Sisters For Sunshine

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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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Weekly Hymn: Shine, Jesus, Shine

Shine, Jesus, Shine is a hymn written by Graham Kendrick, who is known for other hymns and for March For Jesus Movement. These “marches for praise” involved Christians marching and signing in the streets of England. Graham’s hymn here is about giving praise to Jesus, our Light for the world.

John 1:9 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”

John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Chorus:
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

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Weekly Prayer: I Surrender

I found this lovely prayer online and thought to share. Sometimes I feel tense and frustrated with doing things on my own, but I need to be reminded to surrender myself to God; He will take care of things. I hope that you too will be willing to surrender to His ways.

a prayer of surrender

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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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