Today, as I sit in my office and reflect on the state of the world, I am reminded that God is with us at all times. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and the birds are singing. Speaking of birds, my husband and I have always had at least one or two bird feeders in our front yard for as long as I can remember.
At the beginning of Spring this year, when the days started warming up, our daughter (Melanie) and I would sit outside and watch the colorful birds land on the birdfeeder and eat. We would enjoy watching them scatter the bird seed everywhere and just laugh at their antics. Not to mention the occasional squirrel or rabbit that would come by to feast with the birds. This was our time together to just sit and enjoy God's creatures.
Well, a few weeks ago, we had a hard time finding bird seed. It's like all of a sudden everyone else has taken to feeding the birds. (It reminded me of the toilet paper shortage not too long ago). We could find a bag of bird seed here and there, but the price was outrageous. Needless to say, we didn't buy any bird seed for awhile. Last week we finally found some that was reasonably priced. We are able to watch the birds in our front yard again.
This reminds me of one of my favorite Bible passages, titled "Do Not Worry" which is found in Matthew 6:25-27, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
And then we read in verses 33-34, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Each day we wake up and we hear of heartache, devastation, and trouble all throughout the world. It causes anxiety, fear, and worry. Instead of focusing on the news, let's take time to watch and/or listen to the birds. Remember Matthew 6:25-34 as you watch/listen to them. Just as God takes care of the birds, God is taking care of you. Sit back! Relax! Lift your cares and concerns to God. Give thanks for the blessings, both big and small, that God sends your way.
Before you know it, God will replace the fear, the anxiety, and the worry, with His unending peace. Invite God into your thoughts and into your heart today! To God be all glory, honor, and praise. May you have a blessed week!
We all need to take a little time to laugh; take time to be lighthearted and not take life so seriously. Life is too short to let wonderful moments pass us by. I shared a poem in my message this past Sunday called "Take Time to be Funny" (Author Unknown). This is good advice and I pray that you take time this week to laugh and enjoy life. Don't let it pass you by.
Take Time to be Funny (Author Unknown)
Take time to be funny, rejoice in the Lord
Let laughter explode and have fun with God's Word
For laughter is healing, gives strength to the weak
God loves to see smiles, for they lift up the meek
Take time to be silly, it's good for the soul
Too many are somber, grabbing control
Let go and let God's love wash over your soul
Heavenly transcendence can be your life's goal
For humor is holy, it sanctifies life,
Replenishes hope and oft softens advice
It undercuts sorrow, deflates haughty pride
So smile and hang on, and rejoice in life's ride.
I have heard from several different people that there is an interest in starting a new Men's Group. If you are interested in being a part of this new group, please send me your name, email address, and phone number. Please email me at email@example.com or text/call: 219-921-3205 with your information. We will plan a Zoom Meeting to get this group together.
Cottage Meetings: Getting to Know You!
Since we are not able to get together in person, I am setting a few dates for Zoom Cottage Meetings. I will add more meetings as needed. Let me know which date and time works for you. Each meeting will have no more than eight people. This way, everyone will have a chance to talk. I will send you the agenda as the meeting gets closer.
Please contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call me: 219-921-3205. Please provide your name, email address, phone number, and the date & time that works for you.
Dear Church of Four Seasons Family,
We will continue to worship online at 10a.m. on Sunday mornings through June 14th per Bishop Trimble. We want everyone to stay safe. You are our main concern. So, relax and join us in your jammies from the comfort of your own home as we worship our Lord and Savior together.
We will send out more information in the coming week regarding a plan on moving forward. We have a committee who will be meeting this week (on zoom). In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts, please feel free to contact me.
Where did you see GOD today? Where have you seen GOD in the past?
Have you seen GOD in nature; through the interaction of other people; through your interaction with someone else; through a smile; a wave of the hand; through an act of kindness?
During these uncertain times, we need GOD now more than ever. I would like for you to send me any GOD Sightings/Blessings/Act of Kindness that you have witnessed or have been a part of in your life, especially during this time of social-distancing.
This will be an ongoing ministry. Let’s intentionally look for GOD all around us. When we do this, we grow in our faith, we are able to plant seeds of faith in others, and we experience HOPE instead of dread, fear, and anxiety.
I will share these each week during worship, we can display them on our website, our Facebook page, and I will have them displayed at church for all to see.
Where have you seen GOD today?