Give Thanks

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD (1 Chronicles 16:8-10).

I’m visiting with family this week in Virginia! The foliage is beautiful, and weather is perfect for fall. The picture above was taken with my phone on the way to an apple orchard.

Let us make our Creator’s deeds known among the people. Let’s give thanks to the Lord!

Strength in His Design

This past year, I’ve posted pictures with quotes about design.

This week’s design quote is by Charles Eames.

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Design

Although design can pertain to many things, my thoughts when posting were on God’s design to help us live a victorious life. For example…

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Perfection refers to completeness and maturity. Paul said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).

Let’s not settle for imperfection, but let us press on that we may be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect (See Matthew 5:48).

Good design encourages a viewer to want to learn more. Alexander Isley

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV).

Our lives are a testimony. And our actions always speak louder than words. Do our actions inspire others to learn more about Christ? Let us shine forth a light that others may see Jesus in us.

Great design is eliminating all unnecessary details. Minh D. Tran

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV).

Let us not get tangled up again in the yoke of bondage from which Christ has made us free (See Galatians 5:1 KJV). May we allow the Designer to remove all unnecessary details of our lives.

Strength

I haven’t forgotten about strength. Remember Webster’s definition of strength? It is the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

There are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and wow! Wow is the one to aim for. Milton Glaser

Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25 KJV).

It’s not only our actions that matter but our reactions. The way we react to certain situations tells the real story of what goes on when we’re alone. When our faith, hope, and trust is founded upon the Rock, we will withstand the storms of this life in a manner pleasing to our Designer. Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (See Ephesians 6:10). For He is our strength and power, and He alone makes our way perfect (See 2 Samuel 22:33).

God’s design has a particular purpose. He alone knows the best design, gift, and plan for us. He also knows precisely what it will take for us to accomplish His purpose and to withstand every storm in this life. From “in the beginning” of Genesis to the final “amen” of Revelations, God’s design offers strength and life. All we must do is allow Him to transform us into the perfect design.

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