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Psalm 62:7 (GW)

7 My salvation and my glory depend on God.    God is the rock of my strength, my refuge.

CHRIST
CHRIST (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

I know, I know from the date and the words possibly a marble or two short!  Well, I am completely unapologetic about being tardy!  Yesterday we celebrated the independence of a great nation but every day somewhere someone is celebrating some form of independence.  Whether it is from an addictions, abusive relationships, school, leaving the nest or sin.  These celebrations of independence happen more than just once a year.

Independence from sin has proved tricky because for me it has meant total dependence upon Christ.  I can wave my hands and proclaim from the highest peaks how independent I am but the truth remains that without my dependence on the Lord those things that previously had me bound will find ways to send tendrils to stealthily pull me back in left to my own devices.

Today I celebrate with so many others the independence that life lived for Christ and salvation brings, while celebrating the joy and contentment found in being totally dependent on God!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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samuel barber - adagio

samuel barber – adagio (Photo credit: the|G|™)

Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

14 I praise you  because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well.

won·der

verb (used without object)

1.to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.

2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by at ): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.

3. to doubt: I wonder if she’ll really get here.

Today, as most days I am filled with awe when I think about all that God has done!  When I look pictures of  massive destruction created by fire, wind and water I am blown away.  When I think about how God created the universe and all things therein from the largest mountain to the teeny tiniest critter I am  struck dumb.
With extremely critical eyes I can view my own body, the ways it has changed and morphed through the years according to a plan not designed by man but by a loving, caring and compassionate God, who loves me enough to know the numbers of hairs on not only my head but every one of His children.
Like a child I am filled with marvelous, wordless awe and rivers of hope.  My hope is renewed because I know that God made a covenant with Noah  “11 I establish my covenant   with you:   Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. “ Genesis 9:11.  If I know nothing else, I know that God does not lie. His word is always good and every time I see a rainbow I feel the connection of the ages and His continuity of His covenant.   Things may be rough, it may be hot, the end may not be in immediate sight, but God’s promises of protection and care are always sure, even when we doubt or question.
Making His praise glorious!
Ree

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Storm damage in Centervale Park

Storm damage in Centervale Park (Photo credit: WBUR)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;  for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Sitting on the couch Friday evening, knitting needles moving swiftly I listened to the wind fiercely and loudly shrieking and howling.  With each stitch I prayed seeking God’s continuous protection and care.  The warnings on the television screen were persistent, the storm was swift and had traveled a long distance in a short period of time, wreaking havoc along its path.  Touching down here in Richmond where days earlier destruction and damage previously paid an unwelcome visits.

Rejoice, how can we?  Lives were lost, millions of people are still without power and the relentless heat is promising to again pay scorching homage to this day.  I rejoice in knowing that as bad as it was it could have been so much worse.   I rejoice as I witnessed stories of neighbors helping neighbors.  The picture of an extension cord snaking its way from the generator of one house down the driveway, across the street and up the stairs to power the refrigerator of a neighbor with children.

Through fires and storms God’s presence is witnessed and felt by the hands outstretched to help.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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