Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hard-Pressed but not Crushed



This verse above (2 Corinthians 4:8-9), seems to sum up what I certainly cannot put into words. There is no doubt we are living in troubled times. If you have access to any type of news media, you know what I'm talking about.

Even if you're not personally affected by the tragedies we're hearing about in the news, there are many struggles within most of our circles of family and friends.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—  
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

I hope you are encouraged by these verses. God's word, the Bible, is the greatest tangible piece of encouragement you can access. It's His way of communicating with us. We communicate with God through prayer, He communicates to us through His word, the Bible.  Pick it up and start reading - If you don't know where to start, read the book of John, then read it again. 




Keep looking up, HOPE is within our grasp. 

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

America the Beautiful




Living on the coast of Maine, I am privileged to be surrounded by, a section of God's magnificent creation. In 1893, a young woman named Katharine Lee Bates traveled West from her New England home and was taken in by a different area of God's creation. Katharine was delighted by the wind-waved gold of the vast wheat-fields.

Part of her journey took her to Pike's Peak in Colorado. The view from the 15,000 foot summit appeared breathtaking and she was inspired to pencil a poem in her journal. This poem was originally titled "Pikes Peak" which first published in the Fourth of July edition of a church periodical "The Congregationalist" in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication.

Katharine, an English professor from Wellesley College remarked after her trip, "Greatness and goodness are not necessarily synonymous. Rome was great, but she was not good, and for that reason the Roman Empire fell. ... Unless we are willing to crown our greatness with goodness, and our bounty with brotherhood, our beloved America may go the same way".

Somewhere along the way, this poem was set to the music of "Materna" written by Samuel A. Ward in 1882. It was titled America the Beautiful, and gained popularity during World War I, inspiring patriotic pride and prayer through the nation.


O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control,
Thy liberty in law.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

This is My Father's World

Father's Day - a time to recognize and remember our fathers.

Perhaps your father has passed, or you don't have a good relationship with your father. One common thing we ALL have is access to is a Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can comprehend, and more than any other human being could love us.


Proverbs 31 Ministries ~ Do You Know Jesus?



This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
1901 ~ Maltbie Babcock

For more information about this hymn
and the rest of the lyrics
you can visit here:
This is My Father's World


Have a blessed day my friends.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

No Worries ~ God's Got This

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

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I just made the fresh new graphic above to serve as a lovely reminder of God's love and provision for us. This passage, is part of the reason behind the bird theme of my blog. I'd encourage you to read Matthew 6:25-34 today.

God is our helper! He loves and cares for the little birds of the air! He loves and cares for you MORE! Do you need help? Just ask Him and TRUST Him to see you through. No worries, God's got this!

Love,

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poem ~ The Wings of Prayer

On the wings of prayer our burdens take flight
And our load of care becomes bearably light,
And our heavy hearts are lifted above
To be healed by the balm of God's wonderful love,
And the tears in our eyes are dried by the hands
Of a loving Father who understands
All of our problems, our fears and despair,
When we take them to Him on the wings of prayer.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~




Thank you to all who have been praying for Vee (God Will Take Care of You). There are times we want to do more to help a friend in need, and prayer doesn't seem like it's enough. Prayer really is the most beneficial thing we can do to help a friend.

I remember a time in my life, as a young single mother, visiting my next door neighbor with my daughter. My neighbor was an elderly woman with a little dog and a plate of warm cookies always on the table.  She said to me one day, "I pray for you every day". I remember feeling very humbled that she would take her time to pray for me every single day. I've never forgotten that and I'm sure I won't know the total impact of her prayers on my life until we meet again one day in heaven.

Have a blessed day dear ones.



Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Hello friends - As I write this post, Memorial Day 2016, a rainy day, a day of remembrance for those who died in service for their country. My husband, a Vietnam Veteran and I were privileged to visit the Vietnam Moving Wall, last evening. The Moving Wall has been in our area for a few days and a great honor for it to be near us on Memorial Day Weekend.  A very sobering scene for all in attendance, quiet and respectful. 



Thank you to all who have been praying for my friend Vee's husband John. It is with sadness, I tell you that John went home to be with the Lord on May 28th. At Vee's request, I have written a guest post on her blog to inform her readers. You can find it here: God Will Take Care of You

Vee's favorite color yellow serves as the background for this hymn "God Will Take Care of You". A hymn that I believe will bring comfort to Vee as she mourns, and perhaps to you for whatever trials face you. Please keep Vee and her family in your prayers. Thank you.






Thursday, May 26, 2016

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Dear Friends, I come today, asking prayer for my friend Vee and her husband. Vee blogs at A Haven for Vee and after a few years of corresponding we met at my home last summer.  




Here's Vee's account of our visit with lots of pictures:
Meeting Abby & Bill
Here's my account of our visit;
A Sweet Reunion

Vee's husband and best friend John is critically ill and she has been by his bedside. Here are some of her own words written this past Sunday, 5/22/16. 


Vee: Today I have seen the hand of God in everything. One miracle after another.. . . . .John is in cardiac care after suffering a tear in his aorta. He was airlifted to a major medical center where he was in surgery for six hours this afternoon and evening. If you are a praying person, I covet your prayers for him. We know that he is a blessed man for having been in the right places at the right times with the right people able to help. When I can, I'll provide an update.

I find it remarkable that despite being in the midst of devastating circumstances, Vee sees the "hand of God in everything, one miracle after another". 

You can read more of her post here -
Lilacs Will Bloom Again






So many, standing in the need of prayer - one of my readers is mourning the loss of her adult daughter to cancer. Others in my circle of family and friends standing in the need of prayer. Tomorrow is not promised for any of us, young or old. Trusting in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, is a promise that is real, and one I cling to.

Are you unsure of your eternal destination? Here is a post I previously shared numerous years ago, some words my husband spoke at the funeral of a childhood friend. ETERNAL DESTINATION

That one post has been viewed more than any other I've written on my blog - over 25,000 times. It baffles my mind, but God is bigger than blogger and certainly bigger than me. If He has a message to get out, it's going to get out there.

Thank you for praying. Look around you, to your circle of family and friends, who is standing in the need of prayer? Pray for them, pray with them. 





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.