MONDAY, JULY 9

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; Let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. -Psalm 96:11-12 (NIV)

It had been a day. You know the kind: Spouse out of town, kids .wound up from school, dinner taking extra long to get on the table, and bedtime strung out with a few added requests for milk, water,

books, and snuggles. The days with two little ones can be so long; I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I do value the few minutes of peace I get when everyone is safely tucked in.

Shutting their doors for (really) the last time, I made my way down the stairs feeling completely discouraged. Olivia’s final, unprompted “I love You, Ma” after my terse denial to keep her milk cup in her bed had pretty much broken me.

Suddenly, I heard a huge gush of water. A thunderstorm unloaded gallons of rain on our neighborhood. I rushed to the window, in awe of this midsummer deluge, and that’s when I saw it: the most beautiful

sunset looming low in my kitchen window.

I have no doubt that God sent me that sunset to remind me that His mercies, like my patience, will be renewed in the morning.

Perhaps foolishly, I marched back upstairs, sneaked into the kids’ rooms, and covered their dozing faces with kisses.

Now, when I see a beautiful sunset at that window, I’m reminded that God knows my heart and hears my prayers, even when I forget to say them out loud!

God, help me to remember that these precious children are Yours, only on loan to me for a little while, and that sleep always, eventually, comes.

-Ashley Kappel

Digging Deeper: Genesis 9:16; Psalm 19:1; Lamentations 3:22-23

 

DAILY GUIDEPOSTS

 

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS

Don’t miss this Saturday’s exhibit by Christian Martian Arts…

The agenda was adopted…the minutes were approved… the final secretary gave a grief report.

We have received word of sudden passing of Rev. Smith this morning during the worship service. Now let’s sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

This Sunday morning following services we will have our monthly feelowship.

 



IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING . HE LOVES YOU

His unfailing love … is as great as the height of the heavens above.  -Psalm 103: 11 NLT

No matter what the other disciples told him about the resurrection, Thomas wanted to see for himself-so for 7 days he sat on his hands. He needed firsthand evidence. And Jesus gave it to him. “Put your finger here and see my hands.

Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (In 20:27 NLT). And Thomas did-“My Lord and my God!” (In 20:28 NLT). Only God could come back from the dead. And only a God of love would come back for a doubter.

Know what? Our doubts don’t separate us from God’s love! Listen: “For his unailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height ofthe heavens above” (Ps 103: 11 NLT). The big news of the Bible is not that you love God-but that He loves you! He says your name is engraved on the palm of His hand. His thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. He sees the worst in you yet still believes the best. Your sins of yesterday and your failings in the future don’t surprise Him; He knows them all. Every day and every deed of your life has passed before His eyes and been calculated in His decision.

He knows you better than you know yourself. And He’s reached His verdict: “1 love you!” No discovery will disillusion Him, no rebellion dissuade Him. He loves you with an unfailing love, and that knowledge can lift you, restore you and put you back on your feet.

 

Taken from “The Best of The Word for You” 2007