The Road Less Traveled

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The world tells us there are many ways to God.  The Bible tells us that just isn’t true.  Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” John 14:6 KJV   What a startling declaration.  Now in Matthew seven we are shown the two roads or destinies of the human race.  These are depicted as two highways; the first is a highway that is both broad and wide with enough room for all the multitudes of people who travel it.  It is truly revealing to discover this road is for those “who choose its easy way.” Matt 7:13 LB   Doing wrong comes naturally, it’s easy.  To live a life of self-indulgence is not hard at all.  In fact in feels like the right thing to do, to look after our own interest, to promote ourselves.  But where does it all lead?  Unfortunately, this is the way of human failure.

Why can’t we get it right on our own?  “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the ends thereof are the ways of death.”  Prov 14:12 KJV  Life without God’s son Jesus leaves us vulnerable and anxious.  Man on his own automatically spirals downward.  How easy it is to become more selfish, more self-destructive.  But God in his mercy has shown us another road that when taken leads to an amazing outcome.  Traveling down this road produces a truly rewarding life that ends with the joys of heaven.  “Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate.”  Matt 7:13 LB   But before we embark on the narrow road we must first encounter the faith gate.  Jesus declares, “Yes, I am the gate.  Those who come in by way of the Gate will be saved and will go in and out and find green pastures… My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”  John 10:9, 10  LB

So why doesn’t everyone run not walk to Jesus’ gate?  To choose Jesus is to choose the harder way.  The gate is narrow and the way often difficult.  However, this inspirational life is really the only life worth living.  It requires complete dedication for real success and results in a steady growth of character and love for others.  Jesus is called the pearl of great price; a man sells all he has to acquire this great treasure.  “…When he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all the he had, and bought it.”  Matt 13:46 LB

Living the Christian life is the most challenging life possible.  In fact it is so challenging that it cannot be lived through human power.  No matter what obstacles we are up against God assures us His power to thrive is available right now.  “O Lord God!  You have made the heavens and earth by your great power, nothing is too hard for you.”  Jer 32:17 LB   God is waiting to transform the hardness of your life into a masterpiece for all to see.  Which road will you choose to follow?  It makes all the difference!

Click here to read a beautiful poem about life with God.

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God’s Critter’s

Beloved Penny, the rescue dog.  Finding happiness at last.IMG_1215

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful
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The Lord God made them all.

Another rescue doggie I met in the park.IMG_1360-001

A smiling friend.IMG_1324

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.IMG_1296-001

Woodpecker’s get thirsty too.IMG_1332IMG_1113 (2)

A sleepy owl in the park.IMG_1248

One way to cut your grass.IMG_1240

Faithful store guardian.  IMG_1218God’s great camouflage.IMG_0745I can stare just as long!IMG_0954

Click here to see two delightful puffin’s.

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Who’s Perfect?

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It’s easy to associate being perfect with something negative like, “you think your perfect?”  But when it comes to God being perfect it is the most lovely, secure quality we can know.  God sees everything accurately from the beginning to the very end of a matter.  All God’s acts are for a perfect reason.  Not to mention God loves his creation passionately.  We will always have a hard time believing this concept.  Our human understanding is so very limited.  We can take comfort and place absolute confidence in the God who is perfect.

“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us, and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.”  1 John 4:18

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked word to bring to us eternal life through his death.  In this act we see what real love is…” 1 John 4:9,10

Here is a poem I wrote while camping last weekend.  I love sharing thoughts with you about our wonderfully perfect God.

Perfect Righteousness
O Lord, your name is God
Majestic, holy, all powerful One
Wonderful, beyond compare, to thee we laud
Declaring words to whom all men have sung

We bow in humble adoration
All season of life being yours alone
Authority, Dominion, exultation
The way, the path of men are shown

Glory in the righteousness of the Almighty
Worship Him in splendor and repose
This day we bring the One we praise most highly
Forever rest before the God who knows

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Click here to read another blogger’s thoughts on God’s passionate love for us.

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The Seeker

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Summertime; hues of yellow, red, and violet.
The earth is speaking so I am silent.
A God who whispers, “Are you listening?”
I would, you see, but life is sickening.
Come, show a way to escape from the mess
For everything’s yelling, “You are only a guess!”

Summertime, clouds relaxing, lying in their sunny lawn chairs.
Moon, stars all unchanging circle around me.
I can’t hear you. Are you the man in the moon?
Do you go on vacation and sleep past noon?

Summertime; grass growing, warm breezes embrace my frozen heart
Believing in the solitude of someday, deep waters run free.
Will it be in their reflection I see me
And God is there?

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