This past week, I attended the funeral of a friend of ours who lost his battle with cancer. He was a good and godly man and I was sad even as I celebrated the goodness of God in granting him a long life.
Gospel music speaks volumes to me and moves me in powerful ways. I have heard this song before but it was so appropriate for this celebration of life and I was transfixed by the message in the words. The song is called “Come to Jesus.” God has us covered even beyond our final breath. Praise his name!!!
Great devotion from the flip calendar, “God Calling” edited by A.J.Russell. February 1st. This scripture verse is probably my favorite as it reminds me of the hope we have in our Heavenly Father.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 5:22-23
Put the old mistakes away, and start anew. I give you a fresh start. Be not burdened. Be not anxious. If My forgiveness were for the righteous only and those who had not sinned, where would be its need? God
A new day, Father, to love and be loved, to listen and be heard, to find and seek. For this I am grateful.
I love most sports! This time of year football is my sport of choice.
This Saturday while watching the NFL Countdown show, former head coach, Mike Ditka, made a comment I had to write down and remember to pass on to my blogging friends.
The discussion was regarding the cold weather for the game that day in Denver. The various analysts were speculating how the temperatures would affect the players. Mike Ditka referred to the cold weather as,
“A temporary inconvenience for a lasting memory”
I love quotes that make me think of a deeper application. I began to think of the difficulties of this life. The trials we face and how they are temporary inconveniences for the lasting pleasure of a heavenly home. In fact scripture puts it this way,
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17
There is more to life than the earthly. When we arrive in heaven, all of the troubles of life will pale in comparison to the treasures awaiting us there!
From Laura Story’s song entitled “Blessings”
The first time I heard this quote, it so resonated with my maternal feelings that it has never been forgotten. How appropriate it is as many grieve today.
“The decision to have children is momentous, it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
Hearts are broken today and we join together to pray for the families, friends, and community of all of the victims in Connecticut!
1)I lift up my eyes to the hills–
where does my help come from?
2)My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.–
3)He will not let your foot slip–
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4)indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5)The Lord watches over you–
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6)the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7)The Lord will keep you from all harm–
he will watch over your life;
8)the Lord will watch over your
coming and going
both now and forevermore.
This beautiful psalm is a reminder that our ultimate source of help is the Lord. One commentator noted that “lifting the eyes is a choice of one’s will”. This demands true faith in our loving heavenly father to meet our needs when there is no visible sign of intervention. It is not His will for us to be anxious about anything. Charles Spurgeon said ,”…for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God….”. To all who are struggling with problems that seem unbearable, that seem to have no answer, may you lift your eyes to the hills and find God ready and willing to meet your need!! He is a God of GREAT grace and mercy, full of compassion and love. Look up, and find Him there!