“The Heart”

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“God is far less interested in our activities and accomplishments as He is in knowing the character of our being,” -TLV

“For the Lord sees not as man sees… the Lord looks on the heart.”

-1 Samuel 16:7

We Praise Your Glorious Name!

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“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.

Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;

You are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from You;
You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give You thanks,
and praise Your glorious name.”

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

The God Of All My Days

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“I came to You with my heart in pieces

And found a God with healing in His hands

I turn to You, leave everything behind me

And found the God that makes all things new

I look to You, drowning in my questions

And found the God who holds all wisdom

I trusted You, I stepped out on the ocean

You calm my hand among the waves

‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take You made a way

And I will give You all my praise

My seasons change, You stay the same

You’re the God of all my days

In my worry, God You are my stillness.

In my searching, God You are the answer.
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In  my weakness, God You are my power
You’re the God of all my days.
Each step I take, You’ve made a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days.”
 – from “God of All My Days” by Casting Crowns
Lyrics- John Mark Hall and Jason Ingram

“O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus”

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 Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To your glorious rest above…
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus
‘Tis Heaven of Heavens to me
And it lifts me up to glory
For it lifts me up to Thee
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus
Spread His praise from shore to shore
How He loves us, ever loves us,
Changes never, nevermore
 Song By Audrey Assad

“Be Not Conformed to This World…”

Should Believers in Christ Do Yoga?

“…Come out from among them and be separate, says ADONAI. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in. I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says ADONAI- Tzva’ot.”

– 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

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“If you died with Messiah to the basic principles of the world, why – as though living in the world – do you subject yourselves to their rules? Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”

Colossians 2:20-21

Living Your “Blessed Life” Now

“I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” – John 10:10 TLV

 

For Believers, “living  your best life now” is not found in this world or it’s ways. Our best life is yet to come for an eternity of days. But we can absolutely and most assuredly live our “blessed life” right now!

Jesus said,

“I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” – John 10:10 TLV

This is the blessed life, the abundant life, the “I get to walk with Jesus everyday and experience His love and goodness!” life.

Praise God!

Psalms 23:6 says,

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,(that’s now!)

and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!(that’s for eternity!)

So with that,

We can happily say, with peace and assurance, “I’m living my blessed life now!”

“Wait on the Lord…”

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“Wait! Wait!

Let your waiting be on the Lord! He is worth waiting for.

He never disappoints the waiting soul.

While waiting, keep up your spirits.

Expect a great deliverance, and be ready to praise God for it.

“He shall strengthen your heart”

– Charles Spurgeon

“Wait on the LORD; and be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart;

wait, I say, on the LORD.”

– Psalm 27:14

“If You Love Me”

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Jesus said: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

– John 14:15 TLV

“There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God.”

– D.L. Moody

The Heart of Worship

“I will seek You in the morning. In the morning ADONAI, You will hear my voice…” (See Genesis 19:27)

I’m coming back to the heart of worship,

and it’s all about You

It’s all about You, Jesus.

I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it,

’cause it’s all about You

It’s all about You Jesus.

-Lyrics from “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman

Humility

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, like a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, Who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfectstablish, strengthen, settle you.”

“To Him be Glory and Dominion Forever and Ever. Amen.”

I Peter 5:6-11

“Yes” and “Amen”

“Apply His promises to the problem and there’ll be no problem.”

 

“For all the promises of God in Him are “Yes”, and in Him “Amen”, to the glory of God through us.”

-2 Corinthians 1:20

“HALLELUJAH!” and “Amen.”

“A New Thing”

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“Do not remember the former things,

nor consider things of the past.

Here I am,

doing a new thing;

Now it is springing up…”

– Isaiah 43:18 TLV

Because of Who You Are

Who am I

That the Lord of all the earth

Would care to know my name

Would care to feel my hurt?

Who am I

That the Bright and Morning Star

Would choose to light the way

For my ever wandering heart?

Who am I

That the eyes that see my sin

Would look on me with love

and watch me rise again?

Who am I

The the voice that calmed the sea

Would call out through the rain

And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am,

But because of what You’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done,

But because of Who You are.

