January 23, 2019

Wordless Wednesday, January 23 {with link up}

When one doesn't have a tripod, nor telephoto lens, this is what you get when trying to take photos of the lunar eclipse (above) and the belt of Orion (below). Not the look I was going for, but an interesting look just the same. Note the tiny specks of light scattered across the sky (click on photo to enlarge).



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January 19, 2019

I Will Follow Thee



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The Bible Speaks to Me {a devotional}

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16.

The Holy One has given rules for the guidance of every soul so that no one need miss his way. These directions mean everything to us; for they form the standard to which every son and daughter of Adam must conform. We can not turn aside from any of these divine rules, and be found guiltless. We are required to make the will of God paramount in our lives, and to have the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. I would warn you to keep from the dangerous ground on which your feet would naturally be inclined to stray....

Take the Word of God, and kneeling before God, ask, What has God spoken to me from His Word? Wait before the Lord to learn the way in which you are to go.... You may learn of the heavenly Teacher His meekness and lowliness of heart. In His strength be steadfast, and stand in opposition to all that is displeasing to God, and encourage all that is right, and pure, and true. Live a life that Jesus, your heavenly Father, and the angelic host can look upon with favor....

The Lord will be your helper, and if you trust Him, will bring you up to a noble, elevated standard, and will place your feet upon the platform of eternal truth. Through the grace of Christ, you can make a right use of your entrusted capabilities, and become an agent for good in winning souls to Christ. Every talent you have should be used on the right side.

Those of the youth
Who put on the whole armor of God,
Who will devote time every day to self-examination,
Who will seek the Lord in earnest prayer, and
Who will diligently study the Scriptures,
Will have the help of the angels of God,
And will form characters that will fit them
For the society of the redeemed in the kingdom of glory.
~Our High Calling, by E.G. White
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January 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesday, January 16 {with link up}

Baby shower for my first grandchild. He'll definitely be well dressed! It was fun to see so many outfits available in my daughter-in-law's chosen elephant theme!















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January 12, 2019

How to Study the Bible {a devotional}

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39.

The Book of books has the highest claim to our reverent attention. We must not be satisfied with superficial knowledge, but must seek to learn the full meaning of the words of truth, and to drink deep of the spirit of the Holy Oracles. To read a certain number of chapters daily, or commit to memory a stipulated amount without careful thought as to the meaning of the sacred text, is a work of little profit.... Some portions of Scripture are, indeed, too plain to be misunderstood; but there are others whose meaning does not lie upon the surface, to be seen at a glance. Scripture must be compared with scripture; there must be careful research and patient reflection. And such study will be richly repaid. As the miner discovers veins of precious metal concealed beneath the surface of the earth, so will he who perseveringly searches the Word of God as for hid treasure, find truths of greatest value, which are concealed from the view of the careless seeker.

No effort should be spared to establish a right habit of study. If the mind wanders, bring it back. If the intellectual and moral taste has been perverted by the overwrought and exciting tales of fiction, ... then you have a battle to fight with yourself to overcome this depraved habit.... We are surrounded by unbelief. The very atmosphere seems charged with it. Only by constant effort can we resist its power.... I appeal to young and old: Make the Word of God your textbook. Here you will find the true standard of character....

All over the field of revelation are scattered the glad springs of heavenly truth, and peace, and joy. They are within the reach of every seeker. The words of inspiration, pondered in the heart, will be as streams flowing from the river of the water of life. Our Saviour prayed that the minds of the disciples might be opened to understand the Scriptures. And whenever we study the Bible with a prayerful heart, the Holy Spirit is near to open to us the meaning of the words we read. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White
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January 9, 2019

Wordless Wednesday, January 9 {with link up}




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