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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Thankfulness, 🎬 Take 2, Part 2

How do we be thankful during difficult times and difficult situations? It’s difficult to be thankful during sickness or relationship issues of life.


Let me know if you need prayer and encouragement today. Please pray for me as I begin to do this podcast to give others a word of hope!



Saturday, July 20, 2024

Worrying

 Donella has asked that I contribute some of my thoughts to her blog.  I want to share some things that God has impressed upon my heart through the years. ~Kay Smith 

Psalm 55:22 says that we are to cast our burdens upon the Lord, “and he shall sustain thee; “  I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our care (or worries) upon the Lord “for he careth for you.”

These are interesting and comforting words from the Word of God but so difficult to put into practice.  We worry and fret over small things and it isn’t necessary to even evaluate how we handle the really big problems.  

Our minds find ways to create hours of stress and worry.  If we believe what God says, we should literally rest on His promises.  If you have a prayer list, a good way to reflect on His care is a mark beside the prayers He has answered.  These are proofs that He cares and sustains us.  At least this is my way of remembering that God cares.

As one of the lines from an old song says, “in sunshine or shadow, He careth for you.”

I took this picture of a full moon over the mountains of Southern Spain from my mommas front porch.


Friday, July 19, 2024

Stand

 My friend "Wayne Asbury" shared this devotional and I wanted to share with all of you!

Psalm 92:12 
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree”

Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it's almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What's interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger. The reason God said you'd flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against you to try to steal your joy and victory. You're going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before. As you reflect on past events, remember, the storms you have encountered have only made you stronger. You are wiser, you are more alive, and you are headed for victory. Your brightest days are right out in front of you! Always remember that with God on your side, nothing can hold you back.

After you’ve done all you can you just stand,
Thom

 This picture was taken at the beach as I was watching the sun rise in 2006.