Lord, when my soul is weary and my heart is tired and sore, and I have that failing feeling that I can’t take any more; then let me know the freshening found in simple, childlike prayer; when the kneeling soul knows surely that a listening Lord is there.
–Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007), from Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poems
Linked to Inspire Me Monday.
I took a picture of these peonies I had dried last summer. I just bundled them up and hung them upside down to dry. And they made a wonderful bouquet that I still enjoy looking at! Dried flowers remind me of something lasting, and I love them as much as I love fresh flowers.
As we celebrate those we love on Valentine’s Day with flowers and hearts and chocolates, I’m also reminded of the lasting love that God has for each of us. It’s a love that never quits! Think about the person or people you love most in your life and multiply your love for them by infinity–that’s how much God loves you. An unfathomable amount! I hope being reminded of that makes your Valentine’s Day a special one!
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. JEREMIAH 31:3 (NIV)
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you.
LUKE 12:28 (NLT)
It’s comforting to know that God will always provide for us and take care of us. It’s so easy to fall into worry and hopelessness when we’re going through tough times, but He’s always there, always caring for us!
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when the Creator was a child Himself. –Charles Dickens, from A Christmas Carol
Wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year!
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6 (KJV)
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“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart….The Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; He remembers His covenant forever. He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of His hands are faithful and just….” PSALM 111:1, 4-7 (ESV)
Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
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This verse is such a great reminder that God works through our imperfections and limitations. He can take our messes, mistakes, and weaknesses and make something beautiful and powerful out of them. He gives us the strength we need to get through whatever we need to get through and He works all things together for our ultimate good. All we have to do is “let go” and let God have control. And trust that He always knows what’s best!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. ROMANS 8:28 NIV
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Are any of you going through a difficult time? I hope this verse, Romans 12:12, encourages you to hang in there and not give up. Know that God is with you, that He loves you, and that He will see you through this. And continue to keep on praying!
This sounds like it could be a description of a confident woman in today’s world, doesn’t it? It was actually written in ancient times. This verse is found in The Bible in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31–a chapter that describes the characteristics of a godly woman. It’s amazing how these words are just as relevant to women today, thousands of years later, as they were when they were first written!
You’ve probably seen or heard of this poem before–I first read it years ago, and just saw it quoted again in a book I’m currently reading. I thought I’d share it because it’s such a well-loved piece of writing that has touched so many people. There are actually several different but very similar versions of this poem attributed to different authors. This is the version I’m most familiar with…
One night I dreamed a dream.
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me and one to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only one set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life.
This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord
about my dilemma.
“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life
there is only one set of footprints.
I just don’t understand why,
when I needed You most, You leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child,
I love you and will never leave you,
never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints
it was then that I carried you.”
–Margaret Fishback Powers
It’s comforting to know God is with us every step of our journey! When we’re feeling overwhelmed with life’s struggles, we may not sense His nearness, but we can trust that He is always, always there.
“I am with you always.” MATTHEW 28:20 KJV
Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, American Writer, 1807-1892
The beautiful colors in God’s creation never cease to amaze me! I took this photo with my little 3GS iPhone…the pansies were much more stunning in real life, but this is a nice remembrance of what they looked like! Do you grow pansies in your yard?
Enjoy your weekend!