Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy. — Anne Frank
May blessings! With all the sadness in the world right now I thought I would bring you a little sunshine to brighten your day. The month of May is upon us and things are flourishing. My garden is proof of this. The grass is green, the roses are in bloom, and there are buds everywhere opening up! I love walking in my garden. But today, as I was admiring all the flourishing plants, I sensed a sort of paradox.
Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.
During my prayer time this morning I felt like I heard this question in my spirit—
If you had a common enemy, would you not stand against him?
That got me thinking about the widening political divide. We cannot be ignorant of the devils schemes. We have a common enemy— the devil! And he’s baiting us into war! People are not our enemy, the devil is. Hear God’s Word:
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”—Ephesians 6:11-12
These are hard times, with the covid pandemic and all the consequences of having our nation shut down. People are suffering in the US and all around the world, and need hope. When you need hope, the best place to turn is to the God of hope! God can work miracles, and there is always hope for those who trust in him! Let’s pray . . .