Songs of Joy

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It was only an hour or so before dark and I decided to sit in my backyard for awhile.

Checking an outdoor chair to make sure I would not be sitting on a spider’s new home, I settled in to enjoy the cool air and the pleasant surroundings.

Those included the orange hues of blooming Lantana bushes, an ever changing sky with feathery clouds and the sight of our son’s cat racing from place to place, chasing insects or maybe even a lizard or two.

My husband decided to come outside and play the guitar.

I watched an airplane go by, tiny in my view, lit up by the sun’s rays.

Ants scurried around a hill not far from my chair, busy at work before nightfall.

I am grateful for all of those blessings.

The peaceful outdoor setting of my own home.

My husband.

Guitars.

Blooming bushes.

Clouds.

Sunsets.

Cats.

Even ants and lizards.

The part of me that knows that God is there all the time blends with His blessings to bring about an inner joy in my heart.

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The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

—Psalm 65:8

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My Mind Tastes Truth

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The sun was shining so brightly on the flowers in the yard this afternoon.

After looking out the window for a few moments, I decided to get my camera and walk outside for a closer look.

I noticed a butterfly on a lantana bush.

He was a busy guy, and I only took two photos of him.

Looking at those photos more closely on the computer screen, I could clearly see the butterfly’s proboscis inserted into the yellow flower.

It was dinner time!

Or, perhaps, just part of his regular day-long activity, taking in nourishment as he found it.

He would not have found any nourishment in plastic flowers, even if they had graced my patio table with delicate colors.

Nor would he have found it in neatly lined stones on the ground.

What he needed could only come from specific sources.

Sources that God created to do certain functions—like feeding butterflies.

Wisdom and truth come from God.

We can’t find it anywhere else.

Looking for wisdom and truth apart from God is like a butterfly trying to feed off a plastic flower.

Discerning what our eyes see and our ears hear is vitally important.

Are we seeing and hearing truth?

That is a significant question to ask—-

all day long.

From the book of Job, chapter 12:

Just as my mouth can taste good food, so my mind tastes truth when I hear it. –verse 11

But true wisdom and power are God’s. He alone knows what we should do; He understands. —verse 13

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