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Elemental Gifts from God — Fire and Earth

Fire elements come
compliments of the consuming fire
God, the SOURCE of power
and all elements
air, fire, water and earth —
Yes, the fire of God
blazes eternally
in unsurpassed glory and magnificence

Fire ignites
It glows
It burns
Fire spreads
It warms and
generates essentials that aid
in manifold ways

The Bible tells us
the earth is the Lord’s
and the fulness thereof —
What a precious gift from God
that we get to inhabit
this great planet earth
Grounded we are
on its soil
walking, running
dancing, skipping
on the surfaces of earth space —

We live here in gratitude and joy
we meet and conquer
our challenges on this
rich earth —
We plant and water
aware that God
provides the increases —
What a wondrous place
we get to plant our feet on
and live in love, joy and contentment

Earth grows our food,
roots our history,
provides our present,
plans our future —
Earth replenishes —
It recovers and regroups
Ah, the splendor of its gifts
all from the hands of God —
Yes, the earth is the Lord’s
and the fulness thereof.

Thankful, we are to be
earth dwellers and
to be recipients of its
vast wonders.

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Elemental Gifts from God — Part One

Air circulates
and feeds us vital sustenance —
Wind whistles,
and breezes are generated
by the air distribution from God —
I sit here now observing
the air movements on tree leaves —
Birds land in the safety of the branches —
Oh, what a view

Water properties
provide countless benefits —
Our thirsts are quenched
Our food is cooked —
Rivers, streams, oceans and seas vibrate
with the abundant gift of water

Ah! The tranquility that’s resident
in water views, touches and sensations —
It puts out fires
It pours, rains, drips and floods —
Water ebbs and flows
Tides in, tides out

We play in water and
breathe the splendor of air —
We refresh in water and
frolic in the wind-filled air movements —
Gentle air breezes caress our beings
Ah, the pleasures of such company

Water drops from the sky
in drizzles, and torrents —
Yes, raindrops speak to
and contribute much that sustains us.

Air and water live together
They jointly thrive and move —
Dual gifts that give us vital flavor
and additions to our varied journeys

Appreciation swells and goes forth
bountifully to God — the Creator and Generator
of the elements — air and water.
Yes, those cherished gifts to us, indeed.

Thank you!

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Gratitude

Daylight gifted us
with yet another wake up call —
Once again, God expressed,
“Let there be light.”

Our eyes opened
to capture the newness
of this morning —
We inhale and exhale
intact with the pulse
of our precious beings —
Thoughts of gratitude
are ideally in place

Appreciative postures
add to our journeys —
Truly, God inhabits
the praises and thanks
that pour forth
from the multitudes
of loving and grateful people

We wax nostalgic
humbly remembering
the gratitude gems
in our treasure “chests” —
We joyously add
to the jewels contained inside —
Our travels in gratitude
have multiplied who we are within —
better “instruments” in tune
with our Creator who loves and respects
postures of love and thankfulness

Gratitude adds personality flavor
It’s a good fit on any model –
Yes, suitably, it works in a crowd
but does solid solo appearances, as well

Thankfulness is heart healthy
head wise
soul stirring
and in sync with
the plans and purposes of God Almighty.

Plentiful salutes to gratitude
and the rewards that accompany it.

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Comfort in Certainty

It is oh so comforting to be certain about God — the ways and wonders of God. When all is thought, said and done, God is . . . .

The appearances of God are undeniable, immeasurable, incomparable and unsurpassed. The Most High resonates with resounding glory packed with enormous power beyond our finite abilities to comprehend.

A favorite Bible story is in 1 Kings 18. That’s the account of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. I believe that he was certain that God would prove the prophets wrong. Elijah says in 1 Kings 18:24 – KJV, “And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.”

Powerfully, the account continues. 1 Kings 18:36-38, says, “And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

“Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, . . . .

“Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”

Wow! The magnificence of the evidence of God. Elijah sure got the answer to his prayer. The prophets of Baal were shown the TRUE God with undeniable proofs — center stage. They conceded, likely — albeit, reluctantly. The works of God “stared” them in their faces — clearly. Certainly, a marvel to witness.

God doesn’t half step. Our Creator steadfastly performs with flourish. Yes, certain comfort resides within whosoever believes and acts with awareness — that God transcends any and all!

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Rest

“Wagons” are circling
in whirlwinds of uncertainty –
We choose to rest

Family member hospitalized
mystery surrounds us –
We choose to rest

Military duties call away
our offspring
unclear what to expect –
We choose to rest

Job prospects don’t
deliver as promised
Back to ground zero –
We choose to rest

Pastor resigns
most didn’t see it coming –
We choose to rest

We act from God’s guidance
doing what’s deemed fit and best
while we rest in the everlasting arms
of our Creator who gives rest
to whosoever will — let us come
to rest.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 – KJV, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Yes, rest — indeed.

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Love Potencies

Love is spilling in overflow
coursing through heart channels
in blissful contentment

Dancing with love
tunes the inner instruments –
God is the maestro
orchestrating oh so splendidly

Blaze bursts explode
in the fire of love displays –
What compares to love?
It’s in a class all by itself

Love rings
Who answers its calls?
God arranges –
Who plays?
The glory of love trumpets
and resonates in resounding clarity.