“I am a flower quickly fading.

Here today and gone tomorrow.

A wave tossed in the ocean.

A vapor in the wind.

Still You

Hear me when I’m calling

Lord, You catch me when I’m falling

And You’ve told me who I am

I am Yours… I am Yours.”

“Who Am I?”- lyrics by Mark Hall; song by Casting Crowns

 

Thanks Be To God!

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” …Thanks be to God who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!”

– 1 Corinthians 15:57

“Eternal Life, Eternal Joy!”

“Look, He is coming in the clouds and every eye shall see Him…”  -Revelation 1:7

“Jesus is all the world to me;

I want no better friend.

I trust Him now; I’ll trust Him when

Life’s fleeting days shall end.

Beautiful life with such a Friend;

Beautiful life that has no end!

Eternal life, eternal joy,

He’s my Friend.”

Hymn – “Jesus Is All The World To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“True To Him I’ll Be”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

And true to Him I”ll be.

Oh, how could I this Friend deny

When He’s so true to me?

Following Him I know I’m right;

He watches o’er me day and night.

Following Him by day and night,

He’s my Friend.”

 

Hymn – “Jesus Is All The World To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“He’s My Friend”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My friend in trials sore.

I go to Him for blessings, and

He gives them o’er and o’er.

He sends the sunshine and the rain;

He sends the harvest’s golden grain:

Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain–

He’s my Friend.”

 

Hymn- “Jesus Is All The Word To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“Jesus Is All The World To Me”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My life, my joy, my all.

He is my strength from day to day;

Without Him I would fall.

When I am sad, to Him I go;

No other one can cheer me so.

When I am sad, He makes me glad;

He’s my Friend.”

 

-Hymn -“Jesus is All The World to Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

With Thanksgiving

“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also.

The sea is His… He made it: and His Hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Psalm 95:1-6

Harvest of Joy

“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion,

We were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations,

The LORD has done great things for them.

The LORD has done great things for us; and we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Psalm 126:1-5

“There Is None Like You”

There is none like You…

No one else can touch my heart like You do,

I could search for all eternity long and find

There is none, there is none

There is none like You.  -Michael W. Smith

“LORD, there is no one like You!

For You are great, and Your Name is full of power.

Who would not fear You, O King of nations?

That title belongs to You alone!

Among all the wise people of the earth

and in all the kingdoms of the world,

there is no one like You.”

Jeremiah 10:6-7

“I Love It Here”

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“Lord, I love the house where You live, the place where Your glory dwells.”

Psalm 26:8

“His Way Is Perfect”

“As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:

He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

It is God that girdes me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up,

… thy gentleness hath made me great.”

Psalm 18:30-35

The Peace of God

Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Write the Vision, Watch it Happen”

“Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:

though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3

“Seasons Change…”

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“… but the word of our God will stand forever.”

– Isaiah 40:8

Rest Assured

To trust in God means that He is our confidence; our minds are at rest, as we rely on His word, His integrity, His veracity, His faithfulness, and His unfailing love.

We don’t often hear stories about King Hezekiah, but he is one of my favorite examples of trusting in God. II Kings 18:5, says that Hezekiah trusted God like no other king before or after him.. What a wonderful way to be remembered, as someone who truly trusted in God. In the face of danger, at the threat of war from Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and even after the prophet Isaiah warned him that he would soon die, Hezekiah prayed to God, trusted Him to hear and answer, and God delivered him every time!

King Hezekiah’s sincere, unshakable, trust in God, serves as a great encouragement and example for us today, as we face life’s trials and difficulties. Like him, we too can be assured, that God cares, He hears our prayers,He sees our tears, and will not fail to deliver us, as we place our trust in Him.

“Sometimes… You Gotta Fight!”

“…Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

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“Put on the whole armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

“…Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and

Put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom.

