Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Outflow of Love {a devotional}

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7.

When the heavenly principle of eternal love fills the heart, it will flow out to others, not merely because favors are received of them, but because love is the principle of action, and modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, subdues enmity, and elevates the affections. This love is not contracted, so as merely to include “me and mine,” but is as broad as the world and as high as heaven. It is in harmony with that of the angel workers. This love, cherished in the soul, sweetens the entire life, and sheds a refining influence on all around. Possessing it, we cannot but be happy, let fortune smile or frown. And if we love God with all the heart, we must love His children also. This love is the spirit of God. It is the heavenly adorning that gives true nobility and dignity to the soul.

A soul filled with the love of Jesus lends to the words, the manners, the looks, hope, courage, and serenity.... It awakens a desire for a better life; souls ready to faint are strengthened; those struggling against temptation will be fortified and comforted. The words, the expression, the manners, throw out a bright ray of sunshine, and leave behind them a clear path toward heaven.... Every one of us has opportunities of helping others. We are constantly making impressions upon the youth about us. The expression of the countenance is itself a mirror of the life within. Jesus desires that we shall become like Himself, filled with tender sympathy, exerting a ministry of love in the small duties of life....

Our duty is to live in the atmosphere of Christ’s love, to breathe His love deeply, and to reflect its warmth around us. Oh, what a sphere of influence is open before us! How carefully we should cultivate the garden of the soul, so that it may bring forth only pure, sweet, fragrant flowers! Words of love, tenderness, and charity sanctify our influence over others. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, June 13 {with link up}

My daughter and I had a much-needed mental health break last weekend. Nothing beats beach therapy!






There are more photos from our weekend on my Instagram, if you want to see them, here, here, here, and here.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Teen Camp

Last week, SJ attended summer camp for the first time ever.

Now, I will admit that he isn't a noisy person, but the house was way too quiet without him. It was so quiet, I couldn't think! Ha!

We had to wait a long time in a long line for registration.
We were with friends from church.
When we were finished, we deposited our campers at their respective lodges.
Milo looked for SJ each morning. The neighbors' dogs looked for him each time they were taken out for walks. My folks' dog looked for him on Dad's dominoes night/Mom's and my Hallmark movie night.

I was able to send him an email each day. And I scoured the photos the camp posted each day to see if I could find any pictures of SJ.

Word has it, he had a fun time, and hopes to go again next year.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Under the Yoke of Christ {a devotional}

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 1 John 2:10.

Satan is seeking by his temptations to obtain advantage over souls. Let nothing that you may do or say prove a temptation or discouragement to any soul. Remember he is the purchase of the blood of Christ. Every soul is precious. Only as you look to the cross of Calvary can you place a right estimate upon the soul. How sad a thing it would be to have anything you may do or say balance a soul in the wrong direction. You are bound by cords of obligation to God and to your fellow man; you cannot break these cords and free yourself from these obligations.

Do not be troubled by what other people think or say,...but cling to the Lord; He will never fail you.... We must ever bear in mind that Satan is working hard to secure every soul. We must work on the Lord’s side, not giving the least occasion which anyone can take advantage of. ... If words are spoken and charges made to provoke you, the very best reproof you can give is to remain silent, as though you heard not.... We are all to remember that we are under the yoke of Christ, and we must not disgrace our Saviour or the yoke He has invited us to wear. We will just as surely rule our spirit as we wear the yoke.

What others may do, what others may say, what others may think of you, will not change God’s thoughts toward you. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, and the opinion of man will not change his character.... Jesus loves you; and He takes no man’s measurement of your character. You are to behold Jesus and reflect His image. Keep His love in your thoughts. Invite the heavenly Guest to abide with you....

Let your spirit be cleansed from all earthliness, all unholy, uncharitable thoughts. Let your words be clean, sanctified, vivifying and refreshing all with whom you associate. Be not easily provoked. Let the praise of God be in your hearts and upon your lips, that no evil thing may truthfully be said of you. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, June 6 {with link up}

This week, I'm sharing a few collages from my morning walks. They are "just" phone photos.







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