Monday, August 30, 2010

Truth Shall Make You Free

John 8:32
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Here's a pretty Swallowtail butterfly enjoying the Abelia. What a beauty!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

God Knows What's Best

"Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding. —Pro_3:5

The problem with this world is that it doesn't fit. Oh, it will do for now, but it isn't tailor-made. We were made to live with God, but on earth we live by faith. We were made to live forever, but on this earth we live but for a moment…

We must trust God. We must trust not only that he does what is best but that he knows what is ahead. Ponder the words of Isa_57:1-2 : "The good men perish; the godly die before their time and no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from the evil days ahead. For the godly who die shall rest in peace" (TLB).

My, what a thought. God is taking them away from the evil days ahead. Could death be God's grace? Could the funeral wreath be God's safety ring? As horrible as the grave may be, could it be God's protection from the future?

Trust in God, Jesus urges, and trust in me."

Max Lucado A Gentle Thunder

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Master Builder

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. —Psa_23:3 NKJV

It's hard to see things grow old. The town in which I grew up is growing old… Some of the buildings are boarded up. Some of the houses are torn down… The old movie house where I took my dates has "For Sale" on the marquee…

I wish I could make it all new again. I wish I could blow the dust off the streets … but I can't.

I can't. But God can. "He restores my soul," wrote the shepherd. He doesn't reform; he restores. He doesn't camouflage the old; he restores the new. The Master Builder will pull out the original plan and restore it. He will restore the vigor. He will restore the energy. He will restore the hope. He will restore the soul.

Max Lucado - The Applause of Heaven