Originally posted in December of 2015…interesting to see how my writing and post format have changed over time.
There is a significant difference between knowing about God and truly knowing God. It is all about relationship. To know about Him is to know the right words, to memorize some stories and to even to be able to speak about Him. I have lived this sort of existence for many years of my life and thought I was doing well. Take a moment to think about people in your life…there are some you know about and there are others that you truly know very well. God desires to be someone you truly know.
To truly know Him means to be in relationship with God daily. Through reading, prayer and quiet time between just you and Him. To experience his presence in your daily walk of life. It means you are willing to share your highs and lows with God. It means you love and trust Him. No matter where you are in life the best way to engage this relationship is to accept His Son Jesus Christ into your heart.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Originally posted in November of 2018…
Nothing is to big, to complex. Nothing is to powerful. Nothing is to difficult to solve. When we believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him with our everything, everyday we know that God will guide our way through anything we encounter in life. It may not be the way we would do it on our own, but that is the point, on our own we would get stuck…stopped, without resolution. No matter what it is you are facing, no matter what battle is knocking you down…get back up and surrender the issue to God. That doesn’t mean you stop doing things or stop living, it means you do your best according to God’s word to live by the Fruits of the Spirit and let God take care of the rest. May we all take steps to surrender everything, anything to the Lord. Amen.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Arches National Park in Utah)
Originally posted in October of 2019…
We have access to a guide, a comforter and one who will hold us up in our weakest moments…it is the Holy Spirit. This is a gift from God. If we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and we confess our sins, we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. This is a gift that is greater than anything we will encounter in life. Listen for the Holy Spirit in your life and seek the peace that comes from knowing God is with you. Amen.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)
Originally posted in February of 2019…
We are children of God. He wants to hear from us. We may think, well He is God if He knows everything and life is supposed to go according to His plan why do I need to talk to Him? Think about your relationship with your parents or if you are a parent think about your relationship with your children. In both circumstances the relationship is always enhanced or stronger when we have good cmmunication. The same is true with Father God. Believe in the power of prayer. Amen.
“When We Pray” by Tauren Wells
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)
I am going to be reviewing and re-sharing some previous posts from the last several years for a period of time as I believe now is a time to listen, to reflect and to seek God’s wisdom. May God’s peace be with you. I hope you enjoy some posts from days gone by. Amen.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
(This photo was taken in May of 2014 at a lake in central Minnesota)
“Submit to God and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you.”
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:3-11
(This photo was taken in June of 2015 while traveling through in South Dakota)
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.”
“Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Arches National Park in Utah)
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.”
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
(This photo was taken in May of 2020 at Beaver River Falls in northern Minnesota)
“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
I Know by Big Daddy Weave
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2016 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
Take time to be still and listen when you read God’s Word.
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…”
“Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him…”
(This photo was taken in June of 2020 in a neighborhood near Plymouth, Minnesota)