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 ~



Thursday, May 21, 2015

PRAY


Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham, has sent out a Mayday distress call to PRAY. You can read more about it here on her website: http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/events/mayday/

You've seen or read the news . . if you haven't, you've heard about the news.

Persecution, murder, atrocities to children, riots, drugs, war and on it goes . . .

I'm frightened, you're frightened.

What can we do? We're just one!

God SEES
God KNOWS
God wants us to PRAY

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
1 Peter 3:12

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
1 Peter 4:7

Share this message on your blogs, website, pin it, post it on social media, use this graphic freely, spread the word to PRAY, and PRAY like we never have before.  Link back here, or link to Anne's website (above), or don't link at all, just PRAY.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Poem One Day at a Time



ONE DAY AT A TIME
by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

One day at a time, with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain and its burden of care;
One day at a time we must meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace.

One day at a time - but the day is so long,
And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong,
O Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way;
Give courage and patience and strength for the day.

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet;
"Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet;
I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve;
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave."

Not yesterday's load we are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow's uncertain and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day.

One day at a time, and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;

As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own.

You can read more about Annie Johnson Flint on a previous post I wrote **here**

What a dear woman of faith.  Through her pain and struggles, God gave her words of encouragement not only for herself, but for many others.

Have a blessed day.

As your days, so shall your strength be.
Deuteronomy 33:25B


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Scripture ~ The God of Hope



May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow 
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13


A lovely fresh scripture graphic for you today with promises from God's Word. Please feel free to use this in your artwork, or to share on your blogs, websites, or facebook. A link back is appreciated, but not required. Thank you.

Praying you have a blessed day.

Linked to: Word Art Wednesday


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

God's Beauty in Creation


Let's look for God's beauty in His creation today.

Something as simple as a delicate heart shaped flower of a bleeding heart shrub, reveals just a tiny portion of His Awesome creativity.

I don't know the specifics of this magnificent shrub, what I do know with closer inspection . . it's a masterpiece, created only by a Master.

What stands out to you today in God's creation? 



Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.  Genesis 1:11-13

Have a blessed day my friends.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers of Influence


The mothers mentioned below are just a few of the many examples of a Proverbs 31 woman.
Proverbs 31:30 refers to a woman who "fears" the Lord.  This is not referring to the type of fear we think of today.  Websters 1828 dictionary explains it well: the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God.

Susannah Wesley
Susannah Wesley (1669 – 1742) mother to 19 children and famous hymn writer Charles Wesley (wrote over 9,000 hymns), as well as John Wesley, a great preacher of his day.  Mrs. Wesley prayed one hour a day for her children, and could often be seen with her apron over her head – a sign to her children that she was praying.   She also set aside individual time for each child to teach them spiritual things.  A mother of influence teaches her children to pray.

Mrs. Graham with her son Billy


Morrow Coffey Graham (1892 – 1981) prayed that her son would become a world-renowned evangelist and taught him to trust God and believe the Bible.   Her prayers were answered for her son Billy Graham, preached to more people than any other evangelist.   She never stopped praying for him until the day she died.  A mother of influence prays diligently for her children.

Amy Carmichael

Catherine Jane Carmichael (unknown – 1913) taught her daughter Amy Carmichael to love and trust God for all her needs.  Amy later became a very famous missionary to India, rescuing thousands of girls from a life of abuse.  She was known as the mother to the motherless.  A mother of influence nurtures her children and releases them to God’s care.


Mercy Crosby mother to Fanny Crosby (born 1820) was totally devoted to her only daughter.  Blinded in infancy, Fanny was taught the Bible by her mother and grandmother.  She committed much of it to memory and became one of the most famous hymn writers of all time, writing over 9,000 hymns. Her mother was a firm believer in prayer and taught Fanny the same.  Because of her mother and grandmother’s influence, Fanny’s hymns have blessed millions of people.  A mother of influence devotes herself to her children’s needs.



Well known women’s Bible teacher and author Elizabeth George says:  You and I as parents must always be praying hope for our children regardless of their age or stage in life. In fact, this is yet another one of God’s “missions” for moms and dads: We are to be diligent prayer warriors. We are to do battle through prayer on behalf of our precious children. Pray for their spiritual growth into a man or woman after God’s own heart as your calling, your mission assignment from God. 


Commit to doing your part
 and trust God to do His!  
~ Elizabeth George ~

For those who do not have children, reach out to children or young women who need a mother's influence in your circle of family and friends.  One can always pray for them if nothing else.  

Have a blessed day.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer



Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day that calls for prayer for our country. You can find out more about it **here**


Let's flood heaven with our prayers today.

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hymn Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
words by Henry Van Dyke, 1907
music: Hymn to Joy,
from the 9th Sym­pho­ny of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

Mr. Van Dyke, said of this hymn:
These vers­es are sim­ple ex­press­ions of com­mon Christ­ian feel­ings and de­sires in this present time—hymns of to­day that may be sung to­ge­ther by peo­ple who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of sci­ence will de­stroy re­li­gion, or any re­vo­lu­tion on earth over­throw the king­dom of hea­ven. There­fore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

You can find the full lyrics here:  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee


My lips will shout for joy 
when I sing praise to you,
I
 whom you have delivered.  Psalm 71:23





I hope you have a blessed day.