Costa Rica

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What a beautiful country! The weather we experienced was perfect with plenty of sunshine and brilliant sunsets. The beaches and rainforests and zip lines lived up to their reputation. All the food was fresh and delicious and the drinks delightful. The native animals made guest appearances just at the right times to highlight our festivities. But the main joy were the people—kind and patient and friendly!! This family vacation was my first visit to Costa Rica, but with all these attributes along with the ease of travel, there will be more.

Peace and War

18D7F46F-E53A-4239-8FA4-8179CC2141A5“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭ESV

As tensions rise and the threat of war seems eminent, I paused to think about when is war the right course of action. Our nation ignored the atrocities of the Nazis and the Axis Powers until Pearl Harbor was bombed. Now we have been ignoring the atrocities of Middle Eastern terrorists until recent targeted attacks. I hate war and long for Peace, but sometimes evil requires annihilation.

New Decade

292CD377-01F8-4398-880C-22CB3122A196“”Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:18-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hindsight is 2020—so now it is time to move onward!! This new decade is a great opportunity for new challenges and goals. My family just watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” and we loved the sign in Mr. Bailey’s office, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” What a powerful message! I want that attitude to define my life and the 20’s seem perfect for this mission. Exactly how I proceed is uncertain, but one thing is for sure, I plan to live by Faith and not fear.

New Year’s Resolution

14BCF8B6-C084-4E2B-B379-D5B3FDB0EFD1“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The New Year brings so much to mind. Mostly I am thankful for all the blessings in my life—Faith, family and friends.  Just to be alive to experience it is a joy and I know that God’s plans are far beyond my wildest dreams. My resolution will be to strengthen my faith and follow His ways more nearly. Each new year, indeed each new day, we have a new opportunity to improve ourselves. I pray for strength to honor this commitment to obey His commandments, and to enjoy the process.

Rain

0F606F0D-548D-47E4-B0F9-32DF8D2CAD50“he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭11:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

As we await our flight to Costa Rica, the weather is deteriorating from sunshine to rain. Despite my best intentions, I tend to worry about the possibilities—delays, turbulence, etc. I have been waiting for this special vacation all year, and I despise disappointment. Realizing I must accept whatever happens, I find comfort in knowing that rain is a blessing—without it, we could not survive. Trusting in God defines my Faith so whatever He brings, I will accept.

Daughters

3A889075-CBA5-45E3-BF20-2C585B790708“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God has blessed me with two beautiful daughters. They have always been stars in my life, brightening my days. Each of them has different gifts and talents, but both put God first in their lives. Though everyone makes some deviations off the path of righteousness, they inspire me with their focus on doing right at all times. (And let me know when they think I am off course) Yes, they are physically beautiful too, but more importantly, they have beautiful hearts and souls. They deserve my praise and I thank God for them every day.

Joy to the World

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This Christmas I really want to celebrate the joy that was brought to earth when Jesus was born in a manger.  I have witnessed so many decorations and commercials and wondered what the world would be like if we proclaimed the Good News as much.  I have experienced the hustle and bustle of traffic and shoppers and wondered how different it would be if we rushed to serve others as much.  Ultimately everyone seems to come together and experience a part of the joy of Christmas.  It seems that there are many others like me who long for the full joy of Christmas.  We live in a culture that promotes the material gifts and fanfare, but discourages Christianity.  What if we all loved God with all our soul and all our heart and all our might and loved others as ourselves every day?