Lilies

 

 

 

“And why worry about your clothing?

Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.

They don’t work or make their clothing,

yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers

that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow,

He will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith?”

 

–Matthew 6:28-30

 

 

 

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He Refreshes My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
     He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.

—Psalm 23:1-3

 

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

He is the one that can calm us as we lie down to rest.

The quiet waters that give physical and spiritual renewal are His gift to us.

The Lord refreshes us from the weariness draped upon us.

He guides us to the paths that He knows are best.

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

 

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Full of Water

“You visit the earth and water it,You greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

You provide the people with grain,

for so You have prepared it.”

—Psalm 65:9
A friend gave a bottle of water to me as a gift. She had decorated the outside of the swirled plastic bottle with colourful paper in the middle. 

Next, she attached a single powdered packet of orange flavouring. Part of the note with it read, “Enjoy your summer–relax, renew, refresh.”
We all have to have water to live. 

God gives us that water. 

He causes the rain to come. 

He provides the source for our water. 

The river of God is full of water–everything that we will ever need is readily available from God. 

For the Cattle

You make grass grow for cattle and make vegetables for humans to use in order to get food from the ground.

—Psalm 104:14

The cows from the farm behind my house were on the move late yesterday afternoon. 

They were walking slowly, yet with determination, to the land closer to me. 

The grass they needed was plentiful. 

God provides even for the cattle. 

Will He not also provide for you and me?

Your Needs

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 4:19

 

It wasn’t what I had planned at all.

I wanted to have a peaceful, wonderful day.

Actually, it turned out to be that way, but I wasn’t feeling well.

Having developed a fever and sore throat the day before, I wasn’t up to doing everything I had hoped to.

Still, the morning was beautiful, so I decided to step out into the yard and take a few photos in the early mist.

A squirrel was playfully moving about on a tree.

He was having a good day.

By watching him, I began to experience a certain happiness.

It’s like that for me.

As I look at my surroundings and notice the beauty of what God has created, I begin to feel a happy calmness.

As the verse above speaks of the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, it seems to me that God will provide our needs, whatever they are.

Spiritual needs.

Physical needs.

Relational needs.

All our needs.

Even as He was healing my body of a sore throat and fever, He was giving me calm through the morning mist and the company of a scampering little squirrel.

 

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Cheerful

A cheerful giver.  What does that look like?

What kinds of things to cheerful givers give?

If it were not for God’s provision, we would have nothing to give. 

The blessings that we have are ours to give, whether tangible or not. 

We may cheerfully give money to someone in need or we may cheerfully give of our time to care for our families, our friends and even strangers. 

We may cheerfully give of our own material resources to help another. 

The Bible says,

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

–2 Corinthians 9:7-8

If we desire to have a giving attitude, God will help us to be that way. 

Was there a time when someone gave cheerfully to you?

How did it make you feel?

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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Job Description

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The pair of birds sat in the top of the tree, not minding my inquisitive presence.

Looking this way and that, the golden light from the setting sun gave a soft glow to their feathery bodies.

There is food for them to eat.

There is water nearby, as well.

God is providing for them in every way that is needed.

God can provide for us in every way that is needed, also, and we are worth more to Him than birds…

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“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to Him than birds.”

—Matthew 6:25-26 The Message

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All Your Needs

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One of the first verses that I can remember memorizing after I became a Christian was Philippians 4:19.

Through the years, this verse has become alive in my life, as God has truly provided for me and taken care of my needs.

Just the other day, I was driving down the street when I saw a flock of birds in a neighbor’s yard.

Stopping the car, I took a moment or two to photograph them as they were happily gathering God’s provision for them in the grass.

If I think about my life, I know that His provisions have been there, right where I could find them at the time of His choosing.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:19

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Mountain Pastures

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There is a prairie located about 70 miles from my home.

Being a protected area of 21,000 acres, it is home to many animals and birds.

Wild horses and bison are found there.

As I hiked along a trail, I came upon a horse, comfortably grazing.

Unhurried.

Calm.

He had all the means for nourishment necessary, provided for him by his Creator.

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Sing out your thanks to the Lord;

    sing praises to our God with a harp.
 He covers the heavens with clouds,
    provides rain for the earth,
    and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
 He gives food to the wild animals
    and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse
    or in human might.
 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
    those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

—Psalm 147:7-11

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Ask The Lord

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Do we look for blessings in the wrong places?

When there are needs, we should ask the Lord to provide for us.

He is the only one who can.

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Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime, and he will answer with lightning and showers. Every field will become a lush pasture.  How foolish to ask the idols for anything like that! Fortune-tellers’ predictions are all a bunch of silly lies; what comfort is there in promises that don’t come true? Judah and Israel have been led astray and wander like lost sheep; everyone attacks them, for they have no shepherd to protect them.

—Zechariah 10:1-2

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What You Will Eat

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Walking along the sidewalk of the park yesterday morning, I saw a squirrel not far from me.

Securing an acorn in his paw, he began to eat without fear of my presence.

The trees in my own yard yield a great many of those same acorns.

On any given day, I can see squirrels scampering in my yard, enjoying life.

God provides them with the food they need.

He can provide for us, as well.

Jesus said,

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.”

Matthew 6:25

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God Reality

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What is God doing in my life right now?

Am I paying attention to it, or focusing my mind on other things?

What provisions are being placed in front of me as gifts from Him?

What is He wanting me to do–to take the initiative on?

In what area does He want me to step out in faith?

God knows my concerns.

He knows about my today and my tomorrow.

I must trust in Him.

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

—Matthew 6:33-34  The Message

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