I Had a Thought

I was studying for the VBS lesson I’ll be giving next week to the adult class at church. During my study time I had a thought on something, a verse I’d read so many times. But today that verse stood out like it never has before, as did the concept that came with it. (No I’m not telling just yet what it was. After all, the class isn’t until next week.)

The point I guess I’m trying to make is this: Though you might have read something many times, I’ve read this a dozen times in the last month probably, you never know when the Holy Spirit will open your heart and mind to something new. So listen up as you read and study, He might have something new for you at any time, any study session.

Just Another Day?

Today I awoke, just like everyday, to my usual morning routine. I’ll not bore you with the details of it though. It is another ordinary day. But is it really?

I woke up today. I was able to go about doing the things I normally do. I got to enjoy the sounds and sights and smells of God’s wonderful creation from my deck as I do most mornings. I was able to pray and read the Bible a little while. And I am able to write this blog post. All of these things are pretty unextraordinary, or are they?

I am able to do each thing because God, in His mercy, love and generosities, saw fit to allow me to do them. Each day, each action, everything we do are gifts from the Almighty Himself. How often do we take the time to consider that? Probably not often enough.

Reunion

Psalm 23

This past weekend Billie and I were on PA to attend a family reunion of her dad’s side of the family. Last year we weren’t able to make it to the annual event so we had a lot of catching up to do. What a wonderful time we had getting to see friends and family that we hadn’t seen, or even spoken with in some cases, in nearly two years.

The smiles, hugs and handshakes began as soon as eyes met. Even though it had been such a long time since we’d been able to visit with these folks, it felt like it had been merely weeks or a few months, not two long years.

If these types of meetings here on earth are so endearing, can you even begin to imagine what the reunions with loved ones who have gone on will be like someday in Heaven? And so much more, what it will be like to someday finally see and be able to worship Jesus right at His feet? Indeed, what a day that will be, as the old song says, when my Jesus I shall see!

Psalm 23:1-6

(1) <A Psalm of David.> The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

(2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

(3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

(4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

(5) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

(6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Father God,

I thank You for the knowledge that when the race here on earth is run I have something far, far better to look forward to, and not of anything I have or ever will do but by Your grace alone.

Greg Wolford

©2009

A Letter from God

To: YOU
Date:            TODAY
From:           GOD
Subject:       YOURSELF
Reference:   LIFE

This is God.  Today I will be handling All of your problems for you.  I do Not need your help.  So, have a nice day.
I love you.


P.S.  And, remember…
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself!  Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME  All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it.  Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children..

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you. You may have touched their life in ways you will never know!
Now, you have a nice day…
God

Psalm 18:1-2

1. I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

2. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

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A Blessed Weekend

We spent this weekend in PA, for a family reunion. Up until Saturday morning when we left out, the forecast was 80% chance of rain with strong, some severe, thunderstorms, all Saturday into Sunday morning.

The drive up was a little wet at times, not anything terrible though. Once we got about 10 miles into PA the rain left and the sun began to shine.

Through out the rest of the weekend, to all of our suprise, not another drop of rain was to fall. Saturday and Sunday were both beautiful days, lots of sunshine and a nice breeze with temps mildly in the 70s. The Lord graciously blessed us with perfect weather. In fact, I must have heard at least half a dozen different people say how perfect the weather turned out to be, to each who I replied, “Yes, God has richly blessed us this weekend with fine weather and family.”

The Sunday morning portion of the reunion started off with an outdoor church service under a picnic pavilion. It was an encouraging message we were blessed with on lessons we can learn from Matthew’s recounting of Peter walking on water, more on that later in the week.

I can’t express to you or than God enough for the wonderful time He gave us.