Thankful Thursday! August 15, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Dear friends💜

Stretching with Whitt

Hanging out with Gil.  

Chuck E Cheese with Tru for the first time!

Chatting with Preston about his leg, walking again, rehab,...🎊

1 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (NIV)

Life on Earth matters, not because it’s the only life we have but precisely because it isn’t—it’s the beginning of a life that will continue without end. It’s the precursor of life on the New Earth. Eternal life doesn’t begin when we die; it has already begun. With eternity in view, nearly any honest activity—whether building a shed, driving a bus, pruning trees, changing diapers, or caring for a patient—can be an investment in God’s kingdom.

God is eternal. His Place is eternal. His Word is eternal. His people are eternal. Center your life around God, His Place, His Word, and His people, and reach out to those eternal souls who desperately long for His person and His place. Then no matter what you do for a living, your days here will make a profound difference for eternity and you will be fulfilling the biblical admonition to fix your eyes on what is unseen”

excerpt from: “Seeing the Unseen” by Randy Alcorn

Thankful Thursday! August 8, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Bumping into Laurie and Jess!

Listening to my husband work,...he listens to people, caring about them, solving problems,...all stress free!!   How does he do that?!?😀

A great summer of Aqua Zumba class!   I always look forward to it!

Being a wife, mom & grandma💗💗

Sweet gift (grandparents day gift💜)from Vicki...so thoughtful!

 

 “Your rest is not to be found in figuring your life out, but in trusting the One who has it all figured out for your good and his glory.

Human beings have a deep desire to know and understand. We spend much of our daily mental time trying to figure things out. We don’t live by instinct. We don’t leave our lives alone. We are all theologians. We are all philosophers. We are all archaeologists who dig into the mounds of our lives to try to make sense of the civilization that is our story. This God-designed mental motivation is accompanied by wonderful and mysterious analytical gifts. This drive and those gifts set us apart from the rest of creation. They are holy, created by God to draw us to him, so that we can know him and understand ourselves in light of his existence and will.

But sin makes this drive and these gifts dangerous. They tempt us to think that we can find our hearts by figuring it all out. It’s the “If only I could understand this or that, then I’d be secure” way of living. But it never works. In your most brilliant moment, you will still be left with mystery in your life; sometimes even painful mystery. We all face things that appear to make little sense and don’t seem to serve any good purpose. So rest is never found in the quest to understand it all. No, rest is found in trusting the One who understands it all and rules it all for his glory and our good.

Few passages capture that rest better than Psalm 62: 5–7: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

In moments when you wish you knew what you can’t know, there is rest to be found. There is One who knows. He loves you and rules what you don’t understand with your good in mind.

For further study and encouragement: 2 Corinthians 5: 1–10”

New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! August 1, 2019

I thank the Lord, for:

 Rearranging/organizing my gym😃

Whitty helping me re-hang all the pictures and new bulletin boards in the gym.  

Getting up early to go rebound for Whitt at the park ...making it in perfect time to Pilates class

Quiet house.  

Having sweet Ren, Lex and Tru home.💗

A full house!💜💜

“I held onto the thought that our lives were not out of control. We were comforted again and again with the thought that when it came to ____, God was neither surprised nor afraid. You see, there is no mystery with God. He is never caught off guard. He never wonders how he is going to deal with the unexpected thing. I love the words of Daniel 2: 22: “He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.”

God is with you in your moments of darkness because he will never leave you. But your darkness isn’t dark to him. Your mysteries aren’t mysterious to him. Your surprises don’t surprise him. He understands all the things that confuse you the most. Not only are your mysteries not mysterious to him, but he is in complete charge of all that is mysterious to you and me.

Remember today that there is One who looks at what you see as dark and sees light. And as you remember that, remember, too, that he is the ultimate definition of everything that is wise, good, true, loving, and faithful. He holds both you and your mysteries in his gracious hands, and because he does, you can find rest even when the darkness of mystery has entered your door.

For further study and encouragement: Isaiah 40: 12–31”

Excerpt from: 

New Morning Mercies , by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! July 11, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

4th of July with dear friends and family!

Picking up Lex and Tru. Such a treat to spend time with them.  💗💗

Cool nights!

Carrots and hummus

Long talk with my sweet son💜

Ride Out Your Storm

There are many people who have not realized their potential because they are so beaten down by the storms of life. A friend once asked Stradivarius, who perfected the violin, how long it took to make a violin. Stradivarius said, “A thousand years.” He went on to say that a violin can be made only from a tree that is tempered by the wind, beaten by sleet, scorched by summer, and blasted by the ice of winter—a thousand years. In other words, it takes a very strong, weather-worn tree to make a violin. A protected tree would never do.

