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The Sunrise

It’s early. The cool morning air is moist and clean. The early morning sounds sing a song that I love to hear. I’m sitting outside wrapped in the yellow shawl my mother gave me, thinking about life, and enjoying the sun rise over the neighbor’s house down the street. I was just thinking about the way the sun would rise over the field of corn that was next to our first home in Wakefield, Virginia. (This was back about eight years ago.) The smell of the dew on the corn silk… The two acres we had that made an excellent place to walk every morning… The little cape cod farmhouse that was old, but home… The acres and acres of fields all lined with woods… Ah, the memories! Many mornings I would get up early and go for a walk. I couldn’t help but pray, and often found inspiration for my writing by simply observing God’s beauty in nature. The best part I think was the sunrise, as the darkness and eeriness of night finally was overtaken by the dawn of the new day. I loved to walk and observe t…

The Patient Soul

This was a Sunday School lesson I had thrown together several years ago. I found it in the infamous, unorganized, drawer full of notes scribbled on old papers. It is amazing anything good can come out of such a mess;) Hmm...Sounds like what God does with us. He takes a mess and makes it into something useful for Him.

Patience by definition is 1) willingness to put up with waiting, pain, trouble, etc., calm endurance without complaining or losing self control. 2)Long, hard work; steady effort.
Wait by definition is 1) stay or be inactive until someone comes or something happens 2) look forward; be expecting or ready; be left undone; be put off.

Patience is one of those character traits that we all struggle with. Like a child eagerly anticipating Christmas, we sometimes find ourselves having trouble waiting for God to make His move in our lives. Longsuffering is the Bible word for patience as seen in the passage about the Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the…

A MOTHER’S LOVE

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I was once asked to explain in words the meaning of a mother’s love. To explain a mother’s love would take more words than my little mind could comprehend. It is a love that is felt even before the child is born. It is an unconditional love that incorporates both the intellect and the senses. It is a love that never seems to be lost even when clouded over by hurt or frustration. It is a prideful yet humble love. Pride found in the fact that this is my child, but humbling to be granted such a wonderful gift and great responsibility. Then there is the pain you feel when correcting that child becomes a necessity. The fear involved with giving him room to grow. The awe you feel as you observe him grow and mature. The relief when he finally catches on to what you’ve been trying to teach him. How can you explain such a love? How can you in love let go of this human being in order for God to do a work in his life? Because of this love, you out of love, allow the One who created him to hav…

A Good Friend

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Friend- One attached to another by esteem and affection.

Esteem- to appreciate the worth of; to value to set a high value on; prize

I have been blessed to have many friends in my life. A handful of close friends and a multitude of others. What separates the close friends from the others is the fact that I can trust them with confidence. I can go to them for advice on just about any matter and feel confident that they have my best interest at heart. Whether it is advice or a prayer request, these close friends seem to always be there for me.They are always there backing me up and encouraging me on, telling me never to quit. A friendship like this started out by a simple act of kindness, a listening ear and a concerned heart. An acceptance of who and what I am, and the encouragement that helped me want to change my life for the better, influenced my opinion of these people. Criticism is something we have all faced, me in large quantities, but a real friend doesn't criticize but instea…

My Sunshine

My Sunshine Christ is my sunshine, He shines all day long. He gives my soul peace in the form of a song. He gives me light even when the sky is gray, For He shines down upon me in the dark of the day.
When troubles hover around like a cloud, When lightening flashes and the thunder is loud, I can hide in Jesus for He is in control. I can have His sunshine down deep in my soul.
I know that here in His arms I can’t know harm, Even though around me rolls a terrible storm. When I’m with Jesus I am as safe as can be, For He is my God and I know He loves me.
What wonderful assurance what awesome peace, All because He loves me with a love that won’t cease. How can I comprehend such a wonderful thing? It overwhelms my heart with joy and causes me to sing.
A new song I have, all because of Him. He has cleansed my heart and forgiven me of sin. Now I know the freedom that comes from His grace. And one day my eyes will see His sweet face.

