Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Word of Encouragement for Your Week

'Finch' photo (c) 2010, Mark Turnauckas - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Good morning, friend.
I hope your week is off to a great start.
I spent part of my weekend enjoying the activity in the garden from my front-row seat on the patio. The finches and sparrows put on quite a show.
I noticed how each one had its own purpose, it’s own agenda.
I watched as they freely flit in and out beneath the arbor pausing only to flutter in the bird bath or sit and preen themselves on the fence. Their sweet song brought smiles from the inside out.
I admire their freedom; not a care or worry in the world. It’s almost as if they know and understand how our amazing God cares and provides for their every need.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Matthew 6:26)

As you go through this week; perhaps a mix of challenges and joys, blessings and heavy-hearted sighs… or if you’re sputtering along with an empty spiritual tank…resolve right now to make it a great week. One. Day. At. A. Time.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Sometimes it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of our yesterdays and begin fresh and new each morning with a smile, but with Jesus, we certainly can. His compassions NEVER fail. He is ALWAYS with us.
He alone is our true hope.
With all my heart, I want to encourage you today. Whatever leaps of faith you’re contemplating. Whatever dreams you’ve decided to pursue. God can and will replace your uncertainty and doubt with strength and reassurance.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life (Matthew 6:26-27)

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