Hello and Welcome!
Life is tough, but God is good. God’s Word is a strong foundation that is indeed practical and relevant in our world today. Scripture surely molds and changes us as we integrate it into our hearts and lives. Paul’s example in I Thessalonians demonstrates spiritual fruit that remains. I want these same elements to characterize my life to:
A personal relationship with Christ is the most exciting element for daily living. He came to give us an abundant life! (John 10: 10). He loves us and wants us to experience the fullness of His grace, joy, and peace. A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 15: 13). I pray that you’ll find encouragement and hope through my writings and that God will bless you abundantly as you seek His face.
THIS MONTH'S MESSAGE
By Fran Caffey Sandin
Several years ago my husband, Jim, and I took sailing lessons. The gems of instruction we received in the classroom did not become completely clear to us until we set sail. For instance, a boat anchor is not adequately tested in the harbor. It is during the storm, when the waves are crashing in and the boat is pitching in all directions, that the integrity of the anchor is tested. Likewise, it is during our times of depression or despair that we can truly know God’s faithfulness. God is our anchor of hope. He is for us. He never fails.
These are some tips to encourage you in trusting in God.
- Get to know God through His Word.
Reading and studying the Bible is like digging out precious nuggets from a gold mine of truth. Start with a plan—it may be reading a chapter a day, or some from the Old Testament and some from the New. Many plans are available—choose one that works for you.
- Study the character of God.
When reading the Bible, note in the margin God’s character traits that you recognize such as Loving, Holy, Faithful, Compassionate, Merciful, Unchanging, All-wise, All-powerful, Always present, Just, Supreme. Knowing God, not just knowing about Him, is essential to our faith. Get to know Him.
- Rely upon His Sovereignty.
Sometimes when we are disappointed, it is difficult to trust God. Things are not always like we want them to be. Our trust is put to the test when a loved one dies, a severely handicapped child is born, we hear a poor diagnosis, a husband loses his job, or a terrorist attacks. We wonder Where is God? Does He care? Can I really trust Him?
Hebrews 11: 1 states, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In his book, Author Jerry Bridges stated, “We honor God by choosing to trust Him when we don’t understand what He is doing or why He has allowed some adverse circumstance to occur. As we seek God’s glory, we may be sure that He has purposed our good and that He will not be frustrated in fulfilling that purpose.”
Faith and trust are intertwined. As declared in Romans 15: 4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (NIV).
To experience this comfort and encouragement, we will need to trust God and to live, as Paul said, “by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5: 7). Nothing is more exciting than to live each day trusting God. He is always faithful.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that You came to earth in bodily form through Your Son, Jesus, that we might know You and have a meaningful relationship with You. Please help us enlarge our faith and trust in you each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
THIS MONTH'S RECIPE
Strawberry Fruit Salad
One 9 oz. carton Cool Whip
1 large box strawberry Jello, dry
1 16 oz. carton small curd cottage cheese
1 small can pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple, drained
1 can (regular size) fruit cocktail, drained
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate. This salad keeps well and is a great side dish. It is a hit for pot-luck meals and family reunions. My daughter calls it the “Pink Salad.” I’m glad my friend, Carolyn, shared this recipe with me and now I can share it with you. Enjoy!