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Kids and Violence

I think all of us that are parents, can agree that this day and age is a little scary. School violence is on the rise, and is hard to process. How do you explain it to your kids? I came across a wonderful article that Focus on the Family put out. It gives great points and ideas on how to talk to your kids about School Violence.

Not long ago, as my kids and I were arriving at my son’s basketball practice, an airplane flew over us. This one was quite a bit louder and faster than your average over-the-city airliner, so my daughter looked up to see what all the noise was about.

“Are they coming to bomb us, Daddy?” she asked, moving closer to me.

I told her no, but her question surprised me, so I asked her why she thought that. My daughter told me she’d heard something at school — a news story about an airport and bombs and people getting killed. We talked a bit about the story she’d heard, about how awful things do sometimes happen, then I reassured her that the aircraft roaring above wasn’t going to harm us.

In today’s media-saturated culture, families are surrounded by accounts of shootings, bombings and other mass killings. Our kids won’t fully understand these stories, but they’ll be frightened just the same. As parents, we need to help them have the necessary facts to process these tragic events and a larger understanding to ease their fears. Here are a few principles to help you talk with your children about man-made tragedies:

Nurture their trust in you

As parents, we want our children to verbalize their fears and concerns to us. My son is 13, and I value those moments when he comes to me, letting me know he’s worried about or afraid of something. I know the day of his independence is coming — when we’ll not have as many of these conversations. It is through these exchanges that I prepare him for that future. I encourage his trust by actively listening and not downplaying his fears. I avoid criticizing flawed logic, even as I work to correct it. Kids may not be able to articulate what they are scared of, but those emotions are real.

Try to see things from your child’s perspective. Whatever media they are exposed to, ask yourself how they might interpret what they’ve seen and heard. When my daughter was 5 or 6, she was accidentally exposed to a few moments of a disturbing news report. That night at bedtime, she was reminded of those pictures.

“Can I have a light on tonight?” she asked, looking around the room nervously. I did turn on a nightlight, but then I knelt down and looked around the room from her angle. We explored these familiar surroundings together, helping her see again that her room and closet were safe. Some stuffed animals were casting odd shadows, so we relocated them. I knew there was nothing in the room that could harm her, but it was important for my daughter to have a small sense of control over that environment and know that she could voice her fears to her father.

Tell the truth — in appropriate doses

As parents, most of us would probably prefer to protect our kids from ever having to wrestle with the idea of mass violence. This type of protection is more possible for younger kids up to age 4. Preschoolers aren’t able to process these sorts of events, and we can usually limit the flow of media that these young ones are exposed to. But as kids start into the school years — as they’re able to understand the big words in a top-of-the-hour news report or headline on the computer screen — they’re going to be asking questions. Answer their questions with the truth — sad as it may be — providing your children with the basic facts about what happened.

Most kids ages 4 to 7 won’t be looking for a lengthy conversation. You shouldn’t go into too many details. A simple, straightforward explanation is usually best: “A man who was very angry hurt a lot of people at an airport. Some of those people died.”

A child’s world is generally pretty small, and kids may think that the horrible news events they’ve heard about are just across town or right next door. They might ask if it’s safe to go to a mall, if ISIS is in your city, or as in the case with my daughter, if the aircraft buzzing overhead is going to attack. Depending on the tragedy, kids may also believe a number of inaccuracies that are fueled by rumors at school or from conversations with friends. So correct whatever exaggerations or inaccuracies they may have heard. One of the first things I talk about with my kids is simple geographic distance. We look at a map or globe and talk about where the tragedy occurred and how far away it is from our home.

Tell the truth, but don’t dwell on information and imagery that will deepen fears. Your goal as a parent is to help your kids feel safe and grounded and learn how to handle stress. Children are comforted by the stability and safety their parents provide, knowing that even if bad things happen, the family will get through it together. This creates what scientists call “tolerable stress.”

With kids 8 to 12, you can follow these same guidelines and start to broaden the conversation with a few more details and insights. And when children enter the teen years, you can look deeper into these issues, wrestling with the meaning and faith implications behind the events.

