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Sabbath Sunday: But, God.

Posted by Julie on October 5, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

October2014leavesWhen I first took this picture, I smiled thinking about the other leaves and how inferior they must feel around this big yellow leaf in the middle.

and that reminded me of a story.

About a huge giant who laughed as he slayed solider after soldier from the Israelites who dared fight him.

But, David.

Look at the tiny leaf that is at 11:00/top left in the picture. The leaf is so small you could almost dismiss it.

But, David.

David was a shepherd, not a warrior. Yet when God tapped him as the one to take down the giant, victory was assured. It wasn’t because of armor, he took it off because it was cumbersome. It wasn’t because of training, he basically stumbled out of the field.

It was because of God and David’s not just believing in Him, but believing Him.

What new door has opened for you that seems so huge you could never knock it down?

But, God.

He’s got this.

And, He’s got you.

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Sabbath Sunday: Freedom

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Each Sunday I try to share my own nature picture with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I’ve never seen a limp flag, have you? Even on a non windy day I think our flags still represent so many strong themes. Freedom. Sacrifice. Heroes.

Freedom in your life will never be a weak victory. Choosing Christ to help you conquer fear, anger, the past, and more will never be the crutch or loser decision the world would have you believe.

Freedom in you is like this flag.

Regal. Majestic. Strong. Inspiring.

May freedom in Him be yours today!

Julie Arduini picture at Riverside Gardens, Youngstown

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Sabbath Sunday: The Sad Scrapbook

Posted by Julie on August 12, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, Sabbath Sunday |

Each Sunday I share an amateur nature photo I took along with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a picture snapped early in our 2010 Outer Banks vacation.

By the end of the week, it was gone.

It reminds me of a true story regarding a home we bought. The owners had no children. They took every penny they had and worshiped their home. They added, improved, and repeated for years. The house was their god.

Note we bought that house. Because the owners couldn’t take care of it anymore. Even before we signed on the dotted line we remarked to each other how this couple missed living for what matters. Their hope was in their paychecks and physical house. They even laughed that they already added on a ridiculous amount of square footage to their mobile home.

In a matter of years, only one of them was still alive, and she didn’t have much to smile about. She had a photo album of all the construction projects. No family moments, no praises, nothing with eternal value.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards. Matthew 7:26-27, The Message

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Sabbath Sunday: The Sad Scrapbook

Each Sunday I share an amateur nature photo I took along with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a picture snapped early in our 2010 Outer Banks vacation.

By the end of the week, it was gone.

It reminds me of a true story regarding a home we bought. The owners had no children. They took every penny they had and worshiped their home. They added, improved, and repeated for years. The house was their god.

Note we bought that house. Because the owners couldn’t take care of it anymore. Even before we signed on the dotted line we remarked to each other how this couple missed living for what matters. Their hope was in their paychecks and physical house. They even laughed that they already added on a ridiculous amount of square footage to their mobile home.

In a matter of years, only one of them was still alive, and she didn’t have much to smile about. She had a photo album of all the construction projects. No family moments, no praises, nothing with eternal value.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards. Matthew 7:26-27, The Message

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Sabbath Sunday: It’s That Simple Like Me

Each Sunday I share my own amateur nature photo with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I used to feel inferior because I wasn’t a complicated person. I’ve never had lobster or flown overseas. I don’t use big words and I’ve never enjoyed reading the King James Version of the Bible. I’m a girl that likes well done hamburgers who would still probably eat strawberries from the garden.

I don’t know the right verses to say word for word or the correct place in the Bible to find it. I’m pretty sure I know, but never certain.

I don’t own Prada and I don’t drive a Lexus. My joke is I had to return to the thrift store to buy my own pants back.

This picture is simple to me. Church and America. Remember the commercial from the 80’s? Baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet? That’s me.

Maybe that’s you, too. But perhaps you think you’re missing out because God is complicated and He wouldn’t be interested in you. Oh, have I got news for you.

He’s so simple we make it complicated. He loves us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to live as man. A perfect man who never sinned. He was crucified for us, for love, simple, pure love, with your beautiful face on His mind when He took the nails. He died, and three days later was resurrected. He is in heaven, and He will be back. When? Don’t let anyone tell you they know.

Not even Jesus knows.

It’s that simple.

He’s coming back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He’s coming back for His Kids. The ones who felt too simple but trusted Him anyway, and the complicated ones with luggage of issues.

Perhaps you are a profound sort, many degrees and titles next to your name. You want proof and none of this simple faith stuff. Well, He’s got your back on that, too. Scientists are finding faith truths in quantum physics. Muslims are turning to Christ by the thousands each day because Jesus is showing up. For real. It boggles the mind, but it is happening. Dead people are coming back to life. Tumors are shrinking simply by people praying in the name of Jesus. There are doctor reports and x rays, as well as verbal witnesses.

Me? It’s easier for me to trust the Bible and take God at His Word. After all, it’s stood the test of time no matter how many ways and times the message and the messengers have tried to be extinguished. I like simple statements–like the one where God made the ark, man made the Titanic.

I like my pictures with sunshine, churches, and American flags.

I love my future knowing it will be in heaven with Jesus.

It’s that simple.

Do you know Him?

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Sabbath Sunday: It’s That Simple Like Me

Each Sunday I share my own amateur nature photo with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I used to feel inferior because I wasn’t a complicated person. I’ve never had lobster or flown overseas. I don’t use big words and I’ve never enjoyed reading the King James Version of the Bible. I’m a girl that likes well done hamburgers who would still probably eat strawberries from the garden.

I don’t know the right verses to say word for word or the correct place in the Bible to find it. I’m pretty sure I know, but never certain.

I don’t own Prada and I don’t drive a Lexus. My joke is I had to return to the thrift store to buy my own pants back.

This picture is simple to me. Church and America. Remember the commercial from the 80’s? Baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet? That’s me.

Maybe that’s you, too. But perhaps you think you’re missing out because God is complicated and He wouldn’t be interested in you. Oh, have I got news for you.

He’s so simple we make it complicated. He loves us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to live as man. A perfect man who never sinned. He was crucified for us, for love, simple, pure love, with your beautiful face on His mind when He took the nails. He died, and three days later was resurrected. He is in heaven, and He will be back. When? Don’t let anyone tell you they know.

Not even Jesus knows.

It’s that simple.

He’s coming back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He’s coming back for His Kids. The ones who felt too simple but trusted Him anyway, and the complicated ones with luggage of issues.

Perhaps you are a profound sort, many degrees and titles next to your name. You want proof and none of this simple faith stuff. Well, He’s got your back on that, too. Scientists are finding faith truths in quantum physics. Muslims are turning to Christ by the thousands each day because Jesus is showing up. For real. It boggles the mind, but it is happening. Dead people are coming back to life. Tumors are shrinking simply by people praying in the name of Jesus. There are doctor reports and x rays, as well as verbal witnesses.

Me? It’s easier for me to trust the Bible and take God at His Word. After all, it’s stood the test of time no matter how many ways and times the message and the messengers have tried to be extinguished. I like simple statements–like the one where God made the ark, man made the Titanic.

I like my pictures with sunshine, churches, and American flags.

I love my future knowing it will be in heaven with Jesus.

It’s that simple.

Do you know Him?



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