Hangin' Out With God

Getting up close and personal with God through knowing and believing His Word

Birds Remind Us of God’s Care — February 17, 2017

Birds Remind Us of God’s Care

I love birds and really enjoy hearing them sing. I like watching them for a while, but if they are in one of their twitchy moods, that doesn’t relax me. Their songs and communication, though, always relax and refresh me. My friend Lee, over at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus has more gorgeous photos and more detailed information about birds than anyone else I know. You might like to visit her if you enjoy birds as well.

But the other day I came across this video of these gorgeous robins. And, I tell you, they are do darn cute that you just have to sit and watch them. So I thought I’d share the link with you and give a boost to your day.

The Word of God tells us in a number of places that the Creator cares very much for His birds, but that He cares for us even more. It’s just comforting and encouraging sometimes to sit and watch those little creatures and think about how God enjoys watching us — and watching over us — even more.

 

 

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God Decorates for Christmas — November 27, 2016
Wanting Nothing — August 15, 2016
Four-Word Thursday — Lee’s Challenge — February 18, 2016

Four-Word Thursday — Lee’s Challenge

This week Lee, at Birdwatching Adventures Plus, has offered a challenge to do a post with a specific number of words for specific days, but to use only scripture. So I’m taking part as my schedule allows.

FALL LEAVES & SNOW
Rest for your souls.

From Matthew 11:28-29
“Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.”

 

 

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The Heavens Declare … — January 8, 2016
The Heavens Declare — December 14, 2015

The Heavens Declare

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Behold the morning brings the message:
Jesus paid the total price.
And again at close of evening,
It is written in the sky.

Day to day with joy resounding,
Grace and mercy new supplied;
In the face of sin abounding,
All its power at once denied.

Where the heavy heart and weary,
Shadowed by the awful curse,
Suffers pain and tumult daily,
Having life with God now lost,

There the sunrise, at day’s birthing,
Spreads the scarlet of His blood,
And that same bold crimson bloodstain
Rules the sky at set of sun.

God proclaims the glad reminder
At the start and end of day:
Man can live with  God forever;
With Christ’s blood the price is paid.

 

 

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid — June 10, 2015
Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 4 — March 22, 2015

Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 4

Today is the next to the last posting in the “Sabbath Rest Invitational” series.  If you have a picture, quote, song, poem, or prose piece that represents “Rest” to you, please share it.  Post on your own blog and come over here and paste the link to it in the “Comments” section below.

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BOY & DOG FISHING - summer yellow

Tired little boys and puppy dogs do it so well.
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Sabbath Rest — An Invitational Series — Share Your Rest — February 22, 2015

Sabbath Rest — An Invitational Series — Share Your Rest

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  And in Hebrews 4:9, the Lord says, “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God.” The only true rest comes from the Creator of all things, through His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to spend time with Him in order to absorb His rest. I’d like to do a series of posts that will help us focus on enjoying that rest He so lovingly wants us to have.

So this post is the first in a series of posts for Sundays. I don’t call it a challenge — rather an INVITATION. If you have a photo, a graphic, a favorite scripture passage, or a short quote that represents REST to you, please share it via this “Sabbath Rest” series.

Here’s How:  Simply post your photo or scripture on your own site; then hop over here to my “Sabbath Rest” post each week and paste the link to yours in the “Comments” box. That’s it. We’ll all get a chance to visit other sites and benefit from the “Rest” offered on each one.

Here’s mine for this week:

WILLOW TREE - credits - widenedThis photo, as you see from the credits, is courtesy of free-extras.com. From the moment I first saw it, it has created a rest deep within me. I appreciate the photographer’s ability to capture the essence of peace and rest, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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For Me — November 6, 2014

For Me

SINGLE SAIL BOAT - WIDER
The sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the galaxies;
The oceans, the rivers, the mountains, the valleys, the plains;
The trees, the flowers, the grasses, the fruit, the vegetables;
The bison, the deer, the birds, the puppies, the fish, the frogs;
The sky, the clouds, the rain, the snow, the wind so free;
The air to breathe, the scents to smell, the light to see;
He made them all
For Me.

Early Will I Seek Thee — July 26, 2014
Pure Pleasure — March 14, 2014

Pure Pleasure

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Daisies are my favorite flower in the whole world. There’s such a simplicity and purity about them that I’m thrilled by them every time I see them. That’s pretty much the way I feel about the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s so lovely and so pure that just knowing He’s with me all the time fills me with the greatest kind of pleasure I’ve ever known.

