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vigor

Punxsutawney, United States

Journal

How Much is a Miracle?

I love to share these inspirationals by Godvine. Miracles will only happen if you believe in them like this little girl did. I pray you have a miracle this year!
God Bless,
Viv

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“And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.’ And immediately he rose.” – Acts 9:34

Do you remember every miracle from the Bible? It would be hard to, there are so many! God has given us an abundance of miracles over the history of the world and He will give us many, many more. Have faith and pray, He is listening to you.

How Much is a Miracle?

Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he …

Angels in the Alley

Here is another wonderful story to the glory of God by Godvine. I have heard other stories from people as well as having my own that will attest to the power of prayer and God’s protection. I hope you enjoy this. God bless! Viv
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“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. “ – 2 Timothy 1:7

Don’t be afraid of what is before you. God has blessed you with His love and protection. Wherever you may go, He will go, too. As the new year approaches, remember that you will never be alone.

Angels in the Alley

Diane, a young Christian University student, was home for the summer. She had gone to visit some friends one evening and time passed quickly as each s…

A New Year’s Prayer

I want to pass this devotional from Dayspring along to you for this coming new year. Amid all the negative media we hear every day, as long as we keep focused on everything beautiful, peaceful, joyful, and most of all, to keep one another encouraged here on Red Bubble, we can have the most wonderful year of all! I want to thank you all again for supporting me and for all the truly beautiful friendships that I have made by getting to know you!
Blessings for 21013,
Viv

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Love, Peace and Joy

Love
to make your memories brighter…
Peace
to make your heart at rest…
Joy
to make your celebration wonderful and really blessed.

Happy New Year!

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

God, According to an 8 Year Old

Out of the mouths of babes it has been said. This little boy in his naive innocence still knows more about God than most adults ever learn. His knowledge could only be given by inspiration from God Himself. I think after reading this you will agree. I pray this brings a smile to you today!
God bless,
Viv

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An Inspirational by Godvine

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

Our Lord can do SO many amazing things, nothing is impossible with Him! He gave us His Son so that our sins could be forgiven and He has a plan for each and every one of us. We are truly blessed. :)

God, According to an 8 Year Old

Written by an 8 year old from Chula Vista, CA, for his third grade homework …

Mary's Song

Now that Christmas day is over, may we take time in the coming new year, to reflect upon the Grace of our Lord, Christ Jesus and give Him an attitude of gratitude for giving us the ultimate gift, that will never expire…eternal life!
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Devotional by Godvine

“Saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” – Matthew 2:2

Even though Christmas is over, our celebrations and joy should not be! Let us give thanks for being able to enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior – but also look forward to the celebrating the new year that’s coming!

Mary’s Song

My soul doth magnify
And glory in the Lord
His lowly handmaiden
He has chosen over all
My spirit doth rejoice
Over God my saviour
For He has truly bl…

His Unfailing Presence

I want to wish everyone a blessed, joyous and prosperous new year. We just never know what the future holds, but when we walk with Jesus, we do know Who holds the future!
Viv

Devotional by Godvine

“Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.” – Psalm 66:8-9

As we think about what’s to come in the new year, let us be strengthened by the knowledge that the Lord will be ever at our side. Jesus walks with us through life – and He will even carry us if we don’t need it!

His Unfailing Presence

Another year I enter
Its history unknown;
Oh, how my feet would tremble
To tread its paths alone!
But I have heard a whisper,
I know I shall be blest;
“My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee …

The Holy Infant

An inspirational by Godvine

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” – Luke 2:10 -11

So many years ago, a Savior was born to us! Let us give thanks and celebrate the most miraculous gift of God, Jesus Christ, His Son and our Lord! God Bless you and enjoy this wonderful day!

The Holy Infant

In the presence of the lowly beasts
The Prince of Peace was born
And to His earthly joyous cries
They bowed low head and horn
The shepherds stood in wonder
As the Child they stood before
The Child the angel told of
Lay before them in the straw
Countless miles the Magi came
Having traveled from the east
In lavish robes they knelt before him
And bowe…

He is Found by Those Who Seek Him

He is Found by Those Who Seek Him

Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6 NKJV

To seek Jesus is to seek reality. He not only has directions for us to follow, but He is the pathway upon which we travel.

He not only has things to say to us, but He is the Truth we seek to know.

He not only has the answers for our existence, but He is the Eternal Life that we so desperately seek.

A glorious truth of Scripture is the certainty that if we seek after the Lord we will not be disappointed. Seekers are finders. The beauty of God’s promise is what we find and Who we find as the result of our seeking.

We not only find peace, but we also find the Prince of Peace.

We not only find righteousness, but we also find the Righteous One.

We not only find counsel, but…

His Star - One True Light

The story of Christmas is real, God came to earth as a baby who gave up His divinity in heaven and became poor and humble so that we could inherit eternal life. God’s word does not contradict itself, as it cannot, God can not lie. His plan for salvation took 4,000 years from the time of Adam and Eve to be fulfilled in prophesy. You and I are now the ones who know what the mystery of God is all about. If you have believed and received Christ into your life, you have been giving the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit to understand just how important this Christmas story truly is. May His true Light shine in your life this Christmas!

His Star – One True Light

One night, in one place, one special star appeared in the heavens, for one ordained length of time, and with one specific …

Christmas Travelers

Sweet Mama Dog Interacting with a Beautiful Child with Down Syndrome
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“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” – Acts 5:31

God gave us a wonderful gift so many years ago … His Son! Jesus is the perfect Prince of Peace and he has saved us from our sins. Santa doesn’t have anything on God! :)

Christmas Travelers

Christmas recalls the story of travelers propelled by the unhurried rhythm of their animals:

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Why did these wisemen undertake such a journey?

A tall astronomer, advisor to the Persian king, springs from his midnight vigil in the palace courtyard. “Casper, co…

A Must See ~ Just Beautiful!

Glass Harp

Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) by P.Tchaikovsky performed live on a glass harp. These musicians are known as Glass Duo and are from Poland. This performance was at the Chamber Music Festival in Bologna, Italy – June 2010.

A Reason To Celebrate!

A Reason To Celebrate!

Jesus-
What a wonderful name…
What a perfect Saviour…
What a reason to celebrate!

She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

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God’s Perfect Gift

Little baby on the hay,
soon there’ll be another day
when nails shall pierce
Your hands and feet
as You provide our sin’s defeat.

Risen Jesus on the throne,
we lift our praise to You alone-
for You’re the gift that we receive
the moment that our hearts believe.
- Roy Lessin

Thank God for this gift, His gift. No language can praise it enough! II Corinthians 9:15

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Merry Christmas to you!!!

For you, my Bubbler Friends,
One of the things I think make Christmas so special is the way it brings the world together with a common goal…to extend joy and peace throughout the world. Since being on Red Bubble it has expanded my horizons of the world when I meet so many beautiful people from all over~it has made me realize that we all as humans still have so much in common. I am thankful that art and photography has been that common goal that ties us together like a beautiful bow upon a beautifully wrapped package.
I want to thank you all so very much for your support and your generous comments throughout the year. You guys are truly my extended family and this card is for you, wherever you may be!!!
Have a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous, healthy, new year!!!

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Condolences for Sandy Hook Families

I saw this address on the Today Show for anyone wishing to send a card of condolences to the families of the victims at the shooting in Newtown CT last week. This is a chance to show a random act of kindness to those are suffering such a loss this Christmas.

Mail to:

MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE
PO BOX 3700
NEWTOWN, CT 06470

What you can tell your heart when the world seems dark…

The incident that took place this past week at Newtown CT has effected all of us. Some may be wondering where was God that He would allow such a thing to happen. But we forget that He is with us and He has given all of us free will for the choices we make in life. Our choices whether good or bad all have consequences. God is not the One Who failed us but rather it’s we who have failed God by allowing Him to be removed from our homes, our nation and even some of the churches. As a result, we have separated ourselves from Him and at times like this, we want to blame everything bad that happens on Him. This is wrong thinking and believing. God sent His only Son to die on our behalf so that we may live…should we choose to receive this gift. There are consequences to every choice w

Ten Things God Wants You to Remember

At this time of year, we tend to get wrapped up in the Christmas season and don’t stop to think about the reason for it. Without Christ, it wouldn’t be Christ…mas. It’s the day that God came to earth to dwell among men and preach a gospel of His Grace, His divine and unmerited Grace. It is God giving man what they don’t deserve. This was the first gift of Christmas, it wasn’t the jingle bell in the Polar Express.
Imagine knowing that your destiny on earth was to die? Jesus knew this as He fulfilled His Father’s will in saving men from their separation from God due to sin. This is the new covenant message which far outpasses the old covenant message,which was man trying to earn his salvation by forgiveness of sins through the blood of goats and bul

A Prayer for Sandy Hook

This article is not a typical one as it came to me via email today. This is written by a journalist from Town Hall magazine and as I come alongside him in this prayer, I thought I would share it with you and perhaps you will also come in agreement.

