Archive | November 2013

With Thanksgiving….

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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With Thanksgiving….

Possess an attitude of gratitude
Be thankful always
Sing praises to the God of heaven
Thank him for the sacrifice he gave

See the blessings that surround
Thank God for all he has done
Knowing he has given you life
His blessings have only just begun

Thank him for your very breath
Each one comes from him alone
Thank him for eyes to see
Absorbing colorful beauty shown

Thank him for ears to hear
Listen for his still small voice
Open up your heart and mind
Hear the heavenly hosts rejoice

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Thank him for your home
A place to lie your head at night
Praise him for running water
Thank him for food and lights

Thank him for your family
Broken though they may be
Thank him for hugs and love
For the blessings of security

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Thank him for your freedom
It comes at a heavy price
Remember those who fought and died
Thank them for their sacrifice

Thank God for his only son
Who died upon the cross
Thank him for his grace and mercy
Through him you are no longer lost

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Thank God for the simple things
The ones you take for granted
Thank him for things that bring you joy
For the seeds in the heart that have been planted

Thank him for the beautiful things
Like flowers, rainbows, grass, and trees
Mountains, sunsets, and drifting snowflakes
Birds that sing, and a soft ocean breeze

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Thank him for family and friends
For happiness, smiles, hugs, and love
Enjoy the companionship given you
Give thanks to God above

Stop whining and complaining
Readjust your attitude
Know that God blesses you daily
Honor him with your gratitude

God bless and may you truly be thankful this Thanksgiving, despite the circumstances of life. Choose to be lost in the love of God rather than the despair of the world. Make your mind up to be joyful, even when the rains fall. See the silver lining, the glass half full! Love to you and yours ❤

Thankful!?!

We all have circumstances that bring us down, cast a shadow upon our hearts, and make life seem unbearable at times.   Maybe you are going through an illness that is debilitating or even fatal.  Perhaps you are in the process of divorce or have lost a love one. Perchance you have lost your job or your home is being foreclosed.  Whatever the circumstance, you can still be thankful!  Yes, I said you can still be thankful…hard though it may be during the difficult and devastating events of life.

God says that we are not to be anxious about anything but in all things, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to him (Philippians 4:6). Yes, God requires you to be thankful. Your circumstances may indeed be devastating, but if you dwell on all the negative, it is easy to get stuck there, becoming depressed and hopeless. God wants to bring you hope during the storms of life, give you comfort in your darkest times, renew your heart when it is broken, and save you when you are lost. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). God will work good out of all things for those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). God has great plans for your life, and the storms that come against you can be used by God to bring good into you life, build endurance and perseverance, shape your future, and make you stronger than you ever thought possible….if you let God in and let him lead!

You most certainly don’t have to thank God for the circumstances that you are battling with, but you do need to thank him in the circumstances. Praise him during the circumstances. Sing to him in spite of the circumstances. Honor him through the circumstances. Rather than focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. Rather than complaining and arguing with everyone around you, including God, shine like the evening stars, bringing hope not only to those around you, but into your own life as well.

So what do you have to be thankful for? Stop and think! What makes you blessed? What brings you joy? What do you do or have every day that you take for granted?

Check this out and then feel free to add what you are thankful for in the comments 🙂 It is always good to share so others can be inspired by the beauty you see and the things that bring you hope and joy.

God bless and keep you always!

I Will Believe

There are times in life we just have to wait! If you have had the luxury of not waiting for anything, you are certainly in the minority!! We have to wait for home loans to go through and paychecks to come. We have to wait in line at the grocery store and the bank. We have to wait for the birth of our children and for them learn that we really do know what we are talking about.  Hurry up and wait; the old adage goes.

If you are waiting for the perfect someone, praying that he or she will come soon, rest assured God will bring that person at just the right time. He will make the connection when you are strong in him, independent and not reliant on anyone. He will send your future spouse when he or she is ready for a deep and meaningful relationship. Don’t push, don’t run from person to person! Just wait. Wait on the Lord and His timing, knowing that all things will work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.

