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

Soaring

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Soaring above Palouse Falls

Isaiah 40:31 is a familiar verse about soaring with wings like eagles, but when you are struggling in the tough stuff of life, the verse seems more of a taunt than a help. Reading the entire chapter will show that Isaiah 40 is lament where Israel accuses God of ignoring their troubles. I can relate to that.

The chapter ends with:

Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:28-29

The soaring in verse 31 is knowing God is with us and will be our strength when we have none. So in those dark times I have to repeat: “God is with me, I am with Him.” Not as magical words, but as the facts of my life.

The bird in the picture is soaring above the thundering waterfall, take away the thunder and the picture is not much.

Darkness Broken by the Light

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The Light of Life breaking through into our darkest places.

You are my lamp, O Lord;
the Lord turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29

Living is full of dark rocky places, but Jesus brings light and life to our darkness.

 

Rightness of Creation

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A beautiful design

The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5

I rejoice in the rightness of creation—how it all fits together perfectly. This is another sign of God’s unfailing love.

The Blessing of Ascribing to the Lord

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Sunrise over Leavenworth WA

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:1-2

Ascribe in Psalm 29 means to attribute, to give homage, to acknowledge in a worshipful manner. It is His infinite strength, glory, and holy splendor we are to ascribe to the Lord.

Unfortunately, I will go through a whole day and not ascribe to the Lord. This robs me of the peace I can have affirming God is more than able to handle the troubles before me. Psalm 29 continues by telling us about the power of God.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. Psalm 29:4-5

It is normal to be anxious about things, but when I ascribe to the Lord His glory and power and strength, then I begin to breathe easy again.

The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11