Be Convinced

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for,
being convinced of what we do not see
Hebrews 11:1

True faith drops its letter in the post office box,
and lets it go.
Distrust holds on to a corner of it,
and wonders that the answer never comes.
I have some letters in my desk
that have been written for weeks,
but there was some slight uncertainty
about the address or the contents,
so they are yet unmailed.
They have not done either me
or anybody else any good yet.
They will never accomplish anything
until I let them go out of my hands
and trust them to the postman and the mail.

This the way with true faith.
It hands its case over to God,
and then He works.
That is a fine verse in the Thirty-seventh Psalm:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord,
trust also in Him, and He worketh.”

But He never worketh till we commit.
Faith is a receiving or still better,
a taking of God’s proffered gifts.
We may believe, and come, and commit, and rest;
but we will not fully realize all our blessing
until we begin to receive and come into the attitude
of abiding and taking.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth

Psalm 37:3-7
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: . . .

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It Is Possible


I waited patiently for the Lord;
and He inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.–Psalm 40:1

It is possible,
when the future is dim,
when our depressed faculties can form
no bright ideas of the perfection
and happiness of a better world,

–it is possible still to cling to the conviction of God’s merciful purpose towards His creatures, of His parental goodness even in suffering;

still to feel that the path of duty, though trodden with a heavy heart, leads to peace;

still to be true to conscience;

still to do our work,
to resist temptation,
to be useful, though with diminished energy,
to give up our wills
when we cannot rejoice under God’s mysterious providence.

In this patient, though uncheered obedience,
we become prepared for light.
The soul gathers force.
WM. E. CHANNING.

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him,
he heard.

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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

Five Minute Friday – Sing


Joining with Kate at Heading Home

For five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.”

Today’s prompt- Sing

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Important ‘Sings’ in my life

First School School song I learned at 7 years old –
The Wise Man Built His House Upon A Rock

Cousins singing patriotic songs at the top of our lungs in the spare bedroom at Grandma and Grandpa Ripley’s house, I was 12 years old.

At a Sunday morning worship service my dad and I sang
I Don’t Know Who Holds Tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand. I was 16.

My Husband-to-be sang A Wedding Prayer at our wedding 50 years ago this June. He was in charge of the music, I was expecting a love song, I guess he knew what we would really need. I was 17.

Our children birthday’s – you weren’t a year older until Happy birthday was sung, loud and off key.

A little tune I made up for my first grandson, singing while I rocked him, You’re my special Alex! 18 years ago.

Too big for rocking now!

Singing has always been an important part of my life
in the good times and in the sorrowful ones
to express joy and to gain hope.

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Abundantly Able

And being absolutely certain
that whatever promise He is bound by,
He is able to make good
Romans 4:20

We are told that Abraham could look at his own body
and consider it as good as dead
without being discouraged,
because he was not looking at himself
but at the Almighty One.
He did not stagger at the promise,
but stood straight up unbending
beneath his mighty load of blessing;
and instead of growing weak he waxed strong in the faith,
grew more robust,
the more difficulties became apparent,
glorifying God through His very sufficiency
and being “fully persuaded”
(as the Greek expresses it)
“that he who had promised was,”
not merely able,
but as it literally means “abundantly able,”
munificently able,
able with an infinite surplus of resources,
infinitely able “to perform.”

He is the God of boundless resources.
The only limit is in us.
Our asking,
our thinking,
our praying are too small;
our expectations are too limited.
He is trying to lift us up to a higher conception,
and lure us on to a mightier expectation and appropriation.
Oh, shall we put Him in derision?
–A. B. Simpson

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Unraveled Wednesday- April 19

Joining Kat & friends again this week for Unraveled Wednesday!

Trying something new to me,
work on only one project at a time!

My current one-at-a-time love is

Ring of Change by Frank O’Randle
I’m on row 52b, the 3rd row of 4 rows of crocodile stitches, that look like scales.

Lovin’ the colors!

