Return to Laughter, Return to Joy!

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“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,

 “The Lord has done great things for them.”

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

“The Heart”

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

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

-1 Samuel 16:7

🌸”Redeem the Time”

Click Here– “So teach us how to number our days that we may get a  heart of wisdom.” 💕– Psalm 90:12 https://youngmomsforchrist.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/ymc-redeem-the-time-62722-9.25-am.mp3

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

JESUS IS LORD

🌸”Redeem the Time” — 🌸Young Moms For Christ

We Praise Your Glorious Name!

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

for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.

Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;

You are exalted as head over all.

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

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

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

🌸”Count It All Joy!”

J.O.Y. – “Count It All Joy!”- (Click here)

“… Count it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”  James 1:2-3 https://youngmomsforchrist.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/ymc-count-it-all-joy-6522-6.06-pm.mp3”

🌸”Count It All Joy!” — 🌸Young Moms For Christ

🌸”Attitude of Gratitude”

Attitude Of Gratitude (click here)

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you today” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

🌸”Attitude of Gratitude” — 🌸Young Moms For Christ

The God Of All My Days

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“I came to You with my heart in pieces

And found a God with healing in His hands

I turn to You, leave everything behind me

And found the God that makes all things new

I look to You, drowning in my questions

And found the God who holds all wisdom

I trusted You, I stepped out on the ocean

You calm my hand among the waves

‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take You made a way

And I will give You all my praise

My seasons change, You stay the same

You’re the God of all my days

In my worry, God You are my stillness.

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

En Route

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“Forget yesterday.

Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Trust God today.”

 

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“O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus”

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

🌸 Huge!!! ☕️

“The Powerful Impact of Mom” (click here)

“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” – Abraham Lincoln

🌸 Huge!!! ☕️ — 🌸Young Moms For Christ

“Our God, Maker of Heaven and Earth”

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“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 its frame,

From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.

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.”

From Hymn – “O God Our Help In Ages Past” – By Isaac Watts

“Be Not Conformed to This World…”

Should Believers in Christ Do Yoga?

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

– 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

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

Colossians 2:20-21

The Peace of God

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“God, who loves peace, makes peace, and breathes peace, will be with us.”

“If the God of peace be with us, we shall enjoy the peace of God, which passes all understanding, even though outward circumstances should threaten to disturb.”

– Charles Spurgeon, “Faith’s Checkbook”

“You will keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

-Isaiah 26:3 TLV

Living Your “Blessed Life” Now

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

 

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

Jesus said,

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

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

Praise God!

Psalms 23:6 says,

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

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

So with that,

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

“Wait on the Lord…”

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“Wait! Wait!

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

He never disappoints the waiting soul.

While waiting, keep up your spirits.

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

“He shall strengthen your heart”

– Charles Spurgeon

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

wait, I say, on the LORD.”

– Psalm 27:14

Seasons Change

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“The seasons change and you change, but the LORD abides evermore the same,

and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad, and as full as ever.”

– Charles Spurgeon

“If You Love Me”

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

– John 14:15 TLV

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

– D.L. Moody

The Heart of Worship

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

I’m coming back to the heart of worship,

and it’s all about You

It’s all about You, Jesus.

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

’cause it’s all about You

It’s all about You Jesus.

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

Humility

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

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

I Peter 5:6-11

“Yes” and “Amen”

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

 

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

-2 Corinthians 1:20

“HALLELUJAH!” and “Amen.”

The Hat Rack

Here’s a “post from the past” at my daughter’s request. Blessings! – Faith

Once, many years ago, when visiting a new church for the first time,  an elderly lady  invited us to her house for dinner. We gladly accepted, and followed her home after service.  As we sat in her living room, we had a very pleasant conversation, and got  to know a little more about each other. She was a long-standing member of her church,  and well-loved by the congregation.  Although she was elderly, she was vibrant and enthusiastic, and very happy to talk about how much she loved the Lord, and all that He had done for her. She enthusiastically shared some of her many testimonies, and we talked a little about our faith experiences.  I mentioned how our two children, a son and a daughter, toddlers at the time, had been miracle babies, because I was told that I would never conceive, and even so, I was still praying and believing God for another baby.

