“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

Comforters

“Blessed be the God of all comfort;

Who comforts us

in all our tribulation,

 

that we may be able to comfort them

which are in any trouble,

by the comfort wherewith we ourselves

are comforted of God.”

II Corinthians 1:3-4

Think On These Thingsūü§Ē

“… Whatever is true,

whatever is honorable,

whatever is just,

whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely,

whatever is commendable,

— if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise,

— think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

 

 

Here’s to Hugs and Kisses

  Hugs

Reduce harmful physical effects of stress;

Calm deep pressure on children, tantrums, and mellows moodiness;

Help the body’s immune system, cures depression, and induces sleep;

Invigorate and rejuvenate

Increase heart rate and stabilize blood pressure;

Give a positive emotional state;

Bring out a surge of serotonine and dopamine, which are known as ‚Äúfeel¬†good‚ÄĚ brain chemicals.

Relieve pain, make you healthier and happier;

Help to overcome fear

 Kisses

Good for the heart, as it creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body.

Stress-reliever, lowering your cortisol ‚Äėstress‚Äô hormone.

Endorphins produced by kissing are 200 times more powerful than morphine.

Reduces anxiety and stop the ‘noise’ in your mind.

Increase the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that produces a feeling of peace.

Great for self-esteem.  Make  you feel appreciated and helps your state of mind.

Those who kiss quite frequently are less likely to suffer from stomach, bladder and blood infections.

Those who kiss goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don’t.

Here’s to Hugs and Kisses! OXOX

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

Cast Don’t Carry

“Why carry the weight of the world on our shoulders,

when the Lord our God carries us on His.”

– Faith Carr

“Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.”

I Peter 5:7

 

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Way Maker, Chain Breaker

“If you‚Äôve got pain
He’s a Pain Taker
If you feel lost
He’s a Way Maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He‚Äôs a Chain Breaker”

Lyrics from “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams

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

The Garden


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I come to the garden alone.

While the dew is still on the roses.

And the voice I hear,

Falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

He speaks and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing.

And the melody that He gives to me

Within my heart is ringing!

And He walks with me,

And He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own!

And the joy we share…

As we tarry there…

None other has ever known.

-Charles Austin Miles

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‚Äôt 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‚Äôt the barometer of God‚Äôs love and goodness‚ÄĒthe 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‚Äôt 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‚ÄĒall the time.”‚ô•

-Anne Cetas

When Hope is Frail and Candles Dim

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Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant what I hope for,

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?

What prospects, that I should be patient?

I have been allotted months of futility,

and nights of misery have been assigned to me.

When I lie down I think, ‚ÄėHow long before I get up?‚Äô

The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,

and they come to an end without hope.

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;

my eyes will never see happiness again.

Job 6:8, 6:11, 7:4-7

Rescued

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I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me. Love lifted me.
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!

James Rowe

Suffering

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Suffering may endure for a season

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

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

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

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

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

Elsie K. Young

New Morning, New Mercies

“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have 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

The Real Me

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‚ÄúMy deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.‚ÄĚ

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”

-Brennan Manning

My Help Comes From You

“My help comes from the LORD which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

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When confusion’s my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that You are near
When I’m caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I’ll find my comfort here
‚ÄėCause I know that You are near
My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness,
my brokenness all on Your shoulders

My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that

You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders
You mend what once was shattered
And You turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Your mercy is relentless

My help is from You…

Lyrics of “Shoulders” – ¬†by For King and Country

On The Sunny Side

 

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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

You Can Change

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…Sometimes pain’s the only way that we can learn
You can never fall too hard, so fast, so far
That you can’t get back when you’re lost, where you are,
It’s never too late, so bad, so much,

That you can’t change
Who you are, you can change who you are,

You believe in freedom,
But you don’t know how to choose
You gotta step out of your feelings

That you’re so afraid¬†to lose, and everyday,
You put your feet on the floor…got to walk through door

Its never going to be easy
But its all worth fighting for

You can never fall
Too hard, so fast, so far,
That you can’t get back

When you’re lost¬†where you are,
Its never too late, so bad, so much
That you can’t change who you are

You can change who you are.

