Forget the winter weather advisories and snow boots for a while.
Signs of Spring are already here!
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11
One of the characteristics of a woman who is leading a victorious Christian life is virtue. A virtuous woman is willing to conform to both moral and divine law, someone who glows with purity and goodness. Sounds like an overwhelming goal, doesn't it? Well, just like everything else in our lives, God has given us exactly what we need to triumph in the virtues He would have us attain.
"And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman" (Ruth 3:11).
Ruth was a poor widow, one who chose to leave her native Moab for her mother-in-law's home town of Bethlehem. She was given the choice to stay behind, but her relationship with Naomi was more important. Ruth was devoted to both her former family and the new family that would greet them (Ruth 4:15).
While she was forced to work in the fields to supply the household's needs, Ruth worked with diligence and stamina. In the second cha…
A Great Dane and two 8-month-old puppies in the house. It's not even 8 a.m. and I've already said...
* Seriously? Stop!
* Diesel Mac! Stop chewing on your sister's leg!
* We just got back inside - you don't need to go again.
* Please don't bring sticks in the house.
* Molly, the babies aren't chairs. Don't sit on them!
* It's a squirrel, not a burglar!
* Oh look, I walked through pools of water around the dog bowls again.
* We should have purchased stock in carpet cleaner companies. We'd be rich.
* Off the counter. I don't care how cute you are.
* Callie Dee, your brother is not a chew toy!
* Stuffing goes INSIDE the pillows!
* This is the living room, not a demolition derby course!
* Come here. Come here. HERE!
* Now that my shoulder is dislocated, will you stop pulling on the leash?
* We have the best puppies in the whole wide world.
You can hear the rushing water from far away. It's a sound like no other, the music of a creek tripping over the rocks. This melody means fresh water, clean water, a way to quench the thirst that comes from traveling.
The moving, dancing water calls to the heart. You know the sound means water, and you want to be close to it. It is pleasant to the eye, a joy to the ear and peaceful to the soul. You want to sit there, listening and breathing in the sights and sounds that have pulled you away from the dirt and grime of the world. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalm 42:1
As the heart is pulled to the rushing water, it is pulled even more to be close to the Lord. The creek may satisfy thirst for a time, but God will satisfy our soul's longing for all eternity. When we've been roughed up from a day in the world, what a soothing time it is to sit alone in the presence of the Lord.