Breathe On Me

Your Very Breath Sustains Me

One afternoon I was outside in my backyard enjoying the wildflowers that were growing. There was a refreshing summer breeze blowing. It was an invigorating moment. One of life’s gifts to help us forget, if only for that moment, the troubles around us.

As I looked down at the flowers, I watched with interest, how the breeze gently picked up the open petals and blew them to the side. Softly, the breeze came along and lifted the petals right up guiding them over. I try to see God in His creation and   look to see what He says in His word; then put it together.

So along came the breeze and gently lifted the petals on the flower. It directed them. The breeze whispered by as if to say:                                                                   

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 NKJV

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’.” Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

“You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11 NKJV

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7 NKJV

Learn from the flower to rest in Him. It trusted as the wind gently picked up its petals and directed them to the side. At this moment, it knew that everything would be okay. There was no struggle, it just went with the flow. If only we could truly learn to rest and trust in the Lord. We could save ourselves a lot of trouble. Lay your burdens down at His feet and believe He will uphold you through it all. Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct you. Truly rest in Him! Invite His breath to flow on you.

© Denise L. Calandra 2020

Scriptures for daily thought and encouragement.          

The Light Shines In The Darkness

Midnight Blue

In this picture, I see it is the night, the time of darkness.  However, God does not leave us without light.

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  So, the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5 (NKJV)

There was a darkness that was hovering over the waters when God created light, giving us day and night.  A little while later God added two specific lights to help guide us. 

   “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16 (NKJV)

Now, we have the Sun to rule the day, and the Moon to rule the night.  Even so, the greatest factor in all of this is told in the following verse by the Apostle John.

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 (NKJV)

God is light. He emanates light from His being!  No darkness can dwell in Him. Looking at this picture, at the bottom, we see the deepest darkness.  As we get further away from the light, the darker it is.  When we get closer to the light, the darkness is illuminated.  It changes to more of a blue, I call this Midnight Blue.”  His light glows through the darkness, clearing the way until it beams out shining brightly for all to see.  God cannot contain Himself; His light must shine forth.  He is the light of the world.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

God is faithful, from the beginning until the end of time. All of this is part of His plan. 

“It shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah Psalm 89:37(NKJV)

Midnight Blue

In our midnight hour, when all is blue, He is there.  When it is the darkest, look up, do not fear.  The light of God dwells within, it is always near.  He will enfold you in His loving care.  He is faithful, constant, steadfast and true.  We can always trust the light to help us through.  God is the light in the darkness. He is forever true.

Walk in His ways and the darkness will have no hold. Let His light shine.

   “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 (NIV)

In The Beginning…

The Sun And Moon Rule

On an Alaskan cruise, out in the Pacific Ocean, I enjoyed a miraculous sight.  The sun was setting, closing the day, while the moon was rising, beginning the night watch.  My thoughts went to Genesis 1:1 NKJV,

                “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

As we read further into the story of creation, I realized the truth of this account as I gazed upon the sky.   In Genesis 1:16 NKJV we read,

“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.  He made the stars also.”

Simply put, I was in awe and wonder of our God, who did this in the beginning, and faithfully continues to do this daily.  How can we think that there is no proof God exists?  Everywhere we look; we see that He is real, His creation and His word reveal this to us continually; they coincide. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, this truly is the word of God. 

“From the rising of the sun to its going down
  The Lord’s name is to be praised.”
Psalm 113:3 NKJV

“Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!” Psalm 148:3 NKJV

The Skies Proclaim The Work Of His Hands

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be your name . . . just looking up into the painting God has placed in the sky above assures me that God, our creator, is there!  He is allowing a little glimpse of His majesty to shine forth.  God wants us to know Him and be aware of His presence all around, we see it in all things.  Romans 1:20 NKJV is a comfort to us:

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

Remember God tells us, in His living word, in Genesis 1:1 NKJV, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  We see that His word proclaims the creation to be true.  This should be a great assurance for us to grasp.  Feeling down, unsure and alone, meditate on His words, and behold His glory in all you see.  He is there!

“And the clouds are the dust of His feet.” Nahum 1:3 NKJV

Now gaze into the skies and see His handiwork. 

“The heavens declare the glory of God; The skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  Psalm 19:1 NKJV

To God be the glory!