For the Beauty of the Earth

So much we are unsure of, devastation, young men who have not found Christ yet and kill, kill others who make them afraid; everywhere we turn, cancers and tumors and death, fear for some and worry...prayers for all.  Then, Gosnell, I cannot even call him Dr., a real Dr. saves lives, not kills, he helps, builds up, not tears down; earthquakes where buildings fall and collapse, more lives lost, a 12 yr. old dies because no one knew he was diabetic, a mom with no sleep because she is with her 2 yr. old she knows is diabetic, a mother who "regrets she had children?" friends who lose a baby before he is complete, yet, he is complete in Christ.  That is the secret.   

"The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens."
Proverbs 3:19

"As the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain."
2 Samuel 23:4

"Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?"
Exodus 15:11

"As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes."
Psalm 103:15

"For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream..."
Jeremiah 17:8a

"I will sing to the Lord,
for He is highly exalted;"
Exodus 15:1a

"The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father's God, and I will extol Him."
Exodus 15:2

"Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge."
Psalm 19:2

Jesus never said our lives would not see trouble, calamity, sickness, strife, worry, fear, but He did say He would give us the strength to make it through, to carry on, to be a witness to His Name, and to bring glory to Him in ALL things.

"Then say, "Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise."
1 Chronicles 17:35

"And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, 
if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be 
compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Romans 8:17-18

You see, when Christ is our hope, there is a hope, because "our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort" (2 Cor. 1:7); there is a peace that transcends all understanding, a courage, a confidence, there is strength in the name of Jesus, that He will be with you, He will walk alongside and will guide and hold when you begin to fall.  

For our neighbors who lost their husbands, neighbors who lost their dad and a mom, those we know and don't know with cancers and tumors, a great aunt with hip replacement surgery, church friends awaiting tests or surgeries, others simply struggling to hear where God wants them to be, to live, to worship, to serve, we God to fulfill His promises as we work.

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  
Romans 15:13

Always giving thanks for you dear readers, I pray in some small way you are touched by the mighty hand of God today. 

Let me know how God has richly blessed you.and.give.thanks.

In His Grace,

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