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Sabbath Sunday: The Detour

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This summer a small bridge closed that connects us to most of the routes I need. Thanks to the construction of a new bridge, I’ve had to take detours to find my way around.

Some detours were through official signage and others were roads I took by looking at my GPS.

The picture above is Evans Lake in Springfield, Ohio. Had the bridge been active, I would never have needed a detour.

I never would have seen this beautiful spot.

And that’s just how life is.

There are times, too many, actually, where I have it all mapped out.

And then comes a detour. Something I never planned and I don’t appreciate.

But that detour was never a surprise to God, and if I allow myself to take a look, I might find beauty, peace, blessings and so much more.

How about you?

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Sabbath Sunday: Swampy Yard

Posted by Julie on May 3, 2015 in Julie Arduini |

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There are times I think my life looks just like this.

Rain day after day after day after day.

Swampy yard.

Wormy smells.

Does it ever end?

It does.

Remember Job?

He lost everything to the point that his wife begged him to curse God.

Noah?

His entire view was a swamp. As in all of Earth.

But one day the dove was able to land.

On those days where nothing goes right, all hope seems lost, remember it has purpose. It’s a growing season.

And soon, like my yard, you’ll be in bloom.

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Sabbath Sunday: Beyond the Woods

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

Fairy tales are a popular theme these days and I’m a fan like everyone else. There’s Once Upon a Time, Maleficent, Cinderella is coming out, and right now, Into the Woods.

But real life hasn’t shown me a carriage or a fairy godmother.

And when life is hard, going into the woods is not full of music and dancing.

It stinks.

Probably why wilderness is named that and not rainbows and sprinkles fun time.

Thing is, the wilderness is where I’ve grown the most. It’s isolating by choice. Not only did the Lord put me there to have me to Himself, to prepare and teach me, I had to surrender to it. At first I fought the wilderness tooth and nail. Who signs up for that kind of torture? Not me.

But I realized that once you’re into the woods, there is a destination. Beyond the woods. There will be a clearing. The sun will shine. And I emerge stronger, taller, and because of my trust in Jesus, I’m a force to be reckoned with.

And that’s something to sing and dance about.

Can you relate?

My favorite verse about the wilderness is Hosea 2:14. May it encourage you today.

 

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Sabbath Sunday: Not Shaken

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“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

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As wars and rumors of war increase, as disease spreads and division multiplies,

you’re going to notice something.

The ones who call on the name of the Lord will not be shaken.

It doesn’t mean the north winds don’t knock them over.

It does mean they know the Creator of the wind has their backs.

They don’t fear the nightly news, although grieved by it.

They trust in the Word of God.

They call on the blood of Christ.

And they don’t wither.

Grow in Him today.

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Sabbath Sunday: Not Shaken

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“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

***

As wars and rumors of war increase, as disease spreads and division multiplies,

you’re going to notice something.

The ones who call on the name of the Lord will not be shaken.

It doesn’t mean the north winds don’t knock them over.

It does mean they know the Creator of the wind has their backs.

They don’t fear the nightly news, although grieved by it.

They trust in the Word of God.

They call on the blood of Christ.

And they don’t wither.

Grow in Him today.

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Sabbath Sunday: Not Shaken

IMG_20121015_181146

“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

***

As wars and rumors of war increase, as disease spreads and division multiplies,

you’re going to notice something.

The ones who call on the name of the Lord will not be shaken.

It doesn’t mean the north winds don’t knock them over.

It does mean they know the Creator of the wind has their backs.

They don’t fear the nightly news, although grieved by it.

They trust in the Word of God.

They call on the blood of Christ.

And they don’t wither.

Grow in Him today.



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