How Strong And Sweet

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
1 PETER 5: 7. NLT

HOW strong and sweet my Father’s care!
The words, like music in the air,Image result for God cares for You
Come answering to my whispered prayer–
He cares for thee.
 
The thought great wonder with it brings–
My cares are all such little things;
But to this truth my glad faith clings,
He cares for me.
 
Yea, keep me ever in Thy love,
Dear Father, watching from above,
And let me still Thy mercy prove,
And care for me.
 
Cast me not off because of sin,
But make me pure and true within,
And teach me how Thy smile to win,
Who cares for me.
 
O still, in summer’s golden glow,
Or wintry storms of wind and snow,
Love me, my Father: let me know
Thy care for me.
 
And I will learn to cast the care
Which like a heavy load I bear
Down at Thy feet in lowly prayer,
And trust in Thee.
 
For naught can hurt me, shade or shine,
Nor evil thing touch me, nor mine,
Since Thou with tenderness Divine
Dost care for me.

Daily Heavenly Manna

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Gift to Mankind

But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:15‭-‬21 NASB

Every Scar has a Story

Every scar has a story
What will mine tellimages9aebqatl
What will come of this
when I’m better, when I’m well

I want my scar to tell
of how I’ve overcome
of how I made it through
of where I have come from

I want my scar to whisper
about the pain I faced
about this very hard time
about the marathon I raced

But mostly I want my scar
to speak of something greater
I want it to shout
about my living Creator

Let my scar be evidence
that there is a loving Lord
who fought my scary battles
and on whose wings I soared

Let my scar proclaim
that all things work for good
that by myself I couldn’t
but with my God I could

Let them take a look
Let them peek and see
My scar shows God is great
It points to Him, not me.

Kristina M. DeCarlo

Service To God

I ASKED the Lord to let me dohy
Some mighty work for Him;
To fight amid His battle hosts,
Then sing the victor’s hymn.
I longed my ardent love to show,
But Jesus would not have it so.

He placed me in a quiet home
Whose life was calm and still,
And gave me little things to do,
My daily round to fill;
I could not think it good to be
Just put aside so silently.

Small duties gathered round my way,
They seemed of earth alone;
I, who had longed for conquests bright
To lay before His throne,
Had common things to do and bear,
To watch and strive with daily care.

So then I thought my prayer unheard,
And asked the Lord once more
That He would give me work for Him
And open wide the door–
Forgetting that my Master knew
Just what was best for me to do.

Then quietly the answer came:
“My child, I hear thy cry;
Think not that mighty deeds alone
Will bring thee victory.
The battle has been planned by Me,
Let daily life thy conquests see.”

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“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Colossians 3:23

On Eagles Wings

Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become wearyIsaiah 40: 30-31 

 

Flying high on the wings of eagles
Is where God wants us to be,
Soaring above the clouds of darkness
That cloak our misery

He wants us to rise above our problems
To see it from His perspective,
For then it doesn’t look quite as badth-2572
Than what we thought or expected

 

God doesn’t want us to peck on the ground,
Nor wallow in the mire and mud
With our heads continually looking down,
Never thinking to look above

 

He wants us to be living victorious,
Overcoming the enemy,
To live an abundant, fulfilling life,
Soaring high and soaring free.

M.S. Lowndes

Life has its tests

“…Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you…” 1 Peter 4:12 AMP

 

Life has times of hardship, struggles, trials, temptations, despair, loneliness and heartbreak. We all go through times like these from time to time. There is a saying that goes ‘Life is a bed of Roses’ implying it’s easy and sweet. There’s probably a lot of truth in that – considering the ‘thorns’, but it’s far from easy and sweet. A prick can be painful! God can use what we go through to rely on Him more and build our character to be Christ-like.
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So yes, I guess life can be like a bed of roses – but we need to be mindful of the thorns.

There are tests in life, I know
The thorns are there, but so is the rose.

M. S. Lowndes

Love’s Alchemy


LOVE is the filling from one’s own
Another’s cup.grouphug1
Love is a daily laying down
And taking up;
A choosing of the stony path
Through each new day
That other feet may tread with ease
A smoother way.
Love is not blind, but looks abroad
Through other eyes;
And asks not “Must I give?” but “May
I sacrifice?”
Love hides its grief, that other hearts
And lips may sing;
And burdened, walks, that other lives
May, buoyant, wing.
Brother, hast thou a love like this
Within thy soul?
‘Twill change thy name to saint when thou
Dost reach thy goal.

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