The River

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.¬†There¬†is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in sunder; He burns the chariot in the fire, ¬†“Be still, and know that I¬†am God”¬†I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 46

 

Suffering

 

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Suffering may endure for a season,
And we wonder when relief will come.
Is this for a time of testing
A really deep trial for some?

Day by day we endure our heartaches,
Often questioning why,
We don’t seem to fully understand
And we come before God with a sigh!

“Just quiet yourself in My presence,” He says,
“I have blessings for you in store,
This time with me will be precious,
Even more than ever before.”

The wonderful promises in God’s Holy Word
Bring comfort, encouragement and peace,
And as we nestle up close to Him.
Our Faith brings sweet release.

So let us joyfully praise the Lord,
If, through suffering we can learn,
Truths that will help to guide our way,
And His Word more clearly discern.

Elsie K. Young

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory.”¬†-2 Corinthians 4:7

Sweet Peace

 

 

“The Lord will bless His people with peace.”Psalm 29:11

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” ¬†Psalm 4:8

Throwback Thursday- Leftovers

This is the first in a series of reblogs that I call,¬†“Throwback Thursdays.” It’s a previous post from my blog, and I’ll be sharing one each Thursday. “Leftovers” ¬†is one of my very first posts, published ¬†around New Years Day, of this year. I hope that you will be encouraged!

– Faith :)

Faithrises

Last night, while putting away the last of the chicken wings that had not been devoured by my  food-lovin’ family, I thought about  how some habits or problems can be  like leftovers following us into the new year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind leftovers,  especially like pizza for breakfast, but what about leftover issues, feelings, and disappointments, from last year, that are still  hanging around, and keeping us down? You know what happens to leftovers in the fridge when they’ve been around too long. They start to stink, and not look so good, and most of all they aren’t any good to you anymore. Bad habits, deep-seated hurts, and other problems can be just like that.

Sometimes we carry leftovers over from year to year, and sometimes they can add up for a lifetime. Imagine a lifetime of leftovers just sittin’ around in your fridge! Yuck!  But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s how it is…

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Wonderful Wednesday!

Some people call it “Over-the- Hump Day” and we all know why, because we’re all just trying to make it through another week, and by the time Wednesday gets here, we’re ready to head straight down-hill, full-speed ahead, right into the weekend! ¬†Am I right? ¬†Well, about three or four weeks ago, I gained a new appreciation for Wednesdays, and every other day of the week. Here’s what happened;

It all began one Tuesday night, when my youngest daughter, a fifth grader, came to kiss me good night. “Goodnight, Honey!” I said, as we hugged ¬†and she kissed me on the cheek. Afterwards, I noticed that she had a sad look on her face, and I asked, “What’s wrong?” She let out a huge sigh, and said, “I hate Wednesdays!” This was new, I hadn’t heard that before, so I asked her why, and she said “Wednesdays are never good for me. It’s the worst day of the week. We change classes, and it’s so boring. I just hate it.” ¬†I told her that I was sorry to hear that, and that I didn’t know that she felt that way, and I thought to myself, “Wow, stressed out in the fifth grade!” ¬†so I said, “Don’t worry Honey, tomorrow will be a better day for you. We prayed together and she went to bed.

The next morning, as I was driving her to school, we talked about how she felt. I told her that I would be praying for her, and that she should just change her mind, and her expectations for how her Wednesdays were going to turn out. “From now on,” I said, “We’re gonna call it a Won-nnnderful Wednesday!‘ She laughed, and that’s just how we said it.” Won-nnnderful Wednesday!”

When I picked her up from school that afternoon, she ran to my Jeep, and hopped in, with a huge, “ginormous” smile on her face, and said, “Mommy, guess what? This was the best Wednesday ever! ¬†It was a Wonderful Wednesday!

The next day we came up with a name for Thursday. I love music, dancing, and a good beat, so I suggested that we call it a “Thumpin’ Thursday!” She thought that was funny and liked it, so, “Thumpin’ Thursday” it was. Again, she was all smiles at the end of her school-day. “Why stop here?” I thought, and so we came up with a name for every day of the school-week. Here they are:

Monday-“Have a ¬†Marvelous Monday, pronounced, “Mah-hhhhvelous Monday!”

