Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Worship - September 30, 2015



Welcome to Wednesday Worship!  I'm so glad you visited!

I like to make sure I have edifying posts interspersed on my Facebook newsfeed so that any time I spend on Facebook, I am also drawing my thoughts Heavenward as well.

One such post is called Gospel Hymns for Daily Strength.  Each day they will share a hymn.  I love scrolling through my newsfeed and seeing a hymn and then reading the lyrics and singing it to myself which always brings back such wonderful memories of the first church I learned to sing hymns at.

In fact, as I sang the hymn in my mind that I will be spotlighting today, He Leadeth Me, another sound was entering my memory, that of my Pastor's wife at the time.  During many Sunday evening services, I would be sitting in close proximity to her as we all lifted our voices in song.   This hymn, in particular, is always one I have associated with her and her voice.  :-)

He Leadeth Me was written by Joseph H. Gilmore.  The following excerpt was taken from www.christianity.com which shares the history of the hymn:

"In 1862, as a 28-year-old student who was about to become a pastor, Henry was invited to preach at the historic First Baptist Church of Philadelphia. "I set out to give the people an exposition of the Twenty-third Psalm. I had given this exposition on three or four other occasions; but this time I did not get beyond the words 'He leadeth me.' So greatly impressed was I with the blessedness of divine guidance that I made this my theme." He later felt that the dark days of the Civil War may have subconsciously led him to focus on God's leadership.

At the close of the meeting, Henry and some others went to the home of a deacon. "There," he wrote, "we continued our discussion of divine guidance. While I was still talking and listening, I wrote on a piece of my exposition manuscript the words to this hymn. I handed the paper to my wife and more or less forgot the incident."

Three years later, having pastored for some time in New Hampshire, Henry was invited to preach a trial sermon at the Second Baptist Church in Rochester. "I picked up a church hymnal to see what songs they sang and was surprised to have the book fall open to the very song I had written three years earlier," he wrote.

"When I returned home, I related this experience to my wife. 'I do not understand it,' I said. 'My words had been set to music by Dr. William B. Bradbury; yet I had not given the words to anybody.' My wife smiled and said, 'I can explain it, Joseph. I felt that the words would bless the hearts of people in these troublesome times; so I sent the poem to The Watchman and Reflector. I am glad to know that they have printed it.'"

The famous hymn composer William Bradbury had seen the lines and added music and the last two lines of the chorus. Henry took this incident as divine leadership that he should accept a situation at the Rochester church. That put him in position two years later to accept an offer to teach Hebrew at Rochester Theological Seminary. The following year, he was offered a professorship of logic and English literature at the University of Rochester, which he held until his retirement in 1908. An English chair at the school is named after him."

He Leadeth Me 

He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

When I would sing this hymn in church, I was always most effected by the second to last stanza,

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

In this season of trials I am now experiencing, how fitting to be led to this hymn once again and to be reminded of the great truths contained within.

May we all be His faithful followers, allowing His hand to lead us.

Please enjoy listening to Candi Pearson's rendition of He Leadeth Me.



You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryBlessings Counter Link-up Party,Faith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-UpLiteracy Musing Mondays

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts - September 29, 2015

Welcome back to Tuesday Thoughts!  I'm so glad you came back for a visit!  :-)

The Lord has blessed us with another absolutely gorgeous weather week!  I'm not like most traditional Fall brisk weather fans.  I like the balmy, slightly humid, low 70 degree weather days.  I know, that doesn't actually speak of Fall does it?  lol.  But there is something about the slight humidity, the lower tilt of the sun, the first leaves beginning to fall, which smell begins to permeate the air, that I enjoy so much this time of year.   I think as I have gotten older, I like to hold onto the warmer weather as long as it will let me.  :-)

This past week was a busy one for me and my husband as the search for a new car began.  We didn't get to enjoy our usual walks at the park, but on our way to the car dealer, we witnessed this gorgeous sunset.



What have I lingered over this past week?

