The remedies of blue
And the vision of hope
For this is how
You can learn to cope
With the trouble’s of life
That are on the way
So greet with smile
Each new day.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
SOMETIMES I almost wonder if my Lord doth
About the many little things that wound my poor
I can but wonder if He knows the anguish of my
When tempests beat upon my head, and surging
I wonder if He hears at night my weary, longing
I wonder if He sees the tears that tremble in mine
I wonder if my burdens weigh upon His tender
And in my many sorrows, if His great love shares a part!
* * *
Ah! no, I will not wonder, I will silence every
I’ve read that “in His bottle He doth treasure up
I know that He who heeds the smallest sparrow when
Will surely, surely hearken when His own child
I know that He who stilled the waves on Galilee’s
Will bid the storms of life, “Be still,” that rudely
Ah! no, I do not wonder, I am sure my Lord doth
About the many, many things that wound my poor
TAKE time to be holy! Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word;
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy! The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone;
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy! Let Him be thy guide,
And run not before Him, whatever betide;
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His word!
Take time to be holy! Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
Thus led by His spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
God has plans for you,
a future ~ a hope
He has great things
in His almighty scope.
He has a life for you,
a path ~ a way
He has great designs
before you to lay.
He has a place for you,
a joy ~ a peace
He has great treasures
that’ll never cease.
He has a use for you,
a purpose ~ an aim
He has great blessings
for you ~ to claim.
But, you must seek God,
with your whole heart
before His plans for you
He can impart . . .
King James Version
“And ye shall seek me, and find me,
when ye shall search for me with all
Debra Ann Belka
For friendships last a life time
When built on Jesus Christ,
Throughout each different season,
We find we are in life
Friends are there through times of grief
And times when hope is gone,
Always there with encouragement
So we can carry on
So thank the Lord for giving you
A true and faithful friend,
To laugh with you, and cry with you,
On whom you can depend
For friends will stay no matter what,
Giving you support
And together your hearts truly unite
With the love of the Lord.
M. S. Lowndes
A home made from love
Is what God intends
Filled with all of our family
Love is not blind nor pretends.
The recipe is simple
The ingredients are clear
Keeping God close is essential
For love to be near.
Start with some laughter,
Don’t forget to pray,
Mix in a few smiles
And God will make clear the way.
LIGHT after darkness,
Gain after loss,
Strength after suffering,
Crown after cross.
Sweet after bitter,
Song after sigh,
Home after wandering,
Praise after cry.
Sheaves after sowing,
Sun after rain,
Sight after mystery,
Peace after pain.
Joy after sorrow,
Calm after blast,
Rest after weariness,
Sweet rest at last.
Near after distant,
Gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness,
Life after tomb.
After long agony
Rapture of bliss!
Right was the pathway
Leading to this!
How little we know what God has in store
As daily he blesses our lives more and more.
I’ve lived many years and I’ve learned many things,
But today I have grown new spiritual wings. . .
For pain has a way of broadening our view
And bringing us closer in sympathy, too,
To those who are living in constant pain
And trying somehow to bravely sustain
The faith and endurance to keep on trying
When they almost welcome the peace of dying. . .
Without this experience I would have lived and died
Without fathoming the pain of Christ crucified,
For none of us knows what pain is all about
Until our spiritual wings start to sprout.
So thank you, God, for the gift you sent
To teach me that pain’s Heaven-sent.
Helen Steiner Rice
Sweet Valentine, Sweet Love of mine
I give my all and my heart to Thee
So precious are You to me, LORD
Your Love is all I know and see
Never have I known a man
To love me more sweetly and true
Than You, my beloved Savior
In all You ever say and do
Truly you are the Love of my life
You are the One for Whom I sing
Great is the joy, the peace, the comfort
That every day to me You bring
Stay with me, my Beloved
I plead that You never leave my side
Betrothed I am, with all Your Church
To be Your pure and beloved Bride
You died for me, my Love
On Calvary You poured out Your all
How can I but answer and follow
When You, my Lord, do call?
Bind my heart to Yours, my Jesus
Grant that You and I may never part
For to know You is to know love
So I give You my all and my heart
On this Day of Saint Valentine
I celebrate You and the love You give
Wondrous it is to be in love with You
To be one with You is to truly live
May each one know you, dear Lord
May each one experience Your love sweet
May each one find You and Your Heart
May I express Your love to each one I meet
Life Eternal and Love Unceasing
Both I have found in You, the Son
You are to me everything, yes, all things
You are my meaning, my passion and my One
So a song of Valentine I sing to You
My heart beats for You as I sing rhyme
I have found my eternal and my true Love
Yes, He will be with me until the end of time.
We need you, Lord.
Like lost wanderers in a burning, empty desert
thirst for cool, clean water,
we long for you to quench us.
In a world gone progressively mad,
with chaos all around us,
we seek refuge in the order and purpose of your law.
With evil sneaking, leaking everywhere,
spreading heavy darkness,
creating feelings of emptiness,
we hunger for your goodness and light.
Turn us around, Lord, we pray;
retrieve your sheep who have gone astray.
Draw us to the satisfaction
of your purity and righteousness.
Cleanse us, and make us more like you,
role models, examples, beacons,
for others who are searching for meaning for their lives.
Come, Lord Jesus.
We need you, Lord.
By Joanna Fuchs