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able

to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

_ Ephesians 6:10-17

 

“All The Way, Along The Way”

“…Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

Do not be discouraged, or dismayed,

for the LORD your God will be with you 

wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9

“Beloved”

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“I will call those who were not My people, “My people,”

and I will call her who was not beloved “Beloved.”

and it shall be that in the place where it was said to them,

“You are not My people,”

There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

“…Yes, I have loved you

with an everlasting love…”

 Romans 9:25-26 and Jeremiah 31:2

“Trees of God”

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” – Psalm 92:12

“Palms and Cedars are “trees of the Lord,” and it is by His care that they flourish. So it is with the saints of the Lord: they are His own care.

These trees are evergreen and are beautiful in all seasons. Believers are not sometimes holy and sometimes ungodly; they stand in the beauty of the Lord under all weathers. The followers of Jesus are the observed of all observers; like a city set on a hill, they cannot be hid.

The child of God flourishes like a palm tree, which pushes all its strength upward.

It has no growth to the right or left, but sends all its force heavenward and bears its fruit as near the sky as possible.

The cedar braves all storms and grows near the eternal snows, the Lord Himself filling it with a sap that keeps its heart warm and its bough strong.

Lord, so let it be with me.”

-Charles Spurgeon

My Future is Laid in Your Promise

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“I am Your child, beloved.

And all of my days

My future is laid in Your promise

Jesus,

To the end of the age

I am not alone or forgotten

So I will not worry or fret

My God is the God who will never forget

All of His goodness and all of His promises

He’s holding my world in His hands”

 

Lyrics Excerpt from “Holding My World” -by Kristian Stanfill

 

Following By Faith

Faith never knows where

it is being led,

but it loves and knows

the One who is leading.

– Oswald Chambers

There Is No Peace In “Mindfulness”

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind, leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

“There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God.”

– D.L. Moody

“Jesus is The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

“May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way…”

– 2 Thessalonians 3:16

WHO IS LIKE THE LORD!?

“Who is like the LORD?….. NOBODY!

Who is like the LORD?…..No- no-no-no-no- NOBODY!

If God is for us?

Who can be against us?

He will keep His promise.

There’s nobody like Him, NOBODY LIKE HIM!

What can separate us from the love of Jesus?

He will keep His promise!

There’s nobody like Him, NOBODY LIKE HIM!

There is none in heaven or earth like You. There is none in heaven or earth like You!

Lord we declare, who can compare?

Who would even dare?

THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU!!!!!

Who is like the LORD?

No-no-no-no-no NOBODY!”

Praise and Worship Song, “Who is Like The Lord” -by Israel Houghton

“And I say “Hallelujah!!! and Amen!!!” to that.

“All The Days of My Life”

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“And even to your old age I am He; and even to gray hairs will I carry you: I have made and I will bear; even I will carry, and deliver you.”  

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” 

Isaiah 46:4 and Psalm 23:6

Let My Soul Look Up

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I am Thine, O Lord

I have heard Thy voice

And it told Thy love to me

But I long to rise

In the arms of faith

And be closer drawn to Thee

Consecrate me now

To Thy service Lord

By the power of grace divine.

Let my soul look up

with a steadfast hope

And my will be lost in Thine

 

Hymn- “I am Tine, O Lord” – by Fanny Crosby / W.H.Doane

Like Dew

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May teaching tickle like rain,

My speech distill like dew —

Like gentle rain on new grass,

Like showers on tender plants.

For I proclaim ADONAI’s Name,

Ascribe greatness to our God!

From the “Song of Moses” – Deuteronomy 32:2-3

All The Way, Everyday

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All the way my Savior leads me;

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy

Who through life has been my Guide

Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,

Here by faith in Him to dwell

For I know whate’er befall me

Jesus doeth all things well.

Yes, I know whate’er befall me

Jesus doeth all things well.

Hymn- “All The Way My Savior Leads Me” by Fanny Crosby

“Day by Day” — A Lamp & A Light

Isn’t This Beautiful!

Blessed be my Lord! Day by day He bears our burdens- the God of our salvation! Selah -Psalm 68:20

via Day by Day — A Lamp & A Light

 

“Love So Amazing, So Divine”

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 “When I survey the wondrous cross     On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain I count but loss      And pour contempt on all my pride

Were every realm of nature mine    My gift would still be far too small

Love so amazing, so divine

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Hymn- “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

“Pressed Down, Shaken Together”

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“Give, and it shall be given to you– a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap.” – Luke 6:38

“O Yes, He Cares”

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained

Too deeply for happiness and song;

As the burdens press, And the cares distress,

And the way grows weary and long?

