Sunday Bible Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always
[delight, take pleasure in Him];
again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit
[your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy,
tolerance, and patience]
be known to all people.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious or worried about anything,
but in everything
[every circumstance and situation]
by prayer and petition with thanksgiving,
continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
And the peace of God
[that peace which reassures the heart,
that peace] which transcends all understanding,
[that peace which] stands guard over your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Amplified Bible.

Sunday Bible Reading

Colossians 4:2-6

Continue in prayer,
and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Withal praying also for us,
that God would open unto us a door of utterance,
to speak the mystery of Christ,
for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.
Let your speech be alway with grace,
seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 4:2,5-6

2 Be earnest
and unwearied
and steadfast in your prayer [life],
being [both] alert and intent
in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

5 Behave yourselves wisely
[living prudently and with discretion]
in your relations with those of the outside world
(the non-Christians),
making the very most of the time
and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.

6 Let your speech at all times be gracious
(pleasant and winsome),
seasoned [as it were] with salt,
[so that you may never be at a loss]
to know how you ought to answer anyone
[who puts a question to you].

Amplified Bible, Standard Edition

A Happy Life

Isaiah 26:3-4
You will guard him and keep him
in perfect and constant peace whose mind
[both its inclination and its character]
is stayed on You,
because he commits himself to You,
leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.
So trust in the Lord
(commit yourself to Him,
lean on Him,
hope confidently in Him) forever;
for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock
[the Rock of Ages].
Amplified Bible


A happy life is not built up of tours abroad and pleasant holidays,
but of little clumps of voilets noticed by the roadside,
hidden away almost so that only those can see them
who have God’s peace and love in their hearts;
in one long continuous chain of little joys,
little whispers from the spiritual world,
little gleams of sunshine on our daily walk.
Edward Wilson

Sunday Bible Reading


Psalm 119:41-50
Let Your mercy and loving-kindness come also to me,
O Lord, even Your salvation according to Your promise;

Then shall I have an answer
for those who taunt and reproach me,
for I lean on, rely on, and trust in Your word.

And take not the word of truth
utterly out of my mouth,
for I hope in Your ordinances.

I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever
[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].

And I will walk at liberty and at ease,
for I have sought and inquired for
[and desperately required] Your precepts.

I will speak of Your testimonies
also before kings and will not be put to shame.

For I will delight myself in Your commandments,
which I love.

My hands also will I lift up
[in fervent supplication] to Your commandments,
which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.

Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant,
in which You have caused me to hope.

This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction:
that Your word has revived me and given me life.

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

November 5, Today’s thought – Psalm 77

oct  28 015Beautiful Fall Cornstalks

Good Morning

Psalm 77
1 I will cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me.

2 In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted.

3 I [earnestly] remember God; I am disquieted and I groan; I muse in prayer, and my spirit faints [overwhelmed]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

4 You hold my eyes from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5 I consider the days of old, the years of bygone times [of prosperity].

6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently:

7 Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?

8 Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time?

9 Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

10 And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes.

11 I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old.

12 I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.

13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God?

14 You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples.

15 You have with Your [mighty] arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

16 When the waters [at the Red Sea and the Jordan] saw You, O God, they were afraid; the deep shuddered also, for [all] the waters saw You.

17 The clouds poured down water, the skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows went forth [in forked lightning].

18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, the lightnings illumined the world; the earth trembled and shook.

19 Your way [in delivering Your people] was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters, yet Your footsteps were not traceable, but were obliterated.

20 You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. The Amplified Bible

I have so felt just like David many times during the past few months.

Striving to remember . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 27, Sunday Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 8

Waiting for the sunflower.

