Reflection on Rain

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As I write this, rain pours down outside. On the whole, I don’t mind rain; but it’s not my kind of weather. ‘A day for ducks!’ is a phrase that aptly describes today. After some new fallen snow and a cold front, it has become unseasonably warm for January. As the snow melts, puddles and mud take its place.

Rain is one of God’s creations, just as snow is. The weather, what affects it, is so awesome when you think about it. Recently in biology I learned that there really are no ‘simple creatures.’ Even the simplest of beings that God has made is so intricate, so perfectly designed that it takes my breath away. God created everything from the smallest amoeba, to the tallest oak, to the hottest star, to the most beautiful soul of man. As we live our lives with everyday cares, worries, and decisions, sometimes we forget to look up. We get so caught up in stuff that-once we go to live with Christ-won’t even matter! We continue with doing our business, content with the humdrum when God offers us so much more! In both peaceful and troubled times, God is there guiding us. He ¬†says in his word “I will never leave you nor forsake you” over seven different times! If God really cares about us that much, will He not keep His word?

Many times, over the past few days, weeks, and months, I have had troubles both physically and mentally. But God has, and will continue to help me through them, and at the end? The sun always shines through. So back to the subject of rain. What physical rain does is provide the sustenance plants need to carry on with their lives. So while we may not know it at the time of our trial, God may be providing us with the skills we will later need in our spiritual walk. So don’t hate the rain, praise God for it. Most of all, know that He loves you and wants only the best for you. Maybe if I keep telling myself as much as I tell others, I’ll get it.

In Christ,

Caleb

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The Return

This post marks my return to the blog that I have forgotten about since last year. Remarkably, due to my ‘everything else’ I have neglected this nook in my life, until now.

2013 is a blur of music, mowing, school, and my struggle with my inner desires. But as I walk into 2013 I feel the presence of the Lord is encouraging to don’t give up. Never give in. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I studied poetry this past year and finished it. One poem that reminds me of my own struggles was one written by John Milton called, “On His Blindness.” ¬†After reading it over and over, what really struck me about the entire thing was the first couple of lines. Milton being blind, struggled with his own faith many times. He could not see the beautiful earth God created, nor the people he met. He stumbled across roads, and had to ask for help many times. Yet, he pressed on despite his problems.

“When I consider how my light is spent,

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one Talent which is death to hide,

Lodged with me, useless, though my soul more bent,

To serve my Maker…”

Here Milton went blind when he was a young man, while I can see. Even through his hard childhood, his life in London, and his blindness he still knew that “that one Talent which is death to hide” was to serve God with his whole heart. I can do no less. We as Christians can do no less. Psalm 54:4 says “Behold the Lord is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” And He is, if we let him. We must let Him take care of the big picture while we do our job day by day.

In Christ,

Caleb

Happy New Year

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Links to Lego sites

For those of you who are Lego fans and don’t know where to find other fans and where you can get Lego guns and other whatnot, here’s a couple links to get you started. If you want to connect with other Lego fans http://mocpages.com is the best place to start. You can set up an account for free and post your pictures of Lego creations and stories to go with them. People from all over the world post their photos and comment on other creations. As for Lego guns and other equipment that you can’t get from Lego, http://minifigworld.com and http://brickarms.com are great places to go. http://firestartoys.com is a good place to buy stuff that Lego no longer makes, or minifigure parts, or special decals or pieces. If anyone else has any good links that I am uninformed about, let me know. Thanks!

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Thanksgiving

This year, we had Aunt Barbara, our grandparents from Tennessee, Uncle Jonathon, and Aunt Rebecca over for Thanksgiving. We had turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving day, and we played touch football afterwards. Anyways, we had a great Thanksgiving and I hope whoever is reading this did too!

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Christmastime is here…

I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me that Christmas starts earlier every year. People put up decorations, stores sell Christmas items, and people go shopping a month before Christmas actually occurs! Back when my grandparents were kids, they would all go out shopping on Christmas Eve and wrap everything that night. Unfortunately, over the years, the marketing business decided to lengthen the time when stores could sell Christmas items. That way, longer shopping season = more stuff gets sold. Ah well, life goes on. By the way, Merry Christmas (early)!

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Hello!

This is my first time using WordPress.com, and even though this is actually for a Communication merit badge for my scouts, I am not just going to include three articles. In this blog, which I will hopefully remember to update, I will include my thoughts on different things I’ve been doing lately. I try to make things as interesting as possible so you don’t get bored. Enjoy looking around my site!

Caleb Norman

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