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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 25, 2012 - Praise God

By Dorothy Rugg

We live in a rural town in northeast Pennsylvania; our home is sort of on a mountain. We are surrounded by trees, and when I look out our living room window I can see the steeple of the church my husband and I pastor.

One thing I really like about early fall is having the windows open in the morning when I’m sitting at my desk either working on the computer or connecting with my family through emails. I can hear the birds singing out; I see them as they fly in and out of the bird feeders. In the evening, I listen to all the night sounds of the crickets and frogs and the owl that sits on the steeple.

Their singing resonates in my spirit, inviting me to give glory to God. “Dorothy, give glory to God,” I hear in the chorus of nature’s sounds. I am in awe of God’s wonderful creation — the vibrant colors, the beautiful clouds, the majestic scenery all around. I can’t help but think of Scriptures. Psalm 150 is a wonderful passage about praising God in His sanctuary, in His mighty expanse, and according to His mighty deeds. The psalm concludes with an invitation to “let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” (v. 6, NIV).

I can’t help but think how much better our outlook on life would be if we would do what the Word says. Praise God. Praise Him at all times, even in those hard places. Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (NASB). If we would cease fighting against God, against the things that come into our lives, and rely, trust, surrender to the God of the universe — if we would spend more time praising our Heavenly Father — I’m convinced we would be more at peace.

Draw near to God; take time to listen for His voice, His heartbeat. I know we live in a real world with lots of turmoil around us, but as we keep seeking after God I believe that is where we will find the rest we so long for. Why not take some time today and just sit outside in God’s glorious presence and praise Him.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.

 

 

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