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I asked my niece Gracie to paint me a picture a few years ago with the title Harmony. This picture now sits above my bed and reminds me that life is ever changing. The picture portrays all four seasons.

It starts with the spring. The leaves are budding out as the chlorophyll begins to enter the end of the branches of the trees.  This is the point when God is restoring what the winter has taken away. To me, this symbolizes when God is restoring my marriage, my body, or maybe just coming out of a low time of my life.

The second season on her beautiful painting is summer when the chlorophyll reaches its highest point. For the mature tree, it means the leaves are greener than ever. This symbolizes to me the high points in life. When thing are going great and nothing can bring you down. Most people love this season.

Then she painted fall. A great display of color as the leaves begin to change and then wither away. The wind blows and takes what was once great and makes it something average. This to me, is when I begin to let the ways and the thoughts of the past in again. God goes from first on my list to a measly third or fourth. Hope begins to fade.

Her continuation ends with winter. There is snow on the branches of the tree; everything looks dead and irreversible. This symbolizes to me the lowest part of life. When nothing seems to be going right. Hope seems to be lost and it seems that God is nowhere to be found.

The Lord promises us in Psalms 33:18-19 that he will sustain us as He does all of His creation. Harmony is when we stay in His presence no matter what season we are in. The seasons come and they go. We are sure to see each season many more times in our life. Sometimes they last longer that they have to, but Gracie really nailed it when she used the four seasons to portray harmony.

Behold, the Lord's eye is upon those who fear him {who revere am worship him with awe}, who wait for him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness, to deliver them from death and keep them from famine. Psalms 33:18-19


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Going Home

Going Home

All of the loss from the weekend has really got me thinking of what God is trying to tell me. I do believe Gods promise in Romans 8:28 and I am always looking for his answers. Most people want to know the details of everything that has happened. I want to know what God is up to! Believe me, when I say, He doesn’t make mistakes!

I thank You, God, for my wife and my kids. I thank you for a wife strong enough to put up with all of my whining and complainings. I told her that I loved her just a few minutes ago. I thank you for kids that are not perfect, but do love you. I will hug all of my kids today. I thank you for another day on this earth to make a difference in someone’s life. I thank you for another day with my parents. I think I will call them right now!

We must realize that we are all one step from going home. Tomorrow is not promised. As our friends and family have gone home, we too must prepare our hearts for the day we meet Jesus.

If you are searching for the good in everything that happens, you will most definitely find it. It’s his promise, not mine.

Romans 8:28 New Living Translation (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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