Sunday, February 5, 2023

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #29)


Resting in God's promises is an ongoing project, and the introduction can be found in this post: God's Promises.

God's Promise-Our strength will be renewed:
"But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

Do you ever feel weak and weary? I have at times in my life. When we trust the Lord, we will find new strength to endure. 

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are thankful that Your promises are something we can hold onto. When we feel weak and weary, help us to remember that You will give us new strength to endure as we journey through our lives.

In Jesus' name, we pray,

Amen







 

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Seeking Joy Through Trials


When you and I are going through trials, most likely, seeking joy is the last thing we want to or feel like doing. I have felt this way many times throughout my life, which is one of the reasons I started this blog to help myself seek joy and share this with others. Bible verses are a way of seeking joy, even if we feel resistant in a trial.
The following Bible verses are God's word to bring us hope and to know that you and I are not alone:

"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."
James 1:2-3 (NLT)

"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)

"When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12 (NIV)

"But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in you." Psalm 5:11 (NIV)



With love,
Patty


Sunday, January 22, 2023

New Memories For 2023

 


Here on my blog, my focus is reflections on grief, seeking joy, and keeping the faith. When I share thoughts on grief, they are from what I have experienced after the loss of my son, Joe, and my husband, Paul. Sharing memories of both of them can be challenging at times because I miss them, but it is also healing because the memories are what I can hold close to my heart.
My three daughters and I and my daughter's fiance have been making sure we create new memories; called Family Fun, we enjoy the process. 
Our first Family Fun event for 2023 is for each of us to purchase a vinyl record and listen to them together. We made homemade pizzas as we listened to each vinyl record and enjoyed great conversations. 
Do you have any thoughts about sharing memories of your lost loved ones? Do you have any ideas on creating new memories? Feel free to share in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.

With love,
Patty



Sunday, January 15, 2023

Reflections On The Loss Of Parents Of Two Dear Friends


In December of 2022, I attended two funerals, one for the father of a dear friend and one for the mother of a dear friend. As I listened to the stories of each of their lives, I learned that they experienced many blessings and hardships. The one thing that stood out more than anything is that they firmly believed in the Lord. They left a legacy of faith for their families and friends. 
To my dear friends, I extend my deepest sympathy.
In our lives, we also experience blessings and hardships. May knowing that those who have gone before us kept their faith in the Lord be an encouragement to each of us to keep the faith.

With love,
Patty






Sunday, January 8, 2023

Welcome To 2023-Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! We are already eight days into the New Year, 2023. Are you feeling a letdown from the holidays, or are you ready to start on goal planning? 
I'm feeling a little of both. From late October through the first days of January, I enjoy seeing the lights on houses as I drive to work, and I wrote a blog post about this if you would like to read it here: The Glow Of The Christmas Lights. Slowly, one by one, the lights on the houses are no longer there, and I will miss them until they appear again in October.
Regarding goal planning, I have read so often about the importance of writing them down in a journal or a word document and then praying for guidance from the Lord. This concept is further confirmed in reading Proverbs 16:9, "In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." My dear family and friends, when I start planning out 2023, I want to keep this Bible verse in mind.
Do you have any thoughts about the letdown from the holidays and goal planning? Feel free to comment below. I would enjoy hearing from you.

With love,
Patty




Sunday, January 1, 2023

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #28)


Resting in God's promises is an ongoing project, and the introduction can be found in this post: God's Promises.

God's Promise-His Son, Jesus, will provide rest for our souls:
"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

When we are weary and burdened, Jesus invites us to take His yoke, and He will give rest to our souls.


Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your promises give us hope, and we offer our thanks to You. Knowing You give rest to our souls brings comfort.

In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty



Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas

                                        




Today we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. Praise be to God for sending His Son for us.
Merry Christmas.

With love,
Patty

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Are You Missing Lost Loved Ones This Christmas?



