Saturday, April 26, 2014

Faithful Friday: He Quiets Me With His Love

In times where we feel heavily weighed down with heartache and things we have a difficult time dealing with, no matter how "small" or big, I always find it THE BEST comfort in the world to feel that I am in the loving arms of God holding me tight.  It is always comforting to me to find a verse that shows his love for me and to focus on the words of that verse to get through whatever I have on my heart and on my mind.
I am blessed by this one now, knowing God is quieting ALL of our heavy hearts with his love, rejoicing over us and giving us strength until this too shall pass.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & blessings :)

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Faithful Fridays are hosted by my friend, Joy, on her sweet and inspiring blog, Doodlebug.  You can visit her, here.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Faithful Friday: Even The Savior Came to Serve!

This time of the year, it seems like the precious ransom of our Savior Christ Jesus is perhaps more so on everyone's mind.  It is a special blessing to reflect on what He did for us... the immense sacrifice that Jesus and God made for each and every one of us.  I think thankful feels like an empty word to me or a word that does not explain nearly how I feel when I think of Jesus dying for our sins.  It is the most important event that has ever happened in the history of the universe and when I ponder over it or give thanks for that in prayer, I know I could never be thankful enough.  I feel so amazingly joyful when I think about Jesus' incredible sacrifice.  My heart feels so warm and at peace to feel the love of a God who cares so much about you and me that He would send His only son on behalf of our sins.  I love to sing "Amazing Grace" in my head sometimes and just bask in the beauty of that and how unbelievably wonderful it is.  It is my favorite thing to think about.  It is THE most perfect form of love... His love for us that overcame everything.

I am so grateful God saw the lives of each of us, as sinful as we may be, as worth so much that He would do that for us.

Aside from gratefulness, I also LOVE reading verses about Jesus and His time on the earth because of what they can teach me in my walk with the Lord.  The above one is one of my favorites.  Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth "NOT to be served, but to SERVE".  That is so powerful to take in.  I think about this and realize how many opportunities I have to serve others that I have not taken before- even in the smallest of ways.  But how amazing to think that even my precious Savior who is King came to earth to serve others!  He did not want special treatment, he wanted to treat others with love and see what HE could do for them.
What King that you know of would ever live that way?  I would think none.
This really wakes me up and puts all the more purpose in my heart to serve others and follow the example of Christ.  You always hear conversations about what it means to be Christ-like.  I believe this verse, to me, is one of the best examples we can find of how to do that.... serve others!  This has been working in my heart and I hope to grow in this area of my faith as I try to be more like Jesus.  There should be no reason why I can't serve others; our Savior Himself died for us!  That is the greatest act of service there could ever be.

God Bless you!

Have a wonderful weekend :)

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Faithful Fridays are hosted by Joy on her lovely blog, Doodlebug!  You can visit her and read her faith-inspiring posts, here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Faithful Friday: "For The One Who Is Tired"

Is this not beautiful?!  Being tired is something each and every one of us can related to.
Whether we are tired of something or tired from something, we are all tired in some way.
Parts of our day we face may make us joyful, while other parts may be worrisome or may
 feel like a heavy load on us as we try to make it through.
But I am thankful for the sweet encouragement of this... 
reminding me that God never asks too much 
from me.  

In my walk with the Lord, I find myself asking Him for strength all the time because I 
am tired.  Being tired can be from feeling tired out from work or school or being sick
 and needing strength, or being mentally drained and needing a break.
But when we are feeling not only like we need a break, but that we ourselves are 
about to break, we should bring to mind the truth that God asks us to be still and that's all.
Sometimes I forget that the Lord doesn't ask that we be strong.  He asks us to rest awhile while He
takes care of things and rejuvenates us.  How comforting that He invites us to
take a rest in his peace and loving embrace.  Nothing better exists to make us feel complete again.

So when you are tired, let God be the rain that fills your empty cup.

Blessings to you!

Happy Friday & may you have a wonderful weekend!

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Faithful Fridays are hosted by my friend Joy on her lovely blog, Doodlebug.  You can visit her, here!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

After the Storm...

I hope you are having a lovely week so far!

