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Look Up For A Fall-Filled Worship Encounter

by Cathy Baker

Is anything more awe-stirring than an Autumn evening?

Moonlit skies ripe with vibrant stars, crisp light winds brisk enough to warrant warm sweaters and soft scarves. 

So bundle up and head outdoors. Lay in the bed of your truck or spread out your blanket on a soft patch of grass. Look up! Gaze and marvel at the wonder God has created. 

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who
brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by
name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is
missing. Isaiah 40:26

As you point towards all the different stars, remember this…God calls each by name.

 “The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.”  
Deuteronomy 33:12
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” 
Psalm 17:8
“… but I have called you friends…” 
John 15:15

Before heading inside for a cup of cocoa, let us consider the names that the God of the universe calls us. Is there anything more personal? Spend a few moments thanking Him for desiring—pursuing—such a personal relationship with you.

The above are just three names of many but is there one that resonates with you more today? Please share in the comment section. 

 

When An Apple Does More Than Keep a Doctor Away

A basket of truth for our Bible Study friends.

by Cathy Baker

Searching for a way to put your Fall apples to good use? 

Here’s one idea to throw in the hat:

Remind someone how special they are in God’s eyes by placing one apple in a clear cellophane bag, tying the top with jute or a ribbon and adding a card that says this: 

You are the apple of my eye. 
Love, Jesus 
Psalm 17:8

It’s a little something I made for the ladies in our most recent bible study, “Do You Think I’m Beautiful?” by Angela Thomas. I’ve also made these on other occasions because, let’s face it, who wouldn’t be encouraged by this truth? 

A simple but powerful reminder!

The term “apple of my eye” refers to something or someone one who is cherished above all others. David, the author of Psalm 17, was confident of God’s love for him. Yes, he had his share of doubts and insecurities, but he always returned to this foundational truth.

I don’t
know where you are today, or what you might be facing. Maybe it’s a
health issue, financial woes, or just a plain ol’ rough day, but know this: You are
cherished by the King of Kings. 

May we walk in this truth together, confident that there is nothing we could do or say to make Him love us more, nor is there anything we could do or say to make Him love us less. Now if this doesn’t put a giddy up in our step today, I’m not sure what will. 

How does it make you feel to know that you are the apple of your heavenly Father’s eye? 
 

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 

P.S. I happened across the apple note tags at Cracker Barrel, 75% off, but I’ve used plain white tags as well. It’s the message that counts.

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