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James 1:2-8, Acts 16:22-34, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

During suppertime, my family and I listen to an audio book.  We just got through listening to The Long Winter.  The Ingalls family endured blizzard after blizzard.  After one of the blizzards, it had snowed so much, that when Laura looked out her upstairs bedroom window, snow had reached that level and she could see horses walking by on the new very snowy road.  During some blizzards, Pa would play his fiddle as the family sang.

In January of 2014, Cedar Rapids, Iowa was enduring winter.  One day that month, there was a big, chilly wind gust.  After that blast of frigid air, I heard a chickadee singing.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were beat up, put in prison and the stocks.  While in prison, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns at around midnight.  Their joy in the midst of trial must have pleased God, because he provided an earthquake that made “the prison doors…open, and everybody’s chains came loose.”

Are you going through a storm in your life?  If so, it’s time to start singing.

 

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Matthew 7:13-14

Soon, July 4th will be here.  Celebration has already begun in our city with a Freedom Festival Parade and even a new PAWtriotic parade with dogs, cats, horses, etc. was planned.

Let’s step away from a festive frame of mind for a moment and rewind back to the American Revolutionary War.  “Throughout the course of the war, an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war.”  https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/american-revolution-faqs

Of those thousands that died in the Revolutionary War, we can’t know how many were saved.  We do know that Jesus said “few” will end up on the narrow road to life.

Unsaved Americans that died in the Revolutionary War don’t have another chance to live even one minute for Jesus.  We do.

Jeremiah 6:16

My family reads “Our Daily Bread” a lot.  On May 9, 2008, Mart De Haan wrote about a lady in labor and hero horses.  Enjoy this short Mother’s Day story:  http://odb.org/2008/05/09/horsepower/

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Psalm 72:6

With spring comes rain and beautiful flowers, and the need to mow.  In Psalm 72:6 (KJV), “mown grass” is mentioned, but it’s not referring to the mown grass we think of.  Here’s an explanation from BiblicalTraining.org:

In early Bible times, mowing of the ripe grain was done with a short sickle made of pieces of sharp flint set in wood or even bone. As the Hebrews became more technologically advanced, they made sickles made of metal—bronze and then iron. The farmer grasped the grain with his left hand and lopped off the stalks fairly high up. They were then bound into sheaves and taken to the threshing floor.

The “king’s mowings” in Amos 7:1 refers to the first cut of spring herbage which was to be given as tribute to the kings of Israel to feed their horses. After that the owner of the field could have his portion.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

mo’-ing, (gez, “a shearing,” “cut grass”): In Ps 72:6 the good king’s rule is said to be “like rain upon the mown grass,” to start the new growth (compare 2Sa 23:4;Ho 6:3).”

2 Kings 6:8-20

Have you ever faced a problem that seemed insurmountable?  Elisha’s servant did.  He was troubled when he saw the city surrounded by an enemy army.  But the servant didn’t have to fret for long.  Elisha prayed that God would let his servant see what he could see:  chariots and horses of fire all throughout the hills, surrounding Elisha.  What an awesome and assuring sight for the servant to behold!  You can almost feel peace sweeping through verse 17 as you imagine Elisha and his servant together witnessing the mighty protection of God.

Sometimes we can take our safety for granted.  So, if you generate a list of what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, remember to thank God for all of the unknown protection!  THANKS be to God for GIVING us protection!

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