Tuesday-“Have a Terrific Tuesday, pronounced, “Ter-rrrrific Tuesday!”

Wednesday “Have a ¬†Wonderful Wednesday, pronounced,” Won-nnnderful Wednesday!”

Thursday –¬†¬†“Have a Thumping Thursday, pronounced, “Thumpin’ Thursday!”

Friday – “Have a Fantastic Friday, pronounced, “Fan- TAS -tic Friday!”

This has become part of our good-bye routine each morning when I drop her off for school, and I’m happy to report that she hasn’t had a “Worst-day -of -the-week Wednesday” ¬†since. :)

“This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”¬†Psalm 118:24¬†¬†

Have a Won-nnnderful Wednesday!


Can a Mother Forget?

Sometimes when we’ve been praying for something for a very long time, we begin to lose heart, and wonder if the answer will ever come. I know exactly how that feels. I remember praying and praying for God to work a miracle in my life, and sometimes, I felt that God had forgotten about me and my situation. Of course we know that God sees us always, and knows everything about our lives, but still, it is true of us as humans, that we sometimes think that our situation may not be as urgent to God as we would like for it to be. This is so not true!

At one of my lowest points, the LORD gave me a verse which comforted me and reassured me, and to this day, this verse is very near and dear to my heart. In Isaiah 49:15-16, the Lord says, “Can a mother forget her nursing child?… Yes, she might, but I have not forgotten you… I have you engraved on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”¬†¬†This is how I understood what He was saying to me through this verse:

1. “Can a mother forget her nursing child?”¬†– Naturally, the answer to this question would be a resounding, “No.” ¬†We all know how attached a mother is to her newborn baby, and so we understand the significance of this question. But…

2. “Yes, she might,”¬†– Although it would seem impossible for a mother to forget or abandon her newborn child, it has happened, as unbelievable as it would seem, sadly, it has been the case for some mothers. But…

3. “I have not forgotten you”¬†– God is saying that His love and care for us is even greater than a mother’s love. Infinitely greater. How so?…

4. “I have you engraved on the palms of my hands”¬†– Here, I pictured the palms of my Savior’s Hands, which still bear the nail scars, pierced for me… And then…

5. “Your walls are continually before me.”¬† My situation and all that surrounds me, is continually before Him! Oh, Glory to God!!

Here it is in a nutshell…

God loves you, more than you can imagine, He has not forgotten you, and ¬†your situation is continually, always, before Him… Hold on. :)

 

In Times Of Trial

“…We have an ¬†Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous…”¬†I John 2:1

“God will not be absent when His people are on trial; he will stand in court as their advocate, to plead on their behalf.¬†” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ÄďCharles Haddon Spurgeon

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am very happy, and honored, to receive the Versatile Blogger Award!

Thanks so much, to forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com, for nominating me! It’s a wonderful surprise, and I consider it a great honor. I like the definition for versatile which means, “able to move freely in all directions.” That’s how I feel about blogging. I enjoy moving freely in all directions! Whether it’s sharing a story, posting scriptural quotes, or simply surfing through a variety of ¬†topics on other blogs, I love the versatility that comes with being a blogger! ¬†I’m still getting the hang of this award business, so I’ll try my best to meet the guidelines. ¬†Here are 7 things about me, along with a list of very versatile bloggers, that I would like to nominate:

Seven Things About Me: (I’ll try to be versatile!) :)

1. Pink and Green are my favorite colors.

2.¬†I love football and I’m a Pittsburg Steelers fan, along with my whole family. “Steeler Nation!!”

3. I love  Greek, Mexican, and Caribbean foods. Yum.

4. I like old classic films. But not the boring ones!  :)

5. I love playing Scrabble and “Words with Friends”

6. I love visiting Science and History museums, (I guess I’m kind of a nerd!)

7.  I drive a Jeep and Jeeps are my favorite. Very cool, and perfect for hauling all of my gardening stuff. :)

Here are some very versatile bloggers: ( These are just a few of the many that I enjoy!)

