My Ladies Bible Study just started Into the Word by Anne Graham Lotz, 52 life-changing Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups. As I worked on my lesson for the week - Hardship - Five Things a Storm Can't Destroy, the subject of peace stood out to me.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
My favorite part of that verse above is "not as the world gives do I give to you". This tells me true peace isn't found in a job; a self help book; people; social media; or even our favorite specialty coffee drink (although that may give us a feeling of peace). TRUE PEACE, ultimately comes from faith in Jesus.
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
No matter what we've done, what trial we're experiencing, or what guilt we feel, TRUE PEACE is available, we just have to reach out and accept it (see Romans 10:9). I hope you've been encouraged by these words, have a blessed day my friends.
These digital graphics are free for personal use. You may print out for your own creativity or share on your social media, blogs or webpages. A link back is always appreciated. Thanks.
With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, I thought I should get some Valentine freebies posted for you. This first one features a verse from Colossians 3:14. Of course there has to be some pink in it, and a little birdie.
This next digital graphic features a verse from Proverbs 3:3
Here is the above graphic as a plain heart.
Lastly, here are some vintage Valentine images.
The vintage images are from my personal collection. You may use them on your blogs, webpages, or print them out for your own papercrafting. If you use them online, a link back is always appreciated.
If you are using a computer, click on image for largest size, right click and save to your computer. For mobile devices such as ipads, or phones, hold finger down on screen to save to your device.
My facebook page is growing faster than my grandchildren, and am at 20,000+ followers. It's amazes me what God has done with that page. If you're on facebook, I'd encourage you to "like" my page. I post 1-2 x day.
Lastly, I've been having fun on Instagram, and you can find me here: Little Birdie Blessings - Instagram
I usually post 1x day and share some papercrafting, sewing, digital graphics, vintage images, photos I've taken or other snippets of life that I find interesting.
Thanks so much for visiting today. You are loved and appreciated. Have a blessed day.
The Hymn "At Calvary" was written by William Newell in 1895. At the time he was Assistant Superintendent at Moody Bible Institute. He wrote the lyrics on the back of an envelope between classes.
Newell passed the lyrics off to Daniel Towner, music director at Moody. Towner went in a music room and worked out the music. Within an hour, the two friends were singing and playing this robust hymn of praise.
It is one of my favorite hymns to play on the piano and have our church family sing.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about how this great and timeless hymn was written. How two gifted friends, listened to what God had laid on their heart. Little did they know at the time, their hymn would still be sung over 100 years later. God knew . . as He sees each of our paths laid out in front of us. Listen for what He might be asking you to do.
This old postcard of winter birdies inspired me to add the inspirational word TRUST. This image and the word Trust fit perfectly with Matthew 6:26:
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
I can't claim to imagine what goes on in a bird's mind, but I know their creator does. I would think by instinct, they don't worry, but trust in the provisions of our heavenly Father. This verse tells me I don't have to be anxious.
Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so."
Said the Sparrow to the Robin:
"Friend, I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me."
~ Elizabeth Cheney ~
Thank you friends for following this blog. You are prayed for and appreciated by me. Please feel free to print out this graphic and use in your personal artwork, you may also use it on your blogs or webpages. A link back is always appreciated.
Another year of proving
Thy presence all the days.
~ Frances Havergal, 1874 ~
Happy new year my friends ~ 2017. Has it really been 17 years since Y2K? Some of you may remember that... When fear was instilled in us, our electronics were going to implode, food shortages, and other potential scary things that never materialized.
No matter what we think or hear might happen, whatever causes us to be fearful, let's make 2017 the year we put our complete trust in the one true God. The God who holds the world in his hands and the one who holds our tomorrows. He loves and cares for YOU personally.
The response was overwhelming and I'm humbled by your comments, emails, facebook comments, likes and shares. I asked the Lord to sustain me through Christmas so I could keep up with the task I felt He laid on my heart. Not to mention . . as a Pastor's wife, Christmas is a big deal and I wanted to be present in our Church. On December 26th, actually about 1:00 a.m. I became ill with a cold, terrible sore throat and all that goes with that. So .. I would say the Lord answered my prayers and sustained me. I don't know why I'm surprised He took me so literally. I am on the mend, thankfully.
I asked my facebook friends if they had a word/verse for the year to focus on. I told them Pray and Simplify were words I had used in the past. Here are some of the words they responded with:
Abide Art making
Love one another
Peace & Trust
Smell the roses
Isn't that GREAT? I love seeing all these words together. They represent people who are striving to:
better themselves, to keep their head above water, to remember they are loved, to be kinder, more patient, keep persevering, to be grateful. They represent YOU and they represent ME!
