Thursday, September 22, 2016

Comfort in Trial

This verse is one I've clung to over the years. I've come across it several times this week, so thought I'd share it here. A promise from God, that our trials are not wasted. We in turn can use them to help others, even though it may not seem like it in the midst of suffering.

Keep persevering dear ones, keep looking up.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Great is Thy Faithfulness - Hymn

"Great is thy Faithfulness" was written by Thomas Chisholm in 1923. It was most likely based on Lamentations 3:22-23. The music was written by William Runyan the same year.

Runyan prayed: "This particular poem held such an appeal that I prayed most earnestly that my tune might carry its message in a worthy way, and the subsequent history of its use indicates that God answered prayer." 

The Lord used two ordinary men to compose a song that continues to encourage to this day, and remains in the top 10 most popular hymns, 90+ years later.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday my friends.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Glad Birthday - 52 Things I've Learned

Fifty-two years ago I was born. Two years ago on my big birthday, I shared 50 things I'd learned over the years. Keeping with this new tradition, here’s the list with 52 items. I’m certainly not perfect, but as I age, the things on this list are somewhat easier to accomplish or try to accomplish. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Less is more, keep it simple
2. Teach children Bible verses at a young age
3. Sometimes it's better to listen than to speak
4. Apologize when appropriate, Forgiveness is mandatory
5. Don't speak when angry
6. The gas gauge in my car is there for a reason
7. Things don't matter, people do
8. Appreciate every day
9. Have peace, and rest in the promise that God is in control
10. Look for the blessings each day has to offer
11. Be a good mother-in-law
12. Respect my husband
13. Giving is better than receiving
14. Don't panic
15. Help if I see a need and am able to fulfill it
16. Teach children to be respectful
17. Be kind
18. Read my Bible every day
19. Pray before I make decisions
20. Children are people too, be respectful of their feelings
21. Send real mail more often
22. Don't be judgmental
23. Take children to Sunday School & Church as young as possible
24. Compliment others
25. Don't think of myself as better than others
26. Don't use social media as a place to get out frustration
27. Send thank you notes
28. Think before I speak
29. Put the needs of my family ahead of my own
30. Candid photos are sometimes better than posed
31. Family doesn't have to be blood relation
32. Be silly with kids, they love it
33. If I have nothing nice to say, be silent
34. If it's not my news, don't tell it, text it, tweet it, or type it
35. Laughter is good
36. Be content with what I have, don't be jealous of others
37. Be sensitive to the needs & feelings of others
38. Don't leave wet laundry in machine more than a day
39. Give hugs
40. Patience is a virtue
41. Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there
42. Be Thankful
43. Don't be surprised with answered prayer
44. Trust God's will for my life, wholeheartedly
45. Accept a compliment or gift with gratitude
46. Reading a book to a child is more important than dishes
47. Go outside, breathe in God's creation
48. Don't sweat the small stuff, it will steal my joy
49. Prioritize family over obligations
50. Accept help when needed or offered
51. No prayer is too small, or too big for God to handle. 
52. Be who God created me to be. There’s nobody me-er than me. 

Thank you for subscribing via email and/or visiting my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you.  I'll leave you with this verse which means so much to me.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  Psalm 143:8

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hymn - I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

It's so comforting to know the God who literally holds the world in His hands, holds my tomorrows as well. I've heard it said - don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there.

"I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"
 by Ira Stanphill

I don't know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine,
For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Ev'ry step is getting brighter,
As the golden stairs I climb;
Ev'ry burden's getting lighter;
Ev'ry cloud is silver lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eyes,
At the ending of the rainbow,
Where the mountains touch the sky.

I don't know about tomorrow,
It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
Is the One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion,
May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me,
And I'm covered with His blood.

Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.

Hymn image source: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Scripture to Read: Matthew 6:25-34

Have a blessed day my friends.

This post is linked to: What Joy is Mine

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Think on These Things

Have you ever had troubling thoughts that consume your mind and you just can't shake them? I certainly have.  Our thoughts can affect the way we feel. Speculating about things that haven’t happened, what someone might be thinking about us, or dwelling on a situation where someone has wronged us.

