A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Why is there a music staff at the top of this design?  Well, I’m glad you asked…  because every time I read these verses, I SING THEM!  It’s one of many songs I learned as a child and I can’t shake it – not that I’d want to…  but earworms can be…  um – distracting.  Every teacher will tell you that memorizing Scripture is easier if it’s done with a tune – and it’s true.

I taught Sunday School for over 30 years…  I have a lot of Scripture earworms, but this one is my favorite.  I love that calypso beat – and imagined myself relaxing on a beach somewhere on particularly stressful days.  Hey – every child is not well-behaved, but for the most part I taught some sweet kids, I must say.

Just as Amazing Grace is a favorite hymn worldwide, this is without a doubt the favorite portion of Scripture for Christians everywhere!  Why?  Because it sums up the gospel of Jesus Christ and His sweet promise to those who will believe with their whole heart and mind.  We are promised eternal life with Him.  That’s quite a promise indeed!

Equally as exciting is that God didn’t send His Son to earth to condemn us – there is no condemnation.  For those who have accepted Christ into their hearts and lives…  there is only salvation!  We don’t even have to think about condemnation of any kind – and if that doesn’t make you happy in the Lord, I don’t know what would.

Why would God’s children want to suck lemons instead of drink sweet lemonade (sweetened with Splenda, of course)?  Christians have a great reason to smile…  we have a blessed HOPE.  So many times, though, we look a bit like…

I mean – unless you are Stonewall Jackson, who ate lemons (skin and all)…  there’s no reason to be sour.  Because lemons are so sour, they are to be used sparingly – a slice in your water or tea.  It improves your alkaline and rids your body of acid.  An acidic body tends to promote cancer.  Yet Stonewall Jackson died in spite of his lemon eating habit…  huh.

But… sour is not the reaction we expect when such good news is announced!

Praise God for His indescribable gift to you.  Words don’t do it justice…  ’nuff said.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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“For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE;
FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.  ‘THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;  BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.  ‘YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.’  – Acts 2:25-28

Our focus today is on verse 26:

“Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will live in hope;  – Acts 2:26

Is your heart glad and your tongue exulted???  Are you living in HOPE today?  If your answer is YES, let God know why.  So many times we know we have joy and hope from the Lord, but we forget to be grateful and thankful to God for it.

Praise God today for the blessings in your life.  The book of Acts is called that because it’s about the acts of the Apostles.  Part of putting feet to your faith is being honest with God in good times, bad times and everything in-between.

Are you living in the land of HOPE?  This sermon was preached in 2014 – but the meaning is still the same.  I HOPE it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

Have you taken your life, and the fact that you have had the opportunity to live it a good long while – for granted?  Today’s post is a reminder to let God know you appreciate His blessings and that you acknowledge that it is HIS grace and mercy that has brought you this far.  He has a wonderful plan for your life – so live your life with renewed strength and courage.  God has good things in your future and mine.  Live in the land of HOPE because that is God’s will for you.  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.  – Psalm 73:26

I’ve battled the flu this week.  Ugh…  I feel quite weak, so today when I read this portion of Scripture, I was encouraged because even though I may at times fail, yes – but certainly feel sick and weak…  My God is the strength of my heart!  He is with me and will continually provide strength and support within me.  Often when I face a blank screen to write, He helps me to say exactly what He wants us to read – yes, that includes me.  ❤

Today…  I need to hear Don Moen sing this Scripture.  ❤

As we talk about the heart this February, isn’t it great to know that God is the strength of your heart?  I’ll tell ya…  today that is what I needed to hear.  I’m so very thankful for that strength from Him!  ❤

God is a sure and firm foundation, which will bear my weight, and not sink under it.  He is the only One I can rely on because I know this body gets older and sick, it is certainly not dependable in any way.  ❤

You know, in a matter of minutes, all you have can disappear before your eyes.  Not to be a downer, but it’s true – all the things we’ve worked years to build can tumble to the ground.  No matter how educated or successful you are, there are no guarantees in this life.  ❤

The only security and safety is in God.  He is our strength when bad things happen.  He is our security when we feel insecure in this life.  He is our safety in an unsafe world.  ❤

It’s my desire to stay very near to God by faith and prayer.  He promised to become my portion in this world and in the next.  I thank Him and praise Him today for all He’s done and will do for me.  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  – Psalm 9:1

No, this is not November and it’s not a Thanksgiving post…  but – in 2017 I do want a thankful heart.  I will thank God – with my whole heart, and tell of all His wonderful deeds.  I hope and pray I have done that here on my blog every day.thankful

When I think of what I’m thankful for, it doesn’t seem to be a particular thing that comes to mind, but I am so thankful to God for finding me a family when my birth mother gave me up for adoption.  I could have been adopted by awful people, but God saw to it that I was placed in a very good family.  My parents raised me in church and taught me Christian values and morals.  I’m thankful for my upbringing.

