It's clear now, right?
Now we all know why God created a new heart within us. Also why He inspired us years ago to then create a sweet, but wise home-world for our families, for He knew someday we'd remain there for months. Then when we'd burst out the door to outside? He also knew ahead the sadder, madder world we'd behold.
So these days color me a deeper shade of grateful for the Hobbit Cottage world God nudged me to create. My appreciation runs deep and I'm doubly thankful for certain corners--
At the bottom of our stairs in our office.
Here in my office/guestroom
Above our kitchen stairs leading outside.
A corner of my 'Farm Garden Bed' where I'm planting seeds on cool mornings.
Our front steps and the table where I sit and read and stare at the river.
Peonies opened today! (And oh, I'll be cleaning and repainting the front lower half of our house this summer(!))
Snow-in-Summer blooming at the flagpole.
From these corners I seek to understand how God views our turbulent world. From His perspective I can remain calm, but not to the point of zombie stillness. These days, I believe, there is no standing still for Christians. Standing still = falling backward.
A last thing--
Folks have told other preppers they're now declaring Never Again!
Never again will I be caught unprepared!
Never again will I make fun of preppers!
Never again will I procrastinate learning how to garden, grow food!
Never again will I spend money foolishly!
Never again will I take a good life for granted!
Never again will I not deeply appreciate family and friends!
Never again will I ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit!
Any of my readers also singing that Never Again song lately? Always there's Good to be pulled up from anything Bad for --
... we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." ... Romans 8:28
No, really. We do.
"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord." ... from Isaiah 55
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." ... Romans 12:21
Oh, and as I said at Facebook:
Oooo... if I had a real job, I'd probably take this mug there and everybody would either laugh or hate me. heh. (Love this!)
Find the mug here.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15