Midweek Morsel: Look What God Does!

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I love passages of scripture that recount some of the things our mighty and loving God does. One such passage is found in Psalm 146:6-10. Just look at a few of the things the Maker of heaven and earth does!

“He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The LORD reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD.” Psalm 146:6-10

Praise the Lord indeed!

And don’t you love how verses that tell us what God does can be turned into prayers? Pray through this passage with me, won’t you, asking God to do these very things in our lives, in the lives of others we know, and in our world today. He is forever faithful. He will continue to do these things!

*Which part of this scripture passage resonates the most with you today?

*Flickr photo by Andréia, Creative Commons License

Empowered For Impossible Tasks

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Let’s face it. Some tasks God gives us to do seem impossible. We wonder what he was thinking when he called on us. Doesn’t he know there’s no way we can do what he’s asked?

Consider Noah and the job he was given. When God prepared to flood the earth, he said to Noah, “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.” (Genesis 6:19)

Whoa! If anything qualifies as an impossible task, surely this would be it, right? Had I been Noah, I probably would have started spitting out all the reasons I would fail before I could hear the second part of God’s message. The part that stated how his power would be at work.

That’s right, God did not give Noah an impossible task and then leave him to struggle through on his own. No, God enabled and empowered Noah to accomplish his directive. God said, “Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” (v.20-21)

God was prepared to do the impossible part—gathering the animals. Noah simply needed to act as greeter and caretaker once they were there. Rising to that challenge would still require trust in God and good old-fashioned work, though. But Noah did it. With God’s help, he accomplished the impossible task.

Has God given any of us seemingly impossible assignments? Are we lacking the time, the abilities, the resources, or the emotional and spiritual strength to do the things he’s asked us to do?

Whether it’s answering God’s call to a new job or ministry responsibility that’s above our heads or granting forgiveness to someone who has grievously injured us or someone we love, let’s tune our ears to hear how God will enable and empower us to do the impossible.

As with Noah, God will not leave us to struggle through on our own. He will accomplish the impossible part. He will supply all that’s needed and give wisdom to know when the task is completed if we will only act in faith and obedience.

So let’s go forward with God’s help. Let’s do the impossible.

“‘For nothing is impossible with God.’” Luke 1:37

*When has God helped you do the impossible?

*Flickr photo by ecstaticist, Creative Commons License

Blogging Break Plus Grandson Photo Fun!

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I’ve decided to take an early and extended Spring Break blogging break this year. With several out-of-town trips to help take care of the two little sweethearts pictured here today and also other out-of-town day trips I’ve needed to take, I’ve been meeting myself coming and going. Time to give myself some breathing room where blogging is concerned. I’ll be back with regular posts (including a few encore posts) on March 23.

Before I skedaddle, though, I thought you might enjoy a little photo fun today featuring my twin grandsons. After all, what could be better to leave up on my blog for a couple of weeks than photos of my new little loves?

Hope you enjoy the view here today! I’ll be seeing these sweet boys in person during part of my spring break. And that’s the kind of break that will make this grandma’s heart happy!

*Isaiah is on the left above and James is on the right. This shot was taken a few weeks ago so they are already a little bigger now. Wish they wouldn’t grow up so fast. Enjoy some more recent shots below!

IMG_1310 - CopyIsaiah sleeping like the angel he is :)

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Our sweet James likes to “play toys” with Grandma :)

IMG_1330Our precious Isaiah with his Lovey. Can’t get much sweeter than this, huh?

IMG_1370 - CopyThis was James’s first time in the swing. As you can see, he loved it. And we love him!

“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

*I get to see my little loves during spring break. What will you be doing?

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Midweek Morsel: God’s Love—A Love That Lasts

IMG_2674“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

In Psalm 136, the Psalmist repeats the phrase His Love endures forever no less than twenty-six times. He ends each verse of his psalm with those blessed words. Do you think he’s trying to make a point? I’d say so!

If you ever begin to think that God’s love for you or for our world has run out, turn to Psalm 136. Read those precious words and let the message of a love that has no end wash over you. No matter what happens in our lives or in the world around us, God’s love is ever-present, ever cradling us in its faithfulness. We can count on the love of God.

Thank you, O Lord, for a love that lasts! Thank you for being our sure foundation!

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

*How has God’s enduring love impacted your life?

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The Precious Words of Jesus

IMG_3679Last fall I started reading through the gospels bit by bit as part of my daily Bible reading. For some reason I just felt drawn to reading the accounts of my Savior’s life once more. I’ve finished Matthew and will go on to Mark later. (I’m currently reading Genesis since I was drawn to it recently as well.)

The main thing that struck me as I did my gospel reading this time was how much I eagerly anticipated and enjoyed reading the words in red—the words of Jesus. I thought these are the words that Jesus spoke, this is what came from my Savior’s lips. I wanted to read every word he uttered.

Each day my eyes zeroed in on the words in red. I noticed them coming. My eyes and my ears perked up. I grew excited in my spirit. I wanted to hear from Jesus.

As I read the words my Savior spoke so many years ago, I savored them. It was almost as if I could hear him speaking. Knowing that he spoke those very words touched a chord deep within my heart. The Savior who loves me, who died for me, spoke those words. And they were precious to me.

I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise, though, should it? Much the same thing happens when we lose loved ones. We yearn to hear from them. We search for messages they’ve left behind or words they’ve written down. We watch for their handwriting and our eyes zero in on their words when we find them. We savor any remembrance of them.

So when my heart felt so drawn to the words of Jesus, when I treasured them so much, my love for him was evident. And it was good for me to see that evidence in my life. It reaffirmed my close relationship to him. In these days of ours on earth when living by faith can sometimes be hard, it helps to see evidence of our faith, doesn’t it?

If you haven’t read the words of Jesus lately, I highly recommend it. I think you’ll enjoy hearing the words our Savior spoke as much as I have. For they are precious words indeed.

“‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’” Matthew 24:35

*What are some of your favorite words that Jesus spoke?

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