A Prayer for Sandy Hook
By Matt Barber

Dec 17, 2012

In light of the horrific developments in Newtown, Conn. – developments so sorrowful that no words will do – I felt it only appropriate to pull my regular column for this week. I offer, instead, the only words I can at this inexpressibly mournful time: A simple prayer. ~ Matt Barber

Please come, Lord Jesus.

Come, King Jesus.

Come soon I pray.

Yet, even still come now, Holy Spirit, until such time.

We need You.

As the banked fish gasps for that which, without, she will surely die, so too do we ga…

Twelve Days of Christmas

If you’re like me, you love to sing this song, but whatever does it mean? This may give us the answers to this timeless Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas!!!

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The …

Where's the line to see Jesus?

This came to me via email and it was one that I wanted to share with you too. If you love Christ as I do, this will put Christ back into Christmas. He is the real reason for the season! I hope you enjoy this!!!
Viv

About the Song

While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom,
“where’s the line to see Jesus”?

My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent
the song off to Nashville without much response, e…

When Our Hearts Were In Need

Wonderment at the mysteries of Christ’s words and works is one of the threads that runs through Luke’s gospel, such as Luke 2:33; “A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:47-49; “And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You. And He said to them, ’Why is it that you were looking for Me: Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”

When Our Hearts Were In Need
from Dayspring Devotionals

To those in sin, God sent us the Savior;
To those in darkness, God sent us the Light;
To those in bondage…

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends

In honor of all our friends who are celebrating the season of Hanukkah.
Don’t let the Light go out!!!

What’s Hanukkah without traditional latkes? Celebrate the festival of lights with our rendition of finger-licking good latkes. They’re a holiday staple.
You don’t have to celebrate Hanukkah to appreciate the deliciousness of a good latke. Originating in Eastern Europe, latkes (potato pancakes) have been a staple of the Jewish diet for many years. Eaten especially during the festival of Hanukkah, their crispy exterior, warm center, and savory flavor are simply irresistible.

Hanukkah Latkes

2 lb. potatoes 1 lg. carrot 1 onion 2 lg. eggs 1/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Methods/steps
Grate potatoes, carrot and onion. Boil potatoes and carrot until done. Drain and blot …

Sold a canvas print

I do not know who it was that bought this work as a canvas print, but I would like to give thanks to the Lord for this wonderful blessing as well as the person who purchased it. I am truly overwhelmed with this sale.

FALL FANTASY

When God Draws Near: The Plan for Redemption

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Christmas is a special time for most people. It’s a time to feel the love and generosity, not only in the giving, but also in receiving it. Why is this? God set His love abroad in the hearts of all men, everywhere to prepare a place for Himself through His Son called Jesus. Christmas is all about Jesus and that love from God. When we speak of ‘Peace, and Goodwill toward men’, this is exactly what it’s all about. I pray that you will find this true Christmas peace and goodwill in your heart and give thanks to the Lord for the ultimate love He gave to you. This is my wish for everyone this Christmas.
God bless,
Viv

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Reflectin

Rejoice This Christmas

Devotional by Day Spring

I love Christmas, it is a wonderful time to ponder on the true gift that set all people free from the bondage of sin, death and hell. That gift is in the person of Christ. For those who know Him and love Him this is an especially special time of year. If you don’t yet know Him, He is always knocking on the door of your heart, and all you need do is just open it up and invite Him in.
Merry Christmas!
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Rejoice This Christmas

This Christmas may your heart rejoice
in knowing you’ve received from Him
the greatest gift of all.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in t

Getting Rid of Your Guilt for Good

I’m sure I’m not alone with this one. Guilt always has a way of rearing its ugly head, especially now around the holidays. We want to give nice gifts to the ones we love and care the most about and we often go overboard, am I talking to anyone out there? I really hate worrying about the guilt of spending money when I know this year I have been blessed and can do it. I don’t spend money frivolously but this time of year it’s a given to spend more. I am trying harder to recognize the God Who gives me these blessings and to thank Him for His precious gifts and then I toss my worries aside and stop feeling like I robbed a bank or something. I find that in my Christian walk, thankfulness is the one most important thing we can do to honor God. I am thankful that I have a…

How do you know when to say yes and when to say no?

Inspirational by Heart to Heart

There are many things to consider before we commit to something and I thought these were some pretty good questions we should ask when we just aren’t sure what we should do. I have always liked what Joyce Meyer says when you feel God is leading you to do something and you feel afraid. She says, “Do it afraid!” The thing that God wants us to do is grow in Him and that takes trusting Him. I have learned that we cannot rely on our ‘feelings’ to make a right decision. Feelings are fickle and change all the time. So like this says, often times, if we do feel afraid, it’s most likely a sign to continue going forward and not running back. If you are faced with some life changing decisions, perhaps the best thing to do is do it a

Grateful for YOU

Grateful for YOU

Hello, Friend…

The one who shows up here to read these words.

Wherever you are right now, whatever you’re doing today, I just wanted to whisper to your heart…

I’m grateful for you.

For your life.

For your gifts.

For the difference you’re making {even when you can’t see it}.

I’m thankful that in this great big world, God connected us to each other in the place, for this time.

I pray He blesses you more than ever and that your holiday season is full of joy!

Love,

Viv

The Gift of Grace

Devotional by Dayspring

The Gift of Grace

Jesus Is Full Of Grace

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith – and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

One Thousand Gifts
- An Invitation to Thankfulness -

It was a dare, like a love dare of sorts, and I take it one clear November morning. It is the beginning of list season. Lists of holiday menus, handmade projects, have-to-buys.

She dares me, and I don’t blink. Could I write a list of a thousand things I love? I read her line again. To name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts – is that what she means?

I grab a scrap paper and flip it over. Across the backside, on a whim, a dare, I scratch it down: Gift List. Not of gifts I want to buy but of gifts I already have.
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A letter to God

I got this via email and I thought it was worth sharing. The loss of a pet is not easy for anyone and especially a child. But, whoever responded was someone of great compassion and understanding and knows how God feels about all of us, even down to our pets.
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Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog?
She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.
I miss her very much.
I ‘m happy that you …

A Thanksgiving Story

Devotional by Godvine

This may sound like a goody goody story that some of you may be skeptical of, but I know as one who has been without at times, witnessed how God moves people to move on your behalf just when you need it most. There really are earthly angels here, believers and non-believers alike. Now, when I have a chance to repay that kindness to someone else I also know God is using me.
God will use who He chooses. Perhaps He will use you to lift someone up today.
Blessings,
Viv
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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

God gave us so many wonderful gifts – don’t you agree? :) So why not take some time to give th

THE MAYAN CALENDAR: 2012

I’m sure by now you have heard of the ‘Mayan calendar’ and how on 12-21-12 it is going to effect life as we know it. Some even believe that like the movie 2012 the earth will be flooded or destroyed. Well, God promised He would never again flood the earth and it is certainly not going to be the end of the world. I do believe that we will experience some more catastrophes since the lining up the planets will have a great effect as we’ve been seeing some unusual changes going on already.
I found this article to offer some very good information of truth and I wanted to pass it along to you, if you are interested in this kind of thing.
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THE MAYAN CALENDAR: 2012
By Ben Williamson

The Mayans: The ancien…

You’re Never a Failure

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

I love bringing these tasty morsels to the table. If you glean from them, you will go away feeling full…not foolish. When I think back on the times I saw myself as a failure in life because I never made a ‘big’ name for myself or became famous or rich doing anything. What did I do with my life? Was this just a waste of my time to even try? Well, I can relax now and really know that I am just the person I was created to be in Christ. He is the One Who has brought me the knowledge to understand that this life is not about me, it never was. But when I make it all about Him, He will open doors that can’t be shut and pour down blessings that will over flow and can’t be contained. I am a success because He calls me His

Prepare Your Heart For Love

It seems that time of year is once again upon us. What do you think of when you hear “Christmas”? Do you think of family, trees, lights, food, celebrating, presents? These are all the things that come along with this special season but…do you think about the reason for this season? If Christ is your reason then this holiday will take on a more fulfilling and deeper meaning. If not then it’s really just another day to celebrate ourselves. May this Christmas bring you the Peace, Love and Joy that God gave to us in the Presence of His Son, Jesus. May His blessed birth fill your heart this Christmas.
God loves you!
Viv

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Prepare Your Heart For Love (Pt1)
Devotional by Heart to Heart

Because what we’re really ge…

Just in case you wonder if something is the matter with you

Devotional from Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth
Well this certainly hits home for me as I’m sure it does with many of you as well. I think we should stop apologizing for the qualities we have that make us who we are and celebrating in them and accepting that we are who we are for a very good reason!
Blessings!
Viv

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Just in case you wonder if something is the matter with you

Her voice sounds flustered, “I got caught up in a craft project and totally lost track of time. What’s the matter with me?”

