Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hope For Tomorrow

for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:23-24

God performed a miracle at the Red Sea and at Jordan by removing the waters so the Israeli nation could cross over on dry land. 

Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’  Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:4-7

Today we have many ways to share God's goodness and blessings. For me personally I have my photos to always remind me of His blessings. I love to look at them and smile at all the good times of those I love even if they are no longer with me. My prayer journals where I have marked answered prayers is another reminder. I write about His blessing in my blogs to share His blessings with others. 

We really need those reminders of blessings when we are under attack emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc. When the darkness tries to take us we have all the blessings of the past to remind us of the hope for all our tomorrows.....

This picture was taken by my niece Theresa at Sanibel Island, August 2014. Her photos are a work of art!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Response To Rejection!

At first David was a source of comfort with his music to King Saul who suffered from depression. Later David fought battles victoriously for his King and did whatever he was asked to do. There was no reason for King Saul to ever feel threatened by David. Unfortunately, that was the emotion he was feeling to the point that he just wanted David dead. David did not do anything to deserve such rejection and unkindness.

What was David's response to King Saul's rejection? He wept hard when he was with King Saul's son and his best friend Jonathan who was helping him to escape from his fathers craziness.  1 Samuel 20:41-4 ..., David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so. Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.’” So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

David maintained his love and loyalty to King Saul's family and fled for safety. He did not deserve all this hatred and unkindness. He also didn't retaliate and do anything to turn others against the King and his family. Crying is the best response to any and all rejection. Then trust God with the outcome of that hurt and disappointment. 

This picture was taken from my hotel room at Niagra Falls, Canada during sunrise, October 2014.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hope........written by my niece!