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WAIT

Our youngest daughter gave birth Wednesday at 8:09 am to a 20 ½ inch, 7.4 lb. baby boy, named Boston. She spent 18 hrs. in labor. Around her was all the medical technology that man could provide, pain medication, fetal monitor, an L&D nurse to check dilation, and family at her side. Yet, the waiting continued throughout the night into the morning, no sleep just, “I’m ready for this baby now! Let’s get this over with!” Megan has never been good with pain or waiting. When the two were synchronized together it was memorable to say the least. When Boston finally joined the human race and snap-shots recording his every move were being taken, joy filled our hearts and the wonder of his presence among us was overwhelming. But, soon the elation turned to concern for he was not crying like the other babies. It was determined he had an infection and the nurses began the process of treating him. There was a rollercoaster of emotions while we waited minute by minute for the status of his condi…

FAITH IMPROVEMENT

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I have the assurance that my faith is growing and bearing the fruit of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ?”I would tell you, "Give careful attention to improve the qualities of your character." Make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. (2 Peter 1:5-7) It is important to be diligent about having the right kind of faith. Believing solely in the principles of the Bible will leave you unfulfilled; it is a simple faith, depending on Christ alone that makes faith grow. It is vital that you pray without ceasing to God asking Him to give you the courage to always have a clear consciousness about boldly doing the right thing no matter t…

WATERING

The Bible teaches us a lesson that many refuse to learn, that to get, we must give. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." (Luke 6:38)

In order to enlarge what we have, we must first scatter. If happiness is what we seek, we must make others happy. If we want to become spiritually strong we must invest in the spiritual good of others. “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” (Proverbs 11:25)

Our city is under a water restriction mandate this summer because of the lack of sufficient rains to fill area lakes. There are designated days in which a home owner can water the lawn—only two days a week. Many simply do not water at all and their grass, flowers, and shrubs turn brown indicating the lack of moisture. When the Scriptures speak of watering others it places no restrictions on…

YEARLY GOODNESS

Every hour of every day, all year long God is abundantly blessing us. His mercy is on us whether we are asleep or awake. No matter how dark our situation God never ceases to shine his radiant beams of love over us. His inexhaustible loving-kindness like a river flows down to us from heaven’s throne. Even the atmosphere that continually surrounds planet earth allows the support of life for all mankind. He is the most benevolent God—it’s His nature. The sun, moon, and harvest are triggers of the ebb-an-flow of his magnificent grace to all. The seasons are ripe with the realized expectation of hope for His abundance to be bestowed unto us. Great is the joy of harvest. The Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. “You crown the year with Your goodness” (Psalm 65:11).
Sadly we are so caught up in the empty promises offered by this world that we fail to give thanks for these great yearly mercies. Let your hearts be warmed by meditating upon the goodness of the Lord. Th…