We are in the process of building a small herd of beef cattle. Herefords.
Last week, 2 heifer calves were born.
Here is one with her mother.
Life unfolds in mysterious ways, mostly without our contribution.
It makes us pause, doesn’t it?
Yes, life can be gravely sorrowful.
But thankfully, we still see good, too.
It keeps us on track, knowing God is over it all. He alone has the answers.
Rest in that today.
We all face seasons of barrenness.
Times when things look bleak.
But beneath the surface, there is hope.
Life will bloom again.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He [Jesus] was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
Have you been confused by the way Christianity has been presented?
Have you felt disqualified because someone made you think God is angry with you?
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
God is not angry.
He loved the world just the way it was when he took the wrath toward sin upon himself. The payment for sin is paid in full. And God chose Jesus to pay for it.
He loves you the way you are. Like an earthly father loves his child, God loves you even more so.
If Jesus died for the whole world, why would only you be singled out for God’s anger? But wait? What anger?
God knew we would trip and fall many times throughout life. He picks us up just like a father picks up his child.
Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
This is the love God has for you.
He just wants you to love him back.
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1 Thessalonians 5
With all our technological, medical, and scientific advancements, the common and routine can frustrate us.
That’s because we are limited. And the first step of grieving is acknowledging and admitting death is inevitable. The truth sets us free. That means the part of us which is weighed down with confusion, discouragement, frustration and disappointment breaks free with acceptance.
We are made of the same stuff as our predecessors who lost loved ones to disease, accidents, and war.
We cannot stop it.
Generations before us lived with death. Does this make our personal grieving easier? No. But it helps us to know we are made of the same stuff as our ancestors. We’re human.
We cannot control everything that happens to us the way we choose our ring tones or favorite search engine.
To grieve is to accept.
But to accept is to trust.
Trust in what? Or whom?
There is always someone who writes the book.
In the Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.
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The earth is designed to heal itself and bring forth life.
Sometimes, we have a hand in it.
Sometimes we don’t.
The seasons come and go with predictability. Birds migrate to their intended destinations and butterflies shed their cocoon and take flight. The depths of the sea hide mysteries undiscovered and the stars take their position in the universe. Ice storms prune the forests and wildfires generate new growth.
Life is unpredictable.
But some things are not.
Cling to what you know!
Do you see the glass half full?
Or half empty?
Optimism is a choice. So is pessimism.
Which will you choose?
Life can be very difficult.
But how we look at it makes all the difference in how we proceed.
“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of good things, and no good thing ever dies.” -Shawshank Redemption
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When you think about the world suspended in blackness,
When you think about our earthly home being 2/3 water,
When you think about our smallness compared to what is largest,
You are brought to a place of realizing life is way bigger than you.
And this is a good thing.
To know God is the one who has kept us from being consumed all of this time.
Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt?
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