Thankful for God’s blessings…

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Values

  Thanking God for… 1. Smiling faces of children 2. Hugs that warm the heart 3. Beaches with glistening sparkles of sand and lapping waves washing over me 4. Stars sparkling in the midnight sky 5. Moon beams that light my path 6. Mountaintops allowing full view of God’s glorious world 7. Laughter that brightens faces and fills one with joy 8. God’s love, grace, and forgiveness 9. Green grass that tickles and crunches underneath my feet 10. Food that replenishes my body 11. God’s Word that fills and ignites my soul searching for truth 12. Books that take me places I otherwise could not go 13. The privilege and blessing to live in the United States of America 14. Blankets on a cold windy night 15. A home filled with love 16. Sunshine to brighten my day reassuring me of God’s presence 17. Blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds 18. Rainbows brightening the sky after the rain 19. The sound of rain splashing against the window pane 20. God gave me life to enjoy, people to love, and Himself 21. Music that inspires, encourages, lifts my spirit, and blesses me 22. Clean, sparkling spring water 23. The beauty of the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening 24. The sound of the waves splashing on the seashore 25. Chimes blowing in the wind outside my kitchen window 26. Birds singing their songs in the early morning 27. The train whistling as it passes through town in the wee morning hours 28. Wind blowing through the trees 29. Beauty of flowers reminding me of God’s goodness 30. Seasons that come and go as God blesses me with beauty and the renewing of the earth 31. Soldiers and veterans for their sacrifice and willingness to serve our country 32. Freedom to worship 33. Doctors and nurses who strive to keep me healthy and free of disease 34. Friends who come alongside and offer encouragement 35. Jesus, my friend and Savior May God bless you and your family with laughter, joy, peace, and love. Brenda...

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TRUST?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Action Steps, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help, Uncategorized

God asks…”Do you trust me?” We waver back and forth in our decision to trust Him. Often we take matters into our own hands with the attitude, I can do it on my own. God asks…”Do you trust me?” Do you trust me enough to: 1.  let go and let me be in control? 2.  step back and wait on me? 3.  accept my forgiveness? 4.  accept the sacrifice of my Son, Jesus, for your sins? 5.  accept salvation that is offered freely? 6.  give me all the burdens dragging you down and keeping your mind unsettled? 7.  help you forgive someone who has hurt you deeply and pray for them? 8.  heal your wounds inflicted upon you by a spouse? Child? Friend? Co-worker? 9.  give you strength of character, wisdom, and knowledge to face the questions and the answers encountered in daily living? 10. forgive your spouse, friend, or family member who turned their backs on you, slandered your name with lies, and refused to accept responsibility for their behavior? 11. trust me and be obedient to my Word? 12. accept my love? 13. follow me? Do you remember the song Trust and Obey? “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” It was one of the first hymns I learned to play on the piano. My sisters and I used to play church all the time. Believe it or not, I was always the preacher. Amazing, because I was a shy little girl. My sister, Glenda, played the piano, and my sister, Diane, and I were the singers. Singing and playing church were two things I enjoyed besides riding my bike. Church was one thing we knew. Every time the doors opened we were there. I am thankful that my Mother taught me the love of Jesus and encouraged me to follow Him. There is no greater gift we can give our children than to teach them of Jesus and His love,  to trust  and follow Him accepting His gift of salvation. We grow up. Life happens and through the difficult times our faith and trust in Him falters. Doubts assail our thoughts. We waver in our trust of God wondering and questioning Him in the midst of pain, suffering, loss, and difficulties. Eventually we realize that living life on our own is not working and we turn to Him. The words of the song are true; “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” Lord, may our answer to the questions today be, “yes”, and may each of us  surrender all to you trusting in your unfailing love. Help us to rejoice in you as you heal the pain that disrupts our joy and robs us of precious moments with our family and friends and the joy...

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