There will most likely be a ban on fireworks due to the Texas drought! It's quite hot here. Yet, our gorgeous Dynamite Red Crape Myrtles finally blossomed. We have two - on both sides of the house. We thought something happened cuz everyone else's crape/crepe (sp???) myrtles have been in full throttle. We had our downpour last week and look!
How funny that her name has an explosive connotation. Planted by our homestead - thar she blows! We sure don't need fireworks around here: either the physical OR literal type! Thank you, very much!
On this very day our sermon was on JOY and we're told it's a must, i.e., a command in The Bible. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16 a few times. Ben Stuart preached on it today. He tells us: "Every time there is a 'when,' we rejoice."
Even today WHEN you-know-who is slipping and we see a shadow of darkness appear?
Ok, Lord....HOW!? Oh, yea. Joy is a gift. We receive this gift through The Holy Spirit WHEN we seek and ask!
JOY TRANSCENDS CIRCUMSTANCES.
...even WHEN the fuse has been lit!
As I tiptoe away from the fireworks of the flesh (it's so dangerous!), I contemplate on a sovereign God! And I am filled with joy at the thought that MY GOD is stomping on that fuse for me!
The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Vava)