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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, August 31, 2007

Trip Preparations

As you prepare for a trip, perhaps you have a checklist of things that need to be accomplished before leaving. Items that need to be packed, things to do before leaving, perhaps last minute shopping, etc. In the midst of these preparations as our family plans to take a quick trip to Virgina, I was reminded of the need each day to make sure my heart is prepared for the day, before it even begins. Do I have the right attitude? Have I spent time with the Lord? Each day is a "new trip" how much preparation do you put into it? I pray that each day I will begin talking with my heavenly Father and receivinh His instructions for the day. Help me to make the best "trip" preparations each day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fall Beginnings

There is something special about the change of seasons, particularly when fall rolls around again. School is back in session and it is much easier to have a consistent schedule (is there such a thing?). We are back to doing school full time and I find myself enjoying the thought of a new school year - being able to start fresh. How like God in that He gives us a new beginning each day.
As I was taking my laundry off the line a couple days ago, I inhaled that fresh outdoor smell that laundry has that has been dried outside. It seemed to have a different smell that day - more of a fall smell seemed to be lingering on it. I praise God for new beginnings each school year, but also each day as well.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Why Digging For Pearls?

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

How much do you value wisdom? How important is it to you to be digging in God's Word for the wisdom that He has for you? Wisdom is something that is very precious. Proverbs says that "Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her." You have to open up a lot of clams in order to find a pearl. So too you must open up your Bible and dig to find the pearls of wisdom that God has for you each day. Start digging.