Sunday, May 06, 2007

The smell of heaven?

The state tree is in bloom and today we finally got the opportunity, and location, to stop and take some photos of them -- and to smell them. I'm sure they will be in heaven because they smell so wonderful! "They" are magnolias and they are beautiful. I thought the trees would just all bloom at once but that's not the case. Some of the blooms are already done and falling from the trees and others are just buds waiting to open. Either way, they are beautiful and just another example of the beauty of God.

Yes, Pastor Rick was back and preaching this morning. He challenged us all to not give up when trials and tribulations come our way. We all know that when we are working for the Lord we will face some pretty tough opposition from satan AND we all know that Jesus has already won the battle for us so we just need to hang in there and finish what it is God has called us to do.

As you can see, once again the sermon was just for us!

It was our last Sunday here at The Refuge and Pastor sent us out with prayer for the next step in our walk. We were also treated to lunch with some friends and just like I thought, it was hard to fight back the tears! We have been living in the back of the church, on the parking lot, for almost one year to the day and yes, it has become comfortable. Thus one of the reasons God is moving us onward. As they told us in our school, God calls us but He doesn't tell us to stay!

Speaking of moving, thank you for the prayers for our daughter as she made her move from Indiana to her new job in Florida. She arrived safely and is excited about starting a new life. We all thank you for praying for her!

I'll close with one of the verses used in the sermon this morning, a verse we should carry with us constantly; "Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always."

Until tomorrow . . . Susan and Monty

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