Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Lord, Our God, Is With Us Wherever We Go





Have you ever had a day where nothing seemed to go right and thought that hopefully, tomorrow would be better? Some days are like that for me as well. Thankfully, each new day is a clean slate, and whatever we are dealing with can hopefully bring a different and more positive perspective than the previous day. A few thoughts on some positive outlooks for the new day:

  • Smile whenever possible.
  • Count our blessings.
  • Pray to the Lord for guidance.
  • Perhaps you have some thoughts on bringing in positive outlooks for the day. Feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you. 

May each of us rest this week knowing that the Lord our God is with us wherever we go as we read in Josuah 1:9 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."


With love,

Patty







Sunday, August 7, 2022

God's Promises (A Monthly Series #23)



Finding ways to keep God's promises close to our hearts is an ongoing project. The introduction to this project can be found in this post: God's Promises.

God's Promise-He is the Father of compassion and comfort:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Knowing God is the Father of compassion and comfort is a beautiful promise we can hold onto daily.

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to You with thankfulness. Your promises are a blessing. With Your help, we can keep Your promises close to our hearts. We claim You as the Father of compassion, comfort, and strength. 
In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen

This week, may we each rest knowing God is the Father of compassion and comfort.

With love,
Patty






Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Lord Really Does Care For Each Of Us

My weekend mornings are spent reading, writing, and praying. As I sit in my chair facing the east, the sun illuminates my apartment, letting me know the Lord is bringing in another day.
He's the creator of the universe, yet He cares about every detail of our lives. There are so many Scripture verses that give proof that the Lord cares about us, and I would like to share some of them in this post:
  • "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)
God doesn't forget the sparrows, and He has numbered the very hairs on our heads. We are worth more than sparrows, and this is so amazing. 
  • "Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:27-28 (NIV)
These Scripture verses in Matthew affirm what was said in the verses in Luke above. God feeds the birds; we are much more valuable than them. Very reassuring.

  • "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
We can cast all our cares, worries, and anxiety on Him. His word tells us clearly that He cares for us. Amen.

  • "Cast your cares on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 52:22 (NIV)
Yes, there are and will be times when we do indeed feel shaken. This Scripture verse gives us another reassurance that the Lord cares for us. 



Let us pray together;
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us as only You can to know and trust that You care for us. When we are unsure, remind us that Your word gives us reassurance.
In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen

May you rest this week knowing the Lord cares for you.

With love,
Patty









Sunday, July 24, 2022

Keep A Song In Your Heart


My late mother-in-law, Marie, bless her heart, loved to hum. She would hum often, and although I did not know precisely what she was humming, she kept a song in her heart, and I admired that in her. 
Most of us (if not all of us) grew up singing "Jesus Loves Me-This I Know." This song may appear for young children, but Jesus loves us no matter our age. The Bible does indeed tell us that Jesus loves us in the following verses:
  • “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love." John 15:9 (NIV)
  • "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
As a new week begins, may the song "Jesus Loves Me-This I Know" bring joy and peace to your heart. Here are the lyrics:

Jesus Loves Me-This I Know Lyrics


Jesus loves me-this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

With love,
Patty





Sunday, July 17, 2022

A Sweet Friendship Refreshes The Soul

 

Friendship is a blessing, as we read in Proverbs 27:9, "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." This Bible verse holds so much truth. There are friends I see often and friends I see only on occasion, yet they are all special to me, and they do indeed refresh my soul. Friends refresh our souls with their kindness, prayers, and care. In turn, we can do the same for them. 
Do you have friendships you value? Feel free to share below. Perhaps, send a text, card, or make a phone call to say hi, and I will be sure to reach out to my friends as well.

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the gift of friendship. Please bring blessings to our friends. Especially for (name the friends). Please help us also to be a friend that refreshes their souls.

In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty




Thursday, July 14, 2022

Happy Birthday To My Late Husband, Paul


                                                     

Today would have been my late husband, Paul's 68th birthday, and I feel it is important to acknowledge his birthday here on my blog. He will always be an important part of my life. 
When the birthday of your lost loved one arrives each year, how do you feel? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below.

With love,
Patty



Sunday, July 10, 2022

When We Hear Or Say These Words-"I'll Be Praying For You"


As we go through challenging moments in our lives, family and friends tell us, "I'll be praying for you." Or, if someone we know is going through tough times, we will communicate these exact words. Prayer is a gift we can receive as well as a gift we can give to others.
God asks us to pray as we read in Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
There are times we may not know how to pray. We can start with:
Dear God, Please bring Your help (name the situation)
Dear God, Please bring Your healing to (name the person).
You are welcome to add more words as they come to your heart. Giving thanks to God for His help with each prayer shows we appreciate Him, and He loves to hear our prayers. Ending each prayer with "in Jesus' name" acknowledges our access to God in prayer.
An excellent way to remember our prayers is to record them in a journal. 
Whatever situation or circumstance our loved ones are going through or we are going through, we can be confident that we can bring our prayers and requests to God.

