Clinging to Good

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The season of giving and thankfulness is upon us – My favorite time of the year!

9bCling to what is good. 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; ~ Romans 12:9b-10 NKJV

Is that even possible in our society today?

Of course it is.  And no better time than now.  Tis the season to invite friends over for food, drink, and conversation by the fire.  Give cheerfully – not expensively.  Bake cookies.  Be kind.  Mend fences.

Some folks suffer from depression during the holidays and my heart goes out to them.  It isn’t easy to be cheerful when your heart is heavy or the budget does not allow for much gift giving.  Toss the materialism and enjoy giving the most valuable gifts:  Time, love, laughter and hope.  God does not want any to suffer pain or fear.

Be of the same mind to one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. ~ Romans 12:16 NKJV

Continue to pray for God’s strength while clinging to good.  He is faithful and your example will bless others.

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Psalms 103:15-17

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is  gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children;

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Video of the Month | June 2018

The May Tree blooming in June.  It has a friend that lives beside it – A Siberian Larch.

Even the wilderness and the desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display His glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you. ~ Isaiah 35:1-4 NLT

What’s In Your Wallet?

I was searching through a box of old photos a few days ago and noticed my dad’s wallet nestled down between photo albums.

“What’s in Your Wallet, Dad?” I wondered, as I gingerly picked it up and looked inside.

It’s been decades since I last explored the contents of his wallet; and frankly, I had never been able to get past the family photo contents without tearing up and closing it.  But on this day, I slid my finger behind his old driver’s license and pulled out this card:

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Dad’s Witness Card

It stopped me for a second… “Good for you, Dad!  Ever the Lord’s witness, you carried this gospel tract in your wallet.  How many times did you pull out your wallet and show this witness card to someone?”

Now, forty years later, I believe that God wanted me to notice Dad’s wallet and be curious enough to investigate further.  This side of Heaven, I will never know; but as we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus this Sunday, I’m sharing this card.  A Living Hope has been tucked away in Dad’s wallet for half a century… safe, and preserved… and I am thankful for the opportunity to shed light and ask,

What’s in Your Wallet?

“Thank you, Lord, for the mysterious and wondrous workings of Your Holy Spirit and how You move so powerfully and purposefully throughout the earth to bring the hearts of men back to you.  Woo us, Father God, through the Good News that Jesus loved us so much; that He gave His life for our redemption and broke free of the bonds of death – giving us A Living Hope.  Stir us up and revive us again, Lord, to proclaim Your Gift of Grace, Jesus Our Messiah, to the world.  In His Matchless, Powerful Name, Amen.”

So where is A Living Hope now?

In my wallet, of course.

Happy Resurrection Day!

Note:

Tribute to Good News Publishers for its tracts publishing ministry.  I was unable to determine if the publisher at Westchester, Illinois, is the same one as the Good News Publishers of Wheaton, Illinois, that later published the ESV Bible.  Here is a link to the history of the founders of that great tracts publishing ministry at Crossway.org.

 

Inspiration Found

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Stone of Inspiration ~ Proverbs 3:5

My daughter found this painted stone at Red Rock Canyon last week.  Soon it will be placed far, far from Nevada – for someone else who needs inspiration.

What is going on?  A project is trending about leaving a stone of inspiration for another person to find.  The message painted on the rock is meant to inspire that person who in turn leaves it in another location for the next person to find and so on; a paying it forward project, so to speak.

My daughter found a Proverbs 3:5 Inspiration Stone:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; ~ Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

If you are somewhere in Alaska, you could be the next person to find this rock:

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Flipside ~ Laugh Love Live

Proverbs 3:5 is a precious message.  Isn’t it miraculous how God’s Word ties us all together and binds us to Himself with a painted rock?  You know what is even more amazing?  This rock may have been created by God millions of years ago in order to be picked up and lovingly painted by someone living now; left in some random location for another special someone to find, who may be blessed in a personal way just by finding it.  Think of the journey of this one little stone.  This rock is about the size of a large egg and look what it can do!  God is using it as a witnessing tool to spread His love message to a vast number of people.

