Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:25
As the years pass our house may be growing older but the words of Jesus Christ never age. It isn’t what our house looks like but what it is built on that will matter most to Him!
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these Matthew 6:29
The glory isn’t from Solomon who wore his treasure on the outside, but from the one who put His treasure on the inside!
Though I am not a hunter I do remember trying a few times for small game. The most wonderful moments came after I was quiet for a while and the forest returned to the song it was singing before my noisy entrance.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
The greens, the yellows and the red and the gold have all left for their Winter vacation. They have left behind for us their less flashy cousins, the muted browns and grays and the hazy Winter sky so easily filled with flash flurries of snow.
No one knows the beauty of Winter or the miracle of Spring like those who have remained behind. Through all the long dark Winter we look with eyes of faith to God turning the page with freshness when He chooses to give us Spring!
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26
The Bible tells us that it is God who will feed the birds.our job is to feed children. Today, In the United Stated, according to Wikipedia, we spend 3 billion dollars a year feeding wild birds.
As the prayer of Saint Francis admonishes us, ” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can.”
We may only have resources to feed one child, but that one child’s life may be changed forever! Visit Supplying Seeds Ministry on Facebook to learn more.
We once visited Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and walked through the shipyard where the whaling ships were once built. There we walked through the shipyard where piece by piece the ancient ships were hand built. In our Christian walk we often think of ourselves as being in God’s shipyard where He is carefully fashioning us for the day when He will launch us on our maiden voyage. But in his letter to the Ephesian church Paul the apostle tells us something very different:
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil
God has created us to live, just as Toula’s mother tells her in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding;
“I gave you life so you could live!”
Jesus has given us His own life so we could live forever. Forever includes today! Our moments and hours today are not valuable because they are preparing us for some other time. The greatest treasure we have is this moment we are living right now! Nothing will ever taste better than today’s Daily Bread. God’s plan for us isn’t that we would be safely locked inside a glass case for others to admire us, but that we would launch out into unknown seas, with our eyes on the North Star of His will. Today is not a dry run, We were made for more than the shipyard. God himself has built us to sail through both calm seas and storms. If Jesus is our pilot then He will guide us home.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
“Not going to snow for Christmas.” I had said to them the day before. Then on Christmas Eve, right on schedule God sent a surprise. Who says God only answers deep, serious adult prayers!