Thursday, June 11, 2015

No worries

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~



Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:25-34

No worries today! God's got this!

Have a blessed day friends.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Scripture

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings
I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
Psalm 57:1





Often times God demonstrates His faithfulness in adversity by providing for us what we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them.
 ~ Dr. Charles Stanley



You can find Dr. Charles Stanley at In Touch Ministries


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I hope you have a blessed day.



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace



Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
~ Robert Robinson, 1758 ~


As a child, I took piano lessons from an older man in my town who was a concert pianist. He was so "in tune" to the way the piano should sound. Often throughout the lesson he'd stop playing and tune a note with his tools. It was a grand piano, and the top was always open, allowing easy access to the strings. I didn't realize at the time, but looking back . . what a gift he had. His ear was tuned to hear the perfect pitch of each note.

When we stay in tune with God, our heart will be in tune to sing His Grace.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Luke 6:45

There's nothing sweeter then hearing one of my grandchildren singing to the Lord when they think no one is listening. Their heart is in tune to sing God's grace.

Grace: the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. ~ Websters 1828 Dictionary



On dark days when the only song we feel like singing is a dirge, we can pray, “Let the music of thy promises be on my tongue”. This is no tear-jerking ballad of how I’m feeling. The promises of God will lift me right out of sad sentimentality and put music in my mouth if I will think steadily on them.  
Elisabeth Elliot


My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Nautical Printables

Free Nautical Printables for you. Click for largest size, right click and save to your computer.  Enjoy!














There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number living things both large and small. Psalm 104:25



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Be a Blessing

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Eliza Hewitt wrote the hymn - Somebody Else Needs a Blessing

Here are some of the words:

We’re counting the blessings, our joys we record,
The wonderful mercies like sunbeams outpoured;
But let us remember while praising the Lord,
Somebody else needs a blessing.





If anyone needed a blessing, it was Eliza Hewitt. She was born in 1851, became valedictorian of her class and a school teacher in Pennsylvania. At some point in her teaching career a student struck her on the back with a piece of heavy slate. This left Eliza in a cast for months, confined to her room.


During this time of painful confinement, Eliza was determined not to be bitter, and started writing hymns. Many of them were praise hymns, such as: Stepping in the Light, Singing I Go, Victory in Jesus and many more.  



Despite her circumstances, which left her an invalid most of her life, she was blessing others!


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Have a lovely day, and be a blessing to someone today.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Hymn Make Me a Blessing



So much hurt and troubles held inside by so many.


What would it take to lift someone's spirits
. . a kind word ... a smile ... a forgiving heart?
This hymn Make me a Blessing written in 1909 by Ira Wilson, pretty much sums it up:

Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Chorus:
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His pow’r to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True, every moment you live.

Give as ’twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

May you be a blessing to someone today!


 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Scripture ~ HOPE



As Christians, our ultimate hope is not in this present life, but in the world unseen, our final destination of Heaven. If we choose to “hope in the Lord” as this scripture says, He will give us the strength to get through it, no matter our situation.

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your Heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31.24




Have a blessed day.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Very Special Young Man

Jon with his Dad

My husband and I were visited by a friend and his teenage son Jon.  Jon has Down’s Syndrome and his dad has cancer.  They are best buds.  Jon very proudly told us that he asked Jesus into his heart and his dad baptized him.  He spoke in front of his church and at his brother’s college about what Jesus has done in his life.  

I recently observed a friend’s little girl coloring a picture. With a white crayon in her hand, she attempted to color with it.  Seeing no results, she tried again, still no results. She looked up and said “this one doesn’t work” and put it back in with the others. As we know, children perceive things very differently from adults.  The white crayons really do work; they just work in a different way.


While Jon was talking to us with his dad, I was reminded of the white crayon and the little girl saying “this one doesn’t work”.  A lot of people would look at Jon and say, he’s different, he doesn’t work like us, there’s so much he can’t do. But you know, Jon is a “white crayon” and God has made him special for a reason.  

At this season of his life he’s a helper for his dad, his mother and siblings, a blessing to everyone who knows him, and a prayer warrior.  He told me “I pray for my dad everyday”.  His dad shared that Jon tunes in on the needs of others and remembers them in his prayers.  Jon also has a strong desire to tell others about Jesus.  This young man has a genuine award winning smile that can light up any room he is in.

Would you please join Jon in praying for his dad? He would be so happy if you did. If you have a message for Jon, you can leave it in the comments and I'll be sure he sees it.

Society may label Jon as “special needs”, I would call Jon “special”, I know Jesus does as He made Jon just the way He wanted him to be.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13,14,16

Sunday, May 24, 2015

History of Memorial Day


Greater love has no one than this:
 to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

Memorial Day
 ~ a time of remembrance for those who died in service for their country. It was originally called Decoration Day as the women would decorate the graves of the Civil War veterans. This vintage postcard depicts a little girl doing just that.



The caption on this next vintage postcard reads:

Let the Stars and Strips be waving o'er their generous sacrifice.



But his soul goes marching on.




My father was a veteran, and my husband is as well. I am proud of their service to our country. Our town celebrates Memorial Day with a small parade. They stop at one point on their route and throw a floral wreath into the ocean to remember those whose lives were lost at sea. 

Veterans, Memorial Day Parade

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Poem for Anxiety ~ Helen Steiner Rice

A poem by Helen Steiner Rice (1900 - 1981), a businesswoman and poet. She worked years, for Gibson Greeting Card Co. Her books of inspirational, timeless poetry have sold millions. Helen certainly had her share of trials, which I believe inspired much of her poetry.



Do not be anxious, 
said our Lord, 
Have peace from day to day
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark 
with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts 
our Father's love,
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~