The chords, notes, and beats
line up in harmony –
Rhythm syncs with the
channels of awe

The vibrations of love
stimulate and penetrate
to the core of hearts –
God is witness
to its power and potency –
Of course, God is the author
of the manifold love currents –
Indeed, we are blessed
with the rewards provided
by love in vivid manifestations
for us to partake of and share.

Song of Solomon 8:7- KJV
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: . . .

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God’s Wonders

Under the open blue sky
I sit digesting the
fruits of God’s wonders –
Birds and insects fly free
engaged in the sounds of
their beings.

Gentle breezes blow –
Tree branches sway
in the movements
of the morning air.

It’s crisp out here
in this fresh a.m. beauty
Yes, splendid glory to view –
The magnificence of God
cannot be contained.

It’s such a joy to witness.
As the bible says, truly,
the earth is the Lord’s
and the fullness thereof.
Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord.

Certainly, God is the Master
of creation and the Master
of our fate.

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Friendship Delights – Part Two

Days ago in Rest in Hope, I posted Part One of “Friendship Delights” that shared about the bond of David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Another favorite bible friendship story is that of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah became widows, as did Naomi. After her husband passed, returning to her homeland, Judah, was Naomi’s mission. Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they’d go with her to her people. Naomi discouraged them both, but Ruth persisted. She said to Naomi these words from the book of Ruth 1:16 – KJV, “. . . Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” How touching is that love, loyalty and devotion?

Naomi convinced Orpah to return to her kinfolk, but Ruth refused to be deterred. Off she went with her mother-in-law to a destiny of which she likely had no foreknowledge. Upon reaching and settling in Judah, Ruth listened to her mother-in-law’s wise and timely advice. Subsequently, Ruth gained Boaz as a husband and he gained a jewel of a wife. Ruth conceived and birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Little known is that, according to the genealogy in Matthew 1:5, Rahab, the harlot, — Joshua 2 — was the great-grandmother of David.

Ruth 4:18 – KJV:

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:5 – KJV:

. . . And Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

Note: The spellings of the subject names differ in the Old and New Testaments.

I end this with a salute to my nearest and dearest best friend, Arnetta, who has passed on, but memories of her remain solidly in my heart. Ours was a proven and treasured friendship — indeed. The photo that accompanies this piece is of Arnetta and I from “back in the day.”

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Friendship Delights

In the Bible, I so admire the love and friendship of Jonathan and David. We read of the loyalties demonstrated in that treasured relationship. In 1 Samuel 20, we read of the loyalty that Jonathan held for David, a man who Saul, Jonathan’s father, grew to intensely dislike. Jonathan defied and challenged Saul about his unjust treatment of David. He says to him in 1 Samuel 19:4,5 – KJV, “ . . . Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?”

The bond between Jonathan and David was impressively solid. Reading about their united brotherly love is heart stirring indeed. Yes, their soul ties yield great admiration. 1 Samuel 20:17 – KJV says, “And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” How swell is that? And in 1 Samuel 20:15 – KJV Jonathan says to David, “But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: . . .”

After Jonathan met his demise, David continued brotherly love actions in Jonathan’s bloodline by welcoming and caring for his son, Mephibosheth. 2 Samuel 9:1 – KJV says, “And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” David said to Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9:7 – KJV “. . . Fear not: for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.” He goes on in 2 Samuel 9:11 – KJV to say, “. . . As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.”

Ah, that Jonathan/David bond, and bloodline love and loyalty journey is a favorite read of many folks indeed.

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Salute to America

Many folks believe that America officially won its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. The Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on that date. America, though, actually won independence after the end of the American Revolution. In 1783, we formally became independent of Great Britain.

I wonder when God put it in the hearts of our forefathers to pursue independence. Those preliminary meetings must have been something to behold. That crucial decision couldn’t have been an easy one, but we know that God can give us whatsoever we need to accomplish goals and to triumph in them.

Oh, lots of folks love “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s not commonly known that it began as a poem titled, “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, wrote it with four stanzas, though, typically, relative to the anthem, only one stanza is performed. The poem was later set to music and renamed “The Star Spangled Banner,” which became our national anthem in 1931.

We soon come to another celebration of the independence of the United States of America. Yes, America the beautiful — the gateway to freedom for the varied entries into our great nation — one of a number of great nations. We’ve long been known as a land of opportunity united with diversity galore. Yes, America, splendid in its climates with scenic explosions of beauty and spectacular views and wonders.

Stars and stripes wave in the free breezes. Stalwart and grateful folks salute our symbols of liberty and live in the midst of myriad choices available for families to thrive. Two of the best choices that we have to offer are freedom of religion and freedom of speech. No way should those be taken for granted or esteemed lightly. Thanks be unto God for such plentiful liberties as we have in the land of the free and home of the brave.

We have our needs to alter as do nations all over this world. Changes occur to correct, improve, and reform but we continue to journey ahead. Distractions, challenges, and disagreements manifest, and we sure don’t have answers to everything — yet we press on. We work with our neighbors on international fronts, forging relationships for our mutual benefit. Yes, we acknowledge and appreciate their worthy contributions and participation in efforts and accomplishments for our collective interests and goals.

As we approach another celebration of our nation’s independence, God be praised on immense levels for we are indeed one nation under God . . .