Return to Laughter, Return to Joy

“When the¬†Lord¬†restored the fortunes of¬†Zion,

we were like those who dreamed,

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

 our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

¬†‚ÄúThe¬†Lord¬†has done great things for them.‚ÄĚ

The Lord has done great things for us,

 and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow with tears

 will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,

Will return with songs of joy,

¬†carrying sheaves with them.”

Psalm 126

St. Patrick’s Day

The true story of St. Patrick’s Day, is about a simple man of prayer, perseverance, faith, and ¬†a genuine concern for others.¬†I ¬†really like this story, and I hope that you will too! ‚ô£

Patrick, whose real name was Maewyn Succat, was not Irish, but English. He was born to a wealthy Christian family,  and as an early teen, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland to become a slave. His name was changed to Patrick. As a slave in Ireland, he witnessed the pagan practices of the Irish, but remained true to his Christian faith, and it is said that he prayed up to a 100 times a day.

One day Maewyn escaped and took the long journey back to his home in England. After many years, ¬†he developed a deep desire to return to Ireland as a missionary. He taught the people about God and advised them not trust in pagan superstitions. He used the three leafed clover, the shamrock, to explain the Trinity,‚ÄĚ Three in One‚ÄĚ, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland, and after 30 years of evangelism, he died on March 17,  461 AD. After his death he became known as St. Patrick and March 17th has been named a holiday in honor of him.

¬† St. Patrick‚Äôs Day is about the faith and sacrifice of a man who¬†shared his faith, and the love of God, with a nation…

and for that we remember him today!

I’ve Learned

Weeping may endure for a night

and I’ve learned¬†that the night

can be very long...

but then, I remember

that even though¬†it’s darkest before dawn,

“Joy comes in the morning”

And for that, I can hold on.”

-Faith Carr

Total Makeover

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

¬†Arise, and go down to the¬†potter’s house,…

there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.¬†And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make¬†it.

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,¬†O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD.”

“Behold, as the clay¬†is¬†in the potter’s hand, so¬†are¬†ye in mine hand...”

Jeremiah 18:1-6

Gospel of Grace

“The gospel of grace calls out:

“Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God.”

You must be convinced of this, trust it, and never forget to remember.

Everything else will pass away, but the love of Christ is the same

Yesterday, today, and forever.

Faith will become vision, hope will become possession, but

The love of Jesus Christ, that is stronger than death, endures forever.

In the end, it is the one thing you can hang onto,”

-Brennan Manning

First Love

“Happy Valentine’s Day! ¬†Here’s one of my favorite posts from the past! “

I met the man who was to become my husband when I was nineteen years old. At first no one took me seriously, because I had never been serious about anyone before. My closest friends teased me and joked that¬† this new relationship would probably only last for about two weeks¬†and then it would be over, because that’s how it had been for me up until then…

But this time was different.

My friends¬†soon became aware of the difference in me, as¬†I lit up whenever I talked about him, and talked about him constantly. I began spending less and less time with them,¬†and wanted to spend more and more time with him. When we¬†left campus,for our hometowns in different cities¬†during¬†holiday breaks¬†, I would miss him¬†terribly and¬† couldn’t wait to be with him again.¬†While at home on break, I would curl up in bed with my¬† mom each night and, like two girls at a slumber party, I’d tell her all about him, talking non-stop, all night long.

In Revelation 2:4-5,  Jesus says to the church at Ephesus,

¬†“... You have left your first love…repent and do the first works…”¬†¬†

I think about the first works or actions of a person experiencing¬†a first love, and I ask myself, “Am I still doing the first works?” Do I still light up whenever I talk about my Savior? Do I still¬† speak of Him constantly? Am I spending more time with Him than I do with less important activities? If I haven’t read my bible in a while, do I miss it? Could I stay up all night, talking and sharing about His¬†love and His faithfulness?

Asking these questions stirs my heart, renews enthusiasm, and awakens a fresh start.

