DANCING LIGHTS


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Did you know the earth makes light? The earth’s magnetic poles and radiation from the sun team up to create the phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The sun’s radiation creates charged ions in the atmosphere. When the charged ions release an electron, they also release light. The Northern lights are generally seen only in the polar regions of earth. However, if atmospheric conditions are right, they can be seen as far south as the mid-latitudes. (There are also Southern Lights, called Aurora Australis.) The ancients developed many myths and legends surrounding the Aurora Borealis, but today we understand these displays are more proof of God’s incredible creativity and master plan.

Numerous verses tell us about the God’s incredible creation:

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Genesis 2:1

God has set the rhythm of the days and seasons, and they will not be changed. Genesis 8:22

God causes the things necessary for life to be sustained. Psalm 104:14-21

The animals know what the Lord has done. Job 12:7-9

When was the last time you were amazed at God’s creativity? Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty God has given us.

Walk In His Light,

Julie

(An Exceprt from Follow the Light)

 

A MONTH OF PSALMS


What a blessing it is to read Scripture. But where do you start? I’ve heard many suggestions. You can start with the book of John and get an quick overview into the ministry, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. You can start with Genesis, and read every book in God’s Holy Word. You can start with the Gospels. You can start with the Poetry Books. The real point is to start reading.

The Book of Psalms reads more like a prayer and praise book. There’s 150 Psalms. It sounds like lot, but many of them are rather short. If you read five Psalms a day, you’ve read the book in a month. That’s what I’ve been doing during my quiet time this month. It’s been very peaceful and comforting starting my day in this powerful prayer and praise book. The major theme of this wonderful collection is God’s consistent love. What a wonderful way to start the day!

Today I read through Psalm 135. Some days I’ve read more than five Psalms, and there’s a few days I’ve read less.  I noticed there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. I think I’ll dive into that wonderful book of wisdom next month.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 ESV

 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 ESV

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

THE GIFT OF SIGHT


‘“What do you want me to do for you?”  “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.’  Luke 18:41 

An Excerpt from Follow The Light:

When I was in the fifth grade I had to get eyeglasses. I couldn’t see to the front of the classroom without squinting. I was devastated at being called “four-eyes,” but the truth is, I could see clearly. When you turn on the light, you can see more clearly. Without the gift of light, sight would be meaningless.

God created sight and gave it to us as a gift. To enjoy sight we also enjoy [His] light. Everything light touches is also seen by God. In fact, every living thing on earth is dependent on light in some way, either directly or indirectly.

Why can we see? The visual ability to “see” is the result of a complex interaction of light, the eyes and the brain. We are able to see because light from an object can move through the air and reach our eyes. Once light reaches our eyes, signals are sent to our brain, and our brain deciphers the information in order to detect the appearance, location and movement of the objects we are looking at. This complex process would not be possible if it were not for the presence of light. Without light, there would be no sight. God gave us both light and sight, gifts working together to begin to understand there is a Creator.

  The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?  Exodus 4:11
The LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. Psalm 146:8

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”  Luke 18:42

The Gift of Taste


Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29

We learned about our five senses in elementary school science class, but have you really given these incredible gifts much thought? Just consider the sense of taste for a moment. God could have provided us nourishment, without flavor; food without the ability to enjoy it. But God choose to give us the gift of taste. To compliment that incredible gift, He gave us hundreds of fruits, vegetables and grains, as well as herbs and spices to compliment the many proteins He created.  The fact that we can taste the subtle differences between these foods is indeed a miracle, and most enjoyable.

Have you considered thanking God for his thoughtfulness? Have you ever thought about sitting and enjoying God and all He has to offer? He created a world for us to care for, but also to enjoy. God has given us so much, but we hurry through life, without stopping to look at the beauty He gives us every day. We don’t listen to the symphony of sounds right outside our window.

Take a moment to enjoy the world. Take a moment to enjoy God.

Journaling Prayers


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It’s hard for me to stay focused during my Morning Prayer time. My thoughts inevitably go to the list of household chores or errands that need to be run. In an effort to stay focused on God, I started write my prayers. Journaling has helped me stay focused and keep my attention on my Heavenly Father. In return, answers to prayers are documented.

How do you stay engaged during your quiet time?

It occurred to me today, that my journal is a love story. The idea brought me joy, as I think about the love our Creator has for all of us. He cares enough to write a love story for each one of us. Are you participating in the love story He’s writing for you?

Walk in His Light,

Julie

The Map


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I have a map. It doesn’t look like most maps, covered with boundaries and roads, capitals and points of interest. Instead, my map is the Word of God. When I consult my map frequently, I don’t get lost. I’m able to take the shortest route to my destination. But when I neglect to check my map, I find myself off course. My trip takes much longer than necessary. Sometimes I set my map down for days at a time. Eventually, I’ll realize I’m lost. Fortunately, the Mapmaker helps me get back on course.

When was the last time you consulted your map?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

 Walk in His Light,

Julie

A Fork in the Road


When I was stationed in Japan, I drove the way the locals did – on the other side of the road. It was awkward at first, but within a few months, it seemed like second nature. When I came back to the states, I accidentally reverted to my Japanese driving habits and drove down the wrong side of the road here. Fortunately, I still had my Japanese driver’s license and the Officer was former military – he let me off with just a warning. Habits can be changed; we just have to notice the habit, and want to make the change.

Have you ever felt like you were headed in the wrong direction spiritually? How did you get back on the path to serving Jesus? Was there an event that occurred? In Acts 9:1-18, we read the story of Saul’s conversion. In verse 18, we can see the physical change:

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.

He got up and was baptized, Acts 9:18

Change is usually a long term process, but sometimes it can happen much quicker. I arrived at boot camp with 79 other scared teenagers who, at 3:30 a.m. decided enlisting was not such a great idea. Eight weeks later this rag-tag bunch of self-centered drama queens emerged from an intense training cocoon as poised, respectful and team-oriented sailors ready to face the challenges of a grown-up world. The process was intense and fast.

Is there something you need to change? Read Acts 9:19-30; paying particular attention to verse 27. How “real” is your conversion and faith in Christ? Can others see it and believe it? How do you know?

Perhaps it’s time to take a different path.

(An excerpt from Follow the Light)

Walk in His Light,

Julie