Or she writes over email, “I don’t know why it bugs me so much when people are rude at the grocery store. I’m so sensitive. What’s the matter with me?”

Maybe I think to myself, “I can’t believe I missed another detail. Other people…

Better Safe than Sorry

This evacuation plan was sent via email. After so many people were effected by hurricane Sandy recently I thought I would pass this along as this won’t be the last catastrophe we are faced with. With the alignment of the planets next month, we are bound to experience some more mega storms and disasters, but I pray this is not the case. But in case it is here is a check list you might want to go over.

Things to include in your evacuation plan.

Your Highest Priority is the safety of you and your family. The first step in developing an evacuation plan is to establish a meeting place. Hopefully, you’re all together at home as you prepare to leave, but if you’re ever separated, you should all know where to reconvene to get set to evacuate. In addition to a meeting place, you should estab…

You Are Complete & God Delights In You

It is my pleasure to bring God’s Word and promises to those of you who are ready to receive it. His promises are what give us the strength and the power to have joy in this life. He gives us meaning, something that so many are searching for and cannot find. I pray this blesses you today! Viv
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You Are Complete & God Delights In You
Devotional by Roy Lessin, from his blog Meet Me In The Meadow

Jesus is the Redeemer
You are rescued!
Jesus is the Bread of Life
You are fed!
Jesus is the Light of the World
You are guided!
Jesus is the Door of the sheep
You are accepted!
Jesus is the Good Shepherd
You are cared for!
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life
You are filled with hope!
Jesus is the Mighty God
You are safe!
Jesus is the Way
You …

When God Draws Near: Our Need for Redemption

Devotional by Dayspring
Personally, I love reading these devotionals that remind us that we are all human, we are bound to fall and fail and that is not a sin! This world has lied to us and we end up running on a tread mill trying to keep up but we get tired of trying. If this sounds familiar, take heart, you are not a failure in God’s eyes. Take time to slow down, dust yourself off and be kind to yourself. Get refreshed in the One Who created you to be exactly who you are and learn to accept you for that reason. It’s not a race for the fastest, but the one who goes slow and steady will be the winner when it’s all over. If you have received Christ into your life, just know that you have the victory already!
Blessings,
Viv
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You’re more than your hard days

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth
I think in this day and age where everything is so fast and furious, we as women feel we must compete in order to be accepted. Life is just hard sometimes and we want to be viewed as someone always in charge of things, we can’t allow our failures and flaws to show for fear of being seen as a failure. But here’s the thing, when we know how to realize that we are greatly loved and highly favored by a loving God Who created us to be exactly who we are, it takes a lot of pressure off and then we can be free to be who we are and in accepting this, we can rest and know that God loves us and this love will automatically spill over on those around us. Be free in Him today and just love naturally!
Blessings,
Viv

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For my RB buddies

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to miss you all this week as I am leaving for Texas today to finally meet a couple of my very dear online RB friends, Ali Brunskill and venny
This is an opportunity that I prayed would happen for a while now and today it’s happening.
I will catch up with everyone next week when I return.
Warmer weather here I come!!!
God bless!
Viv

He has my vote

I am casting my ballot for the Lord Jesus Christ, His records don’t lie!

The Resume of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20; “20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,”
Phone: Romans 10:13; “ for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Website: The Bible .
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus
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Objective
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord!
I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position
in your heart.
Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
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Qualifications
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
I formed m…

If I Were the Devil

I got this on email and thought I’d share it with you. Watch it and see if you don’t see what Paul wrote is not happening right now.

If I Were the Devil
by Paul Harvey

Have sound on… This was 47 years ago. April 3, 1965. An amazing prediction.

Do you remember the famous ABC radio commentator Paul Harvey?

Millions of Americans listened to his programs which were broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide.

When you listen to this, remember, the commentary was broadcast 47 years ago on April 3, 1965.

It’s short…less than three minutes. You will be amazed.
Just look to the white house…This is an unbelievable summary of what we have today.
SCARY

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What’s your calling?

Inspirational by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

What’s your calling?

What do people call you?

Wife.

Daughter.

Friend.

Writer.

Teacher.

Accountant.

Whatever people call you, it’s different than your calling.

That’s good news because it means we’re not defined by what we do, by the ways others see us, by their expectations or our efforts. We can do many different things in a lifetime and our true identity will stay the same. We will always be loved and of great value by the One who has chosen us.

You will be called many things in your lifetime.

But you have just one calling for all eternity.

And that’s to hear, answer and follow the only One who knows you completely.
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It matters not to the Lord that I am an artist, a mother,

When Your Gifts are Hidden by a Lion

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

I don’t know what you may be experiencing or going through in your life today, but one thing I am pretty sure of is you are most likely experiencing something that is too big for you. I hope that this inspirational story will be of encourage to you today, right where you are. Never give up on yourself, never give up on God.
“I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare, not calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11
God bless you today!
Viv

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Guest Post: When Your Gifts are Hidden by a Lion

Christine Wright is a woman of courage. I found that out as we did {e}coaching together and I’ve watched her to continue to take steps of faith

How do you know when you’ve done enough?

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

How do you know when you’ve done enough?

We sit around a table at a local restaurant. My friends and I are sharing a dessert sampler {yum!}. The topic of conversation is guilt–but it’s not because of the sugar this time.

Nope, we’re talking about the guilt we feel in our everyday lives. The guilt it seems all women feel at one time or another.

Mine comes in a particular form, with a flavor as distinct as the slice of pie staring up at me from my plate. I tend to feel like what I do is never enough. I tell myself, “I’ll rest when it’s all done.” But it’s never all done.

My friends lean in gently, “Holley, you’re a dreamer. You’re always going to think of more than you can actually do.”

I almost drop my spoon on the floor. Because that’s it. Ex…

Are you there yet?

Devotional by Heart to Heart by Holley Gerth

This resonates with me as once upon a time I was restless and couldn’t wait for the day I would arrive and be just what I wanted to be. However, my life took some rather unexpected turns and the dreams I once had never quite worked out. But as I look back on all this, I wouldn’t change anything as it has made me aware that who I am now is the person God had intended me to be and I wouldn’t trade that for anything!
God bless! Viv
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Are you there yet?

We’re driving down back roads to my grandparents’ house. I run my little girl fingers along the window as my brother and I play “I Spy.” Every once in awhile one of us calls out the questions every kid asks: Are w…

A Little Bird Told Me...

Devotional by Godvine

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” – Mark 11:23

The Lord can do some pretty unbelievable things… if you have read the Bible, you know just what miracles He can show us. So have faith in the impossible – because it’s possible with God.

A Little Bird Told Me…

“Oh, there you are, Jack,” I said as I looked up from planting a geranium.

“Where have you been? I haven’t seen you for awhile and I was wondering about you,” I said as I washed off my hands with the hose and dried them on a rag. I walked toward the bench to rest and visit with Jack for a while. I had left my tea and toast on t…

Are you in the Guilt Cycle or the Grace Cycle?

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

Are you in the Guilt Cycle or the Grace Cycle?

I open my eyes to a new day and a long list of to-do’s. Before I’m even out of bed, I notice a cobweb in the corner. Guilt creeps under the covers with me. I think of other women with cobweb-free corners (in their homes and hearts). I vow that today I’ll try harder…

Can you relate that that pattern? If so, you’re familiar with what I like to call the Guilt Cycle. It’s like a little hamster wheel in our hearts that we run around again and again. It looks like this:
Guilt Cycle

Another day I wake up and take a deep breath of grace. I’m loved and known and whatever happens today I will be okay. I slip into the kitchen with a smile for my first cup of coffee. I sit at the table with my to-do list and …

Why who you think you are matters-devotional

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

Why who you think you are matters

On the way to a crazy 50 mile bike ride with my husband I text back and forth with my wonderful friend. Our conversation sounds kinda like this:

Me: Why am I doing this?

