Friday, January 30, 2015

Faithful Friday: Tozer

These five lines are the key
to true happiness.

I was thankful to come across this quote, which so
simply puts into words what I realize more
and more each and every day... that when we make God our
first priority and consciously seek to do so, our problems
seem smaller, our hearts are more quickly healed, our
worries are less.

That doesn't mean all our problems magically
disappear, but when our focus is on God we focus less on the
menial issues that trouble us in this life...If only in the fact that God's
 love overcomes us as we put Him higher and higher in the list of things
 that make up our desires and focus so much so that new-found joy 
makes our problems seem smaller.

Having the Lord at the center of
everything is the most powerful and meaningful thing we
could ever hope for.
How amazing it is when we realize that
on deeper and deeper levels as we grow in Him.

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Y'all have a blessed weekend!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Faithful Friday: Taste & See

This is one of my favorite verses.
I think I have about a thousand "one of my favorite verses", but this one
is near the top if I had to choose.  I love these words, the glory they bring to God as
we think on them and taste the words themselves in our hearts.... pondering
the Lord's goodness...
realizing the extremely amazing gift of living according to God's

What a verse this is to speak to our hearts the meaning of
taking shelter and refuge in Him.
My favorite part of this scripture is the first because I love that
it tells us to "taste and see that the Lord is GOOD."
It doesn't say that if we taste life in Him, we will find that He
is sometimes good, or sometimes faithful, or good most of the time.
It says that He is good, plain in simple.
This photo was beautiful to me when combined with this
psalm because when we think of taste, the first thing that 
comes to mind is likely tasting a decadent food we enjoy,
like this lovely pie.  When you taste a spoonful of your favorite
pie or dessert, you know it is good.  The Lord is just the same.

To taste and see the Lord and living a life according to His
ways and for His glory is to see that He is always good.
We will find nothing but good when we do.

That is truly something to rejoice over!

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I hope you have had a lovely weekend so far :)

Hugs & blessings!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All Creatures, Great & Small

The faces of God's sweet creatures can always
bring a smile to my face and bring me so much joy.
I saw this sweet, little smiling face recently and it gave me that feeling,
a warmth inside.

I couldn't help but share him as a little bit of mid-week

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I love animals... being around them, studying them, learning
 about them and their characteristics in how they were created, 
and watching them in nature.
Most of all, I am grateful that we have the joy of being around 
such majestic, beautiful, and sweet creatures.  
I always think about how much we would be missing if humans
 were the only beings on the earth.  What would life be if we didn't
 get to hear the birds sing, see a deer and her fawn in a meadow, be welcomed 
by our pets at home, or get to admire the resplendence of the marine 
life in the oceans?
Looking at all of God's captivating creation in animals is
also so inspiring to me because of what I remember my mama
always telling me since I can remember- that God's handiwork
in each of the animals is one of the most amazing views you can get
of His personality... the humor, grace, or beauty of particular
features of different animals.

How blessed we are to have animals around us.
When I am stressed, the most comforting thing I can think of
is petting my dog and walking in the door to her wagging tail and 
uncontrollable excitement to see me, then getting to
snuggle with her on the couch while I read or watch a movie...
or back when new litters of kittens were just outside, to be able
to walk out on the back porch and pick up a kitten who would nuzzle me
 and sweetly mew as I stroked her fur.
Animals can make us feel at ease like not much else can.
What wonderful friends and companions they are as pets- always 
unconditionally loving and loyal and bringing laughter, joy, and
humor into our lives with their funny quirks- and what
 an amazing gift it is to admire the beauty of wildlife.

I believe I could never grow tired of being around animals...
I dream of someday having a ranch where I will spend hours
loving every moment of walking... just walking the land and looking
 to catch glimpses of the creatures all around.
Of all the things that take up space in this world,
animate and inanimate, nothing can bring cheer into my
heart quite like seeing the face of a sweet animal.

