Saturday, August 31, 2013

God of Peace

photo by CarolSue

Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21
It is a beautiful morning here in the city with the small town charm and there is a little taste of fall in the air.  I don't know about you but I am so ready for the cooler temperatures and the rich colors fall brings to us.  Thinking of the cooler temperatures brings to mind the things that we sometime take for granted and complain about during our hot months.  God gave men the knowledge to build air conditioners to keep us cool but all we do is complain about the high energy bills.  Then we have our swimming pools and we complain about how much time it takes to maintain, the cost to heat and then there is the water bill.  We fill our yards with beautiful trees, flowers and grass and then complain how high the water bill is each month.  But you let the air conditioner stop working, the pool isn't filtering right and the beautiful things we planted in our yards start to turn brown and the first works out of our mouths is why me Lord?
During our busy lives do we stop to thank our Heavenly Father for all he has given us?  We get so caught up in daily living that we forget what living is all about.  Give praises when things go wrong for God blessings.  He will give us all we need when we follow His will for our lives.
I Am Resolved
by Palmer Hartsough, 1896
I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world's delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.
I will hasten, hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Sing Praises

Oh, what a wonderful God we have!
How great are His wisdom and knowledge and riches!
How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His methods!
Romans 11:33
Sing praises to our Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given you each day.  Let all you come in contact know that you are a child of the King by the light of Jesus, His Son, shining through you.
Rejoice, The Lord Is King
by Charles Wesley, 1744
Rejoice, the Lord is King!  Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
Life up your heart, lift up your voice:
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love;
While He had purged our stains He took His seat above'
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yesterday, Today, Forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8
I am so glad that Jesus never changes.  I don't have to worry about what his attitude is going to be today.  I don't have to worry if he got up on the wrong side of the bed or if he will take his frustration out on me.  I don't have to worry if He will still love me tomorrow.  I don't have to worry if He will believe what someone said in anger.  Though my attitude and my outlook on life changes daily as things come my way, Jesus will always love me with an unconditional love.
Yesterday, Today, Forever
by Albert B. Simpson
O how sweet the glorious message simple faith may claim
Yesterday, today, forever Jesus is the same.
Still He loves to save the sinful, heal the sick and lame
Cheer the mourner, still the tempest, glory to His Name.
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never!  Glory to His Name!
Glory to His Name!  Glory to His name!
All may change, but Jesus never!  Glory to His Name!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Beautiful Inside

Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God.  1 Peter 3:4
Have you ever thought about how others see you?  Are you walking the talk or are you living the Christian life on Sunday and then blending into the world on Monday?
When others see me I hope that my life is projecting the light of Jesus.  I don't want to be a Sunday only Christian.  I want my daily walk to project a life that is centered on Jesus Christ.
Dear Father I pray that you give me the strength to live as Jesus did every day of the week.  I pray that all I come in contact with will see the light of your Son shining through me.  Amen
Let The Beauty of Jesus
by Albert W. T. Orsborn, 1967
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His Son and purity
Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Happy Anniversary Brad & Mary Beth

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13
Happy Anniversary to you,
Happy Anniversary to you.
Happy Anniversary Brad & Mary Beth.
Happy Anniversary to you.
Today as you celebrate your love and lives, may your day be filled with all the good stuff.
Love you,
Uncle Gary & Aunt Shirley

Happy Anniversary Roger & Nellie

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Happy Anniversary to you,
Happy Anniversary to you.
Happy Anniversary Roger & Nellie.
Happy Anniversary to you!!!
Wishing you a day filled with love, joy, peace, and laughter as you two celebrate your love and lives together.
Love you,
Gary & Shirley