Midnight’s Constellation

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Eastern Montana’s McCone County settles in for another anxious night.  Possible dry thunderstorms with lightning threaten to ignite the prairie’s parched grass.

Once again playing lookout for any possible lightning-caused wildfires, Randy sits perched on top of the highest hill on his ranch.    Watching from his pickup truck with a full 500-gallon water tank resting in the back, he’s on patrol until dawn on this stormy night. 

Around midnight, the storm seems to be moving to the south and east, and Randy’s eyes leave the prairie for a quick moment.  An opening in the dark clouds allows him to view the midnight’s constellation, which brings a welcome break in his concentration.  He still has several hours to go until the early morning light will signal the end of his nightly chore. 

Sitting alone, Randy’s thoughts speak to the Lord in the heaven’s cosmos.  Opening up to his Father in prayer, he offers praise and thanks for the quiet night.  He also prays for his neighbors and their continued faith and perseverance. 

Suddenly realizing the time, Randy brings his eyes back to the darkened landscape.  To the east, the beginning of a new day is peeking just over the horizon.  Rubbing his eyes, he looks forward to a short morning nap when he arrives back at the family home.

For the first time in many nights, he feels a different kind of peace covering the land.  The latest forecast for the coming night calls for a bit of rain with cooler temperatures and little wind.  Amen!

 

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Being justified through faith, we accept our Lord’s precious gift of grace.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated July 31)

John Calvin Quote

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Faith is like an empty, open hand stretched out toward God, with nothing to offer and everything to receive.

From Ephesians 3:17-19:  “And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Smith Wigglesworth Quote

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A man is in a great place when he has no one to turn to but God.

From Hebrews 9:24:  “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but He entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.”

Trumpeting His Greatness

From Psalm 145:2-3:  “Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable.”

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God’s worthy promises

Remembering always

Encouraging Word leads

Gratitude stirs our praise

 

Our God of Israel

Sharing thoughts in prayer

Trumpeting His greatness

Father’s Holy Word cares

 

Daily meditation

Worshipping His glory

Confessing transgressions

Faithful Gospel story

 

God’s firmness offers hope

Praising His blessed name

Infusing daily routines

His love lights brightest flame

 

To each generation

Walking with God’s mindset

Facing Calvary’s cross

Son of God pays our debts

 

Everlasting kingdom

Receiving gifts of grace

Hearing God’s steadfast truth

Heaven’s Spirit in place

 

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From Psalm 145:8-9:  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember the Lord’s guidance.

From Isaiah 30:15:  “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:  In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Billy Graham Quote

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When Jesus Christ is the source of our joy, no words can describe it.

From Philippians 4:4-7:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Believe (Haiku Series #145)

Vindication

Christ’s own humble acts

Open eyes to witness God—

Awash with wonder

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Perseverance

Life’s jigsaw puzzle

Searching through God’s Holy Word—

Find our missing peace

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Faithfulness

Asleep in our boat

Approaching dark, stormy clouds—

Christ fully aware

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair.  Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.

From Matthew 26:45-46:  “Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting?  Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.  Rise!  Let us go!  Here comes my betrayer!'”