WOW!  What can you do compared to a rock?  Hmmmm …

I love the next verse:

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

I believe God is doing a mighty work with this project by directing the paths of individuals all over the planet to read and to think about His Word; and to share in being God’s witnesses.  I like the word “laugh” painted on this rock.  I laughed when I realized how God keeps everything so simple for us.  He makes it so easy to witness for Him that sometimes it’s fun.

Have you found one of these rocks?  Be on the lookout –  Evidently, they are all over the place!

Sometimes we would like to participate in God’s work, but don’t know how.  In this case, I didn’t find the rock – my daughter did.  She was inspired to bring it to me so that I could tell you the story and then place the rock in a location frequented by lots of people.  So easy.  Praise God, I became part of all this, even though I didn’t go anywhere or find anything.

What can you do?  Suggestions:

  • If you know an “inspiration found” story, you can share it or post the link here in comments.
  • If you are God-favored and find an inspiration rock, please tell us!
  • Share this article and see who else knows about this.
  • Find a group doing this and join up.  Paint your own inspiration stone.  Get it circulating.

I am leaving this Proverbs 3:5 Rock somewhere in Alaska this week.  It will be found and another story will unfold.  Another person will be inspired – and another – and another …

If you need more inspiration, here is a link to my article, What Can You Do? 

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(If you don’t find a stone of inspiration, don’t worry.  The Bible is full of God’s messages to you.  The same important stuff is all in there.  Read it.  Live it.  Share it.)

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The Glory Snap

Last night I wakened at three a.m. to a common local phenomenon.  It’s the closest thing in nature I have witnessed to what the Glory of God must be like.  Last night a heavenly display of color exploded in the night sky like a glorious snapshot.  I call it The Glory Snap.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. The former term was coined by Galileo in 1619, from the Roman goddess of the dawn and the Greek name for the north wind. Aurora – Wikipedia

Last night every window of my house showcased greenish ribbons of Aurora Borealis snaking through a myriad of stars like a needle and thread.  If you can imagine the Big Dipper and other northern constellations buffeted by a sort of fan-dance of colored lights against the background of a midnight sky, it sort of looks like this:

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Northern Lights

Oh, of course there are more dramatic and colorful photos of the Northern Lights.  But this is the closest one I found to what happened over my house last night.

However, God’s Glory shall never fade like the Aurora Borealis with the rising sun; or dim in the arctic twilight of winter.  No.  The brightness of God’s Glory is eternal and defies my comprehension.  I searched the Biblical scriptures for illumination and these verses spoke to me:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ~ Isaiah 6:1-4 NIV

Wow! Picture a universal kingdom where ultimate power emanates from the throne of God.  The train of God’s robe fans out just like the Northern Lights dancing across a velvety dark sky.  The thundering proclamations, “Holy, holy, holy”  by the angelic beings called seraphim shake the very foundations of God’s temple in Heaven.  My spirit tingles in recognition of The Eternal One; The Creator; The GREAT I AM:

It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” ~ Romans 14:10b NIV

It is spectacular!

What is your understanding of God’s Glory?  For me, describing the Northern Lights is my feeble attempt to explain just a fraction of God’s Glorious Awesomeness.  Perhaps you see a glimpse of His Glory in a sunrise or sunset.

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“Thank You, Father, for giving us many descriptions of Your Glory in Your Word.  The knowledge that You are “high and lifted up” gives me the understanding that You are to be revered; You are The One and Only God; that You are perfect, and unchangeable.  Praising You today for creating the Northern Lights in our sky that gives us a wondrous snapshot of the magnificence of Your Glory.  Thank You for Your unquenchable love, justice, and mercy towards humans.  Thank You most of all for Your Son, Jesus, who died for mankind, in order for every sinner to experience Your eternal glory by simply repenting and accepting Your free gift.  We lift high His Matchless, Beautiful, Glorious Name.  Amen.”

Some people on the earth have never witnessed The Glory Snap.  Have you?

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