A Happy Place
I love where we live. We moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1987 for work. It was the best thing we ever did. Not long after we relocated, I discovered fishing. There is a great creek just north of town for wade fishing. There is a trout stream about an hour away. There is Beaver Lake about twenty minutes from the house and we own a lot in Bella Vista that gives me access to seven small lakes to fish for bream, blue gill and bass. I don’t own a boat anymore, although I have seriously considered investing in a pre-owned bass boat, but I just don’t think it’s in my best interest any longer. Believe me, that was hard to admit. So, this chair and the nearest dock have become my “Happy Place”. Thankfully I have several happy places nearby.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week at 4M is a freedom of choice week so I get to pick any music I prefer. I think I will migrate back into inspirational music. I grew up with the hymns of the church and they are still near and dear to my heart. I was also inspired by the early “Contemporary Christian” artists like Dallas Holm, Sandy Patti, and Russ Taff. I still like newer artists like Zach Williams, Jeremy Camp, and Lauren Daigle. And then there’s southern gospel…I love southern gospel. So here are a few songs and artists that I have in my worship playlist.
One of my favorite groups over the past 20+ years has been Mercy Me. They have produced music that has spoken to me through some of the most difficult days of my life. Now that I clearly have more days behind me on this planet that those that remain ahead of me it is comforting to know that God has already prepared a place for me to spend eternity and I am Almost Home.
One only has to look at this world in which we live and realize that mankind is not good by nature. We are arrogant, rebellious, self-centered, greedy, and unkind to one another. Our streets are filled with crime, sex trafficking plagues this world, and people everywhere live in fear and poverty. For the Christian, we can look forward to that day when when 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 become a reality. The trumpet will sound, the eastern sky will split and the King of kings will come with those saints who have passed before us and we will meet our Lord in the air. This is reserved only for those who claim the name of Jesus as Lord and Savior. That will be the day “When We All Get To Heaven”!
I look forward to that day when I meet my Savior and I take possession of my mansion. What will my new neighborhood be like. Scripture (Revelation 21:4) tells me that God will wipe away every tear from my eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. That’s my kind of neighborhood. Until then, I will Press On.
Every time I read His Word I find a new reason to Praise the Lord. Have a blessed week.