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”

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

JESUS IS LORD

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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!”

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

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🌸”Attitude of Gratitude”

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“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

“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

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“The Powerful Impact of Mom” (click here)

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

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“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

“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

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.”

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.”

“A New Thing”

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“Do not remember the former things,

nor consider things of the past.

Here I am,

doing a new thing;

Now it is springing up…”

– Isaiah 43:18 TLV

Because of Who You Are

Who am I

That the Lord of all the earth

Would care to know my name

Would care to feel my hurt?

Who am I

That the Bright and Morning Star

Would choose to light the way

For my ever wandering heart?

Who am I

That the eyes that see my sin

Would look on me with love

and watch me rise again?

Who am I

The the voice that calmed the sea

Would call out through the rain

And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am,

But because of what You’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done,

But because of Who You are.

“I am a flower quickly fading.

Here today and gone tomorrow.

A wave tossed in the ocean.

A vapor in the wind.

Still You

Hear me when I’m calling

Lord, You catch me when I’m falling

And You’ve told me who I am

I am Yours… I am Yours.”

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

 

“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

“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

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

“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

The Peace of God

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

Philippians 4:6-7

Simple Pleasures

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

-Charles Spurgeon

“All The Way, Along The Way”

“…Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

Do not be discouraged, or dismayed,

for the LORD your God will be with you 

wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9

“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

Following By Faith

Faith never knows where

it is being led,

but it loves and knows

the One who is leading.

– Oswald Chambers

“From Night into Day”

“It is not hard for the LORD to turn night into day. He who sends the clouds can just as easily clear the skies.” – Charles Spurgeon

A Fresh Start

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“Lord help me to begin to begin”

– George Whitefield

“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

“You First”

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

“Like A Mighty Stream”

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

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

The prophet Amos was saying,

(As most of the Hebrew prophets were saying)

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

Quote from: Steve Hollaway@Harbor Church

“What Does the Bible Say?…”

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“Rescue those being dragged off to death,

Hold back those stumbling to slaughter.”

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

Won’t He who weighs hearts perceive it?

Won’t He who guards your soul know it?

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

Partiality in judgement is not good.

Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent,”

People curse him

And nations revile him.

But for those who convict the guilty

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

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

 

“What Does God Require?”

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

Only to practice justice,

to love mercy, and to

walk humbly with your God.”

– Micah 6:8 TLV

“A Time and A Season”

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

-Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Do You Trust Him?”

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“WE HAVE A BIG GOD. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL JESUS.

WE HAVE A GLORIOUS COMFORTER.

GOD’S CANOPY IS OVER YOU AND WILL COVER YOU AT ALL TIMES,

PRESERVING YOU FROM EVIL.

UNDER HIS WINGS SHALL YOU TRUST.

THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL, AND IN IT’S TREASURES YOU WILL FIND ETERNAL LIFE.

IF YOU DARE TRUST THIS WONDERFUL LORD, THIS LORD OF LIFE, YOU WILL FIND IN HIM EVERYTHING YOU NEED.”

– Smith Wigglesworth

 

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.”

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

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

 

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

“My Times Are In Your Hands”

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“My times are in Your hands…” – Psalm 31:16 TLV

My times are in Your hands,

Whatever they may be,

pleasing,  painful,

dark , or bright,

As best may seem to Thee.

– from sermon by Charles Spurgeon, “In Thy Hand”

 

 

Choose To Trust

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Every penny bears the reminder,  “In God We Trust” but for Job it was personal.

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

Meaning, “Even if He kills me, I will die trusting in Him.” Proof of the trust in God that was rooted in Job.

No matter what. I choose to trust.

Trust in God.

 

“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

“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

The Nearness of You…

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

Dancing

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Storm Proof

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“Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.

– Smith Wigglesworth

One Day at a Time

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“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Absolutely Priceless

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“Like miners, facing struggle and difficulties, in search of diamonds,

So has been my journey…

And now I see

That the Treasure I’ve found,

In Christ alone,

and through it all,

Is  absolutely priceless.”

