Sisters For Sunshine

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Weekly Hymn: Hymn of Promise

I love the lyrics to this hymn. It describes beauty in the seasons and the outdoors; It mentions that in darkness, silence, or the past, there is beauty and hope; and it suggests that with God, we have life eternity and victory.

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

**Next month we’ll be changing the weekly hymn to a weekly song that’s just from popular music. I love picking out lyrics of everyday songs and understanding the themes and purpose behind the words.**

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The 5 Love Languages with God

Today my husband and I tried a new church and wanted to share the message from the pastor. It was a great service, full of welcoming people, warmth, prayer, and good music. The main focus was on loving God and how we can be better in our relationship with Him.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.​”​

What do you do to show you love your parents? How do you love them?
Some ways include: hugs, kisses, doing what they tell you/chores, doing things together, helping them, giving them gifts, saying thank you, and telling them you love them.

The same goes with God. He longs for a relationship with us. We should apply the five love languages to our relationship with God:
​1. ​acts of service
​2. ​words of affirmation
​3. ​quality time
​4. ​receiving gifts
​5. ​touch

​1. ​When we get involved in the community, serve, attend church, do things all for God, that tells Him we love Him.

​2. ​Simply, we should pray and talk to God, telling Him thanks and that we love Him.

3. ​Prayer and church also count as quality time. When we take time to just be with God and listen to Him, our love for Him will grow stronger and more personable.

​4. ​What gifts can we give to God? We can share our money with those who need it. We can donate, participate in fundraisers, give gifts to others as a way to show we care for God and His people. It will feel rewarding when we let go and give.

5. ​It may be hard to touch God, but no that He is all around us. Go deep into your heart, pray, and you’ll find God there. Hold out your hands and pray with others. We also touch God when we accept His bread and body in the communion.

As Deuteronomy says, we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. There are many ways to love! ​Remember that the greatest commandment and gift from God is to love.

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Weekly Prayer: Energy

I found this online prayer resource written by Cylo Beck. Here’s one she wrote about being filled with God’s energy.

Dear God,

Thank You for this moment
In which I connect with You and Your Infinite Power.
As I read this, my energy—which is really Your energy—
Attains a higher vibration that fills my body, mind and emotions.

I am filled with Your energy, O God, and it is Divine.
I feel Your energy building within me.
Strong and pure, it is unstoppable.
Limitless, Your love builds and builds within me.
Stronger and stronger, everything it touches is transformed.

All illness, all fatigue is washed away, as in a Holy storm.
I am new and renewed, my body humming
With the joyful imprint of Your touch.
My increased vibration imparts amazing power to my intentions.

The power of my mind is multiplied exponentially
By all who read and speak this prayer.
As my energy rises,
So does the energy of humanity’s Collective Consciousness.

Together we speak now as one gigantic and irresistible force
—a force for good—
As we affirm our intention to rise higher.
Together, we are stronger and more powerful
Than any lower energy attractor field can ever be.
United with You, WE are an unstoppable force of joy!

As our spirits rise,
The energy of humankind makes a quantum leap
Into attractor fields
Of love, healing, abundance, joy, wisdom and peace.
This level of energy, which is closer to you,
Has miraculous effects on us and the world.

We are held in Your arms as we make this transition.
We FEEL the increase in positive energy and it feels wonderful.
We are soothed and comforted.

Elated and filled with new life,
We make choices aligned with Your love.
And as I am drawn
To thoughts and activities
That strengthen my Divine Connection with You,
My life is energized with new, exciting purpose.

I wake each day in joy and authentic dedication.
I am safe in progressing to a more joyful level
Where I know everything is possible in You, O God.

I affirm that Jesus said:
“Ask and Ye Shall Receive; Knock and the Door Shall Open.”
All doors to joyful living are now flung open.
I radiate joy through my smile.
My energy is an unstoppable force of good, for You are my Source.
I vibrate at the level of love and Divine Power.

My mind is clear.
I rise each day full of joy, energy and gratitude.
I know how to live today and every day in greatest glory to You.

Thank you, God, for this gift that feels so wonderful.
I love my life, and I have abundant energy to live it.
And so it is.
Amen.

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Weekly Hymn: Loving and Forgiving

God is a loving and forgiving God! We sin against Him, and yet, He cleanses us of our sins. He makes us new, filling us with goodness and love. How wonderful it is to be forgiven!

Refrain: Loving and forgiving are you, O Lord;
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
loving and forgiving are you.