Adjust to their personality

When considering how much to share with your children, maturity level and temperament are more important than age. As a parent, you know your children and what they can handle. Weigh this knowledge against the need to give them enough information to understand and process these stories. You may find that you’re having weightier conversations with a 9-year-old than you are with an 11-year-old.

Some children have a personality that seems more curious and news-ready. These uninhibited children are just not all that fearful. When they go hiking, these kids want to tiptoe right up to the edge of every drop-off. And when hearing about tragedies in the world, they’ll not shy away from the gritty details of a story.

They often seek to learn and understand everything they can about a news event. With these kids, we should try to guide our conversation to help them understand that real people were hurt, that real people are still hurting. You’ll also want them to consider the spiritual side of these tragedies, in order to move them toward empathy. Invite them to pray with you for the victims and even the perpetrators.

Other children, the inhibited types, tend to be more afraid. With these kids, you’ll want to work on the trait of courage. Let them know it’s not bad to be fearful. These emotions are normal. The brain is trying to think through what happened. But those emotions shouldn’t keep us from living our lives. God intends for us to continue doing the things we normally do.

Be aware of the emotions you’re modeling for your kids. Many children, particularly younger ones, pick up on our actions and outward displays of emotion. This has a strong influence on how they will think and feel about something. Are you making comments — perhaps about not leaving the house or trying to avoid crowds — that will mold their thinking and their fears? Adults are allowed to be scared, of course, but it’s often better to talk about these things with a spouse behind closed doors. In our home, my wife and I do discuss tragic news events with our children, but we often save the raw emotions and details about these stories for when the kids are in bed for the night.

Show them the bigger story

Remind your children of how seldom these tragedies occur. I recently asked my daughter to consider what a television news report would look like if it covered all the times an airplane landed without incident and all the times people safely attended movies and concerts and carnivals.

“It would go on for a really long time,” she responded.

“And no one would think it was very exciting,” I said. “So instead, they focus on rare, awful events. Those tragedies get highlighted so much that it’s easy to think that terrible news is the only kind of news there is.”

It’s important that we help our kids not dwell on the negative. God’s goodness and truth are alive during even the darkest times.

As you process these events together, remind your children that the true story is bigger than the bloodshed. Point your kids toward all the good that is happening. Look for the men and women who are risking their lives to save others. Look for those who drive ambulances or direct traffic toward safety. Those who bring bandages and blankets, those who donate blood, those who hand out sandwiches and water bottles. Look for those who are involved in the lives of victims, giving them comfort and helping them heal.

And of course, as Christians, we know that the story is even bigger. Jesus is the ultimate helper. His response to the sin and evil of our world is to come down to our level and take the punishment for all of it. Sin creates chaos and pain. God rescues our fallen race from that misery. Isaiah 26:3-4 says God will give peace to a person who wholeheartedly trusts in Him and keeps his mind focused on Him. He does not leave us as orphans. He comes to strengthen, comfort and help.

Skin on Jesus

1 John 3:17-18  But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us know love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

A few years ago my husband and I worked with Samaritans Purse in the Douglasville area back when we had a September flood.  During a prayer at the home of a flood victim, a worker said three words I’ve never forgotten “skin on Jesus”. Love and Care brings reality to Jesus, it’s God working thru us that makes that happen and a world that needs Jesus, is watching.  

Love is what causes us to Care. The dictionary gives the definition  for care as “feel concern or interest” or “look after and provide the needs of” and Jesus said our love for one another is an example of Him. Probably the most insightful words on care in all of scripture is the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.  He didn’t ask that question “how are you” and have no real interest behind the question , he didn’t walk on by, he DID something.

What does “care” look like?  What doesn’t it look like?

