Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where our True Wealth Lies

"His poverty was so great that He was born in another man's house, and buried in another man's tomb." - author unknown
 “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
 
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" - Matthew 6:25-26 ESV

Friday, April 14, 2017

Resurrection All Around

"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime." -Martin Luther
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live....' -John 11:25

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Sanctuary of Home

"The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a church and by the works done therein. The whole world could abound with the services to the Lord, - not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field." - Martin Luther
 
 "If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts... A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you." - Matthew Henry

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Best Gift of All

"Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!
"
~excerpted from Angels From the Realms of Glory

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Christmas Ponderings

“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice
  “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” ~ Bob Hope
  Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
 "All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ." - David Jeremiah
"Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world.
The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son.
The only requirement is to believe in Him.
The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life."

Monday, October 03, 2016

Where there are Octobers!

"O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches." ~Psalm 104:24

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rejoicing in God and each other...

A couple of quotes I've read this week that I just loved:
 Maya Angelou once said, “A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that her husband has to seek Him in order to find her.”
"He [God] makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you." - C.S. Lewis (The Problem with Pain)
Rejoice in God and in each others individuality...you and your spouse are His masterpiece!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Fear not the supposes nor anything...

"Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God." ~Hannah Whitall Smith
"In the secret of God's tabernacle no enemy can find us, and no troubles can reach us. The pride of man and the strife of tongues find no entrance into the pavilion of God. The secret of his presence is a more secure refuge than a thousand Gibraltars. I do not mean that no trials come. They may come in abundance, but they cannot penetrate into the sanctuary of the soul, and we may dwell in perfect peace even in the midst of life fiercest storms." ~Hannah Whitall Smith
 "...and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." ~Matthew 28:20

Friday, February 05, 2016

He Hath Not Forgotten Thy Great Need...

"Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days--these waiting days--as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, 'tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart's deep love.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord's will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could'st thou for Him fill?
'Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
'Tis hard, 'tis true! But then--He giveth grace

To count the hardest spot the sweetest place."
--J. D. Smith
 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Your house is your training ground

"You were placed here to train for eternity. Your body was only intended to be a house for your immortal spirit. It is flying in the face of God's purposes to do as many do - to make the soul a servant to the body, and not the body a servant to the soul." ~J.C. Ryle
"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow." - Martin Luther

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jesus is the answer...

"The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied." 
~Jonathan Edwards
 
May this coming new year, bring you the only lasting peace and joy there is...that of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A very blessed new year to you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

God's Everyday Gifts to Us

"God's version of flowers and chocolates and candlelight dinners comes in the form of sunsets and falling stars, moonlight on lakes and cricket symphonies; warm wind, swaying trees, lush gardens, (little doggies!), and fierce devotion." ~John and Stasi Eldredge
(little doggies being my insert) :)
 
 
 
  
  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
~James 1:17

Sunday, September 20, 2015

God Knows What He's Doing

I was reading this article and this article, today. If you get a chance, be sure and read both of them. Never forget that God knows all your needs and why He's allowing what He is, and why His timing is what it is.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." ~Proverbs 3: 5-6
" For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,...." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, September 19, 2015

God Has Made it Evident

Home

by Kathleen Higham

Misty rain tapping on the window
Heavy fog blankets a mountaintop
An absolutely beautiful array
Words flow, I simply cannot stop.

Lush green valleys all around me
Dogwoods peeking from the pines
Hills rolling and towering mighty
Another of my God's designs.

Going up, up, up so high
Then to the craggy rocks below
A song of West Virginia echoes
Lyrics I once used to know.

Take me home country roads
Before a tunnel dims the sky
The sun is just a breath away
As mountains disappear, I sigh.

How I love to see the flowers
Brighten a new and glorious day
Vivid colors dance in my heart
When I close my eyes to pray.

There is a certain crispness here
Feel the subtle change in the air
Oh the landscapes I remember well
A yearling hovers near the mare.

No words pass between us now
When quiet comes, a mind is still
Home, my home waits for me
Just beyond this one last hill.

Home is where I truly need to be
Knowing nothing ever really ends
Each mile I whisper thanks to God
For all of my most precious friends.