Listening to True Honor 3rd book, Uncommon Heroes series by Dee Henderson

#The 100 Days Project

#The100DayProject update
April 10

My 100 days started on April 10.
I have crocheted every day for 8 days.
Whoot! Whoot!

April 10 I was on row 46.
Today, April 17, I am working on row 53b.
Row count looks like this: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50,
51a, 52a, 53a, 54a, 54b, 53b.
10 rows completed.

Rows 54b, 53b, 52b, & 51b are Crocodile scales and
worked over the frame work made with the ‘a’ rows.
I’ve not done this crocheting before.
I enjoy the challenge “Can I do this?”

This picture shows 2 row of the frame work
and 2 rows of the crocodile scales

The hook shows where I was on April 10.

4 rows of waves, dk orange, brown, white, lt orange
1 row med brown
4 rows of frame work, v stitches and posts
1 complete row of scales, the outside row
The yarn is variegated orange through brown,
I really like the way the colors change.

Isn’t it pretty?

Sunday Bible Reading – A Little While

John 16:16-22
Jesus says
A little while, and ye shall not see me:
and again, a little while, and ye shall see me,
because I go to the Father.

Then said some of his disciples among themselves,
What is this that he saith unto us,
A little while, and ye shall not see me:
and again, a little while,
and ye shall see me: and,
Because I go to the Father?
What is this that he saith,
A little while?
we cannot tell what he saith.

Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him,
and said unto them,
Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said,
A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again,
a little while, and ye shall see me?

Verily, verily, I say unto you,
That ye shall weep and lament,
but the world shall rejoice:
and ye shall be sorrowful,
but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow,
because her hour is come:
but as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish,
for joy that a man is born into the world.

And ye now therefore have sorrow:
but I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice,
and your joy no man taketh from you.

from Clarke’s Commentary
Your joy no man taketh from you – Or, shall take away.
. . .Our Lord’s meaning appears to have been this:
that his resurrection should be so completely demonstrated
to them, that they should never have a doubt concerning it;
and consequently that their joy should be great and permanent,
knowing that the atonement was made,
the victory gained,
and the kingdom of heaven opened to all believers.

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An Easter Story

from the book Promiseland, written by Dawn Miller

April 17, 1987
Easter Sunday

And a fine Easter it has been. Preacher out did himself on the service, and giving one of the most beautiful sermons I’ve ever heard, too. I hope and pray I can remember his words just as he spoke them to us so I can keep them in this journal to read on . . .

We sang “Rock of Ages” and Amazing Grace”, and once we finally got seated, Preacher stepped up to the front. He looked all about the tent, smiling at people, nodding, and as soon as everyone got settled and quiet he began.
“I come from a long line of storytellers, . . .
But the best storytellers are those who fire your soul with their words, who leave you with, not just a story to remember, but a different way of looking at life–of living life. Jesus was such a man, and it’s in His honor that I bring you my story for this Easter Sunday.

“Over the years a lot of folks have asked me the same question:
Why? Why did He go through with it?
Why didn’t He just call out to God
and tell Him to stop all of the madness?
After reading the Scriptures more times than I can count,
I came to the same answer every time,
He did it for love.

“Now remember, this is just a story of sorts.
I pray it does justice to His name.
So now I want yo to close your eyes, and just imagine . . .
“Imagine Jesus walking up that lonely hill called Calvary . . .
Memories begin to fill Jesus’ head as He forces His pain-wracked body on. He stumbles once but rights Himself and continues to walk, remembering. He sees anger, then brokenness and doubt, through the eyes of men desperate for a forgiveness they feared they would never have – the very men who would walk with Him.

Then come the memory of fishing . . .
He can hear the slap of a net against the water again, see the childlike amazement on His friend’s faces, hear the laughter of a wedding, and remember the loving sister who fell at His feet, weeping pitifully for her brother.
So beautiful was the human spirit when it loved.