Based on the definition, care requires us to do something dependent on the situation. Here in the south, the first way we usually show care is to provide meals, we are great at this one.  Maybe care is a card, could be it’s a text or phone call to check in and let that someone know you are interested in caring about them,  maybe it’s an offer to do laundry, maybe it’s flowers, could be a gift card to ease a financial burden, maybe it’s yard work, maybe it’s baby or child sitting,  and so on. You can make your own list and ideas because you have been gifted by God with your own ways to Care. Care has the suggestion of relationship. Being interested in those with needs is hard because so much of our own life can be overwhelming to us and take so much of our time.  We will have to quit thinking of “us” and yes that will take work. And a biggie about care is…. if you find yourself in the situation of needing “care”, you have got to be vulnerable and open to letting people put Care in action. This part is just as important because it shows the world the command of Jesus for loving one another.  It’s on the giver and the receiver to both do their parts. John 14:15-16: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever”. This is the best part of caring… we have a Helper that if we ask, will show us who we need to be caring for and will put the ideas in our heads of how to help.  We must just open up our minds and our eyeballs.

What does Care NOT look like.   It’s probably not real hard to answer this one.  1 Corinthians 13:1, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal”.   Care isn’t walking on by those in need. Care isn’t ignoring the situation that’s right in front of you. Care isn’t using the words, “I’m praying for you” as a way to do nothing.  Yes, please pray but do not use these words or response as a way to make you feel like you are “doing” something, the world is watching and they NEED to see we are actually caring, by our actions.  

Out with the old, in with the new.

We’ve all heard that saying.

New. New smells. New toys. New clothes. New shoes. New car. New.

Maybe it’s just me, but at the beginning of a new year I’m compelled to clean out. Clean out closets, clean out cabinets, clean out clothes, clean out that junk drawer and so on. And in doing that it seems like a good time to replace some things, or just start with new. New feels good. New makes us happy. (That’s probably something that should be examined all on its own.) And, new things cost money.  

In Luke 16, there is a passage where Jesus tells a parable about a rich man and his manager. Basically, the manager was stealing or squandering the bosses money/possessions and the boss called him out on it. So, the manager figures he is about to get fired so he goes about trying to get him a little cash so he can take care of himself. What is really strange about the parable is the manager is dishonest about how he does that, but yet the master praises him for acting shrewdly. Say what??? See, the focus is on the “thinking ahead”. The master is God and the manager is His children. And the parable is trying to get them to see that all that you own belongs to God and what He wants you to do is plan for your time in His kingdom, heaven. How will you use the money and possessions you have now to do that? The words of Jesus in Verse 11 read, “if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon (money) , who will entrust the true riches to you?” True riches are the crowns, jewels and rewards we will receive in heaven for a job well done.  

So, consider before you throw out the old and buy the new, in what way will it be used to further the Kingdom. Think how much we buy into what is in style or the newest fad, but the majority of it does nothing for Kingdom work. Maybe if we really did look at our money as God’s, we would consider better how we use it. Asking myself before I make that purchase, can I really do without? How many poor folks can I feed off what I’m about to buy? How does God see this purchase?

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much”  Luke 16:10

Three Treasures for a King


 Matthew 2: 11  “after coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His Mother, and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.  Then, opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

Matthew is the only one to write about the treasures that the wise men brought to give to the King , him being the tax collector and money guy it’s not real surprising He would include it.  Isaiah the prophet also writes about it in 60:6 but he leaves out myrrh since he is writing about the second advent of Jesus.   And there is some significance of these gifts, the gold is a symbol of His deity and His glory.  The frankincense represents the purity of Jesus.  And the myrrh represents the suffering He will endure for us.

It would seem from the verse, “then opening their treasures” that they had lots of choices, but chose the best items.  The giving of the gifts, was part of their worship to Jesus.

Then I had to ask….. what are my treasures?   And what treasures am I giving to the King.

In  Matthew 6:19-21, and other places there is a bit more about treasures.  ” Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus teaches there is no security in earthly things, but what really matters is heavenly things.   So if we are storing up treasures in heaven, guess what… that makes us the Treasurer of those treasures.  Some of those treasures are going to be people, relationships with people… specifically those we have helped lead to The King.  I LOVE the idea that we are the treasurer over that.  It’s on us what treasure is there.   And then, what treasurers are we giving to the King.  All questions that each one of us has to answer on our own, no one can answer for us.