She looked at me, with a smile in her eyes, and said, “You see that hat rack over there on the wall?” I answered, “Yes.” she said, “Whenever the Lord does something for me, I imagine that I’m hanging a hat on a hat rack…and every time he answers I just keep adding a new hat.  And the next time I find myself frustrated about something that I’m praying for, I  just take a look at that hat rack, and see all those hats hanging there, and I’m 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’ll do it again.”

I really appreciated this example and made an effort to apply it in my own life. In fact the Lord did answer my prayer and blessed me miraculously with another sweet baby girl!

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

“David said… 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…” I Samuel 17:37

You see, 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 awhile since you took a look at your own hat rack?”

Surely God has blessed you and answered your prayers in the past, and hey, there’s always room for another hat, so

Just take a look back, have faith,  and,  like David, be fully persuaded that God will do it again!

Fixed on Jesus

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed…” – Psalm 57:7

“Fixed” by definition means, fastened securely in position, predetermined and not subject to or able to be changed…

“Locked-in”

“Fix your faith on Jesus and He’ll fix everything else.”

“Just One Drop”

Today is my 10 year anniversary of  Faithrises on WordPress, and in celebrating this, here’s a story that I posted  several years ago, back in 2012. I love to think back on this story. It reminds me of God’s miracle working power, and how He hears and answers when we pray. I hope that it will be a blessing for you today too! 

My youngest sister was getting married, and the wedding took place just before I was scheduled to have surgery. It was a beautiful wedding, and one of the special moments was watching my sister’s soon-to-be mother in law, walk down the aisle to be seated. She entered gingerly, because she had been very ill, and had traveled a long way in order to attend. I’m not sure what her illness was but you could see in her eyes the love that she had for her son, and how determined she was to be a part of this very special day. She leaned heavily on the arm of the usher who was escorting her in, and slowly made it to her seat. After the wedding, I had a chance to sit and talk with her.

It was my very first time meeting her, so I introduced myself and told her that I was so glad that she was able to come. I asked her how she was feeling and she told me a little about her condition. She mentioned how the Lord had blessed her, and that without Him she couldn’t have made it. She spoke of some sort of blood disorder, I’m not sure of the details, but what she said next would have a great impact on me. She said that she prayed that Jesus would bless her with  “just one drop of His blood”, because she knew that by His stripes we were healed. “Just one drop” she said, and she would be fine. I told her about my upcoming surgery and, being a woman of great faith, she encouraged me, and told me to trust in the sacrifice that Jesus has already paid for us.

The day of surgery arrived and I got up early to spend some time in prayer. I rehearsed in my mind all of the verses which had given me peace as this day approached, then I asked the Lord for something specific… I was told that there was a good chance that I would lose a lot of blood during this surgery, and my doctor told me that I’d have to make an appointment to donate my own blood at the blood bank in advance, as a precaution, in case I needed a blood transfusion during the surgery.  But I didn’t want to have a blood transfusion, so I prayed. I remembered the testimony and I prayed,” Lord, I ask that You would bless me with “ just one drop of Your blood”, so that I would not have to have a blood transfusion.”

After this I felt very calm and at peace.

We left for the hospital that morning and as we drove along, our two children, now 10 and 8 years old, were in the backseat. Although it was morning, it was still dark out and the kids were a little sleepy. Their faces were sad and solemn.  They didn’t want me to have surgery and were very  worried. I started happily singing praise worship songs and they listened in. Their faces brightened slightly, but they couldn’t bring themselves to sing along with me. I felt their love and concern for me, it warmed my heart, and I understood.

The surgery went well. I awakened to see all of my family, including my mom gazing down at me. I was still a little groggy, but so relieved and happy that the surgery was all over!  The next morning the doctor came in and said that there were actually 18 tumors that needed to be removed instead, of the 2 or 3 that he had anticipated, and that I had lost a lot of blood.   “Eighteen tumors?” I said. “No wonder I was in so much pain!” Then he said that although I had lost a great deal of blood, he decided not to give me a transfusion right then, and decided instead to watch me and wait until morning. He went on to say with some excitement and surprise that my blood count was now actually back up to normal! It was a miracle. I didn’t need more blood after all. I thought to myself,  “Thank you Jesus!” because I hadn’t mentioned to my family or my doctor that I really didn’t want a blood transfusion in the first place. This prayer was just  between me and the Lord, and He did it!

