Hello Peeps! Today, I want to tell of you a story of when I obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit in a situation that I didn’t expect. I was riding on the train one day going home from work and all of a sudden I smelt this strong overpowering smell of smoke like as […]
“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter.”
The sun was bright, the days and nights were hot
All summer long, but my cold soul was not.
Without were sunshine, singing birds and rain;
Within, a frosty chill, a blight, a bane.
The summer breezes tossed my hair, but winter filled my soul.
Then came the autumn leaves of change apace.
The winds, now hot, now cold, opposed my face.
The air was growing cool against my skin,
But I began a warmth to feel within.
The days of autumn change were here, yet springtime filled my soul.
Now winter is upon us, cool and crisp.
The north winds blow their freezing winter wisp.
Without is white and gray and much of blue;
Within a rainbow casts its graceful hue.
Old Winter, blow your stinging breath! God’s summer floods my soul.
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December 1, 2004 ~ This morning my devotions came from Psalm 74:17, “Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” The juxtaposition of these two seasons in the same verse, combined with Spurgeon’s appurtenant comments, set my mind to thinking about the myriad of changes that have taken place in my heart over the past six months. This past summer was perhaps the darkest period of my life to date. I faced such depression as I would never like to imagine. I wanted to drink, to put an end to my life, to run away from church, husband and children. I refused to run to God—I held Him responsible. But God never deserted me. He softened my heart in a most unexpected way, through a class that I did not want to take. Who would have known that the book of Isaiah would hold so much truth that I needed to hear? I know it’s silly to say such a thing about any part of God’s Word, but that was the way I felt a few months ago. God has transformed my thinking and my heart. He has given me new life. I already had eternal life, but God restored my soul. The miracle that brought about my salvation continues to occur in my soul, washing me clean from new sins, purging the dross, making me more a reflection of Christ. I don’t know what others see, but I feel young and vibrant and alive again spiritually. I am in love with Christ my Redeemer.
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Photo taken in Chesapeake, Virginia, 2011
I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
To ‘coexist’ is to tolerate and embrace other religions. I get that the noble idea of “can’t we all just get along” and I will do my best to be kinder than necessary to anyone I come in contact with, however, my christian faith commands me to “stand guarded, confident and ready to give […]
This article is a very good read. Sadly, many of those seeking tolerance for themselves are unwilling to extend it to others. To be honest, coexistence simply isn’t possible, for the Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. But at the same time, Christ does tell us to love them. Only through Christ can we genuinely love those who are opposed to us without losing our distinction from them.
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
and Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
Thy judgments are a great deep:
O LORD, Thou preservest man and beast.
How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house;
and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.
For with Thee is the fountain of life:
in Thy light shall we see light.
O continue Thy lovingkindness unto them that know Thee;
and Thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
What God has promised, He will do.
This phrase sounds trite, and yet it’s hard
By faith to walk
Instead of sight, for that takes trust.
Browsing through my photo collection, I saw quite a few rounded things, but this cat took first place today, not because it’s my favorite photo, but simply because it’s nearly Halloween and his chair happened to be decorated for the occasion. Below is the same cat curled up on a lovely bench and enjoying an afternoon nap in the sun. Even the bench features a fair amount of rounded shapes.
Changing gears just a bit, I’d like to continue with the rounded theme, but show it with food rather than cats. Several years ago I made a cake for my daughter which featured a character from her favorite anime, Fruits Basket. I painted the girl onto the fondant-covered cake using food coloring. The birds, flowers, and leaves were made from fondant with a mold. I enjoyed the challenge, but not the cost, and have never again made such an expensive cake. But this one was fun.
Last year’s mincemeat pie, made at Thanksgiving, afforded me an opportunity to get creative with the top crust.
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The cat in the photos above is resting, with not a care in the world. Our God gives us that kind of peace too—when we ask for it, that is. Troubles will come, that is certain. But we can choose to worry, or we can choose to rest in the Lord.
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
I cannot look at these photos without thinking about Psalm 4:8.
Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for You, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.
What is your sleep like? Are you able to drift right off, entrusting your cares to the God who loves you and cares for you? That’s what Peter meant, you know, when he said to cast your cares on the Lord.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
God is not sitting in heaven, cold and distant, heartless and unconcerned with the affairs of men. Oh no! He cares about each and every one of us. He created us! Jesus Christ gave His life for us so that He could redeem us from sin and destruction. Of course He cares. And He alone has the strength and grace sufficient to sustain us in our cares. He bears our burdens with us, making them bearable.
Knowing I am not alone in my burdens makes it easy for me to sleep each night. How about you?
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I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
But I trusted in You, O LORD: I said, “You are my God.”
Impossible with God?
Ask David with stone and sling,
Or Moses fetching water with his rod
From out of rock,
The widow pouring oil
All afternoon from empty crock,
The Jews whose Sabbath manna did not spoil.
There’s nothing, it is true,
Our Father cannot do.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”