~EM KENNEDY~

God My Father; Jesus My Friend

What is a word that explains Jesus? How can we describe His grace? What illustration can be given To portray His smiling face?
For we feel but cannot truly see When He is smiling on our ways We only see the blessings That flood our lives each day
When we focus on His love for us And how He died to make us whole We know that He indeed loves us More than any living soul
So to Him we come with our needs Our wants and all our fears Like a child to his mom or dad We trust He’ll wipe away the tears
We’ve seen Him meet our needs Time and time again When life was raging like a storm We’ve seen Him calm the wind
He steps in, in answer to a prayer And takes complete control Working things out for good And calming our trusting soul
His arms, so strong, yet gentle Can comfort and relieve He wraps us up in His grace giving peace that makes fear leave
The comfort of His presence The calming of His voice The consolation of the scriptures Is why I make Him my choice
This is my Lord Jesus, my friend …

The Path to Spiritual Health and Wellbeing

The beginning of all life is in the womb. Once there is conception, a human being is created. This small human has a soul. This small human grows and forms inside the womb of its mother, surrounded by darkness and unaware of the wonders that life outside of the womb has to offer. Before one can experience light and the meaning of life, one must be born. Once born, life can then begin in a completely new manner. The newborn experiences for the first time what it is like to breath, to see light, to feel the cuddling arms of his mother, to feel cold versus warmth, and many of the other things that we take for granted. None of these were experienced inside the womb, yet the unborn child was perfectly content to stay in the womb not knowing what he was missing. As human beings we are alive in our fleshly bodies, but we are bound by the fleshly lusts and desires and the constant darkness of sin. We don’t know any different, we seem content to stay in this darkness not realizing what awesomen…

Grace

Romans 5:1-9King James Version (KJV)5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Grace Even when the way is rough Even though the load is heavy Even when the job seems tough God’s hand is alw…

Who comforteth us...

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” How many of you can remember how as a child, when you were hurt or afraid, you would run to your mom for comfort. I remember always having to compete for her attention. If I was hurt, I usually wasn’t the only one hurt and the youngest would always get the attention first. There were so many of us that there wasn’t always enough of mom to go around. The Bible likens our relationship with God as born again believers to be like that of a parent with a child. It talks about the guidance we can receive from our Heavenly Father. It talks about the correction He administers. It also talks about the way we should be desiring to be conformed to His image (just as a little boy wants to be just like dad)…

MY MIRACLE

I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, waiting to be called back for an ultrasound. I had been experiencing complications with the pregnancy. It was an unplanned pregnancy, and supposedly only nine weeks along. My body was wore out from two previous pregnancies and a bout of hyperthyroidism which had already almost claimed my life. I was afraid for my own life when I first found out I was pregnant, but now I was not thinking of myself but of the little soul that was being formed within my womb. We were afraid that the child had already been lost. 
I turned and looked over at my husband. I could tell that he was concerned by the look on his face. He was so reserved and emotionless most of the time but only on the outside. We had already picked out a girl name and a boy name, and the thought of losing the child was like losing a part of myself. It was of course nothing to do with anything I had done. It may have been a result of the medication I was on when I got pregn…

Window Watcher, June 2009

As I sit peering out my living room window, my arms set on the back of the couch, and my chin resting on my hands, an amazing thing comes over me. It is like a dream words out there; a picture of peace and serenity, harmony and happiness. “If only my heart was this way all the time,” I think to myself. “If only I could capture the beauty of nature in a painting or a photograph. Then I could keep it with me always.” I comment dreamily.
The very basics of art, color blending, depth, and contrast; it is all there. And the very essence of music to go along with the peaceful scene can be heard as the birds sing and chirp, chirp and sing praises to their Maker. I look even closer, just soaking it all in, and I see, “There is a lesson here for me.” A lesson of God’s majesty of course, but that is not all, there is more!
When I look at the different trees, I see that the one that is closest to the house (or to me you might say) is the one that is the largest and has the crispest dark green c…