With 2017 just around the corner, let's keep persevering, keep encouraging one another, keep looking out for our neighbors, friends, family. When I started this blog in 2010, my purpose was to encourage you by focusing on the blessings God has given you. It has surpassed my wildest expectations. I am thankful, grateful and humbled to be used by God in this way. So, THANK YOU for your support. I have been encouraged through all of you.
I told my facebook friends I'll be selecting some of their "words" to make graphics. The first one I've made is at the top of this post - REJOICE (Psalm 118:24). Do you have a "word" and/or word and verse for 2017? I'd love to hear it, please comment below, or if you're receiving this via email, you can just reply to the email you received.
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
ONE SOLITARY LIFE describes the life of Jesus well. It's author unknown, the words filled with biblical wisdom. I am sharing it with you this Christmas day, 2016. May you be as in awe of the words describing Jesus, as I am. Merry Christmas dear ones. ~ Abby
One Solitary Life Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, A child was born of a peasant woman He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until the age of thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher. This man never went to college or seminary He never wrote a book He never held a public office He never had a family nor owned a home He never put His foot inside a big city Nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace. And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, Throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself. While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His followers ran away He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend But three days later this Man arose from the dead Living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent, The Incarnate Son of God. Twenty centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race. On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him. Our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death. This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of the One who gave His life for us. All the armies that ever marched All the navies that ever sailed, All the governments that ever sat, All the kings that ever reigned Have not changed the course of history as much as this ONE SOLITARY LIFE
My friend Donna, a gifted writer, has graciously given me permission to share her poetry with you, "The Night Before Christmas". Please consider reading with your family as we celebrate the reason for the season - Jesus!
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by donna h. munro
Twas the night before Christmas, And out on the road
The donkey was carrying a very special load.
To pay taxes, Joseph and Mary were Bethlehem bound,
‘Neath the moon and stars and quiet night sounds.
Mary was wondering where they would stay,
For she was due to have a child – maybe today!
Joseph knocked at each Inn to find a warm room,
He knew that the baby would come very soon.
The innkeepers paused and nodded their heads.
All rooms were filled; there were no extra beds.
Then one innkeeper said, “There’s a barn out that way,
Perhaps you’ll be able to sleep in the hay.
Mary and Joseph were not sure this was the best,
But they needed to stop, they needed some rest.
They did what they could to make a warm, cozy place,
For this important babe to shine his sweet face.
And as they waited and prayed in their plight.
The stars twinkled above in the dark, chilly night.
Pondering all that had brought them this far
To have God’s son born out under the stars.
The animals must have wondered with questioning awe.
To have these folks make their beds in their straw.
They may have made room seeing the need.
And offered their manger empty of feed.
As night carried on into early morn’s dawn,
A miracle birth, God’s son would be born.
They gazed on with love at the baby’s sweet smile,
And knew God had blessed the world with this child.
They wrapped him in swaddling cloths that they had,
And kissed the fair cheeks of their new little lad.
They called him the name that the angel proclaimed,
Jesus - the Savior, God’s son was his name.
Mary cradled him long before laying him down,
In a hay-filled manger while she cooed him sweet sounds.
Animals laid by the child quietly lowing,
Bowing to the tiny king - perhaps without knowing.
Out in the fields the shepherds were keeping,
Their sheep safe from harm while they were sleeping.
When up in the sky there arose such a loud clatter,
They stood up in shock to see what was the matter!
Angels were singing of the new savior’s birth,
How God in His mercy had brought peace to the earth.
A star would lead them to see this small boy.
They left their hillside filled with wonder and joy.
The stars beamed down on a small cattle shed,
Could a king be born on a manger bed?
But the shepherds bowed the moment they saw,
The tiny babe cradled upon the soft straw.
They knew what Mary and Joseph knew, too.
This babe was sent with God’s work to do.
With reverence and honor they worshipped this king.
And knew in their hearts what love he would bring.
We, too, gaze on Jesus – the babe born this night,
And celebrate how He came to make right,
The hurts and the wrongs the world gives us now,
With loving kindness and grace, so we humbly bow.
May this Christmas give you reason to pause,
And consider this great gift of God.
Perhaps with the shepherds and wise men you’ll bring,
The gift of your life to this tiny child king.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Please keep Christ in Christmas and follow His light.