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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Today’s thought – Who me?

apr19 002the Farmer’s cactus garden, one is a bloom!

Good Morning

Matthew 26:20-22
Now when the even was come,
he sat down with the twelve.
And as they did eat, he said,
Verily I say unto you,
that one of you shall betray me.
And they were exceeding sorrowful,
and began every one of them to say unto him,
Lord, is it I?

 
When our Lord said, “One of you will betray Me,”
thank God thous disciples had enough spirituality
that nobody said,
“Lord, it is he?”
Everyone of those disciples said,
“Lord, is it I?”
If they would not have so responded
there could not have been a Pentecost.
But because they were humble enough
to point the finger in their own direction
the Holy Spirit fell upon them. . . .
A. W. Toxer

Bow at the cross of Jesus . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming!

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Good Morning

‘It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming’
is my favorite message during Easter.
It reminds me -
in the midst of hopelessness and despair
there is still HOPE.
God’s Word is still true.
BE still, it’s only Friday.

‘It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming’

S M Lockridge

BE assured it is only Friday!
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Abraham’s Faith

apr11 003Boysenberries vines are loaded this year, Yum, Yum!

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Good Morning

He went out, not knowing where he was going —Hebrews 11:8

In the Old Testament, a person’s relationship with God was seen by the degree of separation in that person’s life. This separation is exhibited in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and his family. When we think of separation today, we do not mean to be literally separated from those family members who do not have a personal relationship with God, but to be separated mentally and morally from their viewpoints. This is what Jesus Christ was referring to in Luke 14:26.

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.

The final stage in the life of faith is the attainment of character, and we encounter many changes in the process. We feel the presence of God around us when we pray, yet we are only momentarily changed. We tend to keep going back to our everyday ways and the glory vanishes. A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day—in and day—out consistency; a life of walking without fainting (see Isaiah 40:31). It is not even a question of the holiness of sanctification, but of something which comes much farther down the road. It is a faith that has been tried and proved and has withstood the test. Abraham is not a type or an example of the holiness of sanctification, but a type of the life of faith—a faith, tested and true, built on the true God. “Abraham believed God. . .” (Romans 4:3)

My Utmost for His Highest- Oswald Chambers

By faith  . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – . . . But as Thou Wilt

apr14 002the Farmer has radishes to pick and eat!

Good Morning

Matthew 26:36-39 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Choose but the will of God,
and thou willest His wisdom,
with His all-perfect choice;
thou enterest inot His counsels;
thou lovest with His love.
Be this our watch-word, brethren,
for the Church,
for those we love,
for our own souls.
Be this our rule in action,
“not what I, but what Thou”;
this, in suffering;
“not what I, but what Thou”.
This shall hallow our hopes;
this shall hush our fears;
this shall ward off disquiet;
this shall preserve our peace;
this shall calm anxieties,
this (if so it must be) shall soothe our heart-aches;
this shall give repose to our weariness;
this, the deeper our trouble,
shall be the deeper foretaste of everlasting peace and rest.
“Lord, not what I will, but what thou”:
not what I, in my misery,
and ignorance, and blindness, and . . .,
but what Thou, in Thy mercy,
and holiness and wisdom and love.
E.B. Pusey

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

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Today’s thought – In All Circumstances

apr5 006Blossoms from a nest of Hens and Chickens.

Good Morning

I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you

A farmer who lived near London during World War II
wrote to the Scripture Gift Mission requesting prayer
that no bombs would fall on his small farm.
He enclosed a five-shilling offering.
He explained that his harvest had been awful,
and he didn’t have enough money
to bring water for the parched crops.
He could not afford another setback without losing his farm.
The secretary of the mission wrote back
and said he could not ask that his farm be spared
but instead would bray that God’s will would be done.

Soon afterward the largest bomb in the German arsenal
hit the man’s farm.
The impact was so big that it unearthed a spring.
The spring not only amply watered his farm,
but also enabled him to share water with his neighbors.
And the next year,
he enjoyed an abundant harvest.
He sent a fifty-pound check
to the mission as a thanksgiving offering.
from A Daybook of Grace, Fall River Press

Thank God for unexpected blessings. . . Today
with my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Remember Jesus, Today

apr5 005I love these little violas.
Oh, Look, an oak tree sprout the Farmer hasn’t found.

