We are a blessed nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14 gives the solution to this nation’s troubles.
It all depends on us.
“If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves,
(having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance)
(just talking to God)
and seek my face,
(worship, Bible reading, prayer, quiet listening)
and turn from their wicked ways;
(What are you watching on t.v. or movies? What are you reading? Is it wholesome? Are you seeking a clean pure heart? Kind to others, even those in your home? Honest? There are all kinds of sins that some Christians overlook. We need to really seek the Lord and ask him to reveal those to us. We need to be different than the average American.)
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.”
Let’s do our part!
Thank you God!
I remember a quote from Erma Bombeck. You’ll remember her from the seventies. She said, “If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I aways in the pits?” A lot of us can relate. That’s what made Mrs. Bombeck so popular. She was famous for her witty way of stating the obvious.
God is famous for stating the not-so-obvious. It is He, Jehovah God, our father, who through the Holy Spirit, inspired Paul to write, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Unfortunately, that verse does not not mean that everything that happens to us is good. Quite the contrary. It doesn’t even mean that all things work together for good for everyone. It means He uses whatever the circumstances are to work for those who love Him, the ones He called for His purpose.
So, we have to trust Him even when we don’t feel like it, even when we cannot see any way that He can make things good. Trust, it all comes down to trusting Him and being patient for His perfect will and His perfect timing.
So, next time I’m pitting cherries again, I’ll remember that He is Good all the time, not just when we’re eating the cherry jam.
Trust and Obey for there’s no other way…to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
May I suggest?
“With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
The past has shriveled and buried deep,
All yesterdays. There let them sleep.
Nor seek to summon back one ghost
Of that innumerable host.
Concern yourself with but to-day,
Woo it, and teach it to obey
Your will and wish. Since time began
To-day has been the friend of man;
But in his blindness and his sorrow
He looks to yesterday and to-morrow.”
Have a wonderful today!
*From the Character Classic Tiger and Tom, ISBN 1881545083
May God bless you as you draw close to Him.
May you feel God’s Holy Spirit with you, and may your heart be tuned in to His voice.
May you develop an insatiable desire to know Jesus better by reading The Word.
May you walk in divine health and peace.
It’s time to trust God.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
My Lowell and I have been married twenty-nine years. I wouldn’t trade my man for anyone in the world. It’s been a rough ride at times, but we have taken it together. I’m a blessed woman.
A few words of advice to young ladies who are married or engaged….
- Promise each other that no matter how angry or frustrated you get with each other, you will NEVER say the D word. (d——) If the two of you never say it, or even think it, you’ll never do it.
- If you have something to discuss that may cause tempers to flare, go out for dinner or for a Coke to discuss it. We all behave much better in public. ~smile~
- Read your Bible together. Pray together. Face challenges together. Think we and us, not I and me. My Lowell and I still need to work on this sometimes.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and all that He says. He is our salvation for eternity and our salvation in life’s hard times.
Marriage is a lifelong covenant between three people— one man, one woman, and the One True God.
May I suggest?
Do you celebrate Advent?
Advent is a personal thing.
Perhaps you attend a denomination that celebrates with certain liturgical rituals. That’s great. Rituals bring meaning and reverence to our worship. Perhaps your church doesn’t celebrate Advent. Perhaps you’ve never even heard of Advent.
Advent is simply a way to focus our thoughts and our hearts on Jesus and the celebration of His birth, death, resurrection, and His offer of salvation to us. It’s a time of reflection and heart searching. It is a personal, holy thing. What you do isn’t as important as what you do in your heart.
We light candles on an Advent wreath each night in December, read our Advent Book, pray, and on good nights, sing a carol. Do we do it every night? No. We miss a few, but that’s okay. We just pick up the next night and keep going.
I encourage you to focus on Jesus as the excitement of Christmas continues to mount.
Christmas Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.