Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rest for the Weary

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.   Matthew 11:28-30


The definition of REST is: to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing. To relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor, and to be at ease; have tranquility or peace. 


Sounds good, doesn’t it? We all need rest, and when we’re very tired, we look forward to it. Even my little grandson enjoys his rest. He doesn’t have the words yet to express it but will point to his crib, and when he lies down, will smile and wave bye-bye.

This scripture talks about rest for our souls; relief from the trials, stress, tribulations, burdens, and sin that can weigh us down. Remember Christian, in the book Pilgrim’s Progress? He was weighed down by a heavy load and longed for relief as he journeyed to the Celestial City. He found his rest when he reached the foot of the cross. The straps that bound the load to him broke and he was free from the oppressive weight.

We don’t have to bear the weight of our burdensome load. Jesus promises us in this scripture passage to come to Him and he will give us rest. Are you tired? Are you weary? Are you burdened? Leave it at the foot of the cross and find rest for your soul.

My husband’s grandmother wrote the poem below.  I never had an opportunity to meet her, but know she would have been pleased to have me share it with you.



Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
And wait patiently for him
He’ll lift your cares and light your path
When everything looks dim.

He knows your need for daily strength
The problems that you face
He’ll give you courage and supply
His boundless love and grace

Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
There is no better way
To find refreshment, joy and peace
O rest in him today.
by Violet Elwell


This post is linked to:
What Joy is Mine, Home Making Mondays


Friday, March 25, 2016

The Good News of Friday




I had the opportunity to tell a young man I know, the good news of Jesus. As we sat at my kitchen table, I explained why Jesus had to die on the cross. As he listened, I scanned my table for some visual aids. Two pencils became the cross and my friend and I were the salt & pepper shakers, my sugar bowl was at the head of the cross, representing God. 

I explained it again with my visuals, the only way to God is through Jesus. He took the punishment for our sins. By believing Jesus did this, the cross becomes our bridge to God. 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
Romans 10:9

I watched as he had the light bulb expression on his face and exclaimed I totally get it now, it was you and me that put him there!    

YES indeed, I put Him there....my sin was there.  My Lord had heaped on him all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.  HE did this for me, and HE did this for you.



The story doesn't end on the cross. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the HOPE that gives us the promise ~ Because He lives, we can live also. 


Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
William Newell ~ 1895

Please join me today, reflecting what Jesus did for us, as we prepare our heart for the joyful celebration of His resurrection. Easter Sunday.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

No Luck Here


My friend and I were tweens when she was given a birthday card by a youth leader.  The card had the words "good luck" crossed out.  The woman told my friend she didn't believe in luck. We thought she was a little wacky for thinking that.  

About 38 years have passed since I was a tweenager (you're doing the math aren't you?) and I can tell you the trials have been many.  Have I been unlucky? Some might think so.  If I were to compare blessings vs. trials in two columns, the blessings would far outweigh the trials.  I've been blessed beyond measure. 

Look for your blessings today, write them down.  Look for your blessings tomorrow, write them down.  Do this everyday in a special notebook.  I guarantee your spirits will be lifted.


When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Johnson Oatman, Jr, 1897

Have a blessed day my friends.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Cure for Anxiety


Websters 1828 Dictionary defines ANXIETY as: concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness. it expresses more than uneasiness or disturbance,......

It defines PEACE as:  In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.

I've had a lot of experience with anxiety over the years. Most of my anxiety has come from thoughts of what "might" happen tomorrow or in the future. The majority of what I'd built up in my mind never even happened. Over the years, as I've gotten older, had more life experience, drawn closer to the Lord, and seen his provisions for me over and over again . . . the PEACE comes more often than the anxiety.



PRAY - ask God to help you overcome this, just as the verse says.   You may need to pray everyday for peace, or situation by situation. I guarantee, the more you pray, the more you read your Bible, the more you seek the Lord, the greater PEACE you will have.

Philippians 4:6-7 are my go to verses for PEACE. I made a pretty graphic with these verses to help us all focus on the PEACE of God which exceeds our understanding.  Feel free to print out, share, or use on your blogs/websites. Read it, memorize it, store it in your heart my friends. Praying for you to have peace today. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Perfect in Weakness



Are there days when you are left emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted?  I'm sure there are! Perhaps every day is like that for you. The above scripture from 2 Corinthians 12:9 gives us a promise that:

HIS GRACE is SUFFICIENT 
It’s enough!!
It’s the perfect amount. 
HIS POWER is made PERFECT in weakness.

No matter our trials, praise is possible. I know this because I've experienced it. When I've reached out to God for help and strength, He has NEVER failed me. I am strongest (through Him) when I am emotionally, physically and mentally the weakest. I am thankful to God for allowing me to have the various trials I've had over the years.

