Friday, April 24, 2015

Poem Little Birds of God ~ Free Graphics




Her name was Annie Johnson Flint (1866 - 1932), the author of the poem below. She knew of burdens, the need for courage, she knew of just asking the Lord for the strength for the day.  Her Poetry and Hymns were written from her own experiences and adversities.  

Annie was known as the “poet of helpfulness”, and often gave her poetry as gifts to friends.  As her poems became more widely known, many were set to music.   I have previously written about Annie, and you can find that here:  Annie Johnson Flint




THE LITTLE BIRDS OF GOD
by Annie Johnson Flint

I HEAR them at my window in the late, gray winter dawn,

The little birds of God, the farthing sparrows of His care;
They ask of me, as I of Him, His gift of daily bread.
With soft, impatient twitterings they voice their morning prayer.


The heavenly Father feedeth them, the little birds of God,
Though ’tis my hand that scattereth the food within their reach;

I do but share His bounty when I give the crumbs to them.

doubting heart and anxious heart, what lessons they can teach!

They sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns,
Content if but each day shall bring the day’s supply of food;
No question whence it comes, nor if the morrow bringeth more
Small optimists in feathers, who are sure that all is good!

God seeth when they fly or fall. Am I less worth than they?
I would not fail them in their need. Is He less true than I?
I would not mock their faith in me, nor hurt them, nor betray;
I answer to their trusting call, He to His children’s cry.

When sunset tints the fading light and dusk is falling fast,
The while I draw the curtains close and stir the hearth-fire bright,
I hear their cheerful chirping, the little birds of God,
And wonder to what shelter they are fleeing for the night.

But they, as I, shall rest secure beneath the wings of Love,
Though storm and darkness sweep the sea and cover all the land.
My life and theirs, so small and frail, God’s care of both the same;
My soul a nesting bird within the hollow of His hand.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Free Victorian Trade Cards

Victorian Trade Card advertising Sewing Machines

During the Victorian era, people enjoyed collecting advertising cards, which were often very colorful. Today, they are known as trade cards. It was the major way of advertising products, and could be obtained in stores or through salesmen. They were very popular from the late 1800’s until the early 1900’s, when advertising in magazines became more cost effective.  The women spent some of their time pasting their treasured cards in a scrapbooks.


My daughter found one of these treasured Victorian scrapbooks and surprised me with it on my birthday last year. Here is a page from that scrapbook.




Here are a few other Victorian advertising cards, it's fun to read the claims they make. Seems like they could take care of about any problem you had.

Burdock Blood Bitters claims to make pure healthy blood and regulate the female organs, cures female weakness, nervous and general debility, and all the distressing miseries from which two-thirds of the women of America suffer.

Blood Bitters Advertisement


If you had a problem that Blood Bitters couldn't cure, there was always Dr. Thomas Electric Oil. You can see the claims below. I would have been in on the 2 hour backache cure if I lived in the Victorian era.





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Have a lovely day.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Good Decision & Free Graphic

There may be no trumpet sound
or loud applause when we make a right decision,
just a calm sense of resolution and peace. 
~ Gloria Gaither ~ 




I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Psalm 32:8



Gloria Gaither is a Christian songwriter, author and speaker. Together with her husband Bill Gaither, they have written over 700 songs.  One of my favorites Because He Lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!


Have a blessed day my friends.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Scripture



Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105

This verse takes me way back to my childhood Sunday School teacher Mrs. Clark. I can remember standing in the church my husband pastor's today, reciting this with the other children. I'm so thankful for the Word of God that continues to, day by day, guide my steps and give me just enough light for the step I'm on.  


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!


The angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  Matthew 28:5-6

Have a blessed Easter my friends.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

Isaiah 53:5

I recently had the opportunity to tell a young man I know, the good news of Jesus. As we sat at my kitchen table, I explained why Jesus had to die on the cross. As he listened, I scanned my table for some visual aids. Two pencils became the cross and my friend and I were the salt & pepper shakers, my sugar bowl was at the head of the cross, representing God. 

I explained it again with my visuals, the only way to God is through Jesus. He took the punishment for our sins. By believing Jesus did this, the cross becomes our bridge to God. 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9


I watched as he had the light bulb expression on his face and exclaimed I totally get it now, it was you and me that put him there!    
YES indeed, I put Him there....my sin was there.  My Lord had heaped on him all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.  HE did this for me, and HE did this for you.  




The story doesn't end on the cross. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the HOPE that gives us the promise ~ Because He lives, we can live also. 

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
William Newell ~ 1895

Please join me today, reflecting what Jesus did for us, as we prepare our heart for the joyful celebration of His resurrection. Easter Sunday.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lovely Words & Flowers


We wait in hope for the Lord;
 he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name. 

Psalm 33:20-21

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blessed, Not Lucky


My friend and I were tweens when she was given a birthday card by a youth leader.  The card had the words "good luck" crossed out.  The woman told my friend she didn't believe in luck. We thought she was a little wacky for thinking that.  

About 38 years have passed since I was a tweenager (you're doing the math aren't you?) and I can tell you the trials have been many.  Have I been unlucky? Some might think so.  If I were to compare blessings vs. trials in two columns, the blessings would far outweigh the trials.  I've been blessed beyond measure.

Look for your blessings today, write them down.  Look for your blessings tomorrow, write them down.  Do this everyday in a special notebook.  I guarantee your spirits will be lifted.


When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Johnson Oatman, Jr, 1897
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Contentment

Oh, what a happy soul I am, although I cannot see!
I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be. 
~ Blind Hymn-writer Fanny Crosby ~




I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.
 Philippians 4:11b

Have a blessed day my friends.


Friday, March 13, 2015

A Quiet Morning


A quiet morning with a loving God
puts the events of the upcoming day 
into proper perspective.
 ~ Janette Oke ~





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