Likewise, it’s often the people who have experienced failure who can realize the gold in their life. Failure may seem like an enemy, but if we respond to it with renewed determination to persevere, it can be beneficial. Handel said, “Our antagonist is our greatest helper.” Only those who have learned how to bear their burdens and keep going can help lift the burdens of others.“

Choosing Happiness Even When Life is Hard

by Frank Minirth

Thankful Thursday! June 27, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Baking zucchini bread.

Pedicure with Sienna

June gloom...feels so beachy. 

Prayer

Rebounding for Whitty

 

 “Stars are made from explosions and collisions of elements. Stars are made from a breaking at their center. Which allows for a process called nuclear fusion, a process that releases an enormous amount of energy, of light.”

I murmur it again, because how have I never seen the stars quite like that? Stars are made from a continuous breaking. And it’s the gravitational friction of this breaking that makes them bright.

Breaking—then blazing.

This is always the abundant way of the universe.

Brokenness multiplies into abundance. This seems impossible—unlikely. And this is the unfailing way of God. Multiplication happens out of brokenness. And the sum is abundant life.

Stars are the scars of the sky—made into the light of the world.

What would happen if the scars you carry are what God uses to carry Christ to a scarred and broken world?

Weak is the real strong. Brokenness is the real abundance.

Breaking—then blazing.

Dying—then rising.

Trust the abundant...ways of Almighty God.”

 The Way of Abundance

by Ann Voskamp

Thankful Thursday! June 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Tru’s birthday!  He’s 1💖

Playing Taboo with Pres and Whitt

Gil making us popcorn

Sweet watermelon


 “Suffering ... turns our hearts toward the future, like a mother turning the face of her child, insisting, “Look this way!” The apostle Paul said as much to his friends as the first waves of persecution were sweeping through the church:

 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

Once heaven has our attention, a fervid anticipation for God’s ultimate reality—appearing with him in glory—begins to glow, making everything earthly pale in comparison. Earth’s pain keeps crushing our hopes, reminding us this world can never satisfy; only heaven can. And every time we begin to nestle too comfortably on this planet, God cracks open the locks of the dam to allow an ice-cold splash of suffering to wake us from our spiritual slumber”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

Thankful Thursday! June 13, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Incredible pink sunrise!

New Pilates machine!

Practicing new Zumba songs💃🏻

Ripening apricots on my tree

Sitting outside in the mornings!☀️

31 years of marriage!💖💖💖

 

 “The chief end not only of man, but of everything—waterfalls, education, subatomic particles, romance, art, science, food, sleep, golfing, mountains, humor, and tears—is to glorify God. Driven by the conviction that “the aim and final end of all music is none other than the glory of God,” Johann Sebastian Bach created some of the most original, powerful, and beautiful music ever composed. Imagine, however, if he saw the “aim and final end of all music” as being relevant to a culture that likes music. What if the primary factor determining where Bach’s dots fell on the score sheet was not glorifying an infinite God, but merely making something that people would like? Do you think that his music would have been as powerful? Me neither. There is a profound difference between the art motivated by adoration for God and that motivated by the approval of people. Shouldn’t worship be the deepest motive behind every thought we think, word we speak, and sound we make?”

 

Excerpt from: Reflect, by Thaddeus Williams  

Thankful Thursday! June 6, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

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Dinner with Pres and Gil. 

My parents coming over

My son’s positive outlook

God’s guidance and good work when it doesn’t even look like it!

Two of my sons home again (even if just for a bit💜)

 

“HOW CAN THERE BE THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD? How can God be three and yet one? Isn’t this a contradiction? It would seem that God could be one and not three, or three and not one. But he cannot be both three and one at the same time. It would be a violation of the most fundamental law of thought, namely, the law of noncontradiction.

First of all, the Christian belief in a Trinity of three persons in one God is not a contradiction. A contradiction occurs only when something is both A and non-A at the same time and in the same sense. God is both three and one at the same time but not in the same sense. He is three persons but one in essence. He is three persons but only one in nature.

It would be a contradiction to say that God had three natures in one nature or three persons in one person. But it is not a contradiction to claim that God has three persons in one nature.