Good Morning

When times get hard, remember Jesus . . .
When tears come, remember Jesus . . .
When fear pitches his tent in your front yard.
When death looms,
when anger sings,
when shame weighs heavily.
Remember Jesus.
Max Lucado

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say, Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 NIV

There is a place of comfort sweet
Near to the heart of God
A place where we our Saviour meet,
Near to the heart of God . .
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.
Cleland B.McAfee

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 7. Today’s thought – Cacao Beans

Good Morning

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From Hugs for Chocolate Lovers, Bicket and Brandon

Turning cacao beans into chocolate is a long and difficult process.
Cacao pods are hand sorted, crushed, and then roasted.
Next the pods undergo winnowing, a grinding process
that removes the hard outer hulls from the tender chocolate nibs.
This chocolate is heated to a liquid through friction–
the longer it endures the heat, or conching,
the smoother and more refined its ultimate texture.
The final stage is tempering,
where the chocolate is cooled very carefully
to attain the desired snap when broken,
perfectly smooth meltability,
and glossy shine.
If the process is rushed,
the chocolate will crystallize,
ruining the finished product.

Life is a similar process.
Families go through any number of difficult stages:
crushing, winnowing, grinding, tempering, and refining.
It’s never pleasant to endure the protracted hear of conching
or the delicate cooling required for tempering.
But these stages are essential
to producing the beautiful sheen
and best quality in our families
and in our lives.

Bearing the crushing or the heat isn’t nearly as painful
when families stick together.
Indeed, it is these very processes
that serve to blend families together
in the most satisfying, long-lasting way.

If your family is being crushed in the crucible
or feeling extreme heat,
here’s sweet reassurance:
families that endure difficulties together stick together,
love together,
and eventually laugh together.
Don’t curse the blending process embrace it– and your family.

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (or good chocolate)

Enjoy some chocolate today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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April 1, Today’s Thought – Mould Us

apr1Between showers on this rainy day, the Farmer watches over his gardens.

Good Morning

2 Timothy 2:21b . . . he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Mould us, great God,
into forms of beauty and usefulness
by the wheel of Providence
and by the touch of Thy hand.
Fulfil Thine ideal,
and conform us to the image of Thy Son.
In Thy great house may we stand
as vessels meet for Thy use.
We are little better than common earthenware,
but may we be cleansed,
and purified,
and filled with Thy heavenly treasure.
Dip us deep into the River of Life,
and give refreshment by us
to many parched and weary hearts.
F. B. Meyer

2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. 21 So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. Amplified Bible

Mould me . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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March 31, Today’s thought – Go on Thy Way

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Good Morning

Luke-10-27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and thy neighbor as thyself,”
and the go on thy way.
The way in which God shall lead thee
may be over rocks and deserts,
over mountains and oceans,
amid things perilous to the sight and touch;
but still go on thy way rejoicing.
Thomas C. Upham

One step at a time . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Lighten My Candle

mar29 002Japanese Ground Orchid from Grandma Crain’s garden to ours.

Good Morning

Psalm 18:28-30
For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

For long the wick of my lamp had served my purpose,
silently ministering as I read beside it.
I felt ashamed that I had not before
noticed its unobtrusive ministry.
I said to the wick:
“For the service of many months I thank thee.”

“What have I done for thee?”

“Hast thou not given light upon my page?”

“Indeed, no:
I have no light to give,
in proof whereof take me from my bath of oil,
and see how quickly I expire.
Thou wilt soon turn me as a piece of smoking flax.
It is not I that burns,
but the oil with which my texture is saturated.
It is this that lights thee.
I simple mediate between the oil in the cistern
and the fire on my edge.
This blackened edge slowly decays,
but the light continually burns.”

“Dost thou not fear becoming exhausted?
See how many inches of coil remain!
Wilt thou be able to give light
till every inch of this is slowly
charred and cut away?”

“I have no fear
so long as the supply of oil does not fail,
if only some kindly hand will remove
from time to time the charred margin . . .
exposing a fresh edge to the flame.
This is my twofold need:
oil and trimming.
Give me these and
I shall burn to the end.”

You may seem altogether helpless and inadequate;
but a living fountain of oil is prepared
to furnish you with inexhaustible supplies.
Not my your might or power, but by His Spirit.
Hour after hour the oil climbs up the wick to the flame!
from Streams in the Desert Vol 2

Matthew 25:4, 7, 10
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

10 . . . and they that were ready went in with him . . .