Just Think About It

Ponder

“They will declare the work of God, and ponder what He has done.”

Psalms 64:10

When You Just Don’t Understand

“When you can’t see God’s plan,

And you don’t understand,

Trust in His Word…

Hold tight to His Hand.”

Letting Go Is Key

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“Let go of the past, so that God can open the door to your future.”

-Fritz Chery

Dominion and Awe

“He knows the way I take…

I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.

He is unchangeable, and who can change Him?

Whatever His soul desires, He does…

Dominion and awe are with Him…”

Job 23:10,12,13 and 25:2

Truly Valuable

“It is my practice, to determine the value of something,

by imagining my life without it.”

– Herb Kelleher

Satisfied

“God is most glorified in us,

When we,

Are most satisfied,

In Him.”

– John Piper

New Heart ❤️

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…”

“I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that which was desolate:

I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”

Ezekiel 36:26 and 36

Grace Internal

“Internal grace from God, empowers us for success in external endeavors.”

True Faith

“The beginning of anxiety

is the end of faith,

and the beginning of true faith

is the end of anxiety.

George Müller

Out in The Cold

How long, O LORD?

Will You forget me 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?

Psalms 13:1-2

 

About Doubt🤔

This is brilliant!

“Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.”

– Greg Laurie

Best of All

“Best of all, God is with us!”

John Wesley

Final words

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

Be Still My Soul🕊

Be still my soul-

The Lord is on your side!

Leave to your God

To order and provide-

Be still my soul-

Your best, your heavenly Friend

Thru thorny ways

Leads to a joyful end.

– Jean Sibelius

The Love of God

 

The love of God is greater far

Then tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest Hell,

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made;

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love

Of God above

Would drain the oceans dry;

Nor could the scroll

Contain the whole,

Tho stretched from sky to sky.

Hymn-“The Love of God” by F.M. Lehman

Stayed

Stayed upon JEHOVAH,

Hearts are fully blessed –

Finding, as He promised,

Perfect peace and rest.

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You…”

– Isaiah 26:3

 

 

 

From the Hymn, “Like A River Glorious”

by F.R. Havergai and James Mountain

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 heard someone 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!!! I was never told 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 ♥

Think On These Things🤔

“… 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

 

 

Thanks for Everything

” LORD, I thank You for everything in my life;

the good, the bad, the easy, the hard, the joys, and the pain,

I thank You for all of it.”

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

First Thessalonians 5:18

A Good Friday For You and For Me

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;

and with His stripes we are healed.”

– Isaiah 53:5

Relaxed Confidence

When Abraham gave first choice to Lot, and Lot took the best and greenest pastures for himself, Abraham simply let it be so. Then God promised to give him all the land, as far as his eyes could see, to the east, west, north and south. It didn’t matter that Lot had taken the best for himself. Abraham held a relaxed confidence in God and His promises.

My hope for the future, my trust in your precious promises, and everything that concerns me, is secure in You, LORD,

So I choose to relax, and place my confidence in You.

 

Perfect Timing

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

“A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.”

Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8

Just Ask

“They don’t have anymore wine.” she said, asking Him to do something about it. “Woman, what does this have to do with you or I?” was His reply.

She turned to the servers and said, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”

They filled the jars with water as He instructed, and took them to the headwaiter, who after tasting it, shouted with excitement to the bridegroom, “…You’ve saved the best wine for last!”

It was the first miracle performed by Jesus, at Mary’s request, turning water into wine during a wedding in Cana; and what was the outcome?

The servants, the wedding guests, the bridegroom, and the disciples, were all astonished and drawn to Him.

“Jesus did this. He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” -John 2:11

And all because she just asked. Got a problem? Ask the Lord to do something about it!

