Daily Wisdom Devotional

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Daily Wisdom: January 3

John 12:32 NET – And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Source: Daily Wisdom – http://www.youdevotion.com/wisdom/january/3

Message of Hope

Do you get depressed by the current news from the Middle East? Take a moment of list to these words of hope and song from a 10 year old Iraqi girl living in a refugee camp. Her maturity and love is amazing. Make sure you also listen to her wonderful song.

Trust

flyover (640x415)Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
 ~Matthew 6:26

birds of the air

His Eye is on the Sparrow

white throat song sparrow (640x424) ps“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

~Civilla D. Martin

Seeking Early

sunrise (640x424)“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” – Proverbs 8:17

What is Your Aim?

bluebird pair 3 (800x466)I think this devotional by John Piper is a good meditation for the new year. In the comments, Pastor Piper says,  “God’s revealed will for you is that when you get up in the morning, you don’t drift aimlessly through the day letting mere circumstances alone dictate what you do, but that you aim at something — that you focus on a certain kind of purpose.”

Click on the link below for the full devotional and let’s all consider how we can live 2015 with  purpose focused on love and good works.  Enjoy the bluebirds and Happy New Year!

What Is Your Aim? http://dsr.gd/1dm5OK4

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24)

Abide in Me

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Daily Wisdom: December 29

What does it mean to “abide in me?” This devotional includes some sound advice to practice in the new year. We begin with faith, hope and love and then make those traits visible through daily prayer, Scripture study, denial of self, and patience. Click on the link below for the full devotional.
John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.”

Source: Daily Wisdom – http://www.youdevotion.com/wisdom/december/29

Using Our Gifts

hummingbird moth 4 (640x424)“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”

~1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)

Awake My Soul

084 (640x424)“Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.”

~ Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903

Hope you soul is singing on this Lord’s Day!

Understanding

Purple African Daisy (640x424)“Don’t worry about what you do not understand…Worry about what you do understand in the Bible and do not live by.”

~Corrie Ten Boom

Great in All the Earth

rose resized“Great in all the Earth is Your glory oh God
The universe declares how amazing You are
Over history, and eternity, You alone are Lord and King”

~Great in all the Earth – Starfield

Rural Church Tradition

Mt Olive (640x480)I grew up in rural southeastern Arkansas and lived way out in the woods. The small church I attended until it disbanded was also way out in the woods but only a couple of miles from our house. Although the church stopped being active many years ago as the families who once lived in the area moved away, each year on the fourth Sunday in April we still have Homecoming.

arkansas road (640x480)As I said, I lived in the country… Go down this road about 8 miles and then take a right and go another mile. Or take a left and in a couple of miles, you arrive at the church.

singingHomecoming is when when the families gather once again at the little country church. The morning is spent singing the old southern gospel songs, I’ll Fly Away, Victory in Jesus, Camping in Canaan’s Land, Never Grow Old, I’d Rather be an Old Time Christian, etc. In addition to the old upright piano, recent years have seen the addition of guitars for the singing.

Lunch is “dinner on the grounds” – everyone brings potluck and it is spread out on boards on top of posts in the back of the church.

Homecoming used to be in July but the church has never had electricity (propane lights were used when the church was active) and after a couple years of people bringing generators in order to run some fans, the decision was made to move Homecoming to April when it is not so beastly hot.

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The day is spent renewing friendships, visiting the cemetery and chatting with family. And once a year, the old tiny church is filled with songs of praise and love among the people of Christ.

A Reminder from Micah

yellow and pink rose (640x424)O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

Filled with Joy and Peace

Purple African Daisy (640x424)May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Bearing Fruit in Every Good Work

Cherries 2 (640x424)I am joining over 10,000  women in the Living Proof Ministries (Beth Moore) scripture memory challenge for 2013. On the first and fifteenth of each month, you post a verse on the LPM blog that particularly applies to your life at that moment. The goal is to end the year with 24 new verses added to your memory bank and to grow in a greater awareness of God’s Holy Word. My first verse is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. Colossians 1: 10-11 (NIV)

Accomplishing Words

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven

and do not return there but water the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth,

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55: 10-11 (English Standard Version)

Just as rain and snow descend from the skies

and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,

Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,

producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,

So will the words that come out of my mouth

not come back empty-handed.

They’ll do the work I sent them to do,

They’ll complete the assignment I gave them

Isaiah 55: 10-11 (The Message)

Spring Planting with Mule Power

It is time for spring plowing and planting. This is an Old Order Mennonite farmer with a team of five mules working his field.

There are two different “horse and buggy” groups who live in this area — Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite. They differ in their dress and customs but share many practices such as using the horse and buggy for transportation. Both groups grew out of the Anabaptist movement and share an agricultural heritage. I think they are planting tobacco in the photo above. Tobacco is used for a cash crop for many of the local farmers. Continue reading

Landscaping with the Word

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

James 1: 21 (The Message)

Hallelujah

“He is not here; He has risen…” Matthew 28:6

“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1: 11

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whosoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:17, 20, 21

Happy Easter!