Believe me, as a single mom, I have done my share of waiting!  I wrote this poem during one of those lonely times in 2004, and have learned much from waiting, which I am still doing by the way.  Hang in there, and hold onto the Lord during the tough times and the long waits, because the sun will come out and the person God designed for you will be there at just the right time.  God bless and keep you. ❤

 

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Wait on the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His word I hope. ~ Psalm 130:5

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. ~ Matthew 21:22

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. ~ Luke 11:9-10

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I Will Believe

My Lord, I am so tired
Chasing dreams that never seem to come
Running in circles
Tying to figure out what to do
The answers elude me
So I turn to You God
I struggle to hear You
To know Your path for me
I can read it in Your word
Hear it through my friends
But I long to see You
Meet You face to face
So many questions
Chaos spinning in my mind
I cannot feel You Lord
Though I can see You in the beauty that surrounds
If only You could reach down from the gates of Heaven
Your touch would make my day
It is a part of who I am
The way You made me Lord
To touch, feel, hug, caress
I thrive on human contact
Though some people can be distant
Live without constant touch
I shrivel and die both inside and out
Oh, to feel that love again
To be embraced and held
To rest in the intimate arms of another
Lord, I long for that day
The day You fulfill Your promise
The day when You meet my heart’s desire
Is it too much to ask
At times I fear it is
But You beckon me to ask
And You promise I shall receive
By Your grace and mercy I shall wait
With all hope vested in You

You Are….

See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Dear friends, now we are children of God,
and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears,
and we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
~ 1 John 3:1-2

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You Are….

You are called to be the light
To fight the good fight

You are called to witness
To bring hope and to bless

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You are called to be like Christ
For your life has been bought with a price

You are the apple of the Creator’s eye
Of more value than gold or silver can buy

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You are uniquely, and wonderfully made
A heart filled with love that will never fade

Your thoughts are known before you think them
The numbers of hair on your head known by Him

You are thought of more than the grains of sand
You are held always in the Lord’s hands

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May you rest in the knowledge that you are so much more than this world sees. You are precious in the eyes of God, so precious indeed that He gave His only son to die for you so you could be with Him forever in heaven. Know you are loved even if you don’t feel like it. Know that you are special even if the world tells you different. Know that you are a child in the kingdom of heaven, a child in the family of Christ. God be with you in all that you do and encounter.
All my love ❤

Merely Existent

Have you ever encountered a time in your life, be it a day, a week, a month, or years, where it just seemed that there was no hope? Ever feel like the emotions of your circumstances would swallow you whole, leaving only an empty carcass of pain and defeat? I have been there with you my friend! I have encountered the gates of hell first hand, and am here to say that the darkness will not destroy you, nor will it consume you! I am living proof that there is hope! There is light amidst even the darkest times of your life. There is love even when you don’t love yourself and you feel as though love is nonexistent. I am here to tell you that there is release from the darkness and pain, and it is found in The Lord!

God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)! He is your light in a world of darkness (John 8:12, 12:46). He is your hope in those desperate times where everything seems to confuse and overwhelm (Romans 15:13, psalm 42:8). He is your strength when you just can’t go any more; when you just feel like you would be better off dead. God is there to lift you from the mire of your own sin (Psalm 40:2). He is there to pull you out of the pit of shame, guilt, and ambivalence.

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All you need do is cry out (Psalm 34:17, Isaiah 19:20)! Release your tears, your heartache, your pain. Surrender them to God and know that he collects them all, seeks revenge for wrongs done to you, forgives you for your own sins, and brings the hope and promise of a future filled with peace, comfort, hope, and salvation!

