As we end a year of BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), David and I notice that without the accountability in our study groups, it's sometimes hard to stay 'in the Bible.' What we've noticed though about ourselves, is that with each day we don't open this wonderful manual for the Human race, is that we find ourselves drifted. Drifted from love, from compassion, from God. Every day that we manage to spend some time with God, we feel his guidance, and his security.
With our nation picking up the same re-occuring sinful tendencies of the nations in the Bible, we want to draw closer to God's promise of making it all PERFECT in his design once more. I was reading in Hosea recently, and realized that Israel isn't any different then America.... Take into account a few years difference, and we see that the people wanted things their way then, and now. People ignored God then, and now. And God's anger isn't something we can escape if we aren't on his team. Everyone loves a God of Love.... Love that pushes our bad deeds under the rug. And He is! He LOVES like no other. But as strong as his love is for those who LOVE Him, so is His anger against those who don't. We all are given the same choice. We are all drowning in our wrongs. God's in the lifeboat with his hand stretched towards us, and any and ALL that grab his hand will feel the embrace of his Love and be pulled out of the terrifying messes we get ourselves in. We can experience His perfect plan. Only those who choose not to reach out for His hand, will invite His wrath.
My prayer for my trio of littles, is that they grow reaching for God's hand, and once they are in the boat, they chat it up with their Heavenly Father like old friends.
This image was made to remind myself that WE ARE HELD IN THE LOVING ARMS OF OUR SAVIOR. Figuratively now, but physically soon.
(Plus, I was excited to learn 'displacement maps' in Photoshop! :)
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4
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