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Puddles of Life

During our morning walk there was quite a lot of water puddles to make our way around because of the crazy weather during the night. Being a Labrador, Max has no issue making his way through the puddles. I try to encourage him to walk around but sometimes he just walks right on through. With Marci it is a different story. She is a Shih Tzu. Some of the puddles we encountered this morning were like lakes to her.

As we made our way home, Max went ahead and Marci found herself right in front of a large puddle. She was frightened. She tried to run in the other direction but could not get far as she was attached to Max’s leash. I reached down to grab her and save her from the puddle. She did not know what was going on. She ran away from my hands because I think she feared we would start giving her a bath right there in the puddle. I tried to calm her. Finally I was able to get a good hold on her and I carried her over the puddle and placed her safely on dry ground.

We often reach puddles in our own lives. We are fearful to go through. We don’t know what direction to go and we can’t get very far no matter which way we turn. Sometimes we just need to walk up to the water’s edge in faith, understanding that God is right there. Our loving Father is always there. He reaches out and carries us across the turbulent waters in life. He holds us with His great strength. He guides us through the deepest waters and the darkest valleys. There is no safest place to be than in the hands of our Father. Stop squirming. Rest in Him. Let yourself be carried where He made you to be—to a place beyond our understanding. Step forward. It’s time.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2 [NLT]

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Comfort and Courage

Recently I read a posting from a friend who was sharing something she heard earlier on television. To summarize the discussion, she held that comfort and courage cannot coexist in life. I felt compelled to speak up because personally speaking I have both comfort and courage from Christ. I am not sure I would have the courage without the comfort.

I will always believe that both are possible. Yes sometimes we face difficult trials in life. I’ve had and still have many. I have the courage to step forward through the storms of life and the comfort to know I am not alone. It is all because of Jesus. It is summed up as confidence in God’s grace and His care.

Comfort and courage are actually used synonymously in multiple areas of the Bible. Psalm 23:4, “Your rod and your staff give me courage” [GW] and “your rod and your staff, they comfort me” [NIV]. How about 2 Corinthians 13:11, when Paul writes to “take courage” [WEY], whereas the YLT says, “be comforted”?  I only have courage because I have the comfort of Christ. It is courage. It is comfort. It is confidence. Jesus is my hope. I pray you too can have the same comfort and courage in your life.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 [NIV]

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Proper Way, Proper Place

The approach varies when planting seeds, depending upon the seed. Some items would do best in a particular area with certain sunlight. Some seeds are best planted at a certain time of the season. Some seeds do better in soil that is different from what another seed would need to produce an amazing bloom. Isaiah mentions that a farmer plants seeds “each in its proper way, and each in its proper place.”

A farmer understands the difference between each seed and he or she handles the seeds individual characteristics to help the plant be more likely to be a success. In the same way, God understands that each of us is different. He made each of us unique. Each of our situations is different as well. God deals with each one of us and our individual characteristics and situations with great care. He knows the proper way and the proper place for us to find success.

Remember today that God understands your particular situation and he is very particular with your care, that it will be handled in the proper way, and that you will be placed in the proper place. The only way you can receive what he has for you is to follow his leading. You might not understand the plan that he has for you, but you can trust that it is a beautiful plan—the best plan.

“Does he not finally plant his seeds–black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat–each in its proper way, and each in its proper place?” – Isaiah 28:25 [NLT]

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 [NIV]

We learn interesting things about people on Social Media. I quite enjoy getting to connect with people from around the globe, not simply as a number, but to be a part of someone’s life. In all honesty, the numbers don’t make the person—followers do not make a person. Jesus had many followers. Jesus has many followers. But Jesus didn’t collect people.

I have noticed that there are people on Twitter who go around following as many people as they can with the hope that the people they follow will follow back. Then the same people un-follow most everyone that they followed so they have a high number of followers. The numbers look good. Someone relatively unknown to most people can have thousands of followers.

What saddens me is to see Pastors and Christian Leaders doing this to people. What does this tell a person about you when you simply collect them? How does this make them feel about themselves? I never heard about Jesus trying to gather together a large number—a collection—simply for display. I never heard about Jesus tossing people aside as if they meant nothing because He wanted to look like He was in high demand.

Today, remember everyone is special. With Jesus, it is not about collecting numbers. He knows each one of us personally. Each one of us is special. We are not collected for any reason but love.

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The Leaf

The leaf hung on the tree
So many together
All so different
But all so green

It was in a moment
So easy to pass by
As quick as a flash
Missed by their eyes

The bird broke the leaf’s stem
Just enough to sever it
Slowly the leaf died
Still overlooked

The wind blew, it spun ‘round
Until it hit the ground
Met no soft landing
Just left alone

At this point it was dead
Or so one would believe
But God had a plan
He was not done

This half-dead, broken leaf
It had a special job
One filled with honor
One filled with grace

God sent a special one
To swoop down, to pick up
To bring the leaf back
Simply to care

We cannot plan it all
We don’t know when we’ll fall
We can only trust
Only trust God

As the leaf sat up high
Used for a special nest
The leaf spent it’s days
Serving, caring

The leaf was good enough
Others could not see it
God gave someone eyes
The bird reached out

This bird, very diff’rent
Not one to sever things
One to share God’s love
A special touch

And so the leaf remains
Greatly serving the nest
Helping the new life
Caring, serving

God’s plans are never known
Trust in Him, Him alone
And peace be with you
Till we get home.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31 [NIV]