1. Francine In Retirement francineinretirement.wordpress.com¬†“Beautiful photographs, inspiring, fun blog ; always something new!”

2. Jump out of the Box jumpoutthebox.wordpress.com¬†“Intriguing photography blog, Christian insights, oozes creativity! Lovely!”

3. Mere Inkling mereinkling.wordpress.com¬†“I love history, and here’s a blog where history and writing meet in an amazing way!”

4. Walk Good joshfults.com¬†“I love this phrase, Walk Good, this blog is based on Ephesians 5:15; great perspective. Excellent read!”

5. Terry 1954¬†terry1954.wordpress.com¬†“Inspirational stories, based on everyday experiences; warm, from the heart. Genuine!”

6. A Winsome Journey awinsomejourney.wordpress.com¬†” A blog filled with imagination and creativity; dare to dream. Refreshing!”

7. Winds of Time babydogogos.wordpress.com¬†“A comfy quilt type of blog, with stories that make you smile!” :)

Thanks again to, forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com and, I’d also like to give a “shout out” to those of you, who follow and comment on my blog!…¬†You’re the Best! :)

A Bright Future

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

Thankful today, for the peace and assurance of knowing, that my life,… today, tomorrow,and forever, is in His Hands.

Have a Blessed day!

Confidence

“…This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us; And if we understand that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” ¬†I John 5:14-15

 

The Sunshine Award!

I am very happy, and honored to receive the blogger’s Sunshine Award !

My sincere and ¬†heartfelt thanks goes out to NanaDoll, ¬†http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this beautiful award! I absolutely love blogging, and haven’t been at it for long, so this is all still very new for me. ¬†It’s my first award with requirements attached, and I’ve been working on meeting them for a little while now, so here we go!

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

  • Include the award‚Äôs logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

 About Me: 

 1. I am very happily married to my college sweetheart.

2. We have three miracle children, (that doctors said we’d never have!) :)

3. I’ve experienced many miracles of healing in my life.

4. I love the Lord.  He is my strength, my source of  joy and all things wonderful in this life.

5. I love lots of different kinds of music, and I play 3 instruments.

6. I enjoy writing, and I love blogging!

7. I enjoy cooking, homemaking, and gardening.

8. I enjoy English Literature. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are my favorites!

9. I enjoy eating organic foods, and I’m “practically” ¬†vegetarian. :)

10. I enjoy cycling, and other outdoor activities, with family and friends.

Here are a “baker’s” dozen of blogs that I am passing this award on to. They’re like” Sunshine!” Check them out, I’m sure you’ll agree!

1. http:/fourleaves92.wordpress.com

2. http:/artbycamila.wordpress.com

3. http:/washedfeet.wordpress.com

4. http:/365daysofpraising.wordpress.com

5. http:/savannahssong.wordpress.com

6.  http:/refusingtotiptoe.com

7. http:/birdmartin.wordpress.com

8. http:/traveldestinationbucketlist.com

9. http:/frommyfrontstep.wordpress.com

10. http:/todayiprayed.wordpress.com

11. http:/changedbyhim0510.wordpress.com

12.http:/matthew1625.com

13. http:/tracielouisephotography.net

These are all wonderful blogs, and there are so many more that I would have liked to mention. Some have already received this award, but I still hate leaving anyone out, so this was a little difficult for me. I’d also like to send out a very special “thank you” to those who follow and comment on my blog. I’m humbled by your interest, and you too, are like “Sunshine” to me!

Smiles and Blessings.  РFaith

Under The Mulberry Tree

¬†“Quietly waiting and listening, anticipating a blessing.”

There is a story found in 2 Samuel, chapter 5:17 –¬†25, where David has just been anointed king over Israel, and when all of the Philistines heard this, they set out to fight against him in battle. The bible says that the Philistines “spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim”, and here’s what I love about David; he always asks the Lord first before he does anything!¬†( I would love to go much deeper on this subject, but that’s another post, so please stay tuned!) ¬†The bible says that “…David enquired of the LORD, saying “Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt Thou deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.”¬† So David went to battle with the Philistines, the LORD was with him, and he defeated them.

