A Thank-you Card

Dear Heavenly Father,

I am writing this note to thank you for the Perfect and Most Precious Gift you gave me – Jesus Christ, your own Son. I did not want to take too long to send this note to you; as I do not want to get busy and forget to let you know how thankful I am.

When I received your Gift, the feelings I can express from that day was a mix bag: woeful, in disarray, and absorbed.

Jesus Christ is the most useful Gift I have ever been given. I use the Gift daily, sometimes more often on some days than others. Because of your Gift, I now have prayer in my life! More clarity, preparation, guidance and anticipation that something greater is going to happen.

By connecting with you daily, you know how my Christmas and Holidays were spent. However, I am wondering, how was your Christmas 2020? Also, wondering, what you think of Christmas 2020 overall? How did we do?

I will remain in contact with you through prayer and writing.

Thank you again, for your sacrifice; you have given me a relationship with Jesus Christ that provides me with ongoing love, ongoing joy, ongoing hope and ongoing peace.
Keeping in the Word,

Jean

“May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” Colossians 1:11-14 (NLT).

A Wait in Time

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalms 27:13-14 ESV)

Observe in the above photo. Showed clearly is the display of humility and trust between Rocky the cat and Ginger the dog. While Rocky is catching up on hisneeded z’s in Ginger’s bed, Ginger waits patiently in Rocky’s bed for Rocky to wake up.

Rocky and Ginger were obviously going through a wait in time. In that present time Ginger was confident she would see that situation through. She demonstrated unconditional love and faithfulness while Rocky seemed to live out that time without a worry in the world. Ginger obviously knew from experience and wisdom what it meant to wait on Rocky. Ginger had the ability to endure the patience needed to let Rocky sleep because Ginger had expectations and hope that Rocky will wake up soon.

As Christians, it is not easy to “wait on the Lord” even though Rocky showcased it was easy. “In our present time”, it does not matter who we are – we all wait. Our wait in time can be insignificant or monumental.

Based on how Rocky and Ginger treated each other through their wait time, they provided valuable lessons on how we can “wait on the Lord”. They both were able to coexist instead of competing with each otherduring their wait in time. Both exhibited incredible strength: Ginger with her patience, forgiveness and thankfulness for having Rocky as a friend; and, Rockywith his ability to trust Ginger enough that he couldrelax and re-energize with calmness.

We never know when we will have a wait in time; but, we can coexist with those waits! If we can see through the example of Rocky and Ginger, we can rest in God’s goodness and receive positive changes while waiting. We need to remember to humble ourselves because it is God who put us in our waiting time and our life is not ours – it’s His. And, each time we find ourselveswaiting on the Lord, it is another opportunity given to us by God to express ourselves in a powerful and loving way. By demonstrating our faith in Our Heavenly Father we put our trust in Him and others above ourselves. By acting in a Godly manner we will receive joy!

(Photo provided by my sister-in-law, Valerie Egener. Rocky and Ginger are two out-of-four of their adorable four-legged familymembers.)

THE LORD OUR GOD ASKS

“…the Lord asks you to fear the Lord my God, to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, and observe the Lord’s commands for your own good” Deuteronomy 10:12 (NIV).

When I think of why I write devotions, I am expressing my love, gratitude, support, recognition, and respectfor God. To turn out a completed devotion, I turn to God and His word then I take charge and apply myself. Devotions do take effort and time; but, it is gratifying once the devotion is completed. It is gratifying becauseI do “fear the Lord my God”. To fear Him I respect Him – I love Him! 

In our daily life we do fall short. We have not pay 100% attention to the Lord; we are not always present for the Lord; and we have not always gone to the Lord for guidance (at least not at first). There are times weproceed without “fearing the Lord”. Those are the times that are the least gratifying. Those are the times God shows us that we are His children and we need “to fear the Lord my God”. It is with Him, we are able todemonstrate and grow in our faith.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us with your love. You ask us to respect You, follow You, Love You, serve You and obey You. You are growing our hearts and minds to reflect Christ’s character traits, forgive us for not providing You with what you ask of us. Let us be an encouragement for others by the way we live. We know you are pleasing and satisfying, let Christ’s love motivate us! In Jesus name. Amen.

ALL FOR A PUPOSE

“ALL scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV).

October is apple month! Most of us will make our way to the apple orchard to pick and sample our favorite variety or varieties of apples before the season ends. You can also purchase pre-picked apples as well at orchards. There is usually an opportunity to ask questions before actually picking the apples. The workers are able to provide directions on how to pick the best apples; their characteristics and uses.

As pickers we do pass over many apples to get to the point when the baskets are filled with the apples we chose. But for the grower, all of the apples will have a purpose. For example, the apples on the ground are collected and feed to horses or used for compost to help the crop grow next year.