God is like a triangle. At the same time it has three corners and yet it is only one triangle. Each corner is not the same as the whole triangle. Or, God is like one to the third power (13). 1 x 1 x 1 = 1. God is not 1 + 1 + 1 = 3, which is tritheism or polytheism. God is one God, manifested eternally and simultaneously in three distinct persons. God is love (1 John 4: 16). But to have love, there must be a lover (Father), a loved one (Son), and a spirit of love (Holy Spirit). So, love itself is a tri-unity.

Another illustration of the Trinity is that God is like my mind, ideas, and words. There is a unity between them, yet they are distinct from each other.

Of course, the Trinity is a mystery. It goes beyond reason without going against reason. We can apprehend it, but we cannot completely comprehend it. As someone wisely said, “If we try to understand God completely, we may lose our mind, but if we do not believe in the Trinity sincerely, we will lose our soul!”

Who made God?  By Ravi Zaccharius & Norman Geisler

Thankful Thursday! May 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Vacation with some of my dear family!!!!

Jumping off the rocks at the Cenotes!  SO fun!

Dinner our last night with Gil and Pamela at the buffet - “Mexican Night”.   Listening to the Mariachi band!

Both Rendon and Preston calling me on my birthday!

Zip lining in the dark with Gil and Whitt!!!

Lexi taking such good care of Preston

Kaiser taking care of Preston right away!

 

 

 “So why do bad things happen to good people? The more basic question is: Why is hell awaiting good people? The Bible’s sobering answer is that we are not good. God is just to send his rebellious creatures to hell—thus, he is fair to start that hell in this life.

But there’s a hidden mercy here. By tasting hell in this life we are driven to ponder what may face us in the next. In this way, our trials may be our greatest mercies. For some of us, they become God’s roadblocks on our headlong rush to hell....

... Human suffering in this life is merely the splashover from hell. Yes, you would think Christians would be exempt. But this whole book has tried to show why God allows the splashover anyway. God’s plan for us in this life is to give us the benefits of heaven only gradually. By letting us struggle with the remnants of a sinful nature, and by letting us know pain, he reminds us of the hell we are being saved from.

If we had an easy life, we would soon forget that we are eternal creatures. But hell’s splashover won’t allow that. It persistently reminds us that something immense and cosmic is at stake—a heaven to be reached, a hell to be avoided. Human souls are the battle ground on which massive spiritual battles are being waged. The stakes are enormous. The winner takes all and the loser loses everything. Every day of our short lives has eternal consequences for good or ill. Eternity is being affected. Right now counts forever. Thus, it is only fitting that God should give us some sense of the stakes involved, some sense of the war’s magnitude. He does this by giving us foretastes of hell in our sufferings.”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareck Tada

Thankful Thursday! July 18, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Peaceful (and cool) day at the beach with Hona!  

Whitty offered to change Fiona’s tire. 

Pres and Whitt spent the day together yesterday.  I love that!

Peaceful Sundays with Gil, Pres, Whitt, church, family lunch,…

 ““In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6: 1–3).

We might draw near to God with awe. Even the holy seraphim covered their faces and their feet in His presence. They have four wings for worship, but two for service.

(2) “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar” (Isa. 6: 5–6).

The pure light of God’s holiness reveals the blackness of our sin.  Compare Job 42: 5–6: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

If any man thinks well of himself, he has never met God. Nothing will demolish self-righteousness like one real sight of God.

The wonderfulness of God’s love! It would be no wonder if an unholy God could love unholy men; but that the God whose name is Holy, the Infinitely Holy God, could love beings so utterly sinful as we are, is the wonder of the eternities. There are many deep mysteries in the Bible, but no other as profound as this.”

What the Bible Teaches , by R. A. Torrey

Thankful Thursday! May 23, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Breakfast with my Pilates class

Baking cookies for my kids. 

Getting ready for a vacation

Sweet Vicki’s friendship and thoughtful gift!

Dear Linda’s sweet gift for Tru!  I loved Wee Sing when my kids were little. 

My mom and dad’s fun and thoughtful gift. 

Flowers from my hubby💐 


 “Filled to Overflowing

May you experience increase in every way.

May your capacity to know the heights of God’s love grow exponentially.

May your understanding of the depths of His faithfulness grow continually.

May your belief in your divine value deepen tremendously.

And, in the days ahead, may your willingness to trust God with every detail of your life change profoundly.

You are deeply loved, deeply called, and profoundly cared for. May you live out of this truth!

Walk in humble confidence today.



