Sunday, October 7, 2018

Free ~ Blessed Hymn Art

For most, life is a struggle. even for the rich and famous. Turning to God as a source of help and comfort can lessen the heaviness of our hearts. Join me today in looking for God's blessings in unexpected places. Like the song says "and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done." Have a blessed day my friends. 

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, 1897 ~

You can find the full lyrics here: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Ephesians 1:3 ~ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

This hymn graphic is free to you for personal or ministry use. Let me know if you have any questions. From you computer, click on image for largest size, right click and save to your computer. Print out for cardmaking, to insert in a card, bible journaling, and more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Help Wanted ~ Encouragers

Help Wanted: Do you have "on the job" experience with trials and suffering; sickness and despair? Has God helped you in those trials? Just like the verse from 2 Corinthians 2:3-4 says, He can use you to encourage and comfort someone else, just ask him how.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Elizabeth Prentiss, who wrote the hymn More Love to Thee, O Christ (1856) had this to say about her life: "Much of my experience of life has cost me a great price and I wish to use it for strengthening and comforting other souls."

Don't give up dear ones, keep persevering. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

God Looks on the Inside

For the Lord does not see as man sees;
for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b

There are probably very few of us who actually see ourselves as beautiful, stunning specimens that God created, just so others could gaze on our beauty. I think as women, for the most part there are sections of our bodies we feel may need more of this or less of that.

Having worked in a school system for many years in the past, and having 10 grandchildren. I've been exposed to lots of innocent comments about personal features I have that might be a little different to them. It's not that I have two heads, however if there's an imperfection, they will most likely point it out. A recent encounter was with two of my youngest grandchildren who apparently had never seen me with wet hair. Turns out, they didn't like it. In fact, after sitting on my lap and staring at me for a bit, my 2 1/2 year old grandaughter climbed down and said "Nana, your hair . . . is so very wet".  Yes indeed it was.

By the same token, children notice when there is something they like about us that's new or different. For example - "I like your new skirt Nana, is that what you wear to birthdays?"

Regardless of how we appear to others; tall, short, thin, plump, skin imperfections, big feet, pretty or plain. God made us exactly as He wanted us to be. He looks at our heart and searches it, knows the motives for what we do and why we do it.

Obviously we all probably make an attempt to be presentable in our appearance, but more important than that is putting time into making sure our hearts are pleasing to the Lord.

I love the section of this verse from Daniel 1:8  that says "Daniel purposed in his heart" ~ But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; He decided to do what he thought would be most pleasing to the Lord.

For the Lord does not see as man sees;
for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b

Have a blessed day my friends. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Put on the Armour of God

I've been working on memorizing the passage in the bible which refers to putting on the Armour of God. It's found in Ephesians 6:10-18. Memorizing isn't as easy as it was when I was a child but I've almost got this one memorized. Do you/have you memorized scripture? God tells us to hide His word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). 

There is a free audio app from Bible Gateway that helps me. Here's the link: Bible Gateway Audio App

I find saying scripture out-loud, or listening to it clears my mind from the distractions of this world. This passage on spiritual warfare has been particularly important to me lately. I mentally put on each piece of the armour as I say the verse. I've been memorizing it in the KJV, but I'd encourage you to memorize it in the best version for you.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Have a blessed day my friends.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Free Scripture Graphic

God is my strength and power,
And He makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
2 Samuel 22:33-34

Here's a fresh scripture graphic for you with encouragement straight from God's Word. Free to you for personal use, sharing, or ministry use. Not to be sold please. Save to your computer, print out for bible journaling, or to tuck in a card. Save to your phone and text it to someone as a way to encourage. If you're on facebook, you can find my page here: Little Birdie Blessings Facebook  and share from there.

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Have a blessed day friends.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

All I Can Do Is Pray

Have you ever said "All I can do is pray?", I have. Billy Graham says that's the equivalent of offering a starving man food. Meaning, it's the BEST we can offer someone. Praying unlocks the doors of Heaven and releases the power of God. God wants us to pray for others, He uses our prayers to touch their lives.

Sometimes we see the fruit of our prayers instantly, hours after we pray them, or years later. Who can you pray for today?

pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
James 4:2

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6

Excerpts taken from "Hope for Each Day ~ Words of Wisdom and Faith" by Billy Graham

Have a blessed day my friends.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Unique Flower

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom
what God has done from beginning to end. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Isn't this flower amazing? One of God's magnificent creations. If I hadn't actually photographed it, I might think it wasn't real. It almost looks like something one would find on pinterest as a diy project for a curled ribbon flower. It is real, as real as it's creator. Look around you today, look for God's beauty in creation. What do you see?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Please take time today to pray for our country. 

Oswald Chambers had this to say about prayer:

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.

Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.
1 Kings 8:28

Have a blessed day my friends.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Confidence in God's Will

“There are no 'if's' in God's world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety - let us pray that we may always know it!”
― Corrie ten Boom

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

I have felt that I've been in God's will and times I'm out of His will. There's no place I'd rather be, smack dab in the middle of God's will. There is comfort in that secure place.

What does this verse mean to you?

Have a blessed day. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is Risen Indeed!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
~ Charles Wesley ~

Happy Resurrection Day to you my friends.