Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Scenes of the Season

"Burning Bush" at our church
Out our front door, 
Along our street
Also along our street

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Remedy for Being Disturbed

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5-6a

               I try to read this when I go through periods of depression. When I was in college, I read Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking One thing I learned from it was that I needed to find at least one good thing that happened each day. Later in life, I called them praises. Each time I did this exercise, if I found one, I found more.

After reading Ann Voskamp’s book, 1,000 Gifts, I call then God’s gifts. Each day, I try to find three gifts from God, some days I find as many as six. Each gift I recognize from God causes me to pause and thank Him for who He is and what He has done for me or for a friend.

In our home, each room has light colored walls. I didn’t realize it when we chose to paint that the light colors help me especially on the dark overcast days of late fall and winter. God led me to do this several years ago. You see, I have learned and now believe God guides us even when we don’t realize it.
               The Apostle Paul tells us to praise God in all circumstances.(give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18,NIV)
;Yes, the preposition is important. We might not like the circumstance that presents itself to us; the way out may be arduous but when we praise and place our hope in Him, we find the resolution becomes easier than we thought.


Monday, October 27, 2014

My Hope in You

“But now, LORD, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

               When we find ourselves at a fork in the road, we can either veer to the left or to the right. If we look down the left pathway, we see fun things or the things we wanted when we were young. If we choose to follow to the right, we may see things that take a lot of energy and hard work. There may be a few disappointments along that way. We don’t know which path to take. Sometimes we take the easy way. When we do, we might find out we have made a wrong choice.
               God’s Word tells us to seek His guidance. (James 1:5) Our focus scripture gives us a very powerful reason to seek God in all things we face. He is our hope.

               When my hope is in God, I feel neither anxiety when answers seem delayed nor hardness of heart when those answers turn out to be other than what I desire. I have gained understanding when those things happen.

               This total trust of God in this way is something I recently learned. Dr. Charles Stanley calls it ‘being neutral.’ At present, I have at least three or four large personal requests I have turned over to God, through the Holy Spirit.

               I have to remember that God is good all the time; all the time God is good. When I keep this in mind, I find I can accept the things that God shows me that are contrary to what I want.

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