Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Sun of Righteousness

By Cindy Hester

"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall." Malachai 4:2

What a blessing it is to enjoy this gorgeous sunshine, especially after the days of rain and clouds hung on for what seemed an eternity. I enjoy an occassional rainy day, but extended periods of time without sunshine often leaves me feeling despondent. As the clouds moved out on Thursday and the sun shone through, my spirits immediately lifted. Every load seemed a little lighter, and I found myself singing as I worked.

Whenever we face extended periods of darkeness in our lives, the mighty God of creation promises the sun of righteousness for our souls. Much like the sun in our universe, the sun of righteousness brings healing and joy. Submitting our hearts and lives to Him lifts the heaviness of sin, and trusting Him brings the light into the darkness of despair.

Thank You, Lord, for the sunshine and the sense of refreshing it brings. Thank You that trusting in Your Son brings us a hope that lightens the soul. How amazing it is that even as adults filled with responsibilities and struggles, Your joy is present. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Don't Say that Paw Paw!

A smile for your weekend. My four year old little grandaughter and her Paw Paw were kidding around with one another. She had just informed him that his Barney Song, "I Love You" was annoying her because he kept singing it over and over. She decided to sing her own song but became quite passionate when he said her song was annoying! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Assurance in the Midst of Uncertainty

by Cindy Hester

"The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand."

Looking back over my life I often wonder how I ever made it to where I am now. For years I fumbled my way through, relying on my own wisdom to make decisions. To be honest, in my youthful ignorance I often rebelled against God because I felt His commands brought only restriction and control. It was only after much stumbling and picking myself up only to stumble again that I realized my so-called "freedom" had become my prison. I have come to understand that God in His infinite wisdom gave us guidelines in order that we could be set free. 

Today, as I read through the Bible I see the things He warns us against are the very things that have brought me the greatest pain, destruction, and chaos, while obeying His commands has brought the greatest joy, creativity, and peace. In turn, obedience has cultivated a closer relationship with God. It is through this closer relationship I have learned to delight in Him. 

I can now recognize how God has ordered my steps. Despite my failures and lack of knowledge, He has opened doors for me I could have never opened on my own. He not only opened those doors, He provided the means to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. Although I still stumble, His hand upholds me. I am forever assured of His loving presence no matter the circumstances. 

Today I hope you will find encouragement in the fact that "the Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him." No matter what you are facing, the Lord stands close and desires to uphold you and steady you with His almighty hand. 

Dear Lord, help us to trust You to make our steps firm. So often it seems as though all we have worked so hard for is falling apart, but You know the plans you have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Help us not to be deceived into thinking You are simply witholding good things from us, but that You came to bring us a life of abundance. Remind us what true abundance is. I pray for those who are struggling today. Uphold them with Your mighty righteous hand. I pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.

A Poem for Bear By Maw Maw Cindy My dear little Bear who sleeps soundly and tight So peaceful and trusting, your cares free...