Friday, January 18, 2019

Guard my heart, O God, from the infection of despair


"True hope is not a feeling; 
it is a fact 
firmly rooted in eternal truth."
*
Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”
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January 17, A Spectacle of Glory, 2016
Refuge and Strength
By Joni Eareckson Tada

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Always on my lips










1 Peter 5:6-7
"humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting 
all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."

Philippians 4:6-7
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests 
be made known to God. And the peace of God, which 
surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts 
and your minds in Christ Jesus."

James 5:16
"confess your sins to one another, and pray for one 
another so that you may be healed. The effective 
prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."

Psalm 34:15-18
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
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*What a treasure we have to be able to cry out to our great God and King!  

We can talk with Him any time, we can share our deepest hurts along with our most precious joys. 

He hears us. He is with us. He cares for us. He loves us. 

When we feel like He is not listening to us, we are the ones who are wrong in our thinking. Our feelings should never be our barometer. God's Word is our Barometer. We need to find His truth in His Word not in our feelings. 

He loves us so. He loved us so much that His only Son gave His life so that we may live and live eternally!

As His child choose to talk with Him often. Don't wait for a crisis. Talk with Him through each day while things are good and praise His Name for your day, your life, His goodness...

When you are use to talking with Him through each day it will be natural to turn to Him at every instant. 

How very blessed are the children of God!

Praise the LORD! Glory to His Name! May we be found faithful!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Little Bits are always in the kitchen


                                                                                 


















Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Apples of gold in a setting of silver

A Word Fitly Spoken
By Joni Eareckson Tada

Proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

Have you ever received a note or card at just the right time with just the right word of encouragement? 

It’s like getting a message straight from heaven, isn’t it? 

In Proverbs, Solomon writes, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11, ESV). 

We may minimize the words we speak or the efforts we make to lift someone’s heart or brighten someone’s day, but in God’s hands, those few words can make a world of difference. 

Just as careless, sarcastic, or dismissive words have the capacity to damage, warp, and kill, so a word of kindness—“a word fitly spoken”—can change the course of a day… or a life. 

Knowing this, why don’t we practice it even more? 

A notecard in the mail, a well-timed affirmation, or even a thoughtful email to a struggling soul may be among the most significant things you will accomplish—today or ever.

Thank You, Father, for those who have written timely notes or spoken words of hope and life to me through the years. Holy Spirit, show me where and how and when I can do this for others—both Your sons and daughters and those who are (for now) outside Your family. I don’t want to “just talk”; I want to speak words that You can use.

January 15, A Spectacle of Glory, 2016.
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**Thank you to Joni Tada, for all the encouragements through all the years.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The LORD replaces our fears with joy!









Charles Schulz

Psalm 94:19
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.

The LORD replaces our fears and anxiety with joy and delight!

Luke 2:10
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, 
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;


*many thanks, Charlotte!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Treasures of the Heart

Happy today as you choose to make it for the LORD. I will try to do so also.  I know it is a new year, but we have never really celebrated it the traditional way as normal people do.  It has just been another day for us.

It has been cold, sometimes rainy, snowy, icy, then back to sun-shiny and warmish. The weather seems not to know what to do. I have to admit that in my whole life I have loved wintertime and have never desired it too hurry along, but I am already weary of this on-again, off-again dreary season. Spring is already on my mind, which is setting me up for a fall. I have a long time to wait.

The other day we received a new catalog for Spring.  It was the very first one. I had time today so I looked through it. It is full of items with flowers, birds, and rabbits.  Everything in it is lovely. I was reminded of my precious mother who would have loved everything in this catalog!

I was born on Easter, and because of this she always made my birthday special with some sort of little bunny all the years of my life up until she went to be with the LORD.  I still have that very first bunny, with practically all its faux fur loved off and a new homemade face sewn on. 

What a special treasure from her!

Later, my father told me the story of that birthday Easter morning.  She had not told him she was in labor. She had wanted to attend the worship service, so she got my toddler brothers all ready, and they went off to church making it about half way through the service.  When she grabbed his leg, he knew she needed to go to the hospital right then. I was born soon after. He then explained to me that storms developed quickly and they produced tornadoes which roared through western Ohio late in the afternoon. My father was great at telling a story. 

Another special treasure to know this story from him!

Everything in this spring catalog was beautiful and lovely, and probably well worth what each item cost, but none of these things are as special as the memories I hold as precious treasures of my parents, my beloved husband, and my own cherished children as they grew.

What treasures the LORD has given me in my heart!






Monday, December 31, 2018

Chrysanthemum


"The day she was born was the happiest day in her parents' lives...
Her name must be everything she is...
Her name must be absolutely perfect...And it was...
Chrysanthemum.  Her parents named her Chrysanthemum."

In this story Chrysanthemum grew and grew 
in the safety of her home with her loving parents 
where she was nurtured and happy.
Life continued to her school days 
when others were never as kind to her.
All through this precious story you will find 
her parents standing with her 
through all her trials and tribulations.
Eventually, a special teacher speaks up to say right things.

This is a wonderful book for parents, as well as any of us who deal with bullies.

*
this book was given to me from my very own "Chrysanthemum", 1994



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse




What a sweet, silly story with gregarious Lilly who loves school.
One weekend her grandma took her shopping, 
buying her marvelous things which 
she wanted to show everyone at school.
Waiting for the appropriate time was so difficult,
 and so the story continues...

*


Friday, December 28, 2018

I urge you to keep your eyes open!

Romans 16:17-20
"Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those 
who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to 
the teaching which you learned, 
and turn away from them!!

For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ 
but of their own appetites; 
and by their smooth and flattering speech 
they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting!!

