Jun 16, 2014
2 When you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do -- blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
3 But when you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing.
4 Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
5 "And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get.
6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
7 "When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.
8 Don't be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
Jun 9, 2014
2 The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
3 His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
6 He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure.
8 They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever
Feb 24, 2014
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Jan 5, 2014
God loves each of us as if there were one of us.
Loving Father, thank you for making me your child and giving me a place in your family. With a Grateful heart, I thank you for making me yours.
Aug 6, 2013
Have you ever broken a valuable item? Many years ago my mother-in-law gave us an Imari Plate worth a lot of money. I hade it placed on my hutch and when pacing by I hit the hutch and it fell to the ground and broke into many pieces. I didn't know how I was going to tell my husband, but I did and he just said, it's ok.
I remember as a child I made a sand art bottle for my mom at a festival. I was excited to give it to her and I dropped it on the pavement. I remember crying. My mom said, what are your crying about. I told her I had made the bottle of sand art and I dropped it. She hugged me and said, I bet it was beautiful, and just knowing you thought of me is enough.
I was listening to a song just know that was talking about those 2 words....
When we go through trials or heartbreak it is either going to make us or break us.
Lately I have felt so broken...losing my sister, the whole situation with my mom. I asked the Lord if he would take some things off my plate. He said My plate is big, put them on my plate. He never intended us to carry our burdens, because He is the burden barer.
New King James Version (NKJV)
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I have seen many people broken....just look around. I can look at someone and know that they are broken. Their face tells it all. It shows brokenness.
New King James Version (NKJV)
22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,[a]
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
My feet are tired
My heart is weak
My mind is a battlefield
My heart is broken
My tears come quickly
I feel no reprieve
I want to hide into a place where it is quiet
I want all my trials to be gone
I feel broken into a million pieces
How much more will you place upon me
Oh but in your presence, there is joy, there is life that never ends
There is joy, oh there is joy.
How I need you, oh Jesus, walk with me
Oh how I love you, Oh Jesus walk with me
I lay at your feet with tears of heartbreak
and then the healing oil of your hands comforts me
heals my pain and sorrow
Once I was broken and now you take me to a place of joy.
Nothing, oh nothing can compare to you Jesus
I will sing a new song of praise
Nothing will stop my groaning’s of love for you
No matter what, God, you are my refuge
A place of peace of stillness
Joy over comes me
You heal the broken places
You make me to lie down in soft meadows
You give me hope to care on
Nothing can separate me from You...
You have made me and heal the broken places...
Glory & Praise be to You, Oh God
Praise on the mountain tops,
praise in the valley, praise on rocky grounds,
praise in storms, praise in stillness, praise in desolate grounds
Praise be to you Jesus, Praise be to You Jesus
Amen & Amen
Aug 3, 2013
I will make all my mountains a way (Isaiah 49:11).
God will make obstacles serve His purpose. We all have mountains in our lives. There are people and things that threaten to bar our progress in the Divine life. Those heavy claims, that uncongenial occupation, that thorn in the flesh, that daily cross--we think that if only these were removed we might live purer, tenderer, holier lives; and often we pray for their removal.
"Oh, fools, and slow of heart!" These are the very conditions of achievement; they have been put into our lives as the means to the very graces and virtues for which we have been praying so long. Thou hast prayed for patience through long years, but there is something that tries thee beyond endurance; thou hast fled from it, evaded it, accounted it an unsurmountable obstacle to the desired attainment, and supposed that its removal would secure thy immediate deliverance and victory.
Not so! Thou wouldest gain only the cessation of temptations to impatience. But this would not be patience. Patience can be acquired only through just such trials as now seem unbearable.
Go back; submit thyself. Claim to be a partaker in the patience of Jesus. Meet thy trials in Him. There is nothing in life which harasses and annoys that may not become subservient to the highest ends. They are His mountains. He puts them there. We know that God will not fail to keep His promise.
"God understandeth the way thereof and knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven"; and when we come to the foot of the mountains, we shall find the way.
--Christ in Isaiah, by Meyer
The meaning of trials is not only to test worthiness, but to increase it; as the oak is not only tested by the storms, but toughened by them.
Are you struggling through a trial and it has been going on for a long time or just lately?...Everyone needs to read this.....Remember Paul and his Thorn in the Flesh? Today confess that your Thorn in the Flesh is for your good. Thorns hurt, but though they are painful, God will use them to increase your faith, build your faith, keep your eyes on the Father. He will build you, burn off the things which hold you back from being who He called you to be. Being content in you trial and not asking daily for it to be removed means you are taking your eyes off yourself and placing your trial with the Lord.
Jul 30, 2013
Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the day of trouble? (Job 38:22-23).
Our trials are great opportunities. Too often we look on them as great obstacles. It would be a haven of rest and an inspiration of unspeakable power if each of us would henceforth recognize every difficult situation as one of God's chosen ways of proving to us His love and look around for the signals of His glorious manifestations; then, indeed, would every cloud become a rainbow, and every mountain a path of ascension and a scene of transfiguration.
If we will look back upon the past, many of us will find that the very time our Heavenly Father has chosen to do the kindest things for us, and given us the richest blessings, has been the time we were strained and shut in on every side.
God's jewels are often sent us in rough packages and by dark liveried servants, but within we find the very treasures of the King's palace and the Bridegroom's love.
--A. B. Simpson
Trust Him in the dark, honor Him with unwavering confidence even in the midst of mysterious dispensations, and the recompense of such faith will be like the moulting of the eagle's plumes, which was said to give them a new lease of youth and strength.
--J. R. Macduff
If we could see beyond today
As God can see;
If all the clouds should roll away,
The shadows flee;
O'er present griefs we would not fret.
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.
If we could know beyond today
As God doth know,
Why dearest treasures pass away
And tears must flow;
And why the darkness leads to light,
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright;
Some day life's wrongs will be made right,
Faith tells us so.
"If we could see, if we could know,"
We often say,
But God in love a veil doth throw
Across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o'er;
Trust and obey.