  • Listening to the starlings back for their yearly "eating of the choke cherries and cherries pilgrimage" in our backyard trees.  The sound almost deafening as they sing in unison;  the sudden violent woosh of wings as they all somehow know it's time to take off...
  • Standing at my kitchen window listening to a boat in the distance out on the bay, and wondering where they might be headed to - thinking how pretty it must be on the open water at night...
  • Upon awakening in the morning, hearing a twin engine plane flying outside, another sound that has always brought comfort to me, reminding me of my childhood.  I'm not sure why really, but it does...
  • A nighttime walk with my husband on tree lined streets downtown, walking past old historic homes, looking up at the growing moon peaking behind church steeples, the smell of a campfire wafting through the air...

  • Seeing my granddaughter, who is growing so fast, sitting in a high chair for the first time, eating solid food, making adorable "mmmm" noises as she eats, and thinking how it seemed like only yesterday my own daughter, her momma, was sitting in a high chair in that very same spot...
  • Listening to the sounds of crickets and cicada outside my bedroom window, a sound that never grows old, always causing me to pause and enjoy...
  • Listening to a blue jay squawking in my neighbors yard, a sound that reminds me of my parents home when I was growing up.   {They always had an abundance of blue jays and still do as I can attest to when we go back home to visit.  Only recently have I been able to enjoy the sound of blue jays around my own home as they were once a rarity in these parts.}
  • Seeing the Naval War College lit up as we drove over the bridge, remembering sitting out on the front lawn of that very building years ago with dear friends watching the 4th of July fireworks beautifully displayed with the bridge as a backdrop - such fond memories...

What have I pondered this week?
  • Sitting out on my deck, the warm sun resting on my legs, looking into my backyard at the trees and the fields beyond, thinking back to how many Septembers I sat outside on that very deck, homeschool books on the table, planning lessons or teaching the children, heading into the fields to do a nature walk, realizing how fast that 11 year season went - like a flash!  I LOVED homeschooling.  I enjoyed having my children around.  It wasn't always easy and there were certainly battles.  People say being a homeschooling mom is a sacrifice and that may be true, but I found it EXTREMELY rewarding.  The Lord entrusts our children to us to raise for 18 or so years and then, before you know it, they are off to college or out on their own.  As I sat deep in thought, looking at the same view I looked at for 11 Septembers while homeschooling my children,  I was filled with so much gratitude to have been able to spend 11 of the 18 God entrusted years with my children in a close and intimate way that I will cherish forever.
What am I relying on God for this week?
  • Continued healing of my tooth abscess situation
  • Healing of my aches and pains that resulted from the fall
  • Writing blog posts

What am I waiting on God for this week?
  • Direction for my tooth abscess situation
  • Healing in loved ones lives

I offer these thoughts to my God and Savior in praise of His creation, moments enjoyed, and His great promises, and to the Holy Spirit who helps me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ...


"May the mind of Christ my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow'r controlling
All I do and say."
Kate B. Wilkinson


You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryFaith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-Up, Faith 'N Friends


Monday, September 28, 2015

September's Favorites - To encourage your walk with the Lord


Welcome to Monthly Favorites.  My hope is that the items highlighted will be a blessing and encouragement to your own walk of Faith.

So without further delay, here are my favorites for September!


Erin Condren Planner





I first heard about the Erin Condren Planner from my daughter.  It actually became a running joke between my son-in-law and I because all Gabrielle would ever talk about was how much she wanted the "Erin Condren Planner".  Whenever she would bring it up, he and I would look at each other and say, "There she goes again!".  lol.

I decided an Erin Condren Planner would be a wonderful Christmas surprise for my daughter even though I still didn't know what all the hype was about.  {There is actually a funny story about the arrival of said surprise.  Fed Ex delivered the planner when Gabrielle was at the house.  When I opened the door to retrieve it, I stood there frozen because ERIN CONDREN was plastered all over the box!  I was trying to figure out how I would get the box in the house without Gabrielle seeing it!  After standing at the front door for what seemed like an hour  - and apparently to my daughter too!  lol - I walked in with it hidden behind my robe.

Needless to say, she was very excited when she opened the box and saw the Erin Condren Planner with the mint damask cover, her name and life verse printed on the front.

At this point, I didn't really have a need for a planner, but a few months into blogging, I suddenly took great interest into what an Erin Condren Planner had to offer...
  • An assortment of cover designs that can be personalized with your name, a Scripture verse, favorite quote or whatever you'd like - and the covers are interchangeable!
  • Snap in/Snap out bookmark 
  • Folder pockets
  • Plastic pouch
  • Calendar stickers
  • Note pages
  • Month-at-a-glance
  • 7 day vertical planner with ample space to write notes and appointments; weekly goals & notes along the left side; four lines of notes at the bottom of each day {pictured above showing a portion of the page}
  • Many other accessories to choose from to enhance your calendar
I have found this planner to be very helpful for use with the weekly link-up parties I participate in - making a record of the posts I'm linking up and keeping track of where I've posted.  

I am also a list-maker and love having my to do list for the week accompanying my weekly planner.

The Erin Condren Planner has definitely helped me to better organize my blogging tasks and blog posts which has allowed me to be a better steward with my time.

But all things should be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:40

*Note*  This planner is a bit on the pricey side.  I actually purchased mine for a third of the price because I ordered it in April.

I think my daughter may be on to something, it is the perfect gift to put on your Christmas wish list.  ;-)

TARGET CANVAS STORAGE CART

During one of the link-up parties, I visited a blog post which shared about portable organization of stationery and blogging supplies.  {I must apologize, I thought I had bookmarked the blog post and had planned on sharing the link with this portion,  but unfortunately, I cannot locate it. :-(   Please comment below if this was your blog post and include a link so you can receive all the credit!

Prior to organizing, my desk was out of control.  I had pieces of paper and sticky notes everywhere on my desk with no rhyme or reason to the original file cabinet I had sitting next to my desk.   My blogging space, which is in my bedroom temporarily and a tight space already, was nothing but clutter - which is so surprising since I normally don't like clutter. 

I set out to buy the canvas storage cart that this sister-blogger had used.  I went to my local Target and purchased it there.  It is actually the perfect color as it matches the color scheme I am planning for my future blogging space.  I also picked up two organizing boxes, one the size of a shoe box and the other half that size which I am using for random office supplies.  I already had the plastic pouches which I found at Marshalls for storing my calendar stickers, pens/pencils, and folders.

The pictures below show the finished organized product:










 My productivity has greatly increased since organizing my blogging space.  It truly has helped me to be a better steward of God's purposes for my blogging activities.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

I am so thankful for the inspiration from this sister blogger, and how organized my space came out as a result!

Wednesdays with Beth

A few years ago, when I attended my first Beth Moore Bible study at church, a dear sister-in-the-Lord told me that Beth Moore also does weekly online Bible teaching through Life Today.  I was so excited!!

When I say that these Bible teachings have had a profound effect on my walk with the Lord, that is an understatement!

I love the fact that you can watch a Beth Moore Bible Study each week!  The teachings, which are basically like a 15 minute video version of what you would receive in one of her formal Bible studies, cover a wide variety of topics and Scripture verses.  She oftentimes does a series which may go on for a few weeks.

You can also look through her video archives which go back to 2011.  You will see so many topics that will reach you right where you are.

I know you will be blessed by a Word from Beth Moore.  :-)

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 19:20

Beth Moore's Living Free Fall Online Bible Study

I received an email a few weeks ago from Lifeway Women announcing a new Beth Moore online Bible study, entitled Living Free.  I am so excited!!

The Bible study description reads as follows:

"Welcome! We’d love to have you join us for Living Free: Learning to Pray God’s Word by Beth Moore as an online study this fall. Beginning September 17 and each Thursday for seven weeks, we’ll meet back here at the LifeWay Women blog to discuss Living Free together.

Ready to replace false strongholds with true freedom in Christ? As you learn to pray Scripture with Living Free, you’ll realize the life God desires for you. Author Beth Moore explores the somewhat radical idea that we cannot please God by being perfect. The study begins by defining false strongholds, then focuses on five key benefits for every believer:

Know God and believe Him
Glorify God
Find satisfaction in God
Experience God’s peace
Enjoy God

With Living Free participants can learn how to develop a Godward focus in life, while beginning to incorporate the key benefits in their lives through practices of prayer and Bible study."

