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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Amish farmhouse with windmill
Amish farmhouse with windmill.
Our friends, Jesse and Anna, whom we often mention will be moving to this farm on the other side of the County next month and Jesse will begin dairy farming. We are sure going to miss them!

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"The Lord Sustains Me"

"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me" (Psalm 3:5).

Folgers coffee canWhat is the best part of waking up?  For many of us the old Folger's coffee jingle will come to mind: "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup." Well, a cup of hot steaming coffee in a favorite mug does taste mighty good and is almost always a part of our wake-up routine, but we feel sorry for those who would say it's the best part! 

David wrote Psalm 3 when his own son Absalom was pursuing him.  The rebellion in David's own home seems to be a long-term consequence of his sexual immorality with Bathsheba.  In fact the chapters following this account show the residual consequences to an act of sin.  However David had repented and again had the assurance of God's presence. He wrote, "But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head" (Psalm 3:3).

The part of the daily text I want to focus on this morning is a timeless truth that can be proclaimed this day by all of God's people.  It certainly should be our earliest awareness as we roll out of bed.  "The Lord sustains me."  Praise God for this aspect of God's love and care for His own! 

Today may very well bring a new set of obstacles for some of us.  For others an old set of problems quickly comes to mind that we continue to deal with and overcome.  David still had his problems as he wrote the Psalm.  In fact he begins it with this statement, "O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!  Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.'"

But he was aware as he awoke that the Lord had sustained him through another night.  The Lord continues to sustain us as well even when others paint a dismal forecast for our future.  God will deliver the faithful who place their complete trust in Him.   Let us rejoice today in God's sustaining care over all His creation and over each one of us!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, You sustain me by speaking peace to my heart even in the midst of troubling circumstances.  Your unsurpassed peace cannot be defined by the absence of conflict but by the assurance that You will come alongside me, in the midst of my conflict, and make a roadway in the wilderness of my suffering.  When I seek You I can be assured that You will hear me and deliver me from all my fears.  Thank You for Your sustaining presence that lifts me from my slumber and helps me to trust You for another day.  Amen.

Some scenes from our part of the world taken yesterday.

Amish farmstead winter scene
This Lancaster County farmstead is very photogenic!!

Cosco parking lot in Lancaster, PA
Cosco is a large warehouse type store in Lancaster.  The photo is taken in their parking lot.  The sign to the right, too small to read in this photo, says "Horse and Buggy Parking Only"

Brooksyne took this photo of a titmouse from our office window.

Today we share a song we enjoy by providing a link to "In Your Presence, O God" (mp3) This is a very powerful song!

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