My latest painting! “The Trees Will Rejoice”
“Oh, sing unto the LORD a new song! Sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1
The 96th Psalm is a jubilant praise song. It declares the glory of God to all the nations. All of God’s marvelous #creation praises Him, the heavens, the earth, the sea, the fields and woods.
I love to be outdoors enveloped by nature. I especially love to hike through the woods. God’s presence is so evident when I stroll beneath the regal oaks and pines in the forests next to our homestead. I have often noted how the trees, with their leafy branches reaching toward the sun, appear to be praising their Creator. And they are!Read more →
God doesn’t promise us a life without burdens. The stones will inevitably litter our path. Sometimes they look heavy, unwieldy, imposing lying there in front of us. How will we ever manage to carry them? But Jesus does promise to walk through the journey with us. He offers to heft our struggles upon His own strong shoulders if we let Him. And then on the underside of it, after we make it through the storm, there is the treasure. There is the shining glittery treasure, the strength, character, deeper faith, peace, victory and all the other gifts that can usually only be found by picking up those ugly rocks.Read more →
Distractions will always come. The enemy will make sure of it. That is the nature of this messy life. Neatly planned schedules will inevitably be interrupted from time to time. If God is what we want, we have to be willing to work for it. When our calendars get too full, it is up to us to find a way to return our gaze upon Jesus. He doesn’t usually force us, He is too much of a gentleman. We must initiate.But if we do that… if we make even the slightest little effort to reach out to Him… He WILL respond with floods of His unending love, mercy and grace. He always does.Read more →
Many of us are also walking through “meanwhile” times… illnesses, broken relationships, disappointments, financial struggles, or other trials. Many of us feel we are in holding patterns, waiting for answers and breakthroughs. How tempting it is to feel sorry for ourselves, to blame God and give up. The enemy would have us believe that God is far away from us during times like this. The enemy whispers into our minds that God must not care about us to let us suffer so.
Don’t believe the lies.
God is always right there walking through it with us, ready to bless us despite the pain, if we will only trust Him.
Whatever difficult situation you are enduring, no matter what hardship is staring you in the face, rest assured that this is only a “meanwhile.” Believe that God is putting the pieces into place for miracles in your life as well… because He is!Read more →