“May the Lord reignite the spark that fueled our first works, and may we continue to rekindle our first love for Him,Who first loved us.”

Amen. ♥

My Heart is Fixed

“O¬†God,¬†my¬†heart¬†is¬†fixed¬†; I will¬†sing¬†and give¬†praise¬†, even with my¬†glory.” Psalm 108:1

“Praise ye the LORD.

Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever;

his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved;

he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away:¬†the desire of the wicked shall perish.”

Psalm 112

Quietly Wait

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope

It is of¬†¬†the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: Great is Thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him,

To the soul that seeks Him.

It is¬†good that¬†a man¬†should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

Lamentations 3:21-26 and Isaiah 30:15

Double For Your Trouble

“Forty percent of people surveyed, said that 2013 was not a good year for them, and many of us would agree, so here’s some good news, and I hope that your blessings are double and running over in the coming New Year! “- Faith¬†‚ô•

There isn’t anything that we go through, that hasn’t first been permitted by God. That may be a little hard to accept sometimes, but it‚Äôs true, and in the end we‚Äôll see that it was only allowed for our good‚Ķ But there‚Äôs more. When it‚Äôs all over, the Lord will bless you in such a way that you receive ‚Äúdouble for your trouble‚ÄĚ, and sometimes even more.

Remember when the LORD told Abraham, way back in the beginning before Sarah was even pregnant, that he would be the father of a huge nation and this nation would be slaves in a foreign land, and that they would be there for over 400 years, but He would deliver them with a mighty Hand and they would come out with great substance?( Meaning they would come out with great riches.) Well 400 years of slavery is a long time for people to spend working for no pay, and the bible says that the morning after the first Passover, the Egyptians just started giving the Hebrews anything they wanted and they ‚Äúspoiled‚ÄĚ the Egyptians. Psalm 105:37 says, ‚ÄúHe brought them forth also (out of Egypt), with silver and gold.‚ÄĚ ¬†And we all know the story of Job who, after he had so tremendously suffered, received twice as much of all that he had before.

Think about it. Hasn‚Äôt God brought you out of trouble and then blessed you? It could be that He blessed you monetarily, or restored your health, or blessed your family, or even blessed you with wisdom, in preparation for the blessings yet to come. In Isaiah 61:7, the LORD says,¬†‚ÄĚ For your shame you shall have double...‚ÄĚ and if God says it, that settles it!

So if you’re going through a rough time right now, be encouraged…

You’re gonna be blessed DOUBLE FOR YOUR TROUBLE!!!!

To The Rock

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee

When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me,

… a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:

I will trust in the covert of thy wings.”

Selah.

Psalm 61:4

Glory To God In The Highest

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.¬†And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.¬†And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.¬†For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.¬†And this¬†shall be¬†a sign unto you; Ye 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.”

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.¬†And when they had seen¬†it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.¬†And all they that heard¬†it¬†wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.¬†But Mary kept all these things, and pondered¬†them¬†in her heart.And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:8-29

Lesson From “A Christmas Carol”

“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”¬†–¬†Charles Dickens

“And this is the condemnation, that¬†Light is 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!” ¬†:)

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 his 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

The Greatest Gift

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given:¬†and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called¬†Wonderful,¬†Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father,¬†The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Suffering

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

 

 

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

Marvelous Light

“But ye¬†are¬†a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…”

I Peter 2:9

Especially For You

Today is a gift… That’s why it’s called the present!

“… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,

the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

I Corinthians 2:9

Blessed With Benefits

 

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and…

“Who forgives all your iniquities;

Who heals all your diseases;

Who redeems your life from destruction;

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfies your mouth with good things;

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103:2-5 

Poured Out

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after thee, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 42

Black Friday

We were “in the red“, and Jesus put us “in the black.”

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

George Bernard

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.

I Will Carry You

“Through the fire, Through the storm, Through the valley, Through the desert, Through it all.”

