Perspective

Originally posted in January of 2020…

Outlook…viewpoint…position…approach…frame of mind…attitude.  What feeds your perspective?  What are you consuming with your eyes, your ears and your mind?  What experience or experiences are framing your view?  All of these are inputs into your perspective and they shape your attitude.  If we choose to allow our point of view to be shaped by what goes on around us in a world filled with me first, self-centered, get more attitudes we will become like the world.  The best defense is to build a foundation within your heart and mind that is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We can’t stop the world from trying to influence us, yet we can choose to turn away from the sin and run towards our Savior and Lord.  Jesus said;

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Begin or continue to build a strong foundation for your everyday life…trust in the Lord and you will find peace.  Amen.

DSC_0029-1 publish

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

(This photo was taken in July of 2019 at a lake place in northwestern Wisconson)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Patience

Originally posted in May of 2018…

When we believe and we trust in God we will be required to develop patience in this world.  Circumstances will often look hopeless and many people will despair and be engulfed in sadness and fear, that is the way of evil.  We must never give up hope, we must trust in God to continue working for the good for us and for everyone.  God does not make bad things happen, He is not tempting you with things that are not good…that is sin in the world and we humans invited that sin into this world.  God is at work in all the bad we have created to bring out goodness, kindness and love.  Believe in Him who created us, believe in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ and see the good things that can happen in your life in this world.  May God’s peace and joy be with you.

DSC_0734 publish

“I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:13-14

(This photo was taken in July of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To Know Him

Originally posted in December of 2015…interesting to see how my writing and post format have changed over time.

DSC08480 publish

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.”

Romans 12:2

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Everything, Anything

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.

DSC_1443 publish

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 near Arches National Park in Utah)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Spirit

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.

DSC_0001 (2) publish

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.”

John 14:25-27

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Power Of Prayer

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

DSC_0894 publish

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflect And Share

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.

DSC09023 publish

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.”

James 1:19-21

(This photo was taken in May of 2014 at a lake in central Minnesota)

 

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Call

Submit to God and be at peace with him;
    in this way prosperity will come to you.”

Job 22:21

DSC02384 publish

“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. 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.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 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. 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,[a] 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)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Refuge

As for God, his way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 18:30

DSC_1502 publish

Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Arches National Park in Utah)

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Word…Our Guide

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
    and a light for my path.”

Psalm 119:105

DSC_0120 publish

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.”

Romans 12:9-13

(This photo was taken in May of 2020 at Beaver River Falls in northern Minnesota)

 

Posted in Faith Journey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment