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140DDCAA-3560-4683-9AF2-E9CF28D57424“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Growing up monetarily poor seemed a severe disadvantage to me. I remember not making the basketball team because my athletic shoes were the 2 dollar ones with slick soles that slid like ice skates on the polished gymnasium floors, instead of the 20 dollar Converse ones that could turn on a dime. It is hard to compete when you are slipping on the floor while trying to play. Likewise, our home was an old farm house that my father had renovated. It literally had honey bees living in the walls and snow blowing around the window frames accumulating beside our beds. There were 8 of us living in 3 bedrooms, with one recently acquired indoor toilet. Our heat was wood initially, but replaced by fuel oil heaters that sat in the kitchen and living room downstairs. While our material wealth was below today’s poverty level, we always had plenty of good food raised and prepared by our parents. Most importantly, we knew that our parents always had our best interests in mind and they sacrificed what little they had to help us be all that we could be. From these meager beginnings, I received the most rich blessings and I believe that background has taught me to persevere through all circumstances. The life lesson that I have passed on to my children is always do what is right, always do your best, and trust in God.

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.

RomCom

22DA6294-53D9-40C8-BCBE-1F979EFE6B95“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

RomCom

Last night I watched a romantic comedy, a romcom. Yes, I actually tend to like them because they leave you feeling pleasantly satisfied that all worked out well. As I quietly pondered why romcoms evoke such emotions, it occurred to me that life is meant to be similar. If we put our faith in God, He will make everything work out—that is the promise and the ultimate delight. What joy we can have through Him as we live with this hope. And just like the romcom, we will live happily ever after.

Path of Righteousness

CEF38A05-C71E-4B44-B9B7-C165159CABE8“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Path of Righteousness

Everyday I try to walk in the path of righteousness, but there are so many temptations from our world. We now live in a society that has strayed far from the path and tries to condone sinful behavior as okay. We have to remember to love the sinner and hate the sin. All of us fall short of righteous so we should try not to be self righteous. Thankfully we live in hope by faith and that is all we need.

The Spirit

54B6B45D-C159-424C-B9AE-D3AFF21263F5“according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.”
‭‭Haggai‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Spirit

Today we were reminded of the power of The Spirit who is always with us. God’s promise to us was that He would send The Spirit to be with us as long as we have Faith. Fear is indeed a liar and comes from the enemy and our world tends to use fear to keep us from living according to our God given identity. It is The Spirit that guides us and comforts us and allows us to prevail. I know I am so thankful for the blessings afforded me through an All Loving Spirit. No question I would fail miserably every day otherwise. I encourage everyone to allow the power of The Spirit to direct them.

Phototropism

D147AADE-0600-4D4F-B2F6-F330FF543404“Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Phototropism

Plants sometimes express phototropism, meaning they grow toward the light. I was struggling today along my journey and thought about what I really need to do is be still and grow toward His light. I definitely want to get back into His Word and let His Truth set me free. Deep inside I know that my only Hope is my Faith, and yet sometimes I resist what is good and yield to temptation—always a negative result. Life is indeed a journey and we need that guiding Light.

Abide in me, and I in You

DC4D75A0-32C3-4D01-B6E5-6DC1F51E0A28“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today I had a brief health issue that required minor intervention; yet, it reminded me of my own limitations—my mortality as a human. We sometimes forget how each day is a blessing that we can’t take for granted. Our entire life is dependent on His grace and yet we fail to trust in Him under all circumstances. When we focus on Him and abide in Him, and allow Him to abide in us, our true selves will bear our best fruits and we can experience joy beyond all understanding.