Our Hope Is In Him!

Our only hope and it is best
Is found In Jesus, He is our rest.
We know to turn to Him each day
To find the truth, to know the way;
His joy, His hope, His peace we claim
He is our Savior, He is the KING.

This I call to mind and therefore I have hope; Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. Lamentations 3: 21-22

Just thinking…

thoughts of you today. And not just you, but also you and you…the ones I love. I am thankful for the people in my life – those blessings and treasures that I’ve been given. Many are family and many are friends. You know who you are and all the reasons I am thankful for you!

We go through life taking much for granted, including those we love and who love us back. But even in the taking for granted (after all, we’ve all taken for granted a gift from time to time), we know that we’ve been favored to know such dear ones whether family or friend.

If life were a menu, and it seems sometimes that it is, would we choose the heartiness of the fare, the delicacies presented, the “new items” to be enjoyed? Would the comfort foods be our choice? Would the dessert course never come? Over a lifetime, our friends list includes many personalities that compliment us, agree with us, sharpen us, delight us, bring upset as well as have a calming effect on our friendship/relationship. Such a vast array of good things, wonderful treats, “new item” opportunities…all that reminds me of those I love and appreciate.

God has blessed me with many gifts – Jesus and salvation and eternal life. His blessings are endless. Those He has placed in my life, through my life, I am ever grateful for and will ever be!

Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

His Plan Proceeds!

Whatever place God has you in
Be thankful to Him, please thank Him!
When you prayed and first believed
Your answered prayers were gifts received.
Now doubts abound and fears close in
But don’t forget to still trust Him,
See the sunshine, not the rain
When circumstances cause you pain.
His plan proceeds, look to your heart
Yield all to Him for a fresh, new start.

May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God
our Father, who loved us and by His grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in
every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Those who plan what is good find love and
faithfulness. Proverbs 14:22

The cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

The Word!

The Word of God is sharp
And gets to the heart of the matter,
We’re taught the important things
And not just mindless chatter.
The message God conveys
Is one not to dismiss,
It’s meant to ground us in His truth
We can depend on this!
Open the Word of God
Read with an open mind,
Check out the truth of Him
And leave deception behind.
All that we should know
Will deeply penetrate,
And sink into our heart
Why would we want to wait?

THE BIBLE – A LOVE LETTER FROM GODā¤

For the Word of God is living
and powerful, and sharper than
any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the division of soul and
spirit, and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Easter!

Easter is here again
A hopeful time returned,
And a reminder to all men
That salvation isn’t earned.
It’s given to us freely
Bought and paid for in our place,
It came from the Lord who loves us
Who extends unmerited grace.
The Father gave His Son
Both willing to bear the loss,
All to redeem the souls of men
He died upon the cross.
We know we can’t repay
And that we don’t deserve,
This gift that we’ve been given
The best news ever heard.
‘Cause Jesus rose again
We can have eternal life,
New birth is ours forever
Given through Jesus Christ!

“The Son of Man must be delivered
into the hands of sinful men, and be
crucified, and the third day rise again.”
Luke 24:7

“I am the Resurrection and the Life…
Whoever lives and believes in me
shall never die.” John 11:25

God Sees And Knows All!

Our country belongs to God
As every nation does,
He watches men everywhere
And that would be because…
He sees it all together
The just and the unjust,
And only He can oversee
So in Him we place our trust.
He doesn’t lie to get His way
We know He never will,
When we look to Him and pray
Our spirits can be still.
There is good and evil
Of that we can be sure,
But God’s the One over all
And only He is pure.
His only motivation
Is to bless us with His love,
His agenda isn’t hidden
And He has a plan for us.
Midst the strife, deceit and lies
He knows the heart of man,
His grace and mercy covers all
But for justice He will stand.
He won’t be excluded
Or denied His rightful place,
And He knows where to find us all
And that evil has a face.
God is ever vigilant
He protects us from our foe,
He knows who He can call His own
And those who’ve lost their soul.
His Word will stand forever
It never changes nor will He,
In knowing Him and loving Him –
No matter what – we are free!

The eyes of the Lord are on the
righteous, and His ears are open to
their cry. The face of the Lord is against
those who do evil, to cut off the remem-
brance of them from the earth. The
righteous cry out, and the Lord hears
and delivers them from all their
troubles. Psalm 34:15-17

“For everyone practicing evil hates
the light and does not come to the
light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the
light, that his deeds may be clearly seen,
that they have been done in God.”
John 3:20-21

Every word of God is pure; He is a
shield to those who put their trust in
Him. Do not add to His words, lest He
reprove you, and you be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

“For what is a man profited if he gains
the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for
his soul?” Matthew 16:26

Be Surprised!

Open up your heart
And open up your eyes,
When you see what God’s about
You might be surprised!
He waits with open arms
His love won’t be denied,
You can’t escape His love
Even if you try.
And just like His creation
The sun and moon and stars,
You are special to Him
Just because you are!
He loves you irregardless
Of all your flaws and sin,
It’s why He sent His gift of Christ
Your soul for Him to win.
So open up your heart
You can believe your eyes,
The Word of God explains it all –
We all need Jesus Christ!

For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

The Coming Storm!

How often we can’t see
What’s right before our eyes,
How much are we missing
What comes as a surprise?
So much is hidden from us
It’s sad what we don’t know,
We want to form opinions
It’s hard when we don’t know –
Man can be corrupt
Even evil through and through,
But God steps in and acts
When we don’t have a clue.
He says He will protect us
And shelter us from harm,
We can place our trust in Him
As we face the coming storm.

The Lord loves the just and will
not forsake His faithful ones. They
will be protected forever, but the
offspring of the wicked will be cut
off. Psalm 37:28

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will protect him, for he acknowledges
my name. He will call upon me, and I
will answer him; I will be with him in
trouble, I will deliver him and honor
him.” Psalm 91:14-15

East From West!

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions
from us.

Freeing us from sin,
He displayed His grace among us.
All around the world,
He gives the gift of His salvation
To every tribe and every tongue
And to every nation.
Complete forgiveness comes through Christ
God’s love and mercy overwhelming,
Grace and all His gifts
Come down from heaven, streaming.
He bore our sins for us
Removed them far away,
Forever they are gone
No, forever and a day!

As far as the east is from the west, so
far has He removed our transgressions
from us. Psalm 103:12

I acknowledged my sin to You and did
not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will
confess my transgressions to the Lord” –
and You forgave the guilt of my sin.
Psalm 32:5

Free In Christ!

God, You are the glorious One
You offered us life through Jesus, Your Son.
It’s ours for the taking and why would we not?
He won the battle, and it was hard fought.
We couldn’t have done it, wouldn’t have tried
He did it for us, “It is finished” He cried!
A new heart we’ll have with life begun new
If we accept Your love gift, giving our lives to You.
We can have all that was bought for us at the cross
And we will have gained what we knew was once lost.
He knew He was dying to give us new life
Thank God for His gift of Jesus, the Christ!

Jesus said, “if the Son sets you free, you will be
free indeed.” John 8:36

It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm,
then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again
by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

By dying to what once bound us, we have been
released from the law so that we serve in the new
way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the
written code. Romans 7:6