SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS

Ezekiel 34:25-27 I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety. I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure i their land. they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.

Summer is in full bloom! The smell of the vibrant petunias are intoxicating. The freshly picked sweetcorn is delicious this year. Walks with the dog around the neighborhood are frequent, and late nights around the fire pit seem to bring friends together.

God has showered us with so many summertime blessings. What are some of your favorite summer activities?

God bless you as you enjoy this summer’s shower of blessings.

The Sparrow

Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Do not be afraid. You are worthy in the sight of God. What is your biggest fear? Is there anything you can do logically to lessen that fear? We had a home inspection done for the sale of our house this week. I worried for days, wondering what the inspector might ask of us. The inspection came back great with only a couple minor repairs. All that worrying for nothing. God is in control. He will get us through the tough times. Even if it is just a home inspection. Give all your fears to God. You are important to the creator of the universe!

GGT – God’s Got This

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He’s watching me…. Have a blessed week.

The Ant

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Have you ever tried to take a picture of an ant? It isn’t easy. I tried for days to end up with the blurry picture above….. The ant never stopped moving. The ant is busy, always working. Likewise, a farmer once told me “you need to make hay while the sun shines”. The sun is shining my friend. It is time to move.

During this unprecedented summer of COVID we are unable to gather for worship or attend Vacation Bible School or church picnics. How can you be more like the ant, gathering others for Christ. Be an ant, not a sluggard! Prepare for the harvest.

God bless you as you enjoy the fruits of your harvest.

Happy Birthday Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails.

Today is my husband’s birthday. This man is the perfect example of 1 Corinthians 13 love. His love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves and never fails. His unselfish heart loves bigger than any man I know. His giving spirit has been passed onto our children. I thank God every day for blessing me with my life’s partner who has taught how to love unconditionally.

Happy Birthday Love – You are truly a gift from God!

Slice of Heaven

2 Peter 3:13-14 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

This week I experienced a taste of heaven right here on earth! I had the privilege of spending time at my sister’s lake home with my children, parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. We spent our days laughing until we cried and reminiscing our childhood. We spent our evening reflecting on the memories made that day around the fire at the lake’s edge. This is how I envision heaven – celebration of the relationships we established during our tome on earth. Time spent with loved ones and time walking with Jesus. Oh, what a day that will be!

The Carpenter’s Son

Matthew 13:53-55 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” They asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”

My dad is a woodworker. He has crafted many beautiful pieces of furniture over the years, cherished by all who have been fortunate enough to receive one of his stunning pieces. He spends countless hours in his workshop, carefully planning each unique design as he chooses the exact wood to be used. I adore every incredible piece I have received. But even more beautiful than the furniture he has built during his 80 years on this earth, is the family he has built. My dad is the most loving and caring man who selflessly gave his all for his wife, daughters, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. He is an amazing example of a godly man. I am blessed to call him “Dad”.

Jesus grew up as the son of a carpenter. He learned the patience required to build a masterpiece. You are the masterpiece Jesus is working on today.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who take the time to build strong children. You are a blessing!

School’s Out

Proverbs 1:8-9 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

The school year has wrapped up in our area this week. And what a school year it has been! Congratulations to the students, the teachers and the parents. You have adapted remarkably. Job well done!

As we roll into summer, there may not be assignments to complete or papers to write but learning never ends. This season is the prefect time to dig deeper into Jesus’ teachings. Teach them to your children. Share your personal Jesus story with the little ones in your life. It is an important lesson that could change their life forever.

God bless you as you enjoy the beauty of summer!

Fleeting Beauty

Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

The peonies in Minnesota were in full bloom this past week. It was a good year for the gorgeous backyard flowers. Then overnight a storm rolled through and the beautiful heavy blooms were on the ground…. gone for another year.

Search for God’s beauty in the world. It is everywhere. Beauty can be found in a garden. Beauty can be found in the face of a child. Beauty can be found in your heart. Share God’s lasting beauty with the world.

Surface beauty is fleeting, but beauty from within never fades. God bless you as you enjoy a beautiful summer week!

Sprinkle Love

Luke 6:27-31 “But I tell you who hear me; Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Hate and fear have filled the news for weeks. From social media to TV to coworkers all we hear are negative messages. I don’t know about you, but I began to spiral. How will we ever survive these dark times of pandemic, riots and racism?

How do we turn these negative situations into something beautiful? By changing our focus to do good for all people by giving to those in need. Evil has no control over our lives when we have saturated it in love.

Love – I am blessed to know Jesus’ love. And by sprinkling Jesus’ love on others we are able to change the world.

SEEK PEACE

Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Peace…..

Pray for peace…..

Pray for Minnesota…..

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (The word of God)