Friend: I have no idea.

Me: Because I like a challenge? Because my hubby wants me to? Because there will be free snacks along the route?

I can’t put my finger on the motivation.

I turn from texting to the screen of my Kindle. These words from Switch: ‘How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ jump off the page at me…

“We essentially ask ourselves three questions when we have a decision to make:

Who am I?

What kind of situation is this?

What would someone like me do in this situation?”

–Chip and Dan Heath

We think we make decisions …

When Your Thoughts Try to Get the Best of You

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

I think we all struggle with who we are. We can get caught up in what others think about us and we want to fill their expectations. But in so doing, we can actually lose sight of who God wants us to be. We are not here to be everything for everyone. We must realize that we do have limitations and be honest about them. I know that trying to be a ‘good’ person all the time can actually be harmful to yourself and a relationship. My husband wants to be a ‘good’ person by always doing what he thinks will help someone out and this leads to resentment as it turns into being taken advantage of. I keep telling him we have a word in the English language that is perfectly acceptable to use and it is “no”. Sometimes we

HAPPY FALL TO YOU

‘ HAPPY FALL TO YOU’

From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!! A woman was asked by a coworker, “What is it like to be a Christian?” The coworker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin.” God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

This was passed on to me by another pumpkin. Now it’s your turn to pass it to other pumpkins. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.

What to do with your lemon chicken piccata-devotional

Inspirational by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

What to do with your lemon chicken piccata

I’m a Pinterest fan. And I’ve got a board called Yum! It’s filled with recipes I want to try. It makes my life easier–I use it for grocery shopping, meal planning, random drooling.

But there’s one picture on there that has irked me. The Lemon Chicken Piccata.

It looks delish. Truly. But every time I get ready to make it for some reason I decide to do something else.

And it’s time for me to say, “That Lemon Chicken Piccata looks fabulous but it’s not for me.”

What’s your version of Lemon Chicken Piccata? You know, the thing you think you should do because everyone else thinks it’s wonderful or practical or whatever? But every time you try to really go and do it there’s a part of you that hesitates?…

Amazing frozen lemons

When I get emails like this I like to pass on the information. It makes sense and perhaps it just might be helpful to others

Amazing frozen lemons

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it)and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Simple.. place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it)and sprinkle it on top of your foods.Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, noodles,spaghetti sauce, rice, sus…

Feel Good About Who You Are

Devotional by Godvine

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” – Ephesians 6:16

Stay close to God and take the shield of faith with you wherever you go. With God on your side, who can possibly be against you?

Feel Good About Who You Are

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishmen…

Building Your Home

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18

We live in a world that is full of temptation and sin – mass media can encourage sinful behavior, but don’t fall prey to this type of thinking. God gave us all the gift of life and eternal salvation. We shouldn’t squander it!

Building Your Home

A great and wise man once called one of his workmen to him saying, “Go into the far country and build for me a house. The decisions of planning and of actual construction will be yours, but remember, I shall come to accept your work for a very special friend of mine."

And so the workman departed with a light heart for his field of labor. Material of all kinds was plenti…

On Dating Your Dreams

Devotional by Heat to Heart with Holley Gerth

On Dating Your Dreams

We all have desires swirling around in our hearts. We hope or pray or have a vision. Then we wonder, “But is this really it? Is this the one?”

For most of us, those questions sound familiar. They’re the same ones we asked when looking for true love in our lives. So what do we do?

Date.

Because that cute boy we have our eye on in biology class may turn out to be completely incompatible with us.

We can use the same approach with our dreams.

For example, if you dream of starting an orphanage then begin by working in the nursery of your church.

If you think you want to become a musician then give free concerts at a local coffee house.

Want to write a book? Start a blog.

Whatever your BIG DREAM is, think of a smaller version an…

When you treat guilt like gravy

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

When you treat guilt like gravy

I’m a good southern girl. And if there’s anything a good southern girl knows it’s this–everything goes better with gravy.

And guilt.

Yes, a nice helping of guilt.

I’ve struggled with guilt as long as I can remember. I have no idea why. I feel guilty if I do too little. I feel guilty if I do too much.

I even feel guilty if I pause at a stoplight for two seconds after it turns green. I imagine the person behind me glaring at the back of my head for holding them up. Then I look in the mirror and there are no cars behind me. Yes, ma’am. That’s how I roll.

One day I got tired of all this guilt. And I started looking at what Scripture really says about it. Especially in the New Testament. And here’s the thing: guilt …

Cinnamon and Honey

This was sent to me via email and I got to thinking how this very well may be true as God meant for man to digest things naturally and not depend upon synthetics drugs and medicines, which we all know can lead to more serious side effects for illnesses. I have always heard how healthy honey was for certain things, but here is a longer list that honey and cinnamon together just very well may cure! With health insurance and co pays getting so expensive, this just might be an answer to prayer!
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Cinnamon and Honey Whoever thought?

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place f…

A MISUNDERSTOOD WARNING

Devotional from Daily Bread
Foreword by Mart DeHaan, mart.dehaan@rbc.org

Dear Friend: The most encouraging insights of the Bible come out of its darkest moments.
This is true of that moment when our God spoke light into the darkness; when He brought order of chaos; when He parted the waters of the Red Sea for the terrified Israelites; when He raised Jesus from the dead; and when He restored and gave fruitful service to the disciples who had abandoned Him at His arrest.
Let’s keep the failures and restoration of those disciples in mind as we think together about what many have found to be some of the most disturbing words in the Bible.

A MISUNDERSTOOD WARNING

Joe and Marissa have never met. But they have a lot in common. Both found that spending 4 years in a state university was hard on their…

How to stop those scandalous thoughts in your head

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

How to stop those scandalous thoughts in your head

I’m going through my day and suddenly an uninvited thought slips into my mind.

You know what I’m talking about–it happens to you too.

At church.

In a meeting.

While you’re trying to type a blog post.

Suddenly something you never want to think is right there in the middle of your little head.

And the more you try not to think about it, the more you do.

Yes, ma’am.

It could be a word you don’t usually say, a doubt that has never popped up in before, an unkind observation.

You think, “How could I think this? What is the matter with me?” You wonder if you’re a fraud. What would everyone think if they knew? And God does know, what is He thinking? You whisper a quick prayer for forgiveness and carr…

May the Lord Bless You today!

(Devotional by Day Spring)

Today I have already thanked the Lord for this day that He has made, even in spite of circumstances that appear to be dire in my own life. When you recognize who your real enemy is, and address him in the authority of Jesus’ Name, you are already promised that when you delight in the Lord, the devil will flee when you resist him. As humans we rely on our human senses of sight, sound and things that are said, either by ourselves or someone else. But, in Christ, there is a spiritual side that goes far beyond any human comprehension. To be able to call these things out that aren’t as though they are is only possible when you believe in the Power of Jesus’ Name and the Blood that covers a multitude of sins. If you are in something today that appear

You don’t have to do more

Devotional by Holley Gerth

As a woman of Christ, I know I am not alone with this struggle. For some reason we are conditioned to believe that we must be always running around like chickens with our heads cut off and meeting deadlines at every given moment. We tell ourselves if we don’t, we have failed. But, actually this is quite the opposite in how God desires us to be. I have been trying to learn that the most successful way to live the abundant life is to remain quiet and rest in Him who offers us His Peace. His Name is Jesus. Do you know Him today?
Be blessed,
Viv
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You don’t have to do more

I feel the tug at my heart…

Do more, more, more.

Prove your worth.

Show your value.

I have always wrestled with this lie. …

When it’s time for you to make the leap

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

When it’s time for you to make the leap

She stands on the edge of a diving board, toes curled around the edge. Her pink swimsuit is a splash of color against the blue sky. Peering at the water and then back at her father, the question comes through in her eyes, “What will happen if I jump?” He nods and smiles. She pinches her nose tight, yells at the top of her lungs and slides into the water with a splash.

When it’s time to take a leap, we want two things…

  • For the fear to completely go away
  • To know what’s going to happen

So we stand on the board and bounce. We gaze uncertainly into the water. We wait.

But the only way for the fear to go away and to know what’s going to happen is this: jump.