A general sense of gratitude to God for the way my life has gone – that is how I’d describe it.  That’s what it means to have a grateful heart.  Have you given thought to what God has done in your life?  Have you thanked Him for it?

My friend Terri Boggs Rowe posted a poem she wrote on facebook.  She has graciously given me permission to share it with you on today’s post.

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I acknowledge God’s role in my life – He has seen to it that I was raised well – by God-fearing parents.  He’s protected me and for that I am so very thankful.

Lucinda is thankful for the way God answers.

thankful-for-the-way-god-answersA thankful heart is a happy heart.  I’m grateful for the way His plan works and for the way it continues to work for my good.  There is always ALWAYS  something to be thankful for.  We have no right to boast about any of the good we enjoy.  It’s only because of God’s grace we have all the good in our lives.  🙂

 

 

 

PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!  Obviously, today I am very thankful for…  FOOD!  Yes, family and friends make it all taste better…  but today is the day that is all about the big meal.  The day I allow myself to eat a hot roll and mashed potatoes.  I will – and I’ll enjoy every bite, thank you very much!

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.   – Meister Eckhart

Let’s say a prayer of thanks for our meal today:a-poem-prayer-for-thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.  – E.P. Powell

Of course I’m thankful for so many things…  so is Lucinda!

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What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  – Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

I wish for you today fullness in a physical sense, of course, but also a spiritual sense of fullness.  I wish that you will not just see the blessings before you – food, friends, family, furbabies, shelter, warmth, love…  and yes, card tables.  But may you also literally feel a sense of thankfulness to God for all of it!  Have a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving!  🙂

PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24There is so much to be thankful for…  and I have two more posts for Thanksgiving!  Decisions… decisions.  Today I am so very thankful for Warmth – and by warmth I mean not just the snuggly feeling of being in a coat on a cold day.  Warmth on the outside, yes – but also warmth on the inside.  I’m so very thankful for a sense of security and confidence because of a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m thankful for God’s joy and His peace that passes all understanding.

I am thankful for my new coat – and I have to show it to you:

new-image5It’s snuggly and warm – it resists moisture and the strong Kansas wind!  And…  it is TEAL BLUE which is my favorite color.  It was my mom’s favorite color too.  I also like to wear it on Friday for Blue Friday for diabetes awareness.  It was half price which cinched the deal for sure.  I’ll be toasty warm  this winter and for that – yes I’m very thankful for physical warmth and protection.  Oh, and by the way…  I know my hands are inside the sleeves.  Yes, I do have hands – but the coat is not a petite, so…  well – if you’re short, you understand.

In a spiritual sense, I feel very secure and God instills confidence in my soul every day.  There’s nothing like having God’s love, joy and peace within.  I know you know that.

Let’s take a moment to thank God for the warmth He give us – inside and out:a-poem-prayer-for-thanksgivingAs we acknowledge God in all our ways, He promises to direct our paths.  I don’t take those promises for granted, do you?  I take Him at His word and lean on Him for help every moment of every day.

When we ask God for things like security, acceptance, confidence, and peace…  He is faithful to answer those prayers – and it’s a different answer for each of us.  I think that’s great, and more proof that we are not robots, but were created by a loving God who knows just what we need and how to provide for that need!  I love how God answers our prayers.

Lucinda does too!

thankful-for-the-way-god-answersI wish for you answered prayers!  I wish you more of whatever it is you need.  I wish for you better relationships, and success in life.  I wish that more of your plans and dreams will come to pass if it is God’s will.  🙂

 

PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24If you live in Kansas or Oklahoma, you’re probably familiar with the Cimarron Turnpike, a toll road in north-central Oklahoma.  The route travels 67 miles, from an interchange with I-35 north of Perry, to Westport, just west of Tulsa.  Before the Pikepass and K-tags came along, it was common knowledge that if you wanted to go to Tulsa, you needed to load up with some quarters to pay the toll.  Every few miles you had to throw a bunch of quarters in the big bowl that looked like a wishing well.

Of course, times have changed and the “wishing wells” are gone.  One thing about the Cimarron has stayed the same, however…  you still cannot make a U-turn!  Not long ago, we made a wrong turn off of I-35 and started heading west toward Tulsa instead of east toward Enid.  Whoops!  We drove and drove…  finally we came to a toll booth.  We had to pay a toll just to get to the exit, which was a stone’s throw to the west.  We did get turned around to head in the right direction.

Sometimes in our Christian walk, we veer off course and need to ask the Lord to forgive us and help us make a U-turn to get back on track.  It’s really up to us how long we drive in the wrong direction.  God does give us freewill because He loves us.  Today I’m so very thankful that God still allows U-turns to His children when we get off track.

Please join me in a prayer of thanks for U-turns:a-prayer-poem-for-thanksgivingAnother name for a U-turn is a do-over, as Lucinda reminds us:do-oversI wish for you the courage to turn around with God’s help.  I wish for you the joy and peace that God can give when we’re assured we’re on the path He planned for us to be on.  I wish for you laughter and freedom as you live for Christ alone.  🙂