Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Honey for the Heart: Joy In the Shadow

Well, so far, it's been one of "those" weeks.
Work has been stressful and I've been feeling quite melancholy. Time seems to have gone by, without me feeling like I've accomplished a whole lot. I had intentions of having another post ready for my blog by Tuesday, but that came and went. I think I'm having one of those "writers blocks" that bloggers often talk about.

So, I thought that it would be nice to post another "Honey for the Heart"....because honey is soothing and sweet. Sometimes that's what we need in our lives, especially when life gets tough.  So, won't you try some honey for your heart?
...where I share different verses from the Psalms!
 May you find truths about God, yourselves, and living life in the images and word pictures shared here! 
I love Psalm 63:7! The image of being in the shadow of His wings is so comforting. It also gives me reason to keep singing for joy, for I know He protects me under His shadow. If you have had one of "those" weeks, remember that you can find joy in the shadow of His wings.
 I love singing along to this Chris Tomlin song...a great reminder that we need to keep singing, no matter what!!

In spite of having a difficult week, God still has blessed me in so many ways. Sharing some of those blessings here: 
at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share the gifts He gives!
1,740 - Getting to talk on the phone with my son! Always great to hear his voice!
1,742 - Watching my dogs tease each other and play like kids do!
1,743 - Having several days of gorgeous weather - no humidity, no bugs, not too hot, not too much rain.
1,744 - Having a pleasant conversation with my neighbor lady and friend!
1,745 - Another great weekend of fishing...finding an awesome spot on the lake!
1,746 - Heating pads...for an achy back this morning.
1,747 - Having the opportunity to work with some amazing people, who are supportive, when things get overwhelming at the office.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

God's Promises - Let Hope Rise

As Christians, our lives are built around promise...
promise of: 
- salvation
 - eternal life
 - heaven
 - forgiveness
and the list goes on...
In everything, I have learned that - 
God's Promises

"For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world ..." 2 Peter 1:4
What is Divine Promise ?
An assurance given by God that He will or will not perform a certain act. God has made 2 kinds of promises: 
1.    Conditional (when He's willing to do something under certain circumstances - Romans 10:9-10) 
2.    Unconditional.(Genesis 12:1- there many unconditional promises in the Bible)

God’s Precious Promises

How wonderful it is that in these unsettled times we have a promise that is far more sure than anything we’ve ever had our hands on. Here are some of God's "Divine" promises to us! 
  1. That God is with me wherever I go – Joshua 1:9
  2. If I keep my mind on Him, I’ll have that perfect peace – Isaiah 26:3
  3. He’ll never leave us or forsakes us!  - Hebrews 13:5
  4. His peace will pass all understanding – Philippians 4:7
  5. He cares for me – I Peter 5:7
  6. All things work together for my good – Romans 8:28
  7. In this world I’ll have trouble, but in Christ we have victory over it or through it– John 16:33
  8. I can escape temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13
  9. God will supply all my needs – Philippians 4:19
  10. If I ask for wisdom God will supply it – James 1:6
  11. I’m forgiven of all – 1 John 1:9
  12. I will have eternal life – I John 5:11

I may not always feel it, but I know it!

Why I can know that God will keep His promises:
  • because He is truthful, faithful(1 Cor. 1:9), immutable(doesn't change-Malachi 3:6), and loving.
  • He has the 2 things that are important to trust someone who makes a promise...His:
  1. Charactor, which He has proven to be pure and noble throughout the Bible and in our lives.
  2. Abiliby to carry His promises out.

"Remember your word to your servant,
    for You have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:

    Your promise preserves my life.Psalm 119:49-50

"Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— the LORD, who remains faithful forever.”
Psalm 146:5-6

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 
Romans 15:13

" the HOPE of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested... "Titus 1:2-3

A message from Sheila Walsh and a book I want to get for my personal library...

God has been SO gracious and kind! I continue in my pursuit of grateful sharing at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share the gifts He gives!
1,733 - Attending a beautiful Christian wedding (a second cousin of my hubby's) and seeing God's love in their lives.
1,734 - Getting to spend the weekend with our good friends from Ohio.
1,735 - The freedom to worship together on Sunday morning!
1,736 - The sad ending of an awesome weekend...but the assurance of seeing one another again, soon! (Our friend's daughter is attending our local Christian college in the fall.)
1,737 - Blueberry picking season!
1,738 - Having a few days of cooler weather.(60s and 70s)
1,739 - God's promises, that give us all hope!!
1,740 - Singing this song in worship and praise, with hope, because I know He keeps His promises!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Honey for the Heart: God is in the midst

Welcome (back) to 
...where I share different verses from the Psalms every week!
 May you find truths about God, yourselves, and living life in the images and word pictures shared here! 

It's been several months since I shared from the Psalms... 
may God's words sooth our souls and calm our hearts.

God is in the MIDST
I love how  Psalm 46:1-7 reminds us that 

"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble."(Ps. 46:1)

 He's our refuge! We have found Him so, 
He has engaged to be so, 
and He ever will be so. 
Are we pursued? God is our refuge to whom we may flee, and in whom we may be safe and think ourselves so; secure upon good grounds!

God is our strength and our help
a God all-sufficient to us; 
therefore we will not  fear
Those that, with a holy reverence, fear God need not with any amazement 
to be afraid of the power of hell or earth. 

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

God is our strength, to bear us up under our burdens, to fit us for all our services and sufferings; He will by His grace put strength into us, and on Him we may stay ourselves.

"...though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 
 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    He lifts his voice, the earth melts." (vs.2,3)

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved,

  God has assured His church of His special presence with her and concern for her; His honor is embarked in her, He has set up His tabernacle in her and has undertaken the protection of it, and therefore she shall not be moved.

"He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
verse 10

God has been SO graciious and kind! I continue in my pursuit of grateful sharing at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share the gifts He gives!

1,724 - Getting to spend time with our son...

1,725 - 
watching the fireworks over the lake.
....especially the grand finale'!

1,726 - A beautiful day, relaxing with family (and hubby) by the lake!
1,727 - All together on a pontoon ride...

1,728 - Taking the grandkids tubing on the lake!
1,729 - Smiling faces!
1,730 - Laughing, till our faces hurt!
1,731 - Having lunch by the lake. 

1,732 - Family!!!!!!!

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