You’ll never resolve those issues while you’re standi…

Clean Blood

(Devotional by Godvine)

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” – 1 John 4:14

During our days, let us never forget God’s enormous sacrifice. He gave up Jesus, His only Son, so that our sins may be forgiven. And Jesus, He gladly underwent emotional and physical torture – just so our wrongdoings could be washed away. We are truly blessed and we should all feel special each day! Praise the Lord!
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Clean Blood

The day is over. You are driving home. You tune in your radio. You hear a little blurb about a little village in India where some villagers have died suddenly, strangely, of a flu that has never been seen before. It’s not influenza, but three or four…

When Jesus Came to Dinner

(Devotional by Godvine)

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”
James 5:13

We all go through times in our lives when we feel like we can’t carry on – and we might not even want to. But pray to God for guidance and healing. He will give it to you. And once you are healed, always praise Him for giving you the gift of happiness. All things tie back to the Lord!

When Jesus Came to Dinner

Ruth looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter one more time…

Dear Ruth,

I’m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I’d like to stop by for a visit.

Love Always,

Jesus

Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me?…

Life is a song...so dance!

Life is a song…so dance!

This is a video that was emailed to me and after watching it, it just reflects that we as the human race all have one thing in common…the longing for peace and happiness. So, I thought I would send this for anyone who might want to have a smile brought to their face, a feeling of love and peace brought to their souls and see the world as God would love us all to see our neighbors. We are not divided, we have all been created equally the same, to love and be loved.
Not everyone is for war, not everyone is out killing others and it should make us stop and wonder why only the bad news is what we hear on the news media?
God’s Word says that as the mind goes, the man will follow. What if our minds were set on loving our neighbors…imagine what a differ…

Day Unknown

Day Unknown
(Frome the Daily Bread devotional by Dennis Fisher)

“On the day and hour on one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Matthew 24:36

Too many Londoners, 1666 looked like the year when Jesus would return. Prophecy enthusiats had added, 1000 years since Christ’s birth to 666, the number of Antichrist, to arrive at the date 1666.
The world did seem to be on the verge of destruction when in 1665 a plague claimed the lives of 100,000 people in London. Then in September 1666, a London fire destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Some wondered, Didn’t the Bible predict catastrophes at the end of the world? (See Mt. 24:1-8). Yet the year 1666 passed, and life went on seemingly as it had before.
Even in our own day, there are those who have predicted the …

What’s that thing you always do?

Devotional by Holly Gerth from Heart to Heart

I love posting these as they help us to see inside ourselves and discover more. I liked this one because I think we see ourselves quite differently than what other people see. I am not sure I really know what that thing is that I do, except to bring some light and encouragement into the lives of others, but not sure if this is what others see in me or not. Let me know what your thing is if you dare!
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What’s that thing you always do?

Hey you,

the one who loves painting or singing, writing or adding, teaching or reaching.

I want you to pause for a moment and think of that thing.

That thing you always do.

You do it in the everyday, here-and-now world.

But I bet you do the same …

BIBLICAL HUMOR

God’s word tells us that laughter is a medicine to the soul. This was sent to me through email, and I thought it was worth sharing for a laugh or two. Enjoy!

BIBLICAL HUMOR
First of the week humor…it doesn’t hurt to have a little Biblical Humor to start your day. Hope you are having a great week!!!

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a
Little prophet.

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a F…

The Center of the Bible

Devotional by Godvine

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

There are some simple truths that we should live by. One is that we can, and should, overcome evil with good. And the other is that faith can get you through anything you need to overcome. So have faith and good things will happen!

The Center of the Bible

Q: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalms 117

Q: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalms 119

Q: Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
A: Psalms 118

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118
Add these numbers up and you get 1188.

Q: What is the center verse in the Bible?
A: Psalms 118:8

Q: Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our…

Forgive past hurt by community.

So, this week we’re discussing how to forgive past hurt by community.

Let’s not even try to pretend it’s easy. Or that we should simply press through, or shake it off, or “let it slide.” Perhaps, if we can just allow ourselves to set aside those silly notions, we can get to the other side in one piece. Because being hurt hurts. Plain and simple.

Here’s the thing: there are no perfect people. Not even in community.

We— the imperfect — worship together, and we serve together. We share recipes and grocery shopping tips. We help each other move, and we pick up each other’s children from school. We share our dreams and we confess our failures. We bake and deliver casseroles, and we wait and pray with each other in hospital emergency rooms.

It is a beautiful thing.

Until it isn’t.

A few years a…

Dead Ducks Don’t Flutter

Whoever said being a Christian is an easy life? If one is truly a follower of Christ, they can quickly agree that it’s not for the weak. A true believer in Christ has to actually go through life every day with his full armor on, to be a warrior and to know exactly who his real enemy is. Satan is very real and his sites are on every devout Christian to steal their joy and make them ineffective witnesses for Christ. When I see him attacking me, I smile and think I must be doing something right! This is the mindset of a strong Christian. Life is a battle but we know with Christ, we already have the victory!
Have a blessed day,
Viv
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When the nation prayed

I came across this article and I can’t believe it’s a coincidence that I was suppose to find it for such a time as this and post it. This election in the U.S. is one of the most important ones we will ever see. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independant, or don’t care at all, I believe we all have one thing in common, and that is to see this country get back to what it was. It’s not about what party rules, it’s about getting God back to rule and reign. May we all keep this lifted in prayer that God would place the perfect person in office to do this job. I pray that whoever it is, will turn and repent and hear what the Lord does say and put His godly morals into place.
Without God with us, who then shall be for us?

When the nation prayed
May sees the …

COLUMBINE STUDENT'S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER !!

This was sent to me via email and I wanted to share this with anyone who will take the time to read it.
It’s hard to imagine what evil lurks in the hearts of the people who go on a killing spree such as Columbine, the killing of the Amish children, and as of late the murders in the movie theater.
As tax payers often have to pick up the tab to have these people evaluated, if they don’t take their own lives first, but the root of the problem is in our own hearts. Just like the example of Cain and Able, it was not that Cain’s offering to God was bad, it represented his human effort and a disregard for God that made it unacceptable. Without God we are but empty vacuums with a life void of the love that God had created us to be, it is in His own image.
We need God put back in…

Things We’re Too Old to Say

I thought this might bring a smile to your face if you are “of age” as I am. I am guilty of writing some of these in my comments…uh oh!

With 50 in the Rearview Mirror
Things We’re Too Old to Say

Sounding off on slang we should drop

by: Jacquelyn Mitchard | from: AARP Bulletin

I’ll never be too old to say I love you. I’ll never be too old to say I’m sorry. I’ll never be too old to ask an obnoxious jerk if he’s this rude to everybody or if he’s running a special just for me.

Still, I am too old to keep on saying certain things. Being part of the generation that won’t grow up means that I still have many friends (female) who announce that they’re going “to the little girls’ room” to “tinkle,” and many friends (male) who clap their pals on the back and cry “dude!”

We may be yo…

Having Lunch with God

Devotional by Godvine. This is a cute little story and one that we all could remember when we are around others and how we treat them. Sometimes just the simplest act of kindest can mean the most of all. Take a look at this heart breaking video as well, I can’t believe that there is such hatred and evil in this world, but God is bigger and more powerful than any evil that lurks in this world. Thanks be to God, there are people who out do the evil with their good. Have a beautiful day! Viv
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“Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.” &#…

Abandonment

ABANDONMENT
(From Our Daily Bread, ‘Been thinking about…’ by Mart DeHaan)

Foreword:
“Dear Friend, most of us have probably thought about the inclination of hurt people that hurt others.
With some though, we understand why this might happen. Those who have been deeply wounded often resolve to never again feel such pain.
Yet, as also have seen, all too often such resolve results in trying to protect and care for ourselves at the expense of others.
So how do we break such a cycle?
In our shared desire for good relationships, see if the accompanying column resonates with the love and assurance we all long to receive and give.
In the process, I hope you will find a deeper appreciation and love for the One who promises never to leave or forsake us.
Sincerely,
Mart DeHaan (mart.dehaan@rbc.org)

In a…

Letting God Take Over

Devotional by Godvine
If you’re like me, you know that life happens and it’s just so daily. We have good times and we have bad times, we are tossed around like a ship at sea and we lose sight of the horizon and can start to sink. It’s all normal stuff. But, the only way to get back to the surface is focus on the One Who promised He would never leave us nor forsake us and soon we will see that horizon once again. May you find peace in the Lord today.
Viv
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And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7

Live your life, be happy and don’t fear death! Because like the verse above says, the only thing that happens the…

Thank You Jesus

I love to pass these beautiful devotionals along to those who love the Lord the same way I do. For anyone who has been redeemed and set free shares in the gratefulness we have towards our Lord. He has truly changed my life from turning into a train wreck. I totally agree, ‘Thank You Jesus!’ Have a beautiful weekend. Viv*
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“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

In a crazy, messy world, we always have one true peace in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Turn to His word and find hope, comfort, and salvation in any situation. Never forget, he is your strength.

