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Ants and God’s Word

antThere are amazing creatures that live under our feet every day that we never notice. I was sitting in my front yard enjoying the weather and I looked down at the grass. It was alive with ants and bugs. I saw one particular area that had constant movement of ants going up and down. It is fascinating how God created such small beings and that they have their part in maintaining this life that we have. A quick search on the internet showed me that ants take care of other insects, spread some seeds, cultivate the soil and are food.

Usually the only time I notice ants is when they bite me and then I am ready to do whatever it takes to remove them. During Easter some of my grandchildren hunted Easter eggs in my front lawn. We soon realized that we would have to check every plastic egg for little black ants because they had infiltrated the eggs through the small holes in the short time between them being placed in the yard and the children finding them.

They are a nuisance but I am not going to put a lot of chemicals on my front lawn to kill them off. They also deserve a place to live but maybe not in my front yard. I want to find natural solutions to this problem. And once again the internet does provide several suggestions. I am amazed how much information is on the internet for easy access to help with just about any problem.

I am also amazed that when I have a problem or need encouragement there is a place that I can go to understand how to solve the problem or get my encouragement. I am not talking about the internet now but rather the Word of God. Inside the pages of those 66 books lies all that anyone would ever need to live a fulfilling life. And yet so many people do not take advantage of this wonderful life giving item that God has given us. That makes me sad because I know that God’s Word brings life and life abundantly.

The ants may scramble around in my front yard until I find a way to remove them but I will do all I can to keep the Word of God circulating through my mind. I pray that I never reach the point where His word has left my mind, because on that day life will not be worth living.

We may not enjoy the pests in our lawn but we can enjoy our week and the Word of God. I will be back next week with more.


And Then God

when all hope is goneIf I am being honest I would say that I go through my life feeling a bit like I haven’t lived up to my potential. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t done all I could do or gone everywhere I could have gone, or shared the gospel with enough people. And then God arranges a meeting with some missionary friends who helped me see that where I am is not the wrong place. They helped me see that I am a light right where I have been planted. They encouraged me to continue what I am doing and be the light where I am.

Funny I remember encouraging others the same way. And then God shows me that I am the one who needed the same encouragement. Today Bob and I had the wonderful privilege of spending time with Paul and Kathy Cagle who are missionaries who spend most of their time in Poland. Our friendship goes back to the 1990’s when we met them on a trip to Mexico. We became immediate friends and no matter how many miles are physically between us we have a wonderful bond that only God could create.

As we sat and shared a meal I had no agenda except to share pictures of the grandchildren. And then God encouraged me to share a book I have been working on with Kathy. I just happened to have a copy of it on my phone and she read it. She encouraged me to continue working on the stories and get them published. I am amazed how God works and directs me especially when I least expect it.

So remember this week, when you least expect it, you might also have an …and then God….moment. Remember to thank Him and share with others what God has done so they can thank God and share with others. We can all encourage one another with our moments. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Encourage With a Prayer

James 5 16I have experienced some immediate answers to prayers lately and I am amazed and awestruck by them. The prayers and events were nothing earth shattering but they were answered the way I requested and that amazed me.

My husband has been trying to get together with some people and unable to get them to respond to his request. I prayed that God would make this happen and out of the blue he met up with one of the people and they went to the other person and set up the meeting.

I have a friend who I try to encourage as often as possible, but this person had a need for encouragement from other sources. I prayed that God would bring encouraging people their way and I heard the other day that God answered that prayer and they heard from others the encouragement they needed.

Bob was having a bad day on Friday and on top of that traffic was bad. It looked like it would take him around 1 1/2 hours to get home. I said a short prayer and asked God to help him make it in an hour. I do not know how God did it because the traffic was bad but he made it home in an hour.

I praise God because He listens and takes care of some of the small things for us. He keeps us safe and helps us through the day and gives us opportunity to help others through their days.

I challenge you to pray for someone else even if it is for something that seems insignificant. A small thing going right can be all the encouragement someone needs to make it through the day. Watch for the answer and when it comes rejoice in God, and thank Him for his faithfulness.

So take the challenge and help a friend. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.



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