It’s Fall

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It’s fall, well, it was around here, cool at night, not too warm during days, but too bad. Comfortable for sure. Its time for the fall festivals, pumpkin patches and such, but it is also starting to become deer hunting season. I love to go deer hunting, but, I don’t get too worked up if I don’t get one. Some days, I just lean back against a tree and snooze. Other days, I sort of watch, but more than anything I like going out to enjoy the change of the seasons, watch all the animals, and relax. But, the most important thing for me is that has always been the best place for me to talk with God. I get away from all the annoyances and irritations or daily life and unwind, sort my thoughts and figure out things, in a way, but more importantly I can get time to just pray and talk with God. Tell Him what is on my mind, what is bothering my, what I think  is going well and I want to thank Him for and anything else I have on my mind. Now, He already knows all those things, but my taking things to Him in prayer, the thanks, the worries, all those things that He knows already, but it is important that when I talk to Him about them that I acknowledge that I feel blessed and have cause to thank Him or feel worried and need help.

Sometimes He gives me answers and other times more to think about. He also helps me find peace. Get away somewhere that it’s just me and Him. No other people, no cars, no cares at all for a little while. It gives me time to actually reflect on things and consider things to consider as I try to understand where He is leading me. I guess the woods and fields are sort of my prayer closet. It’s my place of safety and sanctuary spiritually.

And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.  1 Samuel 23:14

The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness pof Kadesh.   Psalms 28:9

1 (A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

PSALMS 63:1-11

 

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Psalms 95:6-7

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.   John 10:9

 

I enjoy the time in the fields, woods, meadows and pastures. It is a perfect time to reflect, pray, have a heart to heart with God. He gives me guidance, speaks to my heart, shows me part of the plan He has for me. I thank Christ for the sacrifice He made that I may have my salvation. I marvel at all He has created and it is amazing indeed to think that He did so with ease. We serve an amazing God.

Of course, if thinking about spending time out in the fields and pastures, one can’t forget:

1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 23:1-3

 

We all need that special place to stop and seek Him. Be it a literal prayer closet, one room in the house where we can be alone, a park bench or other quiet place in a park, but if one can get their mind in the right place it could be a parking lot, a seat on a bus, anywhere. Just as long as one can get their mind quiet enough to be able to focus on speaking to God and to try to focus on what He has for you.

 

Lord, I praise You and worship You for all You have done for me. I thank You for the peace I find in Your creation and for the opportunity to talk to You and listen for Your guidance for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue the work You have started in me and help me better understand Your plans for me. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they understand Your plan for them as well. Lead us all to that place besides the still waters that You have planned for us. Help us find the paths of righteousness and bring us to that path. I thank You for restoring my soul, giving me my salvation and the forgiveness. I thank You for the sacrifice of Your son Jesus on the cross for me. Please show us all the true way to the salvation You have waiting for us all.

Amen

 

Many thanks to those that make it here. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fountain

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I was given this bottle from the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon discovered in Florida. I haven’t tried it, but was told the water had a sulfur taste. Maybe youth has a price to pay in the foul taste. Thinking on the fountain of youth, and the efforts that so many go to in life to stay young, or at least young looking. Exercise and diet, coloring gray hair, make up, botox injections, and even surgery for some. All those involved trying to stave off the inevitable effects of aging. Oh, some aspects, particularly a healthy lifestyle with appropriate exercise and a proper diet actually help some, the rest are just bandaids to try to maintain the appearance of youth, but don’t actually do anything to keep one young. All, barring some horrible event, will age and eventually die. I have not seen any information on the life prolonging effects of this water, but would anticipate that it doesn’t do much. If I drink it, I’ll have a bitter taste in my mouth and eventually, get thirsty again.

BUT, there is a true fountain of youth, in a manner of speaking. It doesn’t keep me young physically, but the joy it gives me does keep me young spiritually and mentally. And, no bitter taste! Even better than that, I can try all I want, but I can never drink from the fountain of which I speak, but will NEVER drink too much. On top of that, I won’t get thirsty again! Such an amazingly refreshing and thirst quenching drink I get from the true fountain of youth. No, maybe not physical youth, but this fountain gives me life eternal and how can any pretense at youth be better than that?

