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!

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!