Friday, February 16, 2018

Morning Has Broken

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
Psalm 57:8-9

Each day my Heavenly Father gives me a new chance.  A new chance to be what He knows I can be.  A new chance to do the things He has for me to do.  A new chance to live the life He has chose for me.

Father God thank you for loving me, even when I fall short.  Thank You for the new chance I receive each morning for Your mercy and grace are there for me.  Amen

Morning Has Broken
by Eleanor Farjeon

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!  Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew fall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!  Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's recreation of the new day!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Broken but Renewed

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Isaiah 64:8

Have you ever felt like you needed to take a step back from everything you were doing?  That is how I was feeling earlier this week.  I have taken a step back from ministry responsibilities as my heart just was not in them.  I felt God was saying to me, "you need to step back and re-evaluate the ministries you are involved in, are you doing these things for me or for you and others?"   So I have done that.  This past week I step down from ladies ministry, welcome team, accounting team and office ministry.  

I have been praying and seeking God's will for my life and I know He has a special ministry out there for me.  I so want to be like the broken pot above, that I will have cracks and God's presence can't help but flow through me so others will see Christ living in me.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord
by Adelaide A. Pollard

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me , I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Hold over my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!  Amen

Monday, February 5, 2018

Remember The Sabbath

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work."  Exodus 20:8-10

As a youngster growing up nothing was open on Sunday.  Sunday was a day of rest, a day to spend in worship with our Father and a day to spend with family.  I also remember waking up on those Sunday mornings to heavenly smells filling the house as Mom had gotten up early and started our Sunday meal.  The meal was left in the oven so it would be ready to eat when we got home from church, Mom and Dad always invited someone home for Sunday dinner.  I miss those days for now it seems we are so busy that we don't set aside Sunday as a day of rest much less invite someone to have Sunday dinner with us. 

So this next Sunday make the choice to spend some time with our Heavenly Father and your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Maybe, just maybe, invite someone home to have dinner with your family.

Family of God
by Bill & Gloria Gaither

I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God,
I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I'm part of the family, The Family of God.

You will notice we say "brother and sister" around here,
Its because we're a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I'm not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!

I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God,
I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I'm part of the family, the Family of God.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

An Invitation To Dine

"The Kingdom of heaven may be compared to a kin, who gave a wedding feast for his son.  And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come."  Matthew 22:2-3

You have worked all day in the kitchen preparing a meal fit for a king only to have your guest cancel at the last minute.  Do you get a little angry?  If you are like me that answer would be yes.  Their excuse, if they have one, is feeble and carries little weight with you.

Imagine how God felt when He sent His Son to earth and invited all of us to attend the feast.  Those who accepted the invitation became part of the Church, the bride of Christ.  But there are many who have not accepted and offer feeble excuses.  

I am so glad I can say that I accepted the invitation and one day when Christ, the Bridegroom, returns I am ready to attend the banquet. Here on this earth I clothed in His righteousness but at the feat I will receive wedding clothes.

Father God You've invited me to dine with You.  Let me graciously accept my wedding clothes.

Is That Wedding Music I Hear?
by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Is that wedding music  I hear?
The bride's adorned and ready to appear
There's Heavenly preparation for the wedding celebration
Is that wedding music that I hear?

The family is preparing for a wedding
All have been invited to attend
The bride is standing ready, waiting for the signal
When the Groom say, "Rise, my children, come on in"

Is that wedding music I hear?
The bride's adorned and ready to appear
There's Heavenly preparation for the wedding celebration
Is that wedding music I hear?

Soon we'll rise to leave this land of sorrow
For that ceremony in the air
The Father then will lead us through the holy land of splendor
Have you made your preparation to go there?

There's Heavenly preparation for the wedding celebration
Is that wedding music
Oh, is that wedding music that I hear?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Precious Promises

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:3-4

Aren't you glad God has given us everything we need for a godly life.  We no longer have to look to the world for the things we need to live our life here on this earth.  God has promised us an abundant life as we place our faith and trust in Him.  Live for Him daily, trust your life to Him, share the good news of His Son, and let others see Christ in you.

Standing on the Promises
by R. Kelso Carter

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sin,
Standing on the the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love's strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Stephen

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  1 Corinthians 1:30
Happy, Happy Birthday Son
We are so proud to be your Mom & Dad. and we thank God every day for blessing our lives with such a loving son.
Mom & Dad

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Lifeline In Any Storm

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of the deep waters.  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
Psalm 18:16-18

Have you ever known a time when you were desperate?  A time when it seemed like everything around you was falling apart and even the ground you were standing on was unstable.  A time when it seemed like every dart Satan threw at you was hitting its mark dead center.  A time when you wondered God where are you, why aren't you here with me?

God was there standing right next to you.  He was taking far more hits than you were as He wrapped His arms of protection around you.  He was there but in your anguish you had stepped away from His presence.  Yesterday Pastor Steve's talked about the presence of God, how we come to Him with our long list of I wants and then leave before we have entered into His presence.
Growing up my Mom had this picture hanging in our breakfast nook and I saw it every day.  I never really paid that much attention to it but now every time I see this picture it speaks to my very soul,  Christ has His arms open wide welcoming us into His presence.  All we have to do is step into His embrace and let Him love on us.  He will rescue us from all those darts that Satan hurls at us.  Don't every doubt that Christ is with you, He is our lifeline in any storm, any crisis.  

Father God thank you for always being there for me.  Father God thank you for a loving Mom who taught me about you and your Son.  Father  help me to linger when I come to you, to feel your presence in all times, the good and the bad.  Father thank you for reaching down your hand and rescuing me from my enemies.  Thank you for guiding me and directing me down the path you have for me.  Thank you Father....  Amen

It Is Well With My Soul
by Horatio G. Spafford

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

Though Satan should buffet, tho trials should come,
Let His blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin O, the bliss of this glorious thought,
My sin not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, 
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, 
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.