Humility

6E334F57-2CE2-46D1-A62F-68961D24A046“”Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Humility

Our country has been blessed with great wealth including many comforts and pleasures. These blessings have been taken for granted as we expect a certain way of life. This pandemic has shown us that our society is vulnerable. I believe God is sending us a great message to change our ways, yet we are already anticipating getting back to our normal way of life. What will it take to humble ourselves and put our faith in God? He wants us to rely on Him fully, putting our trust in Him. Growing up, Trust and Obey was one of my favorite hymns. Its words are still sweet music to my ears and the message resonates.

Priorities

4116C5AD-76DA-4B98-B580-D9E36912E7D1“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Priorities
This pandemic has shown us what is essential. As I read on social media how healthcare workers, truck drivers and food industry workers have trumped sports figures, actors, and other celebrities, I sense how we better understand our blessings. While all the entertainment and social activities augment our lives with much happiness, they are not critical to life itself. In my opinion, we need to realign ourselves with God and pursue His will. Only then will we experience everlasting joy.

Early Spring

BD459D2A-47C6-4496-A2D4-1E9858CCBF18“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Early Spring

This year spring arrived earlier than it has since 1896. It is a time for renewal and a sign that God continues to bless us with an abundance of love and mercy. Certainly we need to count our blessings, even as we endure a monumental pandemic. When we feel the warmth of the sun and see the flowers burst into bloom, we can rejoice in His goodness. Last night, I felt honored by the presence of a dove that built a nest, two eggs included, on my deck swing. The veil of impending viral illness has been torn by the arrival of a majestic early spring. Let’s praise God continually!

International Prayer Day

3187C84B-5F12-445C-B880-7232906FA5E5“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

International Prayer Day

The Ides of March is a great day for international prayer. As the Coronavirus ravages lives around the world, it brings the importance of prayer to the forefront. We are reminded that we are totally reliant on God for this precious thing we call life, with which He has blessed us. Already the number of people praying and turning to God is encouraging, for we have become a people self-centered and hard hearted; and, our repentance and alignment with His will is long overdue. I believe this pandemic will change our perspective and I pray that our world will turn to God in prayer.

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.

Blessed

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When my brother died at age 24 in 1973, I remember my grandmother saying, “Never to have suffered means never to have been blessed.” That was a hard message to hear then and one that still can be difficult to understand. Through the years, I have come to realize that it is the tough times that allow us to appreciate the good ones. As I contemplate this situation, I try to focus on the fact that God sees all of us, living and dead, the same. Our mortal minds cannot possibly comprehend the infinite wisdom of our Creator. Today at work, an atheist stated that he only believes in the facts of science. As a scientist myself who sees the many associated shortcomings of the scientific world, I paused and thanked God for my wisdom to know all the blessings He has bestowed upon me.

Children

257E8357-BD36-4987-AD40-E33C92EA96EB“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Children

As my mother and her mother always reminded us, children are a blessing. With the average cost in the USA for raising a child to age 18 of about $300,000.00, it is definitely a financial sacrifice; but, there is no greater investment of money. My children have brought much joy into my life and have taught me far more than I ever imagined. Life is a struggle and one of my goals is to help my children become all they are meant to be. They have far surpassed my intellect and accomplishments educationally; and while that is so amazing, my hope is that we all stay focused on the real prize—our eternal life with God.