Confidence


Are you known to be a confident Christian, teen girl? Where does your confidence rest? In what does your confidence rest? Is your confidence based on the promises of friends? Do you have your future carefully planned and laid out thinking nothing can happen to you? Everyone knows that “life happens” and these carefully laid out plans can quickly change in the twinkling of an eye. However, there is one thing our confidence can be based on and it will never change and that is God’s promises.

Because we are born-again children of God, we have a new covenant with God which states that His promises are never to be broken. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6) Teen girl, isn’t it wonderful that we can rest in God’s promises? The promises of God are many in His word. But let us encourage our hearts that He who is our Creator and holds our salvation in the palm of His hand will fulfill each and every promise! Read with me this morning and be grateful that God’s covenant with you does not rest in your feelings but in His promises!!

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. (1 Kings 8:56)

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalm 9:10)

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. (Psalm 105:8 )

… yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:11b)

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (Romans 4:21)

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13)

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

How can one not have confidence when God has made these promises? He does not lie, therefore, each will be fulfilled! Praise ye the Lord!

Courage


~Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 

How I love Noah Webster’s definition of courage!

COURAGE, n. [L., the heart.] Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering.

Courage that grows from constitution, often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty, acts in a uniform manner.

Be strong and of good courage. Deu 31.

Doing a search of the phrase “good courage” yielded a goldmine for me! I hope you are blessed as well, teen girl. God’s Word clearly defines “courage” and portrays that we can only have courage through God.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Emphasis mine.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9) Emphasis mine.

And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. (Joshua 10:25) Emphasis mine.

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1 Chronicles 28:20) Emphasis mine.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24) Emphasis mine.

Do these verses not encourage your heart, teen girl? How can we fear what lies before us when God stresses over and over in His word how He will not fail us or forsake us? Are you dealing with belligerent unsaved loved ones? What about kids at school who mock your stand? Are you chastised by the lost because you share what God’s word has to say about homosexuality, adultery, or fornication? Do even other believers shake their heads at you for your stand on the King James Bible? Is the battle for the Lord becoming weary? Be of good courage and take heart! And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28 ) Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8 )

It won’t be long before our battle is over, my friend. Have courage – be strong – it won’t be long before we are with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Revelation 22:3) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (Revelation 22:4)

Thankfulness



~Isaiah 12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. 

The world publishes beautiful graphics of God’s creation – they give intricate details of migration, feeding, flight, etc. But is God given thanks by these same people? They are busy thinking it is due to the process of evolution.

This is where we Christians fail every day. Isaiah tells us to sing unto God and thank Him. Even better, let the earth hear you! We have so much for which to be thankful! Not only has the Lord given us His beautiful creation to look at, but He has given us countless blessings in our lives. Sometimes we must look for the blessings but they are there. It is God’s will for us to be thankful. The average Christian does not think along these lines but the Word of God says so. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ) (Emphasis mine.)

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving… Psalm 95:2a There is no better way to start off your devotional time with the Lord than with giving thanks for everything. I just love this piece – I’ve never found out who actually wrote it, but it shows you just how you don’t have to look far to find God’s blessings in your life. If any of you happen to know who the Author of this wonderful piece is, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

Thank You Lord!

Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning. It has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today; It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that we all enjoy in the yard. My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud, thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times not balanced, thank you Lord, there are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.

I can’t help but think that God smiles from ear-to-ear when He hears this woman’s words in the mornings! She has learned the art of being thankful and finding God’s blessings at every turn in her life. What are you thankful for today?

~Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Your heart


~Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

~Matthew 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

~Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

~Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

~Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

~Mark 10:18 …there is none good but one, that is, God. 

No matter how hard we try, none of us are good. Since Adam and Eve’s fall, not one human being has been without sin. What is sin, teen girl? According to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary,

1. The voluntary departure of a moral agent from a known rule of rectitude or duty, prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command; a wicked act; iniquity. Sin is either a positive act in which a known divine law is violated, or it is the voluntary neglect to obey a positive divine command, or a rule of duty clearly implied in such command. Sin comprehends not action only, but neglect of known duty, all evil thoughts purposes, words and desires, whatever is contrary to God’s commands or law. 1 John 3. Mat 15. James 4. Sinner neither enjoy the pleasures of nor the peace of piety. Among divines, sin is original or actual. Actual sin, above defined, is the act of a moral agent in violating a known rule of duty. Original sin, as generally understood, is native depravity of heart to the divine will, that corruption of nature of deterioration of the moral character of man, which is supposed to be the effect of Adam’s apostasy; and which manifests itself in moral agents by positive act of disobedience to the divine will, or by the voluntary neglect to comply with the express commands of God, which require that we should love God with all the heart and soul and strength and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. This native depravity or alienation of affections from God and his law, is supposed to be what the apostle calls the carnal mind or mindedness, which is enmity against God, and is therefore denominated sin or sinfulness. Unpardonable sin, or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is supposed to be a malicious and obstinate rejection of Christ and the gospel plan of salvation, or a contemptuous resistance made to the influences and convictions of the Holy Spirit. Mat 12.

SIN, v.i.

1. To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned. Psa 51.

2. To offend against right, against men or society; to trespass. I an a man more sinn’d against than sinning. And who but wishes to invert the laws of order, sins against the’ eternal cause.

This definition is totally different from today’s definition of sin. Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary defines sin as:

1 a : an offense against religious or moral law b : an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible [it’s]c : an often serious shortcoming : FAULT
2 a : transgression of the law of God b : a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

Pretty diluted, isn’t it? This is how today’s world thinks, however.  Man’s heart is desperately wicked so of course he would prefer today’s definition of Merriam Webster’s.

So what is considered sin? We can start at the beginning with the Ten Commandments. This is God’s law to mankind. Have you broken one of these? Have you lied – even just once, teen girl? Then by admission, you are a liar. Have you ever stolen – even a pen from work? Then by admission, you are a thief. Breaking any of these commandments makes us a sinner. Because of this fallen nature, it is impossible to keep all the commandments. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10) Therefore, we must be punished for breaking God’s laws. It does not matter if you do good things like help the poor. It doesn’t matter if you give lots of money to the church. Although it’s nice that you did these things, the fact of the matter is that punishment is still needed for breaking God’s commandments. They weren’t put there just so a movie could be made. The Ten Commandments were given as the Law by God. They are our “teacher” and are there to show us that we are sinners.

Let’s say that you were sentenced to pay a penalty of $50,000 by a judge because you were caught stealing. You tell the judge that you do not have $50,000 and that you are really sorry for your crime but could he let you go this one time. The judge replies that he is a good judge but someone has to pay the penalty for this crime. A friend of yours shows up and says he’ll pay the $50,000 for you. Someone already in prison could not pay this penalty for you but this friend was free to do so. The judge accepts his payment and lets you go.

This is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us. Because God is a Good and Righteous Judge, He demands that the penalty for breaking His Laws be paid. Because God’s love for us is so great, Jesus Christ chose to take on the form of man so He could take the punishment for our sins and pay that penalty. Jesus said, “Father, I’ll pay their debt for them! I’ll become that sacrifice You require of shed blood and I will shed My own blood for them. Only Jesus Christ could do this because He did not sin once while He lived on earth. He was the only one qualified to pay this penalty. No man could do it because all men have sinned. Now that’s love, my friend!

The born-again believer no longer has to pay the penalty because our debt has been paid by Jesus Christ Himself. Will we continue to sin? Yes, but we will sin less. The believer has been given the Holy Spirit of God and He resides in us to teach us and guide us in how to live a more righteous life. Every day is a challenge for the believer to live a godly life. But it is a joyous challenge because we no longer have to fear spending eternity in hell! What joy!

When you look at the lost today, remember that his heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. He is serving his father, the devil. Have pity on the lost and share with them the reason for your joy. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15)

This is the whole point of His birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection!

Dear God…
Your Law showed me my sin
Impossible to obey
Then Jesus paid my debt
He is the only Way.

Being Meek


Am I the only one out there that stands amazed at how the meaning of words become diluted through time? This morning, I was curious to see what was today’s definition compared to what the Bible’s definition would be. And so let us feast upon God’s Holy word.

The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary describes meek as:

1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild
2 : deficient in spirit and courage : submissive
3 : not violent or strong : moderate

I was particularly drawn to the second definition. This states that if you are meek, you are submissive and you are deficient (lacking) in spirit and courage! Is it any wonder that the world does not respect a meek person or even desire to be meek? If the world does not desire to be meek, then they desire to be the opposite. I see this among attitude amongst teenagers today.  There is a rise in anger and bullying – where is the meekness?  This is just as true amongst Christian teens.  The antonyms for meek are “proud, stubborn and domineering.” Ah yes, this does sound like the world – yes, it sounds like worldly Christians, too.  Are you one of these, teen girl?

