June 30, Today’s Thought — Just When I Need Him Most

The Hydrangeas love this shady spot.

“God is our refuge and our strength; a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1).

If you had your choice, which would you pick:
1) to have God’s presence with you,
or 2) to have God’s presence really, really with you?
If your smart, you’ll choose number two.
But, you must realize that by making that choice,
you are accepting the fact that there’s gonna be trouble.
God is with us always,
but He is really, really with us in trouble.
What exactly are we talking about here?
The Hebrew word means tightness.
The kind that is caused by adversity, anguish, distress, or tribulation. It refers to a situation or a time of extreme discomfort, any affliction which comes for many different reasons.
God delivers His people from this condition.

“God is our refuge and our strength;
a very present help in trouble.”
It was this verse that led a tried and harried former Augustinian monk named Martin Luther to pen his famous Reformation hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Its message is timeless and its encouragement unceasing.

Jacob built an altar at Bethel to “the God Who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me wherever I went.” (Gen.35:3).

Job’s friend, Eliphaz, assured him that “from one disaster after another He delivers you; no matter what the calamity, the evil can’t touch you” (Job 5:19).

David tells us that God is “a sanctuary during bad times” (Psalm 9:9).

“Just when I need Him, Jesus is near,
just when I falter, just when I fear;
ready to help me, ready to cheer,
just when I need Him most.
Just when I need Him, Jesus is true,
never forsaking, all the way through;
giving for burdens pleasures anew, j
ust when I need Him most.
“Just when I need Him, Jesus is strong,
bearing my burdens all the day long;
for all my sorrow giving a song,
just when I need Him most.
Just when I need Him, He is my all,
answering when upon Him I call;
tenderly watching lest I should fall,
just when I need Him most.”
(William C. Poole, 1907).

Jesus is there for you — just when you need Him most. Rylie

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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the Farmer says “How does your garden grow?”

Yummmmmmmmm! Yummmmmmmmm!
the Farmer picked more tomatoes than he wanted to eat in the garden,
so I got a few.

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In The Garden with the Farmer

Filling one bucket at a time,
the Farmer said ” We don’t have to buy any more squash or cucumbers.”

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View From My Chair – June 29,12

I’m at the best place I could be.

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June 29, Today’s thought — God Still Comes

Don’t you just love Sunflowers? I do!

Good Morning

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:17-19

‘Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,” Paul penned. “The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
These are not just Sunday school stories.
Not romantic fables. . . .
They are historical moments in which a real God met real pain
so we could answer the questions,
“Where is God when I hurt?”
How does God react to dashed hopes?
Read the story of Jairus. (Luke 8:41-)
How does the Father feel about those who are ill?
Stand with him at the pool of Bethesda. (John 5:2-)
Do you long for God to speak to your lonely heart?
Then listen as he speaks to the Emmaus-bound disciples. . . (Luke 24:13-)
He’s not doing it just for them.
He’s doing it for me.
He’s doing it for you. . . .
The God who still speaks. . . .
The God who came still comes.
He comes into our world.
He comes into your world.
He comes to do what you can’t.
He Still Moves Stones, Max Lucado

Trust God for your day . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours. Leslie

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June 28, Today’s thought — Promises


Good Morning

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28

We tend to pray with words
because we aren’t brave enough
to pray from our groaning soul ache.
And so we chatter away with our Dear God, just…
and we miss him in the middle of
He’s still there, though.
He doesn’t roll his eyes
or cross his arms
or tap his foot with impatience.
He hears all the chattering
and he sees what lies beneath it.
Even in the noise,
He gathers us up
and pours Himself out.
Emily at chatting at the sky

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:26-28 Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 27, Today’s thought — God Knows You by Name

Volunteer Watermelon Patch
Can you see the melons?

Good Morning

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:13-16

Quite a thought, isn’t it?
Your name on God’s hand.
Your name on God’s lips.
Maybe you’ve seen your name in some special places.
On an award or diploma. . .
But to think that your name is on God’s hand and on God’s lips. . .
my, could it be?
Or perhaps you have never seen your name honored. And you can’t remember when you heard it spoken with kindness. IF so,it maybe more difficult for you to believe that God knows your name.
But He does.
Written on His hand.
Spoken by His moth.
Whispered by His lips.
Your name.
When God Whispers Your Name, Max Lucado

I had to smile when I read the Amplified version of verse 18:   Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.

How many times have we seen someone write a note to themselves by writing it on their hand so they wouldn’t forget. It’s not something new, is it? God wrote my name on His hand so He wouldn’t forget me.
Thank you.

Trust God for your day . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along, June 27 – KALs and Take A Longs

Knitting, reading, and Listening – Life is good.

Clue A of Wendy Knits Mystery KAL received on June 20. I was ready. Casting on, ripping off and casting on again. The first 8 rows of Summery Solstice Shawl completed. I liked it.

I liked it so much I had to try the shawl in ivory silk and wool. I know I can be obsessive compulsive at times. I hoping for a understated elegance with this shawl.

Since all but one of the projects I’m knitting I have sit with directions in front of me, I cast on another shawl of mindless garter stitch, I’m calling Muted Jazz. This is my to go project that I can knit on at stop lights, in parking lots, and at the Chiro’s.

I’m still listening to Inkspell by Cordila Funke and reading Driving Force by Dick Francis.

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June 26, Today’s thought — I’d Rather Have Jesus

Row of Hydrangeas

I’d Rather Have Jesus

As for me,
I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied,
when I awake,
with thy likeness.
Psalm 17:15

What is it that you want — that you really, really want?
What is it that, by having it,
your life will be filled with joy and deep satisfaction?

