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Praises continue

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Psalms 105:1‭-‬3 NKJV

I love this passage.

Not only is it the words of truth, it’s a treasured song.

Our oldest girl writes music.

This passage is the one she used for her first song.

Upon my request, she taught it to the Academy where she led worship every morning.

Now that she’s a wife and mother I don’t hear it often, but it’s still precious.

I’m still able to sing it and the praises continue.

Not just through singing a worship song, but also through the grateful heart of this Mom.

I’m thankful for the gift of worship.

I’m blessed by how God’s gift then is still giving now.

The Lord’s goodness continues to inspire my heart to praise and worship.

His wonderous works are worthy of honor and His glory is awesome.

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Psalms 105:2‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love, mercy, kindness, faithfulness, compassion, grace, truth, righteousness, patience, goodness, forgiveness, strength, joy, peace, and salvation. Thank You that we find all that is truly valuable in You. You give us life and You created us for good works, for relationship, and for bringing glory to Your name. Thank You! Thank You for paying such a high price to extend us forgiveness. Lord Jesus, words will never be able to fully describe nor define You and Who You are, but I thank You for the tiny portion my finite heart can grasp. Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy of all honor, praise, and glory. Blessed be Your holy name! Amen.

It brought a smile to my face

The mist over the water and floating between the hills before the Sun crept high enough to dispel it to a memory.

The crisp morning air, the deer hesitantly cross the driveway as our passing disturbed their breakfast.

The noises of the animals awaiting their turn to be fed, each calling in their own voice blending with the birds whose morning songs filled the air.

The calf, finished with her bottle, but reaching towards me in search of more.

I scratched her head and thanked God.

The Sun’s rays bursting over the mountains, warming with every touch, a reminder to check all the water troughs as the day promises to be hot.

Noticing the blessings bestowed by our friends who allowed us this morning on their farm as they are away.

And just before I climb back in to head to our own home and animals, who were awaiting their breakfast, God gives me one more reason to smile.

Our son looked at me and said, “That goat should be named Elvis Presley!”

Okay, so I didn’t just smile, I laughed!

Proverbs 17:22 KJV — A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

God was definitely gifting me with a merry heart this morning.

He’s been teaching me the blessing of gratitude, and the gift of perspective.

And the beautiful thing about it all is the joy my heart is finding in the simple yet incredible gift of life.

I pray you are finding that as well, dear Reader.

May God bless you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of life. Thank You for this beautiful day and how each day is new, an opportunity to praise You. Lord, You know our struggles, our needs, our failings, and I trust You through it all. Lord Jesus, I humble myself before You and I thank You for Your Word and Your Holy Spirit which is teaching me so much. Lord, You know I often forget You truth, get tied up by the cares of this world, or fall prey to the enemy’s lies. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You in anyway. Please continue to hone my heart. Thank You for Your blessings. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. I love You! Amen.

A season of miracles

God is in the business of miracles.

This winter I received two prayer requests from friends, both of them were asking for unborn babies.

A friend of mine was asking for her daughter who was pregnant.

The young lady and her husband have been walking through a sad season as they’ve struggled with miscarriage and sorrow, wanting to add to their family, but finding it very difficult.

The request was that this baby would survive.

As a grandma myself, my heart was touched for this couple as well as my friend, if this baby lived it would be her first grandchild this side of heaven.

The other request was from a new friend at our church.

She shared with me that she and her husband were surprised to find out she was pregnant.

They already have two boys, and although they had wanted more children, God had simply not provided more, until now.

This beautiful lady shared with me her extreme surprise at being over 40 and pregnant.

Imagine the emotion for all involved when they found out she was having twins!

Not long into this it was discovered these were identical babies on the same placenta, very rare and potentially dangerous.

Both these mothers and their unborn babies have been in our prayers ever since.

In March, more requests for prayer came in as my friend let me know her daughter was in pre-labor and it was too soon.

Her daughter ended up remaining in the hospital as we prayed for that baby to stay in the womb as long as possible.

My heart felt so much when my friend texted that she was headed to the hospital, several hours away, because baby was coming.

And he survived!

He only weighed 3lbs and 12 oz, but he was here and we all rejoiced.

I began calling him “your miracle man” to my friend as we celebrated through texts and pictures.

God continued to answer prayers and this precious baby made milestone after milestone.

I felt like crying when they sent me photos of him at home.

