Oh The Wondrousness of God!

Oh The Wondrousness of God!

“Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:14 Does the vastness of the stars or the oceans make you feel as small as they do me? It’s like standing at the edge of the ocean and staring out at the ever expanding sea wondering, why in the world God would ever even think of me compared to all this glory? And I know I’m not alone in these thoughts. Job seemed just as amazed in wonderment of it all. In Job’s distress he ventured to tell His God how small he felt. And in reply, God asked Him all kinds of questions like... Did you form the world? Can you make it do this and that? Did you create the animals? (Job 37-42). Of course Job had to say no. But he also realized in those moments, God doesn’t do anything small. Everything God does is for a purpose whether we see that purpose or not. Sometimes we’re so intent on finding the forest, we miss the trees. We are so consumed with our despair or circumstances, we miss what God is doing in that moment. But, how DO we see what He is doing? Where do we look? What do we do?
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Come, Follow Me

Come, Follow Me

We wonder what’s the use to even try. Let others be the courageous lights because bravery and courage are just too high a price. Jesus calls us out and says, “Don’t worry about what they think. Don’t be afraid. They hate me and take their hate for Me out on you. Follow Me. I will make you fishers of men. But you must do as I command of you. Obey Me. Seek Me with your whole heart and I will give you the desires of your heart.” In this, we can relax and exhale. Because Jesus yoke is easy and His burdens light. We can be a city of light on a hill. Burning bright for all to see. A beacon of hope. We just have to do as He asks: “Come. Follow Me.”
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To Inifinity & Beyond ~ How God Never Fades Away

To Inifinity & Beyond ~ How God Never Fades Away

I have an abundance of wonderful memories I hope I never forget. Family, friends, outings like camping and traveling or marching band in high school. It can be such a sad part of life when our memories begin to fade and our minds become a bit fuzzier. Even sadder when our loved ones succumb to dementia or Alzheimers disease. But here’s the really great news! Are you ready? God’s Word never fades away. God himself never will go away. In fact, before the stars were ever put in the sky, God was there. When the world was void and still incomplete, God was there. And when this world fades away, yep, God will be there too. There has never been, and never will be, a time when God has not been. Kind of mind blowing. Isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty big adult dose of reality.
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Who Is God To You?

Who Is God To You?

Who is God to you? What do you think of, when you think of God? Let’s whittle this down a bit. What is the attribute you think of first when you think about God? My first thoughts are of His love. His unfailing, unfaltering, unending, steadfast, immovable love. How deep and precious is our relationship with God when we learn to focus on Him and not on whatever is spinning out of control around us. His word gives sight to even the most blind person and the deaf can hear Him so pitch perfect when we worship Him in spirit and in truth.
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How To Avoid Losing Your Joy – Part 2

How To Avoid Losing Your Joy – Part 2

Wherever we are going and no matter what we do let us remain joyful because God will see us through... But what is joy really? Is joy smiling? Is it being happy all the time? How does the bible define joy? In Philippians 4:4 Strong’s Concordance defines it as: calm delight. I think when we read this verse, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say rejoice!” We might get the mental picture of jumping up and down in giddiness or always smiling and laughing, praising God in excitement. And while that may be a way we can rejoice in the Lord, because who doesn’t praise God in excitement over certain situations, I really like this idea of ‘calm delight’. Does this not give you an instant sense of peace just to read that? This week we explore the other 7 points on how to keep from losing your joy according to Philippians 4.
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How To Avoid Losing Your Joy

How To Avoid Losing Your Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Often when we worry or allow ourselves to be anxious over something, we lose our happiness. Our joy. Our smiles turn upside down into frowns. Our foreheads crinkle into horizontal lines and we generally feel grumpy. Quite a few years ago, a former pastor of mine, Pastor Phillip Voss (he has since passed into Glory), took us through Philippians chapter 4 and I wrote down his outline in my Bible: How to avoid losing your joy. I want to share his thoughts with you. (Because there are 14 points to this, I am doing this in a 2-part blog). Before you read the rest of this post, would you please click here to read Philippians 4.
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Never Walk Alone

Never Walk Alone

His death hit me hard. I don’t know him. I’ve never met his family. I’ve never been to his church. Up until last weekend, I’d never even heard of his church. Someone shared his suicide attempt and subsequent death to their Facebook timeline which showed up on my newsfeed. Because he was a pastor, I decided to read it. But it has shaken me to my core. I don’t know why... So be vigilant. Be aware. If you are feeling depressed, please seek help. Whether through a friend or a counselor or maybe go to the doctor and let them know. But please do not suffer alone. God does love you. He made you. He sent His son to die for you so you can have the peace of His presence. He is always here for you. He has not left you nor forsaken you. But sometimes it feels like He has and we need someone to come along beside us and help us through those times when there seems to be no hope.
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Sing with Joy ~ Meditations from Psalm 19

Sing with Joy ~ Meditations from Psalm 19

Sing with joy, O my soul. Rest in quiet, peaceful harmony breathe in deeply, knowing He’ll never leave you the One who loves you endlessly. I love this. Meditation in the Hebrew is: higgayown - resounding music (like the sound of harp strings after they are struck). Let the words of my mouth and the resounding music of my heart be acceptable to You, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Oh dear Lord, may we sing a beautiful song in our hearts to You this week. A sweet melody that will fill our homes with the fragrance of You. Because that’s what abiding is. Living each day, each moment, with You.
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My Story, My Song

My Story, My Song

The rains have come down and the floods have come up. Western North Carolina has seen so much rain this year, to say we are waterlogged is an understatement. Roads have washed out, rivers overrun banks, houses flooded, mudslide’s and more. We have joked with each other whether or not we have seen Noah’s Ark come through. And if so, could you please send him our way. Has it ever occurred to you how much faith and trust in God Noah had to have had? According to research, Noah had never seen rain when God asked him to build the ark. Shoot, he didn’t even know what a boat was!
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