When I was young, I had a terrifying fear of bugs. I was known to do the bug dance if any kind of bug were in my presence. This would happen no matter where I was! I remember going into the door of a fine restaurant only to do the bug dance because a moth got on me as I entered. So embarrassing! I was also very afraid of dragonflies because I was told as a child that you had to run from them because they would sew your mouth up. For me that would be really dreadful because I have always been a talker. I wonder who told me that; maybe they were trying to get some rest for the ears and a dragonfly flew by. How funny those fears are now as I have grown in the Lord and grown to appreciate even the bugs that He created. I love looking at the intricacy of their design. Only the Lord could have done such magnificent work. Click on this dragonfly to bring it larger and look at all the little bones that make up his body. I love how David wrote In the Psalms “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; Thy mercy, O Lord endureth forever; Forsake not the works of your own hands”. Psalm 138:8 Bugs were a big concern for me and He took care of that fear. I no longer do bug dances, and I can kill a spider by myself. I know He didn’t perfect the bugs, It was me that He changed. He will never forsake the works of His own hands.
One day I observed these little boys running down a hill, an obvious photo opportunity. The first thing that crossed my mind was the scripture in Isaiah 55:12. I saw these boys running and leaping and lifting their arms as if in praise. They may have been celebrating a victory on the ball field but it gave me reason to think on Gods Word.The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He Is near” Isaiah 55:6. It goes on to say that if we do that, we will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace. Seeking the Lord gives us the ability to view life in a totally different way. A way that is full of Joy, and Peace. When we really wrap our mind around this fact we will be running and leaping and praising the Lord. We are such a blessed people and we serve such a faithful God. Seek the LORD.
Lets bring a sacrifice to God today, all of you who are reading. No matter what your day holds, how busy you are, or even how bad or upset you feel, praise God with your lips. This is a sacrifice. Not just on Sunday, but continually sacrifice of praise. Let your lips speak out a praise to God our Father. ” Father God, I thank you for your Son Jesus, who was sacrificed for us. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for providing for me, and your undeniable patience. I lift my praises to you because you are a great God, Father of all, and everything in creation. I Love You. “This is a sacrifice of praise from my lips today. The scripture says, it’s the fruit of my lips. Lets cover our lips with the fruit of praise today, He is worthy of our praise!
Walking down this cobble stone road in Puerto Vallarta, it was easy to be “Careful for nothing. The Lord had blessed us with everything. A wonderful family, a beautiful home, travel, and most important of all faith. I took this photo and did the scripture in 2007. Life was good! The scripture goes on to say “But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” In everything, we need to talk to God. He must be at the very center of our life. Talk to Him about your needs, and praise Him for your blessings. He wants to hear both things. Don’t be an emergency Christian who only talks to God when things are going bad, or spinning out of control. For us the last few years have been rough certainly out of our control. Thank the Lord we can talk to him and lean on Him in these times we now walk in. We talk to him about the bad things, the good things, the big things, and the little things. He loves to hear our voice, or our mind when it is stayed on Him. In doing this we will know the peace that passes understanding. It is the peace we can have in the middle of an emergency or bad times. Do these things and it will be well with your soul.
I took this photo because I could see a storm rolling in. The sky was getting dark and the clouds were ominous over an otherwise peaceful land. We like the earth are subject to many storms in our life. They come and they go. Some storms have hurricane force, and others just come to sharpen our faith a little. The Lord is there for every storm we have. He is the wall spoken of in Isaiah He protects us in these storms that we all have. So don’t panic when you see storm clouds rolling in, just keep your eyes on the Lord.
Spring is finally here, a time of rejoicing in the land. Its been a long hard winter. We did have some snow since spring sprung, but it was quickly gone, leaving more water for all of our beautiful spring flowers. I noticed the birds singing again. Such a sweet sound in the morning. A sound not heard in the deep of winter. Spring is such a picture to me of rebirth and resurrection. Everything dies and becomes just brown sticks. The trees look like massive brown skeletons. In my eyes it looks impossible for anything to live again. Then comes the miracle of spring and new life. The brown grass starts to unveil a few blades of green, and if you look carefully you can begin to see buds of new growth on the tree’s. Listen for the turtle dove, the Lord is bringing new life to our land. There is always hope in the Lord!
The Gift of God, eternal life, what does this mean? We are all sinners, and if we don’t repent, and give our life to Jesus Christ, we will surely die in our sins and be eternally separated from Him. To die to self and give our lives to Christ is an eternal gift. There is a movie recently out, called Heaven Is Real. I don’t know about the movie as I haven’t seen it or read the book. But I know that heaven is real. I would never want to miss it. If you are reading this and thinking I don’t believe there is a heaven. What if you are wrong? I wouldn’t take the chance, and miss it! Something to think about today.