Be prepared . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Rock of Ages

feb24 029Brother Bob’s house at Cozy Acres.
You can see the top of our RV about half way down the picture
to the right of the evergreen tree,

Good Morning

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].AMP

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me- Psalm 62:5-8
Let me hide myself in Thee – Exodus 33:22
Let the water and the blood – 1 John 5:6
From Thy riven side which flowed – John 19:34
Be of sin the double cure – 2 Kings 2:9-10
Cleanse me from its guilt and power- Isaiah 1:19

Not the labor of my hands- John 5:30 (first clause)
Can fulfill the law’s demands- Exodus 33:22
Could my zeal no respite know- Psalm 69:6 (first clause)
Could my tears forever flow – Psalm 6:6
All for sin could not atone – Heb. 10:5-6
Thou must save and Thou alone – Hebrews 10:8-10

Nothing in my hand I bring – Isaiah 4:1
Simply to Thy Cross I cling – Galatians 6:14
Naked come to Thee for dress- Rom. 13:14 (first clause)
Helpless look to Thee for grace- Philippians 4:I3
Foul, I to the fountain fly – Psalm 2:7
Wash me Saviour, or I die – John 13:8 (second clause)

While I draw this fleeting breath- Psalm 103:15-16
When my eyelids close in death – Ecclesiastes 12:3-7
When I soar to worlds unknown – John 14:2-3
See Thee on Thy judgment throne – Matthew 25:31
Rock of Ages cleft for me- 1 Corinthians 10:4 (third clause)
Let me hide myself in Thee – Psalm 16:1-8

Isaiah 26:3-4
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:KJV

Hide Thou me . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Invisible Reality

mar25 011the Farmer’s Meyer lemon

mar25 012has many blossoms despite the freezing weather this winter.

Good Morning

Romans 8:24-25
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:25b . . .we wait for it with patience and composure.AMP

How can you prove God is real?
The truth is, even though there are wonderful arguments
for the existence of God,
you cannot prove His existence.
You can point to His world and His works,
but He is invisible.
Some have heard Him speak in an audible voice,
but again, no one has God on an audio recorder.
Is this a problem?
Is it troubling?
Not at all!
If God could be seen through a telescope or under a microscope,
would He be the Almighty God proclaimed in His Word?
He’s the Creator
and as such cannot be studied in the same way as His creation.
Paul asks, “who hopes for what he already has?”
He also says, “hope that is seen is no hope at all.”
Hope is for the deeper, more profound realities
that require open hearts and eyes.

I believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining.
I believe in love even when I am alone.
I believe in God even when He is silent. unkn

from A Day Book of Grace.

Continue to HOPE . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – The Greatest of These

mar25 003Sweet Peas are blooming.

Good Morning

Philippians 1:9-10 And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment], So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].

Tradition says that when they carried Saint John for the last time into the church, he lifted up his feeble hands to the listening congreation, and said,
“Little children, love one another.”
The words are echoing yet throughout the world.
More precious and important even than faith is heaven ly love. Without it faith must ultimately wither. Many of God’s most powerful workers after a time lose their power because they lose the spirit of love. This is the crowning grace of Christian character. It has a thousand shades, and it is in the finer touches that its glory consists.
Every new experience of life is but a school to learn some lesson of love. Let us not try to expel our teachers. Let us welcome them and so learn the lesson, that they may soon pass on and leave us to make new advances.
If mountains can be removed by faith, is there less power in love?
The immense arms from either side of the Forth Bridge had been completed, slowly and steadily they had been built out; all that was now needed at the center of the mighty arch was the final riveting.
The day fixed was cold and chilly, and cold contracts metals. In spite of fires set under the iron to expand it the inch or two required, the union could not be completed and the day’s program was a failure.
But the next day the sun rose bright; under its genial warmth the iron expanded, the holes came opposite each other, and the riveters had nothing to do but drive the binding bolts home.

1Corinthians 13:13 And so faith, hope, love abide
[faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things;
hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation;
love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us],
these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Love one another” . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Click on the link to see a picture of Forth Bridge, a bridge for trains, and a little of its history. It is a beautiful bridge.

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