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Sabbath Sunday: Promise Fulfilled

Posted by Julie on May 18, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

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Remember the polar vortex?

For us, the dozen days off of school because of weather?

I remember asking, Lord, are you sure this will end?

If He’s given you a promise, don’t lose sight.

He is not a liar.

Not sure there are any promises over your life?

I triple-dog-dare you to find a Bible reading app or open up your Good Book and find them.

If He said it, it will come to pass.

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

-Daniel 3:21

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Sabbath Sunday: Promise Fulfilled

Aprilblooms2014

Remember the polar vortex?

For us, the dozen days off of school because of weather?

I remember asking, Lord, are you sure this will end?

If He’s given you a promise, don’t lose sight.

He is not a liar.

Not sure there are any promises over your life?

I triple-dog-dare you to find a Bible reading app or open up your Good Book and find them.

If He said it, it will come to pass.

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

-Daniel 3:21

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Sabbath Sunday: Promise Fulfilled

Aprilblooms2014

Remember the polar vortex?

For us, the dozen days off of school because of weather?

I remember asking, Lord, are you sure this will end?

If He’s given you a promise, don’t lose sight.

He is not a liar.

Not sure there are any promises over your life?

I triple-dog-dare you to find a Bible reading app or open up your Good Book and find them.

If He said it, it will come to pass.

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

-Daniel 3:21

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Sabbath Sunday: Chosen

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As soon as I took this picture, it hit me hard.

Because I could relate.

That leaf looked so out of place.

So last season.

And alone.

Cold and lonely wondering why it has to be this way.

Of all the Christmas stories out there growing up, I would cry watching Rudolph.

Because before I knew rejection, I sensed my life’s call as a misfit.

Then I grew and I realized there was One who knew that cold and lonely life in a way I never would.

Jesus.

That babe born in a barn.

The child who hung out in tabernacles when other kids played.

The Savior who hung while everyone mocked or disappeared.

Years ago a traveling preacher visited our church and prayed over folks at the altar.

We went forward and my husband received this encouragement:

“Those things that hurt you, you wondered if it was because of what you did or didn’t do. You wondered why. Those things were to make you more like My Son.”

To be like Him means forsaking the world and taking the narrow path.

Sticking out and looking so last season.

Feeling cold and alone.

But the reward is great.

Intimacy with the One who chose you.

Eternal life.

Love.

Now when I see something that looks alone I don’t feel sad.

I rejoice.

Because that object was chosen.

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Sabbath Sunday: Full of Fog with Glimpses of Beauty

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

This isn’t the best picture, but it’s a typical fall morning.

Full of fog with glimpses of beauty.

Is that where you are today? Can’t figure out the literal season you are in–unable to even take two steps forward because it is so murky?

Been there.

As confusing as it is, there are glimpses of beauty in the fog. They aren’t the answers, but to me, signposts. Little encouragements you haven’t been forgotten. You’re on the right track. Keep up those baby steps, the clearing will come.

What beauty are you missing that is your signpost? A chubby, sticky toddler finger grasping yours? A beautiful pumpkin and mum spread as you walk by? The aroma of an apple pie from a loved one’s kitchen?

God’s little love nudges are so simple I know I miss many of them.

I hope you find some beauty in the fog today.

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Sabbath Sunday: Full of Fog with Glimpses of Beauty

Posted by Julie on October 21, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

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

This isn’t the best picture, but it’s a typical fall morning.

Full of fog with glimpses of beauty.

Is that where you are today? Can’t figure out the literal season you are in–unable to even take two steps forward because it is so murky?

Been there.

As confusing as it is, there are glimpses of beauty in the fog. They aren’t the answers, but to me, signposts. Little encouragements you haven’t been forgotten. You’re on the right track. Keep up those baby steps, the clearing will come.

What beauty are you missing that is your signpost? A chubby, sticky toddler finger grasping yours? A beautiful pumpkin and mum spread as you walk by? The aroma of an apple pie from a loved one’s kitchen?

God’s little love nudges are so simple I know I miss many of them.

I hope you find some beauty in the fog today.



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