Friday, April 7

Hope in God

  
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.


It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, 
because his compassions fail not.


They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.


The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.


It is good that a man should both hope 
and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lam. 3 

Wednesday, February 8

Hungry for Spring

 

The frost is layered lightly on the earth today.


The Prairie Fire Crabapple tree has long lost its leaves
but its tiny apples, shriveled and cold, cling to the branches
waiting to feed the hungry birds.


Like friends gathering for a Thanksgiving feast,
the robins each found a seat at the table,
rustling their feathers as they greeted each other 
in the frigid temperatures,
sending a gentle shower of hoarfrost to the mounds of snow below.


There was no lack of hearty food to go around.


The fluffed-feathered friends feasted on the bright red apples.



One by one, they delicately removed the fruit and downed the winter provisions. 


I think they chatted about the coming Spring as they ate their meal...
 

...how they would relish a taste of a worm or two
in the bright sunshine that would warm the green grass.


But for today- no complaining of cold feet,


just the reminder of the promise that Spring will come.

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, 
and cold and heat, and summer and winter, 
and day and night shall not cease."
Genesis 8:22

Wednesday, January 4

Nightly Painting


We wait each evening in anticipation
for the surprise painting by the Creator.

Will it be cobalt blue with shadowy touches?
Will the sky light up with broad strokes of red and pink?

Even on the nights when fog or rain is part of the picture,
the final rays of light make for a unique and lovely painting.


But, with God behind the paintbrush,
that should be no surprise.

Friday, December 16

Majesty



There is something about fresh-fallen snow that takes my breath away...
even if I am sitting inside with a cup of warm tea.


I can't take my eyes off the tree limbs, dressed in white splendor
as they reach out their wooden arms and catch
 the glorious ice crystals falling from the sky.


The mountains themselves are testimonies to God's greatness
even when they are bare;


When frosted over with snow
they look like a bakers masterpiece
dusted with powdered sugar.


I am awed that the Creator of this wonderland demonstrated that He loves me
far more than His creation, though I was wretched and needy.


To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty 
(Jude 1:25)

Sunday, October 30

God Who Cannot Lie

While the earth remaineth, 
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, 
and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. 
Gen. 8:22


There has never been a day when the night did not fall
nor has there been a night when the sun did not rise.


As long as the earth has been, there has been a summer and a winter.


As long as the earth remains, there will be seedtime


 and harvest.


And that is just one of God's many promises.

Seeing a lovely sunset or plucking something from the garden 
is a great reminder to ponder the God who always keeps His promises.
To wonder in awe over the God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2)


Abraham never lived to see all the promises come to pass
that God gave Him, yet he staggered not and  
"...was strong in faith, giving glory to God". 
Rom. 4:20 

And it didn't change the fact that God still kept His promises!


Strengthen yourself in the Word.
Know what God has promised.
Rejoice in the faithfulness of God,
even if you are not seeing the end result.


Do not stagger...
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, 
as some men count slackness; 
but is longsuffering to us-ward, 
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. 
2 Pet. 3:9

Wednesday, September 21

Bounty


How many things in your life
today can you sing to the Lord
with thanksgiving?

Wednesday, August 24

According to His Purpose


God gives the horse strength and clothes his neck with thunder (Job 39:19)
yet, He never meant for that power to be without purpose.


Without the breaking of the will, a horse is just wildness and pride;


He may look beautiful and his power stunning,
but a life running with the wind,
trampling anything in his way,
fearing the unknown,
and dying without any true purpose in life has little value.


Only after submitting to the will of the cowboy,
can a once-wild horse have purpose and meaning-
and sometimes, even a name!


Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding:
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle,
lest they come near unto thee.   Psalm 32:9


Jesus has a passion to give you meaning in life-
a way to live vibrantly in His power
and with purpose!

Submitting to the will of the Father is not prison.
Following His commands are not tedious.
There is no reason to pull at 'the bit'...
His ways are love.

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
2 Timothy 1:9