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God’s Word…Life and Truth

SAM_1167“Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests,
and God, our God, will richly bless us” (Psalm 67:5-6).
Praise to God
A follow-up from my blog post last week.

God often places a song of praise on my lips. The song is often from days gone by; while other times, a fresh new song pops into my mind. Most recently, To God be the glory, great things He hath done (https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/39), keeps playing. Amazing! Every time I sing a song of praise to my Father in heaven, He fills me to overflowing…with joy, tears of gratefulness.
Join me today in giving praise to God. You will be blessed.

Facebook friends: May the Psalms draw you near to God.

“1 May God be merciful and bless us.
May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude
2 May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
3 May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
4 Let the whole world sing for joy,
because you govern the nations with justice
and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude
5 May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
6 Then the earth will yield its harvests,
and God, our God, will richly bless us.
7 Yes, God will bless us,
and people all over the world will fear him” (Psalm 67).

Faith at Home Moment:
Teaching children and grandchildren to offer praise to God blesses them and honors God.
While taking a walk around the block or hiking in a park, stop and take special notice of all God has created for our enjoyment. After talking about the intricate detail and beauty of a butterfly, autumn leaf, or sun rays illuminating a waterfall, take your child’s hand and give praise to God for His amazing creation. During a worship service, sing to the Lord with all that is within you! God is an audience of One and we are the participants (worshipers).

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Beauty in the Moment

I recently received a warning from my doctor that my “bad” cholesterol was getting a little high, considering my heart disease. Not wanting to go back on medicine with painful side effects, I made a commitment to begin exercising again.

Lone Tree Typically, I run (well, walk fast) on my treadmill, but this morning I decided to walk fast outside in our neighborhood. Great choice, since I truly enjoy the outdoors in the summer. While making my last turn before heading back, I spotted the “lone tree.” I first noticed this tree while driving to get somewhere in a hurry over the past several months. This day I actually took the time to thoroughly enjoy the beauty in the moment. One dainty tree, set aside by God, for all to observe. A little further along, I noticed several yellow finches fluttering about in a God-made garden of wildflowers. Awesome! And then, arriving at my driveway, a vibrant bloom on a hibiscus plant caught my eye.

Over fifteen years ago, a college professor wisely spoke these words to me. “Be sure not to miss the journey.” At the time, all I could think about was my husband finishing Bible college so we could take our first church as pastor and wife. Thankfully, I heeded the professor’s instruction, then and now. Jeff and I took time to enjoy our journey by exploring the majestic Rocky Mountains while finishing Bible college. And now I find myself experiencing a new journey ofHibiscus transitioning from full-time ministry to the next chapter in our lives.

It is my prayer and hope that my adult children and their families, and other parents and families, will take the time to enjoy the beauty in the moment. Even though there’s a lot of bad “stuff” going on in our world, I am so thankful that our Living God continues to bless us daily with so much beauty!

 

Speaking From Experience from One Parent to Another:  Take the time to enjoy the beauty in the moment with your kids.                                                                                                                                                           +  Don’t overload your kids with too many activities, where you find yourself running from one to the next.
+   Schedule times to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Take bike rides or walks together, pointing out all the beauty God has created. It’s amazing how kids are so delighted when they spot a frog and a mud puddle, both placed in just the right spot–if you know what I mean.
+  Camp out and rediscover the names of the constellations with your kids. Remember the “Big Dipper”?

We are expecting our sixth grandchild in October. This 9-month journey is a reminder to me, of the greatest of God’s creations, the miracle of life. Nothing really compares to this moment, when a mother holds her child for the first time.

Prayer for the Journey:

Dear God, help me to enjoy each moment of every day. Help me not to miss the journey, by being too busy, or too loaded down with temporal concerns or selfish desires. Thank you, Lord, for the beauty in the moment of this new day.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2013 12: 38 pm - in Faith At Home, Family Time, God's Creation

 

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