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Dark Clouds

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We took this one on a June morning this year. In Oklahoma, we called that a squall line. I looked it up on several weather sites, and the official definition is a little different.

At any rate, it’s a little unnerving to see the sky look like that at 10:00 a.m. But, as bad as it looked, it only brought rain and a short thunderstorm.

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Also, in June but on a different day. This was a very rainy year for north Texas.

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More Clouds

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September Clouds

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Trust

God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9

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Such beautiful clouds (and Chonda Pierce)

In the Presence of Jehovah by Chonda Pierce.

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To Oklahoma and Back

A few photos from our trip to Oklahoma last weekend.

Oklahoma sky

Before the rain

The Arbuckle hills, Oklahoma

Prairie

North Texas

First glimpse of the courthouse


By clicking on the photo to enlarge, you can see the courthouse far off in the distance.

Wise County Courthouse


I apologize for getting part of the windshield in this one – but even so, it turned out to be the best shot of the courthouse.

Home again

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On having an open mind


“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy.”

C.S. Lewis
from “The Abolition of Man”

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Trust and Disappointment

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People will disappoint you.  They just do.  It’s the nature of fallen man. Maybe it’s intentional, but most of the time probably not.

It can be a big something like betrayal in a relationship, or something small like an unkind word (which often hurts and doesn’t feel small at the time).  It’s the sting of broken trust.  We trust people to not hurt us but they do.  And we hurt others.

What does the Bible say about trust?

Overwhelmingly, it speaks of trusting in God.

Psalm 7:1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

I Timothy 6:17 – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; (There are several verses in both the Old and New Testaments saying this.)

Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

Micah 7:5  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.  6. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. 7. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

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Whoa.

Sounds pretty dark, doesn’t it? Not what the world is telling us. The pop psychologists are constantly telling us that we must trust one another.

It seems to me that the Lord is telling us that only He is really trustworthy.

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Take Peter for instance. He really loved Jesus. He gave up everything to follow Him. But when it came right down to it and Jesus was arrested and being abused, Peter denied that he even knew Him. Jesus knew ahead of time that Peter would do it and told him so. One of the saddest verses in the Bible to me is when his friend denied Him for the third time and “the Lord turned and looked upon Peter”.

Is the Bible telling us to be suspicious of our friends and loved ones? I don’t think so. I believe it’s saying that we should rely on God and that we should understand the nature of dust.

My husband tells me that it’s dust in the atmosphere that gives such color to the sunset. Hard to imagine that God uses something as mundane as dust to color his sky. But He does.

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(Credit for the photographs goes to my sister and my husband.)

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