That being said, please forgive the lack of an entry yesterday. My goal is to have an entry every week day. I take the weekend off usually to focus entirely on the family and my church family. Sometimes life gets in the way of this plan. Yesterday I drove my 14 year old daughter to the west edge of South Dakota for some very needed medical procedures for diagnosis and healing.
My thoughts were with you all though.
So, I want to share just a few scriptures today and a really good quote from Kay Arthur. The quote first:
Sin is not the end of life. Unless God takes us home prematurely, which is possible according to 1 John 5:16-17, we have lessons to learn and a new level of righteousness to be acquired . . . Don't faint; rather, endure.
And now the scriptures:
The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.
And from The Message Bible, Acts 17:24-31 (copied and pasted from http://Biblegateway.com):
24-29"The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him.
Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?
30-31"God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he's calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead."