Share the Love ~ April

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Good morning, dearest reader. This month’s theme has been joy! Do you have joy, today? If not, I pray your heart be filled with gladness, your mind with peace, your mouth with singing, and your soul with praises to our God. Truly, the joy of the Lord is our strength. If we have His joy, we have the strength to face the days ahead.

James instructs us to count it all joy (James 1:2) when our faith is tested. Why? Because the testing of our faith produces patience. And when patience’s work is complete we will lack nothing.

So, bask in His love, rest in His grace, and power up with His joy!

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the posts I’ve shared. I did!

Finally, I am talking about the comparison corner on Seriously Write today. Woohoo! If you ever compare yourself with others come by and visit me. I would love to see you there! Click here.

Reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Read Me – Reading Is My Super Power
Nana’s Gift and The Red Geranium by Janette Oke – Prismatic Prospects
Pegg Thomas Tells a Horse Tale – Linda W. Yezak
Beyond Justice (Cara Putman) – Review – Fiction Aficionado

Writing

White Space – Wordserve Water Cooler
How to Use a Writer’s Intuition to Strike Creative Gold – Writers In the Storm
Five Lessons from the Road to Publication – The Steve Laube Agency
Tips to Make Your 15-Minute Appointments a Success – Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

Inspirational

When I Am Afraid – Betty Thomason Owens
Faith – Wordsmith’s Desk
Monday Morning Gratitudes – Sunnybank Secrets
Finding Easter – Stacey Thureen

Foodie

Gail’s Lamingtons – Cook and Enjoy Recipes
Fruit Pizza – Sugar Creek Hollow
Chicken Salad Sandwiches – Life in the Lofthouse
Concerned About Aging Well? Eat These Foods – New Creations Ministries

Music

The Golden Truth

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Proverbs 8:11 KJV

Standing near the water’s edge, she stared at her reflection. A familiar excitement washed over her. Like a fever, it quickly consumed her. She scanned the shoreline, contemplating her choices. Not just, any place would do. No. Her heart burned for perfection. She reached for her pan and waded into the water until she arrived at the determined location.

She inhaled deeply, whispered a prayer, turned the pan perpendicular and plunged it to the bottom. Slowly, as not to lose anything, she lifted the pan from the watery chest and rocked it back and forth, swirling the contents. She smiled. The pan gleamed golden. She collected the precious nuggets and dropped them into a leather repository hanging about her neck.

Searching the waters, she spied a large stone. Absent-mindedly, she pushed the obstruction out of the way, and continued her search for the more easily recognizable pebbles. Yet, her eyes were repeatedly drawn to the discarded stone. She picked it up and rolled it between her thumb and index finger. A golden sliver winked at her. She grinned. It wouldn’t be easy, but it could be done.

On the sandy bank, she unsheathed her knife and began scraping the outer surface. The stone proved impenetrable. Undaunted, she placed it in a vice and reached for her hammer and chisel. Several days and nights passed until finally, the treasure beneath was exposed.

The deep things of God are never easily found. Just as a miner spends hours searching for that perfect nugget of gold, it takes patience and often years of searching the Word of God. For wisdom doesn’t depend on me, but God. He reveals Himself to me as I faithfully pursue Him. He chooses the where, when, and how.

Daniel said, “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Daniel 2:22 KJV

If I’m to reach the deeper depths and greater heights, then I must search the Word as if panning for gold. I’m not to be satisfied with shallowness, but wade into the deeper waters and be willing to follow His lead when He places a nugget in front of me.

Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16

If I’m to grow then, I must eat a balanced diet.

Lord, help me not to settle for the sweet, sugary offerings so easily obtained, snacking my way through the table you’ve spread for me. Help me partake of the meat of Your Word that I may understand the deeper things You long to share with me.