Saturday, July 6, 2013

Writing Prompt Image—Leanings

This image of one of my sons immediately came to my mind when I was watching THE LORAX. My question to you is this, which way do you lean when the times get tough and the clouds of life blot out the sun?

Trust in theLord with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Share your answers in the comment section below. 

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  1. The names of God have been truth and security for me in some of my most difficult days and nights.

  2. Proverbs 3:5-6 has been my life verse. All the years I was in my own truck it was painted on the sides of my hood. Believing it has made me come to understand that sometimes the things he has to say to us are things we do not want to hear. Another verse also has made me understand that the truth will in fact set us free. If we believe in God he orders our paths and brings all things to pass for our good. Even if sometimes it is not what we want to hear. Sort of like when he can bring five torn souls together to encourage each other that there is hope, even in our time of suffering and dealing with things we do not understand. For whatever reason I do not know, Tuesday morning 9/11/2001 I was unloading in Bayonne, NJ. I had just delivered a load of spices from Reno, NV. Usually I delivered on Mondays.
    I finished unloading at 07:30 and took a couple minutes to do my paperwork. As I left and moved to the north bound waterfront road I noticed people all staring and looking east. As I looked I could see smoke pouring from the top of one of the trade centers. I pulled over for a second and looked. In the course of my life this was the fourth plane crash I had seen. Two others had been much closer,but this one effected far more lives and still is. I was listening to a radio announcer in the other tower describe the chaos. He stated that people had been advised to evacuate the building. He also stated he was staying fast and reporting. On my way to the truck stop in Bloomsbury, NJ my radio suddenly went dead. As I walked into the truck stop the area around the TV sales point was packed with people. I arrived just in time to see the first building go down. Suddenly I realized why my radio went dead. The disc jockey paid the ultimate price to share what he knew. We all need to learn to share what we know and feel, because we are not promised tomorrow. Sometimes tough love is hard to share. We need to put it all in God's hands and follow what he puts in our hearts. Regardless of the outcome we need to know that his will is being done, even if we do not understand it at the time. As a former tree trimmer, trees do fall the way they lean, but with a proper notch the direction can be altered. My prayers are with you Edie

  3. Wow, Ric, what a word of encouragement. Here is what I wrote on my blog last night.'

    A Yielded Heart

    How can we see God unless we draw near?
    How can we draw near unless He makes a way?
    How can we get close unless we trust Him?
    How can we trust Him without a yielded heart?

    A yielded heart takes the path laid out for her. She will take each step knowing He will never fail her nor forsake her. She will know Her God because she has yielded what so easily separates them – Self.

    This is she who lifts her voice to Him, “Lord. Savior. God. I, with yielded heart, mind and soul come to You alone. I relinquish all rights to “self.” I chose You and know that in that choice You must become more and I must become less. I will dwell in the shadow of the Almighty and rest in the power of Your Sovereignty. I will move in the flow of Your perfect, pleasing and acceptable will. Here my heart burns within me by Your touch. You speak – I listen. Where You lead I will follow.

    Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

    He responds, “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    She wraps the “I will” shawl around her shoulder and they walk hand in hand in intimate fellowship – He is leading and she trusting. Peace follows in authentic thankfulness rising in fullness of joy. Her yielded heart is new and prepared for the Holy.

    With open eyes she sees Him.
    With freed ears she hears Him.
    With a clear mind she knows Him.
    With a soft heart she loves Him.

    A yielded heart IS a spiritual act of worship.

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

  4. This image strongly stirred my heart. I'm going to add it to my website to share with everyone else! Wonderful!!!!