This morning I’m rejoicing again.

My friend with the twins has had a rough season: time in the hospital, bed rest, and so many doctors appointments.

But this morning we received news that both her baby boys were born last night.

These babies are miracles!

It’s a season of miracles.

When I think of the numbers of problems both mothers had to deal with, the long list of prayer requests for each of these babies, and the faithfulness of God, I’m overwhelmed.

He carried these mothers and their little men through all of this and each of them has an incredible testimony to God’s goodness.

And then, as I praised God for His blessing in these lives, I was struck by a truth.

The birth of each of our children was a miracle.

The birth of each of our grandchildren was a miracle.

My birth is a miracle.

Every life is a miracle.

God is continually working miracles and today I’m taking the time to praise Him for it.

May we never take for granted the beautiful blessings God gives us.

Psalm 127:3 KJV — Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your blessings! Thank You for bringing all three of these baby boys to their families and supplying then with all they need. Lord, please continue to guide and bless these families. Help them to hear Your voice and walk with You as they raise these tiny men. Lord, make each one of these boys to be Mighty Men of Valor, who speak the truth in their hearts, who refuse to look upon wickedness, who shun evil and do good. Lord, bless them with knowledge and understanding. Bring them up in Your Word and establish them in Your ways. Thank You so much for these babies. Thank You for Your blessings. May we be encouraged by Your goodness even as we grieve with those who suffer loss, for in this world we shall have trials and tribulations, but You have overcome the world. Lord Jesus, we don’t always understand why somethings occur, but I know we can always rest in Your truth and find security in Your salvation. For this world is not our home and we look with expectation at both the blessings here and those yet to come. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

A conversation

God blessed me yesterday, through two older gentlemen.

The first conversation, happened before church.

I had asked to hear an older gentlemen’s testimony.

It is stunning and I was reminded that God has not changed, He is the same God I read about in the scriptures.

God’s faithfulness and compassion are incredible!

One thing he said has stayed in my heart.

“Although, I didn’t know God, I can look back and see how He was with me all the time.”

The second conversation happened after church.

A gentleman I’ve not met before, who was visiting our church, came to speak with me about how my joining in worship through ASL was truly a blessing.

We talked about several things, including the fact that many years ago he was a worship leader and had a lady who signed ASL as part of the worship team.

He talked about how moving the words in ASL are and I showed him one of my favorite signs, one that always touches my heart, which is the sign for crucified.

His eyes grew moist as he watched me sign the word.

Then he asked, “How did you come to learn sign?”

I smiled.

“Oh! That’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short.”

I told him it began with our son, who has a communications disorder, we learned the alphabet in ASL first and then in English.

I talked to him about our oldest daughter getting a coffee and ending up joining a Deaf Bible Study and how she taught us a good deal of sign.

Then, I explained about being given the wrong medication and my immune system crashing, my asthma and allergies being diagnosed, and the loss of voice.

He was leaning forward, face lined with concern and asked, “When did you start speaking again?”

My broad smile nearly kept me from being able to respond.

“Palm Sunday, I was prayed for here in this church. I’ve been speaking ever since. Although, I still lose my voice now and then it’s not as often and doesn’t last as long.”

His eyes grew moist again.

“That’s right! I heard about that! My son told me, ‘There’s a lady and her family, new to our church. Her name is Hope…'”

He stopped talking and just gripped my hand.

“I came over here to tell you what a blessing your signing is and I was the one blessed by this terrific story! Thank you for sharing it with me.”

He hugged me and returned to his family.

But he left behind a blessing.

Both these older gentlemen and their conversations were gifts from God.

They reminded me that it’s a privilege to share and hear about what God has done.

They reminded me that God uses things we never expect Him to.

Their words, feelings, and openness are the fruit of God’s faithfulness to each one of us, which reminded me of the goodness of God.

These two men love Jesus and they know He loves them, thus both were quick to share that love with me.

I praise God for His blessings and for people who love God and love others.

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV — Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your blessings. Lord Jesus, please bless both those gentlemen who You used to bless me. Please watch over them, guide and direct them as they walk daily with You. Lord, please continue to help me shine You to those around me, to live and love as You do. Lord, I want people to look at me and see You. Thank You for all You have done and are doing in my life. May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Part of the journey

I rarely take selfies, but I really wanted to share God’s blessing.

