Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, I had one of the challenging weeks where you don't quite understand everything that happened while having peace in your heart about it. Yeah, a bit confusing in some ways. I'll explain.

On Monday, during the day I had gone outside to gather my water jugs, fill them, place them in the utility cart, water my newly planted trees and finish up some of the landscaping projects that were started on Friday and Saturday. As I was filling the jugs, taking them to the cart, I was thinking about how to move some of the garden art and rocks to areas of the garden making it more pleasing to look at. I would set a jug in the cart, look at the garden, grab a few rocks or garden art and move them to a new spot. Gradually, it seemed to be coming together nicely. However, when I went to the other end of the garden project, I got distracted by something. I began feeling a bit uneasy wondering if something was about to happen. The feeling grew stronger but I had no idea what it was. So I stopped and prayed. I knew God knew what this was all about. After praying for a few minutes, I went back to my yard work thinking about what just happened. And, yet, I didn't know what was happening.

Later in the day, I received a text from a friend about one of his friends who was facing some struggles. As he texted, I began to realize that might be what got my attention earlier in the day. The prayer for something going on but unknown.

As the days progressed of the week, I learned that my friend's friend had passed away. My friend had been going through several frustratingly challenging issues to help his friend but to no avail. However, there is a difference here than in many situations which could be deemed sad or depressing. My friend, though frustrated with it all, repeated to him repeatedly that "God is in control." Indeed He is. Knowing that, helped him through this problem.

The friend who passed away was a Christian. A very strong devout Christian who shared God's Love with everyone he met. He was instrumental in reaching many people, especially men, for Christ whose lives had been changed by knowing him. Though we would have liked the situation to be different, for our own selfish reasons, it is comforting to know he is in heaven pain-free and healed from the health challenges he faced every day. While we will miss him, it is comforting to know his influence on so many people, my friend has many great memories with him, and he is done running the race finally reaching the goal of heaven.

Another important point in this situation is that we all need to be ready to die and meet God or not. We don't receive any warnings when our time will be coming so we must always be ready at any moment. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and followed Him, you will go to heaven. If not, you will not. At this point in life, it will be too late to make any decisions or change your eternal destination.

This story is based on true events. However, no names are mentioned to protect privacy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Let us come into his
presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise
to him with songs of praise!"

 - Psalm 95:2

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Plenty of Pumpkins!"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Be thankful. The world seems to be going crazier and crazier these days with people being unhappy about just about everything. No one seems to be thankful anymore. Since we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we have a lot for which to be thankful. 

Yesterday morning I walked into my studio to find it all brightly lit up by the morning sunlight. Also, it was warm and comfy for a cold November day. God had prepared the morning for me. With the Thanksgiving deadline looming quickly, I got busy starting my day. However, I realized this was God's sharing with me a blessing in my new studio. I stopped and prayed a thankful prayer to God for this blessing. I had a sunroom studio before we moved to the country which I have missed. I loved the sunlight which came into the room with a view overlooking the backyard with the field behind it. God was reminding me that He was taking care of me for which I am thankful. 

Blessings to be thankful can be found everywhere in life. I'm not talking about having fancy cars or homes, having careers making great salaries, or anything like that. The blessings I am talking about are much simpler such as a call from a friend, having food to eat, having a job, a ray of sunshine, knowing God is always with you, seeing a beautiful flower, a walk through the woods on a crisp cool fall day and the list could go on. 

When we take time to be thankful for the simple things in our lives, we become more content and happier than if we are always constantly trying to get ahead or always complaining about everything. 

For me, I am thankful for quite a bit in my life. I have to say that I am most thankful to God for taking care of me throughout my life. His Love for me always comes through when I seem to be having the most challenges with my health. I never cease to be amazed at that. He always seems to know when I need His Arms of Comfort wrapped around me too. I am very thankful for His Love and all He has done for me especially things I don't even know about! 

Are you wondering or searching to learn more about God? A great place to start is Peace With God

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.