Here it is in a nutshell;

“… Anything you ask in My Name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

– John 14:13

Start Where You Stand

Start where you stand and never mind the past,

The past won’t help you in beginning new,

If you have left it all behind at last

Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;

This is another chapter in the book,

This is another race that you have planned,

Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,

Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats

If you can start anew and win success,

The future is your time, and time is fleet

And there is much of work and strain and stress;

Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,

Here is a brand new trial right at hand,

The future is for him who does and dares,

Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,

To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;

Get in the fight and face it unafraid,

And leave the past to ancient history;

What has been, has been; yesterday is dead

And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,

Take courage, be brave, and drive ahead,

Start where you stand.

Berton Braley.

Glory To God In The Highest

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

who is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;

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

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

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

Luke 2

Caged Bird Free

My stubborn will at last has yielded,

I would be Thine,  and Thine alone

And this the prayer my lips are bringing,

Lord, let in me Thy will be done.

Thy  precious will, O conquering Savior,

Doth now embrace and compass me;

All discords hushed, my peace a river,

 

My soul a prisoned bird set free.

Sweet will of God

Still fold me closer,

Till I am wholly lost in Thee.

 

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

 

The Good Doctor

When they saw Him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples,

“With tax collectors and sinners He eats?”

On hearing this, Jesus said to them,

“Healthy people don’t need a physician, but sick ones do.

I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”

– Mark 2:16-17

Like Water Covers the Sea

“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.”

Habakkuk 2:14

The Hat Rack

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

Once, when we were visiting a new church for the first time,  an elderly lady came up to us and 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 I  talked a little about my faith experience.  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!

Wanna Bees


“Be

joyful in hope,

patient in affliction,

 faithful in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

 

With Heart In Hand I Trust You

“LORD, I trust You today with my WHOLE LIFE…

For my WHOLE LIFE.♥

For in trusting You,

My LIFE is made WHOLE.”

Small Beginnings

“Don’t despise small beginnings…”

“Though your beginning is small, your latter will greatly increase ”

Job 8:7

A Clean Heart

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation; and sustain me with a willing spirit.”

Psalm 51:1-12

Hang in There


“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
Charles Spurgeon

Blessed Quietness 


Blessed quietness 

Holy quietness 

What assurance in my soul

On the stormy sea

He speaks peace to me

And the billows cease to roll

– Manie Payne Fergusen 

Power in Simplicity

 

“The ordinary acts we practice, every day at home, are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”

-Thomas Moore

Amazing Grace

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

In God’s Hands

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The Good Shepherd

Yes, though I walk

Through the valley

Of the shadow of death

You are with me

Your rod and Your staff

They comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

 

Do Good

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,

to all the souls you can, in every place you can,

at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can,

as long as ever you can.”

John Wesley

“For the love of Christ constrains us…”

2 Corinthians 5:14

He Was Wounded, We Are Healed

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

Thomas Moore

Sweet As Honey

There is nothing sweeter than the Word of God

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 “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.”

So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”

Ezekiel 3:3

Leap of Faith

Go for it.

“By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance.

He went out, not knowing where he was going.

By faith he migrated to the land of promise…”

Hebrews 11:8

 

 

Take Courage My Heart

He’s In The Waiting.♥

“Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting
He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing
He’s never failing.”

“Wait for ADONAI. Be strong, let your heart take courage, and wait for ADONAI.” – Psalm 27:14

Take Courage Lyrics- Kristene DiMarco/ Photo- Google Images

Double Blessing

Double Rainbow

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,

and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.

And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,

and everlasting joy will be yours.”

Isaiah 61:7

Patient Endurance

“Remember the former days

When, after you were enlightened,

You endured a great struggle with sufferings.

Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten,

Sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.

You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail,

And when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy.

You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.

Remember the great reward it brings you!

Patient endurance is what you need now,

So that you will continue to do God’s will.

Then you will receive all that He has promised.”

 

Hebrews 10:32-35

Tree of Life Version and New Living Translation