“So many more images come to Him in His memory, and He realizes He has fallen in love with each and every one of them . . .
He stumbles again under the heavy burden on His back then feels the grasp of a firm hand and sees His Father’s love staring out at Him through the eyes of a man dressed in a soldier’s’ uniform.

There are so many who are lost, he thinks,
so many who need to be found . . . My life for theirs, Father . . .
And with that thought He is given a vision of what would come to pass through the ages. He sees an old man who drinks too much because he’s seen too much ugliness in the world. The old man wakes in a snowdrift one night, lying on his back. He begins to cry, calling out to Jesus. A drop of blood falls on this man,
and Jesus sees him being helped up by a scraggly boy–a boy who would later give him a Book that would open his eyes to beauty again.

“Jesus takes another step, and as He does, He sees a fallen woman who cries herself to sleep at night when no one else can hear her–but He hears–
and as she drops to her knees, another drop of blood falls,
and suddenly the woman is a laughing mother of four who travels at night to the worst brothels around to tell young girls she understand their life–and she knows Someone who will treat them better–a man called Jesus . . .

“Jesus nods, thinking, yes, He understands.
Then He lies down willingly as soldiers begin to nail Him to the cross. They begin to hammer, and the pain must be unbearable,
but it’s as if Jesus is distracted by something.
His head is turned, as though He’s listening.
Somewhere in the distance He can hear the laughter of a child,
drowning out the sound of hammering, drowning out the pain,
as a lilting little voice sings strong and sweet,
echoing through the centuries:
‘Yes, Jesus loves me . . .’

“As the hours go by, Jesus feels His heart swell with the love that so many would ponder over the years to come.
Why? they would ask.
But, then, they hadn’t seen what He had seen.
He closes His eyes and with a a great sigh.
He says the words that would make it happen,
the words that would give us a chance
to be all God meant for us to be,
“It is finished.”

Preacher, who had a distant look on his face as he was telling the story, seemed to come to us then, and he looked around the tent. It was so quiet you could’ve heard a pin drop.

“But He wasn’t finished with us, ”
Preacher said, his voice thick with emotion , and I saw his eyes travel the crowd, . . .

“He had only begun to show His love. Peter found that out.
I can only imagine how heartbroken he was, sitting in that boat a few days later, tormenting himself over denying Jesus. Then he spotted a man standing on the shore.
‘It’s the Lord!”
he heard John exclaim–and yet he didn’t flee.
Instead , he plunged into the water and began to swim toward Him for all he was worth. Because Peter knew–
that no matter how bad he had messed up,
he would be forgiven, he would be loved . . .

“My prayer for all of you this Easter
is that the next time you’re feeling like running away–
you dive into the water instead–
and that you love each other like Jesus loves us.
Love like you’ve never been hurt before.”

How Can We Know the Way?

John 14:1-4, 6
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him,
Lord, we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,

I am the Way – That leads so the Father: –
the Truth that teaches the knowledge of God,
and directs in the way: –
the Life that animates all those who seek and serve him,
and which is to be enjoyed eternally at the end of the way.

Christ is the Way:
1. By his doctrine, John 6:68.
2. By his example, 1 Peter 2:21.
3. By his sacrifice, Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:9.
4. By his Spirit, John 16:13.

He is the Truth:
1. In opposition to all false religions.
2. To the Mosaic law, which was only the shadow, not the truth or substance, of the good things which were to come. And
3. In respect to all the promises of God, 2 Corinthians 1:20.

He is the Life,
both in grace and glory;
the life that not only saves from death, but destroys it.

No man cometh unto the Father
By any other doctrine,
by any other merit,
or by any other intercession than mine.

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#100 Days of Crocheting

Over on Instagram, @elleluna and @lindsayjeanthomson are hosting #The100DayProject.

I have a crochet project I want to get done this summer.

Perhaps with a challenge like this – crocheting, at least,
a little time on it for 100 days straight;
I’ll see some progress.

