With a Gift

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

—John 14:27

This afternoon at work, someone noticed a cloud with a “rainbow” inside it. 

Since I happened to have my phone with me, I took a quick picture of the colourful beauty displayed in the sky. What I witnessed today is commonly called a fire rainbow. 

The rainbow, of course, reminds us of God’s promise to us after the great flood. 

Rainbows also remind me of all God’s promises—that they are true. 

Jesus has given us a gift–the gift of peace of mind and heart. 

We are not to be troubled and afraid. 

Promises

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For all of

God’s promises

have been fulfilled

in Christ

with a resounding “Yes!”

And through Christ,

our “Amen”

(which means “Yes”)

ascends to

God for His glory.

–2 Corinthians 1:20

 

 

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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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Eager Expectation

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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

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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.

—Romans 8:16-19

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Constantly Loves

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On this Valentine’s Day, know that—

God is faithful.

God keeps His promises.

He constantly loves His children.

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Understand, therefore,

that the

Lord your God

is the faithful God

who for a

thousand generations

keeps His promises

and

constantly loves

those

who love

Him

and who obey

His

commands.

—Deuteronomy 7:9

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