“Just one drop”…Just like I asked! It’s like the Scripture says:

“Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8 TLV

The Lord had given me just what I prayed for!  Quietly, I closed my eyes, exhaled, and felt a great big smile, deep down inside. :)

“A New Thing”

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“Do not remember the former things,

nor consider things of the past.

Here I am,

doing a new thing;

Now it is springing up…”

– Isaiah 43:18 TLV

“Thanksgiving and Praise”

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:

be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.”

-Psalm 100

“His Love Endures Forever”

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“Praise the God of gods for His lovingkindness  endures forever.”

Psalm 136:2

“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

“In Everything Give Thanks”

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

– Thessalonians 5:18

Thanks Be To God!

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

– 1 Corinthians 15:57

“Eternal Life, Eternal Joy!”

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

“Jesus is all the world to me;

I want no better friend.

I trust Him now; I’ll trust Him when

Life’s fleeting days shall end.

Beautiful life with such a Friend;

Beautiful life that has no end!

Eternal life, eternal joy,

He’s my Friend.”

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

“True To Him I’ll Be”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

And true to Him I”ll be.

Oh, how could I this Friend deny

When He’s so true to me?

Following Him I know I’m right;

He watches o’er me day and night.

Following Him by day and night,

He’s my Friend.”

 

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

“He’s My Friend”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My friend in trials sore.

I go to Him for blessings, and

He gives them o’er and o’er.

He sends the sunshine and the rain;

He sends the harvest’s golden grain:

Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain–

He’s my Friend.”

 

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

“Jesus Is All The World To Me”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My life, my joy, my all.

He is my strength from day to day;

Without Him I would fall.

When I am sad, to Him I go;

No other one can cheer me so.

When I am sad, He makes me glad;

He’s my Friend.”

 

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

True Happiness

“It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes true happiness.”

-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

With Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 95:1-6

Harvest of Joy

“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion,

We were like them that dream.

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

The LORD has done great things for them.

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

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

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Psalm 126:1-5

“There Is None Like You”

There is none like You…

No one else can touch my heart like You do,

I could search for all eternity long and find

There is none, there is none

There is none like You.  -Michael W. Smith

“LORD, there is no one like You!

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

Who would not fear You, O King of nations?

That title belongs to You alone!

Among all the wise people of the earth

and in all the kingdoms of the world,

there is no one like You.”

Jeremiah 10:6-7

“Spread The Love”

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HUGS AND KISSES ARE GOOD FOR THE HEART, BODY, AND SOUL🧡

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 serotonin and dopamine, which are known as “feel good” 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 ‘stress’ 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.

So, Here’s to Hugs and Kisses! 

“… Greet one another with a holy kiss.” – 1 Corinthians 16:20

“I Love It Here”

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

Psalm 26:8

“His Way Is Perfect”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… thy gentleness hath made me great.”

Psalm 18:30-35

“Never Once”

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Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did you leave us on our own

You are faithful, God You are faithful.

Scars and struggles on the way

But with joy our hearts can say

You are faithful, God You are faithful

Carried by Your constant grace

Held within Your perfect peace

Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did You leave us on our own

You are faithful, God you are faithful”

 

From Song Lyrics – “Never Once” by Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Tim Wanstall

Simple Pleasures

“There are difficulties in everything except in eating pancakes.”

-Charles Spurgeon

“Sometimes… You Gotta Fight!”

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

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

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

Put on the breastplate of righteousness.

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

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

to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation

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

_ Ephesians 6:10-17

 

“Because I Love You…”

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“My son, do not take lightly the discipline of ADONAI or lose heart when you are corrected by Him, because ADONAI disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son He accepts.”

“It is for discipline that you endure, God is treating you as sons– for what son does a father not discipline?”

“Besides, we are used to having human fathers as instructors– and we respect them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?” …He does so for our benefit, so that we may share in His holiness.”

