He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
Aimee and I have been blessed to witness the generosity of so many of God’s people. In each of the different churches that we have had the privilege of serving, we have seen the joy of giving lived out in so many different ways. One evening, while living in Fort Cobb, our doorbell rang. I was greeted by a member of our church, Colleen. She was carrying a large bag of meat. It contained 50 pounds of various cuts of beef. Colleen handed me the large sack and said, “We wanted you to have this.” What a gift!
“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
In life there are often situations we cannot understand. We think we know which way life is heading and then whoosh! – everything changes. However, God works in mysterious ways, and chooses when to shed light on our situation.
I have to give a huge shout out to my daughter, Cyana! She’s 8 years old and in second grade. Several months ago, she started telling me about a boy her in class. She says the sweetest things about him. They sometimes walk to class together; she tells me that he’s super funny and always makes her laugh; she’ll occasionally sit next to him at lunch etc. She’s at an age where girls play with girls and boys play with boys, so I was glad that she was still giving boys a chance at friendship! After weeks of sweet and funny stories about this little boy, she finally blurted out that he has special needs…
The Apostle Paul was disturbed that their presence in Thessalonica was not well received, and even more concerned that he had so little time to spend with the young Christians that had come to faith under him. Paul could have spent his time worrying and complaining about his treatment and harassment, but he chose to focus on gratitude. In the conclusion of this letter, Paul encourages the young followers of Christ to, “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
One of my favorite TV shows from when I was a kid was “Home Improvement.” This great show featured Tim Allen playing Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. The show was based on the fictional family, the Taylors. Tim and his wife, Jill, played by Patricia Richards, had a wonderful family with three boys. Their family, especially Tim, often found themselves in difficult situations. Although the show was a comedy, each situation carried with it both humor and struggles. The show featured a dad that was often the cause of the struggles his family faced. Tim would unwittingly cause a problem and then try his best to solve it. Unfortunately, Tim did not always possess the wisdom needed to lead his family out of the problems he created…
But Na′omi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me.” Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
Today is a special day. It is Valentine’s Day. Today loved ones will exchange gifts, flowers, candy and more. They will celebrate with fancy dinners. These gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious Valentine and why do we celebrate this holiday?
It is overwhelming to think about the depth of God’s love for all of His people. I have often had a hard time understanding how His long-suffering patience goes so far; that is, until I had children of my own. No one can test a person’s patience more than their own children…