Be Still And Know I Am God

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Do not be afraid. God is with you. Quiet your mind and know that you are not alone. Even with all the crap happening in the world, God will carry you through it, if you let him.

Psalm 46 begins with these words… God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. During this time of social distancing and face coverings, it is easy to loose connection with the people with whom we typically interact with on a daily basis. Stay connected to your ever-present God. Let God be your strength when you have no strength left to give. He is our strength and our refuge.

All I Need Today

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for our comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

So, what do you need today? A whole lotta Jesus is always the answer! In Him we find our only true comfort and joy.

Thank You For Your Service

1 Peter 4:10-11 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen

My nephew is a police officer in a large midwestern city. No, let me correct that statement……. My nephew WAS an excellent police officer in a large midwestern city. It was his dream since 5th grade to keep the public safe by serving his community. Last week, because of his love for his wife and two sons, he made the excruciating decision to leave the profession he loves and excels in. He will continue to serve others, but he will not be wearing the blue uniform. The uniform that used to demand the utmost respect. Join me in prayer this week for our police officers, our country and our world as we continue to serve those in need.

The Day

Psalm 118:24-29 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us; O Lord grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

The move is complete and we are rejoicing! Everything we own is now at the farm. Of course we still have boxes and piles of stuff in every room, but it is all in one location. God has been good through the entire exhausting process. We are blessed beyond measure.

In what are you rejoicing today? May God shine his light upon you this week that you might find joy in His love.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Moving

Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Moving can be overwhelming to say the least. We have spent the past month moving. Box by box – one piece of furniture at a time. Every day during my lunch hour, I load my car with more things. It is exhausting! I fall into bed every night with an aching back and soar arms. But in the morning, I wake refreshed ready for another day of moving.

God gives me the strength to keep moving. I see His hand in every step of this move. He has orchestrated this entire event to perfection. So many pieces had to “fall into place” to acquire the property of our dreams. I am blessed beyond measure to be in His care. He is my strength.

This week we begin our last week of the move. I know we will make it through the home stretch, because God is my strength. May you find the strength you need in the week ahead.

DAMN

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Our son rode The DAMN (Day Across MN) yesterday. With his dad as support, he began his ride in Gary, SD at midnight. 247 miles of gravel roads and 17 hours later, he arrived in Hager City, WI. That my friends is pressing on toward the goal. He trained hard to reach the finish line. But, without the help and support of his dad, the ride would have been impossible. Let your Father, God, support you on your journey.

What is your goal? What have you been straining toward? May God give you the strength and the support you need to win the prize!

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!