Randy's Reflections
June 6, 2017, 12:04 AM

Summer Words


Awesome

I probably use this word more than any other. When I look back on my life and think of all that I have experienced, all the wondrous sights I have seen, all the amazing people I have met, and all the "coincidences" I have experienced I feel, overall my life has been awesome. And if the past predicts the future in any way there is more awesomeness to come. So when I get discouraged or when I feel like I am in a meat grinder, not of my own making, I need to remember that God is by my side and God will continue to bring awesomeness to my life. I just need to look for it and embrace it.

Lord, help me to remember how you have turned my life from awful to awesome. Help me to remember how when I am in the pit you bring a ladder of hope. Help me to remember that when the darkness envelopes me you bring the light. Then as I remember these things I will again be able give thanks for all that is awesome in my life. Amen.




June 3, 2017, 10:41 AM

Summer Words


Angry

This is not a word we often associate with the loving God of the New Testament, but this can be an emotion which motivates us to do something. It can be beneficial to get us moving when complancey has settled in our hearts. Sometimes it is so overwhelming to think of all things that are wrong in the world, but if we get angry it can help us put our concerns in to constructive action. So let us not bottle up our anger, but ask God to help us find ways we can use this emotion for His good.

Lord, help me to acknowledge my feelings of anger and to be guided by you to bring good into this world because of it. Help me not too be overwhelmed by all that is wrong in this world, but to find something I can give my energy to when I am feeling trapped, misunderstood, or afraid. We know that perfect love drives out fear (I John 4:18) so help us to not to be blinded by our anger, but to be motivated by it to make right which we believe is wrong. Give us one thing to do which will bring your love to this world and to you be the glory, amen.




June 2, 2017, 4:57 PM

Summer Words


Amazed​

The fog rolling over the hills, the accelerated growth of new plants in the garden, and the burst of color found in spring flowers all are amazing. What once was bland, brown, and mottled is now lush, colorful, and varigated. So it is with our life. When I look back I see an amazing God orchestrating events bursting with excitement and exuberance. I remember birth of our babies. I remember achievements in colleges and universities. I remember recognizing and sharing my gifts and skills in my various vocations. I also remember the close and fulfllling relationships with my family and friends. The world, the people, and my life is amazing. All because of our Lord and Savior.

Lord, you have been not only my rock and fortress, but you have been my help, my encourager, and my champion. Thank you for not only walking by my side, but for leading me and challenging me to become the person I can be. I am amazed that you love me so much that you take a personal interest in me and you help me become better than I have ever been. I am amazed by your provision and our constant care. Thank you for this day and all the days hereafter.