I guarantee without my trials, there would be no "Little Birdie Blessings", a blog of Christian encouragement. I wouldn't be empathetic toward others, and I certainly wouldn't have a heart for women's ministry.

Elizabeth Prentiss, born 1818 in my home state of Maine had this to say about her trials:

Much of my experience of life has cost me a great price and I wish to use it for strengthening and comforting other souls.   You can read more about this great woman of faith here: Elizabeth Prentiss

The graphic I used in this post was one of the first digital graphics I made, about 5 years ago. It makes me happy to look at it. The WORDart was designed by Karen at Papercraft Memories  You can find lots of free WORDart on her blog.

Thank you for visiting today. I trust and pray you will be encouraged by God's word and claim this as one of the verses for your own life.

If you are on facebook, you can find me here with daily postings:
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I'm also having some fun with Instagram, and can be found here:
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lovely Graphics & a New Baby to Love



I think this verse from Proverbs 3:3 is beautiful! Can you just picture these two qualities around our necks like a strand of lovely pearls that can't be broken or removed? The words written on our hearts, engraved there forever! Feel free to use the heart graphic, or the one below on your blogs, webpages, social media or print out for art work. 




Our family received a very special gift this past week in the form of a little baby girl, born to my daughter and her husband. Little Natalie Joy was welcomed home on Sunday by her three brothers, her aunt and uncle, and of course her Nana (that would be me) and Grandpa.  Little Natalie has enough hair, her mom could style it if she chose to. So very precious.

The miracle of birth - a miracle that's often overlooked, until it's brought fresh to us. Our hearts are full!  "He hath made everything beautiful in his time" Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Here's a tag a made for my daughter in celebration of the birth. 


 




Here are a couple vintage Valentine freebies for you.





I hope you have a delightful rest of the week. 





Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Freebies

A kind and thoughtful deed
Or a hand outstretched in a time of need
Is the rarest of gifts, for it is a part,
Not of the purse but a loving heart.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~ 


Hello my friends. I've missed being here on the blog, so thought I'd pop in and say hello. Here are some vintage Valentine freebies for you. Feel free to print them out for crafting, pin them, or use on your blogs or websites. A link back is always nice but not required. To save to your computer, click on image for largest size, right click, and save.

Here's a tip that I do when saving images from sites that have free graphics - I have a specific folder on my computer for each site I save from. That enables me to easily know the source. Enjoy!










I think the last vintage postcard is particularly amusing as my husband has white hair and I have a "lame gait".

Here are a few verses regarding LOVE.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2



And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
Colossians 3:14

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8


Have a blessed day.



Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year Poem

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
~ Frances Havergal, 1874 ~




I trust you had a blessed Christmas my friends, and enjoyed the series 25 Days of God Given Gifts. I know it helped me through the month of December, focus on what was important.  I'll be posting some follow-up to that series, but for now - - I rest (Day 11, Matthew 11:28-29)



Have a blessed week.



Friday, December 25, 2015

25 Days of God Given Gifts - Day 25 - Merry Christmas

Day 25 - Merry Christmas.

Today's gift is the gift of Jesus. 


And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
 For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11


I hope you've enjoyed this series on 25 Days of God Given Gifts.
You can find the series here:


Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Peace of Christmas

Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:27



December of 1861 was not a time of peace on earth in the United States.  A Civil War was being fought between the North and the South, killing and wounding thousands and thousands of men.  It was during this time, a man named Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a Portland Maine native, buried his wife.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry’s wife Fanny had been accidentally burned to death while heating sealing wax.  Wax that was used to seal the envelope containing her children’s cut off baby curls.  Henry had also suffered severe burns while trying to save her as her clothes burst into flames.Two years later one of Mr. Wadsworth’s sons who had gone off to fight in that Civil War was badly wounded.  During this low point in Henry’s life he wrote the poem,

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.




I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth, I said,
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.


This timeless poem/song written by Mr. Longfellow over 150 years ago is applicable still today and reminds us there is HOPE, even in times of despair. 
God is not dead nor doth he sleep.

The Christmas story is about a gift from God to the human race.  The gift of His Son, to take the punishment for our sins.   There’s nothing you can do to earn this gift, you receive it by faith.  Once you receive a gift, it’s yours. 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves:it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9





The angel’s message to the Shepard’s was:

Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. 

For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. 

And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, 
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men. 
Luke 2:10-14



Jesus Christ is the only lasting peace you will ever find in this world. 



Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:27

The church bells ring on Christmas to announce God’s gift to humanity and the HOPE He brought to us in the form of the baby in the Bethlehem manger.  

May you and your family be blessed by that Gift throughout this Christmas season and in the coming year.