vs 12 Who else has held the oceans in His hands? Who measured off the heavens with His fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?…
vs 28 and 29 Hear This! Understand This! The Lord God is EVERLASTING, He created the whole earth! He never grows weak or weary and no one can measure the depths of His understanding! …
vs 31 Those who TRUST in the Lord will find strength, they will soar high on wings like an eagle. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
SO… when the times come, times we all have, when I feel that God does not care, or understand, that He just doesn’t want to give me what I think I deserve, and such thoughts as these only makes me weary, and faint and ashamed of myself because of my lack of trust… THEN I just need to go back to vs 12, 28,29 and several verses in between and I am reminded that it is not about me or my circumstances. My only hope is to take my eyes off myself and my struggles and try to grasp the truth of God’s immeasurable wisdom and love for me, for us, and it is there that I begin to move back into the position of trust.
The Homestead at Winter’s Gloaming
Things are starting to emerge out of the snow!
May you begin or continue to grasp the greatness of God so that you can also begin or continue to walk in trust! We are all at our own spot in the road!
Jesus wept! John 11:35
Now, I know many of us would like to make that our “life verse” just because it is the shortest verse in the Bible. But think about it! I don’t want to make Jesus cry!
Right before that verse it says he was angry and deeply troubled because Martha and the people with her were weeping over the death of Lazarus! Right after the “He wept” verse, it says Jesus was still angry when He arrived at the tomb and then he called Lazarus to come forth out of the tomb!
I’ve always thought He cried out of sadness over the death of a friend but Instead he cried out of a place of anger! I think He was angry because of their unbelief!… Conviction falls heavy! Not out of guilt but out of sadness knowing He has probably “wept” a few tears of anger over my struggle with unbelief! Reading in Streams in the Desert for today I read the following:
“Who can estimate how much we owe to suffering and pain? But for them we should have little scope for many of the chief virtues of the Christian life. Where were faith, without trial to test it; or patience, with nothing to bear; or experience, without tribulation to develop it?”
Hubster and I were talking after dinner about the verse in Psalms 23 about goodness and mercy following us our whole life. Trials are really blessings in disguise for with them comes goodness and mercy and a chance to grow our faith in God! Maybe then Jesus will weep tears of joy in the proof of our trust in Him!
The other day, it was cold and rainy so I started doing some housecleaning. I am trying to clear out my sun room a little bit. (Those of you who know my sun room, please don’t faint!) Coming across this milk glass vase I decided to just save the lavender buds and throw away the stalks. This picture will always make me think of the smell of lavender that filled my kitchen! What a healing, joyful scent!
Well! It’s back!…
snow in the middle of the fall. I like to catch photos like the above. Winter come to settle on my fall deco. Ironicy at it’s finest. Makes me laugh!
I found some wonderful things to take pictures of on my doggy walk yesterday morning:
Mushroom s Climbing a Tree!
Surprise Fall Bounty!
Red and Green Christmas Tree!
I have been reading a book called Ruthless Trust (The Ragamuffin’s Path to God) by Brennan Manning (Copyright 2000) I am finding myself underlining, circling, astricking (is that a word?) and exclamation marking all through the book. This is one excerpt from the book that I did just that to:
“Uncompromising trust in the love of God inspires us to thank God for the spiritual darkness that envelops us, for the loss of income, for the nagging arthritis that is so painful, and to pray from the heart, ‘Abba, into your hands I entrust my body, mind, and spirit and this entire day–morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Whatever you want of me, I want of me, falling into you and trusting in you in the midst of my life. Into your heart I entrust my heart, feeble, distracted, insecure, uncertain. Abba,unto you I abandon myself in Jesus our Lord. Amen'”
Yes and AMEN!
I thought I would share some pictures I have collected from the photography page of pinterest. It was a fun ride and I hope you enjoy it as well. Today the theme is: “Women in Black & White”.
This first picture drew my attention because it is my idea of how we like to hide behind our identities by covering up with another. For instance a shy person is a comedian, a scared person comes off too strong, etc.
This next picture reminded me of how we sometimes take on other people’s thoughts and ideas and make them our own when we truly might not agree. (This can end up making us look foolish.)
Next, I found pictures of how we often just go along with the crowd…
We mostly do well when we find a few good friends that we can truly be ourselves with…
My hope for each of you, dear friends, is that you are able to find the person God created you to be, that you will hold back nothing, and find true joy and happiness in being yourself!!!
Find Beauty in All Things!