“And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.” – 1 Chronicles 5:20
When hardship knocks, who is the first person you go to for help? In this verse, the Israelites went to God. God will save those who trust Him. “As for God… he is a buckler to all those that trust in him (Psalms 18:30).”
Instead of doing this, we frequently run to the strongest of our physical helpers. Often we trust our friends, the government, or another person who is in power to save us. The Israelites did this many times. They trusted in Egypt to save them, but Pharaoh was unable to do so. “The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him (Jeremiah 46:25).”
Those of physical power cannot be trusted to save us. “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength (Psalms 33:16).” Where will you put your trust?
Matthew and I went for a photography trip to Acacia Reservation, which is one of our local metroparks. Acacia used to be a golf-course, so it is a great location for clear views of the sky. The sunset was spectacular, and the lighting made for some great photographs.
People are constantly changing in their expressions and appearances. Landscapes are slowly changing. Cats are somewhere in between. While cats change more often than seasonally, they are normally ready to enjoy the little things in life – such as a good nap. There is a lesson of contentment to be learned from cats.
In this case, Nutmeg (our cat) was quite happy to watch me take pictures of her. For this picture, I set up a flash on the side of the bed and aimed it at the joint between the wall and the ceiling. This lit up the background. To light up the cat, I had one flash to the camera right, and another flash that was reflected with a golden reflector from the camera left. This helped enrich the colors of Nutmeg’s fur.
Yesterday morning we had an additional 4.5 inches of snow. In the middle of our front yard, we had a total of 12.5 inches of snow, and in the drifts it was much deeper. We’ve been getting a lot of exercise shovelling. Unfortunately, we only have about 2 inches of heavy slush left now – and it’s disappearing quickly! The weather is warming up rapidly, at least for this week. We’ll likely be back in winter next week.
On Thursday, we had another parent’s night out, where the students at our church take care of the younger kids so the parent’s can spend some time alone together. The theme for this time was “God helps the humble,” and the theme verse was James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Last night, we had some long-time friends come over. They are moving down to Florida. We had fun talking and eating ice-cream and brownies with them. We did our best to convince them to stay here in Cleveland, but seeing that one of them never took off their jackets (yes, they had multiple of them), I think they are looking forward to getting back to warmer weather. 🙂 We’ll miss having them here, but we’re thankful for the time that they’ve lived near to us.
On Saturday night, we celebrated Christi’s 15th birthday.
I am so thankful to God for my sister. She is always ready to give cheer when cheer is needed; she is ready to help when assistance is needed, and she is ready to be there when company is needed. May God continue to grant you grace to keep growing in Him this next year.
Here are some pictures!
Ice Cream Cake!
Christi and Mom after making the Cake
Dad Testing out my Camera