Love So Sweet

Characteristics of Love!  Click the link: Love

 

Its sweet like the nectarof the garden flower,

its soothing like the buzzing

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its warm like the rays

of the morning sun,

its the search of a love so pure

which keeps me on the run.
its the pulse in my vein,

the thoughts in my brain,

in every breath that I take,

the smile my lips make,

its in the twinkle of my eye,

till the day I die.
its the dream in my sleep,

its springs freshest leaf;

a love so rare like this

will always be with me for keeps.
its the warmth of my blood,

as my feelings flood,

as says my heart’s beat,

its depth touches the ocean’s feet.
even if its heart searing pain,

with nothing to gain,

I will feel it as the tear on my cheek,

and without words my soul will speak.
a feeling so sincere,

a bond so strong,

I know my soul will never guide me wrong.
I will wait till my last sunset,

till my heart slows down with a dull ache,

till my eyes are wet,

till I meet my soul’s mate,

yes, I will wait.

~Pirya

Christ, All In All


IN Christ all fullness dwells: from Him proceeds
All that fall’n man, poor, wretched, guilty, needs.
In Him the contrite, bruised in spirit, find
Whate’er can heal the sorrows of the mind— images97Y7JUIG
Forgiving love, that saves from blank despair,
Rich grace, that banishes each anxious care,
Soft pity, that relieves the bursting sigh,
And truth, revealing joys that never die.
Thrice happy they, who to His word attend,
His favor seek, and on His strength depend.
‘Tis theirs to know His heart-consoling voice,
To share His smile, and in His name rejoice.
To them, reclaimed in mercy from the fall
And heav’nward marching, Christ is all in all:
In want, their treasure—in distress, their stay—
In gloom, their day-spring—vigor, in decay—
‘Mid foes, their guard—in solitude, their guest—
In storms, their hiding place—in toils, their rest—
In bonds, their freedom—their relief, in pain—
In life, their glory—and in all things, gain.

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Balmy Morning

 

 

Balmy morning! blessed morning!
Dew-drops bright
All the emerald glade adorning
In thy light–klp
In thy golden glowing beam
With an ever-changeful gleam
Flashing sparkling deeply glowing
Varying tints of beauty showing
Everywhere
Radiant are
In thy welcome light!Balmy morning! blessed morning!
Flowers look up,
With a precious, pearly off’ring,
In each cup–
Dewy off’ring gleaned by night,
As a tribute to the light,–
Far more precious than the gem
Of a monarch’s diadem,
Is the gift
Which they lift
To thy welcome light!Balmy morning! blessed morning!
Sounds of mirth,
From the vocal vales ascending,
Hail thy birth.
Happy birds in echoing bowers,
Waken all their tuneful powers,
And spontaneous music springs
From all animated things,–
Verdant hills,
Tuneful rills,
Joyful greet thy light!

Balmy morning! blessed morning!
How serene,
In thy calm and cloudless dawning
Smiles the scene!
Even man, by care oppressed,
Feels thy gladness thrill his breast,
Hails thee as a source of bliss,
Precious in a world like this,
Gratefully
Blessing thee–
Welcome, morning light!

– Mrs. J. C. Yule

 

Shadows

When Jesus comes, the shadows depart”. -unknown

I remember, a particular time in my life when there were many shadows. As I now look back, all that I can say is if it hadn’t been for the Lord, I would have been a total basket case.

Well, one morning as I drove to work, I began to think on everything that was wrong. Adding insult to injury the very car I was driving was one of them.

Overall, I just felt down and alone. One of those seasons when, “if it can go wrong; it will go wrong.”

As I reflected on several parts of my life, shadows hovered around all of them. My eyes were fixed firmly on those shadows and nowhere else.

But something seemed to shake me loose. I almost felt like there was a tap on my shoulder and I felt prompted to look up.Even though it was an overcast day, I could see a few shimmers of sunshine breaking through the gray.

Then my heart remembered this scripture: ” I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1

Such a brief moment but in it, I felt the presence of Jesus right there with me. I can’t tell you what happened but everything changed. He met me there as I drove along. It felt to me like the sky was pure light and everything in my life that I had been worried about was going to be okay.

How about you? Got shadows?

Jesus is waiting for you to lift up your head and look to Him. He already has the solution.