“Now all discipline seems painful at the moment–not joyful. But later it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

– Hebrews 12:5-11 TLV

“Beloved”

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

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

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

“You are not My people,”

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

“…Yes, I have loved you

with an everlasting love…”

 Romans 9:25-26 and Jeremiah 31:2

“Trees of God”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, so let it be with me.”

-Charles Spurgeon

Awesome Savior!

“…You did awesome things that we were not expecting,

You came down–

the mountains shook at Your presence!

For from days of old no one has heard, no ear perceived,

no eyes has seen God,

except You,

who acts on behalf of the one

waiting for Him.”

Isaiah 64:2

“I Am In Awe”

“I am now, and will forever and eternally be, in awe of God, “Blessed be His Name”, who has been so personally close and near to me, while at the same time being the GREAT GOD of all creation; greater than anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere… in and outside of time, forever and ever… Only God is Awesome”

“What Does God Require?”

“There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not cleansed from its filth.

There is a generation whose eyes are so haughty, whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully.

There is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose molars are knives, to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from humanity.”

“What Does God Require?”

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

Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak,

For the justice of all who are destitute.

Open your mouth,

judge righteously,

plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Proverbs 30:12-14, Micah 6:8, Proverbs 31:8-9 TLV

“Hope Beyond Hope”

“Hope Holds On…”

Abraham…

In hope beyond hope, he trusted…

He did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God…

…Strengthened in faith, giving glory to God

He was fully convinced

that what God has promised, He also is able to do”

(Excerpt from, Romans 4:16-21 TLV)

“Only For God”

“My soul, wait in stillness, only for God —

For from Him comes my expectation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

My strong tower —

I will never be moved…

My refuge is in God

Trust in Him at all times, you people.

Pour out your heart in His presence.

God is our refuge.” “Selah.” – (which means, pause and think about it. 😊 🍁)

-Psalm 62:6,3,9 TLV

“Hope Beyond Hope”

“In hope beyond hope, he trusted …

And without becoming weak in faith… he did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God.

Rather, he was strengthened in faith,

giving glory to God. 

He was fully convinced that what God had promised,

He was also able to do.”

Romans 4:18-22

“All The Days of My Life”

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

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

Isaiah 46:4 and Psalm 23:6

Let My Soul Look Up

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I am Thine, O Lord

I have heard Thy voice

And it told Thy love to me

But I long to rise

In the arms of faith

And be closer drawn to Thee

Consecrate me now

To Thy service Lord

By the power of grace divine.

Let my soul look up

with a steadfast hope

And my will be lost in Thine

 

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

Like Dew

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May teaching tickle like rain,

My speech distill like dew —

Like gentle rain on new grass,

Like showers on tender plants.

For I proclaim ADONAI’s Name,

Ascribe greatness to our God!

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

All The Way, Everyday

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All the way my Savior leads me;

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy

Who through life has been my Guide

Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,

Here by faith in Him to dwell

For I know whate’er befall me

Jesus doeth all things well.

Yes, I know whate’er befall me

Jesus doeth all things well.

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

A Fresh Start

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“Lord help me to begin to begin”

– George Whitefield

“Day by Day” — A Lamp & A Light

Isn’t This Beautiful!

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

via Day by Day — A Lamp & A Light

 

“Love So Amazing, So Divine”

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

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

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

Love so amazing, so divine

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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

“By Trusting”

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“By trusting you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

You rejoice in this greatly, even though for now for a little while… you have been distressed by various trials.

These trials are so that the “true metal” of your faith… may come to light in praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah.

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.

And even though you don’t see Him now, you trust Him…”

– 1 Peter 1:5-8 TLV

“Pressed Down, Shaken Together”

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

“O Yes, He Cares”

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained

Too deeply for happiness and song;

As the burdens press, And the cares distress,

And the way grows weary and long?

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

Though the days are weary, The long nights dreary,

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

 

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

“Like A Mighty Stream”

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

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

The prophet Amos was saying,

(As most of the Hebrew prophets were saying)

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

Quote from: Steve Hollaway@Harbor Church

All My Days

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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.”