Not long after this the Philistines regrouped, and returned to attack David again. You would think that David would just “take them on” in confidence, knowing that God was with him before. and so naturally he would be victorious again, but no. David again enquired of the LORD, and it’s a good thing too,because this time the LORD had different battle plan in mind for him. (This is so exciting I can hardly wait to write it!!)

God told David that he was not to use the same strategy to defeat the Philistines as he did last time. This time, he was to come up from behind them, waiting in ambush under the mulberry trees… The LORD said “… When you hear the sound of a rustling in the tops of the mulberry trees, get ready to attack, for then shall the ¬†LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” And David did as the LORD commanded him; and smote the Philistines…” AWESOME!!!

This is so exciting! It was actually as if God Himself was in the trenches with David, and from the heavens, He would “tickle” the tops of the mulberry trees, to signal David that He was with him,¬†and would go before him, and¬†would give him the victory!

Just imagine David and his troops, quietly waiting and listening, in anticipation for God to do something great on their behalf. Now, imagine yourself in the same position…

“Quietly waiting and listening, anticipating a blessing!”¬†God Bless You. :)

Faith Unlimited

Taking the limits off our faith, releases unlimited possibilities…

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” ¬†Mark 10:27

King of Kings Friendship Award

“What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and grief to bear,

What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer.

Oh, What peace we often forfeit,

Oh, What needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry, Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?

 Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged‚ÄĒTake it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.

I am honored, blessed, and humbled to have recieved this award.- Thank you Francine for your nomination, and for the inspiration your blog has been for me and so many others!  :)

There Is A Fountain

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;

And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;

And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;

And there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.

Wash all my sins away, wash all my sins away;

And there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power

Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;

Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,

Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;

Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.”

“Thank you Lord Jesus for your precious sacrifice.”

The Seven Last Words

Beautiful post, and so appropriate for today. As you read, may you be enlightened, encouraged, and blessed!

Redeemed

The Seven Last ‚ÄúWords‚ÄĚ of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.¬† To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words.¬† The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely ‚ÄúEli, Eli, lama sabacthani‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMy God, My God, why have you forsaken me,‚ÄĚ which is actually a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22.


The First Word
When they came to the place called ‚ÄúThe Skull‚ÄĚ, they nailed Jesus to the cross there, and the two criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said ‚ÄúForgive them‚Ķ

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“Remember Me”

“And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:19-20

There are many traditions, holidays, and ceremonies, that we observe and hold in remembrance, and many of them in the name of Christianity. We celebrate birthdays, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, and that’s fine, they are special days, and it’s good to celebrate, but there is one thing that the Lord has asked us to observe, in remembrance of Him, and the sacrifice that He made to redeem us, saying, “Do this as oft as you will, in remembrance of me.”¬† II Corinthians 11:25

As we remember the last supper today, we are also reminded of Christ’s sacrificial love for all of us…We are reminded of His tremendous suffering, and the price that He paid to save us, and that by His grace, through faith, we are saved. Thank you, Jesus.

In Three Days

” Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”Then said the Jews, “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou build it up in three days?” But He spake of the temple of His body.” ¬†John¬†2:19-21

Temple Cleansed

This is holy week, and each day this week, I’d planned to post a scripture or quote about this very special time, but today, after posting the verse on “Jesus The Cornerstone”, I thought about of how Jesus cleansed the temple, and I wanted to write on something more… ¬†I started thinking about how, once we commit our lives to Christ, our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit.

David prayed in Psalm 51 saying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” He asked the LORD to come in and cleanse his temple… (Create in me a clean heart), and once his temple, was cleansed, he wanted the LORD to renew a right spirit within him.

This week, as I remember the events leading up to the crucifixion, I reflect on how Christ “cleansed the temple”, and how, because of His love, and by His blood, I too have been made clean, and by His Holy Spirit, a right spirit is renewed within me.

Thank You, Lord Jesus.

Much Fruit

And Jesus said,… “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except one kernel of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth¬†forth much fruit.” ¬†– John¬†12:24

Hosanna In The Highest

“And they brought the colt to Jesus, and put their garments on Him; and He sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the road: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried saying, HOSANNA; BLESSED IS HE THAT COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD… Hosanna in the highest.” Mark 11:7-10