In this season of giving gifts, let us remember what the best gift of all is…. JESUS.  Let’s not be sucked into the consumerist part of Christmas that bombards us at every turn, instead look for ways to give away Jesus, and give back our gifts worthy for a King.

Matthew 19:21 “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me”



This month we are focusing on being thankful, and teaching our kids to be thankful. What a sweet song this is about thankfulness. How often do you ask your children what they are thankful for?

Psalm 92: 1-2 says, “It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,”

We should “Rise and Shine” every morning singing songs of Thankfulness to Jesus, and we should talk about His faithfulness every night. I want to challenge you to wake your kids every morning, for the rest of this month, with songs of Thanksgiving for our God. It also says to proclaim His faithfulness at night. I want you to end your night with prayers of thankfulness, for His faithfulness, throughout the day. Start writing all the ways He was faithful for to you during the day. What a beautiful exercise this will be to keep your mind focused on Gods goodness. Start doing this just for the week, and then do it the next week, and then the next. Maybe it will become a daily practice you do everyday. If we instill this practice in our kids, they will be kids with a heart that overflows with gratitude for all the great things God has done.

Who is at our table?

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Luke 5: 27-29  “He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him. And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.”

In the fifth chapter of Luke, he tells the story of Levi the tax collector, who will be known as Matthew. Tax collectors during the time of Jesus were hated for several reasons, mostly because they were Jews collecting taxes for Rome since Israel was occupied by them. A tax collector could stop a person on the street, demand to see what they were carrying, and make them pay a tax. The tax laws weren’t really common knowledge, so those taxed always felt as if a tax collector was taking advantage of them, and usually they were. They would collect the tax, but extort a portion for themselves. Tax collectors really had a bad reputation and it was well deserved. In Luke 5, we learn that’s the job Matthew has…

There is this something that shows up in this verse, that maybe we need to be reminded of … look what Matthew does, he throws a party.  He meets Jesus and his reaction is to throw a party to introduce the King.  He puts out a big ole spread (I wonder if there was yummy hummus) and invites all his co-workers and his friends, and his new friends that he’s made that had been following Jesus around.  Most of us have no problem throwing parties. We have birthday parties, anniversary parties, retirement parties, engagement parties, those “sell you something” parties but Matthew throws a “meet Jesus party”.

But a bigger deal than Matthew throwing a party, is look who is invited to sit at his table: “and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.” Tax collectors and sinners. Luke 5: 30 says “The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners.?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick’.”     

Who are we inviting to sit at our table? Is it only our “Christian” friends, our church friends, our family?  To know THE King, and to want others to know Him, we need to diversify our tables. Plan a party, serve a feast, and invite those not in the Kingdom to celebrate the King. Show them what He is all about.  It’s the example Jesus clearly models for us and it cannot be disputed.  So get out the china or the paper plates, get that menu together, order take out if needed and get busy with those invitations for new friends.

Permission to party friends, and special thanks to Matthew for showing us how it’s done.

Skipping to the Sunrise

Sunrises have this way of making me smile. Yes, I’m a morning person and I get it that for some people they aren’t very happy to see that sunrise, they would rather still be in bed.   But honestly,  I’m kind of in awe how everyday when the sun comes up, the next day will not look the same.  New colors, new clouds will appear and it will have a whole new look. Sometimes when the sun comes up though, it’s just light and not a lot of color.   And then sunrises seen from the beach or the mountains,  now those get their own  special kind of awe or a Yay God moment.

 The Ladies’ Bible study groups are studying Luke together and there is a verse that kinda popped out to me this past week.  It’s Luke 1:78… “because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”.  The message version reads: 

“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.”

Oh my gracious, that beautiful sunrise can remind me of God and His promise I just love that.  He is light to the darkness of this world.  But in that verse is instruction… I hope you didn’t miss it… “to guide our feet in the way of peace”.   The way of peace meaning be harmonious in your relationships, be friendly.  To guide our feet in the way of friendliness.  Friendliness, shining light in a dark place.

