There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassion’s, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
For His compassions never fail.They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
What are you eagerly expecting?
What does having an expectation mean, anyway?
You might have heard sentiments before that speak toward statements like this: Zero expectations = Zero disappointments.
But is that really true?
Is it even possible?
Expectations and anticipations are part of life.
They can’t truly be bundled up in a neat and tidy wad, placed in a box and labeled with only one word.
Expectations are as varied as the relationships they mirror.
We can expect to become ill if we do not treat our bodies with care.
We can expect to be disliked if we are harsh and unloving to others.
We can expect that there will be rain if the sky above us is filled with dark clouds.
We can expect to find joy in giving to others as Jesus would have us to do.
Throughout any of our expectations, hopes and dreams, we may find disappointment in all but one area—
God will never be unfaithful to His promises.
We can expect that God will love us continually.
We can expect that His character will never change.
We can expect that He will hear us when we pray.
We can expect that He will usher His children into His presence when they depart from this earth.
We can expect these things, and more.
We can trust our God in all His ways.
Here is a true statement:
Expectations of God’s fulfilled promises = Zero disapointments
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
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Driving home around sunset, I noticed a break in the gray clouds ahead of me.
Many times, sunsets are a brilliant orange, red and yellow.
Other times, it seems that they take on only a white and gray glow.
Such was today.
The break in the vast silver curtain of clouds was so bright it couldn’t be looked at straight on.
Pulling off the highway, I photographed the scene in the sky above a tree nursery.
I had been listening to a song as I drove.
Part of the lyrics say,
All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
The sun shines brightly, no matter what circumstances I may find myself in.
As consistent as the sun is, it will one day cease.
In all my life and for eternity, God will still be God.
I will always have a reason to worship Him.
It is good to say thank you to the Lord, to sing praises to the God who is above all gods.
Every morning tell him, “Thank you for your kindness,” and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness. Sing his praises, accompanied by music from the harp and lute and lyre. You have done so much for me, O Lord. No wonder I am glad! I sing for joy.
O Lord, what miracles you do! And how deep are your thoughts!
*Desert Song–Brooke Fraser
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The beach was glowing in the sunlight as the new day began.
I sat, watching the splendor unfold before me.
The clouds filled the sky with white, cottony patches that changed in hue as the sun rose.
Every day is a new day.
A new day to live for God.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Visiting the city which is the oldest European settlement in my country, I was interested in photographing some of the unique buildings that I saw.
Driving in the heart of the city, I passed by a tall, ornate church.
Getting out of the car, I walked around the magnificent structure.
It’s comforting for me to see churches when I visit a new town.
When I see a church, I know there are those who meet within its walls who love the Lord.
The existence of these centers of worship is due to legacy and the blessing of God.
An ancient sanctuary reaches into the future with a history of faith within the hearts of those living long ago.
Even a new church stands because someone in the past related the good news of Jesus to the members who constructed it.
My heart’s desire is to leave a legacy that is pleasing to God.
All churches have a story of legacy and trust.
When I am gone from this earth, every investment I have made toward God’s kingdom will be used for His glory.
Every Bible story I told my to my children.
Every offering I made of time, talent or funds.
Every discussion about God’s love and forgiveness.
And what will become of that?
A transferring of faith—-
from one generation to another.
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
—2 Timothy 2:2
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