We all want something — something that will satisfy us to the depths of our being. And the world displays its many fares for us to consider. For some it is money. “Yea, gimme money; that’s what I want; and if I have it I will be happy.” Others want power, or sex, or knowledge, or whatever.
As for me?
All I really, really want is to walk in unbroken friendship with Jesus;
to hear His voice,
to see Him at work,
to join with Him in what He is doing,
and to rejoice at His side.

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than have riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands; I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand…
“I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His holy name…
“Than to be the king of a vast domain, and be held in sin’s dread sway; I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.” (Rhea F. Miller, 1922)

How about you? What is it that you really, really want?

As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].
Psalm 17:15, Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 25, Today’s thought — Only Jesus

the Farmer planted and watered, God gives the increase.

Good Morning

All I Could Whisper Was “Jesus”

All I could whisper was “Jesus”
I was torn in the depths of despair.
All I could whisper was Jesus
His name alone was my prayer.

All I could murmur was Jesus.
He knew all my struggles and pain.
He knew my requests all unspoken
While I softly cried out His name.

Bound in the depth of His mercy
Held fast in the shade of His care,
His sweet gentle name was my refuge,
Anchored safe in that harbor of prayer.

Still, all I could whisper was Jesus.
All I could say was His name.
All I could whisper was Jesus,
But He knew my prayers just the same!

Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].
For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Hebrews 4:14-16 Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day…Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 24, Sunday Scripture Reading and a Song

John 10:7-15
Then said Jesus unto them again,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:
but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door:
by me if any man enter in,
he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out,
and find pasture.
The thief cometh not,
but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not,
seeth the wolf coming,
and leaveth the sheep,
and fleeth:
and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth,
because he is an hireling,
and careth not for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me,
even so know I the Father:
and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us, be the Guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and pow’r to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.Trupp.

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 23, Today’s thought — Thy Rod and Thy Staff

Garden is a growing!
(Please excuse the funny angles)

Good Afternoon

Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide],
they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 Amplified

The shepherds of Palestine will tell you the purpose of their staff. One such shepherd was asked in what sense the staff could be said to be a comfort for his sheep, the experienced leader of his flock proceeded to explain that in daylight he always carried the staff across his shoulder, and when the sheep saw it, it spoke of the presence of the shepherd (to guide), and thus it was a means of comfort. On the other hand, if night overtook him with the sheep on the mountain side, or if they were caught in a heavy mountain mist so that the sheep could no longer see the staff, then he would lower it, and as he walked he would tap with it on the ground, so that by hearing if not by sight the staff (to guide) comforted the sheep by speaking the presence of the shepherd. If wild animals would prey upon his flock, he could use the rod (to protect) and ward them off. On occasion the lambs would fall into ravines and among brambles. The shepherd would use the crook on the end of the staff for lifting the fallen one to safety. The person who is carrying the rod is the leader or ruler of his flock. The sheep know their shepherd by his rod and they follow him– not any other person who may pass by, or attempt to lead them astray.
David remembered these things and said in effect to himself, :It would be unreasonable to suppose that God has less care for me than I had for the sheep!”

Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

Trust God for your day…Today.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 22, Today’s thought — “Stand Still”

Beets gone to seed.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

“STAND STILL,” my soul, for so the Lord commands;
E’en when thy way seems blocked, leave it in His wise Hands;
His arm is mighty to divide the wave.
“Stand still,” my soul, “stand still,” and thou shalt see
How God can work the “impossible” for thee.

Be not impatient, but in stillness stand,
Even when compassed ’round on every hand,
In ways thy spirit does not comprehend.
God cannot clear thy way till thou art still,
That He may work in thee His blessed will,
And all thy heart and will to Him do bend.

“BE STILL,” my soul, for just as thou art still,
Can God reveal Himself to thee; until
Through thee His love and light and life can freely flow;
In stillness God can work through thee and reach
The souls around thee. He then through thee can teach
His lessons, and His power in weakness show.

“BE STILL,” –a deeper step in faith and rest.
“Be still and know” thy Father knoweth best
The way to lead His child to that fair land,
A “summer” land, where quiet waters flow;
Where longing souls are satisfied, and “know
Their God, ” and praise for all that He has planned. Selected.

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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June 20, Today’s thoughts — Dare to Wait

Second picking of squash!

Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

When we are in doubt or difficulty,
when many voices urge this course or the other,
when prudence utters one and and faith another,
then let us be still,
hushing each intruder,
calming ourselves in the sacred hush of God;s presence;
let us lift up our nature into the pure light of His face,
eager only to know what God the Lord shall determine–
and ere long a very distinct impression will be made,
the unmistakable forth telling of His secret counsel.
. . . . . .
If you (I) will only get alone,
where the lights and shadows of earth cannot interfere
where human opinions fail to reach–
and if you (I) will dare to wait there silent and expectant,
though all around you insist on immediate decision or action–
the will of God will be made clear;
and you will have a new conception of God
a deeper insight into His nature and heart of love,
which shall be for yourself alone–
a rapturous experience,
to abide your precious perquisite forever,
the rich guerdon of those long waiting hours. David

Trust god for your day…Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along June 20, 2012

“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?”  Ginny

This poor little shawl would be done and proudly shown in all its glory……………..but I ran out of beads~I need 25 more. Store is out! 😦

OKAY I need to knit another shawl…….right?
Wendy Knits is hosting a Summer Solstice Knit A Long. It starts today and I am trying to make up my mind about which yarn to use.




To see what others are stitching and listening to click here.

I’m listening to Inkspell by Cornelia Funke and starting to read  ‘Summer Moon’, by Jill Marie Landis.

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