Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot. Be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
We spent the 4th of July weekend at my sister’s house on a lake in Wisconsin. Every night we were there, after dark people began shooting fireworks over the lake. It was spectacular watching the dark sky illuminate with the most beautiful colors. Each explosion was unique in its individual beauty.
May your faith light up the lives of everyone you meet. Let your love for Jesus explode in this dark world like the 4th of July!
Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
One of my favorite summer activities is picking strawberries. OK, really I enjoy eating fresh strawberries while I pick them. Our boys began this summertime activity the year they were able to hold a basket. We would work our way down the strawberry field rows until our baskets and tummy were full.
A wise person will plant themselves close to Jesus. As their roots grow deep they will begin to bear fruit. Summer is the perfect time to become deeply rooted in the soil of God’s Word.
May you enjoy nourishment from the sweet fruits of summer!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Have you ever experienced those times when life seems to be whirling at a fast pace and everything seems to be changing? Our family is in one of those season right now. We have children moving in and out of our home. Friends moving to new states and family moving across the country. It all feels a little overwhelming.
I find comfort in Ecclesiastes knowing that God has a time for everything in our lives. Life is crazy right now, but there will be a time when things slow down enough to catch our breath.
Today I will enjoy the time I am given as I live out my faith. I pray that you are able to enjoy your time this summer doing what you love, with those you love.
Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
My dad has always been an incredible man. When I was younger I failed to realize the sacrifices my dad made for our family. He could fix anything (and when you have four little girls, money is tight and lots of things break). He was at every school and sporting event I participated in. He was always in the stands cheering me on. He is still cheering me on today! My dad is my rock. He has always loved me unconditionally with his whole heart. I may be bias, but he is the perfect example of a Christian father, grandfather and husband.
I love you dad!
Happy Father’s Day!
Psalm 4:5 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell is safety.
Last week Tuesday I decided to run to Faribault after work because I needed a few more flowers to finish my flower gardens and the local greenhouse had just started their end of the season sale. . While I was making my final planting decisions, a warning was issued for a severe thunderstorm in the area. I purchased my flowers and headed to my car.
As I drove to Northfield, the wind started whipping and the rain was falling in sheets. I continued driving as I swerved around downed branches. I reached our driveway to find a yard globe shattered in the driveway. When I walked into the house our dog was nowhere to be found. I found her hiding in the basement (where I have to coax her down most days).
I began closing our four open windows. As I tried to turn the crank to close the front window in the den, I realized there was no window! It was laying shattered on the ground as wind and rain blew into our house. I ran to the neighbors, who helped me install a temporary plastic to protect our interior.
As I stood back to survey the damage, I saw the beautiful cross covering our broken window. We were safe. Jesus is forever protecting me and my home and my family. I am able to safely sleep in peace because our God is bigger than the storm!
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
While driving through Amish country in southern Indiana, we came across this not so subtle sign. Do you know where your Bible is?
If you are looking for summer reading material…. I highly recommend this book. The Bible is the greatest love story you will ever read! Enjoy
James 1:19-21 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the fallen soldiers who gave everything for our freedom to live in the United States of America. This weekend we celebrate Christ Jesus, remembering he gave everything for our freedom to live in heaven forever. This weekend we celebrate the official beginning of summer.
How will you spend your summer? I pray that this summer, you will slow down. Slow down to spend time with family and friends. Take a walk, read a book or enjoy a ballgame. Slow down to spend time with Jesus as you learn from his example to be slow to speak and slow to become angry.
May God be with you as you enjoy the beauty and blessings of a slow summer!