Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Everlasting Arms


A sweet baby boy gone to be with Jesus
Before he took his first breath,

Held briefly in the arms of his parents

Now held by the Lord of the heartbroken,

Forever loved,

Forever held in their hearts,

Tender words of love whispered in his ears,

Tears of sadness washing down their cheeks,

A grandmother’s heart breaks for her daughter

Her arms ache for this sweet little boy,

Jesus, the Lord of the heartbroken

Jesus, the One who holds him now.
For my dear friend, who trusts Jesus to hold her
sweet little grandson until she holds him again
"‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whom Shall I Fear

This morning, I was encouraged by a song a friend shared that lifted my spirit and reminded me of God's promises. It is by Chris Tomlin (with Ed Cash), and he has done what he does so well; he has given us the hope of God in His promises.

2 Kings 6:17
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my Lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet (Elisha) answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Whom Shall I Fear/God of Angels Army
By Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though trouble linger still
Whom shall I fear?

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I'm holding on to Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful


Monday, November 5, 2012

Burdens or Rest?

This sweet kitty was napping on our porch this morning when I opened the blinds.
She belongs to one of our neighbors, and this is the first time I have seen her here.
She seemed a little fuzzy when I came out with the camera.
Then she stretched, meowed daintly, and went back to sleep.
A lovely catnap.
Sometimes we carry burdens that are to heavy for our backs,
too unthinkable for our minds, and too sorrowful for our hearts.
We carry
a devastating diagnosis, 
the loss of a job,
the loss of a loved one...
we all carry burdens of some sort.
But we need not carry our burdens alone.
The weight of our burdens are too much for us to carry.
Jesus promises in Matthew 11:28-30 to help us with our burdens,
to be united (yoked) with Him so that we can weather the storms that
seem to drag us down into the depths of despair. 
All we need to do is to ask Him and He is there, lifting our hearts
as He lifts us from the heaviness of heart burdens bring.
No, the problems do not always just disappear, but our burdens can become lighter,
our minds relieved and our hearts renewed by the rest Jesus promises.
And with this renewed heart comes rest ~ physically, mentally and spiritually,
and we may find ourselves at rest like this little visitor I had this morning.
I just peeked, and she is still out there, napping peacefully.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
 and you will find rest for your souls. 
 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Beam of Light

I know this picture is dark, but my husband was vacuuming in the early morning.
Now, I am thankful when he vacuums anytime of day,
but I was curious as to why he was doing this in the dark.
He told me that the vacuum beam was all he needed to see where he was going.
God's Word is like that.
It is always just what we need to go down life's path,
and without it, we would be trying to find our way in the dark,
stumbling and perhaps falling down.
But His Word gives us the light we need so that we may
stand upright and follow the path He has for us.
By Your words
I can see where I am going;
they throw a beam of light on
my dark path.
Psalm 119:105 (The Message)
The familiar King James version says it like this:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
Amy Grant - Thy Word