Reasons for Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always.
Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NKJV

“How’s life?” someone asks.
And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say,
“Well, things could be better.”
Or “Couldn’t get a parking place.”
Or “My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii.”
Or “People won’t leave me alone
so I can finish my sermon on unselfishness”. . .

Are you so focused on what you don’t have
that your are blind to what you do?

You have a ticket to heaven no thief can take,
an eternal home no divorce can break.
Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea.
Every mistake you’ve made is nailed to the tree.
You’re blood-bought and heaven-made.
A child of God—forever saved.

So be grateful, joyful—for isn’t it true?
What you don’t have is much less than what you do.

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:20-21

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Today’s thought – In Time of Trouble

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Good Morning

Psalm 41:1-2
Blessed is he that considereth the poor:
the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive;
and he shall be blessed upon the earth:
and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

He that hath hot tempted you hitherto
above your strength will continue so to the end.
If, for a time,
He hide His face from you,
yet He doth it but for a moment,
to make you the more heartily to cry to Him;
and surely He will hear you,
not only when your are in crying,
but also whilst you are in thinking how to cry.
He is with you in trouble,
and will indeed deliver you,
John Bradford

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Peace in My Heart

apr11 008Fourth of July, I think, is the name of this happy rose.

Good Morning

Hebrews 10:22-24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

You can do everything right
and still not feel at peace in your heart
about your relationship with God.
Eighteenth-century giant, John Wesley,
came to America as a missionary,
ministered to prisoners,
and preached throughout the English countryside
in open-air revival services.
He read his Bible and prayed everyday.
But despite all those efforts,
he still felt insecure and unsure of his salvation.

What he discovered was that peace of heart,
assurance of our relationship with God
can only come from God Himself,
not our efforts.
While someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans
at a prayer meeting,
he had an experience that changed his life forever:
“While he was describing the change
which God works in the heart trough faith in Christ,
I felt my heart strangely warmed.
I felt I did trust Christ.
Christ alone for salvation;
and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins,”

If you’re lacking assurance,
turn to Christ alone,
and your heart, too, can be “strangely warmed.”

from A Daybook of Grace

Turn . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

This is MY Risen Lord!

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Good Morning

This is my Risen Lord,

Do you know Him? . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 8, Today’s thought — Mud Balls

This rose was about 5 feet high and used as a hedge; at the nursery where I bought it.

Good Morning,

When Miracles Come from Mud Balls

He answered and said, . . . one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. John 9:25

It’s one of those strange moments in Scripture – Jesus makes a pair of mud balls and places them over the empty eye sockets of a man who was born blind, telling him to go wash his face at the pool. The man does so and – bam! – he can see!
It is at this point that the story gets really bizarre. The religious leaders become so agitated by this man’s excitement and his confession of faith in Jesus, that they ultimately toss him out of the Temple!
How ironic — a blind man sees, and sighted men are blinded by their self-righteousness. William Yeats said, “All empty souls tend to extreme opinion.” Such were the religious leaders in Jesus’ day – empty, and extreme. And such are those who prefer religion over relationship with Christ in our own day.
Matthew Henry, the great Bible Commentator, wrote, “There is none so blind as those who will not see.” It is uncanny how quickly religious minded people fall into the snare of their own opinions. An extraordinary miracle took place right before their very eyes, but they couldn’t see it because their minds were already made up about something completely different. They were dead set against Jesus – and therefore nothing He did could possibly be legitimate. Rather than acknowledge the miracle, they excommunicated the man.
When miracles come from mud balls we each may be faced with similar challenges – especially if our opinions are so set that we cannot see what the Lord is doing in spite of us.
Henry Ward Beecher described a highly opinionated religious opponent thus — “He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin and never seeing noble game.” Don’t let religious opinions blind you to the miracles that come from mud balls. Otherwise, you just may be the one who ends up sitting in the dark.  Rylie

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

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May 7, Today’s thought — Building

This week we will look at Cozy Acres’ roses. And, yes, it is time to start deadheading the pretties.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Am I building completely on the Rock, Christ Jesus and his teachings or is part of my building resting on my own sandy ideas of God’s Way? I know God’s word says, His thoughts are not my thoughts nor His ways my ways, I want to know that in the storms of life my building will be secure and stable, not a corner of the house shifting in the storm causing ruin.

1Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Are you building on the rock eternal.
Or upon the ever shifting sand?
Are you going to that home supernal,
In that bright and blessed heav’nly land?

Are you building on a strong foundation
That will stand the stormy sea of life?
‘Mid the surging billows’ wild commotion,
Do you conquer in the raging strife?

Are you building on a strong foundation
that the floods can never sweep away?
Are you living in the truth unshaken,
Ready for the final judgement day?

Are you building on a strong foundation
That will stand the awful judgment shock?
Are you grounded in his great salvation,
Fastened like an anchor tot the Rock?

Are you building on the rock
Are you building on the rock
Are you building on the rock
and not on shifting sand?   Barney E. Warren

My prayer continually is:
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 Amen.

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 8.  light that caught you,     morning sun in my eyes as I awake

a reflection that surprised you,     the reflection of his mother across my husband’s face

a shadow that fell lovely –    the  sun through the blinds across this sweet face

January 9.

a gift in your hand,    a little girl that says, “hand, hand” reaching up as we walk together;

  a gift you walk by,   stepping pavers laid three times until the Farmer got them right for me

a gift you sat with   sitting with a dear saintly friend laughing,  praying, . . . weeping

January 10.

 a gift that is sour,   fresh lemon juice in my tea

a gift that is sweet    Yummy,  See’s dark chocolates with nuts

and a gift that is just right   my bed at night is just right

January 11.three yellow things that strike you as fresh mercy

I always smile at Yellow roses

dandelions they are so persistent

the golden yellow of a fresh range free egg

January 12.

something above you,   Skylights, I love skylights

something below you,   hardwood floors

something beside you   the Farmer as we walk hand in hand

January 13.three sounds you hear

the tractor engine, it tells me the Farmer busy having fun

the tick of the clock  – take time for God

the hummmmmm of my computer, electricity lives in my house

January 14.three ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God

when the nurse said “this one isn’t going to make it,”
God said “I’ve just begun”

my anchor holds

Mal 3:6  For I am the Lord, I do not change;

Gifts 138–155

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One Thousand Gifts and a Scripture


Adding to my thankful list; today I reach 100.

88. Eight weeks of radiation treatments finished, healing to continue

89.  Trees with red and green leaves

90. Roses  and rose hips

91. A bed with cool sheets (even in the winter) and a just right weight comforter

92. A floral gift that keeps on blooming continuously for 2 months

93. A way out

94. Leaves to crunch and shuffle through

95. A new microwave to replace a dead one

96. Sleeping cats on my lap

97,. Renewing a friendship

98. Slats of light through the mini blinds

99.   A fire pit for many uses

100.  Sisters of all kinds that are best friends

And a scripture:

Matthew 14:14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

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