What Am I Grateful For Today… Blue Skies

19 Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known.
Of course, there’s no speech, no words— their voices can’t be heard—
    but their sound[a] extends throughout the world; their words reach the ends of the earth. God has made a tent in heaven for the sun.

The sun is like a groom coming out of his honeymoon suite; like a warrior, it thrills at running its course.
It rises in one end of the sky; its circuit is complete at the other. Nothing escapes its heat (Psalm 19:1-6, Common English Bible).

I am sure there are those who would argue, but when I went outside today I was grabbed by the beauty of the day. This day is a far cry from a Saturday, Sunday and a few more days that followed when the area around where I live endured the unwanted guest of Hurricane Harvey who just did not want to go away.

I know we could probably use a nice, steady, gentle rain. As I type this it is Friday night and the 10:00 nightly news is on. The weather forecast for the next week seems to show it will a lot closer to this day’s weather than it will be to Hurricane Harvey (praise God) or even the rain we could use.

It is not uncommon for me to get prayer requests when we are in need of a weather change. I always tell people I don’t pray about changes in the weather. I believe God not only answers prayer, God sometimes answers prayer abundantly.

I had been at a former church less than two weeks. The old proverbial saying of “The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” took on a literal meaning. It was RAINING and had been for a while. It wasn’t Harvey bad but it was bad. I started getting calls at the parsonage from people telling me they wouldn’t be at church that morning. The creek had risen. The wooden bridges over the creeks on the rural county roads had literally floated away. I began the service by saying, “Whoever among you has been praying for rain, you can stop now. Your prayers have been answered abundantly.”

Rain doesn’t bother me and when we get it, particularly when we really need it, I am grateful. But there is something special about an absolutely gorgeous day like we are experiencing here in Sweeny the last few days that should make us say, “Hey God, I see what you did there and I am grateful.”

Blue Skies are what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it in your journal. Share it with someone else. Let them see there is always something for which they can be thankful!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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