In 2 Timothy 3:16 it mentions, “ALL scripture is God-breathed and is useful”. We pick and choose which verses are our favorites, and which scripture we read and apply, similar to how we pick our apples. The Bible is God’s inspired Word. It not only provides us with encouragement but it reveals to us who God is and His will for us. It also tells us who we are. How can we begin to acquire that knowledge and understanding if we have not read the Bible? We need to read ALL of it for it to be helpful and trustworthy.

There are health benefits you will gain by consumingan apple a day. One single apple provides one serving of fruit toward your recommended daily allowance.Since the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is beneficial to our spiritual health. We should be giving ourselves one serving everyday which will be “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (Timothy 3:16 NIV).

Quote: “Some things you have to do every day. Eating about seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day, just isn’t going to get the job done” Jim Rohn.

A Snapshot in September

The end of my summer was determined during the long weekend in September. It happened during a bare foot walk on the beach with my son. It was a point in time followed by an anticipation of God’s will for my future.

The Lake was in constant motion similar to water in a washing machine. At one end of the beach it is sand, then there are other areas where there is sand and small rock mix, and along the side close to the bluff it is all rock. That day, the wind blew my hair in no permanent direction which provided me with an unconcerned freshness for the outing. Smooth, sharp, hot, and cool were old sensations surfacing when our bare feet were introduced to that environment. Our conversations hovered around this past spring and the summer which pushed forward old snapshots of memories of walking barefoot on the beach with both of my children when they were younger.

In the Bible it is written that Moses saw a flaming bush that didn’t burn up. As he approached to investigate the Lord spoke to him from the fire. “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” (Exodus 3:1-4). God spoke to Moses to provide guidance and He did it through an unexpected source: a burning bush. There are many points in time in the Bible when God communicated His guidance through many unexpected sources, thoughts and experiences.

COVID-19 was our unexpected unwanted guest arriving in spring and still remaining. Therefore, my summer was time mostly spent at the cottage returning home for a few overnighters. My ventures out were usually for necessities. However, I did manage to produce a comfort level when I participated in the outside venues with safety rules enforced. The highlight – the “burning bush”, “ and now known to me as my “unexpected source” – was the walk on the beach with my son – the expressive and beautiful beginning to a new season and an acceptance of my summer, a summer like no other.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for your surprising look down the road just travelled. Your way and timing is perfect! We all have had points in time that are not always presented as a clear picture. None of us can predict the future. But in Your timing and with us paying attention to You, I believe each of us will have enough of our own snapshots to fill an album providing us with a meaning to Your plan, as well an appreciation beyond description. YOU ARE A GOOD FATHER!

In Memory of Adrien-David Robichaud

A Sign of Hope

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Like most of us, there are many times when we are faced with fear. For me, one of my fears is going to the dentist. And many of you may share this same fear. With that said, I do want to make it known that the dentist office I go to have never hurt me and have always been understanding to make me as comfortable as possible. Last week, I had a dental emergency. I was stressed!While my husband drove me to the appointment I worked on getting myself more centered. As the Bible is a place where I go for guidance, I decided to google a verse referencing anxiety and fear. Out of the many choices that popped up, I chose Philippians 4:8. I read it out loud – a few times (see verse above). As the verse referenced, my husband and I started to list praiseworthy things. I ended up distracted and in a short time managed my way into the dentist office. Praiseworthy! During this time ofCOVID-19, there is no waiting time and the dentist saw me upon arrival. Praiseworthy! The dentist took one look at me and mentioned for me to try to be calm that everything is going to be okay. Immediately, I mentioned that everything is praiseworthy and being here will be praiseworthy in its time. With saying that out loud, I was provided with an awareness of God’s worth. A bit of calmness did enter my body and the dentist was able to diagnose the issue and reference me to a specialist. Praiseworthy! Before leaving, the dentist mentioned again for me to remain calm that it is going to be okay. I believed him. Praiseworthy!

Final note to share is that my specialist appointment is not until October which had me thinking about Samuel in the Bible. God worked through Samuel because he was willing to be God’s servant. In 1 Samuel 7:12 it says, “Thus far the Lord has helped us”. Thus far the Lord has helped me…over and over again. With clearness of mind,I have set aside the specialist appointment knowing during the wait I am able to remain calm. Praise God!

Our Heavenly Father, thank you that we are able to pray and can refer to the Bible for guidance. By us remembering our crucial turning points in the past we are provided with confidence and strength to help us getthrough the present. Forgive us that we do become fearful. We ask that you can focus our mind on what is good and praiseworthy. Thus far you have helped us! THANK YOU! Amen.