It is sunny and so beautiful here today, but just a couple of days ago we had had our first storm of Spring.  It was a heavy storm with strong winds and pouring rain.  I love those storms as long as they don't get dangerous.  I love sitting inside and hearing them or opening the door and looking out at it and taking in the scent of a fresh rain.  Even better than that, I love when God leaves us a rainbow afterward, like he did this week.
It had been pouring and windy and started to look a little scary and then a few minutes later everything was quiet and still.  The sky was even a strange sort of color after it was over.  We were inside looking out and commenting on how the sky looked, and thankfully I stepped outside to get a better look at it.  I happened to look around the side of the house and saw a glorious double rainbow!  I only wish I could have captured it's true brightness and beauty, and the whole thing.

I love rainbows, for both their beauty and what they represent- God's promise.  I'm thankful I went outside and got to see it and snap a few photos before it really started to fade.

Aren't they amazing!  How many rainbows have you seen at once.... double rainbow, triple rainbow, or more?

Have a blessed evening!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Faithful Friday: Compromise

This says so much.  The relationship we have with the Lord is not as strong as it could be each time we make a compromise in our faith.  I am certainly not anywhere close to perfect and I know that, whether it's allowing yourself to be around people you know deep down you should not be around, or even giving in to anger or being rude to someone because they are rude to you.  Compromises in our faith are made each time we give in or do something we know does not accord with God- sometimes we can talk ourselves into thinking it is okay, but in our heart we know the truth.
Compromises are different for everyone according to what we struggle with, and everyone struggles.  I think it's a wonderful thing to get help in avoiding even thinking about compromising by praying and asking the Lord to give us strength to be true to Him over anything else!  

I love the reminder of this, because I know that each time I overcome a struggle or temptation to compromise- in whatever it may be- I am showing God that my relationship with Him is the core of my life, and that I made the choice to please Him.  Afterall, how unimportant and small any temptation is compared to a beautiful relationship with our Savior!  Compromising is hurting God and why would we want to be a part of that?

Growing up, I have always been told that one of the most wonderful ways to keep our relationship with our God strong and first in our lives is to hate what He hates and love what He loves.  I have grown in this and am so thankful to have the knowledge to make it my goal to live by this, because no compromise comes anywhere close to the sweetness of knowing Jesus.

Blessings to you!!

Wishing y'all a joyful weekend!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Weekend of Sunshine

Happy first day of April!

It's kind of funny that the word "sunshine" is in the title here, since April is known for being a rainy month.  But there's plenty of sunshine in April, too.  I love the rainy days of Spring, though, and can't wait for them to be here so we can have our beautiful May flowers.

This weekend, though, was so lovely and there was a wonderful coolness to the air most of the time.  More than anything there seemed to be the perfect amount of sunshine.  I got my a paper I had to do out of the way early on, and got to enjoy it and relax.

It was bright and beautiful on Saturday when we worked in our yard.  Our grass has been growing a mile a minute lately and it felt so nice to get outside and take care of that and tend to our garden altogether.  My favorite part is probably watering the garden because it's kind of nostalgic to me and I just love getting splashed with the water hose.  That's how you survive summers in the South ;)
Lucie even likes to get outside with us and enjoy the feeling of the freshly cut, cool grass.  It's such a good feeling to look out on your yard and see it green and Springy and lovely.  And it's different to be older and be a bigger part of that and with helping out.
After our yard is done, it is so nice to open the door so that only the screen is there and
enjoy the breeze inside the house while looking out.
Now that the wildflowers are absolutely everywhere, whenever I am driving or we're all in the car as a family, I just stare out the window at the beauty of all their vibrant colors.  They look so soft, too, like a big carpet that makes me wish I could go lay in them and take a nap.  What a dream.
They are starting to grow in the giant patches they make this time of year and are just glorious.  This weekend we got to get out in the sunshine and enjoy them closer up, and actually go pick a few a little ways behind our house to bring them home to add a simple touch of beauty to our kitchen.  I loved how country they looked when we put them in a Mason Jar.

It may not seem like staying inside the house would let you see much sunshine, but when I sit in front of our big window I get to enjoy so much of it.  I love being in the AC, yet soaking in the bright beautiful light from outside.  I got to work on a new embroidery project I started and can't wait to finish so I can wear it this Spring.  I'm excited to add some details after I get done with the plain parts.
Those are a few small, but lovely parts of this weekend I enjoyed.
How was your weekend!?  Wonderful, I hope!
Have a blessed day!

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