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From my yard
From my yard
My first rose!
My first rose!
Isaiah 40:6-8

All flesh is grass,

And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the Word of our God stands forever.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flooding

Southwest Missouri has had record rainfall in the past few days causing mass amounts of flooding!  Here are a few pictures of our area.

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Job 37:1-7 “At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place. Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth. He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.

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                                                                Each year following the festivities of Christmas, it seems as if we’re given another chance.  A brand new year.  There are endless possibilities that come with a new year, the thought of loosing weight, of becoming debt free (or just financially stable), beginning a new exercise routine, getting organized, or just spending time with family.

After “googling” New Years resolutions, infoplease.com (I don’t know anything about this website, proceed with caution!) gave me this tidbit of information:  “Resolutions: It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.”

And here is what our trusty dictionary says . . .  decision made at New Year: a decision to do or stop doing something, made or announced at the New Year, which is traditionally considered a time for a fresh start.

Why are people so hopeful at the first of the New Year?  What about opening a new calendar with a brand new year on the top gives us such motivation?

Scripture tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23  “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him”  Christ gives his elect a new beginning EVERY morning!  We do not have to wait until January 1, we can wake up each new morning with a new beginning!

What if we are just needing a renewal for our world weary souls?  If so, we need look no further than our Lord!  Isaiah says, “But those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength“, the Psalmist cries out to God to “Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me,”  and yet another portion in Psalms confirms that God not only takes care of our daily needs, but he takes care of the world in which He created for us.  “These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.  What You give them, they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.  You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.  You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” 

This New Years Eve, when you look back on your year, or on New Years Day when you look ahead to the coming year, ponder this. . . .  Are you exactly where God wants you to be? 

  • Spiritually (in His Word DAILY, in prayer, in intimate fellowship with Him)?
  • Physically (at home with your children, or in the mission field, or wherever God has planned for you)?
  • Mentally (sometimes we can be physically where God has called us, but we are longing for something else)? 

Grapics from Art.com

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Here we go again

Here is a picture taken about 15 miles from our house this past January (2007).  Electricity was off for most of the area for 1-2 weeks.  Well, God in His sovereignty has “blessed” us again (I say this because we are in need of rain here.  We have been in a drought situation for some time.).  Here are pictures taken from this storm, and the storm won’t be over until Tuesday night.

Job 38:25-30 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

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God is Sovereign

A. W. Pink in his book The Sovereignty of God says this:  “Has God fore-ordained everything that comes to pass?  Has He decreed that what is, was to have been?  In the final analysis this is only another way of asking, Is God now governing the world and everyone and everything in it?  If God isgoverning the world then is He governing it according to a definite purpose, or aimlessly and at random?  If He is governing it according to some purpose, then when was that purpose made?  Is God continually changing His purpose and making a new one every day, or was His purpose formed from the  beginning?  Are God’s actions, like ours, regulated by the change of circumstances, or are they the outcome of His eternal purpose?  If God formed a purpose before man was created then is that purpose going to be executed according to His original designs and is He now working toward that end?  What saith the Scriptures?  They declare God is One ‘who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will'” (Emphasis A.W. Pink’s)

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Rain

Rainy days are wonderful, don’t you think.  It has rained almost continually for the past 10 hours.  Some of it has been violent with lightening and thunder (which sent my dog tunneling under the covers at 5:30 this morning), but for the most part it has been a nice steady rainfall.  This type of weather makes my back deck wonderful.  It is covered and sheltered on two sides, so we can swing on the porch and just enjoy the nourishment that the Creator is giving to his creation.  In Job 38 verses 25 – 30 it tells us :

“Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt, 26To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, A wilderness in which there is no man; 27To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass? 28Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth? 30The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is frozen.

This verse also reminds us of the winter weather to come.  Those of us in Southwest Missouri remember very well the ice storm we endured just this last January.  These verses in Job reminds us that the ice is also in the Lord’s hands and we should take comfort in that no matter what. 

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