Through the Fire:”When thou passest through the waters, I¬†will be¬†with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

Isaiah 43:2

Through the Storm:“And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm…He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.”

Mark 4:39 and Psalm 107:29

Through the Valley:¬†“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for ¬†Thou¬†art¬†with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”

Psalm 23:4

Through the Desert:¬†“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth ; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.¬†“

Isaiah 43:19

Through it All:

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

Isaiah 46:4

Inseparable

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,

nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us

from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

My Strength, My Shield, My Song

“The Lord is¬†my¬†strength¬†and¬†my¬†shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with¬†my¬†song¬†will I praise Him.”

Psalm 28:7

Waiting on God

“Truly my soul waits upon God: from Him¬†comes¬†my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

They only consult to cast Him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

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

He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Also unto thee, O Lord,¬†belongeth¬†mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”

Psalm 62

On The Sunny Side

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The Optimist Creed

I Love This Song

Worthy is the
Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song
to Him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat
Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing
praise to the King of kings
You are my everything
and I will adore You
Clothed in rainbows
of living color
Flashes of lighting
Rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor
strength, glory, and power be
To You the only wise King
Filled with wonder
awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name
Jesus Your name is power,
breath and living water
Such a marvelous mystery
Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing
praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You,
I will adore You
Phillips,Craig,and Dean

It’s By Design

“…Being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will…”

“…We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His¬†purpose…”

Ephesians 1:11 , Romans 8:28

And I Know He Watches Me

This is, and will always be, a very special day for me. It is my dear grandmother’s birthday, and if she were still with us, she would have turned 100 years old today. She introduced me to Jesus as a young child, and has made a profound difference in my life, so I’m posting her favorite hymn in honor of her today. ” I love you Grandma, and I thank God that because of Jesus, and His precious sacrifice for us, I’ll see you again one beautiful day.” ¬†:)

His Eye Is On The Sparrow 

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

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

We Can’t… God Can

Why things happen as they do
we do not always know,
And we cannot always fathom
why our spirits sink so low.
We flounder in our dark distress,
we are wavering and unstable,
But when we’re most inadequate,
the Lord God’s always able-
For though we are incapable,
God’s powerful and great,
And there’s no darkness of the mind
God cannot penetrate…
And while He may not instantly
unravel all the strands
Of the tanglesd thoughts that trouble us,
He completely understands-
And in HIs time, if we have faith,
He will gradually restore
The brightness to our spirits
that we’ve been longing for.
So remember there’s no cloud too dark
for God’s light to penetrate
If we keep on believing
and have faith enough to wait.
  Helen Steiner Rice

Sunrise

My oldest daughter has recently reminded me of how amazing it can be to¬†just watch the sun come up in the morning. So often, the beautiful, breath-taking colors, go unnoticed each morning,¬†(and I’m ashamed to say it) but, mostly¬†by me.¬† My daughter¬†has actually been getting up earlier just to see the sun rise¬†and this has prompted me to stop and think… Am I¬†so caught up with what’s coming up in the day ahead to appreciate whats right in front of me? ¬† I’m so glad that she brought this to my attention, because¬†it has given me the opportunity to reflect and regroup.

I reflect on how each sunrise brings me a brand new day.. It puts me a day ahead of where I was yesterday, and all the other yesterdays.  I reflect on the fact that there are so many other people who are no longer here to appreciate the sunrise of another day, and that I could have been one of them.

I stop¬†to regroup and think¬†about what’s really important, by changing my focus. This new day is a chance for me to focus outward rather than inward. Today I will focus on the circumstances and needs of others; my family, my friends, and the people who will cross my path. Taking the focus off of me will in turn make my problems seem smaller for the moment, while I¬† experience the many little joys and surprises that lie right in front of me… like the sunrise!

Weak or Brave?

There is a song by Nicole C. Mullins where she sings that; The not so good ole days can make you weak or make you brave.”¬†, and I love the message here.

Most of us can think back to times when we were hurt, rejected, or severely criticized by our peers our others but, the truth is,  those times can either make us weak or brave, as we move forward and face life today.

