Kingdom of God

Matthew 6:33 “What you should want most is God’s Kingdom and doing what He wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.” (ERV)

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)

What does the Bible verse mean? What is this Kingdom of God?

When we belong to the Kingdom of God, we are God’s children. We are God’s family. We obey God. We trust Jesus. We do what He wants us to do. He gives us what we need. We can trust Jesus for everything. Jesus will help us learn what He wants us to do.

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Blessings From 2019

2019 closes out another year of retirement life , and it’s time for our annual Newsletter (or litany?) For those living North of us, today’s highs were in the 70’s. For those living South of us, it’s “cooler by the mile” here during the Summer! 😎

Unlike 2018, we were not “bothered” in 2019 by a hurricane. It was only a weak tropical storm. We feel blessed. That’s blessing number 1. The prior year there was much talk about Florida getting its own time zone and skipping Eastern Standard Time altogether. This year, nothing happened. But, the sun continues to rise in the East and set to the West while we are stuck with EST and DST. Oh well.

Psalms 50:1 The Lord God Most Powerful has spoken. He calls to everyone on earth, from where the sun rises to where it sets. (ERV)

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Leaves

Eph 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God, makes us new people, so that we would spend our lives doing the good things He had already planned for us to do.” (ERV) 

When I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, the falls were so colorful! There were lots of maple trees, and oak trees, so colors were red, orange and yellows. Just so beautiful. When I first became a Christian, I thought that trees and their changing leaves were all part of His great creation. How so creative God is! 

When I went to school, and had a science class, I found out that leaves on trees always had this capacity to do this. The chlorophyll made their leaves change color. The chlorophyll process made the green color disappear and the vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow became visible. The temperatures change would help to make the leaves change colors. God is so creative. 

God has made us as we are. He has made us His people and we are a new creature when we turn to Him, and we can do His will. So in a sense, we are leaves. God has always worked in us and will continue to do so. He will draw our colorful creativeness out of us! We don’t know what He has planned for us, but we know that they are good things for us to do. Since God had prepared these things ahead of time, we can walk in his way. What an adventure!