Yes, I’m holding a lamb on my lap in the car.

This little lamb is an answer to prayer.

Way before my husband was asked to apply at his current position.

Before we had any idea we would be moving back to the country.

Before I had let myself dream of country life, God had asked me what I wanted if I were to choose a home for our family.

It felt a bit odd, but I was honest.

On the list of things I wanted was property, enough to raise some livestock on.

Fast forward several months, we are here in the country on property we can raise livestock on, I’d been seeking God as to what we were to raise and where we were to get them.

The chickens were an easy answer, we ordered them.

Both my husband and myself wanted at least one dairy goat, but I couldn’t figure out which breed and just kept praying.

Then, God opened the door for me to purchase a female Toggenburg, born this year, and when she’s weaned we’ll go pick her up.

I’m buying her from friends who live nearby and have seen her several times now.

I thanked God for His answer, and then started praying for something new.

This baby goat is used to being with other goats, she wouldn’t do well without another animal.

Since my husband and I want to raise a few sheep, we began looking for ewe lambs for sale.

While working through this process, neither of us could get peace about the animals we found available.

After more prayer and discussion with Handsome, I decided to ask a member of our church who has a large sheep herd.

I spoke briefly with his wife after church a week ago, and she said she didn’t know of any ewe lambs for sale, but would ask.

“It’s too bad you didn’t ask sooner! We just got rid of all our bummer lambs!” Her sweet face was lined with regret.

I assured her God had a plan and I would just keep praying.

Imagine my surprise when my husband texted me on Friday night from a church function:

“Do you want a bummer lamb?”

I sent an instant, “Yes!”

The sweet lady from church had told her husband about my conversation with her and they ended up with a very late bummer lamb.

The gentleman spoke with my husband at church and then Handsome texted me.

We picked her up Saturday afternoon and we all are enjoying her.

I’m so blessed by God directing us, even in something so unimportant as livestock.

For it builds my faith that God is personally interested in every detail of my life.

I want to cling to God in every possible way and I’m so encouraged by how He has provided for our new addition.

God is faithful and His ways are best.

Isaiah 30:18 KJV — And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your provision. Not just with this lamb or this home, but for those things which are eternal. Lord, thank You for Your love, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, and compassion. Thank You that You are the One who gives us life and that You have a purpose for each. Thank You that You show us truth, wisdom, and the path to eternity through Your Word. Thank You for paying the price that I might be saved. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Praising the Lord for chickens

This is the back of our chicken coop.

I started painting the back first, so my husband could work on the run and not be waiting on me to paint it first.

I was blessed to have a beautiful day and the energy to do it all at once last weekend.

My husband had finished the inside where the chicks will be and we moved them.

(They don’t care if I’ve not finished painting the rest of the coop!)

I knew they had out grown the place we had them, but I had not anticipated how much they were going to like their new home.

They pecked and chirped and scratched and chirped and jumped on the feeder and back down and tried to fly and ran in circles and chirped some more.

They were very happy chicks.

The funny thing was, getting them into their new home.

I tried tilting the tote I’d carried them in so they could just jump out, but they wouldn’t.

Instead of jumping into the “unknown”, which it was a tiny distance, they crowded in on top of one another to the extent I was afraid they were going to be harmed.

So, I moved the tote and began picking them up one by one and placing them on the floor.

Their shock at the change was evident by their bewildered wandering about at first.

By the time I got the last chick out of the tote the first ones were busy exploring and chirping their satisfaction.

We all just stood around watching them and their antics.

We laughed when one little chick decided to try flying, but obviously doesn’t know how to steer and nearly flew directly into our son’s lap, for he was sitting on the floor.

The little bird nearly fell over itself trying to get away from him.

These little feathered bits of fluff are a blessing to our family.

Not just the future of having our own eggs, but because we are enjoying God’s creation.

Watching the unique ways God has made other creatures is an opportunity to praise Him.

While my heart is very thankful for both of these things, I’m especially grateful for the provision of God.

I remember telling our son-in-law, before we started the process to move here: “Well, pray, because it would take a miracle for us to be able to do that.”

Not only did He provide the miracle for us to move, He supplied all our needs to make renovations for my health, and now He’s given us opportunities to raise our own food.

Truly, God is incredible and His ways are not our ways.

As I daily enjoy the task of caring for our chicks, I’m reminded of my Lord and Savior who so graciously looks after me.