When you read your Bible using today’s definitions, you get a twisted vision of what God is communicating to us. Merriam-Webster says that the meek person is deficient in courage! The One who was Chief in meekness went to die on Calvary’s cross for our sins. That does not sound like someone who is deficient in courage, does it? Christ tells us to learn meekness from Him. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

I could hardly wait to read what Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary would have to say about this word. I love to use his dictionary because it defines words used in the King James Bible and allows us to glean more from God’s word. We get the true intent of the verse, not a diluted version.  Oh what a blessing!! Let’s see what Noah has to say about meekness:

1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men. Num 12.

2. Appropriately,humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” Mat 11.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5.

The Lord sure does portray a different picture of a meek person in the mind’s eye, doesn’t He? This definition portrays a man of great self control and a heart for submission to the will of God. Is this the way you demonstrate yourself, teen girl? As I meditate on this, I can’t help but think of the dear saints who were martyred for the cause of Christ. I think Jesus Christ, who epitomized meekness to the point of death on the cross for our sins so we can have eternal life through Him. Thank You Lord for not being proud or stubborn when Your Father left our souls in Your very hands!

It took great courage for our Saviour to go to the cross despite knowing what awaited Him! I absolutely love my children! I also believe that I would die for them if I had to. If I could choose the way I die, I would definitely not pick burning or drowning. I think either of these would be a horrible and painful death. I began to wonder if I would die for my children if I knew ahead of time that I had to burn to death in order to save them! Would I still do it? Christ knew and yet He still died for us! Oh what love! Oh what meekness! I can’t even begin to imagine the pain He suffered on the cross. If you want to see a good article on this very topic, please read: Medical Aspects of The Crucifixion.  Knowing ahead of time that this was His mission, He was meek and submitted to the Father’s will despite of this knowledge!

Practicing meekness as Christ did draws us closer to the Father increases our joy in the Lord. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psalm 22:26) For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psa 149:4) The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29:19)

The Lord loves the meek so much that He picks them up in time of need and brings them comfort. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. (Psalm 147:6) He feeds them through His word and guides them in their daily lives. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (Psalm 25:9) He teaches us, comforts us and gives us peace. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29) The meek are satisfied with what God provides and they praise Him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psalm 22:26)

How does God regard a meek Christian teenage girl?

1. They are blessed – Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

2. They are protected from the Judgment – Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. (Zepheniah 2:3)

3. They will inherit the earth – But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37:11)

4. He takes pleasure in His children and gives them salvation – For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)

5. They are of great value to Him – But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Peter 3:4)

Oh Lord, help us to draw nigh to You so we can learn from You in this area of meekness. Help us to practice daily self control and to be gentle with others. May our feelings not be easily hurt but may we be forgiving and longsuffering toward those who hurt us. And finally, Lord, may we be submissive to Your will in all areas of our Christian walk. Remove from us our sinful pride and create in us a right spirit.

Dear God…
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Giants in your land?



Numbers 13:31-33 (But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

If you take a moment to read this entire chapter, you will remember that God promised the children of Israel the beautiful land of Canaan. However, somewhere along the way, the children of Israel forgot the blessings of yesterday – how this same God had rescued them in times passed! This was the same God who parted the Red Sea so they could escape Pharaoh and his chariots! (Exodus 14) In today’s reading, it does not appear as though the children of Israel remembered God’s power. How sad it is that we soon forget God’s blessings and the miracles He performs in our every day lives!

I’m certain that you’ve been in situations in life where you have felt like you were a grasshopper in comparison to the giant of a problem you were experiencing. I know that I have been in those circumstances many a time! Some days it felt as though I had to climb a mountain in order to get over the crisis of the day. Today’s photo of this beautiful mountain really spoke to my heart as I was working on this devotional. As impossible as it seems to be able to climb this mountain, the solution to my crisis seemed just as impossible! I really felt as though I was that grasshopper in the midst of giants. I can almost feel exactly what the children of Israel were feeling!

