Welcome to August – by Kathy Seehafer


I don’t know about you, but August just kind of snuck up on me. I still want to think my calendar is wrong. But all around me is confirmation that it truly is August.

It just seems like so many things are trying to get crammed into August. There are still church picnics, community events, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and, don’t forget, family grill outs. Ah, but change is in the air.

We recently had some very severe storms in Wisconsin the end of July. Many people had damage from trees and debris as well as being without electricity. I loved seeing how neighbors and the community came together to help one another out. Jesus with skin on!

I too was without power. There were quite a few lessons I learned in my extended time without electricity. I didn’t realize how ‘noisy’ my world was. The sounds of air conditioners, refrigerators, cars, and the general noises people make all the time. I had been so used to noise that I actually couldn’t sleep the first night. I had to put on music from my phone to have some noise. That was a revelation.

Imagine my surprise to waking up to the sound of mourning doves. I hadn’t heard that sound in quite some time. The sun wasn’t up but I found myself wide awake, listening to the sounds God provided. What beautiful sounds I had been missing.

During this time I found some scripture cards that I had not seen in a long time. They were from Abiding in the Eternal Word of God series. The first one was ‘Think on These Things’. These cards are meant to be read out loud, the scriptures studied, and the words to be pondered and to go deep into your soul. I found myself contemplating on how good God is and how He had blessed me as I read these.

Let me share a little of this one. The first verse: I am thankful that God will not condemn me for my past mistakes and sinful behaviors (Romans 8:1) and that I can always come to Him with confidence (Hebrews 10:35).

Next: I am comforted by the fact that God still loves me, and I believe that nothing in this world can separate me from that love (Romans 8:35-39). In fact, His love for me is an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). During times of loneliness and discouragement, I will remember that I am never really alone (Hebrews 13:5)

I will take comfort in the truth of God’s word, for it is my life (Psalm 119:50). The Word will illuminate my way through the darkness (Psalm 119:105). Just imagine being in the dark; no lights, no noises, and having those scriptures running across your mind and heart. WOW!

Study His Word today and put it into your heart and into your mind. Then when the time is dark or you find yourself alone, He will bring to remembrance His word and His promises to you and bring you great comfort and peace.

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