Archive for April, 2013

It Is The Simple Things

As I sit at my computer, I hear a beautiful sound outside my windows.  Birds singing as the sun rises in the east.  The early bird is trying to catch his / her worm and at the same time singing a beautiful song to the Creator of this universe.  “Be still and know that I am God” is really noticed on a morning like this, but I also realize the birds are there every morning, I just don’t take the time to notice them sometimes and sometimes I am flat out lazy and “sleep in” instead of rising early and have some good alone time with God and His creation.

Days like today remind me of my mom and how much she loved birds.  Her yard was a sanctuary for all of them with bird feeders, bird baths and trees for them to nest and rest in.  My kids loved sitting on the screened in back porch watching the birds and squirrels and occasional rabbits come into her yard.  But I believe they loved it best when the majestic humming bird came to get a drink.  They would sit quietly there and listen to the humming of the wings and be wide eyed as the humming bird performed their flying dance back and forth and then hovering over the feeder.  It was a thing of beauty for them to see.  Oh the beauty God created when he created the creatures for us.  Are you stopping long enough to her them sing, to watch them feed or to see them just resting in the trees?

Today God simply reminds me of this scripture O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalms 63:1.

Don’t neglect (as I have so often) that precious quiet time with God.  Today I heard the birds singing for the first time in quite awhile.  No one is to blame for this but me, and no one is to blame but you, if you have not slowed down to hear from God either.  Thank you Lord for this simple reminder of how beautiful and majestic is everything you created.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; How great Thou Art!”

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Forgive, Forget, and Comfort

From a recent devotional I am reading.  Hope this helps you all in some way
2 Corinthians 2:1–11

There is a subtle type of grudge that festers. When we extend forgiveness, the challenge isn’t necessarily in the moment of reconciliation. It’s extending that moment and letting it permeate the interactions that follow.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul doesn’t just ask the Corinthians to forgive. He asks them for much more: “So then, you should rather forgive and comfort him lest somehow this person should be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Therefore I urge you to confirm your love for him. Because for this reason, also I wrote, in order that I could know your proven character, whether you are obedient in everything” (2 Cor 2:7–9).
Patronizing superiority suits our selfish desires, but grudging forgiveness doesn’t heal a community. Paul calls the Corinthian church to much more. He wants them to live sacrificially. That’s why, when Paul calls for the offender in Corinth to be reprimanded, he specifically turns to address those who were affected by the sin. The solution was intentional, ongoing forgiveness and an outpouring of love. He then reminded the Corinthians of Christ’s sacrifice, which they didn’t deserve (see Col 3:13). Forgiveness is undeserved—a reminder we all need.

Are you holding on to a grudge against someone—perhaps even someone you’ve already forgiven?
How can you let go of your grudge and extend the love that has been shown to you?