Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to go out and do something out of the ordinary? It doesn't have to be anything too unusual, like bungee jumping or diving for oysters. It just has to be something beyond the normal obligations of life. There was an evening last week when I felt exactly this way. Dad was away at a meeting, so Mom and I headed out to the beach with my camera in tow, hoping to find adventure.
My outfit for the impromptu photo shoot consisted of an embroidered peach blouse, my go-to denim skirt, and tall brown boots. Now that I think of it, my outfit was probably better for the places we went than for a summery sunset on the shore.: ) At the same time, I still hope to catch a beautifully lit sky over the ocean.
Top ~Hand-me-down; Cami ~ Hand-me-down; Skirt ~ Made by Mom; Boots ~ Ross; Watch ~ Target
In closing, I want to share a few thoughts on the persecution of Christians. Right now in the Middle East our brothers and sisters are going through great trials, even losing their lives for their faith. Those of us who don't live in countries under such oppression find it a foreign and horrifying concept that others in the body of Christ are being tortured and killed. The Bible tells us, however, that "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." (II Timothy 3:12) and that "In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33). Some form of persecution is promised to those of us who follow Christ.
Though it seems an awful thing, it is a tool that the Lord uses to harden His people's faith and make their witness even stronger. James says "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations [trials]; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."(vv 1:2). The saints who suffer will also have a reward in heaven. Luke 2:22-24b says "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven..."
Please remember to pray for the persecuted Christians. At the same time, pray that their suffering is not in vain. May many more come to know the One who is worth dying for.