SUNDAY SONG

Jeremiah 29:11-13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Job 29:21-22
“People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.”

God is good. He is faithful. He provides. I am truly grateful for all that He has done for me and is yet to do.

He is the same God of the Old Testament…the God of miracles and supernatural provision.

So thankful for that fact.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Real Love

There is nothing (so I am told) like the love of a parent for a child. I cannot imagine the pride and joy…all of the hopeful expectations. I also cannot imagine the heartache felt when a child experiences disappointments that, as a parent, cannot be controlled. However, I don’t think anyone, even most parents can imagine the pain of an ill child.  No one wants to have those thoughts, and thankfully, most parents do not have to experience this pain.  Unfortunately some do.

I was moved in an immense way by a song I heard the past week. I’ve heard it a few times. It was written by Matt Hammitt of the band, Sanctus Real. His son Bowen was born with a heart problem and had a very rough start to life. God was faithful to the Hammitt family. Matt Hammitt wrote a song for his son, and I want to share it with you.

Imagine:  the love in this song of a man for his son is only a taste of the love that God has for us.

HERE IS an ABC News interview with the Hammitts. (Embedding is disabled, so you will have to click on the link–amazing platform for their testimony.)

Here is Hammitt’s song, “All of Me”:

Giving thanks…

I’m thankful for. . .

A God who loves me no matter what, a heavenly Father who is wise and patient…who meets all of my needs and exceeds my expectations…always.
A family that cares about me, and who, over time, has become closer instead of drifting apart…a true blessing.
My friends…they care about my spritual growth and make me feel like I have worth and that I matter. They mean the world to me, and I thank God for them…I do…in my prayers fairly often.
The past year, I’ve had a lot of hurts. Through all of that, God was faithfully by my side to ease my pain. He will always have a plan, and even in my hurts, He has what is best, laid out before me. For that, I am very grateful. When we think things look bleak and that our circumstances won’t improve, God steps in and makes things 10 times better.
Thank you, Lord, for loving me and for giving your life to provide me with eternal life.  Thank you for being a never ending source of strength.

It is my wish that you all have a wonderful, relaxing and blessed Thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Psalm 107
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love endures forever!”
Colossians 2:6-7
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

SUNDAY SONG

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 5:14-16
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

I am going “old-school” this week with my song choice. I remember singing this song quite often in church…before praise and worship songs became the norm.

There is something to be said for the lyrics of this song, so I am including them. We can take everything to God…we can’t hide anything from Him, so it would be futile to think that He doesn’t want us to just give everything to him…good and/or bad.

We all have our weaknesses and flaws…He wants them. We all have moments of sheer joy and victory…He wants those, too.

So glad for the truth brought to light in this song.

Have a blessed Sunday!

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

Lots of thinking, today…

The past few weeks, I’ve been asking God to make me into the godly woman I need to be.

Lately, I’ve felt like I am becoming more and more self-absorbed. Pride creeps in, and I think I haven’t really noticed that, in me, until now.

To be honest, I don’t know how it happened. I do know that how much I am concerned about myself and how others view me, rather than see me as an extension of God’s love is bothering me.

As I was sitting in church, today, I kind of got lost in thought. I was thinking about how some people just seem to be a beacon of selflessness and an example of God’s love. There is a pure gentleness and natural love coming from them. I don’t see that in me.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be those things. I want to be all about others and their needs before my own. In reality, if I do that, God will see to my needs and will bless me…but why can’t I get myself out of my shell to love on folks as I should?

Simple answer:  Fear.

Fear of rejection. Fear of not measuring up. Fear of doing something wrong, even out of good intentions. Just stupid fear. I can see it in how I fear about my appearance, and how I fret over how others will see me. I see it in how I fret over how people will react to what I say or do.

Fear is not of God, and to top it off, something I never thought of is that all of this fear and fretting has lead to self-centeredness and pride. even a lack of modesty.

The things that I want in life are walking six paces behind fear, pride and the self-absorbed nature that comes from it.

I want God-centered relationships that are based on His love and provision, not what I can do, but that I am being used to provide love and care, because it is a calling from God.
I want to share my blessings and talents; however, there is a lot that I keep to myself…out of fear.

I want those around me to see God through me, and to want Him in their lives in a very real way.

When I do things to bring attention on myself, it no longer becomes about God, whether it be in how I am dressed, how I’ve done up and fancied my face or even in how I do my job.

Pride is pride. I need to be more about gratitude, love and service…all with the quiet, gentle spirit I am supposed to have.

All of this began with a seed of thought about modesty…it led from modesty of appearance ot modesty of thoughts.

I hope this is the beginning to me becomming a better person. I am grateful that God has taught me this lesson and that He still thinks I’m worth the work.

He is so faithful, and I am so blessed.