These all drag us down and cause negative feelings. I am someone who can easily be overcome with anxiety, worrying about what “might” happen. When I feel my mind pulling me in that direction, I try and remember this scripture and focus my thoughts on what is:
true and real, 
right and pure, 
lovely and admirable, 
excellent and praiseworthy.

This is a scripture we need, to clear our minds and focus on the wonderful blessings that God has given us. Training your minds to go in this direction will relieve us of unnecessary stress and give us more peace in everything we do. Why not memorize this verse and "hide it in your heart". It will always be there to draw on when you need the reminder.

Finally, brethren, 
whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; 
if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, 
think on these things. 
Philippians 4:8

Have a blessed day my friends.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hard-Pressed but not Crushed

This verse above (2 Corinthians 4:8-9), seems to sum up what I certainly cannot put into words. There is no doubt we are living in troubled times. If you have access to any type of news media, you know what I'm talking about.

Even if you're not personally affected by the tragedies we're hearing about in the news, there are many struggles within most of our circles of family and friends.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—  
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

I hope you are encouraged by these verses. God's word, the Bible, is the greatest tangible piece of encouragement you can access. It's His way of communicating with us. We communicate with God through prayer, He communicates to us through His word, the Bible.  Pick it up and start reading - If you don't know where to start, read the book of John, then read it again. 

Keep looking up, HOPE is within our grasp. 

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

America the Beautiful

Living on the coast of Maine, I am privileged to be surrounded by, a section of God's magnificent creation. In 1893, a young woman named Katharine Lee Bates traveled West from her New England home and was taken in by a different area of God's creation. Katharine was delighted by the wind-waved gold of the vast wheat-fields.

Part of her journey took her to Pike's Peak in Colorado. The view from the 15,000 foot summit appeared breathtaking and she was inspired to pencil a poem in her journal. This poem was originally titled "Pikes Peak" which first published in the Fourth of July edition of a church periodical "The Congregationalist" in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication.

Katharine, an English professor from Wellesley College remarked after her trip, "Greatness and goodness are not necessarily synonymous. Rome was great, but she was not good, and for that reason the Roman Empire fell. ... Unless we are willing to crown our greatness with goodness, and our bounty with brotherhood, our beloved America may go the same way".

Somewhere along the way, this poem was set to the music of "Materna" written by Samuel A. Ward in 1882. It was titled America the Beautiful, and gained popularity during World War I, inspiring patriotic pride and prayer through the nation.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control,
Thy liberty in law.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

This is My Father's World

Father's Day - a time to recognize and remember our fathers.

Perhaps your father has passed, or you don't have a good relationship with your father. One common thing we ALL have is access to is a Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can comprehend, and more than any other human being could love us.

Proverbs 31 Ministries ~ Do You Know Jesus?

This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
1901 ~ Maltbie Babcock

For more information about this hymn
and the rest of the lyrics
you can visit here:
This is My Father's World

Have a blessed day my friends.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

No Worries ~ God's Got This

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

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I just made the fresh new graphic above to serve as a lovely reminder of God's love and provision for us. This passage, is part of the reason behind the bird theme of my blog. I'd encourage you to read Matthew 6:25-34 today.

God is our helper! He loves and cares for the little birds of the air! He loves and cares for you MORE! Do you need help? Just ask Him and TRUST Him to see you through. No worries, God's got this!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poem ~ The Wings of Prayer

On the wings of prayer our burdens take flight
And our load of care becomes bearably light,
And our heavy hearts are lifted above
To be healed by the balm of God's wonderful love,
And the tears in our eyes are dried by the hands
Of a loving Father who understands
All of our problems, our fears and despair,
When we take them to Him on the wings of prayer.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Thank you to all who have been praying for Vee (God Will Take Care of You). There are times we want to do more to help a friend in need, and prayer doesn't seem like it's enough. Prayer really is the most beneficial thing we can do to help a friend.

I remember a time in my life, as a young single mother, visiting my next door neighbor with my daughter. My neighbor was an elderly woman with a little dog and a plate of warm cookies always on the table.  She said to me one day, "I pray for you every day". I remember feeling very humbled that she would take her time to pray for me every single day. I've never forgotten that and I'm sure I won't know the total impact of her prayers on my life until we meet again one day in heaven.

Have a blessed day dear ones.