This sign is on a tree by a river.
It reminds me of a verse in Isaiah:
Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by thy name;
thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters,
I will be with thee;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
A few years ago, our family went through deep waters
and it felt like those waters would overflow us.
These verses carried me through that time and
still remind me to keep my eyes on Jesus.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreads out its roots by the river,
and shall not fear when the heat comes,
but its leaf shall be green;
and shall not be anxious in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Do you have a peaceful river near you??
Do you stay inside too much; finding the days slipping away,
eventually getting shorter and cooler as Fall approaches?
We have two absolutely beautiful rivers that merge into each other at a fork.
When I sat by the river today I could feel the peace of God even just in the air.
The warmth and sun enveloped me like His arms enfolding me.
I remembered the days when seven young children
played along another river.
They would throw in rocks, sticks,
and any debris they could find.
Then they watched it float lazily or rapidly downstream.
Sometimes they would crawl out onto a tree that might have
fallen in a storm and was caught by the slight current.
Eventually, always eventually, if not sooner...
someone would fall into the river and 'accidentally' get soaked!!
They knew they had to come immediately
when it was time to walk home or I might hesitate to come again!!
Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully, All for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly, Find Him wholly true.
Take the time to end your summer well, spending time outside in God's beautiful Creation with your children!!
What fun memories have you made this summer with your children?? Have you taken them on a 'Last Hurrah' before returning to homeschooling or catching the school bus??
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