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Lion Ahead of Me

There is such a peace that passes understanding being in Your hands, Father (Philippians 4:7). Help me to remain in the center of Your will this day and every day. Amen.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

At many periods in our lives, we can look ahead and begin to feel overwhelmed. There is no end to the many things that could be included on this list. And they can be quite different for each of us. But, Lord, as I look ahead to what this week may hold, I turn to You.

This verse from Deuteronomy is part of Moses’ farewell speech to Joshua and the people of Israel. This was a time of great transition. There were on the verge of stepping into the land promised them. There were some “knowns” but many unknowns. Moses was driving home the fact that they were not going it alone.

He proclaims, For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.” God, himself, was personally going ahead of them! Anything and everything they would come up against would have to go through God first. There was no reason to be afraid. There was no reason to panic. It was proven over and over again that He would “neither fail…nor abandon” them.

Lord, this week is really no different than the 54 plus years of weeks I have gone through before. It is full of “knowns” and unknowns but regardless of what lays ahead absolutely everything I will come up against has to go through You first…and You have never failed or abandoned me. Help me to boldly go forward. May I be “strong and courageous” as I walk in Your strength and Your courage for there is nothing to fear, for You, Lord, the Lion of Judah, are personally going ahead of me! Thank You, Lord! Amen.

Sept 25th, Mon, 6:37 am

I’d Rather Be a Black-eyed Susan

Good morning, Father! There is a full day ahead and I am glad that You will be with me. Give me the strength for the tasks at hand. May my thoughts be often drawn to You. Amen.

Lord, as I was thinking about some of the outdoor tasks I need to work on this fall I thought about the peonies that need to be split and replanted. As I’m writing I also noticed the lovely cluster of black-eyed Susans that we have up by the road. We have many beautiful perennials in our yard. Some bloom in the spring, some in the summer and fall.

But sitting here got me to thinking about how some of our plants grow and how that relates to how we grow in our walk with Christ. In God’s garden, I don’t think I want to be a peony. They are beautiful, yes, but as soon as they come out, inevitably a spring storm comes and the blooms are battered pretty quickly – they can’t handle what the world has to throw at them.

Also, I don’t want to be a peony because they are stuck where they are planted. Over time if they are not dug up, split and replanted they will produce fewer and fewer blooms. I don’t want my witness for Christ to suffer because I won’t move.

I would be a Black-eyed Susan though. Their stunning yellow petals and dark centers readily catch our eye. A storm in the summer or fall just keeps them well watered. Their strong stalks readily withstand strong winds. They can handle just about anything the world has to throw at them.

Also, I’d rather be a black-eyed Susan because they don’t just stay where they are planted. In fact, I probably should thin them out some in our flower beds – they are literally taking over some of them! They are quick to spread themselves abroad. What a great correlation to living lives eager to share what God has done for us

Lord, may I be like the black-eyed Susan. May Your beauty in me readily catch the eye of those around me. May I proudly stand for You regardless of what the world throws at me. And may I always be about spreading the Good News of what You have done for me. Amen.

Aug 26th, Sat, 8:29 am

Whole World in His Hands

A foggy morning greets me as I sit for our time together, Father. It is beautiful to behold. All the nuances of Your creation are a constant reminder of Your power and might and Your attention to detail. Your hand in creation is a great reassurance that Your hand is upon my life as well. Thank You, Father.

Revelation 5:1-5 (<<click the green)

In the midst of this scene of power and might and holiness, with everyone lifting praise deservingly to God, stands a strong and mighty angel. And in reference to a sealed scroll which God holds in His hand, he shouts in loud voice,

“Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” vs2

The Amplified Bible puts it this way,

“Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals?” vs2

And because no one in all of heaven or earth or under the earth stepped forward, the Apostle John wept bitterly.

But one of the twenty-four elders said to [John], “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” vs5

I realize that that is a lot of introduction but as I write, Lord, it must be stressed that only You, the Lion of Judah, are worthy. In all of eternity both forward and backward only You were able to live a life of perfect obedience to God. Only You were able to pay the penalty for the sins of all humanity by dying on the cross. Only You in Your resurrection proclaimed Your power over evil and death! And because only You “won the victory,” only You “can be trusted with the world’s future”!*

A song from my childhood comes to mind. The repeated line of the first verse says it all, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”

No matter where we find ourselves in our life’s journey, Lord, we are safely in Your hands…and that is where I want to remain. Amen.

Aug 15th, Tues, 6:24 am

*Core concepts expressed in this paragraph are from the Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

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Thank You, Father, for Your guiding hand and watch care yesterday. Even with all the things on my plate, I got a fair amount accomplished for Sunday’s service. I was also able to get my truck serviced with the accompaniment of my father-in-law and we got there and back safely. Praise You for Your love!

1 John 4:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read Your word this morning I think of the phrase “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” It is supposedly a quote of a William J. Toms. Regardless of its origins, ultimately its truth is found in this passage of Scripture,

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

What do people see when the look at me? When I speak, when I act, when they come into contact with me, do they just see me? Or does Your love find “full expression” in me? I realize that I am still I am weak and far from perfect but nevertheless You are able to use me to touch the world. 2 Corinthians 4:7 comes to mind,

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

I, in my own strength and abilities, am powerless but with You filling me, Lord, I can live out Your love.  May my life truly reflect Your presence within me. May I strive to be careful how I live; I will be the only Bible some people ever read. Amen.

May 12th, Fri, 5:26 am

Honor and Love

What a beautiful day yesterday, Father! The scenery, the company, the food, all made for a great day. Thank You, Father, for Your blessings!

Lord, a good part of our day yesterday brings a passage in Ephesians 6:2-3 to mind.

“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on earth.”

We had the privilege of spending time with Karen’s parents, a nice meal out, some shopping and sitting and talking. The last several months have been a challenge, to say the least. Following her dad’s broken hip, life has been full of all kinds of hurdles. It has not all been easy or pleasant for that matter, but we have relied on You, Lord, and loved each other.

I’m at that age where those of us privileged enough to still have our parents with us are stretched, sometimes to the breaking point. Physical issues, struggles to maintain independence, the necessity to switch roles of parent and child can be very taxing. But regardless of the hurdles, honor, and love must factor in.

It is surely not an easy road. But rest assured that we do not travel alone. Just in my small circle, I have cousins working with an uncle recovering from a stroke. I have a family from one of my church’s dealing with the same thing. Another family from that same church has called Hospice in to help care for a dying patriarch. And there are many more of us traveling this road together. But most important of all is that You, Lord, are with us. We can lean upon You and You will never cease to be there.

May our love for each other be as Your love for us – patient (long-suffering!), deep, non-judgmental, strong, and without end. May we cherish one another in the time we have together. Every moment is a blessing. Amen.

Apr 3rd, Mon, 6:37 am