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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Farm House on Musser Road near Mount Joy, PA 
This stately stone farmhouse is on Musser Road
(one farm road east of us)

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"Safe And Sustained"

"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me" (Psalm 3:5). "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety" (Psalm 4:8).

What is the best part of waking up? For many of us the old Folger's coffee jingle comes to mind upon hearing this question. Well, the coffee 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 appeared 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. "How blessed to be safe and sustained." 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 resurfaces 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 provided safety and sustained him through another night. The Lord continues to grant us safety and 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 safety and sustaining care over all His creation and over each one of us!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily 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 for me 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.

Today is the first Wednesday on February 29th that we have ever prepared a daily encouragement message and will most likely be our last. The last time we had a Wendsday, February 29 was in 1984, over twelve years before we began writing these messages and the next Wednesday, February 29 will be in 2040 when we will be in our mid-eighties!

Farmer with heifer calves near Mount Joy, PA
Yesterday afternoon we took a long walk and visited with a farmer neighbor who was unloading 13 heifer calves.

Mollie with muzzle
We use a muzzle on Mollie to restrain her barking in settings where she can't seem to control herself. She can still breathe fine and in fact eat and drink. However it's only nominally effective if she really wants to bark!

Saint Bernard pup with Roxie
When we returned from our walk a neighbor brought down a four week old Saint Bernard puppy and introduced her to Roxie.

Bruno & Roxie 4/11/10
Two years we took our long trail walk along Donegal Creek and Roxie met up with
Bruno, another very friendly neighborhood Saint Bernard, who joined us for part of our walk.  At that time we welcomed suggestions for captions and they are posted posted here (scroll down to footers).

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For the curious our walk yesterday went this direction (Google map)

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