Paint a Better Picture

For the Lords’ Day, August 26, 2017

Dear Saints,

We are so thankful to have returned from our 5-week trip to the Land Down Under!  We missed you terribly, and though we are still settling it is so goooooooooooood to be home!

As you can imagine, I’ll be up late on sermons so I can’t write much of my own devotion this time, but I did want to say G’Day from San Diego and send you a brief e-devotion on contentment (per my recent series) by use of a lovely video Rachel learned of and shared with me today (its ending caused me to weep deeply).

I think I’d like to just say before you watch it, consider what you have going on in your life that darkens your days and how you can paint a better picture of it in your moments to make the most of every moment, trusting joy will come in the morning.  As the old cliches go, “when you’re given lemons, make lemonade”; and, see “the cup as half full” and that “every cloud has a silver lining.”

Or, as Paul put it,

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you … for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  (Philippians 4:1)

Have some tissues wth you, and enjoy:

Semper Reformanda,

Pastor Grant