Saturday, December 3, 2016

25 Days God Given Gifts ~ Day 3


Unwrapping another one our God Given Gifts, Day 3.
December 3 - DELIVERANCE

You are my hiding place; 
you will protect me from trouble 
and surround me with 
songs of deliverance. 
Psalm 32:7

Webster's 1828 dictionary defines today's gift as:
DELIVERANCE
Rescue from danger or any evil.



DELIVER - 1. To free; to release, as from restraint; to set at liberty; as, to deliver one from captivity.   2. To rescue, or save.

There was a time this year when my cell phone, along with thousands of other cell phones in my home state unexpectedly gave a piercing alarm sound. A message on my phone read there was an "amber alert". A little girl was missing and details of her disappearance were in the text message.

As a Nana to 10 children, you can bet children are near and dear to my heart. I prayed this little girl would be found, many many people were praying. A wonderful thing happened, someone delivered her to the police station in the town where she had gone missing. She was safe, free, released, delivered, and reunited with her family.

Sometimes, when things are out of our control, or even if they're not, we pray and put our trust in God, His will for the situation, and His time. He delivers us in a way that is best for us, even though we may not see it at the time.

Thank you dear ones for following this Advent Series. There are links below that will take you to the various places you can find this series.

Friday, December 2, 2016

25 Days of God Given Gifts ~ Day 2


For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion 
on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 49:13b



Websters 1828 Dictionary defines today's gift as:
COMFORT: Relief from distress of mind; the ease and quiet which is experienced when pain, trouble, agitation or affliction ceases. It implies also some degree of positive animation of the spirits; or some pleasurable sensations derived from hope, and agreeable prospects; consolation.

Corrie Ten Boom is one woman who would certainly know a trial and the comfort God can provide while in the midst of one. Corrie, her father and other family members helped many Jewish people escape the Holocaust during WWII. Corrie and her sister were sent to a concentration camp, where he sister died and she was later released due to a clerical error.

When God allows extraordinary trials for his people,
He prepares extraordinary comforts for them.  
Corrie Ten Boom 

 

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25 Days God Given Gifts & Scripture 

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I think the only place I don't have this series posted yet is twitter, perhaps I'll update my dormant twitter account with this series. You can find me here if you tweet: https://twitter.com/birdieblessings

Phew, I'm worn out! I think I have social media covered though.

Thank you dear ones. I appreciate each of you. 



Thursday, December 1, 2016

25 Days God Given Gifts - Day 1



I've been excited for December 1st to arrive as I'm kicking off a December advent series - 25 Days of God Given Gifts. I shared this with my blogging friends last year and I'm back. I'll post a graphic each day through December 25th, along with the "gift" and a scripture to read.

December 1st - Abundant Life





I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.
John 10:10b


ABUND'ANT, adjective     Plentiful; in great quantity; fully sufficient; as an abundant supply. In scripture, abounding; having in great quantity; overflowing with.

The Lord God is abundant in goodness and truth. Exodus 34:6.

If you'd like to read more in depth regarding ABUNDANT LIFE from a biblical perspective, you can find it here at this link: What did Jesus mean when he promised an Abundant Life? 

I've made a pdf file of the series that you can download to read through the advent season. It is a list Days 1-25 with the gift and Scripture reference. Here is a link to the file. This is free to you for personal use or sharing.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for God's Love



Here in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated tomorrow. It causes many to pause and reflect on what they are thankful for, the blessings God has given them. One of the things I'm most thankful for is God's love, which He tells us, endures forever. I'm a child of a loving and living God, who loves me more than I can comprehend, for all of eternity. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1


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I remember reading a true story about a little boy, 5 years old, who was asked to give his blood so his sister could live. When the doctor explained it to him and asked if he was willing to do this, he hesitated but for a moment and said, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save Liza".

As the process began, he laid down in the hospital, his sister in a bed beside him. Quietly he asked if he would start to die right away. You see....he mistakenly thought he was going to have to give her ALL his blood. It brings tears to my eyes to think of this again, a little boy only on earth for 5 years, loved his sister SO much, he was willing to lay down his life to save hers. 


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God loves us that much and more. He knows the numbers of hairs on our head, He thinks about us all the time, and wants what is best for us. He loves us with an unconditional love. If you put your trust in Him, you will have that love for all eternity. A hymn The Love of God written in 1917 sums this up.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

In this season of Thanksgiving, join me in remembering to take time to be Thankful for the Love of God. Let him know how grateful you are for His unconditional love.





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For more on the ultimate LOVE God has for you, you can visit my #1 viewed blog post ~  Eternal Destination which I wrote in 2012. It amazes me there are views every single day. If you're unsure of your eternal destination or need some reassurance, please visit it by clicking on the above link.

