Sunday, March 30, 2014

Waiting Quietly

To love God is to love His will.
 It is to wait quietly for life to be measured
 by One who knows us through and through.
It is to be content with His timing
and His wise appointment.

~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, 
says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, 
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Blessings to you all on this Sunday morning.  Thanks to Dawn, from The Feathered Nest for this lovely graphic which seems to fit perfectly with the quote and scripture.  You can see the expression on the woman's face as if she's pondering and waiting quietly for what God has planned for her.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Free Spring Vintage Graphics

The birds upon the tree tops sing their song;
The angels chant their chorus all day long;
The flowers in the garden blend their hue,
So why shouldn't I, why shouldn't you praise Him too?

I'm not sure who wrote this sweet little song, but it's one I used to sing to my daughter.  We are certainly ready for spring, here in New England.  So I thought I'd share some cheery graphics. 

I hope you enjoy these lovelies.  Have a blessed day.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flowers by the Sea

I believe in God,
like I believe in the sun.
Not because I can see it,
but because of it,
all things are seen.

~ C.S. Lewis ~

All things were made through Him,
and without Him
nothing was made that was made.

John 1:3

I took this photo a couple of summers ago, on a warm evening at sunset.  The pink flowers make a lovely foreground with the ocean as their backdrop.  Notice the colors the sunset casts against the flowers.  Simple beauty from a magnificent creator. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Free Spring Vintage Graphics

We are in the midst of what I hope to be the final winter storm of the season.  It's been a long winter and we are ready for Spring.  I'm looking forward to  green grass, flowers, and warmer days.  Despite the weather outside, I'm thinking Spring and am sharing some free cheery graphics with you today from my collection. 

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I hope you enjoy today's graphics.  Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Buttercups and Light

As a child I would often pick buttercups and hold them under the chins of my friends, and ask them to do the same to me.  It was said, if you could see yellow under the chin, you liked butter.   Of course there was yellow every time under our chins, not because we liked butter, but because the petals are reflective of light. 

The buttercup is a delicate flower whose light is always shining, despite being  fragile.  The light of the petals continues to shine through cloudy days and rainstorms.  I'm reminded of  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (as shown above).  Despite any circumstances that cause us to be weak, God's GRACE is enough for us to carry on.  He gives us the strength we need to keep our lights from ceasing to shine. 

Of this you can be sure:  the loving heart of God is sufficient to meet your needs.  Whatever dangers you may face, whatever heartbreaks you must endure, God is with you, and He stands ready to comfort you and to heal you.
~ 100 Days of Grace for Women ~

Blessings to you today dear ones. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Doing our Best

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them;
but do not let them master you.
Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
When we do the best we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
~ Helen Keller

Therefore, as God’s chosen people,
holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Depths of God's Love

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day fast approaching.   A time to recognize those we love. 

As much love as our human hearts can hold for those dear to us, there's a kind of love that we cannot comprehend.  That's the love that God has for you and for me.  One of his many many names is LOVE. 
 He who does not love does not know God,
for God is love.

1 John 4:8

Did you catch that last part of the verse
He IS love........
He defines love....
His nature is love...
His attributes are love.

God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sin.

His love is: 

never changing
no beginning or end
He knows and loves YOU individually.

So . . . Just how much DOES God love us:

He knows the number of hairs on your head
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7 (NKJV)

He knows every tear you shed and stores them in a bottle
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?

Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)

His thoughts toward you outnumber the grains of sand
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV)

As Elisabeth Elliot says: 
Remember, you are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms!

The scripture graphic at the top of this post is free for personal use or sharing.  The scripture layout was designed by Karen at Papercraft Memories

Friday, January 31, 2014

Comfort in Trials

When God allows extraordinary trials for his people,
He prepares extraordinary comforts for them. 

Corrie Ten Boom

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:19

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunshine in My Soul

I've been sick and somewhat quarantined from the people I love.  I opened the door yesterday morning to check the weather and this is what I found:

Blah, dreary, dull, boring.  No sun, no fresh fallen snow, just blah.... like I felt.   I snapped the picture using my ipad and messaged it to my sister who lives thousands of miles away as she takes an interest in these sort of things. 

I came across the hymn today, Sunshine in My Soul (you know where I'm going with this, don't you) and doesn't matter how I feel physically, or what the weather is like.  As long as there is sunshine in my soul, everything will be okay. 

This lovely hymn was written by Eliza Hewitt many years ago, during a time of painful confinement for her.  I'd encourage you to read an earlier post I wrote **here** for more about this remarkable woman, and this hymn. 

There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my Light.
O there's sunshine, blessed sunshine,
When the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in the soul. 

I'll close with a quote from Elisabeth Elliot. 

"The promises of God will lift me right out of sad sentimentality and put music in my mouth if I will think steadily on them. Let the promise be the song you sing. He will hear it and make it true for you".

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Simply Trusting Every Day

Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Edgar Stites, 1876

Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
Psalm 56:3