We need to see it

Most of us know the temptation to live life without noticing what’s really around us. As a result of the pace we keep, our lives and minds are so full that we often miss where we are. I wanted to address that problem in my own life.

To address this, in the last month, I challenged myself to take pictures of the beauty I found each day. Some of you followed that on my Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. If you missed that, I’d encourage you to pop over to my social media accounts and take a look.

I am considering taking these posts and creating a devotional resource. This would be a series of 30 devotionals to encourage us to see the beauty of God around us. Would you, as my readers, be willing to answer a few questions about this project? My desire is to benefit you with my writing. For that to happen, I need to hear what you need in your faith journey toward Christ.

Below is a sample of a daily entry.

Good morning from the Grand Ole Mississippi. @ Dubuque, Iowa #30daysofbeauty. 01/30

Psalm 18:1-3 “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the Lord, who is worthy, and I am saved from my enemies.”

David knew rocks.  He slung rocks at a giant, Goliath in a valley of battle.  He hid in the rocks from a tyrant King who was chasing him over the countryside.  Eventually he lived in a city, behind a wall of rocks.  Rocks meant strength and security.  Rocks created a space where the dangers of the world were unable to reach him.

Here in this psalm, David declares with love, “God is my rock.”  He found his safety and security in God alone.  It reminds me of Paul’s statement in Colossians 3:3 “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

When we trust Christ, we enter into His life.  And that life comes with protection.  That protection is God himself.  Trusting in Christ provides protection and security.  He holds us close and protects us from any enemies that try to take our life away. Today, you may feel the tension of potential conflict coming, or the worry of disappointment.  Remember, in his presence, you are secure.  No one can ruin the life given you by God. It is hidden, safe and secure with Jesus in God.


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