New Digs

It seems like Susan and I have been moving forever. We started packing stuff way back in April. Last Sunday night we stayed in our “New Digs” for the first time. We moved from Dover where we lived for the past eighteen years to an old farm house built in the late 1800’s. lt’s a grand old place with a lot of charm and character. My dad was born there which adds to the charm. We are settling in! Boxes, boxes, and more boxes. How many times have we asked, “Honey, do you know what box” . . . It is amazing how much “stuff” you can accumulate over the years. “Look what I found!” “Didn’t know we still had this…” “We need to get rid of this junk!” As we open this new chapter in our lives, as we adjust to living out in the country, as we put things together, I find myself being so grateful for all the blessing in our lives.

It hasn’t been an easy move . . . our timing had a lot to be desired. (We went to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, had heart surgery), trying to move and keep up with all of the other things in our life . . . but, in the midst of it all we find the blessing of God. I needed to look for those blessings. I did, and I found them. Thank you Lord!

Whatever we are going through in life, we can find God’s blessings, if we would just look. Even when things are not going as you plan, God will use those events, situations to “work together for your good.” Look for His hand of blessing each and every day. As you recognize those blessings, thank Him for them, once again you will be blessed.

~PASTOR ROD

Trials — Good or Bad?

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According to the Word of God we would have to agree that they are good for us.

In I Peter 1:6-7 it says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious. than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” In fact, Peter talks about trials several times in this letter: see 1 Peter 3:13-17; 1 Peter 4:12-19; and 1 Peter 5:9.

We really need to understand that these trials are definitely for our benefit. Just as the impurities in gold will rise to the top when the gold is heated so they can be skimmed off, so impurities in our life as they are burned away will prepare us to meet Christ.

The Spirit Filled Life Bible (NKJV) says, “Faith in the Person of Christ and the completed work of the Cross allows a Christian to endure rejection by the world. This rejection may even lead to death. The faith-filled Christian glorifies God and can count as a blessing to stand for his Lord. Such a stand for Christ is preceded by the denial of fleshly lust so that the Spirit is in control.”

So when we strugle with persecutions and trials rather than complaining and saying, “Why is this happening to me”, we should respond with confidence that God knows what is best for us and He will not forsake us but will lead us through the trial so we will be better off and able to serve Him as He wants us to.

He never said the Christian life would be easy, but will it be worth it — absolutely!

~DARYL JACKSON