Friday, July 22, 2016

The Wheelbarrow

When I was growing up, Daddy would spend Saturdays working in the yard. We kids would pick up twigs and leaves and put them in a wheelbarrow and take them to the brush heap at the back of the lot. Then he would put us in the wheelbarrow and push it back up the steep hill. Tired and sweaty as he was, I remember him chuckling as he would run up the hill with us bouncing in the wheelbarrow.

The next spring, we planted tomato plants in the rich soil where we had put all the decaying leaves. When summer arrived we had plenty of tomatoes, and enough to give away.

I see a picture of Father God in this story. Every day He carries us and He does it with great delight. Our Father makes something beautiful even out of the brush heap of our mistakes and wrong turns. When God has brought us through a time of grief, a trial, or a failure, then He uses us to encourage someone else. What was a compost heap, becomes a fruitful garden.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Clean Slate

When I taught school in the seventies, we still used the chalk board. Near the end of the day, one child would be given the privilege of erasing the board and then taking the erasers just outside to dust them against a tree.

The kids thought this was a great treat until one day, one of my helpers came back with a frown. "What's wrong?" I asked him. He said, "Johnny from the other second grade class was dusting erasers, too. He said in his class it is a punishment for the child who has misbehaved that day."

I guess it is all in how you look at it!

Anyway, one thing I tried to do as a teacher, was to reassure the child who had misbehaved that day, that all was forgiven and we would start over fresh the next day.

I thank God that He is like that with me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Here is the staggering thing—that in all which will one day belong to Him [Jesus], we have been promised a share.
Ephesians 1:11 


Sunday, July 17, 2016

God is over all

  1. So amid the conflict whether great or small
  2. Do not be discouraged, God is over all. 
  3. Count your many blessings, angels will attend.
  4. Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.
  5. The many tragic events of this past month around the world, can cause our heads to spin. As I was walking this morning, this phrase from "Count Your Blessings" stuck with me:         God is over all.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Garden of the Lord

Oh, to have one's soul under heavenly cultivation, no wilderness, but a garden of the Lord, walled around by grace, planted by instruction, visited by love, weeded by heavenly discipline, and guarded by divine power. One's soul thus favored is prepared to yield fruit to the glory of God.