 Luke was using a verse from Malachi 4:2 here “but for you who fear My name the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall”.

It  just got crazy, we got permission to skip around and celebrate the mercy of God, His healing and His righteousness.  I’m not sure how I feel about being compared to calves, but they are kind of cute.  So I hope the next time you get the privilege of witnessing a Sunrise, you’ll remember the promise of God and His instruction.  Choose the Path of Peace.   And maybe add a li’l skip in your step and celebrate that Sunrise.


Rest in Peace

 Doesn’t it seem like our world has gone crazy?  Guess what, since the beginning of the creation of man, this world has been in  turmoil, just go read the New Testament and see all the chaos going on .  Wars and rumors of wars, people not getting along, murder,  disease, man decided what is right and wrong, mans sexuality distorted , floods and so on.   I saw a church sign this week that read, ” Why rest in peace? Let’s  live that way too”.  See, when we know the King we know the outcome, we know our future.

 That brings me to the word “Fear”.  If you are watching the news, reading a newspaper, maybe seeing current events in your news feed… that might be your reaction.  When we operate from fear,  it is impossible to be about Gods mission because fear isn’t who God is, it distorts our view and cause us to make choices that aren’t kingdom minded, they are “me” minded because we are trying to protect ourselves or our families.  Job 41:33 ” Nothing on earth is like Him, One made without fear”. God does not use fear on us, it’s not of Him.  Fear stops us in our tracks.  Fear can paralyze us. But here is the best news…. Gods own words, “fear not”.  In Matthew 10 Jesus warns us that He is sending us out as “sheep in the midst of wolves”.  He knew how scary  this world would be, He knew how hard going about His mission would be. But He has lots of promises like John 14:27 .. “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”.  Luke 1:74, ” serve Him without fear”.  And Paul gave Timothy these words in 2 Timothy 1:7, ” for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power”.  Luke 12:7 ” the very hairs of your head are numbered, do not fear.”  

 In the words of Jesus in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you”.  Peace, it’ s the opposite of Fear.  It’s what we get when we trust Gods promise that He cares for us, even more than He cares for sparrows.  So when you feel like you opened the door to Fear, and said “welcome, come on in”… stop and remember the promises God gave us and kick fear back out to the curb.   Isaiah 35: 4 … ” take courage and fear not”.  Let us all put on the Peace of God, let it be on display in our life and be a living  example of the Hope found in Jesus.   

Phillippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus.                        

                                                                                   Rest in Peace

Everyone has a Mother, but some just need a Mom.

Mothers, we all have one right?  Mother, Mom, Mama, she birthed us, sacrificed for us, nursed us when we were sick, has gotten us out of jams, fed our bellies, clothed us, our personal taxi driver, comforted us, listened to us, guided us and so on.   Psalms 127:3 says “children are a gift.”   Proverbs 31 has a lot to say about the role of a Mother.  When Jesus came, He changed the perspective on mothering and family teaching us that we are family to the church, those in the Kingdom with us…. and caring for others is part of His commandment.  For some children, Mother is just a name for the woman who birthed you.  She is someone you don’t really have a relationship with because she abandoned you, maybe she was taken from you because of drug abuse or incarceration. Maybe she had no Mama and was never really shown how to take care of her own children, and due to neglect you were removed from her home.  Maybe you weren’t protected by her and were abused.  She made choices, choices you didn’t have any say in and you were taken out of that situation, often traumatically.    Sadly, that is the exact circumstances of 14,000 children in the state of Georgia, 500 of them here in our county.   May is the month for Mother’s day, and also Foster Care Awareness.  It is understood, not everyone can foster, but everyone can do something.  We get to choose the something.

Recently, someone mentioned  to me a portion of the Great Divorce written by C. S. Lewis, written about heaven and hell and he describes a scene in heaven of celebrating mothering.  

