What a friend I have in Jesus!
What are the characteristics of a good friend? I think of someone who is there when I really need them, accepts me even when I’m a bit weird, laughs with me, encourages me, tells me to get my act together, challenges me, knows me better than most people and holds me accountable. I’ve described what Jesus is in my life. He does all of these things and more to perfection. Jesus loves me so much that He died on the cross to take away all of the things I do wrong. The love that He has for me is hard to describe. I pray that you too can experience and know the love that Jesus has for you! Happy New Year!
Got your running shoes on? ‘Tis the season where we try to jam more things into our already busy days. These things are memory-making moments as we try to make this time of year a fairy tale experience for our families. It’s fitting that we start with Thanksgiving, a time to reflect and to be thankful. But wait, I don’t have time to be thankful! It takes time and energy to think of the great things God has blessed me with in my life. Or does it? Maybe it’s just having an attitude of gratitude where we can see the things in our lives as blessings.
- Dust—look at the object under that layer of dust.
- Washing dishes-thankful for the food you ate
- Muddy footprints-check out the floor it’s on or the person who created it.
- Pile of laundry-thank you for automatic washing machines (no river washing for me!)
Play the game with your children or grandchildren in finding the unusual every day things to be thankful for. Like ants! Who’s thankful for ants? Yet they are an important part of God’s creation. Or have you thought about the nails that hold your house together. I’m thankful my house holds together against the strong winds that we have had! Have fun with your family finding the things around you to be thankful for. May it be a blessing to you as we head into this fairy tale season filled with thanksgiving to our powerful and mighty God who blesses us beyond our comprehension!
Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good!
In our busy lives how often do we take time to reflect or think? Our lives move at break neck speed so that we are constantly thinking ahead rather than back. At times it’s beneficial to reflect on words spoken, events taken place, and examples set. We can learn a lot from those reflections! They can impact our decisions for the future.
Taking time for reflection on God’s Word will guide us in our life! Let him speak to you through His Word! Reflect on it, reexamine it, and allow God’s Word to linger on your heart and mind.
Reflect on this verse:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-14a
Sitting on the front porch reflecting!
Change is in the air!
Autumn is here! Where I live there are fantastic colors in the trees, the geese are flying in formation, activity of the farmers in the fields is intense and the temperatures are crisp and cool. These changes we may love, but we know winter follows and that change we may not like!
There is change happening in our families too. The baby is starting to roll or crawl. The toddler is starting to climb which means nothing is safe! The 5/6 year old started school and the outside influences multiply. The relationship with our husbands or other family members may be strained. The list goes on how things change in our lives. Some we love and others are hard to handle.
In our changing world we can rejoice that there is one thing that is constant and unchanging! Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Our Savior and His promises don’t change! He loves us with an unfailing love!
Enjoy the fall changes and the unchanging love of your Lord Jesus Christ!
My husband and I went on an unforgettable hike on vacation. The area had recently gotten a lot of rain, which should have told us something. People returning from the path kept saying it’s really muddy. Uh huh. No, we mean really muddy. Quagmire, sucking your shoes off your feet muddy! Plus adding 5 pounds of mud to your shoes muddy. Add to that the fact that it was steep with exposed roots running helter-skelter left us slip-sliding away. It was a challenge! But we persevered to the goal of seeing the waterfall–the waterfall that was just a trickle. But we were able to wash off the mud from our shoes and everywhere else on our bodies.
Our God sent us Jesus to wash off the dirt and grime of our sin. You know those things that we do that we don’t want anyone else to know about, those things we know we shouldn’t do. Each of us has a weakness; it’s just different for each of us.
Jesus died on the cross so that those things can be washed away. We can celebrate being washed clean of all wrong. But what can we do the next time we are faced with that weakness? Our God helps us resist those sins. Call on his help to make you strong!
And call for help when you’re in trouble—
I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me. Psalm 50:15 (Message)
Celebrate another day of clean living!
Have you hit a brick wall lately? Hopefully, not literally! But sometimes whether it’s because of dieting, job search, the children, a relationship, or the long to-do list, life can be overwhelming!
They have been working on our city’s brick streets so there are pallets of bricks everywhere. Look at all of those brick walls! Maybe it’s like our life. Everywhere we turn it seems as if there is a brick wall. What can one do?
Hebrews 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.” What a a huge brick wall, the wall that surrounded the city! It probably seemed insurmountable to some. But our amazing and creative God brought down that wall in a truly astonishing way. But it wasn’t immediate–it took seven days of marching and trusting God’s plan.
There is a way around that brick wall that we have in our lives. Trust in Him as you await His astonishing plan!
Did you see Him today? When I slow down and open my eyes I see the power and creativity of God in my day-to-day life. Sometimes it is in such surprising ways. A great example was a couple of months ago I was in Boston’s Logan International Airport. In the woman’s bathroom were fresh flowers. Fresh flowers present in such a drab public place; an unexpected display of color and beauty!
God shows up in our lives in all kinds of ways–whether it’s a friend willing to listen to us on a bad day, a close parking spot when you are in a hurry, making all the traffic lights when you are late, a hug from a child, or a neighbor bringing over some food. God uses people to be His arms to love us. Whether it’s nature, something unexpected, or a special kindness from someone, watch to see how God shows up in your life.
Beauty in an unexpected Place