-Psalm 23:6

Even In The Storm

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Yet Will I Trust Him

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” – Job 13:15

“LORD, I trust You. No matter what.

In every situation I give You thanks.”

“Come What May, Still I Rejoice”

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In All Things, At All Times, I Will Rejoice In You, LORD

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall there be fruit on the vines..”

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Peace Be Yours

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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God

and of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

-2 Peter 1:2

Take Courage

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Look ahead

with courage

Trust God

and

Be strong

Joy

comes in the morning

and

Again will come

the dawn.

“Remember Me”

 

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

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

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

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Temple Cleansed

   “In the Temple, He found the merchants selling oxen, sheep, and doves; also the                     moneychangers sitting there. Then He made a whip of cords and drove them all out…”           – John 2:14-15

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”

This week, as I remember the events leading up to the crucifixion, I reflect on how Christ “cleansed the temple”of moneychangers and how, because of His love, and by His blood, we too can be made clean and renewed by His Holy Spirit.

“He Watches Over You”

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“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains — from where does my help come?”

“My help comes from ADONAI,  Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip.

Your keeper will not slumber.

Behold, the Keeper of Israel

neither slumbers nor sleeps.

ADONAI is your keeper. ADONAI is your shadow at your right hand.

The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

ADONAI will protect you from all evil.

He will guard your life.

ADONAI will watch over your coming and your going

From this time forth and forever more.”

Psalm 121  –Tree of Life Version

“My Strength, My Shield, My Song”

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“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

“Hosanna, Please Save!”

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It’s very timely, and interesting too, to know that the Hebrew  word for Hosanna is Hoshiana which means “Please save!”

And so, this Palm Sunday, as we remember what Christ has done for us, we can again say:

“LORD please save!”

“Hosanna in the Highest!”

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD!”

Matthew 21:9

God Will Take Care Of You

“Be not dismayed whatever betide,

God will take care of you.

Beneath His wings of love abide,

God will take care of you.”

“He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings will you find refuge. His faithfulness is body armor and shield.” – Psalm 91:4

 

Hymn- “God Will Take Care Of You”- by C. Martin and W.S. Martin

 

No Power of Hell

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“No guilt in life, No fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

Song- “In Christ Alone” – By Getty and Townsend – Sung by Adrienne Liesching

Winter is Past

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

Peace… Be Still

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“The voice of the LORD is over the waters…”

“…He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” and the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

-Psalm 29:3, Mark 4:39

 

“You Called My Name”

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“I was buried beneath my shame… Who could carry that kind of weight?

It was my tomb

‘Til I met You.

I was breathing but not alive… All my failures I tried to hide.

It was my tomb

‘Til I met You.

You called my name

And I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness

Into Your glorious day!

Now Your mercy has saved my soul…Now Your freedom is all that I know.

The old made new, Jesus, when I met You!

You called my name, and I ran out of that grave.

Out of the darkness,

Into Your glorious day!

Praise Worship Song- “Glorious Day” by Passion

Fear Not.

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

-2 Timothy 1:7

“Suit Up”

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Put on the Armor of God

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

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

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

Stand firm then!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standing Firm Through The Storm

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

– George Mueller

With Heart and Hands

 

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“With our hearts, we adore the Lord, and with lifted hands, we bless the Lord.” 💚

In Little Spaces

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“I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.”

~ Susannah Wesley

Depths of Love, Heights of Joy

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“There are depths of love

That I cannot know

Til I cross the narrow sea;

There are heights of joy

That I may not reach

Til I rest in peace with Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side.”

 

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

Pure Delight

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

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

I commune as friend with Friend!”

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

Let My Soul Look Up…

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

And it told Thy love to me;

But I long to rise in the arms of faith,

And be closer drawn to Thee.

Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord,

By the power of grace divine;

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

And my will be lost in Thine.”

 

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

 

From a Need to be Accepted

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From the love of my own comfort

From the fear of having nothing

From a life of worldly passions

Deliver me O God,

From the need to be understood

And from a need to be accepted

From the fear of being lonely

Deliver me O God,

Deliver me O God,

And I shall not want, no I shall not want

When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

From the fear of serving others

Oh, and from the fear of death or trial

And from the fear of humility

Deliver me O God,

And I shall not want

 

Song Lyrics from  “I Shall Not Want”  – by Audrey Assad

Since Before The World Began

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

“… I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Therefore, with loving kindness,

I have drawn you.” 