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REpurposed

(Devotional by Day Spring)_
I am encouraged to know that no matter what kind of mess we may be in today, God can Re-do it and make it all brand new. No matter how far lost someone might be, no matter how broken, how sick, or whatever it may be, there is always hope that it can be made whole once again.
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REpurposed

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

There are many “RE” words that are packed with hope and encouragement. The word REpurpose reminds us that many things once discarded, considered useless, and put aside for the trash heap, can be brought back, become useful once again, have value, and take on new me…

Making Dad Proud

I love sharing these inspirational and uplifting stories that line up with how much God truly does love us. This one is no exception. And if you don’t think that God doesn’t care for the least of these, please watch the video at the end, I’m sure it will touch you as it did me.
God bless,
Viv

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“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2

This classic verse always strikes a chord within us, doesn’t it? It outlines our relationship with God. He gave up His only Son so that we could be saved. He is our strength, so devote your life to Him!

Making Dad Proud

This …

One Man Quartet

This was sent to me via email and I thought it was so beautiful and wanted to share it. I’m sure you will enjoy the music and the pictures.
What an awesome God we serve!

Click here to watch the video.

Our Footsteps

This is a devotional from Godvine. I love sharing these uplifting and encouraging messages to others who may need to read them for that day. If you are a follower of Christ, you know how much He loves and cares for you and if you don’t know Him yet, just know that He loves you too right where you are and would love for you to let Him come into your heart. Don’t mistake the fact that God loves the sinner, but He has no choice but to hate the sin. This is why Christ died for us all. (Please no negative responses as there is no arguing of God’s truth.)
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Unglued Mama Mornings

Devotional by DaySpring

Unglued Mama Mornings

As we enter the new school year I’m making a bold commitment: No more unglued mama mornings. I want our mornings to go better this year with less frustration, yelling, and chaos.

I started thinking about this last spring when we had a string of really hard mornings.

One day, as I pulled up to the school, the atmosphere inside the car was thick with tension. Not wanting the last words spoken to my daughter to be harsh, I tried to change the course of our conversation before she headed into her day. “Listen, I love you. I’m sorry we had a rough morning.”

“We always have rough mornings,” she shot back before slamming the car door.

Nothing quite makes a mom feel more successful than a little dialogue like that.

As I rubbed the stabbing feeling in …

You Can Be Confident

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

If we had coffee today I’d say…You Can Be Confident

Sometimes we worry that being confident is the same as being prideful. But the two are very different…

Humility literally means bowing our hearts.

So we bow our hearts to God and agree with what he says–including what he says about us! Then he stands us on our feet and sends us out to be who he’s made us and do what he’s called us to do.

Insecurity turns us inward–true humility (which is also true confidence) turns us outward and upward.

{Hear more in the video.} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPZp9-zFYbE
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Being Kind Makes All the Difference

I love when I can share something inspiring and encouraging. It’s not often that we hear the good things that happen on the news, we are too often bombarded with so much bad in the world. But, I’m sure that more good actually happens except it’s not newsworthy and that is a shame. I hope you enjoy this and that it gives you a good feeling to realize that not everyone out there is bad. I believe that if we keep the good in the world alive, it will outshine any wickedness. Enjoy the video at the end of more good samaritans. God Bless!
Viv

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My inconclusive travel plans for 2013

I got this via email and thought it was rather cute and I wanted to share it with you, hoping it might bring a smile to your face and please share it with others and keep the smile going!
Viv
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My inconclusive travel plans for 2013

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito.
I hear no one recognizes you there anyway.

I have, however, been in Sane.
They don’t have an airport, you have to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends and family.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have…

Jesus’ Best Day

(A Devotional by Dayspring)

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Jesus’ Best Day

What was Jesus’ best day? Was it at the wedding in Cana when He performed His first miracle? Was it in the countryside when He fed 5000 hungry people? Was it when He healed the man who was blind from birth? Was it when He raised Lazarus from the dead? All of these moments were filled with awe and wonder, happiness and celebration, blessing and delight, but none of these moments compare with the joy that was set before Him.

What was Jesus’ best day? His best day was not a “most fun” day, but the day of His greatest suffering. His best day wa…

Dear Mama

(From a Heart to Heart devotional by Holley Gerth)

I don’t think we need a special holiday to let all the mothers of the world know how truly special they are. Having raised two children of my own, I can appreciate all that goes with this duty and to do it well. Today I can look back and see many mistakes I made but then I see how both my boys turned out and I am so proud of them and I am also thankful that I did instill into them a set of godly morals and standards and the day I leave this world, I will know that this is the legacy I left to the world, the love I have given that I know is being recycled to many others in this world. I will always be thankful for having a mother that gave these qualities to me so I could pass them on. This is for all you mothers who may think you ar

Greater Things for You

(Devotional by Day Spring)
As one who has learned to listen to the guidance of my Heavenly Father, I have seen Him acting on my behalf time and time again when I did nothing to deserve it. All I need know is how much He loves me, not on what I have done to deserve anything, but based on what His Son Christ did for me and everyone who receives Him. All His promises are true as we set out in this life to follow Him and seek to know Him more. The more I get to know the Father, the more I love Him and the more I love Him, the more I yearn to do His will and that is spread His message of Love and Peace and encourage those who want to learn as well. We all have a choice in the matter to love Him or not but if you are one who loves the Lord Jesus Christ today, I pray this will encourage you on yo

The Pearl

  • “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”* – Psalm 118:14

Our Lord is our strength – remember this when you face hardships. That way, you know that He is with you during whatever you may face. Family trouble, losing your job and health issues are all easier to handle when you realize that the Lord is your strength. :) May God Bless you!

The Pearl

David Morse – American missionary to India – became great friends there with the pearl-diver, Rambhau. Many an evening he spent in Rambhau’s cabin reading to him from the Bible, and explaining to him God’s way of salvation.

Rambhau enjoyed listening to the Word of God, but whenever the missionary tried to get Rambhau to accept Christ as his Savior – he would shake his head and reply, “Your Chr…

What always comes right before a miracle

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

What always comes right before a miracle

She wears white and floats down the aisle. My oldest niece is getting married and she’s gorgeous. She stands, whole future ahead of her, next to the one who will share it.

The pastor talks of the wedding where Jesus turns water into wine. He says, “Jesus’ mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ ” He encourages the couple in front of him to do the same. Those words grab hold of my heart. They won’t let go through the reception line, as my fork slices into cake, as the last cheers go up when the hand-holding pair rushes out the door into their new life together.

Because I realize, for the first time, those are the words that always come just before a miracle.

Not “Do whatever you want”

Not “Do what you f…

*Take That Brave Step

Devotional by Heart to Heart with Holly Gerth*

I find this devotional exceptionally true. We can put our lives in full throttle and go full steam ahead for God until we come across a bump in the road. This is where we come to an abrupt halt and say, “woah, wait a minute, I can’t go into unknown territory, I’m too afraid.” But, if we stop here and wait until we get a green light, we will miss blessings that are given by faith. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. Since He is not pleased with our doubts, how can He bless His children? It is in these times of doubt and fear that He gives us the strength to keep going, He’ll even show us the way. How will we ever learn unless we step out of our comfort zone? If you find yourself too afraid to contin

If we had coffee today I’d say…You Don’t Have to be Perfect By Holley Gerth Heart to Heart

If we had coffee today I’d say…You Don’t Have to be Perfect
By Holley Gerth Heart to Heart

{click here to see the video}
http://holleygerth.com/if-we-had-coffee-today-i...

Do you feel pressure to be perfect? It turns out that’s a burden you were never meant to carry. True perfection isn’t about being flawless–it’s about growth and completion. The actual Greek word is “teleios.” For example, an oak tree is the “teleios” of an acorn. You can trade the lie that you have to be perfect for the truth that God only asks you to keep growing with Him. Woo-hoo!
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Right now I have someone who has cast me out of their life because in their eyes, I have not met up to their exp

A Slice of Life

Devotional by Godvine
This is heart warming story of how if we all just do our small part, it can become whole!
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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” – Psalms 91:1,2

Always trust in the Lord, for He will shelter us and protect us in our times of need! It may seem hard to let go and believe that He will, but once you do, you will feel better. God Bless .

