A Peak At Spring Time

I couldn’t wait to take a peak. I pushed
back the mulch and sure enough, there
they were. Daffodil bulbs I planted in the
fall had forced through winter’s frozen
ground. Once again I was seeing evidence
of the miracle of Spring time.

I can’t help but think of the parallel in our lives. Winter seasons of our lives,
threaten our faith and endurance. We wonder if the joy of springtime will come
again? Will we be able to rise up and leave winters past behind us?

There is One who promises that we can endure. We can pass that test.
We can rise up again and experience new beginnings that God promises for
those who love Him.

For those who believe, our hope lies in the God and Father of our LORD
Jesus Christ,and in His Promised Presence. He has promised He will never
leave nor forsake.

When sickness, death and loss shake our world; when doubts and fears raise
their ugly heads; when the battlefield of our heart tempts us to question when
we should trust, we need to remember the Lord is near.  He doesn’t leave us
alone to fight our battles. He gets down in the trenches of our troubled hearts
when we can no longer fight for ourselves. He fights for us and gives strength
to climb out of the pit and teaches us to embrace rekindled hope and the new
beginnings God promises.

The same God who planted seeds of new growth in the beginning, (Genesis 1)
also plants new seeds of hope in hearts that make room for Jesus.

May hope spring up in our hearts today, as we wait for the miracle of spring.

Winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. Flowers are springing up,
and the season of singing has come. 
 Song of Songs sv. 2:11,12 NLT

Letting Go


Did I have a need to give up anything for lent?
That was the question I asked while I waited in
line on Ash Wednesday. I knew some people felt
it was good to fast from certain foods. The Pastor
shared that receiving ashes on our forehead was
a way to remember the shame and guilt of the
cross. Then quickly added we should remember
our baptism.

After receiving the ashes on my forehead, I sat down. Then bowed my head and prayed.
Father, is there anything you want me to give up this season?

The thoughts that came to mind surprised me. They had nothing to do with food. It was
all about my heart.

Let go of your rights to fuss at your husband. Spend more time praying for him. 

Instantly convicted of the truth spoken to me, I prayed the Lord would forgive and change me.
I felt assured he would.

Days later I learned more about giving up my rights, when a friend shared the word render means
 to give up or give back.

Jesus once spoke of rendering to God the things that are God’s. Dave belongs to the Lord. So do I.
In the context of marriage, my role is to honor and respect him.

The Good News of Lent and Easter is the very foundation of our faith as Christians. Without the Cross
there would be no Savior. Without the sacrifice of the perfect son of God, we would be lost in our sin
forever. Without the blood of Jesus, there would be no forgiveness. And the resurrection of Jesus
gives brings new life and the power to change.

I am so thankful for God’s promises that make repentance possible. Aren’t you?

If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9 

Being confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus. Phil: 1:6 

Gratefully His,