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!

Our Good Shepherd

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our Good Shepherd

King David knew that God is good in every sense of the word, and the Biblical “good” is a far stronger word than our present culture acknowledges. Today, good seems insufficient compared to more embellishing words that we commonly use, so casually.
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, always to our benefit, even when we don’t understand His master plan. We just need to trust and obey. The evil one always tries hard to deceive us and confuse us with worldly lies. What a joy it is to know that Our Good Shepherd is always with us because He is good and merciful and wants us in His Kingdom forever.

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

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.

Mercy

4E512572-AB40-4364-8C8A-236BCD722CC0“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My daughter, the artist who does the paintings for my BLOG, did art with foster children today. Her genuine act of compassion toward them demonstrated her mercy for their distress. These kids just want a home where they are loved for being themselves. (Check out the link below to help) None of us deserve the many blessings in our lives and truly God’s mercy is beyond our understanding and blots out our many transgressions.

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Grace

F1BF7807-ECE9-4CBA-97CE-0AE3F48A5A89.jpeg“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Grace is a favorable disposition towards someone. It is a voluntary act of goodwill. God has extended His Grace (favor) to us that we should exemplify the same in dealing with others. They might not deserve it, but neither do we.