August 16, 2017

At the End of the Day


At the end of the day when the day is done,

A good night’s sleep is calling your name.

You can already feel your head softly sinking into your pillow.

You slip that last plate in the dishwasher, wipe off the counter and turn off the kitchen light,

Night has come.

Was it a day walked well with the Lord?

Did you talk to Him and rejoice in knowing you are His?

Did you tell Him all your heart’s desires and trust they are safe in His care?

Did you cast all your worries into His hands, the big and the small and all the in between?

Did you trust Him with that fear that crept into your thoughts uninvited?

Did you acknowledge He is the one who knows what’s best?

At the end of the day when the day is done, was it a day walked well with the Lord?

Psalm 4:8
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 3:4-5
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

August 13, 2017

Lifeless


It is that time in the hot summer season when flowers and plants show signs of the heat stress.

Leaves and blooms that have succumbed to the harsher temperatures turn brown around their edges.

Which is why I did some light pruning, not really pruning, but removing dying and dead blooms and a little trimming away of the more unsightly portions that I didn’t think would recover. I tried not to do too much because the plants can’t take a lot of pruning in the August heat.

After my TLC (tender loving care) I was pleased with the result. I cleaned up the mess I’d made and swept up the leaves and blooms that I had taken off.  Later I noticed I had missed a couple leaves while sweeping. It hadn’t been that long but they were already dry, shriveled, and lifeless. 

I was surprised at how quickly the life had drained completely out of those leaves.

You know where I am going with this. Need I say more than…

Apart from the life giving vine -

There is no life.

What a powerful reminder to take our spiritual growth seriously and to abide as Jesus taught us in John 15

John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.