Who doesn’t, at least occasionally, hit hard spots. Some resolve quickly. Other times we find ourselves in the valley of the shadows. Even When is a beautiful song by Micah Tyler that brings encouragement to fight the good fight. Know God is with us through it all and He is with us even when.Continue Reading
(as an update, I am sharing the latest Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart newsletter here for those who missed it)
Heartbroken with the sudden and unimaginable loss of a daughter and grandson, a wife and a child, from labor complications.Continue Reading
Encouraging words from the bible when worry and anxiety grip us. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Continue Reading
The words by John Newton in his beloved hymn, Amazing Grace, never cease to move and humble with its message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed through the mercy of God.Continue Reading
Use this cheerful Prayer Journal Printable as your diary with prompts for Scripture verses, counting blessings, ways to encourage and prayers. Keep the page(s) handy in a notebook or your bible.Continue Reading
Are you prone to anxiety? Faced with problems that you haven’t much control over? If you are like me, worry is your default. Situations and circumstances can easily produce anxiety. Counter those hard places by determining to Choose Prayer over Despair.Continue Reading
Think on These Things thoughts from John…
Have you ever questioned God’s faithfulness? Did you ever think that He has left you or forsaken you? These are questions we sometimes are uncomfortable voicing or admitting. As you contemplate your answer, think of times of disappointment, loneliness, grief or despair. This is when we are most vulnerable to the thought that God had forsaken us. God uses His Word and sometimes a person, a quote, a book or even a hymn to remind us that He is and will always be faithful to His children. One of these classic hymns is my focus on today’s post… Great is Thy Faithfulness.
I recently watched a song video titled, It is Well, that inspired this week’s Sunday post. I’ve included the video at the bottom of this post. I was blown away by the words and the music. Though I really wish I could, I can’t sing. So, when I hear these very talented young people sing like Kristene, my heart praises God that He has given them the ability to write and sing songs that speak to my heart.
In It is Well, Kristene was able to marry a song of her own to the beloved old hymn…’It is Well with My Soul’. It begins soft and slow but continues to build into an awe-inspiring crescendo that literally gave me goosebumps. It ends soft and slow leaving you surrounded in God’s presence.
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
As we fast forward two millennia, to 2017…’The waves and wind still know His name’.
Curious to know a little more about Kristene and this song, I found a short backstory clip that was very interesting. In that clip she says…’I bet you everything knows His name and I bet you that everything we’ll ever face has already tasted some level of defeat or the entirety of defeat because of what He did. And so, there is really nothing to be afraid of.’ Wow, they are insightful words that really got me thinking. That took me to Romans 8:19-21…
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
All of creation knows Him and awaits liberation from bondage and frustration caused by the first Adam’s sin into the freedom and glory of the children of God in the second Adam’s righteousness—Christ Himself! Praise be to God!
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
This hustle bustle world we live in today has many things to distract us so we need to be diligent to focus on Him to keep us from our worries and fears.
Yes, Praise God that it is possible that we can really say… ‘It is well, It is well with my soul’.
Thanks for listening,
Of the many things that come across my Facebook homepage, this one caught my attention. It came from Gateway Online Bible Studies. I signed up and really glad I did. It is an online study, free and short, just 6-sessions where Anne teaches how to pray powerfully and passionately. Each week she shares a video about the lesson. The series can be used in small group setting or done individually, which is what I do. The book and study guide can be purchased through the online site but I got mine from Amazon. There is a link below if you want to take a look.
Known to me only because of her dad, Billy Graham, I was not familiar with Anne. Viewing her videos and reading this book, I am impressed with the way she speaks with clarity and her knowledge of scripture.
Using the life of Daniel as an example, Anne covers the following topics.
- Preparing for Prayer
- Prompting in Prayer
- Pleading in Prayer
- Prevailing in Prayer
- Battling in Prayer.
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A Post from John…
To me, this is a wonderful visual showing the goodness of God. His intentions are for us to not only be content wherever we find ourselves but also to help and encourage those around us. How do we find the desire, strength and ability to be a help to those we come in contact? How do we effectively encourage one another? The answers comes in the choice we make in the source of our ‘food and water’.
If we choose to ‘feed and drink’ on impurity, hatred, discord, jealousy, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy… the ugly things people do in this world… we will produce ‘bad fruit’. But if we are ‘feeding and drinking’ on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, we will produce ‘good fruit’.
So, BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED and with God’s help, choose to produce ‘good fruit’, that you may help and encourage those that come into your path where ever you live.