CONFRONTING SETBACKS

The Continental Divide by George Hallmark

We seem to be in a continental divide in America and the rest of the world.  What is holding us back?  Is it a setback that we did not see coming?  Or is it a worldly influence that struggles for answers?  Both are likely.  We dare to presume to be good people, but God is asking, ‘are you my disciple?’

When the young rich man asked Jesus what he should do to have eternal life, Jesus replied, “Keep the commandments; if you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me.”  –Matthew 19:16-22

Like the young man who sadly left Jesus because he had many possessions,  it is regrettably hard to let God mold us in discipleship.  Herein lies the continental divide as to how immediately we respond to Jesus and what we leave behind for God.  Our best efforts will be rewarded.

 

BEAUTY TO BEHOLD

Art of the West, Hope by Morgan Weistling

ARTFUL WRITING

“The human soul needs beauty even more than it needs bread.”

D.H. Lawrence speaks of needing beauty  in our lives and rightly so because beauty is in the “eye of the beholder.” –Margaret Wolfe Hungerford.

We have God to thank for all the beauty that exists in the world.  Beauty in nature and the seasons, beauty in art, literature and writing, things simple or even abstract.  This young angelic girl sparks hope with faith. 

Sweet heaven, nourish us with your incomparable beauty.

WHEN BLINDNESS IS REMOVED

A Bing Image

ASKING GOD…?

The conversion of Paul as Apostle is a remarkable story that always takes me back to my personal conversion so many years ago…and that conversion must be fearlessly ongoing to the end.

“Open my eyes to see clearly the wonders of your teachings.”

–Psalm 119:18

Lord, every day knock me down from my spiritual high horse so that I may see God.

WONDERS OF PLANTS

A Pexels Image

Something remarkable…

I believe that plants are change makers.  Luckily, I’ve managed to rescue many of my mother’s house and tropical plants to thrive away from Florida’s humid sunshine.  I can still envision where they were in her house, putting a nostalgic smile on my face as I care for them in Georgia.

“Caring for plants provides us this moment of meditation.  You are nurturing your plants, but you are also nurturing yourself, and you are taking time out to rest your mind.”

–Jasmine Jefferson

Plants spotlight wellness in the home and provide a physical and mental well-being.  There in our home refuge, functionality crosses over into abiding calm and peace.  May you be well with your favorite plants at home.