God’s Beauty Around the World

“Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – the Lord of hosts is his name.” – Jeremiah 31:35

From the desert to the mountains, I’ve seen the beauty of the Lord’s work around the world. Although I feel most at home when I’m surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, I know God’s beauty surrounds wherever I am.

 

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Patient Assertiveness

We all have something to say, and we all want to be heard right away. We want to have the next big idea, we all want our opinion to be heard among the masses, and for someone to hear and respond to what we have to say. The world is loud enough as it is, with so many voices clamoring to be heard. No matter how loud we try to make our voice, it seems this world is always louder with the next big topic. Do we continue to raise our voice, raising the volume of the world around us? Or do we stay quiet, letting others speak while keeping our thoughts primarily to ourselves? Where is the line between staying quiet and forcing ourselves into a conversation in order to be heard? I’ve struggled with this concept for most of my life, but I think there may be a balance called being rooted in patient assertiveness.

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Godly Living Begins At Home

Living in God’s will, living for God, begins at the moment we say “yes” to God, repenting of our sinful ways and accepting the precious gift of Jesus Christ into our hearts as our personal Lord and Savior. This relationship, like any relationship we have, needs to be maintained. How we act in other relationships often determines how our walk with God is going. Our life both inside and outside of our homes often determines what is really inside of our hearts. What happens “behind closed doors” – how a husband treats his wife, how parents teach their children – shapes a person’s walk with God.

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