Rings of Change
March 6, row 45 completed

I started crocheting again on this afghan last week,
working on row 46 with it’s 590+ stitches.
As I was ending the row I realized my count was off.
I started counting/checking my stitches
from the beginning of the row
and found a mistake within the first 12 stitches.
I had to frog (rip it, rip it) the entire row.

I finished the redo on April 10 and started row 47.
I’m counting this as #1 of 100 days.

It is 11:21 PST.
So if I am going to crochet on Day 2,
I better get started.

Wish me luck –
Starting is easy for me,
continuing that is the hard part.

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Establish, Strengthen, Settle You

Cozy Acres has California Poppy blooming everywhere.

1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect,
stablish,
strengthen,
settle you.

Notes from Clarke’s Comentary

But the God of all grace
The Fountain of infinite compassion, mercy, and goodness.
In the name of the God of all grace; the God who is the most merciful and the most compassionate, who is an exuberant Fountain of love and compassion to all his intelligent offspring.

Who hath called us
By the preaching of the Gospel.

Unto his eternal glory
To the infinite felicity of the heavenly state.

By Christ Jesus
Through the merit of his passion and death, by the influence of his Holy Spirit, by the precepts of his Gospel, and by the splendor of his own example.

After that ye have suffered a while
Having suffered a little time; that is, while ye are enduring these persecutions, God will cause all to work together for your good.

Make you perfect
He will make you perfect. – Put you in complete joint as the timbers of a building.

Stablish
Make you firm in every part; adapt you strongly to each other, so that you may be mutual supports, the whole building being one in the Lord.

Strengthen
Cramp and bind every part, so that there shall be no danger of warping, splitting, or falling.

Settle
Cause all to rest so evenly and firmly
upon the best and surest foundation,
that ye may grow together to a holy temple in the Lord:
in a word,
that ye may be complete in all the mind that was in Christ;
supported in all your trials and difficulties;
strengthened to resist and overcome all your enemies;
and after all abide, firmly founded, in the truth of grace.

Sunday Bible Reading

Isaiah 41:8-10

But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend.
Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
and called thee from the chief men thereof,
and said unto thee,
Thou art my servant;
I have chosen thee,
and not cast thee away.
Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea,
I will help thee; yea,
I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.

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The Lesson of ‘Inward Stillness’

Their strength is to sit still.
Isaiah 30:7

In order really to know God,
inward stillness is absolutely necessary.
I remember when I first learned this.
A time of great emergency had risen in my life,
when every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety,
and when the necessity
for immediate and vigorous action seemed overpowering;
and yet circumstances were such that I could do nothing,
and the person who could, would not stir.

For a little while it seemed as if
I must fly to pieces with the inward turmoil,
when suddenly the still small voice whispered
in the depths of my soul,
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
The word was with power, and I hearkened.
I composed my body to perfect stillness,
and I constrained my troubled spirit into quietness,
and looked up and waited;
and then I did “know” that it was God,
God even in the very emergency
and in my helplessness to meet it;
and I rested in Him.

It was an experience
that I would not have missed for worlds;
and I may add also,
that out of this stillness seemed to arise
a power to deal with the emergency,
that very soon brought it to a successful issue.
I learned then effectually
that my “strength was to sit still.”
–Hannah Whitall Smith

Let be and be still,
and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10 AMPC

‘I Trust in Thee’

Though he slay me, yet will I trust him (Job 13:15).

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
‘I trust in Thee.’

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
Unanswered from the still, white realm above;
I will believe it is an all-wise love
Which has refused these things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,
Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing
Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive.
I will believe the heights for which I strive
Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses.
I yet shall see through my severest losses
The greater gain.

I will not doubt. Well anchored is this faith,
Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;
So strong its courage that it will not quail
To breast the mighty unknown sea of death.
Oh, may I cry, though body parts with spirit,
‘I do not doubt,’ so listening worlds may hear it,
With my last breath.

Day by Day, And with each passing moment.
Click for song,

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