"...because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." ~Romans 1:19-20

Home

by Kathleen Higham

Misty rain tapping on the window
Heavy fog blankets a mountaintop
An absolutely beautiful array
Words flow, I simply cannot stop.

Lush green valleys all around me
Dogwoods peeking from the pines
Hills rolling and towering mighty
Another of my God's designs.

Going up, up, up so high
Then to the craggy rocks below
A song of West Virginia echoes
Lyrics I once used to know.

Take me home country roads
Before a tunnel dims the sky
The sun is just a breath away
As mountains disappear, I sigh.

How I love to see the flowers
Brighten a new and glorious day
Vivid colors dance in my heart
When I close my eyes to pray.

There is a certain crispness here
Feel the subtle change in the air
Oh the landscapes I remember well
A yearling hovers near the mare.

No words pass between us now
When quiet comes, a mind is still
Home, my home waits for me
Just beyond this one last hill.

Home is where I truly need to be
Knowing nothing ever really ends
Each mile I whisper thanks to God
For all of my most precious friends
- See more at: http://www.christart.com/poetry/poem4067.htm#sthash.qsSCpb1B.dpuf

Home

by Kathleen Higham

Misty rain tapping on the window
Heavy fog blankets a mountaintop
An absolutely beautiful array
Words flow, I simply cannot stop.

Lush green valleys all around me
Dogwoods peeking from the pines
Hills rolling and towering mighty
Another of my God's designs.

Going up, up, up so high
Then to the craggy rocks below
A song of West Virginia echoes
Lyrics I once used to know.

Take me home country roads
Before a tunnel dims the sky
The sun is just a breath away
As mountains disappear, I sigh.

How I love to see the flowers
Brighten a new and glorious day
Vivid colors dance in my heart
When I close my eyes to pray.

There is a certain crispness here
Feel the subtle change in the air
Oh the landscapes I remember well
A yearling hovers near the mare.

No words pass between us now
When quiet comes, a mind is still
Home, my home waits for me
Just beyond this one last hill.

Home is where I truly need to be
Knowing nothing ever really ends
Each mile I whisper thanks to God
For all of my most precious friends
- See more at: http://www.christart.com/poetry/poem4067.htm#sthash.qsSCpb1B.dpuf

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Frank Gifford's family and how God used Billy Graham in it...


 The best story of Frank Gifford's family and life:
(click on the highlighted link above to view the video in a separate window)
"My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world." 
- Billy Graham
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 The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'" - Billy Graham
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 "While our world is shaking and crumbling, we need to realize that one thing will never change, and that is God. He is the same today as he was ten million years ago, and will be the same ten million years from today."  -Billy Graham
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"God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don't let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He's still on the throne." -Billy Graham
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"My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him." -Billy Graham
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The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." -Billy Graham
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I agree with Kathie Lee Gifford...what a great yet humble man Billy Graham is! My dear mother died when I was 26, yet one of the greatest things she left me was the legacy of her Christian faith. And one of the dearest things I can remember from growing up, is how her eyes would shine as she shared with me how she sang in the Billy Graham Crusade choir in Oklahoma City, in 1956. I still have her song booklet from then, as well. If you're interested in reading about a wonderful man of faith, I would recommend the book Just As I Am.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life." -John 3:16

Sunday, July 26, 2015

God's love...

 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine

Friday, February 20, 2015

What do you value?

"In the end, we will not be patting each other on the back in Heaven and recounting our powerful, impressive exploits on planet earth. No, those hands of ours will not be available for back-patting because they will be raised in enthralled worship before the occupied throne of Heaven’s Lamb." ~excerpt from Jeff Lyle's article 10 Hammocks for Anxious Souls

"To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." ~Philippians 4:20
"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen." ~Gloria Patri, author unknown

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Do not worry...

"I have one preacher that I love better than any other on earth; it is my little tame robin, who preaches to me daily. I put some crumbs upon my window sill, especially at night. He hops onto the window sill when he wants his supply, and takes as much as he desires to satisfy his need. From thence he always hops to a little tree close by, lifts up his voice to God and sings his carol of praise and gratitude, then tucks his little head under his wing, goes fast to sleep, and leaves tomorrow to care for itself. He is the best preacher that I have on earth!" ~Martin Luther, on the sin of worrying
 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." ~Matthew 6:25-27,34

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Who we are in Christ...