May you know you are not alone in your journey! All my love ❤

“Why are you like a man dismayed,
like a mighty man who cannot save?
Yet you are in our midst, O LORD,
and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!”
~ Jeremiah 14:9

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Merely Existent

Moving in slow motion
Life is taking its grueling toll
Leaving me feeling empty
Devoid of true happiness and peace

What do I face each day for
Only to be struck down
Beyond the anger, past the hurt
The emotions continually stupefy me

Why am I so lost
Confused as to who I am
What I want in life
What I expect from God

Each day seems so different
The expectations so unique
My existence like vapor
The hunger for something more haunts me

Longing to live passionately
Fearing to face reality
The thoughts anger me
Cause conflict deep in my soul

Resentment pulsing through my veins
Shattering the life I clung to
Sadness fills my heart
Casting its shadow on my joy

Self condemnation destroys my hope
Beckoning me towards the pit of hell
The emotional lion devours my very breath
Leaving only tortured remains

Nehemiah ~ Yahweh Comforts

“I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God.
You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments…”
Nehemiah 1:5

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Nehemiah ~ Yahweh Comforts

There is comfort in the Lord
A light to show us the way
An example for the masses

Hope is wonderful
Prayer is useful and necessary
But life will not happen by hope and prayer alone

Open your eyes
Seek God in prayer
Pour your heat out to Him

Be active and involved
Prepare for the doors God will open
Be willing to trust His way

There are always obstacles
Some sent from Satan to deter
Others sent from God to test our endurance

Research and study
Find ways to adhere and grow
Rely on God’s gracious hand to grant opportunity

Build and renew
Claim God’s promises for you own
Focus on Him and give Him the glory

I am a Christian – Maya Angelou

I am a Christian
By Maya Angelou

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When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not shouting, “I’m clean living.”
I’m whispering, “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
And need Christ to be my guide.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And need his strength to carry on.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not holier than thou.
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s grace somehow.

The Battle

Throughout life, you sin and you are sinned against! It is a part of being human. But what do you do when you are hurt, when innocence is torn from your young life bringing turmoil and confusion into your adulthood? How do you let go of what has been harboring in the heart, mind, and soul for so long? The Bible says that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Hebrews 10;30-31, Romans 12:19, Deuteronomy 32:35-36), but it also reminds us that it is okay to be angry (Ephesians 4:26, James 1:19-20). Righteous anger is when you are angry at a wrong done to you, against your heart, against your soul. But righteous anger does not lead to bitterness, resentment, and hatred. Righteous anger leads one to a place of forgiveness, healing, and restoration, allowing God to do His work in your heart and the heart of the person who hurt you!

So ask yourself today what you’re doing with your anger. Are you holding onto it, unable to hold the hand of God? Or, are you letting go of it, reaching for the healing power of God? Release it to God, and don’t provide Satan the opportunity to control your mind, your words, or your actions. Give the pain, bitterness, hatred, resentment, sorrow, devastation, and any other angry thoughts and emotions to God. Let Him bring healing, shining His light of love and grace into your broken heart, making room for the beauty in life!

May God be with you through the anger and the trials, bringing peace, comfort, and joy to your wounded soul!

“Be angry, and do not sin.”
Do not let the sun go down on your wrath or give place to the devil.
~ Ephesians 4:26-27

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The Battle
Anger and wrath work their way to the surface
Screaming to get out
All consuming
Deadening
Past events heinously take their place in the present
Intruding on my peace
Humiliating me
Devastating
Helplessly the demons of contempt move in
Condemning myself
Abhorring others
Those who caused me humiliation anger me
Tainted my innocence
Ravaged my soul
Exposing my pain with ferocious intensity
With a cruel vengeance the emotions attack
I am angry, alive, vulnerable
They are insatiable
Always intensifying
Circling endlessly about me
With great trepidation I face them
Waiting for the next battle

Who can be Against Us?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined, he also called;
those he called, he also justified;
those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:28-31

When the world tries to knock you down, when people try to bring pain and misery into your life, remember that God has you!  He holds the key to your heart, he holds the future in his hands….they don’t!!  Know that when God is with you, no one can come against you!  All my love ❤

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