He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
~ Isaiah 40:29-31
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
~ Galatians 6:9-10
Life can be tiring
Draining and void of energy
May you not give up
Do good while you have the opportunity
Appreciation is not your reward
For that is only temporary
Thanks and good gestures
That last but for a moment
Eternal reward is what you seek
Your heart’s deepest desire
Hold tight the God’s strength
Run the race
But do not tire
Though life takes more than you can give
Enjoy every chance to live
Find rest in the shadow of His wings
Live in love and grace
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever! Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:14-21 ~
So blessed am I for God is so good to me
Love overflows from the throne of grace
Filling my heart for the world to see
Patience He bestows each and every day
Helping me make it through the storms of life
Guiding me every step of the way
So blessed am I for God is so good to me
I am a flawed and sin filled woman
Yet His grace and mercy have set me free
Forgiveness he abundantly bestows
Breaking the chains that bind
My love for the constantly grows
So blessed am I for God is so good to me
Thankful for each gift the Lord provides
May He always be first before anyone or anything I see
New Year equals new opportunities, new outlook, and new chances! I love the beginning of a new year as it provides a chance to start over with a clean slate and positive outlook!! Just as each day provides a clean slate, so too does each new year. This year…expect the best, prepare for the worst, love boldly, laugh out loud, cry deeply, hope eternally, and live fully!! You never know when your life or the life of a loved one will be taken for none of us are ever promised tomorrow! Each breath is a gift! Don’t waste this year spending your life in anger, envy, strife, conflict, blame, guilt, shame, anxiety, or bitterness for they take away the joy and beauty of each day and take a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional toll on the quality of your life.
1. If you are angry, pray for peace and surrender to the Lord your anger.
2. If you are envious, try being thankful for what you DO have, for many others have much less than you.
3. If you are in strife or conflict with someone, apologize and make things right….even if you aren’t the one
who made things wrong (after all God forgives and makes things right with you everyday, even when
He was not the one who sinned or made things wrong!–just saying’).
4. If you are spending time blaming others for where you are and who you have become, decide to take responsibility for yourself and the direction of your life for only you have the power to change it!!
5. If you are stuck in a life filled with guilt and shame, pray, seek counsel, change your ways, and surrender it to God– it was Christ’s sacrifice that has covered ALL your guilt and shame with love, mercy, and grace at the cross!
6. If you are filled with anxiety about whatever you are facing, be it finances, family struggles,
employment, death, health, or anything else out of your control….rest in the arms of God.
Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you (more than you may ever know!!).
7. If you hold bitterness towards someone who has wronged you…let it go!!
It doesn’t hurt the other person, but it destroys you from the inside out!
Forgive and find strength in God to show mercy and grace, just as he has so freely given it to you.
Strive to make this year a GOD centered year, instead of a ME centered year and look forward to all that you will be blessed with! When your focus is love and peace, the world is so much better off….and so are YOU!
All my love ❤
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
~ Psalm 103:1-2
Praying you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to enjoy time with family and friends! I was so very blessed to be with friends, whom I now call family, and my wonderful son, who is growing into a fabulous young man. There were gifts given and received, food enjoyed by all, and sweets galore! The trivia games were a hoot and the laughter was the best gift of the day!! God has been so good. Despite the chaos, despite the storms that have occurred during the past year, and the busyness of life, God has provided a chance to remember what is important in this life! Christmas may be a man-made holiday, but the meaning behind it is precious and a constant reminder that we are forgiven, loved, and free to be what God designed us to be.
May you rest in the knowledge that God calls you his own and wants to celebrate your life with you, turning even the hardest trials into the most joyous moments. All my love and blessings for a glorious new year filled with peace and grace overflowing! ❤
Tis the season for laughter and fun, love and blessings, giving and sharing!! Tis also the season of busyness with family and friends…which is an abundant blessing in its own right. I apologize for the Haiku countdown not counting down–I have been enjoying time with my quickly growing son, who is now 16, and friends, which has limited my time online. So rather than trying to create 17 Christmas Haiku’s in one sitting….I am going to pick up where we are today. May the blessing of life bring you social time away from the computer and phone screen…and face to face with family and friends.