So let the ashes fall where ever they land
Come back from wherever you been
To the foot of the cross
To the feet of Jesus
To the feet of Jesus

You can never fall too hard, so fast, so far
That you can’t get back when you’re lost
Where you are

It’s never too late, so bad, so much

That you can’t change

At the foot of the cross
It changes who you are
At the foot of the cross you can change
Who you are.

You can never fall
Too hard, so fast, so far,
That you can’t get back.

Lyrics- “Who You Are” by Unspoken

A Place of Forgetting

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

“…This one thing I do

Forgetting those things which are behind,

and reaching forward to

those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize¬†of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”

 Philippians 3:13-14

Happy Ending

Image result for happy“Behold, we count them happy who endure.

You have heard of the patience of Job,

And have seen the end of the Lord;…

The Lord is very compassionate, and of tender mercy.”

James 5:11

“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job,… and gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job 42:10

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Garment of Praise

“Put on¬†the garment of praise¬†for the spirit of heaviness…”

Isaiah 61:3

Put on the garment of praise
For the spirit of heaviness
Lift up your voice to God
Praise with the Spirit
And with understanding
O magnify the Lord

Lift up the hands that hang down
Lift up the voice now still
Give unto God continuous praise
Sing forth from Zion’s hill

Sing to Yahweh, alleluia
Worship and praise our God
Love and adore Him
Bow down before Him
O magnify the Lord!

David Ingles

 

 

 

 

How Long?

O LORD, how long will You forget me? Forever?

How long will You look the other way?

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,

With sorrow in my heart every day?

How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Turn and answer me, O LORD my God!

Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

Don‚Äôt let my enemies gloat, saying, ‚ÄúWe have defeated him!‚ÄĚ

Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

,,,I trust in Your unfailing love.

I will rejoice because You have rescued me.

I will sing to the LORD because

He is good to me.”

Psalm 13

Smile!

“A smile costs nothing, but gives much”
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can’t be made rich by it.


It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.


Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

Author Unknown

Monday Motivation

‚ÄúLord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant,

Help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in Your eyes,

Because You love me,

And  You put me here, and

No one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē Brennan Manning

When Dreams Seem Dim

“When dreams seem dim,

And you can’t see your way through,

Just rest in Him,

Who is Faithful and True.”

-Faith Carr

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him¬†was¬†called Faithful and True,…”

Revelation 19:11

 

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

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. ¬†: )

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

Through The Storm

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home

Isaac Watts



			

Comfort Food

During the most painful and trying times of my life, I discovered that reading God’s Word gave me the deepest peace and greatest comfort. I often say that during those times, I read my Bible so much,( morning, noon and night), that I actually “ate” God’s Word. ¬†I really delved deeply into it, and read as if my life depended on it, because I believed it did… I “ate” God’s Word and ¬†was comforted… God bless you.

“For this is what the¬†Lord¬†says:…As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…”‚ô•

Isaiah 66: 12-13

Smile!

A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.


It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.


Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

Author Unknown

Can You Sing a Song?

 

Can you sing a song to greet the sun,

Can you cheerily tackle the work to be done,

Can you vision it finished when only begun,

Can you sing a song?

 

 

Can you sing a song when the day’s half through,

When even the thought of the rest wearies you,

With so little done and so much to do,

Can you sing a song?

Can you sing a song at the close of the day,

When weary and tired, the work’s put away,

With the joy that it’s done the best of the pay,

Can you sing a song?

Joseph Morris.

From Mourning to Dancing

” Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.¬†To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

He Understands Scars

This touched me and helped me so much, I had to share it with you… You’ll be blessed too, I’m sure. – Faith ‚ô•

It's a God thing...

In a group discussion recently we touched on the topic of scars.

One person described them as beautiful (emotional or physical), not because of the past pain, but because they gave an illustration of redemption or salvation. Healing has taken place. All was not lost. We survived ‚Äď and we have the scars to prove it.

