Sunday, July 20, 2014

Keeping the Faith

Hi friend! 

I made you something using a quote that was in this morning's sermon notes ~




That sure says a lot doesn't it? 

It applies to all and any difficulty you may be facing right now.

Many years ago, as I was struggling though a very hard time, I found much strength and encouragement through what has become one of my favorite Bible passages - Isaiah 40:28-31. 

Today I couldn't help but think of those precious promises while reading the above quote. 

I'm sitting here typing and wondering something -
"How are you doing friend?"

I know a few of you are going through a difficult time. You struggle. You wonder if you'll ever make it through this one. 

If we were sitting together right now, discussing our struggles { I struggle, too }, with our iced coffee  
{ my drink of choice } or tea or coke in hand, this is what I'd say to you ~


"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak."
(Isaiah 40:28-29)
 


So dear one, let's decide together that ~
Today we're keeping the faith because He is greater than  _____________ ! 
{ fill in the blank with anything you want, and yes, He is greater than even that! }

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~


TODAY...

I'm linking up with Barbie for her  Weekend Brew













AND...

on Wednesday over at Holley's for some Coffee for Your Heart



  
Love ya,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everything Beautiful in its Time

Hey there friend!

When I read the following quote in our sermon notes this morning I knew right away
that I wanted to share it with you.

"One day, someone is going to hold you so tight, 
that all of your broken pieces will stick back together."


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When I read it, it literally brought a tear to my eye and a sad but knowing smile to my heart.

I know that events in life sure can make you feel like you've been broken into a million pieces.

Whether it's caused by something-
- physical from sickness, accident or disease
- or emotional from grief, depression or stress
life sometimes can feel like it's almost more than we can bear and we get broken.

In my notes this morning, I changed the small "s" to a capital "S" in the word someone. Because there is Someone who truly is able to hold me so tight it's like the pieces of my broken heart feel like they're put back together.

How do I know? Because that's what Jesus has done for me. 

When my son died it felt like my heart was smashed into a million pieces. But, over time as I've trusted the One who is forever faithful and totally sovereign, my broken heart has been mended.

Of course like a vase that was once shattered and glued back together there are chips, scars and a few missing pieces.  

But, as I'm held tight, hopefully two things are true -
the scars are a testament of God's grace and faithfulness
and His light shines through the empty places that are left in my heart.

Oh friend I so want you to know that there truly is Someone who loves YOU!
And He wants to hold you so your broken pieces stick back together.


 "He has made everything beautiful in it's time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11



 Today I'm ->





* Linking up over at 
Barbie's place in bloggy land 
for some  Weekend Brew







 and Praising the One who holds my heart!

Love ya, 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Monday Morning ~ Singing in Sunshine

Hi friend!!!


Happy Monday Morning! 

This morning as I stepped out on my back porch the sun was just coming up. Not even over the tree tops yet. But, I could hear the birds already singing their welcome to this brand new day. A new day - filled with hope and anticipation.



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"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, 
casts the shadow of our burden behind us."
~ Samuel Smiles



I loved this quote from the first time I read it and can see such truth in it. However, I think it's truth depends on what we put our hope in.

Life? Fate? The stars?  Oh please. No way.
Our spouse? Our friends? Others will always disappoint at some point. {shoot, sometimes I disappoint myself}

So than, what or who?

For me it has to be Jesus.

He is my hope. 

And when I look at (put my hope in) Him -
than His glory, greatness and wonderful promises for my life 
cast the shadows of my problems, fears and yuck {such a spiritual word} behind me. 

If they're behind me, I don't even see them. I'm free from their pain and pressure.

So as each new day dawns I put my hope in Him and I'm free to sing.

Sing His praises as I look forward to a new day with joy and anticipation.


"Because you are my helper, 
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings."
Psalm 63:7


Sing with hope. Sing for joy. And Happy Monday Morning dear friend.

* today I've linked up with Barbie at  "My Freshly Brewed Life" for some Weekend Brew {yes, I know the weekend is over... but, not really for me since I have Mondays off}

Love ya,