Philippians 3:13 says, “…One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” and in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…”

So let’s be brave!

Let’s¬†press on despite past hurts, stronger than we were before, knowing that God is working all things together for our good. ¬†: )

Right as Rain

¬† ¬†¬†” You are the righteousness of God in Christ” ¬†–¬†II Corinthians 5:21

“When you believe right,

You will live right

You will receive right

Everything will be alright.”

Joseph Prince

Crazy Faith

There was a time when, my family, friends, and neighbors would have thought that¬†“Crazy Faith”¬†would be a¬†perfect title¬†for my autobiography! :)

I know that this is true, because once, when I was in the final months of my pregnancy, (you know, the pregnancy that I prayed 10 years for), I overheard my husband talking to a neighbor, saying; “We all thought that Faith was losing her mind!… While she was struggling with her health and praying for another baby, her mother and sister would call and say, “We’re¬†really¬†concerned about Faith..”¬†¬†They thought that I was going crazy!!!¬†He had never told me this before, so when I heard¬†it, I laughed, and said, “That’s OK… They thought that Noah was crazy too, but it sure did rain didn’t it? So, I’m in good company!”

It all began¬†15 years earlier,¬†when I read Luke 8:48, ¬†Daughter, your faith has made you whole…”,¬†and¬†from that moment on,¬†¬†there was no turning¬†back for me… I believed it.

Of course, I myself,¬†don’t think it’s “crazy”, but lots of people might consider it crazy to believe for something that seems¬†impossible. Reading those words as a young 24-year-old, and believing that God had spoken to my heart, “fueled” me to move forward in faith,¬†convinced and certain,¬†that God would bless me, despite my physical circumstances.

Is there something that you would like for God to do for you, but you¬†think that it’s¬†impossible, or not important enough, or too big, to ask for?..¬† Ephesians 3:20 says that God is¬†“…able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,¬†according to the power that worketh in us,..”¬†¬†The power at work in us¬†includes our faith! ¬†Many times when Jesus healed someone, he said, “according to your faith be it unto you”, or “your faith has made you whole.”

Even if it makes you look “crazy” to those around you, or, if¬†it’s just a secret request that you haven’t mentioned to anyone else, ask God what you will, and believe with “crazy” or unexplainable faith that, “with God… nothing is impossible.”

Smiles and Blessings,

Faith ♥

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T’was grace that taught…
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.How precious did that Grace appear…the hour I first believed.

The Lord has promised good to me…His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
T’was grace that brought me safe thus far…
and grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.

John Newton

First Love

Valentine’s Day is almost here, so here’s a sweet throwback post, just for you.‚ô•¬†

I met the man who was to become my husband when I was nineteen years old. At first no one took me seriously, because I had never been serious about anyone before. My closest friends teased me and joked that¬† this new relationship would probably only last for about two weeks¬†and then it would be over, because that’s how it had been for me up until then… But this time was different.

My friends¬†soon became aware of the difference in me, as¬†I lit up whenever I talked about him, and talked about him constantly. I began spending less and less time with them,¬†and wanted to spend more and more time with him. When we¬†left campus,for our hometowns in different cities¬†during¬†holiday breaks¬†, I would miss him¬†terribly and¬† couldn’t wait to be with him again.¬†While at home on break, I would curl up in bed with my¬† mom each night and, like two girls at a slumber party, I’d tell her all about him, talking non-stop, all night long…

In Revelation 2:4-5, ¬†Jesus says to the church at Ephesus, “... you have left your first love…repent and do the first works…”¬†¬†I think about the first works or actions of a person experiencing¬†a first love, and I ask myself, “Am I still doing the first works?” Do I still light up whenever I talk about my Savior? Do I still¬† speak of Him constantly? Am I spending more time with Him than I do with less important activities? If I haven’t read my bible in a while, do I miss it? Could I stay up all night, talking and sharing about His¬†love and His faithfulness? Asking these questions stirs the heart, renews enthusiasm,¬†and awakens a fresh start.