All my love and Merry Christmas Eve! ❤
But seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added unto you!
I am always so totally inspired by music, and God is so good!! He constantly reminds me where I need to turn FIRST in everything I do and say, in every season, in every circumstance, in the good and the bad, in all areas of my life!
Gotta love Lauren Daigle!! So talented and the lyrics are so God breathed! Thank heavens for the beautiful gift of music!!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
~ John 10:10 ~
YOLO! Yep, that’s right You Only Live ONCE!! What are you doing with the life that God has so richly blessed you with? Are you looking at all the bad in life and letting it bring you down, or are you choosing to see the rainbow midst the storms? Do you let the world drown you with its waves of chaos and despair, or do you call upon the One True God that can cause you to walk on the water? Do you sit on the throne of selfishness and greed, or do you humble yourself in the joy of giving and loving?
Life indeed throws us turbulence and turmoil frequently, and we often have exceedingly difficult choices to make, but we as Christians know that there is more than the insanity this world offers us, and we assuredly know that all the choices we make have lingering consequences both here and now that echo into the eternity to come! When the Lord leads your life, there is hope, there is freedom, there is mercy, there is light, and there is overwhelming love!
Yes, there will be sad times, times of anger and pain, and times where the mind is downcast, but Psalm 126:5 states, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” God is true, just, and holy, and all that he allows to occur while we walk the face of this fragile world are to mold and shape us into the righteousness of Christ! He fulfills his promises of joy, peace and comfort daily….all you need do is trust and lean on him!
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.
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 your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
~ Proverbs 3:1-8 ~
No matter what you face, no matter how big the storm, no matter how hindering the mountain…God has you! He is in control and he will bring joy each and every day! Choose to praise despite the chaos. Choose to see the beauty and blessings of life instead of dwelling on the disparity and ugliness. What you choose will bring you life or it will destroy your life!
Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To You, O LORD, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
“Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me;
O LORD, be my helper.”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
~ Psalm 30:4-12 ~
Be the light of God’s love and the beacon of eternal hope to a desperate and hurting people! Choose to LIVE and live FULLY. Choose to LOVE and love DEEPLY. Choose to HOPE and hope ENDLESSLY. Choose to REJOICE and rejoice with SINGING. Choose to SERVE and serve HUMBLY.
May God grant you joy every morning and hope each day! May he bring you peace beyond measure and shower you with love overflowing! May your heart and mind always be set in eternity and not the here and now, and may you find the strength and courage of Christ to help you through the trials and persecution.
All my love!
May you be thankful for all you have, for all you can do, for all who love you. May you enjoy the blessing God so richly bestows, and may your heart be filled with joy and comfort despite the storms. We are called to praise God through all circumstances, in all things. May your praises ring out and be sweet music to the Lord!
All my love and prayers for a wonderful Christmas season!
Pray without ceasing
In everything give thanks
For this God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~
Thank You Ever So
So thankful I am for all I have
A home filled with warmth
A cozy bed to snuggle in
Food to eat each and every day
So thankful I am for those in my life
Family I hold dear to my heart
Friends that lift me and love me no matter what
Acquaintances that make me smile each day
So thankful I am for blessings abounding
Water that runs at my beck and call
A car that gets me to and fro
Music that brings joy to me any day
So thankful I am for all I have
Blessed beyond measure
My cup overflows
Dear Lord, thank you ever so
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Savor the Moment
When your down and feeling blue
Here is a tip that might help you
No matter where you are, let your mind be free to wander
Give yourself time to dwell on all that life has to offer
The warm sunshine softly touching your face
The gentle breeze caressing your cheeks
Or perhaps you envision yourself basking on your favorite beach
Is it a stroll with a friend while discussing your day
That helps you unwind and whisk cares away
Whatever your delight, let the feeling consume you
Savor the moment, create a new point of view
Life is all in how you view it this one thing I know
Focus on the Lord and let your smile grow