Summer and Winter

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“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter.”
Psalm 74:17

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.

© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

Photo taken in Chesapeake, Virginia, 2011

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The Lord Knows ~ Psalm 37

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Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD,
and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD,
trust also in Him,
and He shall bring it to pass.
And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD,
and wait patiently for Him…
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,
but those that wait upon the LORD,
they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

The LORD knows the days of the upright,
and their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Selected verses from Psalm 37

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Fret Not

This has long been a favorite passage of mine. In fact, I would venture to say that verses 1-8 of Psalm 37 are my life’s verses, and I claimed them when I was but a young girl. Take a look at the commands given to us here:  Continue reading

Is Anything Impossible

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Is anything
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.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

stone-mountain-north-carolinaYou may have seen this photo before on my page. I’ve used it on other posts, and it keep coming back to it because it’s one of my favorites. But to be honest, when I saw that this week’s photo challenge was scale, this was the first photo that came to mind. The children look tiny by comparison to the mountain to which they are headed.

It also reminds me of the greatness of God.

Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

This, of course, is a rhetorical question. Our God is a great big God. Consider the size of that mountain. He made the mountain! Consider the size of the universe. He made the universe! He made everything that exists, and He holds it all in the palm of His hand. The only reason the theory of evolution exists at all is because man does not want to accept the existence of God, for then he must accept the fact that one day he will answer to God and give an account for his actions. But God most definitely does exist, and we most definitely will give an account to Him one day. He is to be feared, yes, but this is a reverential fear, not the fear of someone who cares nothing for your well-being. God created everything, He keeps it all working, and He protects each part—each person—even you and me. Why? Because He cares. When you have made something by hand, you take special pride in it too, don’t you? God made us in His image, and He is like that too. He created us. We are hand-made, each and every one of us, and He cares for us. That is why we all can say with the psalmist…

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Wow! Did you get all that? With God protecting us, what do we need to fear? Over and over again throughout the Bible we are told that the Lord is our rock. He can be trusted. Men will fail us, but God can never fail.

 

 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him.

A buckler was a form of shield that covered the entire body. So in other words, God will protect you completely, in every area of your life. Nothing can get past His perfect will for you.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

The longer I serve God, the more I learn that I can trust Him at all times for all things. I have failed Him many times, but He has never failed me once, and He never will.