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Waiting…

crepes 6-19 5 quoteSometimes, it seems wicked men flourish while good men suffer and perish; evil runs rampant, and good cannot be found. That’s when we must remember God is, indeed, in charge. At times, it seems God has abandoned us, but this is never the case. He’s always with us, and if we simply stay focused on Him, we’ll be at peace and know He is surely working His will in all things. Even though I’ve gained some understanding, I haven’t scratched the surface. With each morsel of knowledge God gives me, my hunger grows, and like a baby bird waits with open mouth and cries out to its mother for food, I wait with open heart and cry out to the for more knowledge of God and His love.

 

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I’m Learning

There are times when the noise and the haste of this world we live in drag me down, and it is at those times I remember what peace there may be in silence. But I often allow the silence to become a hiding place. I sometimes see my withdrawal as a good thing, but at other times I see it is not a good way to deal with the confusion and chaos of this life. When I pull away and retreat within myself, I tend to feign affection, and become cynical about love. 

But I am learning. I’m learning to nurture strength of spirit to shield myself in in the times of calamity, disappointment and sometimes sudden misfortune. I’m also learning to not distress myself with dark imaginings, which has been my habit for too many years. I have come to realize that many of my fears are born of fatigue and loneliness; fatigue the more prevalent of the two. But the loneliness—I cannot deny it—is there. And, again, it is something I have—sometimes unaware—chosen to be.

And so, I continue to learn. I’m learning to be gentle with myself and learning that though it is sometimes not clear to me, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. I strive to be at peace with God and have peace in my soul. For within the noisy confusion of life, with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, there remains a beautiful world. And so, I will choose to be cheerful. I will strive to be happy.

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A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. … Psalm 23: 1-6

Please note: This writing was inspired by the poem “Desiderata”, which was written by Max Ehrmann. You can read his poem it in my previous post:

Desiderata

You can also listen to a beautiful recording of the poem by Les Crane, by clicking here:

Desiderata ~ Les Crane

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Just A Man

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This Must Be the Place!

All my life, I heard, “let go and let God,” but I resisted, thinking it was an easy way. I thought I had to keep fighting and doing it on my own. These days, I can’t say I’ve completely let go, and I can’t say I’m now completely letting God. But I can say I’ve come a long way in both regards.

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

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Do the Right Thing

This spring, I spent many hours working in the yard, and it was discouraging at times because both our neighbors’ lawns are more weeds than grass. So, as I pulled weeds and applied weed and feed, I often thought, what’s the use. It seemed I was fighting a battle I couldn’t win. But I never gave up, and now our lawn is beautiful, and virtually weed free. Then this morning, as I worked in the yard, I noticed something that made me smile. Not only are the weeds gone from our lawn, our grass is spreading into the neighbors’ yards.

As I marveled at this unexpected development, it occurred to me that it often seems the bad in this world is overcoming the good, but what happened with the weeds in our yard, I believe can happen in our world, too. We should never give up doing the right thing and battling against the evil in this world. We should press on, doing our best to spread love and hope. It may seem to be a lost cause at times, but it’s not. Love will overcome hate and good will prevail when all is said and done. So:

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But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

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Here’s the Thing

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” I would like to add, “You can’t fool God any of the time.”

If we lived our lives and chose our words as though God was standing next to us, would we lie or cheat? Would we say things that were hurtful to others?

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There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Luke 12:2

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Hold On!

A fierce battle between good and evil rages all around us, and it sometimes seems we’re barreling headlong toward sure destruction. Too often, we find ourselves deep in the battle, fighting, and straining against evil, and we begin to feel defeated and beat down. That’s when we need to read a verse, listen to a good word, or simply remember God is with us, and be strengthened.

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

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Start-Overs

When we’re tired physically, mentally, or spiritually, we make mistakes and our judgement is not at its best. That’s when we need to turn to God and give our burdens to Him.

Begin anew each day. Put the past behind, the future on hold, and start the day with hope.

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But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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