2018: Page 35

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • I was up early to take care of the overnight snow at work.
  • Before I left the house, Susan woke up long enough to smile and tell me she felt better today.
  • The snow wasn’t very deep so I thought I could run the snow shovel down the walks to clear them for the day.  The snow was wet and heavy so the shoveling was taking more work than I expected so I got out the snowblower and made easy work of the task.
  • Once the walks were cleared and I had put down some ice melt, I headed to Dowagiac to preach at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
  • With the major roads typically a mess following a snow, I headed cross country as I rerouted my trip on secondary roads.
  • With the warmer weather, the wet heavy snow flocked all the trees along my drive and created a beautiful winter scene.
  • The sermon I shared this morning was about the desire of our heart that comes from delighting ourselves in the Lord.
  • Here are the major points from the sermon:
    • The Direction of your heart — Our delight in the Lord ought to set the direction our heart takes.  When our heart’s direction lines up with the direction that leads to God, we find our delight in the Lord bears much fruit.
    • The Expressions of your heart — Jesus said that it is out of the overflow of our heart that the mouth speaks.  Our delight in the Lord gives us an expression of the heart that reveals Jesus to the people around us.
    • The Surrender of your heart — When we delight in the Lord we find that the surrender of our heart is a natural result.  God wants each of us to return to Him, but He wants us to do it with a surrendered heart that recognizes His authority over all things.
    • The Inclination of  your heart — Because God has formed each of us as unique people in His image, we find that the very inclinations of our heart are realized when we delight in the Lord.  While God has inclined our hearts toward a pursuit of Him, there are also individual inclinations that He puts within us so that together we can accomplish all that He has designed His body to do.
    • The Rejoicing of  your heart — When Paul writes to the Philippians with the command to rejoice always, he is making it clear that the rejoicing of the heart is a deliberate decision we must make.  Our delight in the Lord should fill us with a rejoicing of the heart because of God’s presence within us.
    • The Endurance of your heart — Life can be hard.  In fact, Jesus made it clear that in this world we would have trouble.  The good news is that He set the example for endurance of the heart as we read that “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross.”  As we delight in the Lord, we gain a perspective that is more eternal than temporary.  This view of the joy set before us ought to fill us with a faithfulness to God that helps us to endure to the end.
  • After the church service I took a detour by Lake Michigan to see what I could find to photograph.  The forecast was for high winds but the frozen slush of the water around the lighthouse kept the waves from crashing over the piers and lighthouse.
  • Today’s photo is of a wind created sand art composition that caught my eye on the beach.  The combination of sand, snow, and wind created a work of art that was continually changing.

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