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.  Psalms 36:9

 

Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. Psalms 68:26

 

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Revelations 21:6

 

Many fountains in the Bible. He is the Fountain of Life, not simply youth, but LIFE! Without the waters He gives me, I would cease to exist.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:10-14

 

THIS is the true and only fountain of LIFE! Life eternal with Christ. The fountain of youth, IF it were real, would only give me an extended life on earth, but it is not the life giving waters that Jesus has for us who confess that He is the Son of God, the He sacrificed Himself to die on the cross for our sins, rose from the grave and that we have sinned and ask Him for forgiveness of those sins.

If we do those things, WE ARE FORGIVEN! And, we can drink all we want from the Fountain. WHAT A GLORIOUS GOD WE SERVE! I never fail to be awed and amazed by His love, mercy and grace that He shows me, regardless of how undeserving I am to receive it.

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the Living Waters that You provide for us. That You used a bad situation to bring me to You and let me drink of those waters. That You sacrificed Your Son, Christ, to give me life eternal with You. In Jesus Name I pray that continue Your work in me, help me better seek Christ and be a better vessel for Him. I ask that You draw loved ones to You, show them Your true will and way for them, reveal Your plan for their lives. I pray You further clarify Your plans for my life as well.

In Jesus Precious Name, Amen

 

Thanks for your time today. PLEASE, take a minute to read the Bible, Pray and DRINK DEEPLY from the fountain of life He has for you. Have a most blessed day and be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rest Area

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Today, I had to take about a 3 hour drive, as I was going along I started getting a little tired, wanted to stretch and all, so I started watching for a rest area. This stretch of road is familiar to me but I get there and see that it is closed. Barricade at the drive and a sign saying private property. Then, I remembered that there was something about the state discontinuing rest areas in most places, closing them and selling the property. The justification was that the rest areas were not used enough to warrant the expense associated with keeping them open and it was a duplication because so many truck stops/travelers areas now that people could go there to stretch, use bathroom, etc. I think they closed at least 3/4 of them. I personally prefer the rest areas unless I need gas, coffee or something to eat. They are usually way better landscaped, peaceful unless busy travel time and such. While the traveler centers are busy, packed, commercialized and not really enjoyable areas to walk. Asphalt and concrete, cars buzzing in and out way to fast.

As I thought about that, I thought some about how not only on road trips does one need a rest stop, but how we need them spiritually as well. Going to church, praying, reading the scripture and just praising God. Years ago I was in the place I belonged spiritually. I attended church regularly, read the Bible daily, prayed daily and was active in the church. Then, I went to college (later in life, about 10 years later than typical) work schedule changed to accommodate school schedule and was working weekends all the time. So, no time for church on Sundays, Wednesdays I was usually tired, or had to study. I got myself too busy to find time. Well, really, one can always find the time to read the Bible and pray and spend time with the Lord. But, I allowed myself to get into that mindset. So, I drifted away, slowly at first, then a little quicker. Initially, I felt bad about not going to church or praying, then, less so, then, it really didn’t occur to me that it was a concern. Oh, occasionally I would think about it and tell myself I was going to do as I should, but, then got busy again and that went on, for quite some time. And, that failure to stop at the rest areas, take time for find the peace, comfort and spiritual rejuvenation I needed took a toll. Oh, it wasn’t a quick process, but it happened, as I said, slowly at first, then faster.

I became spiritually exhausted, weary, tired. I tried carrying all the burdens on my own. I had no place that I went for spiritual rest and comfort. I had a void in my soul.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30

 

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Jeremiah 31:25

 

Yes, I had put a heavy yoke on myself, I had not sought rest or a lighter burden. I was so wrapped up in life that I did not live for Christ. But, now, I found THE REST AREA. I drink from the fountain of His word, I was weary, needing that rest, He replenished my soul. He took that heavy burden and gave me a light burden. Oh, there are times I get weary, tired, feel weak spiritually, but I stop at the rest area. I take time to pray, read the Bible, seek Christ and I get revitalized.

 

Jesus, I thank You for my salvation that You paid for with Your life. For my redemption You earned with Your resurrection. I praise You. Thank You for the mercies and forgiveness You gave me. Thank You for the spiritual rest, the replenishing water of life and the lighter load. I pray You will continue to work on me to make me into the servant You want me to be. I ask You work in hearts and minds of loved ones, draw them to you.

Amen.

 

Thanks for the time. I hope someone finds a bit of good in this that will help them. Share as you feel He directs. And, no matter what, be a blessing to someone.