Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jane Austen Quote

Jane Austen said

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."

I do believe I agree with that statement!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Steadfast Love

"For great is His steadfast love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 117:2

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning, new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord.
Great is Thy faithfulness.

Music by Edith McNeill

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Beautiful Thing

I saw another beautiful, sweet and humble thing today....

The precious smile of a baby!

I don't think there is hardly anything sweeter!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Finding Beauty

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely."
-Louisa May Alcott

I found this quote the other day and immediately loved it. I enjoy finding beauty in the humble things. These are some moments I find beautiful:
~Pulling out a fresh baked loaf of bread!
~The dogs sitting faithfully near me while I'm outside, protecting me.
~The first sighting of a swallow in the spring.
~The first snow!
~My sister climbing into bed with me in the morning to talk and laugh.
~Sitting in front of the fire with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and my Bible or a good book.
~Holding hands for prayer at dinner.
~My Dad laughing at one of my jokes.
~My Mom and I being able to communicate with each other without saying a word.
~Family time, no words even needing to be said, just spending time with each other.
~A beautiful song reminding me of God's love and Christ's sacrifice.

What do you find beautiful?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"...admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."
1 Thessalonians 5:14

This is a wonderful verse for Christians. It is perfect for mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers... everyone! It is quite a challenge to learn how to admonish, encourage and help. I think this is a good verse for a new year. I am going to pray that the Lord will show me other people who I can encourage and help and sometimes even admonish. It can be difficult to know not only the right words, but the right time to say them. It will not be easy, but that is why I think it says at the end of the verse "be patient with them all."

Thank you for Your patience with me. Help me to be patient with others in order to encourage and help them. Therefore, in a small way Lord, I might be a reflection of Your amazing love and kindness and patience.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Speak, O Lord

Speak, O Lord as we come to You to receive the food of Your Holy Word. Take Your truth plant it deep in us; shape and fashion us in Your likeness. That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord and fulfill in us all Your purposes for Your glory.

Teach us Lord full obedience. Holy reverence, true humility. Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your purity. Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority. Words of power that can never fail; Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord and renew our minds; Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us. Truths unchanged from the dawn of time that will echo down through eternity. And by grace we'll stand on Your promises; And by faithful we'll walk as You walk with us. Speak, O Lord, 'til Your church is built and the earth is filled with Your glory!

Speak, O Lord by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

"For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 117:2

I hope that we can all look back on 2009 and look forward to 2010, to remember and anticipate God's faithfulness to us. It does endure forever! Our response is and should always be "praise the Lord!"