“He chose us in Christ,

[actually selected us for Himself as His own]

Before the world began…” 

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

 

 

God Will Wipe All Tears Away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Isaiah 25:8- Revelation 21:4

Greater Than>>>>

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“Father God,

I thank You

that

Your Truth

is

Greater than

my difficulties.”

Good Days Ahead

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

Psalm 23:6

A New Year, Another Lap

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“Let us run the race with endurance

the race that is set before us,

focusing on Yeshua,

the initiator and perfecter of faith…”

Hebrews 12:1-2 ~Tree of Life Version

 

 

God Sent His Son

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O LORD my God, When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made

I see the stars. I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed

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And when I think,

That God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die

I scarce can take it in.

That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Savior, God to Thee

How Great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, My Savior, God to Thee

How Great Thou art! … How Great Thou art!

From Hymn- “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg/ Stuart K. Hine

“Every Single One”

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“The righteous cry out and ADONAI hears,

and delivers them from all their troubles.

ADONAI is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those crushed in spirit.

Many are the distresses of the righteous,

but ADONAI delivers them out of them all.”

Psalms 34:18-19

What We Hope For

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“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

– Hebrews 11:1

Something Within

Have you that something, that burning desire?

Have you that something that never doth tire?

Oh, if you have it –that Heavenly Fire!

Then let the world know there is something within.

Something within me that holdeth the reins,

Something within me that banishes pain,

Something within me I cannot explain,

All that I know there is something within.

Hymn- “Something Within” By L.E. Campbell

“When My Knees Hit The Ground”

 

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My heart beating, My soul breathing,

I found my life when I laid it down.

Upward falling, spirit soaring

I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground.

What treasure waits within Your scars.

The gift of freedom gold can’t buy.

I bought the world and sold my heart.

You traded heaven to have me again.

My heart beating, My soul breathing,

I found my life when I laid it down.

Upward falling, spirit soaring

I touched the sky when my knees hit the ground.

Find me here at Your feet again.

Everything I am, reaching out, I surrender.

Come sweep me up in Your love again,

And my soul will dance,

On the wings of forever.

Upward falling, spirit soaring,

I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground.

 

From Touch The Sky -by Hillsong

“The Good Fight”

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“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”

“…Fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience…”

Ephesians 6:17 and I Timothy 1:18-19

 

“Treasured”

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“For you are a holy people to ADONAI your God– from all the peoples on the face of the earth, ADONAI has chosen you to be his treasured people.”

– Deuteronomy 14:2

Look Up Child

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“… Thou O LORD art a shield around me, my Glory and The Lifter of my head.” -Psalm 3:3

Come Away… Rest Awhile

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“…Come away by yourselves to an isolated place and rest awhile.” – Mark 6:31

Weather-beaten

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

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

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

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

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

-1 Peter 5:10

“Handed Over, Raised Up”

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

“You Belong To Me”

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

You are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus

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

Everyday.

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“…They received the message with goodwill, searching the Scriptures each day to see whether these things were true.” – Acts 17:11

Comin’ After You…

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“For thus saith the Lord, God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep

and seek them out.” – Ezekiel 34:11

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

– Luke 19:10

I Do, Don’t You?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

I Trust in God

I trust in God,

I know He cares for me,

On mountain bleak

Or on the stormy sea;

Tho’ billows roll,

He keeps my soul,

My heav’nly Father watches over me.

Hymn- “My Father Watches Over Me” by C.H. Gabriel and W.C. Martin

The Nearness of You…

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“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18

No Other Savior, No Other Hope

” Thus says ADONAI, Israel”s King and his Redeemer, ADONAI-Tzva’ot:

“I am the first, and the last,

and there is no God beside Me…”

“I, I am the One who blots out

your transgressions for My own sake,

and will not remember your sins.”

“I, I am ADONAI—

and there is no savior beside Me.”

– Isaiah 44:6, 43:25, 43:11