Sunday, September 18, 2011

For Everything There Is A Season

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28 NIV
Dear Precious Friends,
I have been facing some debilitating health issues since early this summer.  I have peace about it, because I know that the Lord is seeing me through this.  It has drawn me closer to Him, as I have relearned that I am not sufficient in my own strength, but His strength is sufficient.  My loving Shepherd is seeing me through this valley, and I know He is making me stronger in Him.   He is faithful and He wants me to lean on Him.
The Lord has gently told me that He loves me and He is going to bring good out of this trial.  He also told me this is a season where He wants me to rest in Him, and learn of Him as I devote myself to my family, my church, my teaching, and the people and situations He has put in my path.  He has promised me that I will continue to write for Him, but for right now, this is to be a season of resting in Him.  I am confident that as I rest and abide in Him, He is molding me and refining me according to His plan, and I rejoice in that.
I will not be writing for awhile, and I will depend on the Lord's leading for when and how I write again.  I love Him with all my heart, and I know this season of rest is for a purpose.  He so very much loves you and me, and where He leads us is always for our good.
I am very grateful for the wonderful friends I have made through this blog.  Your inspiration and encouragement have been a great blessing to me.  I will continue to pray for you and that God will richly bless you.
Your friend.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Under His Wings

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. ~ Psalm 91:4 NIV
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! ~ Luke 13:34 NIV
Behind my house is a large sycamore tree which currently is home to a nest of baby owls.  All night long they screech, noisily telling their mother they want to be fed.  All night long, she flies through the fields tirelessly hunting, flying back to her nest with food for hungry mouths.  I am amazed at her patience.  It is in her nature to nurture and protect her little ones.  
Our heavenly Father wants to nurture and protect us.   He calls us to find shelter under His wings.
Jesus used similar imagery when He talked about how He longed to protect Jerusalem, but they were not willing. 

A mother hen, when she sees a hawk flying overhead, spreads her wings and start clucking.  Her little chicks scurry to safety under her wings.  Then she draws her wings in, covering her little chicks.  She is telling the hawk that to get to her little chicks, it would have to come through her first.  She is willing to lay down her life for her chicks.
Jesus laid down His life for usHe longs to gather us under the shelter of his wings.  He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, but He doesn't force His way in.  It is up to us to respond to His call.  He loves us so much, and He wants to shelter us, but, like Jerusalem, we must be willing.
Psalm 91:4 gives two beautiful images of protection.  The first is of the nurturing love of a mother bird.  The second image is one of strength.  God is our shield and bulwark.  God's love and protection is both nurturing and mighty.  We can place our complete trust in Him.  He calls us to be sheltered under His wings, and He will shield us.  No matter what storms we face in life, we will find complete safety there.
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    a Grateful Heart gives thanks:
321. I am sheltered under His wings
322. His faithfulness is my shield and rampart
323. the beautiful imagery in the Bible
324. the family of owls in the sycamore tree behind my house
325. walking on the beach with my daughter
326. watching the sky lighten every morning
327. talking on the phone with family far away
328. cell phones
329. cell phone lots at airports
330. those who look out for our safety in so many ways
331. a grandchild's  invitation to play
332. my grandchildren learning about Jesus
333. Veggie Tales
334. other inspirational movies for children
335. inspirational books for children
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Rejoicing In This Day

The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; ~ Psalm 97:1a NASB
This is the day which the LORD has made ; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24 NASB
Recently, our two younger grandsons spent the night with us.  In the morning, I could hear Isaac waking up.  In a voice full of excitement and joy, he called out, "It's morning! It's morning!"
He came running down the stairs and ran to me with open arms.  "Grandma, it's morning!"
I was convicted.  I want to learn to greet each new day like that.   I thought of Jesus saying about children, "the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14).
Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Every day is a gift.  That is why it is called the present."  Every new day is a gift from God, and He calls us to rejoice in it.  For many years, I have made it a practice to say to myself Psalm 118:24 before I get out of bed in the morning.  I have found it to be helpful.  No matter what we are facing, we are called to rejoice.  We can do this as we learn to fully place our trust in God.  He is in control, and will work all things out in His time. 
Rejoicing gives us strength through times of trial.  During Habakkuks' day, times were exceedingly difficult for the nation of Israel, yet through everything he said, "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD.  I will be joyful in God my savior. (Habakkuk 3:18).  Rejoicing changes things.  There is power in praise!  No matter what is happening in the world, or in our lives, our God reigns, so we can rejoice! (Psalm 97:1). 
God loves us so much. The clearest evidence of His amazing love, is that He has made a way back to Him, through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus.  He wants us to rejoice in His goodness and love.  Rejoice!  We are loved by a God whose very nature is love.
 In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name." (Psalm 33:21). 
Rejoice in Him today!
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A Grateful Heart gives thanks:
306. our God reigns
307. this is the day the LORD has made
308. learning how to rejoice from my grandchildren
309. the hope in each new day
310. learning to praise Him
311. being lifted up by others
312. being able to lift up others
313. finding new gold in God's word
314. leaning on His promises
315. knowing He will make all things new
316. learning to trust
317. pressing in in prayer
318. knowing He answers prayer
319. seeing prayers answered

Thursday, August 11, 2011

He Is Able

He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  ~ Hebrews 7:25 NASB
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 1:6 NASB
Dear Friends - Good News!  Really, Really Good News! 
No matter what you are facing...
                    No matter what you have done...
                                        No matter where you have been...
He Is Able! 
 Who is this He who is able?  
The One who died on the cross
to save you from your sins. 
The One who said, "It is finished!"
The One who rose again, 
defeating death once and for all.  
The One who sits at the right hand of the Father. 
The One whose name is above all names.
King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Lamb of God.  The Lion of Judah.
 And what is He able to do?  He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him.
...And the good news just keeps getting better!  He is always interceding for YOU!  No matter what trials you go through, He is right there, interceding on your behalf.
Whatever trial you go through, He is using to mold you, refine you and perfect you.  He is able.  He is with you.  The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep.  He knows the way.  You can trust Him.  He will see you through.  
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, (II Corinthians 4:17). 
Dear friend, Rejoice!  
He has saved you...
He is interceding for you...
He is perfecting you...

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms... ~ Deuteronomy 33:27 NASB
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house ; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  ~ Matthew 7:24-25  NASB
The world can be a scary place.  Things that seem secure can turn out to be built on sinking sand.  Things that seem of great value can lose their worth over night. 
Where do you place your trust?
If your trust is in the world's system, you will eventually find it shaken.  Jesus said that great was the fall of the house built on sinking sand.  It might have looked secure when all was well, and the sun was shining.  But when the storms came, that security proved to be false.  Great was its fall.
There is a place of true security.  The house built on the rock withstands whatever storms came its way.  The winds howl, the rain beat down,yet those inside dwell in safety. 
Jesus is the rock.  Those who place their trust in Him are eternally secure, no matter what happens in this world.  This world's system is passing away, but His kingdom is eternal.  In His arms is the only place of true security. 
Trust in His everlasting arms.
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A Grateful Heart gives thanks: 
291. His everlasting arms 
292. the Rock
293. our eternal security in Christ
294. that Jesus taught in parables
295. friends who pray in agreement
296. knowing that God is in charge
297. another day to grow
298. His mercies, new every morning
299. that God placed us in families
300. the great, big family of God
301. friends who listen
302. words spoken to encourage
303. being able to encourage others
304. friends who intercede
305. the privilege of interceding for others

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