Monday, March 19, 2018

Hummingbird in Backyard

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.  Isaiah 30:21, ESV

What might this little one be thinking? Does it realize just how wonderfully made it is? A flying miracle. Makes me want to praise the God who could create such a living creature, Who designed it to be so tiny, with wings that fly in a figure-eight pattern, every jewel-colored feather made to shimmer and gleam in the sunlight. God is wonderful--literally, "full of wonder".

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Eyes of the Lord in my Backyard

One of the joys of worshiping the Lord while taking pictures (I was going to type "photography" instead of "taking pictures" but that makes me sound like I know what I'm doing) is the surprises He orchestrates about the same time that I snap the picture. This little guy (or gal) just happened to sit up at the right time. I think I was more surprised than this squirrel baby was when I pulled the image up on my laptop. Thought this verse was appropriate--part of my Read the Bible Through assignment last night: "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3, ESV

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jesus is Our Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage." John 14:27, NET

Do Not Be Anxious

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7, NIV84

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sing to the Lord

Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Ps. 96:1, NASB

I remember a time when I felt so low I could not bring myself to sing to the Lord as I usually did during my quiet time. But I knew that singing praises to God is always a good thing. So even though I didn't feel like it, I began to sing "Great is Thy Faithfulness" slowly. When I came to the part, "all I hath needed Thy hands hath provided," the reality of those words hit me afresh, and my eyes filled with tears. He had truly provided for me over the past weeks and months and years. My heart filled with gratitude and love for Him. I finished the song in an entirely different state of mind. My God had been faithful to me and would continue to be faithful. He loved me and would continue to love me. I left my quiet time feeling a nearness to God and with an uplifted spirit.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Wait for the Lord

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14, ESV

Recovering from panic disorder and depression was a series of one step forward, two steps back for me.  It was easy to become impatient and lose heart. But looking to Jesus, staying in Bible study, and believing the promises God has given us in the Scriptures were anchors of hope for me. And each new day was a day to celebrate the goodness and the nearness of God. So I say with the psalmist, "Wait for the Lord." He sees you and knows what you are going through. Keep seeking His face in prayer and keep leaning on and relying on His Word.

“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.” 

Hosea 6:3, NASB

Come, Lord Jesus!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

On My Swing

Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23, NIV84

I remember the day this mockingbird landed on the swing across from mine while I was sitting on the patio. As the Lord would have it, I had my camera with me. This sweet bird waited around while I snapped its picture before flying off. It's little wonders like this that delight my soul. They're reminders that God knows where I am and what I'm doing. It's awesome and humbling and makes me love Him more. He is joy personified. When we hope in Him, we are not disappointed. He is in control. He works all things out for good.