"Grace is in no sense contingent upon or dependent upon what man does." ~D. Martyn Lloyd Jones
 " You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary." ~Jonathan Edwards

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." ~Eph. 2:8-9

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hoorah!

Friday, September 12, 2014

But the Greatest of These is Love...

"We fail in the work of grace and love when there is too much of us and not enough of God." ~Suzanne Woods Fisher, author
  “Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.”
~ A.W. Pink
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God...." 1 John 4:7
"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."
~ G.K. Chesterton
"Above all, love one another...." 1 Peter 4:8

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Be Done with Fretful Care

"If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust Him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God." ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I love his wisdom! Two books, as well, that are wonderful reads:
and
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, 'What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?' (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." ~Matthew 6:25-32

Monday, August 04, 2014

In Christ we find our rest....

"How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended." ~ George Whitefield
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” ~Exodus 33:14

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Celebrate God's Gift of Your Uniqueness


 I love this article! (click on the link)  23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert
 and C.S. Lewis sums it up so wonderfully:
 "He [God] makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

God in the Crossroads

 "Stand at the crossroads and look. In a time of turmoil, our minds race ahead to think of all that could happen in the future. We ask ourselves lots of 'what if' questions and frequently fall victim to an unfounded worry. To 'stand' means to turn our mind from its troubling thoughts of the future and to focus on God. It's similar to being at an intersection with signs pointing many different ways. We wait, not moving until we know in which direction to head." ~excerpt 6/27/14 In Touch devotional

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trusting His Heart

 "God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart." ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Friday, May 30, 2014

So surely shall all thy trials soon be at an end....

Are you going through a difficult time right now? This was Spurgeon's morning devotional a couple of days ago...I love it...what an encouraging word!

"Whom he justified, them he also glorified."
Romans 8:30


"Here is a precious truth for thee, believer. Thou mayest be poor, or in suffering, or unknown, but for thine encouragement take a review of thy 'calling' and the consequences that flow from it, and especially that blessed result here spoken of. As surely as thou art God's child today, so surely shall all thy trials soon be at an end, and thou shalt be rich to all the intents of bliss. Wait awhile, and that weary head shall wear the crown of glory, and that hand of labour shall grasp the palm-branch of victory. Lament not thy troubles, but rather rejoice that ere long thou wilt be where 'there shall be neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.' The chariots of fire are at thy door, and a moment will suffice to bear thee to the glorified. The everlasting song is almost on thy lip. The portals of heaven stand open for thee. Think not that thou canst fail of entering into rest. If he hath called thee, nothing can divide thee from his love. Distress cannot sever the bond; the fire of persecution cannot burn the link; the hammer of hell cannot break the chain. Thou art secure; that voice which called thee at first, shall call thee yet again from earth to heaven, from death's dark gloom to immortality's unuttered splendours. Rest assured, the heart of him who has justified thee beats with infinite love towards thee. Thou shalt soon be with the glorified, where thy portion is; thou art only waiting here to be made meet for the inheritance, and that done, the wings of angels shall waft thee far away, to the mount of peace, and joy, and blessedness, where,
'Far from a world of grief and sin,
With God eternally shut in,'
thou shalt rest forever and ever." ~Charles Spurgeon

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Whatever You Did For The Least Of These...

Well, I didn't get an Easter post up, as I've been sick since the day before Easter. Still wrestling with this 'bug', but at least feeling well enough to get this posted...yay!...as every since I'd been sent this, I'd been wanting to share this on my blog. I love it...may it give us all much 'food for thought'.
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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week.......Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I't's something you live by and share with others.
Photo: Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed him

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Though He Were Dead, Yet Shall He Live....

  
"Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?'" John 11:25-26 
Praise God, Jesus is the good news!

Friday, March 07, 2014

This Era Will Pass So Quickly...