Are you missing lost loved ones this Christmas? Whether this is your first Christmas without them or your 15th, 30th, or anywhere in between, it can bring many emotions, and most of all, you want more than ever to have them here to celebrate. How I wish I could take your pain away if only I could.
As I journey through grief since the loss of my son, Joe, in 2008 and the loss of my husband, Paul, in 2017, I can offer a few suggestions that have helped along the way:
  • Lighting a candle in their memory and letting it burn throughout the day and evening helps keep their memory alive.
  • Share a favorite memory with others that make you smile if you feel up to it.
  • Is there a food that your loved one especially liked? If so, bring that food to the Christmas gathering and let everyone know this was their favorite.
  • Letting the tears fall is okay; this shows your love for them.
  • Surround yourself with those that will support you and care for you in your grief.
  • Please understand that grief can and will come when you least expect it. Knowing this has helped me tremendously, and my prayer is that it will also help you.
Let us pray together.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus as a humble baby. We also miss our lost loved ones as we celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Please give us the strength to get through and find happiness with those around us. 
In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty


Sunday, December 11, 2022

Our Day-To-Day Roles


                                  

As I waited to have the transmission fluid changed in my car the other day, I marveled at how efficiently the shop took care of everything. Each person had their role, from getting me checked in and explaining what would be done to my car to the person who changed the transmission fluid. There was a comfortable waiting area which was a bonus. They all worked together to make sure they completed the job.
So it is, too, with each of us, we have our roles of ensuring that things are taken care of within our families, households, workplace, and church. Today, my post is to bring a little encouragement. May God continue to give each of you strength and endurance as you journey through each day.
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31

With love,
Patty


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #27)


Resting in God's promises is an ongoing project, and the introduction can be found in this post: God's Promises.

God's Promise-He has removed our sins from us:
"For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west." Psalm 103:11-12

Just as the east and the west never meet, so too, through Jesus, our past, present, and future sins will never meet because God has removed them all.

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your love for us is woven throughout the Bible; help us accept this love and rest in Your promise that You have removed our sins.

In Jesus's name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty



Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Best Special Of All!



With the Black Friday specials happening right now, I realized that God gave us the best special of all-eternal life through His Son, Jesus!  
We don't even have to wait until Black Friday to receive this special-Jesus is always here for us. 
"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."  John 3:16-17 (NIV)

With love,
Patty

Sunday, November 20, 2022

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands


At times, I feel as if there is so much going on in the world that it seems out of control. Do you ever feel that way? As I was growing up, there was a song I sang along with family and friends that would bring us comfort. The song's name is "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." As of late, this song keeps coming back to me. God wants us to keep in mind that He's got this. Psalm 24:1-2 reinforces this truth, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. He laid the earth's foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths." 

May the lyrics to this song bring you comfort:

~He's Got The Whole World In His Hands~

He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the wind and the rain in His hands,
He's got the wind and the rain in His hands,
He's got the wind and the rain in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the tiny little baby in His hands,
He's got the tiny little baby in His hands,
He's got the tiny little baby in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got you and me, brother, in His hands,
He's got you and me, brother, in His hands,
He's got you and me, brother, in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got you and me sister, in His hands
He's got you and me sister, in His hands
He's got you and me sister, in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got everybody here in His hands.
He's got everybody here in His hands.
He's got everybody here in His hands.
He's got the whole world in His hands.

With love,
Patty



Sunday, November 13, 2022

Novembering-A Time To Remember And Honor Our Lost Loved Ones

 

November is the time of year when the weather begins to move into colder temperatures here in Minnesota. November is also when we begin to start preparations for Thanksgiving festivities. As we work on those preparations, our minds and hearts go to the thoughts on how we will not have our lost loved ones with us. Novembering is a time to remember and honor our lost loved ones. Feel free to share your lost loved one's name; if you have a memory that comes to mind, you are also welcome to share it. Lighting a candle in their honor shows their memory still lives on. 
I'm sorry for your loss. Please know that the Lord cares about you. 

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

With love,

Patty