Lily and Bo

Although the picture quality is not the very best, these pictures of my first great-granddaughter have an undeniable charm.  Bo and Baby Lily have been pals since Lily came home from the hospital as a newborn.  Lily is now three months old.  Today let’s keep our eyes open for unlikely friendships.  You never know what wonderful surprise is just around the corner. IMG_0344IMG_0531 IMG_0533 IMG_0534IMG_0536

“Friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.” I Love Lucy

 

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Come Look Inside a World of Imagination

“…Our God formed the earth by his power and wisdom.”  Jer 10:12IMG_1191

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Turtle RockIMG_1196IMG_1183What kind of creature are you?

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Stop That Runaway Mind!

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A mind is a precious thing to lose.  Who really owns your mind and thoughts?   As believers in Jesus Christ we are called to live on a higher plane, to experience a different world.  “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Rom 12:2   Not a world of negativity or doubt but a positive, wholesome awareness of God and others.  “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right.  Think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”  Phil 4:8   We are not asked to act like naive pollyanna’s but to wisely care for our total person.  This is why we can confidently declare “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.”  Matt 22:37

God made us to work and live best under his counsel and authority.  God’s Word always offers the very best plan for Christian living.   As our Creator He drew up the blueprint for a successful life.  Unfortunately, we often struggle against God when he starts to break our stubborn self-will.  Let us press forward to embrace God’s Word as the final answer.  Only then are we rewarded with experiencing his incredible hope and peace.  “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord.”  Is 26:3   One of our biggest challenges has always been to grow up, to take life seriously and to become responsible, trustworthy individuals.  “…When I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things.”  1 Cor 13:11   As we grow in maturity, we will trust in Christ the Living Word more and more.  We discover that moving toward God gives us the stability we need.  “Those who trust in the Lord are steady as Mount Zion, unmoved by any circumstance.”  Ps 125:1

When your mind is in turmoil and you don’t know which way to turn, look to the one who is able to give superior help and wisdom.  “For he loves us very dearly and his truth endures.”  Ps 117:2   Soon you can say along with the Psalmist, “The Lord himself is my inheritance, my prize.  He is my food and drink, my highest joy!  He guards all that is mine.  I will bless the Lord who counsels me; he gives me wisdom in the night.  He tells me what to do.”  Ps 16:5, 7   Don’t miss out on this vital relationship just so you can say “I did it my way.”  Rather join hands with believers around the world to “…be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.”  Rom 12:2   Instead of living a life of increasing brokenness, come home to the God who heals the mind.  “For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression.”  Ps 112:1   Today open your Bible and let his unchanging words restore to you a new and healthy mind.  Instead of a runaway mind enjoy the amazing benefits of being renewed day by day.

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