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV — casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for supplying all our needs and looking after us so we’ll. Lord, thank You for even those times I can’t understand how Your working through a circumstance. I know I can always trust that You are. Lord, please help me to remember that there’s an enemy out there, trying to steal, kill, and destroy and that I need to remain inside Your protection so I’m not allowing a place for the enemy anywhere in my life. For Lord, the enemy doesn’t want to just harm me, he’s after the innocent, the helpless, the young, and I don’t want to be the reason he is able to reach others. Lord, please teach me how to pray, that I might stand in the gap for those who cannot. Please teach me how to walk in righteousness, so I’m not soiling myself or others through sin. Lord, please help me to recognize evil and stay away from it, that I might not be used by the enemy. Thank You for Your truth. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for all Your wonderous works! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

April 4, 2022

Today’s prayer:

Malachi 2:2 NKJV — If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name,” Says the LORD of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching us the correct way, that we can walk in it. Thank You that You warn us of the consequences of walking counter to Your Word. Lord, thank You for reminding us that Your blessings are to engender praise and thanksgiving, that we are to be generous and open-handed with the blessings You give. Lord, please continue to hone our hearts and minds through Your Word. Please continue to teach us Your truth and the path our feet are to walk. Lord, thank You for Your salvation, the greatest blessing of all. Lord, if there be an area in which I’m not humble, generous, and surrendered before You, please show me that I might repent quickly and change. Lord, please help me to live in such a way, that I’m honoring You with my actions, my attitudes, my words, and my thoughts. Thank You for loving me and working in my life daily. Lord, You alone are worthy of all honor, glory, and praise! Amen.

Two second blessing

I was in a hurry.

My allergist is in a large building housing many doctors’ offices.

As I walked through the front door, I met others trying to go out.

We did the “keep your social distancing” dance and I began walking towards my doctor’s office.

The hall is large and lined with chairs to hold the overflow for the offices.

An older lady in a baige coat sat behind her mask, just outside an office waiting room.

Our eyes met and I smiled.

I expected her eyes to crinkle in a return smile, but instead they looked sadder than when I first smiled.

All of this took mere seconds and I was past her by the time her eyes imprinted upon my heart.

“God, is there something I should do?”

Look again.

I glanced over my shoulder.

Her eyes were still on me, a look so forlorn, my heart hurt.

I turned around and walked over to her.

My voice was barely there and I signed while asking, “Are you okay?”

She couldn’t understand me and leaned forward.

Her eyes looking into mine with question.

I tried again and signed slower.

She understood me the second time and smiled.

“Oh, yes! I’m just tired, very tired.”

She nodded vigorously and then slumped her body in an attempt to communicate what she was saying.

Most people think I’m deaf, so they work at trying to explain with body language, which I always think is very sweet.

I had leaned towards her when first trying to speak.

Rather than speaking I nodded and gently patted her arm.

“Have a good day,” she smiled at me.

I tried to say, “You too,” while signing.

She couldn’t understand me, but she began to speak again, her eyes leaving my face and looking at my outfit.

“I really like your dress…”

Her eyes jumped back to my face as if she just realized I might not know what she was saying, so she smiled and nodded and waved.

I nodded and waved too.

Then, I turned and headed to where I needed to be.

But my heart felt the warmth of the two seconds of blessing God had given me through a stranger.

When I was finished at the Allergist she was gone.

There were other people in the hall, but none really caught my eye nor I theirs.

Jase had ridden along with me, but when I reached the car he requested I return to the building with him for a quick use of the facilities before our hour drive home.

As we walked out the same hall a Little boy I’d noticed earlier, sat up and waved.

He wasn’t waving at me, but at Jase.

Jase smiled behind his mask and waved back.

God had a purpose for these two second blessings.

What I can look at as a hindrance, is actually His working in and through my life.

God knows I need this reminder, because I forget that even my physical limitations are used by Him for good.

Those two chance meetings in the hall were excellent moments of blessing from the Lord and I’m so thankful.

I pray both of them were blessed by God as well.

