Faith, Uncategorized

I See You

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I am so proud of my young daughter, as she works so diligently every day on her overload of homework. She is self-motivated and strives to do her best, and it is paying off. She is an excellent student.

So, though she may be a little embarrassed to see that I am literally telling the whole world, I just want her to know that – I SEE YOU. I notice how hard you are working, and not only am I extremely proud of you, but I appreciate it, too.

I am so proud of all of my children, as they are working toward building a good life for themselves and their families.

 

Just as children love it when their earthly parents notice them and acknowledge their efforts, so do we as children of God love it and find strength and resolve when our Heavenly Father notices us.  Life gets a little overwhelming and it seems like for all our working and striving, circumstances become somewhat out of hand and we wonder if it all really matters. We look up and wonder, “God, do you see me?”.

Let me tell you, most assuredly: Yes, He sees you! He smiles when you smile, laughs at your silliness, nods in delight when you move in the right direction, and leans in when things are going tough while He gently guides and comforts you. He takes pleasure in His creation, and that includes you, my friend.
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“O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.”  Psalm 117

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life; 
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121

So, my prayer for you is that God will reveal to you in big and small ways, that He loves you, and He does indeed see you.

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Faith, Home Life, Living Life

FALL Into My Heart

 

Who besides me could use a little encouragement & inspiration? Who besides me has felt mentally overcome by the weight and flood of political-driven negativity & turmoil over the last couple of weeks?

So today, I want to find the positive, the joy, and the peace which is being hidden.

As I look out my front window, those things are not hard to see at all. Autumn is a beautiful, colorful time on the street where I live. In fact, it is the most picturesque time of the entire year.

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Living on a tree-lined street has many positives, as well as a few negatives.

Trees can be messy, particularly when they drop hundreds of acorns into the yard, and I mean hundreds! They make the squirrels quite happy I’m sure, but they are no fun to step on barefooted. It’s fun to watch the squirrels busily & quickly bury the acorns in the ground, their tiny, little paws surprisingly efficient at digging the hole and, after placing the acorn into it, pushing the dirt back over the hole and patting it down with both paws. That explains our very lumpy front yard!

 

The city-owned trees on our street are particularly aged, and in need of some TLC. Every now and then the weakened or broken branches give up their fight to hold on and let loose, sometimes with a loud crack as it hits the pavement or one of the cars which is parked along the street. One of our neighbors recently experienced this, as a large branch broke through the windshield of their vehicle.

The linden tree in front of the house sheds not once, but three times throughout the year. Yes, three!

However, the positives far outweigh the negatives of our lovely, little neighborhood, and that is what my mind focuses on this morning. The trees are indeed beautiful and make ours one of the most beautiful streets in the city.

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Right now, I look out the window and see the ground, blanketed by all the gorgeous colors of fall! I’m avoiding the mental reminder that all those lovely leaves are going to need to be raked up. Let’s not spoil it!

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I am anticipating a trip to the produce farm soon to add some beautiful pumpkins to my porch decor. I love everything about fall, and as I was thinking about it, another thought came to mind. So here are a few more descriptions about ‘fall’ upon which to ponder.

pexels-photo-64775“Fall” into the comforting arms of hope through Jesus Christ. Sink into Him like a cozy, warm blanket on a crisp fall morning, steaming cup of coffee in hand. Nothing like the cool temperatures of this troubled world to make the warmth of the Lord’s presence all the more comforting & inviting.

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“Fall” onto our knees in prayer, trusting and surrendering to Jesus, expressing to Him our concerns & fears, listening to His voice saying, “I got this, don’t be afraid. It’s going to be ok”.

 

 

“Fall” in love again. Cozy up to your significant other and reminisce about the good times of the past, find the place that sparked your heart for this other person, who made your heart skip a beat with a simple smile. Perhaps discover something new about this person beside you.

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“Fall” like rain, O Holy Spirit, upon the hearts of man, leading the lost to the feet of Jesus, the hope for all nations.

 

 

My friends, as you see the seasons of nature changing around you and you begin to gather your sweaters, boots, and pumpkin-spice everything, I pray that you will experience the tranquility & peace it brings.

 

Faith, Living Life, Uncategorized

Remembering God’s Assuring Love

 

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In this society which seems to be imploding with division and blind contention, I cling to the comfort I find in Christ Jesus, in knowing who God is.

 

This chapter of Psalm reads as if it were written only recently, its words so descriptive of modern day humanity.

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The highlighted portion of this text is what I hope to leave foremost in your hearts today. For though the first few verses of this chapter describe a scene of hopelessness and a plot in which evil wins, the message of God’s love toward those whose hope is in Him comes shining through!

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As a ship lost in the overwhelming storms of the sea, those onboard finally seeing a guiding light beam through the darkest sky, finding new strength which springs forth from within them, and they feel renewed determination to hold on and fight the good fight.

 

   “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

 

“I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
  In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
  The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
  Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
  Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
  How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
  For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
  Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
  May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
  See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!”

Psalm 36

 

Find comfort, my friends, in this declaration of God’s unfailing love! I pray that your hearts are bathed in it until it saturates every part of your soul with His perfect peace!

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