July is my favorite month of the year. It is the month full of family birthdays including mine. First thing on my birthday morning I read a birthday message that Bob left on my mirror in the bathroom. I was also blessed with a wonderful surprise visit at work from my daughter and two grandsons. They came bearing balloons, a card, a cookie cake, a large cupcake, flowers and a violet plant. Wow so much fun. The boys enjoyed demonstrating a few little dances to anyone who would watch.
All my children remembered my birthday. My son Matt sent a great card from his family and my son Chris and his family called and sang me a birthday song. Between in person birthday wishes from family and co-workers, cards, facebook wishes and phone calls it was a great day to know people care. I feel especially blessed to have a loving husband, family and such a thoughtful daughter and grandsons who live close by. The older I get the more challenging birthdays become, but with family and friends that love me, they are easier to bear.
Life is all about connections and building relationships. Those relationships help us celebrate the good times and get through the rough times in our lives. There is one relationship I could not live without, that is my relationship with God. It keeps me steady in the good times and the bad. Without God I would not have the courage to go on in this life. He is my rock and my salvation.
Psalm 62:6 (NASB)
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
You cannot trust someone you do not know. So trusting God requires having a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Him I suggest that you get a Bible and start the journey in the book of John which is in the New Testament. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
I have not published for a little while because of family fun times. Last week we attended a family reunion with most of my brothers and sisters and their families. It was great. We got to spend time with family members we have not seen in a while and build our relationships. This time we had fewer events planned and spent more time just hanging around at the lodge and swimming and fishing etc… It was great. Although I could not walk as far as I wanted I was able to get around a bit and enjoy myself with family.
When we got home Bob went to the garden and there was an abundant harvest. I decided this morning that I would cook up the tomatoes and peppers along with onions, celery and some broccoli that I had in the fridge to make some tomato juice. We ended up with some juice and some tasty tomato paste. I think we can use it all. (I hate throwing anything out that tastes good.)
I love that we plant seeds and nurture the plants and can leave them for a while and when we return they have done well with producing. Bob found a very large cucumber that we enjoyed some of for lunch today. We weren’t sure if it would be good because it was so big, but it turned out great.
Over the years as a Christian we have all planted faith seeds in different places among different people. It is not up to us to cause these seeds to grow it is up to us to plant and water and trust God to help them grow and mature. We have to trust God that any good we plant will reap something good, but we can’t get frustrated and try to take this into our own hands and force fruit. Fruit must grow naturally or it does not grow.
Sometimes we allow ourselves to believe we are in charge of the salvation and walk of those around us. We are not. Truthfully, we are only servants of God who spread good news, the results are out of our hands. I am happy with that because I don’t want to be in charge of what other people do and what they think or how they live. I struggle enough taking care of my walk with God.
Mark 4:26-28 (NASB)
26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
God is in control. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a special day for celebrating the beginning of our nation. I am thankful to live in a nation where I am free to live my life the way I feel is right. I am thankful for freedom of religion and freedom of speech and all the other freedoms that we have in this country. I am very thankful for all the men and women who have served in our military to make sure that this country we have is protected from those who would take freedom from us and those who wish us harm.
“……We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness……” Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies —In Congress July 4, 1776
I am thankful for the founding fathers, their wisdom and insight and the Creator of all of us, our Father in Heaven without whom none of us would be here. Let’s pray for the leaders of our country, that they would be given the wisdom that only comes from God to lead this nation into the future.
Enjoy your celebrations.