A Fragrant Offering

A Fragrant Offering

Ephesians 5:2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

On chilly Fall days I think I miss most of all the smells of Spring and the softness May. When God comes and takes a walk by our life is He more likely to find a Spring day or a frosty Winter night?

Hiding Place

Hiding Place

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

Even if it is just for a moment we need God’s hiding place for our Selah (Pause & Reflect)
He has given us Himself as our refuge but only we can choose to enter in!

Walls

In Northeast Pennsylvania our stone walls in the farming areas are a part of our heritage and I have sometimes done a bit of repair to rebuild them. But as beautiful as they are it is important to think carefully about what walls we build in the spiritual realm of our lives. One of the principal works of Jesus is to tear down walls that separate us from each other and from Him.

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For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us Ephesians 2:14

 

I also love the advice from Robert Frost, because the more we keep others out, the more we keep ourselves in.

 Mending Wall
” Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, ”

Smiley Clouds

Smiley Clouds

I couldn’t help but notice this wonderful artwork being produced by two sisters sitting in front of us in church. I love the clouds. I have heard of silver linings but these clouds are special.

When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! James 1:2