1. All my being bless the Lord;
bless the holy name of God.
All my being bless the Lord,
remembering the goodness of God.

2. God forgives us all our sins,
healing those who live in pain,
saving us from final death.
God fills us with goodness and love.

3. Good and gracious is the Lord,
slow to anger, rich in love.
God remembers not our sins;
forgiving and loving is God.

4. As heaven soars above the earth,
so great the love of God for us.
As fas as east is from west,
the Lord takes our sins from us.

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Everything falls into place

“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.” - Albert Schweitzer

A great relaxed attitude is to let things fall into place as they’ll come, and until then, laugh and live in the moment. Especially when you feel like your week is stressed and busy, take a breath and focus on the fact that everything will come together. Try your best and work hard, but also keep some joy and fun in your life.

It can be hard to understand why you may have certain challenges or struggles in your life. It may be hard to understand, too, the phrase “Everything Happens For A Reason”. You don’t have to understand everything… God knows and understands, and will take care of you.

What you can do to feel better about your situation is to accept it. Look for something good in the near future, look for the good in the current moment, and accept what God has planned for your life despite it all. God is aware of your stresses and will look after you. Everything will be ok. Breathe in and live for today the best you are able, with God’s hand leading you on.

 

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Start thinking differently

Sometimes it’s hard to think differently about a situation, a person, or a problem. Albert Einstein was a smart thinker – and he suggests that we need to try thinking outside the box to get somewhere new. Why not give that a try?

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Weekly Prayer: Prioritizing

Our lives can fill up with so many things, that we often don’t take the time to prioritize and consider what God wants for us.  I think it’s good to have a regular “pruning” or “spring cleaning”, where we consider all the things in our life right now and what should stay and what should be let go.

Take time to listen to God and reflect through prayer what can be prioritized in your life. With the guidance of our Lord he can bring more order.

Lord God,

You are the one that we should seek in all aspects of our lives, including when we set priorities. Help us to consider your ways instead of our own desires. May we focus on the things that please you and follow your direction.

Thank you for the blessings you’ve given us and for opening new opportunities. With your guidance in prioritizing, we will have more peace and success. Amen.

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Weekly Hymn: Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts is a lovely prayer for Jesus. Jesus is our joy, and this song celebrates the joy, peace, and love He brings into our lives.

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of simen,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee, Thou art good,
To them that find Thee, all in all!

We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still;
We drink of Thee, the Fountain-head,
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill!

Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
Where’er our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
Blest, when our faith can hold Thee fast.

O Lord, be Thou our strength and stay!
Make all our moments calm and bright,
Chase all dark thoughts of sin away,
Shed o’er us here Thy holy light.

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Life is full of joy

“For the joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

“Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Remind yourself that God brings joy, and find contentment in everyday moments! There is wonderful joy and peace ahead.

Keep choosing Christ, keep choosing joy.

Do a joyful dance every day and sing “happy happy joy joy” for God!

The Lord is great and your life is beautiful!

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Weekly Hymn: City of God

I love this song – we should gather and build a city for God: one that gives praise to him, one that’s full of light and love, and one that is complete with joy.

Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep!
A new day is dawning for all those who weep.
The people in darkness have seen a great light.
The Lord of our longing has conquered the night.

Chorus:
Let us build the city of God.
May our tears be turned into dancing!
For the Lord, our light and our love,
has turned the night into day!

We are sons of the morning; we are daughters of day.
The One who has loved us has brightened our way.
The Lord of all kindness has called us to be
a light for his people to set their hearts free.

God is light; in him there is no darkness.
Let us walk in his light, his children, one and all.
O comfort my people; make gentle your words.
Proclaim to my city the day of her birth.

O city of gladness, now lift up your voice!
Proclaim the good tidings that all may rejoice!

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Weekly Prayer: Safe Travels

“The Lord will keep watch over your going out and your coming in, both now and forevermore.” - Psalm 121:8

This week, my family will be traveling back home from their visit in Oregon for my wedding, and my husband and I will be traveling on our honeymoon. I thought to share a prayer for save travels this week:

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go:

Be our guide and companion as we travel this week. Surround us with your loving care, protect us from every danger; and bring us in safety to our journey’s end.

May we have a peaceful and successful journey. In You we place our trust through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (modified from here)

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Tips for a loving marriage

Yesterday I married my best friend! It was a lovely wedding with all our wonderful friends and family. It’s a blessing to have such lovely husband, mine for eternity.

Here’s some sound advice for a loving marriage – even the little things make a difference!

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” - Barbara De Angelis

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