What are some of the scars from your life so far? Unkind words from your school days that have left their mark? Emotional abuse you feel only you truly understand? Real-life scars from painful surgery? Only you know how deep the pain has been and what it’s taken to heal. Maybe the restoration process has just begun.

I’m comforted by the fact that Jesus knows all about scars. I imagine that in heaven we might see them still on his hands and feet to show what he went through for us. The death he…

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Wings As Eagles

“Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary?...

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40: 28-31

Jesus Cares

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained, too deeply for mirth or song

As the burdens press and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed, to resist some temptation strong

When for my deep grief there is no relief, though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said, “Goodbye” to the dearest on earth to me

And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks, is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary

I know my Savior cares.”

Sonny James

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…

Psalm 138

“I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

In the day when I cried thou answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

The LORD will perfect¬†that which¬†concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD,¬†endureth¬†for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

Psalm 138

Throwback Thursday- Two Rivers

Faithrises

Once, when speaking at a Women‚Äôs Conference, I began by sharing that I had ‚Äúcried a River of Tears‚ÄĚ.

I knew that there were  women present who could relate, because they too had experienced the pain and disappointments that lead to crying lots of tears. I knew, because I had been there…

Sometimes people, in an effort to be comforting, ¬†may say,‚ÄĚ I know how you feel‚Ä̂Ķ but it‚Äôs much more of a comfort when you know that someone has actually experienced circumstances similar to your own. As women, we feel things so deeply, and ‚Äúcrying a river of tears‚ÄĚ was the best way that I could describe the heartfelt sadness that accompanied me through this difficult time in my life. I knew that I was not the only one to feel this way.

Many mornings,when I was having problems with my health, and praying for a…

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Think

“…Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

An Attitude of Gratitude

“Dear Lord, I thank you for everything, and every circumstance in my life today…”

“In everything give thanks: for¬†this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ¬†First Thessalonians 5:18

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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

‚ÄúLet not¬†your heart¬†be troubled,‚ÄĚ His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

A Living Hope

¬†“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…

¬†¬†So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

  1 Peter 1:3 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

My Light and My Salvation


“The¬†Lord¬†is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the¬†Lord¬†is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ¬†When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came¬†upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. ¬†Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the¬†Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the¬†Lord¬†all the days of my life, to behold the beauty¬†of the¬†Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. ¬†And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;¬†¬†I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the¬†Lord.

Hear, O¬†Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. ¬†When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face,¬†Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. ¬†When my father and my mother forsake me, then the¬†Lord¬†will take me up. ¬†Teach me thy way, O¬†Lord, and lead me in a plain¬†¬†path, because of mine enemies. ¬†Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. ¬†I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the¬†Lord¬†in the land of the living. ¬†Wait on the¬†Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the¬†Lord.” ¬†Psalm 27

Birdseed

Don’t worry about anything…

“Look at the birds.¬† They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them… you are far more valuable to him than they.” ¬†Matthew 6:26

Smokin’ Hot

They say, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire”, so is it also true that where there’s fire there’s smoke?” Not according to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It says in Daniel 3:20-24 ¬†that when they were thrown into the fiery furnace, the king saw four men walking in the fire, and the fourth looked ¬†like the Son of God, and when he called them out of the fire, they were completely untouched by the flames, and then, to top it all off, ¬†their clothes didn’t even smell like smoke. Now, that’s amazing!! You can’t even start coals for a barbecue, without smelling like smoke! ¬†Verse 24 says that” the fire had no power over them!”Our God Is AWESOME!!¬†This story is a ¬†fire-bright,¬†blatant¬†example, of how God is with us “in the fire“, these fiery trials have no power over us, and when it’s over, we won’t even smell like smoke! Now that’s Hot!¬†

Shout for Joy!

“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter

and your lips with shouts of joy!”¬†¬†

Suffering

 

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

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

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

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

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

Elsie K. Young

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

Throwback Thursday- Leftovers

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

– Faith :)

Faithrises

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

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

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Wonderful Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a Won-nnnderful Wednesday!


A Bright Future

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

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

Have a Blessed day!