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Our God is a Consuming Fire — October 29, 2013
Wordless Wednesday — June 19, 2013
Sonel’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Nature — June 18, 2013

Sonel’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Nature

I love black and white photos, so I wanted to take part in Sonel’s challenge. This gorgeous Blue Spruce is in my front yard. I think it’s one of God’s most perfect creations.  

If you’d like to participate, you can find out about the challenge on her site:
http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/black-and-white-photo-challenge-nature/

MY SPRUCE - BLACK & WHITE~

Along The River — April 20, 2013

Along The River

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The sun is playing hide and seek with clouds
Along the river.
The clouds are gray, but friendly, soft, and free
Along the river.

I move unhampered by the flirting breeze
Along the river,
Breathing deeply of the moistened earth
Along the river.

Quiet now invades my mind and soul
Along the river.
I’m letting go of tumbling, troubled thoughts
Along the river.

My past recedes; my future quiet rests
Along the river,
And water speaks to waters deep within,
Along the river.

I sit and contemplate historic days
Along the river:
The generations served by this same stream
Along the river.

And sense that I belong to something great
Along the river:
A part of something bigger than myself
Along the river.

And far beyond my power to understand,
Along the river,
An elemental knowing I am known —
And I am loved —
By the Creator of the river.

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Just Do It — March 17, 2013

Just Do It

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These delightful daffodils — golden bells of sunshine — exploded in my back yard a day ago. They always come — regardless of what the weather man says. A friend told me today that she heard a winter-weather advisory for this area, and I responded that almost every year, as soon as my daffodils come up, then the weather turns mean and nasty and tries to beat them to the ground. But these daffodils represent life, and life keeps producing life — even in the very face of death.

I got to thinking, after talking to my friend, that these daffodils, like everything else God created, have a job to do. They are to push their way up out of the ground and grow straight and tall to announce that spring has come and new life is available. They do their job perfectly, regardless of any possible consequences.

So I’m taking a lesson from these little flowers, and I’m sharing that lesson with you: Don’t worry about whether anything or anyone else is doing what he’s supposed to do. And don’t look all around to see if all circumstances are in your favor. Just be faithful over what you have been assigned. If you have a job to do —- DO IT!

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New Mercies Every Morning — February 12, 2013

New Mercies Every Morning

 

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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Compassion and mercy are one and the same word in the original Greek. Both words refer to feelings and actions that are prompted by love of the subject, regardless of his endeavors or lack thereof. Mercy is a gift, free and clear. When Jesus Christ of Nazareth walked the earth, bringing us the exact image of God, He was “moved with compassion” when He saw hurting people and met their needs. Whether people were sick, in need of deliverance, struggling with sin, or in need of physical sustenance, they called on Jesus for “mercy.” That mercy healed their bodies, delivered them from demonic bondage, forgave their sin, and fed them by supernatural supply.

God is called “the Father of Mercies” in scripture (2 Cor. 1:3). And He says of Himself, “I am the Lord; I change not.”  (Mal. 3:6). Jesus Christ is “the same: yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8).  And just like Jesus, those mercies are the same today as well. Moreover, they are new today — and every day.  We do not have to depend on mercy that is left over from yesterday. Nor do we have to worry about using up too much of it today in case we need help tomorrow.  His mercies — His compassions — are prepared new — for you — each and every day — with more than enough in place to meet every need.  Unfortunately, many of us just let those mercies sit there — waiting — and wasted — while we keep struggling with our own problems independently.

My friend, don’t let that happen to you. Don’t struggle to keep fighting the never-ending battles with your own feeble human knowledge and ability. Connect with God today, through Jesus Christ, and let His mercies fill your life, meet your needs, and make you whole.

 

 

Touched — November 27, 2012

Touched

Have you ever watched sunlight caress a mountain? It moves over it slowly … steadily … possessively … eventually spreading its light and warmth into every possible crevice. It rests there as long as possible … moving away unwillingly … continuing to stretch itself … reaching out with little lingering fingers of light … trying to maintain contact as long as possible. That’s the way God touches those He loves.  Let Him touch you today.

Who Could Ask For A Lovelier Day? — May 9, 2012
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