O Yes, He cares, I know He cares! His heart is touched with my grief;

Though the days are weary, The long nights dreary,

I know my Savior cares… O Yes, My Savior cares!”

 

Hymn- “Does Jesus Care?” –By J. Lincoln Hall and F.E. Graeff

“You First”

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“Humility can be summed up in just two words… “You first.””

“Like A Mighty Stream”

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“The Bible verse that Dr. Martin Luther King quoted most often was Amos 5:24,

“But let justice roll down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

The prophet Amos was saying,

(As most of the Hebrew prophets were saying)

that what God wants is justice and right living rather than religious ceremonies for their own sake.”

Quote from: Steve Hollaway@Harbor Church

“What Does the Bible Say?…”

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“Rescue those being dragged off to death,

Hold back those stumbling to slaughter.”

“If you say, “Look, we didn’t know this.”

Won’t He who weighs hearts perceive it?

Won’t He who guards your soul know it?

Won’t He repay each one according to his deeds?”

Partiality in judgement is not good.

Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent,”

People curse him

And nations revile him.

But for those who convict the guilty

There will be delight– good blessing will come upon them.”

-Proverbs 24:11-12 and 23-25 Tree of Life Version

 

“What Does God Require?”

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“He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what ADONAI is seeking from you:

Only to practice justice,

to love mercy, and to

walk humbly with your God.”

– Micah 6:8 TLV

“A Time and A Season”

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“To everything there is a season,  A time for every purpose under heaven.”

-Ecclesiastes 3:1

“As You Love Yourself”

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And Jesus answered…

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12:29-31

All My Days

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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.”

-Psalm 23:6

Winter is Past

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“See! The winter is past… the season of singing is here.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:11,12

Fear Not.

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“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

-2 Timothy 1:7

“Suit Up”

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Put on the Armor of God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm then!

Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom (peace).

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

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

Pray in the Ruach (Spirit) on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim (saints).”

Ephesians 6:10-18 – (TLV) Tree of Life Version

Standing Firm Through The Storm

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“To learn strong faith, is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.”

– George Mueller

Depths of Love, Heights of Joy

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“There are depths of love

That I cannot know

Til I cross the narrow sea;

There are heights of joy

That I may not reach

Til I rest in peace with Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side.”

 

Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane

Pure Delight

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“O the pure delight of a single hour, that before Thy throne I spend,

When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee my God,

I commune as friend with Friend!”

Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – by Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane

Let My Soul Look Up…

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“I am Thine O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,

And it told Thy love to me;

But I long to rise in the arms of faith,

And be closer drawn to Thee.

Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord,

By the power of grace divine;

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

And my will be lost in Thine.”

 

Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane

 

Since Before The World Began

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“In the beginning… the Spirit of God hovered over the waters…”

“… I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Therefore, with loving kindness,

I have drawn you.” 

“He chose us in Christ,

[actually selected us for Himself as His own]

Before the world began…” 

 -Genesis 1:2 – Jeremiah 31:3 – Ephesians 4:1

 

 

God Will Wipe All Tears Away

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“Tho’ the clouds may hover over us, There’s a bright and golden ray,

It’s the promise that in heaven God shall wipe all tears away.

No more sorrow, no more weeping, Peace and joy will hold full sway,

For beside life’s crystal river, God shall wipe all tears away.

Every care will be forgotten, All our burdens we shall lay,

Safe within the walls of jasper, God shall wipe all tears away.

O the joy of meeting Jesus, Mortal tongue cannot portray,

But we know when we behold Him, God shall wipe all tears away.”

Hymn- “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away” by Antonio L. Haskell

“My Lord ADONAI will wipe away tears from every face…” He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes…”

– Isaiah 25:8- Revelation 21:4

Greater Than>>>>

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“Father God,

I thank You

that

Your Truth

is

Greater than

my difficulties.”