I'm so thankful for the fact that we are surrounded with that
cheer in life ♥

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than
 a lot of humans."
-James Herriot

"I heard someone define heaven once... as a place where, when you
get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you."
-Robert Parker

"When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal.
I see a living being. I see a friend. I see a soul."
-A.D. Williams

Friday, January 16, 2015

Faithful Friday: A Contented Heart

Happy Friday!
I hope your week was great and that your weekend gets off to a 
wonderful start :)

A quote that recently struck me when I read it said:
"The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord
choose for me."
-D.L. Moody

This reminded me of something that is not always easy, but is so important,
Philippians 4:11 is a reminder of words that I want to have the 
strength and faith and character to say wholeheartedly...
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith
to be content."

This example set for us in contentedness by Paul in the bible
is inspiring, to say the least.  To think of all that he had to go through
and he was content with whatever he faced because he
trusted God so fully.

Being content is a state of mind in our faith, only possible
by leaning on the Lord through our trials.
Sometimes, though, we may not be content as a result of things that
we feel are missing from our life in some way- not necessarily "trials."
Isn't God merciful and loving to care about these things, too?

He cares about the aspects of your life that
may not necessarily be a struggle, but that cause you to yearn for 
something more.
He cares about your hopes and your goals and your desires and
if you are yearning to be at a different place in life.
Trust that He will get you to that place in His timing.
A lot of girls have marriage on their minds and
 are trusting God with His timing to bring them the right person.
Many people are just so tired from working, living
 paycheck-to-paycheck, or needing a break from the pace of life. 
No matter what we hope will change or happen in our life,
 how beautiful a testimony to God being our stronghold
it is to be positive and make the effort to be truly content!

In the midst of the struggles, trials, or wants and needs we have,
what character we show the Lord (and as a witness to others) when
we are content... when our attitude towards our trial is that it could
be much worse and we are simply thankful for God's blessings and will
trust Him to get us through what we are dealing with.
And when our attitude toward a need or hope is that we are content
with what we have now and trust God to bring what we hope for into
our lives when He sees that it is the right time.

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One way that I have been inspired to be content is to
thank God so often for what he has already given me in my prayers
so that there is little room to complain.
Another is doing something that effects my heart more than anything,
and that is to- as simple as it seems- think of others and what
they are going through.  Each day as I go through my day, it often comes
to mind what someone I know is, or people I don't even know 
are, dealing with... and I am never more humbled by doing so.
This is something that makes me want to take up 
all the more time in my prayers with asking God to please help
and comfort them.
What an exponentially better way to use our time in prayer.

How amazing it is to be content where we are now...
to have faith so strong that we have no doubts that God will take
care of us- is taking care of us.
What beauty there is in a contented heart, the surest way
to calm the seas in the midst of our storms.

Happy Friday!
...Did I say that already?
Well, Friday is just such a good day, we needed it twice. ;)

I hope y'all have a blessed weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Faithful Friday: Listen for God's Voice

I believe that as you grow older and wiser, both physically and in your faith,
one of the most important things you can come to realize is how especially
beautiful every aspect of your walk with God is when you listen...
listen carefully for His voice in all you do.

As this year begins fresh, 
a prayer in my heart is that I would have the focus and reminders
around me to do just that and to get better and better at listening.

Our humans inclination is to listen to ourselves, our own hearts and minds
alone, but how profoundly more wise is God's voice than ours!

This is something on my mind that I never want to forget...
not only to listen to God's voice when I easily hear it, but perhaps
even more importantly to listen closely to search for his voice when it
is hardest to find.


It is such a special blessing to live with the mindset that
we should keep our ear inclined toward God and what He is
telling us and where He is directing us.

Whether in a journey, a word, through a friend, in
nature, or wherever we may be,
in all we do and everywhere we go
may we look and listen for God's voice
directing our path keeping our "train" on its track.

Blessings to you!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!!

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