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April 2015

Inside and Out

Inside OUtSeems like lately we’ve become more conscious about what we eat, or do, in order to maintain or obtain the ideal physique we desire. This is good, but how much time do we invest in building our heart? This reminds me of Paul’s advice to Timothy “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”  If our exterior reflected our interior, would we be happy with the results?

…The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.(‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16‬:‭7‬ NLT)

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God the Parent

God the ParentIn the story of Cain and Abel, God punished Cain for murdering his brother but still took care of him so he wouldn’t suffer the same fate.  A good parent corrects (not abuses) their child. We LOVE God when HE blesses us, but get upset with Him when He allows us to suffer the consequences of our own actions. Here we can apply the word in Proverbs 13:24 “…Those who love their children care enough to discipline them” and I do believe God truly loves us.

For though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal. (‭Job‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NLT)

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Working Enthusiastically

Whistle While You Work

Often times I’ve found myself wondering if the things I do, these reflections included, make a difference. It’s like throwing a treasure map in a bottle into the ocean and never really knowing if it will be found, but today’s verse inspires us to press on. We may never see the fruits of our labor here on earth, but rest assured that we’ll see them in heaven.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ NLT)

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“The kind of love poets write of.”
Deep in Love

Eye of the Storm

Eye of the StormI remember the first time I experienced a hurricane. When the eye of the storm passed we went outside to take a look around, never losing sight of the fact that the storm wasn’t over, yet feeling an overwhelming calmness. The same can be said for those who cling to God in the midst of their storm. He never promised rain-free days, only that He’d be by our side through it all.

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress… (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10-11‬ NLT)

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Dandelion in the wind

Immeasurable

ImmeasurableThis era, that we currently live in, is so technologically advanced that there is a science to almost everything. Most things can be measured, plotted on a graph and have a numerical value. Here’s the thing though, God does not fit into our science; this is probably why it’s difficult to wrap our heads around the idea of Him and His existence. I love how Isaiah poses 2 questions in the beginning of today’s verse and answers simply that God is immeasurable. My conclusion to all of this; if God is immeasurable, then there is no limit to what He can do and that is a result that I can definitely live with.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭28‬ NLT)

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