From the Storm and Rain

In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.  Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

—Isaiah 4:2-6

Full Armor

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

–Ephesians 6:11
Reading the Bible is so important. 

Knowing God’s truth is so important. 

Understanding the battle we are in as Christians is so important. 

Hiding God’s word in our hearts is so important. 

When was the last time you read something in the Bible?

Why not start again—today?

The Flower Fades

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

–Isaiah 40:8

 

While visiting a large city, I was driving through a residential area.

One home, in particular, caught my eye.

Spring blossoms, ablaze in color, were bursting forth on bushes planted by a fence.

An opening near a gate separated two colors as the bushes seemed to beckon an onlooker into the back yard.

With this much beauty on the outside, could their be a gorgeous flower garden on the inside?

As stunning as they were, the flowers on the bushes would soon wither and fade.

There for only a season—–

God is not just with us for a time and then gone.

He is with us always.

His word stands forever!

 

 

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My Ways

My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

—Isaiah 55:8

I watched a rocket launch earlier this evening.

It was carrying a satellite to space.

Of course, that’s easy for me to say and that’s where the word “easy” stops in this conversation….

If ever anything wasn’t easy, it could be a successful rocket launch.

There I stood on planet earth, gazing into the sky and taking photographs of the rocket as it soared higher and higher into the sky.

A rocket literally escaping from the world below and it’s gravity.

The wisdom and knowledge needed to make what I watched even possible is astounding to me.

The mathematical calculations.

The understanding of the movement of the earth.

The entire thought process is absolutely amazing.

Even so, the most intelligent scientists and engineers among us only possess the knowledge they have because God has allowed it.

Think of it—we send rockets to space.

God created space…..

God has allowed us to know many things about what He has made.

Watching a rocket in the sky is just one more reason to recognize God and His infinite power.

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The World

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

—John 3:16

 

I went to a party recently.

On the table, I saw a large bowl of many colored jelly beans……….

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When I was a child, I learned a song about the love of God.

Specifically, how He loves children.

All children.

The song speaks of various ethnic groups, but it applies to the differences in each of us, no matter what they are.

“Jesus loves the little children.

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white,

they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

All the children and everyone else, too.

Hair color, eye color, skin color.

Man or woman.

From this country or that country.

With this name or that name.

He creates each of us uniquely.

We are one of a kind, different from everyone else.

It doesn’t matter who we are— Jesus died for us.

God gave His one and only Son so that we might not perish but have eternal life with Him.

Right now—today—know this:

You are precious in His sight.

 

 

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Do Not

Fear gets in the way of so many things. 

Fear keeps us from taking positive action. 

Fear keeps us weighed down, causing us to achieve less than what God wants for us. 

Fear is best friends with doubt and discouragement. 

God is truly with us, knowing everything. 

We can trust Him when fear wells up within us. 

When it does, meet fear with prayer….

The LORD Himself  goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

—Deuteronomy 31:8

Kind

Last year, a friend visited me for several days. 

While we were out shopping, she bought two house plants for me as a gift. 

I am happy to report that both plants are still living and doing well. 

One plant seems to have grown and thrived very well, with big green leaves. 

Like those plants, friendships can grow. 

We are to be kind to one another. 

Isn’t kindness what you hope to receive from others?

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

—Ephesians 4:32

Wind and Waves

I listened to a sermon this evening about Jesus calming the wind and waves.

Recently, I heard a song that spoke of how the wind and waves “still know His Name.”

Jesus can control every storm.

Nothing is too difficult for Him.

Dangerous is a word that applies to what could harm us.

There is nothing dangerous to Jesus…

 

One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.  As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.  Then He asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When He gives a command, even the wind and waves obey Him!”

—Luke 8:22-25

 

 

 

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Even Honey

Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
 They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.

 

—Psalm 19:9-10

 

 

 

 

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To Work Together

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

—Romans 8:28

 

Everything that we see around us that God has made—it’s a miracle, isn’t it?

A flower bud blooming out into mathematical perfection.

A misty sunrise over the mountains.

The birth of a baby.

These aren’t things we could do.

No–only God can do these things.

And God can cause everything to work together for the good of those who love Him.

That “working together” is miraculous, too.

It is only God that can do that for us.

 

 

 

 

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God Lives in Them

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

1John 4:15

It was my very first time to visit the old church in a nearby city. 

The sanctuary was made of dark panels of wood. 

The entrance had tall and colorful stained glass windows. 

It all looked different than the churches I normally attend. 

There are many denominations in the world made up of those who acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. 

God lives in them, and they in God. 

We are all one family–the family of believers. 

Into God’s Presence

Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

—Ephesians 3:12

 

 

 

Walking out of the restaurant in a small town near a lake, I noticed the sun setting with radiant color.

Getting my camera out of the car, I quickly made my way to the water’s edge to take some photographs before the sun was completely gone.

The light dazzled on the horizon, coloring the water with a golden orange hue.

Birds flew in the distance.

The beauty in front of me was just one display of God’s wondrous creation.

A gift for all to see.

We can praise Him for that beauty.

We can thank Him for all His gifts.

We can come to Him with our needs and our concerns.

We can come to Him accepted and forgiven–

Because of Christ and our faith in Him.

 

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Carry It On

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

My family used to live in a city near one of the longest bridges in the world. 

After traveling a few miles on the bridge, it was hard to see land ahead or behind. 

At almost 24 miles in length, that’s understandable. 

Driving on the bridge almost feels like traveling on a boat through the ocean waters—except you’re in a car. 

Keeping in mind that the road will take you to your destination, you must trust that the journey will take you to dry land. 

Sometimes it’s easy to become frightened when we can’t see the future up ahead. 

God will be faithful to guide you and teach you on your journey, and He will bring you safely home to Heaven one day. 

Build Each Other Up

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

—1Thessalonians 5:11

This afternoon, someone came walking toward my front door with a bouquet of flowers. 

They were for me!

My friend brought them as a gift of appreciation, being grateful of my recent help to her. 

Did she encourage me with her kindness?

Yes!

Did she make me feel appreciated?

Yes!

There are many ways to build up someone. 

How can I encourage a friend tomorrow as I have been encouraged today?