A Slice of Life

Jean heaved another world-weary sigh. Tucking a strand of shiny black hair behind her ear, she frowned at the teetering tower of Christmas cards waiting to be signed. What was the point? How co…

Falling from Grace

(Taken from a devotional from DaySpring)


Falling From Grace

I caught my fingers on the keys yesterday.
I almost typed the words:
“FALL FROM GRACE”

I was trying to describe my own history and I had no other language to use to describe it. Like when a toddler uses “big” to describe everything from elephants to trucks to bowls of spaghetti. “Big” is the only good word he knows to use in that situation.

Fall from grace. I didn’t know how else to put it, but something irritated me about that term.
We actually don’t fall from grace, do we?
As if grace is a place we live in and then when we do something terrible we fall out of it. We hang, feet dangling, above the nothingness of life.

In reality we are all broken people… So every day, when we fail again, and again, and another time, we FALL B…

Castles, gratefulness and why you might kiss your carpet

This devotional is so true for many of us. How many times have we said, “I wish I had what they have?” I know I have from time to time. But here’s the thing, are we willing to do what they did to get it? Probably not. Now I see things in a whole new way. I can certainly appreciate having nice material objects, but then I say to myself, “I wouldn’t want to be in debt like that person, I wouldn’t want to be owned by something just to have it.” No, I am grateful and thankful for what I do have and the simpler it is, the better.

Heart to Heart with Holly Gerth
Castles, gratefulness and why you might kiss your carpet

Every little girl grows up dreaming about living in a castle. So as I flip through channels and find a home tour in a renovated castle I p…

A Letter From Heaven

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

Sometimes it’s hard to see our troubles in life as God tests us… but many times that’s exactly what they are! So be happy to endure the trials and prove to God what strong faith you have. He will make sure everything is all right in the end.

A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say,
But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above,
Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.

Please do not be unhappy, just because I’m…

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Faith That Can Move Mountains

I so enjoy bringing these lovely devotionals from Godvine to share with you. I believe when we focus on the right things, we will eventually do the right things. God bless!
Viv

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23

If you’re not happy, try to be happy, for God will take care of His children. There are many gifts He has given us we should stop to appreciate.

Faith That Can Move Mountains

A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking…

11 Things You'll Never Learn in School

I got this in my email and whether or not Bill Gates actually said them, they are still true nonetheless. I wanted to pass this along with you, just think about it and see if you don’t agree with this.
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This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him , he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High …

Your Dream Isn’t Done

Devotional by Holly Gerth from Heart to Heart

Your Dream Isn’t Done

This summer I did a very brave thing. I bought a tomato plant. To understand why that’s an act of courage, I need to share my history of plants with you. Don’t worry, I can sum it all up in three little words:

I kill them.

Every few years I decide to change my wicked, plant-assassin ways. I wander into a store for completely unrelated reasons and there they are…rows of promising little pots just begging to be taken home (well, in my case they are probably hollering for me to leave them there).

This year I yielded to temptation and picked up a cherry tomato plant.

I put it in the sunshine.

I watered it.

Sometimes I forgot.

Then I went out of town.

I came home and my little plant had turned the color of crispy french fries. …

A 7th Grader’s Miracles

This devotional is written through the simple trust of a child who knows that God can and will heal when we come to Him by faith through grace. God acts when we react to Him in total and complete trust.
I pray this blesses you today!
Viv

“For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds.” – Jeremiah 30:17

Sometimes we forget that God is the Great Physician and can heal anyone. He carries us through so many emotional and mental troubles, but He also will deliver us from physical afflictions too. Pray to Him and trust Him.

A 7th Grader’s Miracles

By Marta C., 7th-grader

When I was only 18 months old, I was diagnosed with lead poisoning. I was supposed to end up in the hospital in a wheelchair.

My parents told me that the day I was brought into the hospital, my face …

What are you seeing today?

As a Christian woman I can appreciate these devotionals by Holly Gerth. She helps us see things through different eyes. Not only are they true for women, but men as well. I hope this helps you see the world around you a bit differently today!
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What are you seeing today? {and a free ebook just for you}

My friend’s face holds a wide grin as she slips into the seat across the table from me and I know she’s happy.

The ocean stretches beyond the horizon and I recognize God is big and I am small.

The peaches are finally the color of a sunset and I can tell that summer is in full swing.

This world is always speaking, speaking, speaking to us through our eyes.

I ignored this for a long time. I’m a word girl and I used to think that to have a message you needed, well, words. But I’m l…

I Said a Prayer For You Today

A devotion by Godvine. These are always worth sharing and be reminded just how much God loves His children. Please take time to watch the heartwarming video at the end. It proves that there is still lots of love and compassion in this world.
Have a truly blessed day,
Viv

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5

The Bible doesn’t say God will sometimes leave us. It says he will NEVER leave or forsake us, not in any situation we are in. No matter how far we feel we have gotten away from Him, He is waiting for us to come back. What a blessing and an awesome God we serve. :)

I Said a Prayer For You Today

I said a prayer for you today,

And know God must have heard.

I felt the answer in my heart

Although He spoke no word.

I didn’t ask for wealth or f…

Christian Logic

I received this via email and I can’t help but laugh at this logic. It’s so true if you think about it.
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“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5

Christian Logic

A college student was in a philosophy class which had a discussion about God’s exis…

Looking Up When Life Is Looking Down

(Taken from a devotional by Godvine)

Looking Up When Life Is Looking Down

Then one day, at the bottom of my pit, I raised my weary head and dirty, tear-streaked face to the sky. And redemption drew nigh. God knew the plan He had for me.

You can get out. And I do mean you. But here’s the catch: You can’t get yourself out.

We need a Deliverer who is in for the long haul. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God, who began a good work, is faithful to complete it.

(—Beth Moore, excerpt from her devotional gift book: Looking Up When Life Is Looking Down.)

Plans for Hope and a Future

…I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a f…

Underneath All Our Layers

This devotioanl speaks to me today. My life sometimes get jumbled up and it isn’t a perfect life all the time. So today, I am revealing that I get my feelings hurt, I also hurt others as well without meaning to. May I always be for real before the Lord, He knows I’m imperfect!
Lord, may I not be a stumbling block of offense to anyone today.

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Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
Underneath All Our Layers

I step onto the newly mopped floor and my sock sticks. I hop like a crazed rabbit back to the carpet. Looking back at the tile, I tilt my head to one side. Little white patches are dotted across it. Hmm.

When my husband gets home I declare, “I think I bleached the floor!” He doesn’t look too surprised. Odder things have happened in this house.

We investigate together,…

The Lost Wallet

It is always my great intention to bring you a word of cheer, something to warm your heart, to see how God works in mysterious ways. With all the gloom and doom on the news these days, I find these inspirations to be heart warming. God bless you! Viv
(taken from Godvine devotional)
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“For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on…

The Pastor's Cat

This is another devotion and story from Godvine. I feel these stories and videos are worth sharing for anyone who is willing to read them. Blessings! Viv
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“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18

We felt led to share the verse above because so many people seek rev…

The Two Gates

I love to share these devotionals from Godvine. These stories always give us something to think about. I hope you enjoy this story and video today!
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“He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

The Two Gates

A man was walking down a road next to a tall glistening white wall. Beside him walked his favorite dog who he realized with a start had b…

A Letter From God

From a devotion by Godvine~

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:18

A Letter From God

As you got up I watched and hoped you would talk
to me. Just a few words, such as thanking me for
something good in your life yesterday or last
week, would do.

But I noticed you were busy selecting the right
clothes for work. I waited again to hear from you.
When you ran around the house collecting papers,
I knew there would be a few minutes to stop and
say hello, but you never slowed down.

I wanted to tell you that I could help you
accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible
if you would just spend some of each day with me.
At one point you waited fifteen minutes in a chair
with nothing to do. I waited to hear from you.

Then I saw you spring to your feet; I thought
you wanted to…

The Will of God

“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Finding true peace in life is very difficult, especially without God. But He can provide a contentment, a comfort, and a peace that you can’t get with material objects and superficial things. Put your full trust in Him and talk to Him daily…and you will see.

The Will of God

Remember. The Will of God will never take you…
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you…
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the

What’s in that Corner? A Snake Story.

