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Monday, February 28, 2011

How Great is God?

God's beauty
For this is what the LORD says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:18

One picturesque day I had the pleasure of enjoying family and friends during a gathering where we mixed, mingled and enjoyed the fellowship of one another. Reflecting back over the day’s chitchat, one conversation in particular still resonates in my head; the powers and wonders of all mighty God. The dialogue focused on how great God is.

Everyone was in unanimous agreement of God’s wonderful, countless, and limitless works; how He molded & shaped nine planets, placing them in their orbit, with earth, millions of miles from the sun yet just right for life to reside in the world. We touched upon how God placed in each animal the ability to forage food, and never want for anything. Can you picture a bird perched on top a tall (East Texas or Georgia) pine tree and how it can catch sight of a tiny insect in the grass? In a blink of an eye, the bird’s swift motion claims its prey. These are just a few of many marvelous and amazing things from God.

Often times we take God’s amazing grander for granted because it has always been this way, it is nature. While pondering over the myriad of God’s creation I make an effort to think of songs that best represent God’s majestic masterpieces. The first song that came to mind was “How Great Thou Art” penned by Stuart K. Hines. I did not need to think of any other song – The first verse eloquently sums it up:

“O Lord my God I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, the power through out the universe displayed. Then sing my soul my savior God to thee how Great Thou Art.”

God, you are amazing! Thank you Lord for the wonderful things you have created, from the microscopic to the stars in the heavens and everything in between. We have taken you and many of your creations for granted. Remind us daily of your beauty. Amen.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Trees in the wind

Trees in the wind - Tigner Rand

My little girl was intrigued.
Watching trees bend and fold
swaying this way and that.
She asked why don’t trees break?

Pondering a thought within
I told her it’s the wind making trees bend.
With yet another question in her mind
She asked “what is wind” with a sigh -
With no reply I too sighed,

Hmmm and ahhh only comes to mind
until God provided a sign.

It is God blowing his breath
Whistling and rustling branches and leaves
of trees
This is what make trees bend.

Now when trees bend and fold
My little girl remembers what I told
It is God who makes trees bend
in the wind.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

God is Still Smiling on You

God's smile on a child
Photo: Tigner J.

God is still smiling on you

Through your storms of dismay and disbelief

God is still smiling on you

Through your heartache, disappointments and pain

God is still smiling on you

Through the total confusion storms, dark days and treacherous rain

God is still smiling on you

I cannot say the day nor the hour as to when God will bring you through your trial

God’s plans; it is hard for our carnal minds to explain

But through it all stay in prayer, stay on course and just maintain

God is still smiling on you and He promised through His word

He will comfort you through your pain

God is still smiling on you!



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Monday, February 14, 2011

What is Love?

Let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and truth      I John 3:18
I LOVE YOU, three words that are timeworn since the beginning of mankind. These unmistakable yet powerful words render affection in poems, sonnets, songs, and movies. Kings, Queens, and common people have uttered many variations world-wide.

The aforementioned scripture was chosen because today is Valentine’s Day. The true meaning of LOVE has been lost  in candy, flowers, and spontaneous dialogue - Only reacting to the day opposed to speaking from the heart. LOVE is not just a word to describe your feelings but it exemplifies a deed; something that requires action.
  • LOVE  is unconditional - through thick, thin, hard or bad times I choose you to love!
  • LOVE is patient and kind
  • LOVE does not delight in evil
  • LOVE never fails - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • True LOVE should originate from one source - LOVE is God I John 4:7.
Unconditional LOVE is a verb - an action word. It is parents sacrificing their needs for the well being of a child, caring for ill loved ones in spite of everything. This LOVE  is demonstrated in marriage when couples console one another or by doing little ‘nothings’ - pick up a rose on the way home just because, leaving love notes stating how you care (this goes both ways). Being able to talk through disagreements and never loose the feeling for your spouse.

 A distinctive brand of LOVE is exhibited when Christians help people who have fallen or encountered set-backs. Tending to the needs of strangers or homeless who are down trodden. They over looked rancid conditions but through compassion extend the hand of LOVE. Jesus epitomizes this type of LOVE: Verily I say unto you, in as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these brethren you have done it unto me. Mathew 26: 34-46

 True LOVEcannot be found unless you have God in you life; a man who says he loves God and does not love his brother is a liar, he that does not love his brother who he can see, how can he love God that he has not seen? I John 4:20. On this day of love I pose these questions to ponder:

  • Do you LOVE your spouse?
  • Do you LOVE your fellow brother?
  • Do you LOVE yourself? 

Find True LOVE through God and increase your blessings!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Father God in Heaven,

 You asked us to love one another as we love ourselves. Many find it hard to love themselves let alone another person. Lord, in the name of Jesus I ask that you will touch your children who are trying to love but don’t know how. Prick harden hearts so your love can seep in.  I pray in the name of Jesus that you show true Godly love. Help us to grow more in  unconditional love. Your word states, “ask and it shall be done”, I pray Lord that this prayer will be the beginning of healing and removing broken hearts, barriers to allow love in to your children’s lives and allow people to once again trust in the name of Jesus. These things I pray in the name of Jesus and know that it shall be done! Amen.

 Tigner J.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Your life story: The Greats movie of all times!

Your life is full of excitement, joy, and great memories; it's your world premiere! You have watched it over and over and over again. This narrative is filled with epic moments, standing ovations, sad scenes, along with a few screams of encore! Then it is curtain call. Your life is the making of life's greatest episode.

In the movies a director sees vision and knows the outcome of a sure masterpiece. His cast is often allowed some impromptu adlibbing provided actors stay with in reason. Nevertheless they are given a screenplay to capture the very essence of what is desired on film. There is no argument we love movies; action, drama, comedy, tragedy and even horror. We all have seen academy award winning movies which mesmerize us with spectacular special effects, convincing actors along with unforgettable lines we so often recite. Be that as it may, have you ever stopped and thought that every day of your life is a bona fide theatrical production with God as the director? He has scripted your life from conception until the final curtain. Each episode between birth and fade to black are chock-full of friends, family, associates and strangers as supporting cast members. Some give advice, comedy relief while a small group produce drama.

In life, God is the director and is in control of it all. He has provided a manuscript written for each of us to use as a reference. The Bible is the script for our leading roll, however, many choose not to refer or follow God’s script. A large number prefer to review their lines and attempt to implement what was read, others decide to discard the script, applying their own logic or understanding while a host of others spontaneously go through life not consulting the director which leads to one disappointment after another.

Our lives can be award winning adventures provided we follow God’s word. Learn to focus more on communicating with the director; ask for his advice as you approach every scene in life. Allow God to show you his ways, teach you his paths which will guide you in his truth. Psalms 25: 4-5. Stop trying to be God and allow God to do His duty by giving him your burdens, which are often carried along during life.

There will be peaks, valleys, dark and sunny days. Remember there cannot be flowers with out sunshine and rain so don’t make life a traumatic saga of despair but an epic love story that has the greatest ending of all, when you reach the final destination in heaven.


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