Lasting Beauty

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We too often pursue beauty trying to make ourselves beautiful. But this is fleeting and soon fades. Instead pursue the creator of all things, Jesus, who wants to make our lives eternally beautiful to the glory of God.

(See Isaiah 40:8 and Matthew 6:28-33)

Jewels in the Forest

What do you see—the moss and dead pine branches, or the jeweled drops of water?

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 NLT

God desires to give us life filled with goodness, and peace, and joy. But too often we become blinded by trouble that keeps our attention focused on lesser things.

Thankfully, God has provided a way to give us these gifts despite our inability to see.

But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 NLT

God’s word tells us to believe in Jesus: His forgiveness, and His triumph over death. Then accept Him to rule in our lives for goodness, peace and joy.

These treasures and more are waiting for you to see and receive.

Hope at Midnight

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Waiting for the sun

A few years ago a hurricane hit South Texas. National evening news showed people at an evacuation center singing praises to God. They showed hope and light in the midst of devastating tragedy. Even the newscaster got caught up in their praise and ended the newscast with “Amen,”

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

No matter what our situation, even at midnight in prison, we can have hope in Jesus,
Because:
we have goodness in Jesus,
we have God’s faithfulness in Jesus,
we can talk to Jesus,
we can have forgiveness in Jesus,
we can know our life has meaning in Jesus,
we can have strength in Jesus,
we can hide in Jesus,
we can run to Jesus,
we know nothing will separate us from the love of Jesus,
we have a glorious future in Jesus,
we have a mighty shepherd to lead and protect us in Jesus.
God has good works for us to do in Jesus,
we have abundant life in Jesus,
And we have all eternity to enjoy life in Jesus.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Memories of Tomorrow

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Foretaste of glory

Yesterday we had so much fun,
the joy that children bring.
To have the laughter never end,
In songs we love to sing.

Visit cut short, I wanted longer.
So many seeds to sow
Time consumes the love we shared,
Forgotten as they grow.

In that day when life moves on,
I hope not in fading sorrow.
But in the love of Jesus Christ
Who makes yesterday a foretaste of tomorrow.

In Jesus we have a sure hope that our tomorrows will be even better than our yesterdays.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22

Morning Rain

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Chumstick Mountain view East

Jesus is where heaven touches earth…
And where we can touch heaven.

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11

Rest Awhile

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Just sit and rest awhile

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” Exodus 33:14-15

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus goes with me, and in Him I find rest.
When I worry about the future,
I can rest knowing You will go with me.
When my sins cover me with shame,
You forgive me and give me rest in Your righteousness.
When I am drowning in grief,
You weep with me and comfort me with Your compassion.
When I feel a lump in my body,
I know you hold all my days.
Through all eternity Your love never fails,
and I can rest in You.

The Dreams of God

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Geese and Goslings in the morning mist

A life of dreaming
We all dream,
Our dreams are sometimes good and sometimes nightmares.
Sometimes dreams come true, sometimes not.
But all our dreams will fade and get old with us.
I wonder if God dreams?
I bet his dreams are good.
Good beyond our best dreams,
And His dream will never end.
For in Jesus we are not the dreamer, but the dream.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.  1 Corinthians 2:9

Light for Life

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Lighthouse lighting the way

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

What is the abundant life that Jesus talks about in this verse? It is forgiveness for our past shame, guidance into good for our present, and hope for our future.

Jesus the light of life.

Reflection On Words

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Reflections on Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

Thoughtless words I say.
Careless tossing words about.
Not comprehending there is hell to pay,
When good is not what comes out.

Some words push life into darkness.
Some words bring about light.
Writing a story of sorrow,
Or one that shines in the night.

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT