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.
Fall is a wonderful time of the year, but it is also the busiest time of the year with school beginning and other scheduled activities starting up again after the long warm days of summer.
I was blessed to spend the last two weeks with my parents as my mom healed from a surgery. The picture above is one that mom stitched herself and hung above my bed. What a great reminder to slow down enough to hear God.
I pray that you take the time to be silent in this noisy world. That you may hear the whisper of God as he speaks to your heart.
Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We all remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001. But do you remember September 12?
I miss September 12, 2001… when the USA came together in peace.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when strangers worked side by side.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when neighbors leaned on each other.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when people flocked to church.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when families gathered in hope.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when classrooms prayed for those lost.
I miss September 12, 2001…. when the world stood still.
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Happy Labor Day!
Today as you enjoy a break from labor, think about of the way you work. I pray that you glorify the Lord in all you do. May your work be completed as a labor of love to God and all those around you. God bless you as you go out into the world doing great works!
(A special thank you to my dear friend who encouraged me to blog again. I forgot how much I missed sharing God’s word. You are a blessing!)
Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
Happy Father’s Day! I thank God for blessing me with my dad. You were the perfect dad to your little girls, and you continue to be the perfect dad to your grown women. God knew exactly the dad I needed when he brought us together. I am forever grateful. You are simply the best! I love you. Happy Father’s Day!
Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
“Make hay while the sun shines” is a quote I have heard often. Now I find myself saying it too! This week we filled our barn with fresh cut hay. (If only I could send the aroma through my laptop) We are preparing for our fiber flock to arrive later this month. Preparation and time are everything. I researched for months to find just the right breed of fiber sheep for our flock. I found a builder who specialized in pasture fences to construct a safe environment for our lambs. I worked with farmers who delivered their first cutting of alfalfa hay which arrived on a 98 degree afternoon. It was hot and sweaty, but we unloaded and stacked each bale in the barn. Everything will is ready for the lambs come home.
Jesus has been diligently working for the arrival of his sheep to come home. But, he needs help in the harvest field. How can you help with the time and talents you have been given. Now is the time to take action. “Make hay while the sun shines.” To God be all the glory. Amen
Ephesians 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
This week as I was planting my garden, I was reminded of a sermon story that has stuck with me since I was a high schooler with Pastor Dragt in the pulpit. I would like to share it with you today. It goes something like this……. A farmer was in the field contemplating life and what his calling in life was. So, he started to pray. God please give me a sign so that I know what you want me to do. After finishing his prayer, he looked up to the sky. He saw the clouds clearly form the letters P C. He knew instantly that God was telling him to “Preach Christ”. He sold all of his farming equipment and land. He became a pastor, but his ministry never really took off. When the farmer got to heaven, he asked God about his P C sign in the clouds. God responded that the sign he had given in the clouds meant ‘Plant Corn’ not ‘Preach Christ’.
I used to get so wrapped up in finding God’s will for my life that I became paralyzed trying to choose the perfect path. It took me years to realize that God doesn’t care what profession I choose. Doing the will of God has nothing to do with my vocation. It has everything to do with loving Him and sharing his love with others. Praise God, wherever you are planted.
Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Dear friends in Christ…. I pray that your roots grow deep. That no matter how harsh the winter storms may be, you continue to bloom every spring. May your established love be unwavering in times of darkness. And may you never forget the unconditional unfailing love God has for you.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God made it grow.
Springtime is garden time. In the past I have frequented the local farmers market to supply our family with fresh grown vegetables throughout the summer. Since we live on a farm with plenty of space, I decided this year to try my hand at raising my own vegetables. Last Sunday (just one week ago) I planted seeds in dirt. This week, I have beautiful plants sprouted and growing. Each seed is a miracle. I planted it in the dirt, watered it, but God made it grow.
We are called to plant the seed of Jesus in the lives of people. We are called to water the seed of Jesus in the lives of people. That is all. God will make it grow. Each life is a miracle.
I planted 13 different types of seeds. Of those, 9 have sprouted. The cucumbers are the tallest and growing the fastest. Several others are just poking through the dirt, while 4 types haven’t made it up at all yet. I planted the seeds on the same day, and placed them in the same warm spot to grow. But they grew at different rates. We all develop at different rates. Don’t rush God. He will grow the seeds that are planted in his perfect timing.
Luke 15:4-7 Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I found her! We sorted through roughly 60 lambs to find this little ewe to begin my fiber flock. She wasn’t the biggest or fastest, but I love her. There was just something in her eyes when she looked at me. We are busy preparing a warm safe place for her in our barn while she grows stronger, is weaned and ready to leave the world she knows.
Jesus has chosen you to be a part of his flock. Run to him! There is rejoicing in heaven over you. He is preparing a warm safe place just for you. You are loved!
I think about my little ewe lamb every day as I wait anxiously for her to come home to our farm. (I am sure my upcoming blogs will be filled with lamb pictures) Have a great week. God Bless You
Mark 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of who he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them, for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up sakes with their hands: and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven, and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
He is risen. He is risen indeed! God has rolled the stone away for Jesus. He can not be confined. God will roll the stone away that may be blocking your path if you believe. With God, nothing is impossible. Go into all the world to share the Good News of Jesus. HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN INDEED!