Fair Skies

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In this you greatly rejoice,

though now for a little while

you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

These have come so that your faith–

of greater worth than gold,

which perishes even though refined by fire–

may be proved genuine and may result in praise,

 glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7

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Fair Skies

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When skies are fair

It’s easy to believe

that goodness will prevail

and all is well with me

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When skies are gray

It’s faith I need to see

beyond pewter clouds

to the God of Peace

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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Recently my husband, Ian, and I walked through one of our favorite parks.

Paradise Meadow is pristine.

We had a small lunch and coffee by a lake… heavenly.

I enjoyed a refreshing swim while Ian cooled off his feet.

God knew we needed this little respite,

 and we thanked Him for it–profusely.

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We’d just come through  the gray clouds of uncertainty that we’d been under for over a year.

We knew Ian’s job was coming to an end,

 since the company was closing its doors this month.

But we chose not to panic–we prayed and waited

and worried  (Christians aren’t supposed to worry).

My husband ended up having a choice between three good options.

He chose the one that brought peace and provision.

Now we’re praising God for leading us back under clear skies.

There will be more clouds to walk under in this life…

but God…

will be there too .

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Fair Sky Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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(Seeing God work in this part of our life

 gives me hope to keep trusting

 regarding our parenting prayers.)

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In His Love

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he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done,

but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

so that,

having been justified by his grace,

 we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:5-7

 

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In His Love

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You’ve kept every promise

not a broken one I find

My heart was safely held

within your arms all this time

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I’ve come through dark valleys

and more yet to be

But I did not walk alone

You’ve always walked with me

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Though others may have left

or not understood my pain

You comforted and instructed me

in gentleness without shame

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Your love is not a prize

that I must strive to win

It is simply who You are

and what we find entering in

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The cost for my failure

what is due on my account

 fully paid by the Lamb’s Blood

poured upon that sacred mount.

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Wendy/2013

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Our family recently watched The Passion again.

It was the second viewing for me and the first for our youngest child.

It’s about Jesus.

I love how the interchange between Jesus and the repentant thief was included in the movie.

It is one of my absolute favorite parts of the Bible.

Each time we have communion, at our small church, I envision the blood pouring out from Christ’s pierced side.

It is this blood that cleanses me and anyone who believes in the saving work of Jesus.

Like the thief, who is now in Paradise with the LORD, my salvation is not dependent on whether I have gone through certain rituals; read certain words; or even been baptized.

I am saved because I have put my trust in what Jesus did to pay the penalty for my sin.

The thief admitted that he was deserving of punishment and death. He acknowledged that Jesus has done no wrong. Then the thief showed his belief and trust in the saving work of the Messiah by asking Jesus to remember him.

It’s all about Jesus.

We are all sinners who need a Savior. Jesus is the only One who saves.

 If there was another way to get to heaven,

then why would our Creator have had his Son suffer such agony on our behalf?

Just as we have only one captain of a ship or one president of a country; we have one Creator and one Savior.

Would you trust an unqualified surgeon to remove a cancerous tumor from your body?

 I trust the only One who can remove the cancer of sin from my soul – Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.

 ~ One Creator/One Earth /One God/One Truth/One Savior/ Jesus  ~

It is not pleasant to find out about a tumor. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Truth is not any less true just because it is potentially painful.

Truth is true.

It’s up to us to trust in Truth.

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Truthful Blessings ~ Wendy

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