After the Storm

A tremendous line of thunderstorms carrying tornadoes swooped through central Arkansas on Thursday evening. This is a picture of one of the residents looking at the awesome beauty of God's handiwork after the storm was over.

I couldn't help but wonder if his mind was going forward anticipating the beauty to come in his own life after the storms of the last few years are over. He is doing very well and I have every hope, faith and confidence that he, along with many others, is going to make it through the program and graduate with high honors.

Right now they are learning to take one day at a time--to be victorious in Christ one moment at a time--

Renewal Ranch has been in operation for three full weeks. At a meeting last night, the director was telling how he'd personally had a very trying day on Wednesday of this week. As he was feeling the pressure and stress of starting and maintaining this great ministry, he heard a knock on his front door.

It was S. He had memorized eight scriptures earlier in his stay but was wanting to quote twelve more scriptures to James--twenty scriptures committed to memory in three weeks time. Somehow the cares and stress of the day lifted with the repeating of God's living Word.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b,14

Always loving you,
2011-the Year of Beyond