The Living Free Bible study did start on September 17th, but you can join the study at any time because the videos and posts will be live indefinitely.

What a blessing that we can participate in an interactive study with sisters-in-Christ and Beth Moore.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15


This Last Surrender - 31 Day Devotional for Women

My dear friend and sister-in-the-Lord, Rebekah Neal, has been contributing to her blog, Ready to be Offered, since 2013.  Bekki has been blessed with an incredible gift for writing.  The words of her posts are humbly and carefully chosen, but effortlessly presented in beautiful prose that are unique to Bekki.  

Bekki recently published her first book,  This Last Surrender {a 31 Day Devotional for Women}, a compilation of carefully picked posts from her blog presented in a devotional format with reflection questions closing each chapter.

The following is an excerpt from the preface of This Last Surrender:

"This life is a pilgrimage.  So many have called it a journey.  And while the journey is part of this life, it lies hidden within the great pilgrimage to that heavenly place, whose Builder and Maker is God...

So these writings come from years of pilgrimage. From years of pilgrimage along a narrow pathway that has never been easy, but that I embrace without regret...

So I offer you these writings, writings taken from the blog Ready to Be Offered, written over a period of two years, years of trial, years of learning, years of surrender, and years of grace through my failings.  My prayer is that the great Father of our pilgrimage will use them to encourage us both along the way of life..."

You will be incredibly blessed by Bekki's humility, gentleness and wisdom as you read This Last Surrender.


I hope this offering of favorites will be a blessing to you.  :-)

Blessed to be a blessing
Blessed to live Your love
Blessed to share with others every blessing from above.

A stanza from a song written for St. John's Lutheran School in Napa, California to be their theme song for the 2001-2002 school year.  

If you missed last week's daily features, you can visit them below.  :-)






You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryFaith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-Up, Faith 'N Friends

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Scripture Saturday - September 26, 2015





In this past week's entry of Tuesday Thoughts which you can read here, I shared how I am feeling the weight of spiritual warfare ever since I increased my blog posts from once a week to six times a week...

As I pondered this, the Holy Spirit brought me to the following verse:

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.…

Hebrews 10:35-36  ESV

I re-read the verse several times, letting the words sink in...

I never thought of myself as having need of confidence in God, especially as a believer - it should be a given that I have utmost confidence in Him!

The definition of confidence...

  1. the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust
  2. the state of feeling certain about the truth of something.

Our God has shown us throughout the Bible that He NEVER fails us and ALWAYS keeps His promises.  Indeed we CAN rely upon Him and know for certain that He is Truth!  Our confidence is built on the unfailing love of Christ.

Yet the verse in Hebrews warns us not to throw away our confidence...

The following versions of Hebrews 10:35-36 help us to feel the weight of that action even more:

So do not {throw away this confident trust in the Lord}. Remember the great reward it brings you!  Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT

Do not, therefore, {fling away your [fearless] confidence}, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 AMP

Do not let this {happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens}. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want him to do for you all that he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 TLB

How do we throw away our confidence in the Lord?  By letting doubts consume our thoughts...

The antidote...

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

How do we endure?...

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-20

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:24


May we all hold fast in confident trust to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us...



You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryBlessings Counter Link-up Party,Faith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-UpLiteracy Musing Mondays

Friday, September 25, 2015

Feature Friday - September 25, 2015



Welcome back to Feature Friday!  Thanks for visiting again!

The Lord always seems to weave all of our blog posts into one cohesive lesson... This week was no exception.

The Lord had led me to write about Times of Testing in my own life which you can read about here.  Later in the week, while linking up at Live Free Thursday, I came upon Crystal Hornback's blog post entitled Live.  As I began to read her words about the trials her family has endured {including a devastating tornado} and the turning point moment when a Pastor,  whom she only just met a few minutes before, but knew her story, said to her, "You are a travailer and a teacher.", I was struck by how many lessons the Lord can teach us in one area - in this case, trials...

