And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:76-79
Lindsay Johnson, United State Army, 87th Infantry Division
My Uncle Lindsay was killed in action December 1944, Battle of the Bulge at the young age of 18. I never met him but I often heard family members speak of him.
Today is a day set aside to remember and honor those lost in battle for our great country's freedom. So tonight as you end this day, say a prayer for all our young men and women serving our country, for their safety and for the families at home waiting for their return.
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
It is a beautiful sun shiny day, with a gentle breeze blowing, here in the PNW. Morning worship was absolutely awesome! We sang some of the old songs about how God's extends His grace to us. Since our pastor is on vacation the morning message was brought by one of the elders. Sermon topic "The Real Deal" with scripture reference 2 Corinthians 12. He shared with us the marks of a genuine follower of Jesus Christ today. How we are to rely on God's grace in our weakness, to stay humble, refuse to be a financial burden and to show alarm about sin in the church. Then he asked us 3 questions; 1) Do we rely on God's grace in our weakness? 2) Do we refuse to be a financial burden to others? 3) Is our hearts broken over sin in the church? Gave us a lot to ponder and pray on. Awesome sermon!!!
After morning worship my sweetie and I had nothing planned so we came home and had lunch on the patio, he sat in the shade and me in the sun as I love to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. There is just something about sitting in the sun soaking up those rays that warms a body from the inside out.
2 Corinthians 4:6 tells us;
"For God , who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shown in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."
In other words God puts the sunshine in our soul. We can't help but glow with the light of Christ as we place our faith and trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for He is our light. He gives us hope, love, peace and grace.
Think of it this way, the warmth of the sunshine is Jesus smiling down on us giving us His abundant blessings today.
Today our Ozzie Bear would have been 5 years old and we celebrated his birthday by planting a White Dogwood in his memory. We knew the perfect spot for his tree as Ozzie had dug a hole trying to get at a Mole. It was a family affair as the kids came over, with our grandpup Oscar, and helped us dig the hole and get the tree planted. I can see the tree from the kitchen window and at times I see our Ozzie Bear running around the back yard.
It has been 2 months since our Ozzie Bear left us but it still feels like today. We give thanks to our Heavenly Father for blessing our lives with our Ozzie Bear. We miss him everyday but know that he is running free chasing the Butterflies and Bees.
Love you Ozzie Bear, you will be forever in our hearts...
Does the number of friends you can boast about on Facebook or followers you have on Instagram make you feel important? Are these the friends you can count on when you need that shoulder to cry on? Are they someone you can rant and rave at when life has gotten all turned upside down and not take you personally? We can have a multitude of friends but only a few that are there when the going gets tough, that will listen and not judge when you need that shoulder. But there is only one true friend that is always there and that is Jesus.
I don't know about you but I am so glad that I can call Jesus my friend. He is always there when the pain gets to much for me to bear. He is there when I feel that I am at the very bottom of the pit with no place to go. He will always take care of me and never forsake me. He will cradle me in His loving arms and comfort me with the peace only He can give. All I have to do is submit myself to Him and take all my worries and cares to Him in prayer.
God's Word tells us in Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God."
I don't know about you but I choose to let God carry my burdens for He is so much stronger than I...