Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Good morning, dearest reader. This month’s theme has been joy! Do you have joy, today? If not, I pray your heart be filled with gladness, your mind with peace, your mouth with singing, and your soul with praises to our God. Truly, the joy of the Lord is our strength. If we have His joy, we have the strength to face the days ahead.
James instructs us to count it all joy (James 1:2) when our faith is tested. Why? Because the testing of our faith produces patience. And when patience’s work is complete we will lack nothing.
So, bask in His love, rest in His grace, and power up with His joy!
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the posts I’ve shared. I did!
Finally, I am talking about the comparison corner on Seriously Write today. Woohoo! If you ever compare yourself with others come by and visit me. I would love to see you there! Click here.
Top Ten Tuesday: Read Me – Reading Is My Super Power
Nana’s Gift and The Red Geranium by Janette Oke – Prismatic Prospects
Pegg Thomas Tells a Horse Tale – Linda W. Yezak
Beyond Justice (Cara Putman) – Review – Fiction Aficionado
White Space – Wordserve Water Cooler
How to Use a Writer’s Intuition to Strike Creative Gold – Writers In the Storm
Five Lessons from the Road to Publication – The Steve Laube Agency
Tips to Make Your 15-Minute Appointments a Success – Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
When I Am Afraid – Betty Thomason Owens
Faith – Wordsmith’s Desk
Monday Morning Gratitudes – Sunnybank Secrets
Finding Easter – Stacey Thureen
Gail’s Lamingtons – Cook and Enjoy Recipes
Fruit Pizza – Sugar Creek Hollow
Chicken Salad Sandwiches – Life in the Lofthouse
Concerned About Aging Well? Eat These Foods – New Creations Ministries
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Hebrews 6:18-19
Good morning, dear reader! We have been talking about hope this month. I pray the posts and posters have encouraged you to move ahead in your walk. Remember, we are never without hope. Jesus is our Hope.
Last week, I began a new series called Women of Faith and Fiction. Lynnette did a wonderful job sharing her heart. Your comments and responses on social media blessed me. Thank you for your participation.
To choose the winner of our giveaway, I assigned numbers in the order of comments, and then Random.org chose the lucky number. Drum roll, please…
And the winner of Not A Sparrow Falls is…Tori Kayson! ❤
Be sure to check out this month’s Share the Love. Alert: If you are on a diet or planning to go on a diet forget the Dulce Leche link! Just the pictures will make you gain weight. 🙂 Oh, my!
Grace Awards – And…the Grace Awards 2016 Finalists are…
Reading Is My Superpower – For Love and Honor – Jody Hedlund
Faithfully Bookish – Sandra Byrd Interview
Novel Rocket – First Feedback – Allen Arnold
Suite T – You Might Be A Writer If – Patricia Bradley
Seriously Write – Do You Want Sales…or Readers? – Marie Wells Coutu
The Seekers – The Payoff of Perseverance – Jill Weatherholt
Jerusha Agen – Fear Colored Glasses – Jerusha Agen
Novel Rocket – A Pruning Process – Marcia Lee Laycock
Shugary Sweets – Copycat Panera Broccoli Soup
Laura Frantz – My Kentucky Kitchen – Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
My Colombian Recipes – Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry
Danny Gokey – Hope In Front Of Me
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23
In every season, there is a lesson to be learned. One of the hardest lessons is realizing we are not in control. Nothing makes that more glaringly obvious than death and disease. When these storms come, the ground beneath us will never be the same. We are forever altered. And yet—
Through all of it, there is one truth that remains. God does not change. He is faithful.
It is at His feet we find rest from our troubles, a balm for the pain, and strength for the next mile.
What season are you facing at this time? What lesson are you learning?
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7
While discussing this morning’s post, my daughter asked why I didn’t post more videos. Honestly, I didn’t have an immediate answer. With music being such an essential part of my being, you’d think I would have more on this blog—a place that is supposed to reflect who I am, right? But, I hesitate on videos because of time and others may not like music as much as I do.
I awake with music in my head. When I’m sad, music consoles my pain. When I’m happy, the tempo quickens my step. Music is a healing balm to my soul. It’s how I get my praise on! And it amazes me when I am in need of “something” the right song comes along. Isn’t that just like our wonderful Savior?
David was a musician. His music soothed Saul’s troubled spirit. While David ran for his life, a song often drifted through the avenues of his soul as he sought for ways to put his needs into words. The melody was a prayer from his lips to the Lord, and the words were an answer from the Lord to David’s heart.
The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise, sing and clap our hands. What a wonderful way to start a day—after a cuppa coffee. 🙂
After much deliberation, I decided, my daughter’s idea is a good one. Truly, the Lord has surrounded me with songs of deliverance. And maybe, just maybe, the songs I post will be what someone needs that day.