No Crystal Ball Needed

Predicting the Future055
Sometimes they get it right: weather forecasters. According to their predictions, rain would come in the night so I labored to sow the seeds for our 2nd planting of radishes and lettuce. And right on cue, I heard the pitter-patter of raindrops on the skylight during the early hours of pre-dawn. Perfect! This makes me think of God’s faithfulness; when I am faithful to read God’s word on a daily basis, I can rest assured the direction I find there will be right on target in guiding the decisions I will make today. Too bad the weather predictors aren’t as dependable as God’s word. His faithfulness is proven again and again to me.
Sometimes they get it right: financial advisors. My investments are small, but others depend highly upon these people who study stock market trends. Retirement funds grow or dwindle to almost nothing on the advice of professionals in the trends of Wall Street. Does this worry me? Not hardly. I’m finding confidence in God’s provision; once I determine to spend wisely, save modestly, and give generously, He will look out for my interests! “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house *(provision for the Priests of that day and the pastors of today)* And try Me now in this” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

(Malachi 3:10) *My added input*.
Always, not sometimes, but always: God gets it right. The foundation of the knowledge I possess begins with God’s word. “The fear (respect) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by Me your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.” (Proverbs 9:10,11) My days are numbered and the number is getting smaller, but I trust God to direct me and continue my life as long as He finds purpose and glory for Himself within my activities.
God’s word assures me of purpose! “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13,14) Old Testament advice is still valuable to for us today. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6) As long as we keep our eyes on the word of God, treasuring it within our hearts, God assures us we can depend on Him!
The future is uncertain – that’s a given. Yet, God’s promises are true and eternity is His home territory. Jesus said it this way, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also,”

(John 14:1-3)
Start your day with God’s word. Let it tutor you through the day. He is worthy of trust! Trust Him with your todays and tomorrows!

(Scripture from the New King James Version)

SUMMER ACTIVITIES TO IMPACT YOUR WORLD

img1949040

School’s out for Summer!  Can you hear the playing of the familiar tune from our younger years?  Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner so we are in full swing with summertime activities.  As daytime temperatures heat up, I welcome the only time of year when my yard begs to be mowed more often than once a week.  Spring rains team up with warming trends and green stuff grows everywhere, the garden, flowerbeds, and the yard – my favorite time of year.  This is also the time to get out your calendar and schedule those IMPORTANT things like vacation, reunions, and don’t forget volunteering where God leads you to help others!

Since reaching retirement age, volunteering is much easier than when I balanced a job and family responsibilities, but truth is I’ve always volunteered.  Summer camp and Vacation Bible School were big parts of my childhood so as an adult; I want to give children’s ministries high priority as I give back to the family of faith.  These activities allow a new generation of children to learn and grow in the faith.  I’m praying that you can be inspired to consider giving a portion of your summer to such activities.  It may cost you in time off work (or your paycheck) or in consumption of energy, but it will pay back in priceless dividends unseen to you today.

Ministry to children was important to Jesus as He walked and taught upon the dusty trails of Galilee and regions along the Jordon River.  Crowds followed Him wherever He walked and of course children were a part of those crowds.  As still happens today, children were looked upon as a bother by the disciples revealed by their words to the parents of these children who most wanted Jesus to bless their offspring.  “Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’  And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)

Look at the leadership in your fellowship of believers.  If they tend to ignore the importance of children’s ministries, please do what you can to promote the teachings of our Bible to our children.  It takes passion, finances, and many volunteers to make these ministries successful.  If Jesus used the humility and innocence of childhood to demonstrate the fabric of the kingdom of heaven, shouldn’t we pay close attention to the loving development of our children?  Put feet to your good intentions!  Get involved!  There’s a place for everyone’s contribution.