Good Days Ahead

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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, and I will dwell in the House of ADONAI forever.”

Psalm 23:6

A New Year, Another Lap

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“Let us run the race with endurance

the race that is set before us,

focusing on Yeshua,

the initiator and perfecter of faith…”

Hebrews 12:1-2 ~Tree of Life Version

 

 

Weather-beaten

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Count it all joy… when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” – James 1:2

“…Boast in suffering — knowing that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character hope.” – Romans 5:3-4

“For I consider the sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will — let them trust their souls to a faithful Creator while continuing to do good.” – 1 Peter 4:19

“After you have suffered awhile, the God of grace– who has called you into His eternal glory in Messiah– will Himself restore, support,strengthen, and establish you.

-1 Peter 5:10

“Handed Over, Raised Up”

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“He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right.” – Romans 4:25

“You Belong To Me”

“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name,

You are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus

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 Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of Your love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To your glorious rest above…
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus
‘Tis Heaven of Heavens to me
And it lifts me up to glory
For it lifts me up to Thee
Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus
Spread His praise from shore to shore
How He loves us, ever loves us,
Changes never, nevermore
 Song By Audrey Assad

I Do, Don’t You?

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I know a great Savior, I do; don’t you? I live by His favor, I do; don’t you?

For grace I implore Him, I worship before Him, I love and adore Him, I do; don’t you?

I need Him to lead me, I do; don’t you? Heaven’s manna to feed me, I do; don’t you?

Whatever betide me, I need Him beside me, In mercy to hide me, I do; don’t you?

I love to be near Him, I do; don’t you? He speaks and I hear Him, I do; don’t you?

For me He is caring, The cross I am bearing, I love Him for sharing, I do; don’t you?

I want Him to use me, I do; don’t you; For service to choose me, I do; don’t you?

I want Him to bless me, To own and confess me, Completely possess me, I do; don’t you?

Hymn- “I Do, Don’t You?” by E.O. Exill and M. Miller

 

Christ The Lord is Risen Indeed

Jesus said… “I am the resurrection,  and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall  he live.”– John 11:25

A Good Friday for You and for Me

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“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;

and with His stripes we are healed.”

– Isaiah 53:5

 

In Remembrance of 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. We are reminded that by His grace, through faith, we are saved.

Thank you, Jesus.♥

Satisfied

“God is most glorified in us,

When we,

Are most satisfied,

In Him.”

– John Piper

Wise Men, Gifts, and a Star

God rest ye merry gentlemen; Let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ our Savior, was born upon this day!

To save us all from satan’s power, when we were gone astray.

Oh- O, tidings of comfort and joy.

Comfort and joy!

Oh- O, tidings of comfort and joy.

We three kings of Orient are. Bearing gifts, we traverse afar.

Field and fountain, moor, and mountain,

Following yonder Star!

Oh- O, Star of wonder, Star of night, Star with royal beauty bright!

Westward leading still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again,

King forever, ceasing never, Over us all to reign.

Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a Deity nigh

Prayer and praising, All men raising, Worship Him, God on High.

Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume, Breathes a life of gathering gloom,

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying

Sealed in the cold stone tomb.

Glorious now, behold  Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice.

Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!!

Peals thru the earth and skies.

Oh- O Star of wonder Star of night, Star with Royal beauty bright!

Westward leading, Still proceeding

Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

 

-William Hone/John Hopkins

From: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “We Three Kings”

 

 

 

 

 

I Love This Story! Please Read It

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religious holidays like Christmas. His wife however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and, His Son, Jesus, The Christ, despite her husband’s disparaging comments…

One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused.  “That story is nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.  He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then another thump. He looked out, but couldn’t see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window. In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese.

Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.

The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a breadcrumb trail leading to the barn. They still didn’t catch on.

Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.

“Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed. “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?”  He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human. “If only I were a goose, then I could save them,” he said out loud.

Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese.  He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn–and one by one the other geese followed it to safety.

He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: “If only I were a goose, then I could save them!” Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. “Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!”

Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the geese–blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son Jesus, to become like us so He could show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized.

As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ, the Messiah had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: “Thank You, Jesus, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!”

Author Unknown

Lesson from “A Christmas Carol”🕯

“Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”- Charles Dickens

“And this is the condemnation, that Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light…”-John 3:19

“But even old Scrooge came around, and let the light shine on his ways” :)

Clinging Close

“Just to be close,…  and cling to You, ADONAI, is enough.” -F.C.

About Doubt🤔

This is brilliant!

“Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.”

– Greg Laurie

Shall Supply

This morning,

I checked with Google to find a Bible verse, (it IS the quickest way, you know!😊).

I hit the search bar and typed only two words, that’s right just two words:

 “shall supply“. 

I was hoping that the scripture address that I was looking for would pop right up

and, to my happiness,… IT DID!!!

In fact,  it was the first site on the page.

See? Even Google recognizes what these two words refer to!

And I’m sure you do too.

… “My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”

– Philippians 4:19

“At the top of the page… online, and in our hearts.”

Trust In God.

❤️

Be Still My Soul🕊

Be still my soul-

The Lord is on your side!

Leave to your God

To order and provide-

Be still my soul-

Your best, your heavenly Friend

Thru thorny ways

Leads to a joyful end.

– Jean Sibelius

Glory To God In The Highest

“… Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;

You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2

Caged Bird Free

My stubborn will at last has yielded,

I would be Thine,  and Thine alone

And this the prayer my lips are bringing,

Lord, let in me Thy will be done.

Thy  precious will, O conquering Savior,

Doth now embrace and compass me;

All discords hushed, my peace a river,

 

My soul a prisoned bird set free.

Sweet will of God

Still fold me closer,

Till I am wholly lost in Thee.

 

-“Sweet Will of God” by Mrs. C.H. Morris

 

Blessed Quietness 


Blessed quietness 

Holy quietness 

What assurance in my soul

On the stormy sea

He speaks peace to me

And the billows cease to roll

– Manie Payne Fergusen 

A New Day

If life seems at its lowest ebb, because a day’s gone wrong,

 

Let not your heart be troubled, for a new day soon will dawn.

And we can never be quite sure, just what it has in store,

Since each one is so different, than the one just gone before.

As it penetrates the darkness, with its soft and tranquil beams,

It calms even the most restless soul, and brings new hopes and dreams.

So when a day’s been troubled, and the night is dark and long,

Lift up your fallen spirits, for a new day soon will dawn.

-Anonymous

Season of Showers

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“… I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing;

and I will cause the shower to come down in his season;

there shall be

Showers of Blessing.”

Ezekiel 34:26

In The Boat With Us

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples,Image result for stormy sea

“Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

So they took Jesus in the boat and started out,

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea,

Insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:

But Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat…

 His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying,

Lord,… “Carest thou not that we perish?”

And He saith unto them,

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea;

And there was a great calm.

But the men marveled, saying,

What manner of man is this,

That even the winds and the sea obey Him!”

Matthew 8:25 and Mark 4:38

-As we “cross to the other side”, through the storms and trials of life,

Jesus cares.

He is “in the boat” with us.

He cares

and He will calm the sea.”

Quietly Waiting

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“Let all that I am

wait quietly before God,

for my expectation

is from Him.”

Psalm 62:5

Don’t Worry

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“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Genesis 22:14

O God, Our Help

“O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home,” -Isaac Watts

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

I Stand in Awe

“You are beautiful beyond description

Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depth of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due

I stand, I stand in awe of You.”

-Hillsong

Heaven is for Real

Because Jesus said so;

“Let not your heart be troubled:

Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions:

If it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again, and receive you unto myself;

That where I am, there ye may be also,”

John 14:1-3

Joyful Noise

“Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born King

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic host proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born king!”

 

Charles Wesley

I Love This Story! Please Read It

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religious holidays like Christmas. His wife however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and, His Son, Jesus, The Christ, despite her husband’s disparaging comments…

One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused.  “That story is nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.  He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then another thump. He looked out, but couldn’t see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window. In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese.

Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.

