I realize this is a bit graphic, but I love the little hand. You can click on the photograph and be directed to the newspaper article telling about the photographer and the actual event. You'll be touched.
Tonight on Facebook, Kristi had this as her status ~ "I find it interesting that the people who support abortion have already been born." - Ronald Reagan. I totally and wholeheartedly agree. No matter what you call it, it's still a baby. It's still a human. It's a person.
The newest kid in the family had her share of photos as well and there was never a shortage of someone wanting to hold and snuggle her. She cooed and drooled.
an ever-present help in trouble.
I have been ill with a sinus infection and have felt horrid. Have you noticed how it's during the days we don't feel good that ugly and scary parts of our past push into the present or worry tries to wreck today? It's times such as this that Satan preys on our weakness. This was my devotional a few days ago. The words ministered to my spirit and brought comfort when my thoughts wanted to carry me back into some dark times in my life.
"My child, sit down in the boat. Don't look at the billowing waves or the sea spewing its anger in all directions. I made the wind and the sea; they listen and obey My voice. I walk on the clouds, and they thunder their praise. I blink My eyes, and lightning reflects My power. I hold out My hand, and the storms are stilled. So, take My hand, sit down, and relax. Do you think the God who knows the number of hairs on your head will abandon you in your greatest hour of need? Be still, My child. You are safe with Me."
What a beautiful Saviour I serve. When the storms rage, we have Him. During trials and times of fear, He is our strength. He is a solid hiding place and refuge. We can truly rest in Him and be secure. I may not know all the answers to the 'why's' but He does and that's good enough for me.
While enjoying a meal at a local eatery this past week, one of the managers stopped by our table and we struck up an interesting conversation. In the course of it, he mentioned that America is not mentioned in the end of time. That a 'great Western nation' is not mentioned at all and he attributed this to the fact that we have fallen away from One Nation Under God. That we have no leadership in Washington nor leadership and discipline in the home. He had some good points.
But I disagreed with him on the fact that there is little good in America. I am surrounded by godly people that worship the King. I have best friends that love and serve the Lord. There are acts of kindness everywhere I look. America is still a great nation and a country I love. Are there problems? Sure. Do some things need to change? You bet. But there's not another country on this earth I'd rather live.
My devotional this morning began with these words, "My child, when your thoughts are filled with the ugliness of the world, remember it is not I who erased the beauty. I splashed the parched ground with paint drops of color. I nestled my creatures safely together like clustered jewels and carved out a home for each one. Every day is a personalized tapestry of love from Me to you."
He is still in charge. He still loves us. He will always provide a way for us. I believe that. I know it to be true. He never lies. Never has, never will. May this year bring many moments that reaffirm His presence in your live, in your heart, in our world.