Sunday, October 2, 2022

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #25)


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

God's Promise-all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved:
"For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)

We can call on the name of the Lord in our times of need and when things are going well. He's our saving grace.

Let us pray together, 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your promises are a blessing. Help us to rest in Your promises daily. When we call upon Your name, You will save us.

In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty






Sunday, September 25, 2022

We Are Being Transformed Into The Lord's Image





                             
There is a local outdoor Farmers Market nearby, where I set up a table offering my handmade greeting cards, recipe albums, and notebooks. Many vendors also set up their tables with produce, canned goods, jams, jellies, and mouth-watering sweets. In a matter of moments, an ordinary library parking lot transforms into a unique outdoor shopping experience for people to stroll along and look at what there is to offer. The live music adds ambiance that ties everything together. 
Much like the parking lot that is transformed, we too are being transformed into the Lord's image as we read in the following Scripture, "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
As a new week begins, may we rest knowing we are being transformed in the Lord's image.

With love,
Patty





Sunday, September 18, 2022

Where Can We Find Our Identity?


There are many things where we can find our identity: our name, age, marital status, weight, skin color, where we live, and so many other components of our lives. While these things make up who we are, our true identity is in the love that God our Father has for us, and He loved us enough to send His Son Jesus to take our sins upon the cross so that we will have eternal life.
Today, I would like to share some Bible verses where we can find our identity:
  • "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:10
  • "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:10 (NIV)
  • "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
  • "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD, your God, has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:6 (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)
Do any of these Bible verses resonate with you? If so, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you. Maybe even write them down in a journal if you would like so that the verses are there to refer back to often.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to you now and thank You for all the components that are a part of our lives. Help us to rest our identity in Your love and in Your Son, Jesus.
In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty


Sunday, September 11, 2022

We All Grief Differently-Offering Some Ideas That Have Helped Me Along My Journey Through Grief And What Others Have Shared With Me


When someone we love dearly passes away, the hurt is so deep and raw that we wonder how we can make it through each day. Since we all grieve differently, what may be helpful for one person, may not be beneficial for another. With those thoughts in mind, I would like to offer some ideas that have helped me along my journey through grief and what others have shared with me.
  • Surround yourself with others as much as possible. Yes, there will be times when you may need time to process things by yourself, and that is ok. For the most part, stay connected with others.
  • Share your thoughts and sadness with trusted friends and family.
  • Take deep breaths because grief can sometimes feels like we have no breath left. I remember my daughter telling me this often after the loss of my son, Joe, and my husband, Paul. She would say, "breath, Mom, breath."
  • Let the tears fall; please do your best not to hold them back. There is healing and cleansing in grief tears.
  • If you have the energy, journal your thoughts and feelings. Writing things down helps to get what is in our minds and hearts on paper or computer documents. In time, we can go back and read those thoughts.
  • Spend some time outside; the fresh air can help clear your mind.
  • In a book titled "Why?" written by Anne Graham-Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), one of the sentences that have stayed with me is "understand, that you will never understand why this side of heaven." Yes, we want answers to why we lose loved ones, why loved ones get sick, and why so many things happen the way they do in our lives. We may never know, which is a harsh reality to face. Yet, we can ask the Lord to help us through these difficult times and for Him to give us peace. 
  • Grief Share is a beautiful and helpful resource that has helped so many. They offer support groups where you can meet with others that are going through loss. If meeting in a group is not something you want to do, you can also sign up for their free daily encouragement emails. The sign-up form is on their website. As one said, "helped me simply get through the day." I want to add that those daily emails helped me tremendously.
Please know none of us are alone as we journey through grief. Many family and friends will tell us, "I'm here for you. Let me know if there is anything I can do." Please be sure to take them up on their offer. They want to help and sometimes may not know how. When we respond to them, they will be so happy they can help.

With love,
Patty


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #24)


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 is the light in the darkness:
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." John 8:12

May we rest in this promise that Jesus is the light in any darkness that comes our way. 

Let us pray together,
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to You now with thanks for Your promises. When we have times of darkness in our lives, help us to claim Jesus as the light.
In Jesus' name, we pray,
Amen

With love,
Patty







Sunday, August 28, 2022

Riding The Waves Of Grief


Today, I'm sharing a very transparent, heartfelt post on grief and how grief will happen at the most unexpected times and places.
A few items were on my list, so I quickly stopped at the grocery store and brought my things to the counter. The young man at the check register said in a friendly voice, "how's it going? My reply was, "good, how about you?" He nodded and said, "good." As I was waiting for the total due, it hit me; his friendliness and smile reminded me of my son, Joe. Honestly, I was not looking for someone to remind me of my son that day, yet it happened. I handed him my payment; I smiled and thanked him. Thankfully, my sunglasses were within reach because tears were streaming down my face as I walked out of the store. Driving home, I realized it had been fourteen years since my son passed away; I learned how his personality was buried deep within me. A wave of grief swept over me, and the Lord helped me recover.
In talking with others about grief, many have shared the same experiences of how grief will hit them at times they were not expecting. How about you? Have you had moments of remembering your loved one? If you have, feel free to comment below.

Riding the waves of grief is a lifelong journey. Here are a few ways that can be helpful when they do arrive:

  • Know the waves of grief will happen and embrace them the best you can.
  • Let the tears fall, which is better than holding them back.
  • Record the waves of grief in a journal.
  • Pray that the Lord will help you quickly recover.
  • Share the wave of grief with others.
  • These waves of grief show the love we have and always will have for our lost loved ones.
  • May you find comfort in Scripture, as we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, "May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."


Let us pray together,

Dear Heavenly Father,

The waves of grief can come at times when we least expect it. We ask for Your help to embrace these moments and bring us the strength that only comes from You to recover.

In the name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen




With love,

Patty

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Happy Heavenly Birthday To My Son, Joe


Thirty-three years ago today, my late husband, Paul, and I welcomed a son into our family. At his birth, we did not realize we would only have him here for eighteen years. During those years, there are many memories to recall. One memory, mainly, was when I took him to the barbershop for a haircut when he was three years old. The gentleman seated in the chair at the time was bald on top and had hair on the sides. As the barber was trimming his hair, Joe said to me in his innocence, "I don't want to get my hair cut like that." I had all I could to keep laughing, yet I was also embarrassed. The barber smiled at me.
I like to acknowledge Joe's birthday here on my blog. 
If you are a mom that has lost a child, please know that you are not alone. Do you have a memory you would like to share? I would love to read about it. Feel free to comment below, or contact me. My connect button is on the sidebar of this blog.
I want to share my prayer to the Lord on this day. You are welcome to use this prayer and fill in your child's name.

Thank you, Lord, that Joe was a part of my life.
Thank you, Lord, for having memories I can hold onto that bring me healing.
Amen

With love, 
Patty

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Billboard Sign: You Are Loved Beyond Measure


I saw a billboard sign that reads "You Are Loved Beyond Measure." These are encouraging words for each of us, and Ephesians 3:19 gives us further encouragement:
"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." 
Thank you, Lord, for loving us beyond measure.
Amen

May we all rest this week knowing we are loved beyond measure.

With love,
Patty










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

Resting In God's Promises (A Monthly Series #23)



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 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