So how is a Christian teen girl suppose to act when she is confronted with a ‘giant’? I love the Jewish holy days that the Jews were commanded to celebrate. God knows our weaknesses. He created days where the children of Israel had to take time out of their busy schedule to honor Him, to remember His blessings and how He gave them shelter during their storms! God knows that when we take a moment to remember His goodness, our discouragement or feelings of being overwhelmed will be easier to handle. The storm of life does not go away but we are aware that the Lord can help us through them. (Psalm 121:1-2) In giving the people holy days to remember, God gave them an opportunity to reflect and remember what He had done for them. The Psalmist, David, practiced this very thing as he shared in three of his psalms: Psalm 42:6, Psalm 77:10, and Psalm 77:11  A Christian who makes it a practice to remember God’s goodness on a daily basis will be able to fight the giants in his spiritual life.

What giant are you facing today, teen girl? Do you feel like a grasshopper in the midst? Think back on the problems and trials in your life thus far. If you’re reading this devotional, then I can safely assume that you survived each one through the grace of God! 🙂 Remember how the Lord worked out the details and blessed you?! Those were yesterday’s giants – you are yesterday’s grasshopper! Yet the Lord conquered your giant, my friend. What makes you think that He would not help you with this giant? Meditate on the details of yesterday’s trial and how God worked every one of them out! This will make your heart tender and will prepare it for praise, honor and worship.

We are exhorted to give thanks in all things. Wow, Paul, really? But how can we give thanks when we are in the midst of a severe trial? How can I thank God for this crisis? Paul gives us the answer:

Eph. 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

When I sing hymns and spiritual songs, my mind cannot focus on my problems. In so doing, I place a song in my heart – I’ve converted my sorrowful heart into a joyful one. A thankful heart will not have room for defeat because it is too busy being thankful – it is too busy being grateful for what the Lord has done in days gone by. Christians need to celebrate days of remembrance of their own – our own personal ‘holy’ days, if you will. When our prayer life includes song, worship and thankful praise to our Lord and Saviour for the many blessings that we have, we do not have time for bitterness. A grateful heart does not give himself an opportunity for complaining! (Job 5:8-9)

When we complain about our life, we place ourselves in a position where we display a bad testimony. It’s a bad testimony to have an ungrateful heart because it shows others that our God is not able! It is also showing our children and other Christians around us just how much we do not trust the Lord to take care of our giants! (Proverbs 3:5-6) We reveal just how much of a grasshopper we believe that we are!

Is our God able or isn’t He? He is still the ultimate Conqueror! (Romans 8:37-39) He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This same God who parted the Red Sea and conquered the giants in Canaan, will help you with your giants! David not only faced his giant (Goliath), he ran towards him. (1 Samuel 17:48) David knew that his God was able to help defeat his giant because he remembered how his God brought him through previous trials! (1 Samuel 17:37)

Proverb 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Seeking


Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1 Many think that they need to go to church to seek God or have fellowship with Him. Yes, there are places which promote solitude of heart and communing with the Lord seems to be sweeter there. When my husband and I were out sightseeing one day, we came across this quaint and very old church (built in the 1800’s) in Virginia. But is this the only place we can find solace?

We also visited the Natural Bridge in Southern Virginia. God’s creation is so beautiful and the work of His Hand is breathtaking. Just walking the trails to get to the bridge were peaceful and serene. All we could hear was the babbling of the brook as it led us to a small waterfall. As we sat through the Genesis story that evening and watched the light show in conjunction with each day of creation, God’s beauty combined with the Scriptures and our hearts were full.

One does not need to look far to see the Lord at work. I believe we live in one of the most beautiful areas in our country, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. This photo was taken during one of our motorcycle rides through the Blue Ridge and our eyes could not believe what they were seeing! It was a gloomy day, the rain was coming in and we were hurrying to get to the valley before the storm came in. What a breath taking scene, to say the least. Again, God’s handiwork spoke to me and filled me with awe for a God who intricately created this earth and its beauty.

This same God who created earth’s awesome wonders, created me as well and all my intricacies. Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Don’t you think we are wonderfully made? This picture of the inner ear reveals the intricacies of our bodies and it reveals a side of God that should overwhelm our spirits! This is only our inner ear, dear reader! I could post picture after picture of other parts of our bodies that are equally as intricate. But the point is that God is the creator of them all!

I shared all these pictures just to say that our Lord God should be sought, not only in church, nature, or when we examine His creation, but also we should be seeking to learn more about Him and becoming more like His precious Son. We should seek after God as if we are dying of thirst and can’t get enough of Him when we come to commune with Him. We can find these beautiful places in our mind’s eye even if we are sitting in our private place as we do our devotions and studying.

Dear God…
May I seek You early
Before the start of day
And cling to every word
You reveal along my way