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.”

EPHESIANS 3:17–19”


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! May 16, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending the day with Max and Michelle

New session of classes and new choreography 🤗

Pilates Chair Workout

Spending time with Gil

Whitty getting home safely!   He’s home for the summer!🎉💜

New nutrition client.

My mom, mom-in-law/love☺️ & sweet Raquel

 

 “Brokenness Has Its Blessings

Our lives aren’t just random, unconnected collections of scenes without meaning. They have purpose, and as we become more and more tuned in to who God is, we can have peace in the plot’s strange twists and turns. . . .

Many of us have chapters that we would prefer had never been written. . . . But the hard chapters show God’s power in a way that the happy ones do not. Brokenness moves my story forward in a way that peaceful times do not. It’s in the difficulties that I became desperate to really know God, to cry out to Him.

When everything is going well, we often can’t hear God, because the music all around us is turned up too loud. But when the party stops—in those moments of crashing pain, sorry, and sudden silence—we begin to hear His voice. . . .

God is with you no matter what. He is stronger than the challenges in front of you. You can trust Him. Even though you can’t see how your story will turn out, know that the end is in His hands.

DENISE JACKSON

The Road Home”

 

 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

PSALM 34:17–19


“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

REVELATION 1:8”


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! May 2, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

 Praying with my sweet family

Training my little gymnast, visiting with her mom and picking oranges after our session.

My friend was baptized on Easter. I see a new joy about her.

Cleaning out my closet!!

Tea Garden with Friends!

 

 “Gnarled Beauty

While spending time painting in . . . Tuscany, I became accustomed to seeing grape vines growing on the hillsides. The older gnarled vines were beautiful to sketch because of their knotty twists and bends. Over the course of time, the winds, rains, and sun—the weathering effects of the seasons—had forced their shapes. The most luscious growth came from these rugged old vines . . . grapes so heavy and bountiful they seemed to invite people to pick them.

In another vineyard were young plants which had suffered no ill effects of nature at all. They offered no particular beauty or character and were hardly worthy of my pencil or paintbrush.”

As it is in nature, so it is in God’s kingdom. From the winds and rains of adversity comes abundant growth and a beautiful life worth painting.

Do not be afraid to suffer. . . . It is from being shaken apart and not being destroyed that one becomes strong and courageous.”

LAURA LEWIS LANIER  All Things Bright and Beautiful

 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2 CORINTHIANS 2:14


Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You will revive me;

You will stretch out Your hand

Against the wrath of my enemies,

And Your right hand will save me.

PSALM 138:7”


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! May 9, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Grocery shopping with Gil

Videos from Lex, Ren and Tru.💗

FT with Preston

Hanging out with the Abbotts and Westlakes.  Good for the soul!!  I see the value of community.

The beautiful ladies and Dave and Bruce in my Pilates class.

Popcorn with Gil


 “Free to Be You

May you find a new freedom in being the YOU God created you to be!

May you be comfortable in your own skin, excited about your own story, and at peace with your own past because Christ has redeemed every part of you.

May you break free from condemnation, may you walk away from toxic influences, and may you put fear under your feet.

Let faith fill your heart. Do not give people the power that belongs to God alone.

He loves you.

He is strong.

And He’ll keep you strong till the end.

Have a faith-filled day today!


“Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

1 Corinthians 1:7–8 NLT


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! April 25, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Ladies making room for each other in class.

Good Friday and Easter services with Gil, Whitt, Ren, Lex & Tru

Lexi borrowing my shoes💗💗 (my only daughter!)

Going to lunch with Whitty

Making Saturday breakfast for my family.

Texts from Preston.


“Years ago, I read that the average woman today has the equivalent of fifty full-time servants, in the form of modern, timesaving devices and equipment. That figure may or may not be accurate, but we certainly have many conveniences available to us that were unknown to women of past generations. Imagine going back to the days when there were no dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, or automobiles. . . .

So why are our lives more harried and hurried than ever? Why are we so stressed out? . . .

In Jesus’ words, we find a clue—a powerful Truth that sets us free from the bondage of hurry and frustration about all we have to do. Notice what work Jesus completed in the thirty-three years He was here on the earth: 

“I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4 KJV). That is the secret. Jesus didn’t finish everything His disciples wanted Him to do. . . . He didn’t finish everything the multitudes wanted Him to do. . . . But He did finish the work that God gave Him to do.”

NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS

Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! April 18, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Spending time with Preston💜💜

Having Rendon over a few times last weekend!☺️

Friends

The beautiful fragrant jasmine in my yard

 

 

 “I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion was marked on them. Some had been stretched to the breaking point and their tensile strength indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain. He knew just what they would bear if placed in the great ship, building, or bridge. He knew this because his testing room revealed it.


It is often so with God’s children. God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.


He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! April 11, 2019

Thank you, Lord for: 

Steam cleaning my floors!

This perfect little orange chair from Mary!

Watching college basketball with Gil.

Playing with Tru

 Hanging out with Lex

 

 “As Corrie Ten Boom observed, “If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” How can you keep focused on God instead of yourself? I encourage you to make a habit of preaching grace to yourself every day. Remind yourself often of all the ways that you are elevated in Christ. Thank Jesus that through the cross he is the …

… At-one-er. I was hostile to God, but Jesus has made me “at-one” with him, breaking down the wall of division and welcoming me into friendship.

… Battlefield Hero. The forces of fear and evil held me in their oppressive grip, but Jesus, the Warrior-King, has crushed the enemy’s head and claimed victory.

… Chain-Breaker. I was a slave to darkness, selfishness, and anxiety, but Jesus is my great Liberator who purchased my freedom and cut my chains.

… Defense Attorney. I broke the laws of an infinitely just Being, but Jesus took my death sentence and now pleads the winning case for my innocence.

… Eternal Priest. I was unclean, but Jesus became my spotless Lamb and serves as my Priest so I can stand confidently in the presence of divine Perfection.

… Forsaken Son. I was left to die at the human dump, but Jesus became Forsaken in my place so that I can enjoy adoption as a cherished son/ daughter of God.

Praying through these six biblical images may take six minutes, or it may take sixty seconds. That brief time of preaching the good news to yourself can turn an otherwise anxious day into something worshipful and grace-filled.

 

Excerpt from

Reflect by Thaddeus Williams

 

Thankful Thursday! April 4, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Going to the beach with Parker and Tru

Spending time with dear friends

A job I love!

Preston home for a few days!

A great walk with the ladies

 

“I remember a summer in which I said, “It is the ocean I need,” and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “The mountains will rest me,” and I went to the mountains, and when I awoke in the morning there stood the grand mountain that I had wanted so much to see; but it said, “It is not in me!” It did not satisfy. Ah! I needed the ocean of His love, and the high mountains of His truth within. It was wisdom that the “depths” said they did not contain, and that could not be compared with jewels or gold or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and our deepest need. Our restlessness within can only be met by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us. MARGARET BOTTOME”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! March 28, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending time with Gr Gil and Pamela.  

My floor steamer!!

Sunshine!

Getting passports with Whitty...he makes everything fun!

Spending the day with my sweet Quinny!

 

 “Deep Water, Fiery Trials, God’s Faithfulness - 

All God’s children go through deep waters and trials by fire. There’s no if—only when. But with the when comes a Who. God never allows His children to swim alone. His buddy system is sink- and fireproof. More sure than the when is the Who. It is God who assures His children, “I will be with you”—when!

Can you see God in your trials by water or fire? God says to you, “I will be with you whenever, wherever, and forever.”

JAN CARLBERG”


“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:20


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”

ISAIAH 43:2


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  “

Psalm 23:4


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey

Thankful Thursday! March 20, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Sunshine! ☀️

Children!

Little Gracie running around with her arms up...so happy to be outside playing!!

My dear friend Fiona and her great example and attitude! 

 

”Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord,...” Ephesians 4:1

“Paul in prison.... Do you want to see how he takes it? I see him looking out over the top of his prison wall and over the heads of his enemies. I see him write a document and sign his name—not the prisoner of Festus, nor of Caesar; not the victim of the Sanhedrin; but the—“prisoner of the Lord.” He saw only the hand of God in it all. To him the prison becomes a palace. Its corridors ring with shouts of triumphant praise and joy.


Restrained from the missionary work he loved so well, he now built a new pulpit—a new witness stand—and from that place of bondage come some of the sweetest and most helpful ministries of Christian liberty. What precious messages of light come from those dark shadows of captivity.


Think of the long train of imprisoned saints who have followed in Paul’s wake. For twelve long years Bunyan’s lips were silenced in Bedford jail. It was there that he did the greatest and best work of his life. There he wrote the book that has been read next to the Bible. He says, “I was at home in prison and I sat me down and wrote, and wrote, for joy did make me write.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman