Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Hot Week

Sometimes when life seems gentle, and blessings flood my way, I turn my gaze away from you and soon forget to pray; But when the skies grow darker and courage turns to fear, my anxious voice cries upward, with words you long to hear… ‘Lord, I need you when the sea of life is calm; O Lord, I need you when the wind is growing strong; Whether trials come or cease, keep me always on my knees; Lord, I need you; Lord, I need you.’
~Ron Hamilton

We serve a God who wants to abide in us and wants us to abide in Him. What a joy and a privilege to belong to Him. Our pastor is preaching through the book of Romans, last Sunday we were in chapter 8. Nothing can separate us from the LOVE of God, which is in Christ Jesus! He wants us to abide in that love. Most recently my heart has been lead to read and reread John chapters 15 and 17. After 30 years of being a Christian, these truths of abiding in Him, abiding in His love and in His Word are becoming more and  more dear and real, all by God's hand and His grace. What a blessing to be holding the very living WORD of GOD in our hands!

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2,3

I don't know if you can see this, but as Mom and I were sitting outside yesterday we noticed this clump of daises which I'd dug up from growing very close to the front of the house. I had intended to stick them in a hole somewhere else but had not gotten to it yet. Though then only tight buds, here they are, in full bloom...persevering where they were plopped. It reminds me of the above verse from James 1. When preaching through this book, our pastor explained that these "divers temptations" that we fall into are when we are set down into a certain situation that we find "all around us".  

Around here lately:

On these past two hot days, Mom and I spent the early mornings outside as long as we could stand it, then moved in to finish up the rhubarb that our generous neighbor shared with us!! Thank you, Helen!

The last cool break before heading inside.

I hope your week is productive and that you can beat the heat somehow. I still have people coming to the post office window saying, "well, at least it's not SNOW!" You know it was a long Winter when we are still talking about that snow in July. Thanks for stopping by the Hill today.