Driving down the road the other day, I was enjoying the leaves being flung from the trees by the wind. Swirling and dancing reds and golds that would eventually come to rest by the roadside. I was reminded of Ephesians 4:14,
“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”
“Then…” When? After what? Continue reading Don’t be a Leaf!
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
Ellisville Marsh lies along the shore of Cape Cod Bay. In this picture, the bay is just beyond the horizon…can you see it in your mind’s eye? Life in a salt marsh depends heavily on the tides. Continue reading Example 5, a.k.a. List’s End
“Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith…” (1 Timothy 4:12).
I love this grove of trees. I have no idea what kind they are, but they grow like corkscrews! Never growing straight, but always growing up, reaching for the sun. Their mere height is a testament of their survival over time. Continue reading Example 4
What is it about the sound of waterfalls that is so relaxing? I found this one in a mountain stream. We have a small waterfall circulating water through the fish pond right outside our living room window. You can even buy smaller ones as indoor decorative water features. I must admit though that the sound of Niagara Falls is not exactly relaxing…more awe-inspiring in all of its power!
Water itself is a powerful force. Continue reading Example 3
I love this picture. Here’s a tree that never gave up, even when the earth beneath it has been slowly washed away. The tree grows along the shore of a harbor, where stormy high tides can reach it every so often. On the other side is a trail that many people enjoy walking along. It’s got erosion coming at it from both sides, and yet it still stands, reaching high for sunlight and holding tightly with roots growing in every direction.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live…” (1 Timothy 4:12).
We are called to be examples. Continue reading Example 2
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Whose example are we following? Christ is our ultimate example to strive for, although we will fail in our humanity! But thank God He understands our weaknesses, and is ready to forgive our many shortcomings.
Paul also wrote to Timothy, “Set an example for the believers…” (1 Timothy 4:12). Each one of us is an example to someone, whether we like it or not. If I belong to Christ, my life is not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19). What are others seeing in me and you, as we walk out our days? I pray they see Christ.
My husband and I love old things…old churches, old houses, old cars, old books… There’s a certain character to be found in something that has endured the test of time. This old split rail fence has been weathered and worn, but just look at the texture created over time! I love texture, too. It’s the main reason we have a cat. I may sound strange to you, but I also love the texture created by the wrinkles of age. In our society, young is beautiful. Of course I admire young beauty when I see it, but it’s only a superficial “skin deep” beauty. It doesn’t carry the meaning and character of wrinkles earned by living through many years– years of plenty and years of want, years of joy and years of sadness, years of love and years of loneliness. Wrinkles add such a depth to a person’s countenance, and sometimes tell a small piece of our story without us saying a word. Farmer, smoker, sun-worshiper, scowler, worrier…but my favorite wrinkles are the laugh lines. If you’ve found enough humor in this life to give yourself wrinkles from smiling and laughing, you’re someone I want to get to know!
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old (Proverbs 20:29).
As we age, we may not so much wear our heart on our sleeve, but we may wear our character on our face. What does your face say about your heart? If you’re not happy with what you see, it’s never too late to ask God to help you change your heart and your outlook. Today is a new day!