INVEST WHERE YOU WILL REST

 

“He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf” (Proverbs 11:28)

 

There is a person who has made a commitment to invest some time into line dancing. This person was drawn to the idea because of the love of music. Thought it would also provide an opportunity to socialize with others with the same interest; keep physically active; and, line dancing could be that one more thing that could fill up another portion of a day.
Line dancing has been an investment that has this person flourishing. It enhanced the emotional and mental well-being and it provided a more fulfilled and meaningful life. This person found good relationships, contentment, self-acceptance, rest, love and a connection to God.

 God supplies us with more so we can give more. This person has become a line dancer who has entertained and provided joy to other people by performing. Volunteered to register other line dancers so they could go to events with other people who love to line dance. But most importantly, this person has established friendships with other line dancers and provides to their needs off the dance floor. This person invests in the way that is faithful to God’s word.

 As scripture says, we will lose in our investments if we only look at ourselves. Surrender to God and trust in God alone not riches. We build in our investments when giving and not by taking more.

 Our Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us hope and for guiding our actions. As we don’t know what happens from one day to the next, forgive us for not accepting our realities; forgive us for not acknowledging our riches. For being able to place our confidence in You, we thank you. As we sit and rest looking at Your sunset, we ask that You encourage us. Encourage us to continue to invest in You so we will receive life and nourishment and so we can flourish and grow in grace and knowledge.

 In Your Glory. Amen.

 

Photograph: Taken at Northumberland Strait, NS. Photo provided by Diane Fraser.

 

What Does the Cat Need?

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10 NIV)

Last Spring a stray cat was sighted! Food was left continuously under the same tree for it to eat. Before too long, the stray cat started to arrive routinely around the same time for food. However, as soon as it noticed someone, it would run and hide within a shrub next to the tree. Conversation was made with the stray while the food was being put by the tree. As difficult as it was, the stray was never looked at in the eye or touched. It’s boundaries of being raised in the outdoors were being respected. A truce was established! The stray began to realize that it was not going to be harmed and there were days when it was spotted catching up on sleep within the shrubs. The stray had become part of the surroundings and added meaning to the days.  As Fall was moving closer to Winter, the weather was getting colder. The stray started to not come around on a daily basis until days went by and the stray was not seen again. However, this Spring the stray cat stopped in again! There is joyfulness about that unexpected event.

Scripture tells us to be merciful to animals and care about all life. Sympathy and care grow from knowledge. The few minutes of daily attention given to the stray cat had an unexpected return from God and the stray cat. It is the unselfish efforts that are the ones that do give back.   

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for being merciful and nurturing. Scripture says the righteous have mercy and are not cruel. If there is any kindness or good we could do for the animals and people before us help us to respond at that point in time. For Your Glory. Amen.

God is Here

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4).

There is a home. The “Welcome” sign is manned by an elder. It is located at 123 Anywhere Street. This home is small but the attention to detail is important. The home had an area reserved for visitors to park and labelled “Visitors – Public Parking on Street only”. The detail provided an introduction of the occupants that lived in the home. From the outside this home was not just another house. There is a swing being used by one of the occupants and I could see another occupant out on the front upper balcony. I could tell that it was a home that was cared for and enjoyed. It was a joyful place where the occupants lived and learned together. Before leaving the home I was convinced that this home is a secure place to live. This home is a delightful symbol for life.

As we look to God, our Creator, we are to work on getting established. Scripture above says, we are built by wisdom, established through understanding and filled with knowledge. Through scripture, prayer and worship, God will furnish us with these rare and beautiful treasures.

Like the occupants of the home on 123 Anywhere Street, we can be filled with hope and openness. With more understanding and knowledge of God, I believe it could be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Our Heavenly Father, thank you for the delightful places we visit. Thank you for the precious people in our lives. Forgive us for not maintaining a balance between gaining information with living life. Thank you for being our Creator and living in us. We ask for You to decorate and fill us with Your wisdom so we can welcome others.

In Your Glory and Honour. Amen.

Working For The Lord

“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble” (Proverbs 19:23 NIV).

As we know, we have a job to do! That job has a job description. The responsibilities of our job are life-saving. That job is to stay home; stay safe during the COVID-19. But like all jobs there are times we would rather be doing another job. Therefore, we become frustrated and the job becomes difficult. We start to experience laziness and boredom. That is when we become disruptive and unable to settle down to help meet the needs.

For some they have settled down to meet their responsibilities of the job quickly. In Proverbs 21:25 (NIV) it says “the craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work”. We are to be dedicated to whatever it is we are doing. We are to have good work habits to be well.

Do you know your job description? What qualities have you been given to succeed? Do you know who your Boss is?

Our Heavenly father, thank you for not being a boring and a difficult boss. Thank you that you have given us the needed qualities to work for You. Forgive us for not seeing our calling as being bigger and broader. We ask, what more should we be doing to succeed?  Help us to use our qualities; your love and guidance to get there. For the Glory of God! Amen.

*Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Christ’s Love Endures

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17 NIV)

During this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, we have had our troubles and struggles; it is a time of adversity. No one knows when there will be a remedy for this virus and when this season of perseverance will end. With that said, most of us have been comforted and supported by friends and family. When we turn on the TV, we are able to view a picture of where we stand. And most importantly, who we are as individuals. With this social distancing, evidence is clear that we are able to come together creatively. We do not allow our circumstances to affect relationships. There are many encouraging messages, from our leaders, our professionals, our support workers, our families (pets included), friends and neighbours.
During this time, we open ourselves up creatively so we are not alone. There may have been times when we imposed ourselves upon others so we could find relief. We have directed ourselves outward, in one way or another, so we could be provided with needed support. Meanwhile, we are trying to be loyal by putting efforts forward to abide by the restrictions we have been given. We are all in this together!

But, who deserves our unlimited trust?

Our “brother was born for times of adversity”; our brother we have in Christ. He was the one who loves us so much that he died for our sins. By His resurrection He became a brother to all of us. Building trust is having open conversations with Christ, our “friend who loves at all times”. He is the One who provides us with peace.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for the brother we have in Christ. As we try to persevere during this time of COVID-19, forgive us for not always putting our confidence in Him. Thank you Christ for being our friend who loves at all times. We ask that we recognize and honour Him. Amen.