Rejoice

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Philippians 4:4-7  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

How do you rejoice when your world is falling apart? When you receive one piece of bad news after another?

I have had one of those weeks….  God’s ways are not the ways of this world. When I want to scream, God tells me not to worry, and remain calm. WHAT?!  This is so much easier to say than to live. So, I will move forward with gentleness as I draw near to God in prayer. Because I am not strong enough to carry the weight of the world, but God is!

This week and always, may God grant you peace which transcends all understanding as we rejoice in His love for us.

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Happy Father’s Day

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Ephesians 6:1-4  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor our father and mother” -which is the first commandment with a promise- “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. You all have an incredibly important job. Thank you for all you do for your families and for God’s family.

At one of my first jobs, a coworker’s oven had quit working. She asked me who I would call for repair work. I remember thinking that was the silliest question ever. Of course I would call my dad. He can fix anything. Doesn’t everyone call their dad when things go wrong?

I have been blessed with the most amazing dad. Not only is he handy, but there is nothing he wouldn’t do for me or my three sisters. He has always been there for me.

I have also been blessed with the most amazing heavenly father. He is there for me when things go wrong, and cheering me on when things go right. He will never leave me.

Take time today to thank your dad and your heavenly father for all the love and support they give you.

Happy Father’s Day Dad – you truly are the best!

An Abundance Of Fish

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John 21:5-11 Jesus called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. then the disciples who Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.

The men in the boat listened to Jesus. Not only did they listen to Jesus, they acted on what Jesus instructed them to do. As crazy as it was, they dropped their nets to the other side of the boat. Their small act of obedience landed them a net overflowing with fish.

In her book The Magnolia Story Joanna Gaines heard God say, “If you trust me with your dreams, I will take them further than you could have ever imagined.”

What is God asking of you? There is no need to fear. When you step out in obedience, God will provide more than you could have ever imagined.

Rainbows

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Genesis 9:13-16  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth.

Minnesota received a much needed rain last week. Following the rain, came an amazing full rainbow that covered the evening sky with its brilliant colors! The internet was flooded with pictures of this beautiful rainbow.

God made a promise to Noah and to all people many years ago to never flood the earth to destroy all life. It will rain and it will flood, but not to the extent of Noah’s flood. God will stop the rains before the waters raise to that level. And then, He will send a rainbow as a reminder of His covenant.

You will experience rainy seasons in your life. Your circumstances may become dark and cloudy. Be patient as you trust God’s timing. He will send a rainbow of light back into your life.

The next time you see a rainbow. Instead of looking down for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, look up to the creator. The one who placed the rainbow in the sky as a covenant of love between you and Him.

Thank You For Your Service

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Matthew 24:6-8  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of the birth pains.

Do you know anyone currently serving in the military? Say a prayer of protection for them.

Do you know anyone who previously served in the military? Say a prayer of praise for their service to our country.

Do you know anyone who lost their life while serving in the military? Say a prayer for their family as they live every day with that loss.

God is in control. Even during the ugly parts of life – war, famines and earthquakes – God is in control. His plan is bigger than we can understand, which is why He warns us of the ugly. War is necessary at times, but oh so ugly and hard to understand. Every person who serves is a part of God’s plan.

Thank you for your service.

In The Word

Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

This weekend I found my Grandma Grace’s bible given to her in 1921 by her Sunday School teacher, along with “Het Boek Der Psalmen. Which was her book of Psalm written to music – in Dutch. What a treasure!

Summertime gets busy with weddings, graduations, vacations, yard work, and the extra cleaning from the dirt that gets dragged in the house. With all that happens in the summer, it is easy to take a vacation from God’s word. But, that would be a huge mistake.

God’s word has been lighting paths for years. It’s message is as relevant today as it was when my grandma was reading it in 1921.

What will God reveal in his word to you this week?

Motherhood

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Luke 1:13-15  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”

MOM = the greatest title I have been given, when God blessed me with three incredible children. My favorite days are those spent with my kids!

Mother’s Day is a day filled with joy and sorrow. Beauty and brokenness.

Congratulations to those new moms celebrating their first Mother’s Day.

Hugs to those moms grieving the loss of a child, miscarriage, or infertility.

Prayers for the children who have lost their mothers this year. Today will be difficult.

No matter where you find yourself this year, know that God is with you. He hears your rejoicing and your crying. God knows each and every tear you shed.

Praise God for the mothers he has placed in your life. How will you celebrate the impact your mom has made in your life on this Mother’s Day?