Friday, November 21, 2014

Boast in the LORD's Unfailing Love!


I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!
Psalm 34:1-3

Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
or the powerful boast in their power,
or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me
and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice
and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No One Like You

I gave birth to four children and none of them is like the other! Yet I love them all dearly.

Lenny Le Blanc wrote the lyrics to this song for us to sing to our awesome God, but I can imagine that God might sing them to us. After all, each of us is unique, and each of us is His favorite!

There is none like you.
No one else can touch my heart like you do.
I could search for all eternity long and find
There is none like you.

Recently, I was asked to give a short talk about my son who had Down syndrome who died from heart defects. What a gift his short life was to me and to many others! I thought maybe it would help someone who had a child with disabilities or a couple who were being pressured to abort a baby because of defects.

I was surprised when afterwards, a middle-aged man came to me privately and said: "All my life I have felt like I don't belong and that I was never supposed to be born. My birth was the result of a rape, and I was placed in an institution at birth. Your testimony about what a blessing your son was in your life, and how God values each and every person, has exposed Satan's lie. 
I AM supposed to be here, and God has a purpose just for me!"

I chose you before I formed you in the womb; 
I set you apart before you were born.
Jeremiah 1:5 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Friday, November 14, 2014

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help?
 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2
 
We had some very cold, windy days recently just as the autumn color reached its peak. From one day to the next, it seems, the trees shed their colorful leaves.

The wind grew strong,
The temperatures plunged.
Frost sugar-coated the bright maples.
Now there is a carpet of leaves of every hue
Strewn along the path.
The falling leaves paint a picture 
Of how to humble myself
When the whirlwind of adversity blows.
Go low...lower still.
Fall down before the One 
Who humbled Himself
That I might have new life.

Karen Rice


 




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

YOU ARE LOVED!!

The Love of the Lord Jesus Christ:

Let it sink deep within your brain how much you are loved. You have never experienced the kind of love I have for you. It is without comparison. I want you to try loving yourself and others this way, but at the same time realizing it will never perfectly reach the level of love I give. You have never known what it is completely. Nevertheless bask in it. You don't have to know all about it to experience it and enjoy it. Enjoying it will cause you to want others to have it.   Bev Robinson
 
John 3:16-17 (ESV) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

I have an acquaintance who gave his life to Jesus Christ, after being raised in a religion hostile to Christianity. He is raising money now to go to a very dangerous country to share his new found faith with others who are facing persecution and death daily. THAT IS LOVE!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Living Water

In the low 70's here this week. Gorgeous weather for a walk!
 
I was reminded of this promise:
Whoever believes in me,
as the Scripture has said,
 ‘Out of his heart will flow
rivers of living water.’”
John 7:38
 
As I get older, I have many friends with disabilities and limitations, but the grace on their lives makes their smile even brighter, and their testimony sweeter.