, I ventured outside to look around.

While I was gazing at the sky, I could hear the very agitated chips of a small bird.

Over and over, he voiced his displeasure.

I looked up to see what was going on.

A tall, red-shouldered hawk was sitting on a post in the field behind my house.

The small bird was quite displeased at his presence there.

The hawk ignored him, but gave me several curious looks as I photographed him.

He had obviously not found any shelter during the downpour; his feathers were soaked..

It was the first time that I had ever seen a hawk like this near our home.

After accommodating my photo session for a while, he flew away in a flash.

When God is speaking to Job, as recorded in chapter 39, verse 26, He asks him this question:

"Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
    and spread its wings toward the south?"

It was such a majestic looking bird, even when wet.

When he decided to fly, he did–soaring above the field.

How did he learn that?

Who gave him the ability to do so?

Only God can do such things.

A hawk sitting on a post in the rain is a marvel to behold and a testimony of God’s greatness, wouldn’t you say?

 

 

 

 

 

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