Displaced

04197951-F4CF-4075-A279-80FD0C4460C5“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Displaced

This past weekend, one of my grand dogs that visited me seemed a little out of sorts, as he was displaced from his usual surroundings and primary caregiver. His disposition was just a little tense and his sleep patterns were off cycle. Having been physically exhausted from an especially stressful work week, needless to say I was very annoyed. But then I started thinking about the situation from his perspective. He leaves the comfort of his familiar home and the full attention from his owner to come to a strange place where he is not the primary focus. Obviously this change would make anyone unsettled. Sometime life can be very unsettling and no matter how displaced we may feel, we need to focus on finding joy under all circumstances, for we are never displaced from God’s love.

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.

End of Time

D420BA52-7C5D-40F8-BF72-72D50E830863“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

End of Time

In my teenage years, I had this recurrent dream of the end of time. It vividly captured the moment of Christ’s return as I collapsed to my knees.  My dream accurately depicted Biblical verses that I had yet to read and understand, but somehow subconsciously I knew.  Last night, the above Bible verses seemed to beckon me from someone’s Facebook page to pause and take notice.  This morning, some crazed man kept tailgating me on the highway and flashing his bright lights and passing while using obscene gestures and then slowing down in front of me, and repeating the cycle until I called 911 and got state trooper assistance.  I cannot help but think that the end of time is upon us, as I consider how our society has embraced so much evil.

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.

Steadfast Love

09393A47-2721-47BC-8956-95DF5D0B2447“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Steadfast Love

Steadfast love is mentioned in Scripture hundreds of times. Yes, it means unwavering love that is fixed in place, resolute, immovable, devoted, committed, dedicated—it stands through all adversities and time. We humans cannot fathom love to this degree. We somehow think we can define love however we desire, that fits our circumstances. But God is Love that is steadfast; so why would we want anything else?

Father

7156C89B-88F4-4D2F-9601-010E47FF3EDB“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Father
The greatest joy in my life is being a father. I love my children in a way that is so immense and intense, far exceeding anything rational. One of my daughters just left after spending some time alone with me and my heart already aches from missing her. This kind of love though pales in comparison to the kind of love our Heavenly Father has for us, giving us His Son to deliver us from evil. It comforts me to know that despite not deserving it, His Love pours out—never failing.

Marriage

6C603722-9D32-401E-8211-5BE950ED8710“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Marriage (matrimony, wedlock), is a recognized union between two people, also called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them. Throughout history, different cultures and religions have defined their own rules. In our country, marriage rates have been declining, but the most popular month for weddings is June. My daughter does custom wedding paintings (can even do them live) that create keepsakes for years to come.
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