With love,
Patty



 

Sunday, July 3, 2022

God's Promises (A Monthly Series #22)

 


Finding ways to keep God's promises close to our hearts is an ongoing project. The introduction to this project can be found in this post: God's Promises.


God's Promise-A promise within a promise:

"And this is what He promised us—eternal life." 1 John 2:25


The Lord wants us to know about His promises and gives us a promise within a promise-eternal life.



Let us pray together,

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us as only You can to rest in Your promises. Your promises are a blessing. 

In the name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen



May you rest this week in God's promises.


With love,

Patty

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Got Keys?


Do you have keys? I know I sure do. One morning last week, I realized how often I use keys. A key to lock and unlock my apartment door, a key to start my car, a key to open the door at work, and a key to open my mailbox. Without keys, we cannot move forward with our day.
God has a key to eternal life for us. He loved us enough to send His Son Jesus to take our past, present, and future sins when He died on the cross. Jesus rose from the dead with God's divine power. God's word tells us in John 3:16-17-"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." (NIV)
May you rest this week knowing God has given you a key to eternal life through His Son Jesus.

With love
Patty




 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Father's Day 2022

 

                                     

We honor fathers today for all they do for our families. 
My father is 90 years old and enjoys spending time outside-his favorite place to be, cutting and stacking wood. He has an exercise routine with stretches and sit-ups that helps keep his body moving. He told me, "I thank God every morning for another day to be alive."  I told him, "You are doing great, and I also thank God for you." These conversations are so precious to me.
Father's Day may bring sadness if your father is having health issues, if you are missing your father because he is no longer here, or if the father of your children has passed away. We can still honor them by sharing a favorite memory; they are just as important today and every day. Feel free to share a memory below. I would love to hear from you. Please know that my heart goes out to you, and our Heavenly Father cares and loves you. 

With love,
Patty




Sunday, June 12, 2022

New Memories-Mini-Vacation With My Daughters



My three daughters and I went on a mini-vacation to northern Minnesota. It has been nearly five years since I've visited Duluth, Minnesota. Spending time in Duluth, surrounded by Lake Superior, brings me a sense of calm and relaxation. I'm standing on the rocks with a ship in the background.
After spending the afternoon in Duluth, we drove a half-hour from Duluth to Two Harbors, where we rented an AirB&B for two nights. Our itinerary was light, with time to visit a few destinations nearby, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Light House. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous.

What I loved most about this mini-vacation was spending time with my daughters. There was lots of laughter and great conversations. 
Although we always miss our lost loved ones, my son, Joe-their brother, and my husband, Paul-their father, we are making sure to create new memories.
How do you feel about creating new memories as you journey through grief? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts. Feel free to comment below.

With love,
Patty






 


Sunday, June 5, 2022

God's Promises (A Monthly Series #21)

 


Finding ways to keep God's promises close to our hearts is an ongoing project. The introduction to this project can be found in this post: God's Promises.

God's Promise- We will have eternal life by looking to God's Son Jesus and believing in Him.
"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

When Jesus was here on earth, He talked about eternal life often. He wanted all to know that we will have eternal life by believing in Him. 

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your promises are a blessing and help us keep them close to our hearts. We are grateful for eternal life through Your Son, Jesus.
In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen

May you have a blessed week.

With love,
Patty

 







Sunday, May 29, 2022

Seeking Clarity and Direction (Part 3 Of A 3 Part Series)


Today will conclude the three-part series with Bible verses for seeking clarity and direction. You are welcome to read the previous posts here and here.
This week's Bible verses can be added to your journal. I will be adding them to my journal as well: 😊
  • The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; Psalm 37:23 (NIV)
  • For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 (NIV)
  • The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:11 (NLT)
  • Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in Your instructions. Psalm 119:18 (NLT)
  • Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Seeking clarity and direction may come to us immediately, or it may take time. We can continue to turn to these Bible verses when it takes longer than we hoped. When things become clear, we can be confident that we are going in the right direction with guidance from the Lord.

Let us pray together, 
Dear Heavenly Father, 
We come to You with confidence that You are here to guide us when we turn to Your word in the Bible for clarity and direction. 

In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen

May you have a blessed week.

With love,
Patty