Friday, February 15, 2013

WEATHERING THE STORM

     We've had very little snow this winter so perhaps the weather systems tried to play catch-up on the 7th and 8th of this month. It snowed and it didn't stop until it was about a foot deep in the back yard. It was a doosey. The branches of the juniper were weighed down to the ground.

     Troubles may try to do that to us as well. Sometimes a bundle of them seem to come along together. When our prospects look dark discouragement attacks, or, if we take a step or two away from the centre of God's will, guilt and condemnation try to move in.

     The storms are real. We experience opposition and challenges with our five senses. When we're in the thick of the storm, it's all we see. But God... how wonderful that there is another dimension beyond the natural where victory is assured to the believer. The Apostle Paul encourages us not to lose heart because "the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18b NKJV) We can be sure that the storm will pass and that the God we trust will be with us through it all.

     When the enemy tries to paint a dark picture with his lies, the promises in God's Word dispel his gloomy message with truth we can depend on. If we choose to venture out into the blizzard, away from the shelter of His best, all that is necessary is sincere repentance, and precious peace is restored.

     With Christ, there is no question. The storm will pass. Skies will clear and the sun will shine again. "Whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25b NKJV)    

Friday, February 1, 2013

WHAT MAKES YOU PURR?

     What flips the switch on your purring machine? For Mr. Whiskers one strong trigger is bare dry cement to roll on. He would prefer the cement to be warm. In Ontario in winter that is not the norm. One day in January when it was bare and dry he was in his glory in spite of the cold.
     
     A plate filled with yummy food at Marj's Village Kitchen sets our older brother off. We give each other a nudge when Paul starts humming between bites.
    
      I must confess this foodie is not far behind him. When my church's First Fruits Fast begins each January, I choose to rein in my appetite for meats and sweets for twenty-one days and concentrate on a better source of satisfaction.

     Jesus told the people, "Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life." (John 6:27 NKJV) He declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger." (John 6:35 NKJV)

     David, the psalmist said, "Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live... My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods." (Psalm 63:3-5 NIV)

     I was especially nourished during our fast by the apostle Paul's words in Romans. One special verse was in chapter 15, verse 13, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (NKJV) Extra time in prayer and God's Word proved to be a great way to start off this new year. Still, I can't deny, a purr sneaks up on the inside as I enjoy foods that were set aside for those few days.