On one of my flip calendars, it said this for today:
"This era will pass so quickly, and the present stresses will seem insignificant and remote. What will matter to you at the end of life will be the loving relationships you built with your family and your readiness to meet the Lord." ~James Dobson
I love that! Makes me think of a book that I just finished reading, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. One of the things I kept thinking over and over, while reading it, was how insignificant most things are, except for what really matters...loving our family, and serving the Lord. All else is gone in the blink of an eye.
"...earth will pass away, but my words will not...." ~Matthew 24:35
Oh Lord, we scurry about so...help us remember that in the big scheme of things, much of this is so very insignificant. Guide us in all that we do, that we may "number our days...[with] a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A Mother's Prayers Never End...

"O Lord of love, who art not far from any of Thy children, watch with Thy care those who are far away from us; be Thou about their path; be Thou within their hearts; be Thou their defense upon their right hand. Give them unfailing trust in Thee; grant them power against temptation; qualify them for whatever task Thou givest them to do; deliver them from the snare of setting duty aside; make it their joy to do Thy will. Let not distance break the bonds of love which bind them to us and to Thee, but knit us closer in thy love, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord." ~Boyd Carpenter, quoted in the book Five Minutes a Day, c. 1929.
"Children are a heritage from the Lord...." ~Psalm 127:3

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

God Is Still On His Throne...

We watch the news, and we see right being made wrong, and wrong being made right. It can seem disheartening at times, but keep looking up. He IS still on His throne.
"Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight of the emptiness of this world, and the fadingness of the best it yield?" ~John Bunyan
Keep looking up!
"I have a great need for Christ; [and praise God] I have a great Christ for my need." ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
He will always be on His throne...oh what joy!
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Using Our Words to Reflect Him...

"God is faithful to love us as we are, and because of that we are called to love one another. If we are His children, we should look like Him through the way that we offer and extend love to others." 
(~excerpt 1/11/14 Today in the Word devotional)
"Do not grumble against one another." ~James 5:9
"If anyone speaks, He should do it as one speaking the very words of God." ~1 Peter 4:11
"A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." ~Proverbs 15:4
"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person." ~Matthew 15:18
"Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." ~Romans 13:10

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

God bless you all...

A Christmas Carol
by Edgar Guest

God bless you all this Christmas Day
And drive the cares and griefs away.
Oh, may the shining Bethlehem star
Which led the wise men from afar
Upon your heads, good sirs, still glow
To light the path that ye should go.

As God once blessed the stable grim
And made it radiant for Him;
As it was fit to shield His Son,
May thy roof be a holy one;
May all who come this house to share
Rest sweetly in His gracious care.

Within thy walls may peace abide,
The peace for which the Savior died.
Though humble be the rafters here,
Above them may the stars shine clear,
And in this home thou lovest well
May excellence of spirit dwell.

God bless you all this Christmas Day;
May Bethlehem's star still light thy way
And guide thee to the perfect peace
When every fear and doubt shall cease.
And may thy home such glory know
As did the stable long ago.
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"Rejoice greatly...! Behold, your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He...." ~Zech 9:9

Monday, November 18, 2013

Trusting God Even with Your Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving
As Nicholas was learning, having faith doesn't mean you can't cry. It just means that you can trust God, even with your tears." ~excerpt from St. Nicholas: The Believer, by Eric and Lana Elder
"Jesus wept." ~John 11:35

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

He is praying...

"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear [anything].... Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me." ~Robert Murray McCheyne
 
  "Christ Jesus is...at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us." ~Romans 8:34

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Lord's Purpose It Is That Prevails...

