Shine

 

 

“‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make His face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn His face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

—-Numbers 6:24-26

 

The grass behind my house was glowing in the sun shortly before nightfall.

Walking peacefully around the neighborhood, I was taking in the beauty all around me.

God makes the sun to shine upon the grass.

God shines on us, giving us peace and love for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut The Hay

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Cut the hay, and new grass will grow.

Then gather the new plants that grow on the hills.

—Proverbs 27:25 ERV

The Good News version of the Bible translates this verse in this way:

You cut the hay and then cut the grass on the hillsides while the next crop of hay is growing.

God’s continual provision is with us always.

We must trust God to provide for us in every way that we have needs.

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His Promises

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It was a windy afternoon coupled with an overcast sky and cool temperatures.

I decided that it would be a perfect time to visit a lakeside park in a nearby city.

As my husband and I walked around, we saw a bird on the grass past the wooden bridge we were standing on.

Having some stale biscuit bread in a bag, he threw a small piece into the grass below.

A different bird saw the morsel and eagerly ran up.

This commotion caused a bit of a stir in the long blades of grass, sufficient enough to flush some colorful butterflies out and into the open.

As they settled back down, once again lighting and being still, I took a few photographs of them.

Not knowing what type of butterfly I had seen, I did a bit of research.

It seems that I was watching some White Peacock butterflies.

Delicate and fragile, they truly were captivating to behold.

I’m not sure why butterflies remind us of a sense of freedom and serenity.

Perhaps their playful sprint from one place to another along with their carefree ability to do so is what does it.

In another way, their vulnerability might bring a sense of trust or confidence to mind.

1 Corinthians 1:9 reads,

“God faithfully keeps His promises. He called you to be partners with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We must trust God to keep His promises.

We must be confident in who He is and in His love for us.

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Cattle

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He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
     wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.

—Psalm 104:10-15

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The Word of Our God

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What do you think?

What do I think?

What’s your opinion?

What’s my opinion?

What’s your decision?

What’s my decision?

As we go through our lives, we are faced with the challenge of choosing what is best in all things.

Some choices seem trivial—What coat should I buy?

Other choices are life altering—Where should I live?

One choice is for eternity—Will I accept God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus, His Son?

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The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.

—Isaiah 40:8

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Sit Down on the Grass

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What would it be like if Jesus was on Earth today?

What if He came up on a canoe to the shore near a housing development and started healing sick people as crowds began to gather?

What would it be like if He took a little boy’s lunchbox and His disciples started feeding the entire crowd from what was in it?

What would it be like if Jesus was in your neighborhood?

Would you believe?

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When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

 “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

—–Matthew 14:14-20

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Flowers Fall

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Walking along a wooden deck that defined a nature trail, I was interested in seeing everything along the way.

The skies were filled with clouds and a storm was brewing.

I knew at any time I might have to turn back.

In the vividness that is created when afternoon skies grow dark, I noticed a brightly colored petal lying on the deck boards in front of me.

So vibrantly yellow, its presence could hardly be missed.

Where did it come from?

I began to look around to find out.

Nearby, a tree adorned with similar petals grew above the trail.

At some point, several of the petals would release and the deck would be covered.

Many things don’t last in this life.

Flowers are a classic example of that fact.

God, however, will never cease to exist.

His word will continue forever.

Isn’t there comfort in these words?

“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

–from Isaiah 40:6-8

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