1 Corinthians 10:26 KJV — For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the reminder I needed yesterday. Thank You for all those You placed in my path yesterday. Thank You for the gracious heart of others who reach out trying to bridge the gap of communication, like the man who pumped our gas while trying to sign “Thank you” and my shot nurse who brought pen and paper to my appointment. Lord, thank You for so many people You touch my heart through. Please help me to pass on the blessings, to be an encouragement and a light. Lord, please let others see You when they look at me. Let my life be a reflection. Thank You for Your love, Your blessings, and Your faithfulness. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

God’s blessings

While sitting at my desk this morning in prayer, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the change.

As renters, the back garden was a mowed yard with trees, their full branches of apples nearly touching the ground, and everywhere else was weeds.

Not a single flower or decorative plant was in the beds.

I remember feeling rather down about it.

We moved in the middle of September and my health was not going to allow me to do any yard work.

But I praised God for a yard and the lawn being mowed and the over grown apple trees.

(Anne baked us some pies!)

The following spring, one history will remember, was an interesting combination.

Despite the circumstances, the weeds were cleared away and we planted some seeds.

We were blessed to add some veggies.

It was a time of adjustment and the yard was definitely an “in progress” project.

Today, it’s much more of a garden.

There’s still things that need to be done and weeds are always trying to take back what they lost, but as I prayed I realized just how much God has blessed us with in the yard.

It’s a beautiful reminder that no matter what, God is still working.

His blessings are around us every day and all I have to do is take the time to notice.

Because I want to live with a grateful heart, I never want to miss a blessing before me.

I want to sing praises to my God and share of His generous works each day.

Because in the little bits of life’s blessings we can find the truths of God’s love, faithfulness, goodness, and grace which will carry us through the big things.

Romans 1:20 KJV — “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;…”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for creation which points us to You, the Creator. Lord, please continue to help me live a life of thankfulness to You each day. Please continue to hone and mold my heart into Your likeness, that others might see You and come to know You. Lord, I am weak and unable, but it is in my weakness You are strong. Please help me not to lean on my own understanding, but to trust in You and Your Word for every part of my life. Thank You for Your incredible blessings. Thank You for Your goodness and truth! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

I thought I’d share pictures from the garden with you this morning as an added testimony of God’s blessings.

May you too see the blessings that surround you, dear reader. ❤️

Yesterday was…

Thanksgiving for our family.

My husband went to work on Thursday so we had already made plans to celebrate on Sunday.

We sang some Christmas carols.

(I know we were blending two seasons, but we love Christmas music and sing it as early as possible.)

We read the Pilgrim’s story.

My heart breaking all over again for the sacrifices those dear people made.

Then we took turns writing what we are thankful for in the back of the book.

My husband carved the turkey and we discussed a few memories while filling out plates.

“Well, two years in a row. We over cooked the broccoli and cheese.”

“It must be that old crockpot. It wasn’t in there more than an hour.”

“Remember how people were eating your honey-butter straight out of the dish while we were in the UK, Mom?”

“They did?! I don’t remember that.”

“Yeah, it was for the cornbread, but Daddy caught them passing it around like a side dish.”

“What’s in these mashed potatoes? They’re really good.”

“Butter, sour cream, milk,…”

“Do you remember the play we put on at the school?”

“Yes, and how the one line he did turned the play into a comedy!”

“I think of him every time I read that!”

It didn’t take long for talking to subside into eating.

After cleaning up most of the family played a board game twice and then a card game..

Later, we watched three episodes of the Chosen.

(If you’ve not seen Season One of the Chosen, you can download their app for free. Dallas Jenkins is the creator and it’s wonderful.)

It was a lovely day of thankfulness and family.

Something my husband and I cherish and realize won’t always be.

Our children are growing up so fast and we know they belong to God.

We want them to go, to do whatever God calls them.

We want them to be people completely surrendered to His perfect will.

Which means we have to surrender our own desires and plans.

Because they only live under the same roof with us for a season.

A season we are so thankful for.

No matter what the future holds, may we never spend so much energy preparing for tomorrow that we miss the blessings of today.

As my husband began his prayer yesterday: “Lord, we really have so much to be thankful for…”

He’s so right!

We have today.

Dear Lord Jesus,

It’s true, we have so much to thank You for. You have given us so much each and every day. Although things can be scary and the future still seems so unpredictable, I thank You that You promise to never leave us. Thank You for providing for us. Thank You for carrying us through. Lord, please continue to help us see the blessings in today. Please help us to live wholly unto You in each day. Lord, we want to serve You, to be close to You, to love You. Please help us to do so. Thank You for yesterday. Thank You for today. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.