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Psalm to our loving God

What a beautiful song from Psalm 36:5-9! When I read this, I am reminded to praise Him, to have hope, to focus on the joy that He gives, and to renew my thoughts to be more positive and thankful.

God will provide. He is here with us, protecting us, keeping us safe, giving us abundant love, and bringing life into our souls.

Rejoice in God, who is faithful, righteous, loving, and overflowing with life! 

 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

– Psalm 36:5-9

 

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Poem on Living Life

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, I thought to share a poem about life. Be grateful for each day you have, and be grateful for the special people you know that bring life and joy into your day. You are blessed! Celebrate life!

Life is for Living

Life is a gift we’re given each and every day.
Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
To live a little, you’ve got to love a whole lot.

Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Life’s a journey always worth taking.
Take time to smell the roses… and tulips…
and daffodils… and lilacs… and sunflowers…

Count blessings like children count stars.
The secret of a happy life isn’t buried in a
treasure chest… it lies within your heart.
It’s the little moments that make life big.

Don’t wait. Make memories today.
Celebrate your life!

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Celebrate Christ!

Happy Easter! May you celebrate Christ and life with Him today, and everyday!

I recently read Isaiah, and I love how Isaiah 52 and 53 prophecies about Christ:

Isaiah 52:13 – 15:
“See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.”

Isaiah 53:
“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

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Weekly Song: Happy

I love upbeat songs that make me feel happy and positive. This “Happy” song by Pharrell Williams does just that!

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Chorus:
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Chorus

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said

Chorus (repeat)

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Chorus (repeat many times)

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a blessed day filled with God’s joy, peace, and love!

 

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Weekly Song: Hallelujah

Written by Leonard Cohen in 1984, Hallelujah has been sung and performed by many artists since. Lindsey Stirling, a talented violinist, performs with such beauty and passion.

Let us rejoice with “Hallelujah” for Jesus came to bring joy, peace, and healing.

 

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Weekly Song: Mary Did You Know

Peter Hollens sings a beautiful version of Mary Did You Know! This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. So heartwarming and enchanting!

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know..
The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The dead will live again.
The lame will leap. The dumb will speak The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

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Weekly Song: The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)

I love this new Christmas song by Michael Buble – the words should be taken to heart for everyone this season and everyday of the year! Everyday should be a time for giving and spreading joy and love. The more you give, the more you’ll get back, in love and happiness!

It’s that time of year I treasure
The time for giving, the best part of living
To celebrate with friends we hold so dear
Well, I can feel it in the air
All bundled head-to-toe
Too cold to bear, it’s the best time of the year

I got my stocking, got my Christmas tree
Got my loved ones next to me

Chorus:
It’s almost here
So spread some cheer
Let’s give love and get some back
The more you give, the more you’ll have
The fire’s bright now
And snow comes down
Grab your friends; hold them near
Christmas time is here

Every house on every corner
Stringing up the Christmas lights
People caroling, “O Christmas Tree”
“How you shine so bright for me”
Children ’round the world
Shouting “Santa’s on his way”
Hoping to hear those sleigh bells ringing on his sleigh

I’m gonna wrap my arms around you tight
On this cold December night

Chorus

I hear his sleigh and I know the big guy’s on his way
Man, I’m hoping he comes through
I hope he brings me you

Chorus

Well, it’s almost here
So spread some cheer (come on, baby)
Let’s give love and get some back (come on, baby)
The more you give, the more you’ll have (whoo-hoo!)
Well, the fire’s bright now (you gotta, you gotta)
And snow comes down (you gotta, you gotta, you gotta)
Grab your family; hold them near
Christmas time is here (the more you give, the more you’ll have)

Fire’s burning bright
Hold me tight, baby
Just give it up, baby
Come on, baby
Let’s give love and get some back
The more you give, the more you’ll have

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Weekly Prayer: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a special and blessed day with loved ones. We shared this beautiful prayer last Thanksgiving:

Prayer of Thanksgiving by Vienna Cobb Anderson

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see,
for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families who nurture our becoming,
for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love,
for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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Ellen’s Compassion

I love watching The Ellen Show, and last week she celebrated her 2,000th show! Ellen is so compassionate and supportive, and she spreads so much joy and love to others. This video shows some of the many people that she has helped over the years and their appreciation and gratitude for Ellen’s generosity and love. 

We need to be more compassionate, positive, supportive, and generous like Ellen!

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God is Mighty and Doing Great Things

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ “ – Job 37:5-6
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God is doing great things in your life, often in ways that we don’t expect or know about. God is supporting you in the big things and the small things, the happy things and the sad things, and the easy things and the difficult things. But just think – God is watching over you and caring for you in the most marvelous ways. So give your life fully to Him and trust Him through every moment. He is mighty and marvelous.
I know He has purpose ...and it's better than anything I could ever imagine for myself!:
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Weekly Song: Love Come To Life

In honor of National I Love You Day today, this song by Big Daddy Weave, Love Come to Life, is about showing God’s love in the life we live, not just to receive it from God, but share it. May the love that you have spark joy and compassion for others around you. 

I’ve been restless on the inside
Wondering about this heart of mine
I’ve been desperately trying to find
A way to prove that I’m still alive
Has the love I speak so loudly of quietly grown cold
Has my life been an empty voice?
What I say needs to be seen
I need to step out and make the choice
To let go of everything
Would you reignite this heart spark here in the dark?

Chorus:
Bring your love to life inside of me
Why don’t you break my heart til it moves my hands and feet
For the hopeless and the broken
For the ones that don’t know that you love them
Bring your love to life inside of me

A generation you’re calling out
Living everything that we sing about
A revelation right here and now
Of love beyond a shadow of a doubt
Love that’s greater than our own
Won’t remain unknown, when you

Chorus
Love come to life, love come to life, love come to life inside of me
Chorus

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