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God-Strong

I saw this image and loved the idea that each of us is God-Strong.

We are grounded and established in Christ, and because we are His, we are filled with the strength of God. His Love takes root in our lives and keeps us strong, no matter what.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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Just remember to breathe

A quick reminder —

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Weekly Hymn: Blessed Assurance

The lyrics, written by Fanny J. Crosby in 1873, are based on Hebrews 10:22:

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Chorus:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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Weekly Prayer: Willing to Serve

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Lord God,

At the start of this new week, may we follow your example for serving others. May we make time out of our schedules to do good for others, whether it be donating food, volunteering, or just lending a hand for those that need it.

Too often we are preoccupied with our busy lives that we don’t stop to think about others. How can we sweep away some of that frivilous clutter? What can we do to make room for more important things like serving others? Just as Martin Luther King had a heart full of grace and compassion, we too should be filled with Christ’s love and share it with others through kind service.

In Christ Jesus we pray, Amen.

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Real Beauty

There are a few You-tubers who have discussed what real beauty means to them. I watched the Gardiner Sisters talk about real beauty, and I thought to share some of their thoughts, and mine as well.

What is Real Beauty?

  • “purity, virtue, service, happiness”
  • “not physical, but being beautiful on the inside!”
  • “having great character”
  • “loving other people”
  • being comfortable with who you are
  • having joy about life
  • generosity and compassion
  • being kind and loving to yourself as well
  • sharing your talents with others
  • having confidence and strength
  • believing in the impossible

Audrey Hepburn was a beautiful lady who should inspire us with her view on achieving real beauty:

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

“I believe that happiest girls are the prettiest girls”

“True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

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Weekly Hymn: As The Deer

Written by Martin J Nystrom in 1981, this hymn describes our longing for our Lord, our true strength. Only God can quench us of our thirst and satisfy us.

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after You
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

Chorus

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy Giver
And the apple of my eye

You’re my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a king
I love You more than any other,
So much more than anything

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Weekly Prayer: Abundance and Prosperity

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” ” – Mark 12, 41-44

The message this Sunday at my church was about abundance versus scarcity. Mark 12, versus 41-44, describes generosity and abundance, in that the poor widow who had hardly had anything, gave her all to Jesus. Austine Cline wrote that this widow showed true discipleship – “being willing to give everything you have, even your livelihood, for the sake of God.”  She had true abundance – an abundant love and devotion to God.

Isn’t that how each of us should live?

We should live abundantly for God. Be prosperous according to God’s view, not in the eyes of today’s culture, where abundance is having money and material possessions. Abundance should be about being filled with love, joy, faith, devotion, and service to God. And having abundance according to God’s principles means sharing that love and joy and service to those in our community.

Dear God,

Thank you so much for all you have given me. I am so happy and grateful for the abundance I already have. You amaze me with your love, blessings and rewards we receive everyday without even asking or realizing what we are receiving.

Father, I give you my life and today surrender all my financial concerns to you. I already know that you have told me I do not need to worry or have fears about anything. You have already told us that you take care of everything and we just need to trust and have faith.

I only think of the positive now never looking at the past. I believe that my prosperity is here and I thank you for it now. I know that abundance in my life flows from you, Lord.

Father, thank you for all your great rewards! I will continue to work diligently and strive to do my best in all that I do.

Thank you God, Amen.

(modified from this prayer)

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Weekly Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

With joy and praise and awe, we shall sing this song – a song that gives tribute to Our Father and His Holiness. Author Reginald Herber wrote this song when he was in India, surrounded by the worship of false gods, and he wanted to sing with joy about the holiness of only one true God, the Lord God Almighty!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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Seek in anticipation

“How to go forward, always seeking, always in anticipation? Always a little more and a little more, just a few steps farther, a few moments longer. Something new may have washed up on the tide, just over there or beyond that dune or around that point or just out of sight, waiting in the next curl of a wave. I desire to live my life this way, father, as Isabelle has. Not caged by the walls of fear, but in anticipation of the bridges to magnificence. Help me to find the way.” – Iola Anne in The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate

There’s always a moment in life where we fear what to do or how to deal with it. I know that when I’m faced with new things in my life, I am both excited and fearful. Sometimes I don’t know if I should put my foot forward or not.

Our faith, though, should be the number one  thing that keeps us strong and moving forward. God knows the way even when we may not, and we should seek in anticipation and patience for what God has planned for us next. Keep going forward, not with anxiety, but with eagerness and anticipation.

 

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Anyone can be susceptible to the blues

Even though most of us have never met Robin Williams, we are deeply saddened by his loss. He was a great man who made us laugh and feel good, and I was somewhat surprised to know that he was dealing with depression himself. When I feel blue, I look for happy thoughts, and thinking of Aladdin or Hook or Mrs Doubtfire gives me smiles. So it’s just tragic that he (and others like him) have felt so poor about their lives that they would end it. I guess anyone is susceptible to depression.

There are so many friends, family, and fans that love and care for him. Likewise, when there’s someone you know that’s dealing with depression, be there to support them and lift them up. Refer them to www.qprinstitute.com.

In tribute to Robin Williams, here’s some of his inspiring quotes:

“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!” - The Dead Poets Society
“Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” - Aladdin
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” - The Dead Poets Society
“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” - Good Will Hunting
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” - Patch Adams
“All you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.” - Hook
“Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem you face it like a man.” – Jumanji
“But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.” – Mrs. Doubtfire

I hope he’s at peace now and bringing some laughs in heaven. He will be thoroughly missed.

Robin Williams, 7-21-1951 to 8-11-2014

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Weekly Prayer: Cast aside your anxiety and receive God’s peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Dear Lord,

I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. Reading your Word brings comfort, as I ask you to come and take my heavy burdens. I take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet. Please carry them for me so that I don’t have to.

Replace them with your humble and gentle yoke so that I will find rest for my soul today. I receive your gift of peace of mind and heart. Thank you that I can lie down tonight in peace and sleep.

I know that you, Lord, will keep me safe. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Please keep me daily, Lord, in your perfect peace.

Amen. 

- Mary Fairchild

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Poem

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

Worksmanship comes from the Greek word “poiema”, meaning poem.

What this mean?

Originally, when I think of workmanship, I think of it as a basic, serious meaning, that we must do God’s work and follow His will. He’s the boss.

But thinking about “poem”, it makes me see workmanship more beautifully. It has a softer, gentler feeling. God is the creator, creating works of beauty within us, writing our own unique poem, making beautiful stories in life. And though he is the boss, we are significant, we are personally known by God and taken care of.

No matter what, God is at work in your life, writing something beautiful, and unfolding your purpose. Like a poem that flows and moves, our lives are being transformed day by day.

Your life is a poem in God’s eyes!

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