Crystal writes very authentically about her own feelings during the trials she has already endured and how the Lord changed her perspective concerning times of testing.

Crystal is the wife of a youth pastor and mother of three children.  Please head on over to  Crystal Hornback - Embracing a perfectly imperfect life to read her blog post entitled "Live."


You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryBlessings Counter Link-up Party,Faith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-UpLiteracy Musing Mondays

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday - September 24, 2015

Welcome to another weekly installment of Thanksgiving Thursday.  :-)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Psalm 33:1

Counting my blessings one by one:

  • Being led to an honest mechanic 
  • Sharing a laugh with a co-worker, just when I needed one...
  • A bond that grows sweeter and more special with my baby granddaughter, Lexi, each passing day

  • Seeing Lexi's funny personality blossom, loving how much she makes me laugh
  • Hearing my son-in-law read to my granddaughter in the next room, complete with special voices for all the characters
  • The prayers of dear friends and bloggers
  • Me and Lexi skyping with my mom
  • Hearing how much my daughter enjoyed her first Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) meeting 
  • Sitting at work hearing through an open window the Catholic church bells playing "Be Thou My Vision" finding myself in a moment of worship, right there at my desk...
  • Living in a town that feels like I'm on vacation, all the time - waterfront and unique old homes



  • Enjoying alone time and prayer time out on my deck
  • A fellow blogger, who is going home to be with the Lord soon, sharing her incredible joy despite her failing body, and the excitement she feels to soon meet her Savior; Oh, what an impression she left on me!  :-)
  • A head cold that went away fairly quickly
  • Getting to cuddle with Lexi again after my cold ended - oh how I had missed those cuddles!
  • Being led to a primary care physician whom I really, really like and whose medical approach fits perfectly the conservative treatment views that I desire
  • Feeling the prayers of everyone who prayed for my annual check-up.  As you can see above, it couldn't have gone better!  :-)
  • Not being more seriously hurt in a fall, which definitely had the potential...  The spiritual warfare continues... But God - He protected!
  • The Lord, who continues to close doors to cars we have been interested in purchasing; trusting that He is doing so to lead us to the perfect car

Praising God for His many blessings this past week.


A joy that is shared is a joy made double.
Proverb

You might find me on these link-ups:
Grace & Truth Link-upWoman to Woman Ministries,  Growing in Grace Link-up, 3DLessonsLif4eLivefree Thursday,Everyday JesusSDG GatheringInspire Me Monday Titus 2 TuesdayA Wise Women Builds Her HomeA Look at the Book,  Sunday StillnessThe Weekend BrewSpiritual Sundays, Soul Survival,  Give Me GraceA Little R&RTestimony TuesdayWomen with Intention WednesdaysStill SaturdayGood Morning MondaysTell His StoryBlessings Counter Link-up Party,Faith & Fellowship Blog HopMotivate and Rejuvenate MondaysBe SaltyMonday's MusingsThe Art of Home-Making MondayTuesday TalkWaiting on Wednesday,Dance with Jesus,Looking Up Link-UpReflect His Love and Glory Friend Sharpens Friend Link-UpWords of Comfort Link-upWholehearted WednesdaysTell it to Me TuesdayFaithful at Home FridaysSo Much At Home Link-UpLiteracy Musing Mondays

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday Worship - September 23, 2015


Welcome back to Wednesday Worship!

I remember being effected so deeply the first time I heard, I Need Thee Every Hour...

The lyrics resonate with me so much.  Not just because they speak peace to my anxious tendencies, but because they remind me that in this sinful body, temptation can come every hour, and I have a God who is always present telling me, "This is the way, walk in it" or when I have a decision to make and need discernment, my God is there for me to show me His will.

An ever present help in times of trouble.
Psalm 46:1

The hymn is written by Annie Sherwood Hawks (1835-1918).   Annie had a gift for writing verse.  Her pastor, Dr. Robert Lowry, who himself was a prominent writer of Gospel songs, encouraged Annie's gift for poetry.

"In a personal account of the genesis of "I Need Thee Every Hour": Annie writes, "One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks during a bright June morning [in 1872]. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me -- 'I Need Thee Every Hour. . . .'"