“I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted" ~Job 42:2
I don't know what season you are in right now, but for us, we are going through a difficult season of life right now. My husband just started a new job, we have our house up for sale, and we will be moving closer to his work once it sells. Changes, changes, changes. And that's just to name one of the changes and struggles in this season we are encountering. I was visiting with a friend yesterday, and we were discussing how even when we can't see the big picture, and the needlework looks all jumbled, God sees the finished picture, and what a glorious one it will be! Then this came in my email this morning, which spoke to me even more, as I, too, have lupus:
"In 1965 Howard Rutledge parachuted into North Vietnam and spent the next several years in a prison in Hanoi, locked in a filthy cell breathing stale, rotten air trying to keep his sanity. Few of us will ever face the conditions of a POW camp. Yet, to one degree or another, we all spend time behind bars. After half-a-century of marriage, my friend’s wife began to lose her memory.  A young mother called, just diagnosed with Lupus. Why would God permit such imprisonment?  To what purpose?  Jeremiah 30:24 promises, 'The Lord will not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the intents of His mind.' This season in which you find yourself may puzzle you, but it doesn’t bewilder God.  He will use it for His purpose. Please be reminded…You will get through this!" ~Max Lucado
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." ~Proverbs 19:21
(Picture in Vermont taken from dh's and my trip a year ago this very week to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont...New England, where our hearts will ever be!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Greatest Answer Has Already Been Given...

Dear God, we are not our own...we know we were bought with a price...a very loving, gracious price that none of us could ever deserve...how great a gift is that! Yet you know our feeble frame, how very weak it is. Please help us to trust in this waiting time, remembering that however things work out in our lives, we are first and foremost here for Your glory and pleasure, and that the greatest Gift we could ever want has already been given us. Amen
"The Lord Jesus left His home in heaven, came down to this earth, and gave His life, not so we could live for ourselves and our pleasures, but so we could be free to live for the One whose pleasure we were created." ~A Heart at Rest flip calendar, 9/23, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
"There are some prayers that are followed by a Divine silence because we are not yet ripe for all we have asked; there are others which are so followed because we are ripe for more. We do not always know the full strength of our own capacity; we have to be prepared for receiving greater blessings than we have ever dreamed of." ~George Matheson 
"More prayer, more exercise of faith, more patient waiting, and the result will be blessing, abundant blessing. Thus I have found it many hundreds of times, and therefore I continually say to myself, 'Hope thou in God.'" ~George Muller
"Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him." ~Psalm 62:5

Monday, September 16, 2013

In God's Good Time...

"Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: "My time is not yet come." God has a set time as well as a set purpose, and He who orders the bounds of our habitation orders also the time of our deliverance." ~Anonymous
“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” ~Psalm 50:10
"It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent; and can do whatsoever He please. Let us rest there awhile, - He can, if He please: and He is infinitely loving, willing enough; and He is infinitely wise, choosing better for us than we can do for ourselves. God invites and cherishes the hopes of men by all the variety of His providence. He that believes does not make haste, but waits patiently, till the times of refreshment come, and dares trust God for the morrow, and is no more solicitous for the next year than he is for that which is past." ~Jeremy Taylor

Sunday, September 15, 2013

In Him is Our Strength...

"God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory." ~Augustine
"He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
~Isaiah 40:29-31

(this was my daddy's favorite verse!) :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Peace in the Hard Places...

"Loneliness comes over us sometimes as a sudden tide. It is one of the terms of our humanness, and, in a sense, therefore, incurable. Yet I have found peace in my loneliest times not only through acceptance of the situation, but through making it an offering to God, who can transfigure it into something for the good of others." ~Elisabeth Elliot
"Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song - He has become your salvation." ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Then David said to Solomon his son, 'Be strong and courageous.... Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God...is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you....'" ~ 1 Chron. 28:20

Sunday, September 08, 2013

If God Be There...

"A cottage will not hold the bulky furniture and sumptuous accommodations of a mansion; but if God be there, a cottage will hold as much happiness as might stock a palace." ~Dr. James Hamilton, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” ~Hebrews 13:5
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." ~ 1 Tim. 6:6

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Worth the Wait!

"Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us: 'There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.' But there are moments in life where it is easy to forget the truth of this Scripture. We want our goals accomplished on our time; we want our needs met when we first feel them. Yet sometimes God's best for us doesn't mean right now, or even soon. Sometimes He asks us to wait on Him. When we pray and ask God to do His will in our lives, we must be prepared to operate on His timetable. The Creator of all life knows what is best for us, and His timing, just like all of His ways, is perfect. The psalmist writes: 'The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness (Psalm 147:11). God promises to be with His people and hear their prayers. If it seems like you are stuck in the waiting room of God's blessings, take heart. He has not forsaken you; He is simply doing what's best for you. And it will be worth the wait!" ~ (excerpted from August 2, Daily Seeds)
I love this, as we are in a waiting period in our lives right now, and I find it is so difficult at times to just REST in that in-between time, yet I also know that ALL His ways are perfect. If you find yourself in a waiting season of life, may this remind you how VERY much the Lord loves you, and that anything He prepares is always worth the wait.

