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

Blessings and Tragedies

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Even in this stump God can bring out beauty.

A tragedy only becomes tragic when we do not give it to Jesus, so He can redeem it.
A blessing does not really bless until it is given to Jesus, so He can multiply it.

Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up? Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? Matthew 16:9-11 NLT

Making the Desolate Beautiful

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My desert His palette

What makes this day?
A day with work and toil,
A day with struggle and worry,
A day with grief and sadness,

Jesus makes this day filled with His love.
He makes it a day of salvation from my troubles,
A day of deliverance from my foes,
A day where past failure is forgiven,
A day where hope can flourish,
A day with purpose and meaning,
A day of good things for me to do,
A day of guidance to His pasture,
A day of communion with God,
A day of feasting in His presence,
A day of giving thanks for His unfailing love,
Thank You Lord for making this day for me.

A reminder for your desert days from Psalm 107

Death Valley

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A dry parched land

Wandering in a parched land my day is dry and shriveled. I begin to wonder where is God?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, and am not silent. Psalm 22:1-2

This psalm says what I feel. Farther into the psalm I discover that this is prophesy of Jesus on the cross.

I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing. 1Psalm 22:17-18

With that insight comes help, for I know He knows the desert I am in. That is why He came—to help me.

Thank You Lord.

A Morning of God’s Love

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Oh, what a beautiful morning.

Because of God’s love for me:
I am forgiven, and I can forgive others.
I am loved, and I can love others.
I have hope, and I can offer hope to others.
I have His life in me, and I can offer His life to others.
I can pray for my family and know His love for them is greater than mine.
I know His love will never leave me.
What a wonderful beautiful morning!