Dr. Robert Lowry added a refrain as he wrote the music for the hymn.

Following the death of her husband, Hawks reflected on the power of her song: "I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace."

{The above history was found on www.umcdiscipleship.org}

I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR

1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; 
no tender voice like thine can peace afford. 
Refrain: 
I need thee, O I need thee; 
every hour I need thee; 
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee. 

2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; 
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. 
(Refrain) 

3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; 
come quickly and abide, or life is vain. 
(Refrain) 

4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; 
and thy rich promises in me fulfill. 
(Refrain) 

5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One; 
O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. 
(Refrain) 


Please enjoy listening to Bill & Gloria Gaither (feat. Randy Owen) sing I Need Thee Every Hour.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts - September 22, 2015

Welcome once again to Tuesday Thoughts!

September in New England is definitely living up to what I have come to expect weatherwise this time of year - absolutely beautiful!  We have had such a beautiful stretch of warm, sunny weather. Sitting out on my deck in the afternoon,  it almost feels hot, but by mid-afternoon, the cooler sea breezes waft in offering refreshment.

I also find the sunsets in September absolutely beautiful!  My husband and I enjoyed this sunset on our recent walk at the park.






He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
Matthew 16:2

What simple pleasures have I lingered over this week?
  • Looking into the dark, listening to the eerie sound of a screech owl calling from the black fields, wondering if the owl pellet my son-in-law found this week on the roof belonged to him.
  • While getting ready in the morning, pausing for a moment, realizing I was listening to the familiar, comforting call of the black capped chickadee, a song he reserves for the spring and fall, signaling the change of season...
  • The beauty of the park that my husband and I are blessed to have in our own town.






  • The first formation of Canadian Geese flying overhead, honking along, another signal that Autumn is almost here
  • As the afternoon sun streamed through the back slider, I stopped for a moment to look into my hutch at the collection of blue and white plates, teacups, teapots, and especially a blue and white Victorian lady figurine, complete with bonnet and parasol, which belonged to my Nana's sister, my Great Aunt Hazel. As I admired my collection of blue and white, it was the figurine that took me back to my Nana's livingroom where a built in corner hutch stood containing all kinds of whimsical figurines of different shapes and sizes, and of course beautiful china.  As a little girl, I loved looking into that cupboard.  Sometimes, Nana would open up the cupboard and send me home with a little treasure from within.  

What have I pondered this week?

When I felt led to increase the frequency of my blog posts during the week, sharing more and more testimonies of His love and work in my life, to glorify Him even more, I wondered to myself, "What sufferings will come as a result of Spiritual warfare?..."

That thought came back to me this past week...  And so it begins...

I found out that the abscessed tooth is a chronic condition due to a fracture in the tooth, probably won't survive and will more than likely need to be extracted.  Unfortunately, the tooth is more toward the front of my mouth, and the options would be quite expensive...

The dishwasher that we thought was fixed actually isn't and needs even more repairs...

I rarely get headaches, but this week I had a rather serious one that lasted two days...

My husband's car broke down and the mechanic feels the engine is beyond repair.  Michael lost four days of work as a result, and now we are facing the prospect of buying another car, which will be difficult financially...

I ended up getting my first cold since I can't remember when.  And it is a doozy, my whole face hurts which isn't helping my tooth situation...

I confess, that for a fleeting moment, I thought to myself, do I have what it takes to stick it out in ministry to the Lord, knowing that trials will increase??

The Holy Spirit reminded me:

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
Hebrews 10:35

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. ...
James 1:2-8

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
1 Peter 4:12

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

 What am I relying on God for this week?
  • His provision for the car situation
  • His peace for my annual physical
  • Complete healing of my tooth abscess
  • Writing blog posts
What am I waiting on God for?
  • Answered prayer in a loved ones life
  • Direction moving forward with my tooth
  • Direction moving forward with the car
I offer these thoughts to my God and Savior in praise of His creation, moments enjoyed, and His great promises, and to the Holy Spirit who helps me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ...


"May the mind of Christ my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow'r controlling
All I do and say."
Kate B. Wilkinson


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