Let Me Hear

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It was early morning yesterday when I went to my friend’s house.

After my visit, I drove to the end of her street and turned around near a pasture.

The sun was low in the sky as it was glowing across the grass and trees.

Two horses stood serenely behind the fence.

I was blessed to see such a peaceful landscape—a gift from God.

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Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love,
    for in You I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to You I lift up my soul.

—Psalm 143:8

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Fear, But Of Power

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Walking through the park with a friend, we came upon a squirrel.

When I see these creatures in my own yard, they are quite shy and usually run away if I come close.

This was not the case with our little park friend.

Instead, he was very comfortable approaching us, hoping to be fed, no doubt.

He had come to trust other visitors and he felt safe with us.

Fear is a very strong emotion.

As Christians, we are not to live fearful lives.

2 Timothy 1:7 reads,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

We are to experience life with power.

Life with love.

Life with a sound mind.

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Commit Your Way

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Psalm 37:3-5

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
 Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him, and He will act.

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What can I do?

Trust.

Do good.

Dwell.

Befriend.

Delight.

Commit.

What will God do?

He will give.

He will act.

On this day that I call today, the future is unknown.

Unknown to me, yet known to God.

On this day that I call today, I must commit my way to Him.

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Trust in the Lord

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

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Trust in Him

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Where can we find rest?

Where can we find real hope?

Where can we find salvation?

Where can we find protection?

Who can we really trust?

Who can we pour out our hearts to?

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Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
 Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

—Psalm 62:5-8

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On Track

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How much have I trusted God today?

Have I tried to figure out situations on my own without consulting Him?

Did I listen to God’s voice in everything I did today?

Everywhere I went?

Was I really on track, traveling the road He wants me to travel?

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Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.

—Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message

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Trust

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Trust.

We can trust in the Lord always.

We can trust Him in all ways.

What does trust mean to you?

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The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

—Psalm 9:7-10

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Love is Kind

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Am I patient?

Am I kind?

Or am I envious, boastful and proud?

Do I honor others?

Or am I self-seeking and easily angered?

Do I keep a record of wrongs?

Do I delight in evil or do I rejoice in the truth?

Do I always protect?

Do I always trust?

Do I always hope?

Do I always persevere?

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

—1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Beautiful In Its Time

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It’s January now.

The leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees.

For most of the country that I live in, this happened a few months ago.

It appears that autumn has finally arrived, but what about winter?

There’s also another twist–

Even though the leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground, the ground is quite likely to be covered in green, as though it was spring or summer.

Since I live in a subtropical climate zone, all is as it should be.

No one is concerned.

Leaves are falling.

Plants are still blooming.

The high temperature today was probably around 84 degrees.

It’s the right time for all of that.

There’s a right time for everything, even in our lives.

God is in control of that, just as He is in control of the climate.

We can get impatient or worried because we don’t see things happening in our lives like we see in others’ lives.

If the “trees” are turning beautiful colors of red and gold in the life of someone we know, we may question why everything is still green for us.

God knows exactly what we need when we need it.

He knows when to introduce opportunities.

He knows the perfect timetable for every aspect of our journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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Your Strength

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It wasn’t exactly a tree house, although it was certainly nestled in the trees.

The weathered wood of the simple structure blended in well with the flowering branches surrounding it.

More of a tiny house on stilts, it stood high off the ground.

Spanish moss draped serenely from the trees.

Dried leaves had fallen to the sloping roof, settling down to form a rust colored carpet to match the blooms above it.

Who spends time up there?

What do they do?

Is it a neighborhood clubhouse for children?

An artist’s workshop?

Perhaps a quiet place for reflection and  prayer.

Taking time to listen for God’s direction is very important.

As recorded in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, God spoke to the children of Israel:

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.”

—Chapter 30, verse 15

Repentance.

Rest.

Quietness.

Trust.

The words seem to reach out and beckon us to come closer.

Closer to knowing God more fully.

Closer to inner peace.

I may not have a tree house, but I can still find a place to……..

listen.

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The Sea Into Jars

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I was certainly surprised.

The rain was pouring off my roof at an amazing rate.

In a flower garden area by my kitchen window, I have a large glass vase filled with water.

If a section of a plant in the garden breaks off, it can be placed in the glass container to root.

The rain was collecting in just the right area on the roof to come barreling down right into the vase.

This was causing tremendous bubbling.

Intrigued by natural phenomena like bubbling water in a rainstorm, I decided to photograph the vase and the surrounding area.

Looking at the result, I could see uniform bubbles near the top of the vase.

Deciding to crop the photo just at the bubbling area to see what it looked like, I was amazed.

The clear bubbles now looked a misty white color, surrounding a violet colored plant that was rooting in the vase.

It looked like an oil painting, with gentle hues of green and mauve brushed delicately as a reflection in each individual sphere of liquid and air.

The task of gathering rain water into a jar is an easy one, given the presence of rain.

We are limited in how much water we can gather into one place by the size of the container we can construct.

Not so with God.

Psalm 33:7 reads,

He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.

Can you imagine what it would be like for God to gather all the water on earth together at one place and time and simply put it in a jar?

He could if He wanted to.

God is not limited.

Ever.

Can you and I trust God, who can place the oceans of the world in a jar, to:

-guide us daily?

-comfort our hearts?

-transform our lives?

Shouldn’t  we ask God, who is limitless, to work past our limitations?

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Through the Strong Currents

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Standing near the shoreline, I happened to notice a draw bridge opening up above the water.

I watched as a boat made its way through.

It’s quite an undertaking to design, construct and operate a draw bridge.

From the very beginning, the purpose of the draw bridge is to open up a passageway for boats so that they can go through.

Because the bridge was so big and so low, I might have mistakenly thought that the boat would not have been able to get to the other side.

There may be things in our lives that look like that bridge to us.

Illness.

Relationship issues.

Job concerns.

They seem way too big to allow us to pass through to a better place.

It is God, however, who controls the bridge.

At His command, the heavy mass of steel and concrete situations can lift, just in time for us to pass through safely.

We must trust God every day.

Even when the obstacles seem too big.

 

 

 

 

The Lord makes a path through the sea
    and a road through the strong currents.

—Isaiah 43:16

 

 

 

 

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Opinion Disables

 

 

 

I have been signed up for a class.

There is no record of it on paper or electronically.

No funds were transferred to pay for the instruction.

I do not know the course title.

I do not know exactly when the class times will be or in what room.

How is this possible?

Only through God.

You see, I feel that it is God who has “signed me up” for instruction.

Lately, I have been studying a lot about relationships with people, managing time the way God would want and being a good steward of the gifts He has given.

Today, I sat down at my computer and read something that had been posted on a social network.

It had appeared on my page.

“If you live for people’s acceptance you will emotionally die from their rejection.” 1

Moments later, I logged onto a Bible site that features a “verse of the day.”

Here is today’s verse:

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. –Proverbs 29:25

Looking this verse up in The Message, I found this:

The fear of human opinion disables;
    trusting in God protects you from that.

 

I mean it when I say that I have been studying a lot lately.

Reading, listening, watching videos.

For about a week, maybe, my concentration has been focused on deep matters, as I felt God had brought some topics to my attention.

On one side of the page, we have all that God has given us to use in this life.

On the other side of the page, we may have a good deal of things that tempt us away from the course that God has created for us to travel.

Instead of using our strength and vitality in the ways that God intended, we may spend ourselves on useless endeavors or needless worry about what others will think.

This will ultimately leave us depleated and empty handed.

I have come to understand this fact in my class.

The lesson today was delivered on my computer screen.

I wonder when the next session will be……

 

(1 quote by Rick Warren)