“May the Lord reignite the spark that fueled our first works, and may we continue to rekindle our first love for Him, Who first loved us.”

Amen. ♥

The Living God

“…He¬†is¬†the living God, … steadfast for ever, … His kingdom¬†¬†shall never be destroyed, …His dominion¬†shall be even¬†unto the end.

He delivers and rescues, and¬†He works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth.”

Daniel 6:26-27

Ten Thousand Reasons

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Matt Redman- Lyrics 10,000 Reasons

Can a Mother Forget?

Image result for mother and baby nursing silhouette

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 the circumstances that surround me, are¬†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.  :)

Be Still

“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…

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.

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

Taste and See

 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make its boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.”

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.”

Psalm 34:1-8

Majestic

“O LORD our Lord, how¬†majestic¬†is¬†Thy name in all the earth!

 Who has set Thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of children and infants You have ordained strength because of Your enemies, that You might  still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your hands, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

What is man, that You are mindful of him? and the son of man, that You visit him?

For You have  made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;

You have put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas.

O LORD our Lord, how majestic¬†is¬†Thy name in all the earth!”

Psalm 8

Time of Reckoning

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

To reckon, is to establish by counting or calculation, and today, as I struggle with  pain and limitations as I recover from surgery, I am reminded that, in calculating the number of difficulties and painful events that have occurred in my life, I am encouraged and inspired to think of what God has in store for those who love Him, those who are called according to his purpose.

Paul, in reckoning all of his pain and suffering, just lays it out there for us in II Corinthians 11:24-27;

“… five times received I forty stripes save one. I was beaten three times with rods, stoned once, three times I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, (that’s me today, lol¬†), in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”

I don’t suppose that many of us can say that we’ve suffered to this extent, and I’m in no way trying to belittle anyone else’s experience, yet Paul kept moving forward and I’m so glad that he did because during these tremendous hardships, He wrote most of the epistles of the New Testament. Most of them from prison.

In light of all of this, and considering the hardships that we may be facing, we too can reckon that none of it compares to the glory that shall be revealed in us, as we, like Paul, keep moving forward and looking up…

Especially for You!

Today is a gift… That’s why it’s called “the present!”

“… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I Corinthians 2:9

Not Forgotten

“How long will you forget me, O LORD? forever? how long will you hide your face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing unto the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 13

Out of Darkness

“…Ye¬†are¬†a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”

I Peter 2:9

 

“Once I knew only darkness and stillness.

My life was without past or future,

But a little word from the fingers of another

fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness¬†and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.”

Helen Keller

“It is amazing what Helen Keller was able to accomplish in her life as a result of this, and it is a very inspiring example of how special we are to the Lord, as our lives can be taken from emptiness and darkness, and into the Light, ¬†joy, and ¬†rapture, of life in Him.”

From the Rising of the Sun

“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

The LORD is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.

Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Who humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap;

That He may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.

Praise you the LORD.”

Psalm 113: 2-9

Our Father

Our Father, which art in heaven,hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come;thy will be done;on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation;

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.

New Mercies

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.”

“It is of¬†the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.

It is¬†good that¬†a man¬†should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

Lamentations 3: 21- 26

Liebster Blog Award

 Thank you,  Jess, @ http://jemiluce.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the

Liebster Blog Award!

 First I asked myself, What is  a Liebster?

and then, (as my mother always said when I was a kid,)

I looked it up!

 Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest,

dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

So this is an honor and a blessing. Very kind words indeed!

Proverbs 16:24 says,

” Gracious words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

So thank you very much Jess, and I hope that those of you reading this will stop by and pay

her bright ,new blog, http://jemiluce.wordpress.com/  a visit!

My Five Picks

(Please stop by and pay them a visit. You’ll be glad you did!)

♥ Beautiful

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‚ô•Inspiring

Deb @http://iftodaywehear.wordpress.com/

‚ô•So Fun!

