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.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why Good Friday was Good




But He was wounded for our transgressions, 
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

GOOD FRIDAY - The Friday before Jesus' resurrection, the day of his crucifixion. A day which was part of a plan to free you and free me from our sins. Jesus' death and resurrection would change eternity by offering each and every one of us a free gift from God, the gift of Salvation. How? God's word tells us:

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 NKJV

The story does not end with 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.




Hymn ~ AT CALVARY
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 hearts for the joyful celebration of His resurrection. Easter Sunday.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday



Palm Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 21:1-11 (NKJV)

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.  And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 
Hosanna in the highest!”

And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”


So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”






May this upcoming week be a special one for you as we reflect on the real meaning behind Resurrection Day.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Awake and Sing ~ Easter Hymn





Hymn Awake and Sing by Alice Cleator, 1900

Awake, awake, O heart, and sing!
The Lord is ris’n today!
Behold a gleam of angel wings;
The stone is rolled away!
Awake, awake, O heart, and sing!
The gloom of death is o’er;
Bright angels haste the news to bring,
He lives forevermore!


Refrain
Awake from thy slumber,
Morn now is dawning;
Jesus, the victor,
Comes from the conquered tomb.
O sing forth a welcome,
Sing songs the sweetest;
Jesus hath risen!
He lives forevermore!



No longer death has cruel sway;
A light surrounds the grave!
All hail the joy of Easter day;
The Lord is strong to save!
Awake, O heart, the morn is bright,
All doubt and fear is o’er!
The Lord is ris’n in power and might,
He lives forevermore!



Awake and hail with heart and voice
The message of these hours!
With all the wakening earth rejoice;
Be glad with birds and flowers.
Behold the joyous Easter day
That brings the news to earth
Of Easter morning far away,
When life from death had birth.

~~
Mark 16:6
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Shelter in the Storm - Hymn


It's been snowing for more than 24 hours here in Maine. Schools and businesses are closed, we're advised not to travel. We are "hunkered" down with our provisions, "weathering the storm" until it passes.

This particular storm is uncharacteristic for this time of year, as are many of the sudden "storms" that come upon our lives - Jesus can be our shelter during these rough times.

The hymn below was said to be a favorite song of the fisherman on the north coast of England, and they were often heard singing it as they approached their harbors in the time of storm.

A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM
by Vernon Charlesworth, 1880

The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Chorus
Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O rock divine, O refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.

Isaiah 25:4a

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Peace of Mind


Websters 1828 Dictionary defines ANXIETY as: concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness. it expresses more than uneasiness or disturbance,......

It defines PEACE as:  In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.

Which word would you like to describe your state of mind? I'd certainly choose PEACE. However, that's not always the case when my human nature takes over.

How can we get this peace?
How can we stay in this peace?
How can we get rid of the anxiety?

God tells us in this verse, Philippians 4:6-7, not to be anxious. This is not something we can do on our own if we are prone to be anxious in the first place. To truly have a peace that we can't begin to comprehend, we must bring our anxiety to God in prayer. Ask Him to take it, ask Him to take control of the problem and trust that He will do that.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7





I guarantee, the more you pray, the more you read your Bible, the more you seek the Lord, the greater PEACE you will have.

Philippians 4:6-7 are my go to verses for PEACE. This is a fresh graphic, free to you. You're welcome to save this graphic to your computer, print out for paper projects or to tuck in an encouragement card, share on social media, or use for ministry, not to be sold please. Read it, memorize it, store it in your heart my friends. Praying for you to have peace today.



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Just As I Am ~ Hymn Story




In 1828, at the age of 32, Charlotte Elliott suffered a serious illness that left her an invalid. This caused depression, and a severe spiritual crisis. A Swiss evangelist was visiting her family, and she told him that she didn’t know how to come to Christ. He told her, “Come to him just as you are.” Her depression continued, however. Twelve years later, she was still distressed by her uselessness as an invalid.  She decided she needed to meet her spiritual troubles head on and conquer them by the grace of God.  She wrote down her own formula of faith,  remembering those words of the visiting evangelist. In the end she had the words to the hymn known as "Just As I Am".

In Billy Graham's own words:
When I was converted in 1937, under the ministry of the evangelist Mordecai Hamm, two invitation songs were used and a total of eight stanzas were sung. I did not respond to the invitation until the final verse of the second song, and I have always been grateful that the evangelist waited so patiently. One of those hymns was "Just As I Am, Without One Plea". 

Billy used this hymn at most all of his crusades as people came forward to give their lives to Jesus. A woman who felt useless, penned the words to this hymn that have touched millions of lives. Billy Graham’s autobiography is titled “Just As I Am”.

It truly amazes me how God works in our lives. All we have to do is have a willing heart and follow His leading. What do you enjoy doing? Do you write poetry; music; devotions? Are you artistic; do you cook? I enjoy making digital graphics with scripture and hymns, and I enjoy photography and vintage images. Piano, Hymns, and scripture were instilled in me from the time I was a toddler. God had plans for all of this. One of His plans is right here in this online ministry - Little Birdie Blessings.

Who am I to be used by God? I'm a nobody. Poor life choices kept me from college. Ill health, insecurities and anxiety gave me a feeling of uselessness, just like Charlotte Elliott.

If God can use a “useless invalid” like Charlotte Elliott, He can use us. Ask Him how He can use you and your gifts/talents.

God doesn't call the qualified, 

he qualifies the called. 

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Thank you dear ones for visiting. Feel free to save this hymn graphic and use for personal or ministry use.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Poem - One Day at a Time



ONE DAY AT A TIME
by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

One day at a time, with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain and its burden of care;
One day at a time we must meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace.

One day at a time - but the day is so long,
And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong,
O Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way;
Give courage and patience and strength for the day.

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet;
"Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet;
I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve;
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave."

Not yesterday's load we are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow's uncertain and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day.

One day at a time, and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own.



You can read more about Annie Johnson Flint on a previous post I wrote **here**

What a dear woman of faith.  Through her pain and struggles, God gave her words of encouragement not only for herself, but for many others.

Feel free to print out this graphic and use it for yourself, for papercrafting, or to tuck in a card to encourage someone. 

Have a blessed day. 
~ Abby ~ 

As your days, so shall your strength be.
Deuteronomy 33:25B

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Billy Graham - A Great Man of Faith



Thinking of Billy Graham these past few days since he passed and was ushered into the presence of God. I have more to share about this great man of faith, but for today, I'll share a verse from Revelation in the graphic above, and this quote from him:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”  ~ Billy Graham 1918 - 2018

You can read more about him and the memorial events here on his website:
https://memorial.billygraham.org/

Have a blessed day dear ones.

~ Abby ~ 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Free Psalm Graphic



In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:19

Fee free to save this scripture graphic to your computer and print out for your personal artwork. Or perhaps tuck in a card to encourage a friend.

~ Abby ~