Good Morning

from the Amplified Bible, Deuteronomy 8

1. ALL THE commandments which I command you this day
you shall be watchful to do,
that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land
which the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
2.  And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way
which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness,
to humble you and to prove you,
to know what was in your [mind and] heart,
whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3.  And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger
and fed you with manna,
which you did not know nor did your fathers know,
that He might make you recognize and personally know
that man does not live by bread only,
but man lives by every word
that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
4.  Your clothing did not become old upon you
nor did your feet swell these forty years.
5.  Know also in your [minds and] hearts that,
as a man disciplines and instructs his son,
so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you.
6.  So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God,
to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him.
7.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land,
a land of brooks of water,
of fountains and springs,
flowing forth in valleys and hills;
8.  A land of wheat and barley,
and vines and fig trees and pomegranates,
a land of olive trees and honey;
9.  A land in which you shall eat food
without shortage and lack nothing in it;
a land whose stones are iron
and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10.  When you have eaten and are full,
then you shall bless the Lord your God
for all the good land which He has given you.
11.  Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God
by not keeping His commandments,
His precepts,
and His statutes which I command you today,
12.  Lest when you have eaten and are full,
and have built goodly houses and live in them,
13.  And when your herds and flocks multiply
and your silver and gold is multiplied
and all you have is multiplied,
14.  Then your [minds and] hearts be lifted up
and you forget the Lord your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage,
15.  Who led you through the great and terrible wilderness,
with its fiery serpents and scorpions
and thirsty ground where there was no water,
but Who brought you forth water out of the flinty rock,
16.  Who fed you in the wilderness with manna,
which your fathers did not know,
that He might humble you and test you,
to do you good in the end.
17.  And beware lest you say in your [mind and] heart,
My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.
18.  But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God,
for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth,
that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers,
as it is this day.
19.  And if you forget the Lord your God
and walk after other gods and serve them and worship them,
I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
20.  Like the nations which the Lord makes to perish before you,
so shall you perish,
because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]

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

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One Thousand Gifts — January Joy Dare


January Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

January 1. three things about your self you are grateful for

I can organize; I enjoy trying new knitting patterns ;

and I am content on    Cozy Acres.

January 2.  three a gifts outside, inside , and on a plate

Lilac bushes, my comfortable swivel rocker, and bacon, tomato and guacamole sandwiches

January 3.  three lines that you overheard that were graces

A young grandson who loves playing the game with me   “I love you bigger than_______”;

“I love you” from the Farmer regardless; and a precious promise from God when I so desperately needed it:

Psalms 91:14-16  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. Amplified Bible

January 4. three gifts  –  one gift old, new, blue

An old gift, finding the first quilt I made; a new gift, tangerine marmalade, and a blue gift, the eyes of my first born daughter

January 5.    something you’re reading, you’re making, you’re seeing

I’m reading the Bible, morning and evening; I’m making a shawl, and I’m seeing my first grandson grow taller and mature

January  6.    one thing in your bag your fridge, your heart

I have in my bag a slim New Testament/Psalms and Proverbs;

in my fridge fresh brown eggs from our flock,

               in my heart a desire to live pleasing to God.

January 7.  three graces from people you love

From my parents  – an appreciation for nature;  from my in-laws love and acceptance before they knew who I was just because their son loved me; and from my husband, the Farmer, constant, faithful, abiding love.

counting  116-137 gifts.

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Five Minute Friday — Beauty

August 12, 2011


We agreed to write it down – write down the only definition of beauty that matters:

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14.

Write for Five Minutes then link here:

I’ve never thought of myself as beautiful. I never heard myself described as beautiful. I’ve heard ‘pretty’. In my twenties, I heard my mother say “I’ve always thought you had pretty legs’, but I don’t remember any words before that from her. As I have aged, I’m almost 62, next week, and overweight, I know that I don’t appear beautiful in my eyes at all.

I do know one day He said   “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ” Mat 11:28 KJV  He didn’t care about the outward woman, and He died to change the inward woman into a new woman. He gave beauty for ashes and put hope in the heart.

I know inside this house of flesh is a heart whose main desire is to encourage others to keep on trusting Jesus, to take one step at a time even though it is dark, to hold on to the Hand that is . . .

Isa 61:1  THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, (3) To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.  Amplified Bible

Scriptures were added after the ding.

I need to make something very clear. My Mother is not a mean person. She is perfect.  In the era I was raised, you didn’t tell your children they were pretty or they did a good job. You didn’t want them to get a big head or be spoiled. We were all raised the same.  I’ll never forget the day Mom called and said guess what I just heard on the radio…’It is okay to tell your children they have done a job well!’ It was if she were liberated, as if this is what she wanted to do all the time but didn’t have permission to do! She immediately started telling the grand children that they were’ good workers’,’ thank you for doing such a good job’. She told her children also, ‘your house looks really nice’, ‘I like that shirt on you.’

My Mom is beautiful!

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