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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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November 6, 2012 - Take Time to Listen

By Dorothy Rugg

Toward the end of summer, I was sitting at my desk working while I had the window open. I could hear all sorts of sounds — the sound of cars driving on the highway, the sound of a hammer pounding.

But the most prominent sound was the sound of all kinds of birds singing and talking to one another. In the fall, that is already a sound I miss. Birdcalls are music to my ears; they create a joyous sound and bring a calmness to my soul.

Throughout the seasons, I experience a similar blessing in God's Word. I love God's Word because it speaks such joy and calm to my heart. When I go through a dark season, it is God's Word that revives my spirit.

A disturbing letter came my way that same week I was enjoying the sound of the birds. It made my heart sick. I pondered the letter; I cried over the letter; I felt sick over the letter. But while working and listening to the birds, I was reminded of God's great love for me.

How, you may wonder, could the birds' singing remind me of God's love? Because the Word was brought to my remembrance while I quieted my soul and listened. In Matthew 10:29-31 it says this: "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows" (NKJV).

I have value to God; you have value to God. That week, God knew all about that troubling letter. He knew the worry it caused me, and He reminded me to trust Him.

Are you going through a hard time right now? Are you fearful about something? Are your worrying about something? I would like to remind you God loves you and sees you and He will work good in your life if you trust Him.

Learning to surrender is an ongoing lifetime adventure. But the key is to take time in His Word, and then listen to the Holy Spirit's reminders of His promises there for you.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.



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