Hey friends, how are you today? It is another beautiful day in my neck of the woods. Today’s high temperature is a marvelous 87° under a brilliant, bright, blazing, beautiful sun. I love days like these and thankfully, praise the Lord, lately, we’ve had quite a few days like these. Days that remind me to ‘look up”; days […]
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The coffee is hot!
It’s ready – I’m not –
to face the day that’s ahead.
Many chores to be done
before setting sun,
but my feet keep turning toward bed.
I cannot go out
with a victory shout
when my body is struggling to rise.
My hair is askew –
these wrinkles are new! –
affirming I’m nobody’s prize.
On day like these
I fall to my knees
and call to my Father’s heart.
I need His great love
and His strength from above
to keep me from falling apart.
Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Psalm 27:The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength…
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The substance of joy does not rest in this world.
Joy lives in the hope born of the resurrection. It inhabits the incorruptible inheritance prepared for and kept for me. It is sustained by the power of God.
Trial and temptation may come against me, and circumstances may flip me like a burger on a hot grill, but I am secure in the joy unspeakable that is Jesus the Christ.
The temporary cannot thwart the eternal, nor can the uncertainties of this life overcome the sureness of Heaven.
Settled firmly in the character of our trustworthy God and His work on the cross, I am redeemed. Chosen by His grace, purchased with His blood, kept by His honor, I rejoice in His hope.
I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a
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David Rawlings says this so much more eloquently than I can; it’s worth reading.
Covid-19 – to give its proper name – has closed down the world. In fact, some of the commentary around us suggests that our lives will never be the same again – we may even lose some things we’d taken for granted as everyday. The other phrase that is kicked around the media airwaves is “the new normal”. What our society will look like on the other side of this pandemic is still – in some senses – a blank canvas.
I was thinking about those two things and thought “good.” There are some things that might benefit our society if they’re never seen again. But this strange time we live in is revealing some things I’d like to keep.
Starting with this…
The growing imbalance over the past decade or three was something I grew to despise. Huge sums of money were being paid to people who danced in…
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The fruit of the Spirit is . . . patience. –Galatians 5:22 NIV
Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. … Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. –Hebrews 10:35–36 NLT
“Any time a man takes a stand, there will come a time when he’ll be tested to see how firmly his feet are planted.” –Author unknown
It all began with an email—one of those forwards I usually delete without opening. All my bad luck I can blame on deleting them, because most come with a curse or a guilt trip if I don’t forward it to seven or ten or a hundred friends within seven minutes.
But this one I opened and scanned the contents. Then my eyes stopped. “God, deliver the person reading…
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God does not fit into our rules and procedures and committee meetings. We can’t wrap Him up neatly, reach consensus, and place Him in a box.
God is about love, and love is messy.
Love places the receiver before the giver. It reaches to the unlovely and ungrateful and continues in the face of hatred. It goes beyond the expected and sacrifices itself for the good of another.
Love doesn’t make sense.
No wonder Pilate was confused when Jesus refused to defend Himself. Pilate, a politician, looked for a logical response, a debate.
Yet for the first time in Pilate’s life he was face to face with absolute Love – Love that refused to save Himself.
How do you fathom such love?
You don’t. You accept Him. You relish and cherish Him. You give thanks for Him.
And you spend your life living in response to this amazing Love.
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You know what Jesus was thinking about the night before He went to the cross?
You, and me, and all of the people who did and would follow Him.
How do I know that?
He prayed for us.
It is right there in the middle of the seventeenth chapter of John.
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.
I don’t know what you are facing today or what you are going through, but take heart – the Savior prayed for you. You are on His mind.
Then. Now. Always.
Read His prayer for yourself. John 17
The photo is a picture of my Crown of Thorns flower. It has remained in bloom throughout the winter, reminding me of His unfailing love. B. Mims
Hey friends, how are you today? Can you believe, as I sit here to write this post, it is actually snowing? I mean, we have about two or three inches on the ground and this snow is coming down rather ferociously. Spring came and went away again in a flash, not sure, she was even here […]
Even though I wore a heavy sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a heavy coat the wind went through me as I trudged across the parking lot to the post office. Already under the effects of some sort of virus, I felt worse as the wind whipped across the lot.
A man wearing a work uniform walked toward his vehicle. Abruptly he turned, walked back to the post office and held the door open for me. Startled, I thanked him, twice.
That little incident occurred last week, and I still marvel at his kindness. He did it not like he was going back to the post office because he forgot something, and he just happened to hold the door for me. No–he did it as though it was important to him to do it for me.
His kindness inconvenienced him. At the very least, it cost him a few minutes of time. No law told him to do it. Yet he did it anyway.
In a world where speed and selfishness are so prevalent, his act stands out for me. It also gives me an example to remember and follow.
The concept of living in someone’s shadow seems strange for most people. It niggles at our pride. For some people it stirs up memories of sibling rivalry or other painful family comparisons. As Christians, we live in Someone’s shadow – The Lord’s! He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in […]