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    Today's Text and Thought of Encouragement:

    "He sees all my ways and counts all my steps."

    Job 31: 4

    Amplified Bible

    Lord, Make Me Aware

     

    "Lord, make me aware of…

    Sunlight filtering through the trees

    The song of the wind

    Crickets at twilight

    Water splashing in soapsuds

    Yellow daffodils in a crystal vase…

    The aroma of fresh coffee

    The first day of spring

    Green peas and red beets

    A dewdrop on a rose

    Freckles on a grinning face.

    Lord, make me aware."

    Ruth Harms Calkin

    Today's Study Text:

    "I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own."

    John 10: 14

    Amplified Bible

    EXPLORATION:

    Psalm 23 – Part 2

    "Aware of the Details"

    "The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of gulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep."

    Laurence J. Peter

    Have I looked for my Shepherd's touch and listened for His voice in the details of each day?

    "Huge mountains are made up of little specks of earth. The ocean contains many little droplets of water. Indeed, our lives are but little moments, single thoughts, small actions, and minute details, yet when combined can be used by God to reflect His complete wholeness at work in us."

    Dorothy Valcárcel

    INSPIRATION:

    "So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way around – He is looking for us."

    Simon Tugwell

    I'll never forget the day of my first class in watercolor painting with Betty Carr – who is the artist that so graciously does all the artwork here in Transformation Garden.

    She began our class by taking a blank white board and demonstrating for us the techniques that we needed to use when painting our own piece of art and believe me, I use the word "art" loosely for my picture certainly was not worthy of the title "art," as we know it.

    As I watched Betty's gorgeous painting come to life each day, I marveled at the expertise which took a blank, white board and turned it into the most majestic reflection of multi-colored flowers. But, Betty wasn't done yet. She had another surprise for us. As she got very close to finishing her classroom display, she stepped back from the picture, carefully scrutinizing it. And of course, "Miss curiosity," Dorothy, had to ask, "What are you doing?"

    Betty pointed out that she was going to make certain all the little details were perfectly highlighted, for as she shared with her students, "It is the perfectly placed details that add the crowning touch to a piece of art."

    This statement really struck home with me for Jesus made a similar comment when He was talking with His disciples. He pointed out that, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much" (Luke 16: 10, N.I.V.).

    Details matter. They can change a picture as well as a life. Albert Einstein, remembered for his amazing mind, made reference to a "superior spirit," which I call God, my Father, by saying that (God) "reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." Coming from someone like Einstein, I must admit that I find his point to be well-taken. I'll freely admit, my mind simply isn't expansive enough to even begin to comprehend all God has to share about Himself. I wish it was for I have a personal thirst to take in all my Father has to give. But here's the catch – and it's something that I have witnessed in my own life over the past 10 years here in Transformation Garden. The more time that I have given to the study of the Bible and other spiritual volumes, the greater my longing to learn more. Amazingly, the more capacity I have had for God to open up new avenues in my mind and to fill me with ideas, thoughts and perceptions of Himself, the greater has been my understanding of concepts that several years ago, I would not have been able to comprehend at all. And for me, this has not only been a blessing – it has transformed my life. Everyday, I long for my study time with God and I thirst to drink from His fountain – which He promises will never, ever run dry. I know the same thing has happened to you for many of you have told me about changes in your life, too.

     
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