For the report of your obedience has reached to all; 
therefore I am rejoicing over you, 
but I want you to be wise in what is good 
and innocent in what is evil.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

He saved us from our sins! He is all of our hope!













John 1:14
 "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, 
and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, 
full of grace and truth."

Psalm 42
"As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So my soul pants for You, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;

When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night,

While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and 
lead them in procession to the house of God,

With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, 
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why have you become disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.

O my God, my soul is in despair within me;

Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan

And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;

All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;

And His song will be with me in the night,

A prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God."

Yes, Jesus is all of our hope!




Sunday, December 23, 2018

Kindness please








Kudos to Charles Schulz who always knew how to teach 
significant lessons without being preachy.

Proverb 25:22
"If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For you will heap burning coals on his head,
And the Lord will reward you."

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Beautiful Hand-me-down Book




“She belonged to Sophie’s mother when she was a little girl 
and before that she belonged to Sophie’s grandmother.  
The doll was so old-fashioned that 
she seemed like a visitor from anther time.

When Sophie found her, 
she was wearing a thin dress with a shredded hem. 
Her cheeks were faded and had tiny crackles, 
and her mouth was a dingy pink. 
But Sophie loved her all the same, 
and she named her Rose...

...Dolls don't grow up, or grow old.  
They grow softer. And the more Sophie played with 
Rose the softer she grew..."

This is a real gem of a story book with a wealth of illustrations!
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Friendly Advice










Heheeheee....

Actually, friendly advice from a godly friend is worth more than gold.  There is a preciousness in real friendships where safety dwells. Sisters in Christ have a love that is deeper than blood. The bond is Jesus's blood. We have a higher calling where mercy and grace is on our sleeves, it is in our hearts. We think of the other as dear, a treasure, and we care deeply for each other. Their agonies are our agonies, and their joys are our joys! They are on our minds and prayers for them are always on our lips. The privilege to know and pray for them and for those they love is beyond words.

Thank you for my sisters in Christ!  Glory to God!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Everyone needs to have a Real Hope













--Charles Schulz

Romans 15:13
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


Sunday, December 16, 2018

My Celestine # 3 just in time for Christmas!



Ernest and Celestine give a Christmas party on a shoestring budget 
with lots of imaginations, foibles, concerns, apologies, 
and then much thankfulness in the end---
and guess who is sleeping in Celestine's arms at the end? 
Such joy!

*

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ernest & Celestine's Patchwork Quilt


My second Ernest and Celestine Book is a wordless book. 

I just love wordless books as an art project. You think of a subject matter,
design your pictures to tell your story, and begin to draw. It is a great 
way to express yourself in pictures.

In this book the subject matter is about a quilt they make together. 
The story is laid out and we learn all about what happens without 
any words.  It is a wonderful experience and a treasure! 
Enjoy! 

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Very Precious Story Book


We discovered this precious story book at the library in the early 1980's.
The watercolor illustrations are lovely. They are a feast for the eyes 
where details are in every corner.

In this story Celestine's favorite toy is accidentally lost 
and she is devastated. Ernest tries desperately to help in every way. 
The final solution is priceless. A wonderful treasure for your library.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I wish I was sick, too!




A sweet teaching story about a sibling who is ill, 
receiving much attention, 
while the other child carries on as usual.
A touching family story.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Suppressing God's Truth for your own agenda is sin!

When you know God's truth, but you choose to morph His Word to fit your agenda, you are mocking God. 

If this is you then you are either the abuser or the abused! Choose now to stop and honor God, not men!

Suppressing God's truth is full of legalisms and lies, it is evil. 

If you are caught up in it you need to get away from it!  If you are enslaved in it you need to cry out to God for His forgiveness and freedom from it!

Romans 1:18-22
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven 
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men 
who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
because that which is known about God is evident within them; 
for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, 
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, 
being understood through what has been made, 
so that they are without excuse.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God 
or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, 
and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools"

Proverbs 14:8-12
"The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is good will.
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death."

So change your mind,
change your life
stop being drawn into their web of lies.

Romans 6:15-23
"What then? 
Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? 
May it never be! 
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves 
for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, 
either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, 
you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching 
to which you were committed,
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh
For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity 
and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, 
so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, 
resulting in sanctification.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which 
you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, 
you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification,
and the outcome, eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, 
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Stop Suppressing the Truth!

Romans12 

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable 
to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by 
the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will 
of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among 
you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; 
but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to 
each a measure of faith.

For just as we have many members in one body and all the 
members do not have the same function, 

so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually 
members one of another.

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, 
each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, 
according to the proportion of his faith; 

if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 

he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, 
with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; 
cling to what is good. 

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; 
give preference to one another in honor;

not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty 
in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own 
estimation.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right 
in the sight of all men. 

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the 
wrath of God, for it is written, 
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, 
and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; 
for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Why can't people live together nicely?











-Hagar the Horrible-
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Colossians 2:8
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy 
and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, 
according to the elementary principles of the world, 
rather than according to Christ."

Matthew 5:43-48
"You have heard that it was said, 
‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
 But I say to you, love your enemies 
and pray for those who persecute you, 
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; 
for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, 
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
For if you love those who love you, 
what reward do you have? 
Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 
If you greet only your brothers, 
what more are you doing than others? 
Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore you are to be perfect, 
as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Isaiah 1:2-20
“Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth;
For the Lord speaks,
“Sons I have reared and brought up,
But they have revolted against Me…

…“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;


Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

Cease to do evil,

Learn to do good; 
Seek justice,


Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together,

”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,

They will be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They will be like wool.

“If you consent and obey,

You will eat the best of the land;

“But if you refuse and rebel,

You will be devoured by the sword.
”
Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
                         
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