Creation Worships

by Joanne Hagemyer

 For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them He has set the world. 1 Samuel 2:8 NIV

I spent a lot of time outside as a little girl, and specially loved the woods and fields of Rochester, New York, where I went to camp. I learned how to catch salamanders in a rippling brook using only a blade of grass. I caught frogs in the lake, mirrored buttercup flowers under my chin, and watched Queen Anne’s Lace flowers turn brilliant colors in cups of water and food dye. I loved the soft pussy willows and the cheerful smiles on all the pansies. I learned that morning glories only bloom in the morning, and honey suckle really does taste sweet.

Every week we would take an overnight backpacking trip, gather wood to build our own fire, and sleep under the stars. I loved to watch the sun rise on those early dawns, sitting in my warm sleeping bag, on the cool, dewy grass.

On Fridays, we made taffy and spent a half hour or more pulling the warm, gooey molasses mixture back and forth to give it texture before we ate it. Then we would all jump in the lake and swim with the minnows and ducks.

Sunday mornings we walked over to the chapel next to our camp house to sing hymns and hear a sermon. My favorite hymn was “Fairest Lord Jesus,” because it made me think of Jesus being with us outside.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling starry hosts: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer, than all the angels heav’n can boast.

At the end of Revelation, Jesus said to John, “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16 NIV). This name for Jesus reminds me of how I loved watching the rays of earth’s bright morning star, our sun, tint the dawn’s skies with rich purples, pinks, golds, and blues. How much more, especially in a dark day can Jesus, God’s Son, fill our inner person with the richness and freshness of his glorious light.

David wrote: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of world” (Psalm 19:1-4 NASB). They say a picture is worth a thousand words. One sunrise, one delicate flower, or one star-filled night can increase our understanding with no words at all as to how beautiful and great He is.

O Lord, all creation loves You and worships You, for You are the fairest of all there is. You shine brighter and purer even than all the angels in the sky, who announced your birth. May you make our sorrowing spirits sing, even during our own dark days.

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About the author: Joanne Guarnieri Hagemeyer, retired Teaching Leader and Area Advisor with Bible Study Fellowship, now teaches at Grace and Peace, Joanne, and serves on the pulpit teaching team of New Hope Chapel, Arnold, Maryland. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Lay Counselor Institute and the Biblical Archaeology Forum and has participated in two archaeological excavations, at Tel Kabri and Tel Akko, Israel. She is currently a Masters in Theological Studies student at Portland Seminary and author of Love Feast (January 2020) and Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful (July 2020). To learn more about Joanne, please visit, watch a lecture on YouTube, or visit her on Facebook.

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Have a God Day

by Crystal Bowman

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.                                                                                     
Psalm 5:3 NIV

For several years I was prayer partners with two mutual friends. Every Monday morning, we would email each other to share our personal requests and praises. We had a deep level of trust and could share whatever was on our hearts. Prayer requests for health issues, difficult decisions, and the challenges of raising kids filled the content of our emails.

Knowing we were praying for each other and our families created a unique bond of friendship. We prayed through countless doctors’ appointments, business meetings, parenting difficulties, extended family concerns, and more. Anything and everything could be shared with no rules or boundaries other than confidentiality.

As the months and years went by, we carried each other’s burdens and celebrated each answered prayer. We truly lived out the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:15 (ESV):  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

One Monday morning, as I finished typing my email, I closed with a typo. Instead of saying, “Have a good day” I typed, “Have a God day.” My friends responded with delight, assuming my closure was intentional rather than a typo. We all had a good laugh, but from then on, we always ended our prayer emails with “Have a God day.”

I have come to love that phrase, even though its origin was a typo. I’ve thought about what it  means to have a God day. We often ask God to be with us throughout the day, but the truth is that He already is. Rather than asking God to be with me, I’ve learned to pray, “God, make me more aware of your presence.” If I begin my day with prayer or reading God’s words in Scripture, I am aware of His presence. When I look at the glory of a morning sunrise or hear the melody of cheerful birds, I acknowledge my Creator. As I face my to-do list, I ask God to give me the wisdom and energy to accomplish  my tasks. As I think about my loved ones, I ask God to give them health, strength, and protection for the day.

King David lived in full awareness of God’s presence. Many of his Psalms are songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. In Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV), he writes: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. David recognized that all of creation basks in the fullness of God’s presence and shouts His name. If God’s creation acknowledges and praises Him day after day, how much more should we, who are created in His image, live in daily union with Him.

The more we communicate with God throughout the day with praise and admiration, the more we will be reminded of His continual presence. And when we give Him our requests and concerns, we can eagerly anticipate His answers. God is with us all day, every day. May we live in a greater awareness of dwelling in Him.

Have a God day!

Have a God Day – encouragement from a typo – Crystal Bowman on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

Crystal BowmanAbout the author: Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books including, Our Daily Bread for Kids. She and her husband have three married children and seven huggable grandchildren.

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