"For you I wait all the day." ~Psalm 25:5

Friday, August 02, 2013

It's the Small Things that Matter

My dear husband and I have been watching the series Lark Rise to Candleford, put out by the BBC. It is just absolutely precious!!...so many nuggets of truth in it, as to what really matters. Every evening that we sit down to watch it, we feel like we are visiting with dear old friends. :) We are now on Season 3, and there are only 4 seasons, so I don't know what we'll do when we get through 4...maybe start all over again. :) It is very much like a combination of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables...just a sweet, lovely series overall.
"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment...." ~Romans 12:3
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." ~Philippians 4:8

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jesus So Precious...

"You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm."
~Robert Murray M'Cheyne
"...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  ~John 16:33
"Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." ~Psalm 62:1-2
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Deut. 31:6

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

"I have to realize that whatever I do has meaning only if I ask that it serves His purposes.... I believe that in my present undertaking, whatever the outcome, it will be His doing. I will pray for understanding of what it is He would have me do." ~Ronald Reagan, 1976 
"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." ~ Ronald Reagan 
Love hearing this great man speak of what's truly important...this video brought tears to my husband's and my eyes!

By the way, a book called That Printer of Udell's is a book God used to greatly inspire Reagan when he was a boy of 11. If you haven't read it, it's definitely a keeper.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Plans formed of old...to God be the glory!

This is the Listener's Audio Bible verse for the day...I love it...how it so applies to our situation! :)

“ O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” ~Isaiah 25:1
The thought of "plans formed of old, faithful and sure", gives me incredible comfort. To think that our God...our Daddy in Heaven, has formed ALL these events ahead of time, knowing they were what He needed to round out our lives, because He loves us SO much and KNOWS **exactly** what He's doing...how awesome is that?!? If you are going through a difficult life situation right now as we are, may you rest, knowing that your heavenly Father is sovereign over ALL things...caring SO much as to work all things together for good. No one, nor any event, can ever, ever, ever :) thwart His perfect plan for your life...to God be the glory great things He has done!!
 Chorus:
"Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done."

(from the hymn: To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done; lyrics by Fanny Crosby)

His Perfect Peace In All His Good Pleasure

The quotes shown below were in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine email-newsletter today...how comforting these words are, in all situations, even beyond homeschooling (we are 6 year empty nesters). Do you find yourself going through a difficult situation...one that you cannot see any of the answer(s), and it's a complete faith-walk to know God has all answers down the road, even though you are not privy to any of them right now? We are, and I pray this gives you as much comfort as it does us! (All emphasis below are just as they were written.)

"'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength' (Isaiah 26:3,4).

Our MINDS need to be stayed: focused, kept, and continued on HIM. Take your mind off your circumstances and put it on HIM. Magnify HIM and not your difficulty.
  1. Our minds are able to stay on HIM because we TRUST in HIM. Do not trust in what you see or feel. Trust in your God forever--He is the only unchanging thing in your life!
  2. In HIM is everlasting strength! Tired, weary, discouraged? You need strength and you don't have it in yourself. In the Lord alone is everlasting strength.
Let me encourage you with...reasons to not give up:

...Reasons Not To Give Up

     God's grace is sufficient.
  1. God gives us everything we need for life and godliness.
  2. God's mercy endures forever.
  3. It is God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure."

Sunday, February 24, 2013

How I Trust Him!

"'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, 'Thus saith the Lord!'

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
and I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end."


(~Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, lyrics by Louisa Stead)
 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." ~Proverbs 3:5-6

"Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
 Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long."


(~Blessed Assurance, lyrics by Fanny Crosby)

We don't know tomorrow, and how if we let it, fear could grip us...but praise be to God, we are lost in His love...and that is such a wonderful place to be!!