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Sabbath Sunday: When You’re the Purple Tree

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When I first saw this picture I focused on the colorful tree on the right. It looked like one of those inspirational quotes “If you can’t stand up, stand out.”

It also reminds me of a talk I had with my oldest years ago. He is a kid with a clear sense of right and wrong. He’s deeply grieved when he sees people choose wrong, especially when it is himself. He realized the name of his school had “Christian” in it, yet he wasn’t seeing the behavior in everyone. He really struggled.

I couldn’t completely remember the verse but I knew it was in 2 Timothy. I told him there’s going to be a time where he’s going to do the right thing.
And he’s going to stand alone.

All the green trees are going to follow the popular choices, the fun ones.

But him, that purple tree, is going to stand on a solid rock and proclaim truth. And even though it will feel like he’s standing alone, he won’t be.

The Lord will always be with him.

I’ve felt like that purple tree—standing out for Jesus—telling others how free it is to live for Him (not easy, free.) Guess what? I often stand alone.

I bet you’ve been there, too.

Guess what?

The Lord will always be with you.

 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:3-5

 

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Sabbath Sunday: When You’re the Purple Tree

May2015trees

When I first saw this picture I focused on the colorful tree on the right. It looked like one of those inspirational quotes “If you can’t stand up, stand out.”

It also reminds me of a talk I had with my oldest years ago. He is a kid with a clear sense of right and wrong. He’s deeply grieved when he sees people choose wrong, especially when it is himself. He realized the name of his school had “Christian” in it, yet he wasn’t seeing the behavior in everyone. He really struggled.

I couldn’t completely remember the verse but I knew it was in 2 Timothy. I told him there’s going to be a time where he’s going to do the right thing.

And he’s going to stand alone.

All the green trees are going to follow the popular choices, the fun ones.

But him, that purple tree, is going to stand on a solid rock and proclaim truth. And even though it will feel like he’s standing alone, he won’t be.

The Lord will always be with him.

I’ve felt like that purple tree—standing out for Jesus—telling others how free it is to live for Him (not easy, free.) Guess what? I often stand alone.

I bet you’ve been there, too.

Guess what?

The Lord will always be with you.

 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:3-5

 

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Sabbath Sunday: But, God.

Posted by Julie on October 12, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

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When 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: Blazing Love

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It’s my pleasure each Sunday to share my own nature picture and share a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I couldn’t believe this sunset in the dead of winter.

Brilliant.

Warm.

Blazing.

Passionate.

When I’m feeling:

Cold

Numb

Frozen

Guess what?

God’s love blazes just as hot for us when we’re cold.

Rude.

Unforgiving.

Broken.

We just need to take that first step.

Toward the Son.

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Sabbath Sunday: The Faith Walk

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Julie’s noteReminder—I’m looking for guest bloggers to submit a post on why they are thankful. I’ll use them throughout November, a tradition that always inspires me and the readers. Your post can be a few sentences or up to 750 words. Send it to juliearduini@juliearduini.com with a bio and optional picture, and make sure you sign off as the world would want to know you—first name only, full name, anonymous.) I rarely edit, but reserve the right if need be, and first come, first serve. You don’t have to be a “writer” to do this. Just be thankful and willing to share it. Thank you!

 

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

Years ago my husband I talked about what if God told us everything that was coming. Would it help our faith?

We quickly discerned that no, it would not.

For him, the point drove home when he was pumping gas. He had a flash of himself seeing himself pumping gas and coming to the conclusion that he lost his job and was now working at a gas station, when in reality, it was just one of many, many times he was at the pump getting gas for himself and his current job. He maintained walking by faith was hard, but probably easier than getting more information up front. Because like his pump vision, it was only part of the story.

I agree. If I started a journey and saw it was unpaved road followed by a mountain and the pinnacle was full of fog, I’d stay home. I wouldn’t realize that by attempting the journey I’d learn lessons along the way. There would be provision and testimonies I’d never get to tell. Only by faith would I have these things come to pass. And yes, often the journey is hard. But they are always the best victories to spur others on in the Kingdom.

So next time you’re frustrated because God isn’t showing off a crystal ball so to speak, be thankful. You truly are more blessed walking by faith.

Julie Arduini picture, Speculator, NY, rainy view from The Melody Lodge

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Sabbath Sunday: The Faith Walk

Posted by Julie on October 13, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography |

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Julie’s note: Reminder—I’m looking for guest bloggers to submit a post on why they are thankful. I’ll use them throughout November, a tradition that always inspires me and the readers. Your post can be a few sentences or up to 750 words. Send it to juliearduini@juliearduini.com with a bio and optional picture, and make sure you sign off as the world would want to know you—first name only, full name, anonymous.) I rarely edit, but reserve the right if need be, and first come, first serve. You don’t have to be a “writer” to do this. Just be thankful and willing to share it. Thank you!

 

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

Years ago my husband I talked about what if God told us everything that was coming. Would it help our faith?

We quickly discerned that no, it would not.

For him, the point drove home when he was pumping gas. He had a flash of himself seeing himself pumping gas and coming to the conclusion that he lost his job and was now working at a gas station, when in reality, it was just one of many, many times he was at the pump getting gas for himself and his current job. He maintained walking by faith was hard, but probably easier than getting more information up front. Because like his pump vision, it was only part of the story.

I agree. If I started a journey and saw it was unpaved road followed by a mountain and the pinnacle was full of fog, I’d stay home. I wouldn’t realize that by attempting the journey I’d learn lessons along the way. There would be provision and testimonies I’d never get to tell. Only by faith would I have these things come to pass. And yes, often the journey is hard. But they are always the best victories to spur others on in the Kingdom.

So next time you’re frustrated because God isn’t showing off a crystal ball so to speak, be thankful. You truly are more blessed walking by faith.

Julie Arduini picture, Speculator, NY, rainy view from The Melody Lodge



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