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Hindsight 2020

EE5FC24D-AC99-4083-8693-A8CDEEBE037D“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hindsight 2020

How often we hear, “Had I only known, I would have ___.” Indeed hindsight is 2020, but we can rest assured that as long as we follow His Way, we do not have to worry about the future—God is 2020. I know sometimes I struggle with turning over my control issues and trusting and obeying, but ultimately I realize that while I can make choices, I cannot control the outcome. Thankfully I don’t have to worry and I don’t have to be in control. I just need to believe and trust and obey—truly the best deal ever.

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Richmond, VA

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Richmond has become one of my favorite cities. Growing up about two hours away, my family occasionally went to Richmond for shopping and medical care. Later in life, I would live there and it became home for my children. Richmond is the capital of Virginia and is conveniently located centrally with quick access to the beach, mountains and Washington D.C. With a metropolitan population of about 1.3 million people, it has lots of cultural events and a rich history. Now that I have lived away for a number of years, I have a new appreciation for all that Richmond has to offer. Of course, with three children who live there, I might have some bias.

Wedding Painter

3E25D8CB-6405-4B8E-9EF5-EBB9E1CB1831“Go out, O daughters of Zion, and look upon King Solomon, with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, on the day of the gladness of his heart.”
‭‭The Song of Solomon‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Wedding Painter

What a wonderful way to celebrate “the day of the gladness of the heart”!! My daughter has a special gift for creating a lasting memory through her delightful art and cheery heart. She does commissioned wedding paintings that become precious keepsakes which capture the essence of that special moment of time. She can do them LIVE or from photos. Simply contact her and let her do her magic🧚‍♂️
http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.com

Salvation

3C09FFAE-E99C-4181-9C27-41C43B8DDDAB“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Salvation

Our Sunday school lesson raised the question of “can we regain salvation after rejecting it?” Certainly we all continue to sin and fall short of being anywhere near righteous with our own works; but, what if we denounce God and turn away from Him? Can we turn back and still have salvation?? Our culture tends to push us to tolerate, then accept, and finally embrace all sorts of sinful behavior, but what are the eternal consequences?
Apparently this is one of the BIG theological questions. Some believe there is always hope, even in this situation. Clearly it has given me reason to pause and ponder. I realize I sin even though I know better—clearly not ideal, but is that forgivable? Only God knows and we can only hope and pray.

Memory Lane

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Yesterday was so fun! I spent the day traveling down memory lane—went to my alma mater for a football game and saw familiar places and faces. It brought back so many precious memories of my college and medical school days. Despite the fact that many years have passed, being there seemingly bridged the time gap bringing everything back together for another moment. For someone who has moved around quite extensively gathering “no moss”, feeling connected thrills my heart.

Goodness

76388D73-893E-480C-85B8-58E4DD479479“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Goodness

The natural world itself is evidence of God. He has created it and it is good indeed. As a scientist by training, I realize that humans can never fully understand His ways. We cannot create a single living cell and we struggle to combat many of nature’s forces; yet, many do not believe and arrogantly think that humans can learn to control everything. Over time, God has blessed us with much knowledge and certainly major strides have been made in many of our professions; but, He is still in control and we need to gain that wisdom. He will continue to pour out His Love because He loves us and wants us to enjoy His goodness.

Forgiveness

2E90A8C2-1CFD-4F34-A828-B24CE831DE30“Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:32-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an intentional, voluntary process when a victim changes the negative feelings and attitude regarding the offender. When someone has been mean to me and hurt me, there is the natural tendency to want to get revenge and make them feel the same pain and suffering. But, despite what feels justifiable, forgiving is the truly right thing to do and it will give ultimate freedom from the offender. Furthermore, God wants us to forgive others as He forgives us for our transgressions. Personally, I forgive quickly and easily, but I have a difficult time forgetting, which leaves some lingering negative feelings. When no apology has been offered, the forgiving is especially hard for me. Truly the offender does not deserve forgiveness, but neither do I.