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

 

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One Single Prayer

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One single prayer from a broken heart is worth more than

the most articulate sermon, as the shattered reaches

into the heavens for some hope, and a reason

to believe, looking even beyond the scars

being washed

with wholeness.

    

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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

 

In Those Valleys

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It is in those valleys where I can hardly hear You

where my thoughts overtake Your streams,

and worry blinds my eyes

to Your strength already given

it is there Lord God

that I need You to teach me,

to show me how

to let go of the noise

and listen

to the peace

You have already planted

deep within

my being.

Amen.

     

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Rejoice in the Lord

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“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing all you who are upright in heart!”

Psalm 32: 1, 2, 11

Lord God, thank You for working in our lives. Thank You for Your forgiveness! We rejoice in You and all that You have done. Hallelujah!

My wife came home from the hospital today. Even though she is still recovering, and we are still waiting for test results, we are sure glad she is home!

Thank You God!

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quote from the NIV Bible

And You Healed Me

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help 

and you healed me.”

Psalm 30: 2

One of the great joys of the Psalms is that they often talk to God like we do. Every day average folks like us can relate so well to words like these!

Be encouraged and blessed!

Lord God we thank You for words of encouragement! Help us to look to You and to not be discouraged!

Amen and amen.

    

P.S. If you did not know my wife has been in the hospital. In some ways she is better but there is still an upcoming biopsy and the fear of cancer once again. We are trusting God. 

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A Psalm from My Heart

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Search me oh God, examine my heart, my mind and may You find Your light

living boldly, yet humbly within my frame. I long to walk

in Your ways as You have guided me.

Only in Your strength can I

hike those trails you have given.

Be with me, walk with me

give me courage,

my God I beseech You,

amen.

     

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As We Walk Together

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A slower walk, a quieter heart

a pause

in between pages turning

as I begin to look up,

and forward

I see the gift given

a faith most ancient

and yet

stronger than the mountain

leading me into the confidence

of hope building

firm foundations

as we walk together

you and I,

O Lord my God.

      

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The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life

of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1

Here, in such a beautiful way, the Psalmist encourages us to not be afraid. In other words He seems to say, “Don’t worry about that tough situation I’ve got your back!” Hallelujah!

Too many times others do or say things that are just devastating to us. But our confidence can be in the One who knows everything. Fear can often try to grab a hold of us, and words like these can bring us the freedom and confidence we need.  It’s not always easy though, is it?

Notice that light and salvation are placed together here. I think this means God reveals himself to us and our response should be one of loving Him and following Him. And the word stronghold here means He is our strength! Hallelujah!

I love how these words seek to inspire us and give us confidence!! Yahoo! So what areas do you need to trust God for?

Lord God Almighty, King of the Universe, we trust in You!! As Your people, we ask that You walk with us, through the tough circumstances. Thank You Our God, that we don’t have to be afraid.

Strengthen us as we follow You. Hallelujah (praise be to God) and amen!

     

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The Statutes of the Lord are Trustworthy

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“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord

are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord

are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord

are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

Psalm 19: 7-9

Many of us love the Scriptures, but do we really think of God’s Word as refreshing, and giving us joy in our hearts? We often think of “law” in a negative sense don’t we? But here, long before the New Testament came along, the law was seen as giving us life, and even light to our eyes.

Let’s think about the Ten Commandments for a moment. This was an amazing time of God teaching His people the difference between right and wrong. It’s a good thing when God says, “do not steal”, “do not commit adultery”, “do not murder”. Yes, God bringing light to our eyes, indeed!

Perhaps another way of looking at this topic, is how we raise our children. We teach them right and wrong because we love them and want the best for them. We say things like, “Don’t play in the street!” or “Look both ways before you cross the road!”. Our children trust us now (hopefully) to guide them.

Yes, there is grace, but He is not a Grandfather politely turning His head, pretending not to see when we sin. He is fully aware of everything we do. Some theologians have noted that we cannot fully appreciate the New Testament, without knowing something of the Old Testament.

Lord God, thank You for Your Word! Continue to guide us, teach us, and lead us. Bring light to our eyes, and joy to our hearts as we learn more about You and Your ways!

Hallelujah (praise be to God)!

Amen and amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible