Rather than reaching for the stars, reach for the Lord…

“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus…Matthew 14:28-29.

I love this passage for so many reasons, but for one, Peter knew that the Lord had the power, ability, and wherewithal to do all things, even giving him the buoyant ability to walk on water. He could have said, Lord would you make the storm cease, but no, he said, Lord, if it’s You, command me to come to You. There was no doubt in Peter’s mind that the Lord could do this, and he knew it only took His word.

In this passage, Peter was reaching for the Lord. He wasn’t reaching for the stars, he was reaching for the one who made the stars..

“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the nightHe made the stars also….Genesis 1:17

Who are you reaching for? What are you reaching for?

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The vessel of success…..

The main purpose of our success, should be to point others to Christ…

Beloved, we should be using the success that the Lord helps us to find, to help others find the Lord. Sadly, when many of us become successful, many of us take the majority of the credit, while giving the Lord the crumbs…

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For THEN you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success….Joshua 1:8..

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name…..

As I sat a little while ago, a storm arose. My room is situated in the corner of our house and I could hear the fierce winds coming in both directions. As I looked out the window the trees were bowing, and the wind caused the rain to fall sideways. All of this didn’t last any longer than about 30 minutes and then there was a great calm.

When I say a great calm, I mean a great calm. It seems as if those same trees that were bowing before are now frozen stiff, and not one leaf on their branches is shimmering nor shaking. As I thought about what I’d just experienced, I said, My God, only You can make such things happen, but people say it’s “mother nature.” Only You Lord, can cause the winds to blow from nowhere while blowing everywhere, not “mother nature.” Only You Lord, can cause water to evaporate from the ocean in the form of water vapor and eventually returns to land and sea in the form of precipitation, not “mother nature.”

All of a sudden I heard the Lord whisper the words echoed in Hebrews 12:26-29, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”

Then I asked, Why are you going to shake earth and heaven Lord?

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one…Psalm 14:1-3

Then the Lord said, “Because of this, My wrath is coming…

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles……Romans 1:18-23

So what does this mean for those of us who believe, hope, trust, and live our lives through Christ? When we live our lives in and through Christ, we’re built on a rock, a firm foundation, which cannot be shaken, but the foolish are NOT so….

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”..Matthew 7:24-27.

DIY Fail…

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My husband and I enthusiastically tackle DIY projects.  And over the years, we have saved a lot of money doing home projects ourselves instead of hiring someone else to complete those improvements.

We make a good team.

But periodically, our projects don’t work out the way we envision.

Maybe you can relate.

Indeed. Such has been the case with the garden located in the side yard,  behind our driveway.

Oh, it is truly a beautiful space.  No arguments ’bout that.  However, its location can sometimes present unique challenges.

You see, our home sits below street level.  Thus, a tremendous amount of run off rushes down our driveway and into the garden during the inevitable east coast, summer thunderstorms.

Swampy puddles tend to form.  For this reason, my husband and I decided to tackle a DIY engineering project this past summer. …

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