Joy comes in the Morning

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

PSALM 90:14 ESV

Morning Run in Gettysburg
Morning Run in Gettysburg

 

I love running for many reasons.  One reason is the way it makes me slow down long enough to see the beauty around me. Sometimes I will grab the phone and take a picture to help remember a taste of what I saw that day.

Creating art is another way that I slow down and notice. And although sometimes I get frustrated in the process in the end I rejoice and am glad for the gift of creativity that the Lord has given.

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Crystals of ice like crumbs

Psalm 147:15-20 ESV

He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. He declares his word to Jacob, his statuteand rules to Israel. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the Lord !

Lion's Roar 3/3/14
Lion’s Roar 3/3/14

This winter has been one continual reminder that we have no control over the weather! The same Power that controls the weather has also given his word to Jacob and to me! Incredible! Today’s snow was just one more reminder of the creative, powerful, awesome God that has sent his Word to the world in the person of Jesus! It is so easy to get caught up in the stresses of life and forget to spend time to reflect on the great love of the Father for me and for you!

Shelter Shadow

ZenBrush_20140213143839Psalm 91:1-2 ESV

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord , “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
I drew this yesterday using my new Zen brush app on my tablet. When I read these verses this morning for my Bible reading it made me think of this image. ENJOY.

Do not Fear

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Isaiah 41:10 ESV
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When I think about what this really means it gives me great strength to keep going in spite of my desire to feel overwhelmed and quit. It is easy to give in to desperation. The decay and stench of evil tries to  permeate our lives. But God has promised to uphold me, to help me, to strengthen me even though I do not deserve any of those things. So with that in mind I through caution to the wind and begin this blog. Who knows where it will take me? He knows, and that is good enough for me.