No Partiality

 

 

It doesn’t matter what we haveuntitled.png
Or what we’d like to be,
The kingdom of God is made up of
People like you and me

 

Whether we’re rich or just getting by,
Or struggling to make ends meet,
It doesn’t matter in the kingdom of God,
For Christ supplies our needs

 

We all have much to offer the Lord,
Our lives and all that we are,
For we can be a blessing to others
And touch another heart

 

God has chosen each one of us
And works within our lives
He doesn’t look at our earthly treasures,
But the treasures we have inside

 

For deep inside we’re all the same
And valued by our Lord,imageskva12s3l
We each have a purpose and a destiny
To fulfil what was planned before.

M. S. Lowndes

 

 

Negative Expectations/Inner Vows

This was such an insightful lesson study, that I felt led to share with the Guard Yo Heart/Tea Among Friends followers. I certainly pray that it is as revelatory to you as it was to me.

 

Negative expectations are unbiblical belief systems that generate sin energies.

Negative expectation defined: an unbiblical belief system which has been established in your heart. It may be against yourself, others, authorities, institutions, or God. Most of these are established on an unconscious level, so we are generally unaware that we are holding them. Yet all must be repented of. They can come from word curses spoken over you or word curses you speak over yourself. Someone may tell you that you are stupid or you may tell yourself you are stupid. Both of these word curses will likely produce a negative expectation that you should act as if you are stupid.

Negative expectations can also come from your heart digesting a negative experience and then creating a negative belief from the experience. For example, if you open your mouth to share and are ridiculed for it, you could begin to believe the lie that, “If I ever open my mouth, I will be put down.” The list of negative beliefs are endless.

Negative expectations Activate the Law of Faith:
Often these expectations are self-reinforcing, for whatever you expect and believe will happen, most likely, will happen. The Bible is clear to say that whatsoever one believes for he will receive. “According to your faith, be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29) “All things are possible to him that believeth.”(Mark 9:23) One’s faith makes even what appears impossible, possible. So, even if it were unlikely that I would fail in life, if I believe I will, I will. Because I have sown a judgment or belief system in my spirit saying I am going to fail, several biblical laws are activated in my life. “As a man thinketh so is he.”
(Proverbs 23:7)

Negative expectations Activate the Law of Judgment:
The first is the law of judgment which says, ” Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with that judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Therefore, there is now an opposite force that is activated in the universe that comes back against me and performs the judgment on me which I have made about others. If you judge(or expect) people to be unfriendly, they will be unfriendly toward you. Obviously, it may take some extremely unfriendly people awhile to warm up to your friendliness. This is where the law of sowing and reaping comes in. You sow into a person’s life for a while and eventually you reap a harvest.

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Honoring, Loving, Fearing rather than a negative judging of others:
The Bible tells us what our attitude is to be: “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1Peter 2:17) Remember, we will receive back the judgment we send out. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive back honor and love from others and blessings from God, because we reverence and obey Him? When we disdain others, we cut off any gifts or blessings God may have planned for that person to give us. Honor obviously begins with our parents, as that is one of the Ten Commandments. God even has a promise for keeping this particular commandment. “Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Sowing and Reaping:
According to the law of sowing and reaping, I must reap a harvest in light of what I have sown. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy.” (Hosea 10:12) “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” (Job 4:8) This would mean I should expect judgments to come back to me in the same areas I have made them. For example, if I have made a judgment against people who are overweight, then I may find that I have put spiritual laws in motion which end up myself becoming overweight. Or I might find that I draw an overweight spouse to myself. Even if she is slender when we marry, my gale-wind judgment being constantly sent forth from my spirit says I don’t like people who are overweight, and that I won’t approve of her if she becomes heavy. This will cause a constant belittling of her self-worth as I criticize any and every activity that I see her doing that could cause her to gain weight. Eventually she succumbs to the constant criticism and the negative expectation that she will become heavy, and I receive back exactly what I’ve judged. I now have an overweight spouse.

Negative Expectations Activate the Law of Multiplication:
“For they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”(Hosea 8:7) When sowing a negative expectation, I sow to the wind, and now I must reap the whirlwind. You may only sow a small seed of anger, but you will reap an entire crop of wrath, because one little seed sown can produce hundreds of seeds in return.

In conclusion: Examine your beliefs and judgments to ensure they line up with the Bible. Those that don’t line up with the Bible need to be repented of and replaced with a more biblical belief system.

The goal is to remove all negative judgments and expectations about the world, life, people, institutions, and God that attract negative to you, and replace with Biblical expectations that release God’s grace and life out through you and to you. The reverse of negative expectations is Spirit-anointed expectations. You will receive whatever you believe because your faith ensures that you will receive. Your faith draws it to you. Speaking the word has the power to transform. (Hebrews 4:12)

Questions for Discovering the need to replace Negative Expectations:
1. Lord, what negative confessions come out of my mouth?
2. Lord, what negative expectations are in my heart?
3. Lord, what things do I believe that do not line up with what the Bible and Spirit are revealing to me?
4. Lord, what expectations are robbing me of love, joy, and peace?
5. What expectations keep me from giving thanks for all things and in all things?