Garden Girl @ http://gardengirl92.wordpress.com/

♥ Refreshing

 Grace Pieces @http://gracepieces.com/

‚ô•Smart, Thought Provoking

Paulo  @http://paulorbrito.wordpress.com/

¬†Finally, a special thank you to everyone who reads, “likes”, or follows this blog.

Smiles and Blessings

Faith ♥

Bless Me Indeed

Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying,

“Oh that Thou would bless me indeed,

and enlarge my borders,

and that Your hand might be with me,

and that You would keep me from evil,

that it may not grieve me!”

And God granted him that which he requested.

I Chronicles 4:10

God of Angel Armies

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

You hear me when I call, You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night, It cannot hide the light

You crush the enemy, Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield, Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear?

My strength is in Your name, For You alone can save
You will deliver me, Yours is the victory

I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises… You are faithful.

I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side.

From Chris Tomlin’s “Whom Shall I Fear”

The LORD Is My Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul:¬†He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Psalm 23

Twilight

The period of the evening which takes place, between daylight and darkness is called twilight…

In the days of Elisha, there was a severe famine. Outside the city gates there were four men who were lepers. These four men reasoned among themselves,¬† “Why should we just sit here until we die? If we go into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there, and¬†if we just sit here, we will die also. Let’s go to the camp of the Syrians. Maybe they will save us alive, or if they kill us, we shall but die…¬†

And so they rose up in the twilight, to go to the camp of the Syrians.

When they got to the camp of the Syrians, there was no one there because the Lord had made the entire Syrian army to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, and the noise of a great army approaching, and they thought that the king of Israel had hired other foreign armies to join with him to fight them...So they arose and fled in the twilight... When the lepers arrived they found an abundance of food, silver and gold. They sent word back to the king and the starving people were satisfied.

I love this story… You can find it in II Kings chapter 7. I am always amazed that at¬† precisely the same moment that the lepers decided to step out in faith, God began working on their behalf. As soon as they arose to go at twilight, God allowed the Syrians to hear an illusion at twilight, which scared them out of their wits and caused them to leave their treasures. The lepers¬†were on their way, had probably walked all night,¬†but God had already fought the battle for them, He had already solved their problem, and He had begun at precisely the moment that they believed…¬†At twilight.

The next morning, with¬†the rising of the sun,¬†came long-awaited ¬†joy and deliverance…

Now Faith Is

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of ¬†the king’s commandment.¬†By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time; Esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he looked for the recompense of the reward.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:

for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.

Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

By faith they passed through the Red sea as on dry land: which the Egyptians attempting to do were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”

Hebrews 11:1, 23-30

Mom, You’re The Best

“Strength and honor¬†are¬†her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain:

¬†but¬†a woman¬†that¬†fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Proverbs 31:25-30

O Glorious Day

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a Virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer

One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Living, He loved me, dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh glorious day

Lyrics- Jeff Johnson /Song- Casting Crowns

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!

The Microwave Treatment

Sometimes it’s hard to wait when you’re praying for something special to happen, and I know what that feels like…

Once, while I was waiting for my miracle, I had a dream. It had been about 6 months since I had surgery and I was growing more and more impatient about having a baby. I thought I’d get pregnant right away. But that’s not what happened.

One night, I had a very interesting dream

There were two parts to this dream. First, I dreamt that ¬†my husband and I were visiting some friends for dinner and as the men talked in the living room, I sat in the kitchen while the food was being prepared. I was shocked to see that my friend was spooning raw, runny, red, hamburger meat, into taco shells and placing them in the microwave to be cooked. “YUCK!” I thought to myself, and when she had finished cooking, she topped them with all the trimmings, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat any, because I saw the way that they were prepared with raw meat, and this really grossed me out!

