He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP)
Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do! (Psalm 90:12-17 MSG)
Every so often my husband takes the pictures off my phone, and puts them on his computer. I said to him tonight, “Hey, do you have that picture of the smileys for sale?” Of course, he asked where was it taken? I don’t know (idk). When was taken? idk. Where was it taken? idk. But, being the good detective he is, he found it and sent it to me with the following description,
“The photo of that place with a smiley face but I don’t know when or where!”
yep, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus….lol ;D
In a new post created for this challenge, share a picture that says In the Background.
The River of Life
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (Revelation 22:1-3 NKJV)
IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE THAT MEANS ESCAPETO YOU.
My post is not all happy and cheerful today. The word “ESCAPE” has a different meaning if you have ever lived in an abusive home. These pictures were drawn by my young children at our last stay at the Women’s Shelter. They tell the whole story. It was what finally gave me the courage to leave – I saw what they saw…
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
My Prayer for You:
Renew our minds, we admit – we don’t know it all. We are trying to the best we can with what we have got. Have mercy on us Lord, we cannot navigate in this life without you. Be our GPS Lord, show us the path. Give us your wisdom and your knowledge, teach us more about You. We want to get to know you better Lord, in Jesus Name
I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:50-52 NIV)
“To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live. I want to see your neighborhood: The path you take for your daily morning run. Your local coffee shop or dive bar. The nearby alley of street and community art. A shot of the intersection that perfectly captures the bustle of your own corner of town. Or a serene landscape view of your village”
Around the corner from our house is a Golf Course. I took this picture with my phone a few days ago during our last snowstorm. I think that day we got 6-12 inches here in Wisconsin.
It is a tree (obviously), no leaves, surrounded by snow. In winter. Sometimes that is how I feel, it’s winter in my soul.
But yet, It is still a tree, no matter how it looks today. It may look desolate, but Spring is coming. No matter how I feel, Spring is coming. A new season is just around the corner.
The leaves will bud soon and it will turn green, and so will I, and so will you. We just may not see it yet.
This tree is on a golf course, surrounded by green grass and pools of water – you just can’t see it yet.
That is what faith is, believing in what we can’t see yet. Even though it looks like winter with our senses, we are still a green tree, planted by living waters. God says so.
Let us look through our Faith and not our eyes:
Here is the same Golf Course 🙂
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
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 17:7-8 NIV)
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
Let us look through our faith, and not our eyes today. Thank you for planting your Word and Your Promises deep in our hearts. They will sprout up and they will grow. We choose to trust You and Your Word today, no matter how things look on the outside, in Jesus’ Name.
In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture that evokes HOME for you.
THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME
Home is Heaven…
“But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
This world is not our home, we are just visiting. We are Christ’s Ambassadors, sent to bring you the good news! (Oh yeah, and this body is just my temporary tent – Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!)
“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.
And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.
We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”