In This Trusting

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A sense of wonder prevails, rolling through the white,

descending from beyond the blue,

releasing a prayer

as my heart searches

for courage

I learn more of faith

here in this moment,

in this trusting,

so I am grateful

O Lord my God,

my rock.

     

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Like an Eagle

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“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”

Deuteronomy 32: 10, 11

I love this portion and the way it speaks of God caring for us. Sounds like the Psalms – doesn’t it?

But what does it mean to be the apple of His eye? Well I think it means we are lovely in His sight.

But notice we didn’t start out this way! He redeemed us from the wasteland of not following Him!

And I love the illustration of God being like an eagle. Can’t you just picture Him spreading His wings over us? So cool!

Lord God thank You for redeeming us and caring about us.

And thank You for these beautiful words that encourage us! Thank You my God!

Amen and amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

The Parable of the Growing Seed

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“He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the harvest is ripe, he puts the sickle to it……'”

Mark 4: 26 – 29a 

The beautiful thing about the Messiah teaching us about the Kingdom of God is that there are these illustrations known as parables to help us understand God’s reign in our lives.

I think this portion is pointing out that we have the initial work to do of preparing the soil (our hearts) but that He is the One that causes faith to grow as we follow Him.

When we follow Him, God’s kingdom lives and grows inside of us!

Lord God thank You for working in our lives. May Your kingdom continue to grow and be strong within us!

Amen and amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Friday Focus – God and Nature

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“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…..”

Psalm 42: 1, 2a

Many of us have been to the beach and received the calm and peace of ocean waves finding their rhythm. Or we have walked through a cool mountain forest listening, to water gently falling over rocks soothing our minds and hearts, as birdsong lifts our spirits.

And yet as people of faith we know that God made everything. We need to be careful to not confuse the created with the One who is the Creator. Can we say that nature brings us healing? Or that there is peace in nature? I believe we can and without offending God.

We know that doctors, nurses, counselors, and medicines help us in tremendous ways. On many different levels they can bring healing and even peace. So, in the same way God can use nature as a balm for easing our wounds.

I remember one poem I wrote about cherry blossoms caused a reaction and a negative response from a “Christian” who challenged my theology. To be honest I think he misjudged the poem because he could not see into the deeper meaning, that spring can free us from being discouraged, and from the oppression many of us can feel during the difficult weather of winter. But that’s ok, because I’m not always right about everything!

Some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen though are from nature. They include my children being born, and before that – my wife walking down the aisle on our wedding day. I was stunned.

And yes, I love my wife more than words can tell. It’s ok to say that. In fact, God works through her to minister to me in so many different, and beautiful ways.

And that’s what God does, with nature. He has blessed us for sure.

I wish you peace.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

 

The Lord is Great

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“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who long for your saving help

always say, ‘The Lord is great!’

Psalm 40:16

Here the psalmist is praising God, in a beautiful way, with a heart of trusting Him! Ain’t that so cool?

And in a very real sense he is also praying for other people, which is called intercession. He wants everyone that seeks God’s help to have an answer to their prayers that brings joy and rejoicing! Hallelujah!

And when we all give God credit for the great and wonderful things that happen in our lives, what does that do? People notice that don’t they? And suddenly, within our praise, our faith catches on to others. We can inspire people by simply declaring what God has done!

Lord God, thank you for the great things that take place in our lives. And as we pray for other people, may great things happen in their lives as well! Help us to be filled with faith as we praise you so we can be good witnesses for You. Hallelujah! And amen!

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

King of the Universe

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“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

their starry host by the breath

of his mouth.”

Psalm 33:6

Do you ever think about the stars? So many billions and trillions of stars, and those are just the ones we can see! There are some so far away, not even the strongest telescopes can spot them.

And yet the same God, so magnificent, so much the King of the Universe, knows about every detail of our lives. Isn’t that amazing?? He even knows every hair on our head! What??

And so, this verse wants us to think about how infinite our God is. It’s meant to inspire us, and yes to even bring forth praise from our hearts. Praise the One who made everything!

I’m reminded here of Genesis and the creation – God spoke, and it was!

Heavenly Father, You are amazing. Help us to focus on what You have made, and also, how You care about every detail of our lives! We praise You and thank You, amen!

       

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Love and Justice

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“I will sing of your love and justice; to you Lord,

I will sing praise.”

Psalm 101:1

We often sing of God’s love, but did you know we can praise Him for His justice? Does this sound odd to you? Why would the Psalmist say such a thing?

Well for one thing, it is comforting to know that no bad people get away with anything! God, the Lord Almighty, is not some sweet Grandfather in heaven winking at all that goes wrong down here. Everyone is accountable.

And you know what? This confirms to us that God is completely trustworthy!

Lord God, we know that You see everything. Thank you for Your love and justice. Keep us walking with You, and help us to trust in You each day! Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

Give Thanks to Him

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise

his name. For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever…” Psalm 100: 4, 5a

Psalm 100 is one of those wonderful psalms that combines giving thanks to God and praising Him.

And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. I love how being thankful to God fills our hearts with praise for Him!

Now many will be thankful, without acknowledging our Creator. Let’s not be too critical of them though.

Many of us were in the same place not too long ago, and maybe God is working in their lives more than we know or realize.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge You, and thank You from the bottom of our hearts. And we praise You Lord God! Hallelujah, and amen!!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

The Victory of His Majesty

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In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth,

humility and justice; let your right hand

achieve awesome deeds.

Psalm 45: 4

Aren’t the Psalms amazing in how they praise God? The words chosen by the Psalmist lift up God so high, and so beautifully. And frequently we see prayers asking God for protection, and victory over His enemies.

When we read the Psalms, we are drawn into the praise and rejoicing. And we focus on how majestic God is, how amazing, how far above this messed up world He is.

And do we have enemies today? Yes, but not people. Our enemies are fear, hate, anger and so many other things that are destructive.

Lord God, thank you that when we focus on the Psalms, our hearts can be drawn into Your majesty, your victory! Continue to work in our hearts, and help us to praise you, even in difficult times. May there be victory in praising You!

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

Renew Our Days

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“You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation

to generation. Why do you always forget us? Why

do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself,

Lord, that we may return; renew

our days as of old.”

 

Lamentations 5: 19 – 21

    

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