The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a breadcrumb trail leading to the barn. They still didn’t catch on.

Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.

“Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed. “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?”  He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human. “If only I were a goose, then I could save them,” he said out loud.

Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese.  He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn–and one by one the other geese followed it to safety.

He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: “If only I were a goose, then I could save them!” Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. “Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!”

Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the geese–blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son Jesus, to become like us so He could show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized.

As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ, the Messiah had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: “Thank You, Jesus, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!”

Author Unknown

Season of Light- What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holiday

Bundle up: Wednesday marks the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the day with the fewest hours of sunlight for the whole year. And in a few days, two holidays celebrating light will take place during the darkest time of year, when Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve. The last time that this exact…

via What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays — TIME

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God…

“…Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given:…and His Name shall be called

Wonderful,

Counselor,

The mighty God,

The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Perfect Light

“Star of wonder, Star of night,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading,  Still proceeding.

Guide us to thy

Perfect Light

-John Hopkins Jr.

Morning by Morning

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been,Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

-Thomas Chisholm

Through Trials

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.

Only through experiences of trial and suffering

Can the soul be strengthened,

Vision cleared,

ambition inspired,

and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

O Give Thanks

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever.”

Psalm 136:10

Dancing

” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing:

You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. 

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You, and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

You Can Count On It

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You can count on God’s Word.

If God said it, you can count on it to come to pass.

His Word is absolutely trustworthy.

God never breaks His Word.

In Him there are no broken promises.

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind.”

“Does He speak and then not act?”

“Does He promise and not fulfill? “

Numbers 23:19 

Happy!

“…Whosoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”

Proverbs 16:20

Like Jabez

The bible says that Jabez, a descendant of Judah, was “more honorable than his brothers”and even though his mother named him Jabez (which means pain), he called out to the LORD and God heard him and gave him what he requested. 

This is not a story about getting everything we want, it’s actually an example that there’s always hope when we pray because no matter what we’ve been through, or what we’ve been called, as children of God, we have His eye.

 Jabez may not be as well known as Abraham or Moses but that’s just the point!  God’s love is there for the “little guys”too and the story of Jabez  reminds us that in Christ, each of us is special and uniquely significant. He cares for us and will answer when we pray.

“Jabez  called out to the God of Israel, saying,

“If only You would greatly bless me, and enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me,

and keep me from harm, so that I might not suffer pain.”

And God granted what he asked.” 

 I Chronicles 4:10-TLV

Elected

“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Ephesians 1:4

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”  I Peter 2:9

“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it to you.” John 15:16

After The Rain

“Turn you to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will restore double unto you;”

Zechariah 9:12

“And… the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job 42:10

In Oceans Deep

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise… My soul will rest in your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and you won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

-Hillsong  “Oceans”


Awesome!

God is AWESOME!!!

Shielded by Favor

“Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:

Let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou surround him

As with a shield.”

Psalm 5:11-12

Anticipation

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.”

Psalm 62:5

Love Is…

“Love is patient, Love is kind…

Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

It does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

 It does not rejoice about injustice

But rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

 Love never gives up, Never loses faith,

Is always hopeful, and endures

Through every circumstance…”

“Love never fails”

I Corinthians 13: 4-7

In The Silence

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“You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry,”

Psalm 10:17

“And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry…

And I am come down to deliver them.”

Exodus 3:7-8

Fountain of Every Blessing


  • Image result for living water Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount!I’m fixed upon it, mount of Thy redeeming love. Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by Thy help I’m come; and I hope, by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood. O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, LORD,take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
  • -Robert Robinson

The Barometer

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“Circumstances are not the barometer of God’s love and goodness – the cross is.”

“Do you feel as though God isn’t answering your prayers?  Are you tempted to doubt His love and goodness?

When I feel this way, I have to remind myself that my circumstances aren’t the barometer of God’s love and goodness—the cross is. He has shown His love and how good He is by giving His only Son Jesus to die for our sin. We can’t rely on our feelings. But day by day as we choose to trust Him more, we learn to believe with confidence that God is good—all the time.”

-Anne Cetas