Thank you for visiting today. have a blessed day.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Encouragement



Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 NIV



Praise, O praise our God and King;
Hymns of adoration sing;
For His mercies still endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
Praise Him that He made the sun
Day by day his course to run;
For His mercies still endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
~Henry Baker, 1861 ~


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

VOTE



Today, November 8, 2016 - the polls open and U.S. citizens can cast their vote for the next President of the United States. It is our right to vote, our privilege and our duty. 


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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gratitude is all in the Attitude

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Websters Dictionary, 1828 describes GRATITUDE as: An emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness.

Did you catch that? An emotion of the heart!

ATTITUDE is defined as: the way you think and feel about someone or something, a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior

My husband, who was raised by his grandparents, grew up poor. Interestingly, he said he never knew it until later in life. Why? His grandparents had an attitude of gratitude and didn't dwell or talk about what they didn't have. They were grateful for what God had blessed them with. They had this emotion in their heart and it overflowed in their attitude and words.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Luke 6:45

Have a blessed day my friends....and remember...Gratitude is all in the attitude.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lovely Fall Scripture Graphic



I love to take God's word and surround it with beautiful pieces of nature and beauty using digital art. I thought these fall colors fit nicely around Psalm 94:19. What a treasure we have knowing in the midst of our anxieties, our soul can delight in the comforts God gives.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19 NKJV

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My 3 Second Humility Lesson




There was a season of my life when I was an avid amateur photographer. A local festival was holding a photography contest. My family and friends had convinced me that I had “an eye” for photography, and my photographs were “all that”.  I carefully selected what I’d enter and delivered my photos for the contest. I waited through the week with anticipation, sure that I would be a winner. The day and time finally came when the winners would be announced. I arrived just in time to hear my name being called. I think my head physically swelled, but I can’t confirm it.



By the time I got to the tent, other awards/names were being called. When the opportunity presented itself, I proudly approached the announcer,. . “Excuse me; I think you called my name as I was arriving. Am I a winner?” She told me to look through the awards on a nearby table. My eyes scanned for a certificate with my name. There it was, what I’d anticipated.  My name on such lovely parchment paper with these words across the top: Certificate of Participation.

PROUD: Having inordinate self-esteem; possessing a high or unreasonable conceit of one's own excellence, either of body or mind. A man may be proud of his person, of his talents, of his accomplishments or of his achievements.

HUMBLE: Lowly; modest; meek; submissive; opposed to proud, haughty, arrogant or assuming.

Do you know how long it took me to go from proud to humble? …. about 3 seconds.


I laugh about this story and hope you get a chuckle out of it as well. I did learn a valuable lesson that day. I wanted to win a ribbon so I could boast in my accomplishments and talent. God had other plans to use my photography and it didn’t involve fame or fortune.

He later inspired me to make a dvd photo show from many of my favorites.  I don’t know how a copy ended up in the hands of our local funeral home, but I believe God orchestrated it. This particular funeral home plays the dvd photo show on a regular basis as folks in mourning gather to say goodbye to their loved ones and friends. The familiar and simple photos of God’s creation bring comfort to many.




My identity is not known as the photos play and that’s exactly the way I want it. You see, it’s not about me. I don’t want recognition as I give God the glory on this one. I’m thankful He humbled me and used my photography as a vessel of comfort to reach those who needed it. It’s worth more to me than 100 blue ribbons.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV





Have a blessed day my friends.

This post is linked with: What Joy is MineStrangers & Pilgrims on Earth





Saturday, October 15, 2016

He Changes the Seasons






New England is defined by its colorful fall foliage.  I live in Maine and the magnificence of the fall season is shown when the leaves of the trees turn shades of reds, yellows, gold, and even purple, before they fall to the ground. My grandson suggests it should be called "falliage" and I tend to agree with him.



Obviously, it’s God’s creation that changes the colors of the leaves and bares the trees before the winter season, but not surprisingly, there is a scientific explanation.  I like to visualize it as the hand of God creating another masterpiece for us all to enjoy. 





I vaguely remember from high school science class that it had something to do with the chlorophyll in the leaves.  I decided to look into the subject and here’s what I found out:

Chlorophyll is a green pigment in the leaves that absorbs red and blue light from the sun. The shortening days and cooler nights that fall brings, interfere with the process and cause the chlorophyll to break down.  When this happens, the green colors of the leaves fade, causing some to turn yellow, others red, purple or maroon.

And He changes the times and the seasons;He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:21 NKJV


As this verse tells us, God is in control of the times and seasons.  There’s a reason for everything He does, even if it’s just for our pleasure. We’re also told that he is sovereign, which means he is in total control.




No matter what may happen in this world, He is in ultimate control. As you witness every day, the creation functions as God intended, with the exception of people and that is because we have a free will. God wants us to use our free will to accept and follow his plan for our lives.  We serve an awesome and wonderful God worthy of our wholehearted devotion and trust.

If you want to know more about that you can visit either of these links.
Do You Know Jesus? - Proverbs 31 Ministries
Eternal Destination - #1 post on this blog for most viewed


Have a blessed day my friends.