In the second part of my dream, I was in a meat shop, and I was trying to buy a beef roast which was turning slowly on a spit. I was in a hurry, and I told the man cooking the meat that I had been waiting a long time, and was ready to go. He looked at me and said “I’m sorry ma’am but it’s not ready yet. I said¬† “Are you sure? It looks like it’s done.” then he pulled out a long sharp-pointed thing, and pierced through the meat, and all of this red, runny, gook came pouring out. He was right. The meat was not ready… It was as if both parts of the dream had the same meaning.

When I woke up, I thought that maybe this dream had something to do with my healing from surgery, and  how  I was not yet healed up enough on the inside.

A few days later, I was sitting in the park, watching¬† my son and daughter at soccer practice, when I saw a friend from church. She asked me how I was recovering from the surgery.¬† I told her that I was doing fine, but that I was¬†really¬†ready to have another baby, “After all”, I said “I’m 35 years old!”…She was nearly 50, and told me that I was still young enough to have another baby.¬† “God’s timing is perfect… Just be patient!..I had my last baby when I was 40 years old. ” she said. I smiled, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “But I’ve been waiting so long already.”¬† Then she said, ” Faith, you just had surgery… You need time to heal.”¬† She laughed and said jokingly, ..¬†“What you want is the Microwave Treatment!!

When she said this, I knew that it was a confirmation of the dream that I’d had a few days earlier… “The Microwave Treatment”… It was true! I didn’t want to wait any longer.. I wanted my miracle,and I wanted it now! This instant… In fact, I wanted it yesterday!!

I was reminded by this incident, that God is in control, and I accepted that He knows best. I would just have to be patient and wait…

Three years later, I realized my miracle, and was expecting our little girl.

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage…”

Psalm 27:14

All the Best

“… Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds,

laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see,

friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt,

courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth,

Love to complete your life.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Hat Rack

Years ago, when I was in my late twenties, my husband and I were visiting a new church for the first time, and an elderly lady came up to us and invited us to her house for dinner, following the service. We gladly accepted her invitation, and followed her home.  As we sat in her living room, we shared in a very pleasant conversation, getting to know a little more about each other.. She was a long-standing member at her church and was well-loved by her church family.  Although it was very apparent that she was elderly, her speech and expressions were vibrant, and she was very happy to talk about how much she loved the Lord, and how much He had done for her, as she enthusiastically shared some of her many testimonies. My husband and I each talked a little about our faith experience, and  I mentioned how our two children, a baby and a toddler at the time, were miracle babies, and that I was believing God for another one.

She looked at me, with a smile in her eyes, and said, ‚ÄúYou see that hat rack over there on the wall?‚ÄĚ I answered, ‚ÄúYes.‚ÄĚ she said, ‚ÄúWhenever the Lord does something for me, I imagine that I‚Äôm hanging a hat on a¬†hat rack‚Ķand everytime He answers¬†I just keep adding a new hat.¬†¬†And the next time I find myself frustrated about something that I‚Äôm praying for, I¬† just take a look at that hat rack, and I see all those hats hanging there, and I‚Äôm¬†reminded of all the prayers¬†that God has answered, some that I may have even forgotten, and I am encouraged that He did it¬†before and He‚Äôll¬†do it¬†again.‚ÄĚ I really appreciated this example and made an effort to apply it in my own life. In fact, God did answer my prayer, and miraculously blessed us with another sweet baby girl!

Now, when I think back on this example, it reminds me of what young David said to King Saul, when he volunteered to fight Goliath…

‚ÄúDavid said‚Ķ The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine‚Ķ‚ÄĚ I Samuel 17:37

The lion and the bear were hanging on David’s hat rack!!! He just took a look back, and was fully persuaded, that God would do it again. :)

Has it been a while since you’ve taken a look at your own hat rack?

Surely God has blessed you and answered your prayers in the past… Just take a look back, and like David be fully persuaded that¬†God will do it again.

Loves Like A Hurricane

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh,

How He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way…

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Mark McMillan

 

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.”

Despised and Rejected

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were¬†our¬†faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:3-7

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