~Graves

Let Me Talk With THEE

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LORD, let me talk with Thee of all I do,
All that I care for, all that I wish for, too;
Lord, let me prove Thy sympathy, Thy power,
Thy loving oversight from hour to hour!
When I need counsel, let me ask of Thee:
Whatever my perplexity may be,
It cannot be too trivial to bring
To One who marks the sparrow’s drooping wing;
Nor too terrestrial since Thou has said
The very hairs are numbered on our head.
‘Tis through such loop-holes that the foe takes aim,
And sparks, unheeded, burst into a flame.
Do money troubles press? Thou canst resolve
The doubts and dangers such concerns involve.
Are those I love the cause of anxious care?
Thou canst unbind the burdens they may bear.
Before the mysteries of Thy Word or will,
Thy voice can gently bid my heart be still,
Since all that now is hard to understand
Shall be unraveled in yon heavenly land.
Or do I mourn the oft-besetting sin,
The tempter’s wiles, that mar the peace within?
Present Thyself, Lord, as the absolving priest,
To whom confessing, I go forth released.
Do weakness, weariness, disease, invade
This earthly house, which Thou Thyself hast made?
Thou only, Lord, canst touch the hidden spring
Of mischief, and attune the jarring string.
Would I be taught what Thou wouldst have me give,
The needs of those less favored to relieve?
Thou canst so guide my hand that I shall be
A liberal, “cheerful giver,” Lord, like Thee.
Of my life’s mission, do I stand in doubt?
Thou knowest and canst clearly point it out.
Whither I go, do Thou Thyself decide,
And choose the friends and servants by my side.
The books I read, I would submit to Thee,
Let them refresh, instruct and solace me.
I would converse with Thee from day to day,
With heart intent on what Thou hast to say;
And through my pilgrim walk, whate’er befall,
Consult with Thee, O Lord, about it all.
Since Thou art willing thus to condescend
To be mine intimate, familiar friend,
Oh, let me to the great occasion rise,
And count Thy friendship life’s most glorious prize.

DHM

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.”

Daily Heavenly Manna

 

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

Colossians 3:23

O Trust thyself to Jesus

O TRUST thyself to Jesus,
When conscious of thy sin–
Of its heavy weight upon thee,
Of its mighty power within.Image result for trust Jesus
Then is the hour for pleading
His finished work for thee;
Then is the time for singing,
“His blood was shed for me.”
 
O trust thyself to Jesus,
When faith is dim and weak,
And the very One thou needest
Thou canst not rise to seek.
Then is the hour for seeing
That He hath come to thee;
Then is the time for singing,
“His touch hath healed me.”
 
O trust thyself to Jesus,
When tempted to transgress
By hasty word, or angry look.
Or thought of bitterness.
Then is the hour for claiming
Thy Lord to fight for thee;
Then is the time for singing,
“He doth deliver me.”
 
O trust thyself to Jesus,
When daily cares perplex,
And trifles seem to gain a power
Thine inner soul to vex.
Then is the hour for grasping
His hand who walked the sea;
Then is the time for singing,
“He makes it calm for me.”

O trust thyself to Jesus,
When some truth thou canst not see
For the mists of strife and error,
That veil its form from thee.
Then is the hour for looking
To Him to guide thee right;
Then is the time for singing,
“The Lord shall be my light.”

Daily Heavenly Manna

 

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.  Psalm 52:8

Shopping for Love

colorful-heart-shopping-cart-love-colorful-foam-heart-shape-background-valentines-day-65009053If I could shop for the ingredients for love
I’d buy a few kisses from the Father above.
I would add lots of hugs to go with the kisses.
Then put in a vat of passion and forgiveness.

I’d shop the isles for a dash of intelligence
And mix it together with love and tenderness.
And just to see if it would spill over on thee
I’d add a cup of peace and righteous charity.

Then to spice it up I’d add a pinch of humor
And put it on the shelves for all the consumers.
Each would be served with their own generous portion
Seasoned to taste with sweet comfort and emotion.

Mix them all together and you shall surely find
That you’ve mingled them with some unusual kinds,
Peace, contentment, intelligence complete
As each is united with love’s luscious, sweet treat!

~Patricia  Joan Polhans

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13