“First came bright Spirits, not the Spirits of men, who danced and scattered flowers. Then, on the left and right, at each side of the forest avenue, came youthful shapes, boys upon one hand, and girls upon the other. If I could remember their singing and write down the notes, no man who read that score would ever grow sick or old. Between them went musicians: and after these a lady in whose honour all this was being done.

I cannot now remember whether she was naked or clothed. If she were naked, then it must have been the almost visible penumbra of her courtesy and joy which produces in my memory the illusion of a great and shining train that followed her across the happy grass. If she were clothed, then the illusion of nakedness is doubtless due to the clarity with which her inmost spirit shone through the clothes. For clothes in that country are not a disguise: the spiritual body lives along each thread and turns them into living organs. A robe or a crown is there as much one of the wearer’s features as a lip or an eye.

But I have forgotten. And only partly do I remember the unbearable beauty of her face.

“Is it?…is it?” I whispered to my guide.

“Not at all,” said he. “It’s someone ye’ll never have heard of. Her name on earth was Sarah Smith and she lived at Golders Green.”

“She seems to be…well, a person of particular importance?”

“Aye. She is one of the great ones. Ye have heard that fame in this country and fame on Earth are two quite different things.”

“And who are these gigantic people…look! They’re like emeralds…who are dancing and throwing flowers before here?

“Haven’t ye read your Milton? A thousand liveried angels lackey her.”

“And who are all these young men and women on each side?”

“They are her sons and daughters.”

“She must have had a very large family, Sir.”

“Every young man or boy that met her became her son – even if it was only the boy that brought the meat to her back door. Every girl that met her was her daughter.”

“Aye, she was one of the great ones”.  I LOVE that.  See, living with a Kingdom mindset, living with eternity in mind just might change our perspective on what may seem hard, or undoable but yet you may be just the perfect Mom for a foster child who needs to be shown a bit of love and concern, to let them know they do matter.  Being a Mom, a Mother or a Mama doesn’t have to just be to children that we birthed, that is what is so sweet about the picture C. S. Lewis writes about.  The truth is that being a foster family is hard work.  Maybe the reward will be here on earth or maybe it will be in eternity.   Be brave Mamas.  There are some children that need a Mom.  If you are interested in foster care, or other ways to serve foster children or foster families you can send an email to for more info.     

 God sets the lonely in families… Psalms 68:6

Spring Has Sprung

“That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and considering that within a little time, the leaves would be renewed, and after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the Providence and Power of GOD, which has never since been effaced from his soul. That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world, and kindled in him such a love for GOD.”
Brother  Lawrence 1666, Practicing the Presence of God.

Spring in Georgia usually brings about rough weather, rain, and lots of pollen.  Maybe it gets you “spring cleaning”… I’ve always wondered why don’t we have “winter” cleaning, but maybe it’s the sense of new and fresh that makes us want to spring clean.  But the best part of spring is it gives a glimpse of creator God, and we should take a moment to be in awe of it.  How can a seed, a root, a bulb go thru a season where it “dies”, it’s in the ground, would seem dead but yet really at the core is alive?   Because spring is the perfect picture of a God whose pretty awe-inspiring,  He is Creator God, and we should celebrate Him, when we view His creation.   Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world,  His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,  have been clearly seen”.  In creation, new life, that new flower, that new leaf on a tree that seems dead, is proof  of God.  Max Lucado says  “if a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God.”

Spring time also brings about the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter…  new, something dead that comes to life. Only God has the power to raise a man from the dead, defeat death, bring back life.  Revelation 21:5, “I am making all things new” is His promise.  More to celebrate.

So, when you see all the new leaves on the winter trees, the new flowers out of the dead ground, the beautiful  new blooms on the bare trees,  maybe stop and consider giving God a bit of a “Yay God Moment”, clap for Him, celebrate His beautiful creation, be inspired by it and in awe of Him.  Then yes, pass around the tissue box for all of us with spring allergies.  Gotta take the good with the bad.  Achoo, and  God bless you!

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