I like to share these devotionals as I think they hit home for all of us. I pray you enjoy reading this one. Have you cleaned out your cluttered heart lately?
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Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth: What’s in that Corner? A Snake Story.

I shook my sleepy head and thought, “Am I really clearing out flowerbeds at the crack of dawn with no coffee?” Alas, it was true.

My husband and I have some rental property and we get the, um, privilege of cleaning out the flower beds once a year. This time my inlaws had come to help too (bless them).

This was a new unit for us so my husband was giddy at the prospect of having his way with it. He walked us around the bushes and shrubs, sharing his visions for what to take out, what to put in, and how much better it would look by the end of the …

A Pretty One

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.” – Psalm 31:24

The Pretty One

This was the last litter of puppies we were going to allow our Cocker Spaniel to have. It had been a very long night for me. Precious, our only black cocker, was having a very difficult time with the delivery of her puppies.

I laid on the floor beside her large four-foot square cage, watching her every movement. Watching and waiting just in case we had to rush her to the veterinarian.

After six hours the puppies started to appear. The first born was a black and white party dog. The second and third puppies were tan and brown in color. The fourth and fifth were also spotted black and white. “One, two, three, four, five,” I counted to myself as I walked down the hallwa…

Burned Biscuits

I have read this before but I think it’s worth sharing. The lesson I’m trying to learn in life is that it’s too short to be critical, judgmental and get offended at every little thing that comes along. The simple fact is, we are created differently, each one of us think differently, this doesn’t make us good or bad, it just makes us who we are…unique and special. It’s like we are all in a big pot of stew, we are all that one ingredient that when it gets mixed in with the others, puts so much flavor into it. Instead of putting eachother down for our differences, why can’t we celebrate the fact that we were all made to be different and that’s not a bad thing!!! I hope you enjoy this little story, it holds alot of truth behind it!
Have a blessed…

The Light of the World

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” – Psalm 18:2

God is so many things to us – our comfort, our rock, our salvation, and our deliverer just to name a few. Without Him, where would any of us be? Let’s just all thank Him for the blessings He has given each of us and have peace in our hearts knowing He is in control. Have a wonderful day – God bless :)

The Light of the World

This is just a very short story, but it is one example of how we can be the difference in someone else’s life. It’s easy to think we are insignificant and even the smallest gesture doesn’t matter…but it does.

D. L. Moody told the story of a man crossing the Atlantic by ship…

I'll play catch up in a week

It seems I made bail and will be breaking free from the confines of my back yard and flying to California to see my son tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to this visit and am anxious to see the beauty of the area.
I will try and catch up on comments and viewing works when I get back next weekend. I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of my work.
I will miss all of you, God bless!
Viv

LORD, MAKE ME A COFFEE BEAN

I got this from a friend on email and after reading it, I really loved what it said. I think it’s something that we can all identify with when we are going through hard times. Please read it and see if you can identify yourself in the carrot, the egg, or the coffee bean. Lord, I want to be a coffee bean!!


LORD, MAKE ME A COFFEE BEAN

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of all the fighting and struggling. It seemed as though in solving one problem, two more would arise.

Her father, ( a chef ) took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil.

In one he placed carrots,
in the second he…

GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW

If you feel this is not for you I’m sorry. If this does apply to you, I pray you will find your peace and assurance in this life and the one to come. There is more to life than just here and now. I can be at peace today because I made sure I had my invitation made out. My seat is reserved for all eternity. So, whatever happens in the world I don’t have to worry about what will come next. I want to share this with anyone who might want to know how to obtain this invitation into heaven. The wonderful thing is, it’s open to anyone, but not everyone will accept it. I pray if you haven’t already accepted it, you will!
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GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW
(From the Daily Bread devotional)

You are lost and need to be res

Help Save Lennox!!! Time is running out!!!

I am appealing to anyone who has compassion for this innocent animal who has been pronounced guilty and is due to be put down on Monday, all because of his breed, a pit bull! He has done nothing wrong and has been behind bars for 2 years and mistreated.
If you are interested in signing a complaint form to the officials in Belfast Ireland please click on this link and go to the link to send a complaint form.
Thank you in advance!!!

You Light Up this World

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

You Light Up this World

Fireworks light up the night behind the trees in my yard. I look at their brightness, almost blinded, and feel again that thrill of something big and beautiful.

As the last embers fall, I spot another light–this one small, blinking, barely visible in the afterglow. It’s a firefly.

I always wonder what my little flying friends think of this holiday. I imagine a firefly going about its business, feeling happy and content with its tiny light, thinking how nice it is to add a bit of loveliness to the world on summer evenings.

Then, suddenly, an explosion of light appears above. Stunned, the firefly can’t believe her eyes at first. She has never seen anything like it. As she watches, wave after wave appears.

Then a new feeling, a new th…

You’re Not Done Yet {and Neither Am I}

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:

You’re Not Done Yet {and Neither Am I}

Mondays are great days for confessions, don’t you think?

Well, here’s one to start us off: I have a slight obsession with cooking at the moment. I watch Food Network. I hunt down recipes on Pinterest. I help my husband live with adventure because he never knows what’s coming out of the oven next.

My family and friends think this is hilarious. Because a few years ago my ability to plan a good meal consisted of one sentence: “Where do you want to eat?” And in defense of my Mama, I was far more interested in cute boys than culinary accomplishments in high school.

I’ve learned to make salad dressing, how to properly fry an egg, and more ways to cook chicken than I can count. Yes, ma’am.

{I haven’t quite mastered the art …

Stories to warm the heart

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6

We hope you are having a wonderful summer so far and spending lots of time with your loved ones. Remember to give all your thanks and glory to our awesome God in all that you do.

Here are a few very short snippets of uplifting true stories. They are beautiful to read. From random people:

Today, my 8-year-old son hugged me and said, “You are the best mom in the whole entire world!” I smiled and sarcastically replied, “How do you know that? You haven’t met every mom in the whole entire world.” My son squeezed me tighter and said, “Yes I have. You are my world.”


Today, my dad turned 91. He barely has enough strength to speak. But every tim…

BIBLE VS. CELL PHONE

I get some pretty cool emails that I love to share. When you think about this, it’s so true.

BIBLE VS CELL PHONE


Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?< BR>
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being
Disconnected because Jesus already paid t…

How Far Can a Smile Travel?

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5

The Bible clearly states if anyone lacks wisdom or guidance, turn to God who has infinite wisdom and knows what is best for you. We all have things we need guidance on, so just pray to Him and you’ll hear the answer in your heart.

How Far Can a Smile Travel?

This is excellent. Just smile!
She smiled at a sorrowful stranger…
The smile seemed to make him feel better…
He remembered past kindnesses of a friend
And wrote him a thank you letter…
The friend was so pleased with the thank you
That he left a large tip after lunch…
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,
Bet the whole thing on a hunch…
The next day she picked u…

When You’re in the Middle of a Struggle

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
When You’re in the Middle of a Struggle

We talk about our struggles. We’re friends, fellow travelers on this journey. She keeps repeating a phrase, “I’m the girl who….”

It’s the phrase I’ve heard from the lips of hundreds of women. From my own too.

We face a challenge and redefine ourselves by it.

Here are some I’ve said:

I’m the girl who has social anxiety.

I’m the girl who has depression.

I’m the girl who can’t have children.

Those sentences trap us, limit us, make us believe we are our worst moments.

I clear my throat and whisper quietly into the phone what has set me free…

“That’s not who you are, friend, it’s where you are right now.”

She sighs with relief and says the words that are like candy for my ears, “You need to write about this on…

A Different Ending to the Grasshopper and the Ant

As I was going through the devotionals I get through my emails, I thought it was rather neat that these two different ones used the same Bible verse. I thought I would post them together. I hope this encourages you today, to fully understand that God does carry us through life as we come to know Him as our Provider.
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“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1

A Different Ending to the Grasshopper and the Ant

A mother of a 9 year old boy, Mark, received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. It was the teacher from her son’s school.

“Mrs. Smith, something unusual happened today in your son’s third grade class. Your son did something that surprised me so much that I thought…

Wherever You Are, Be There

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
Wherever You Are, Be There

I stare out the back door at robins pecking and trees swaying in the early morning like slow dancers. It’s a gorgeous day just unfolding. All is well.

And then in the middle of the peace a voice comes, “But it can’t last. Something bad will happen.”

So I start to worry and fret. Before I know it, my body is one place and my heart in another.

Have you ever done the same?

Then when a difficulty does come, I do much the same. I look at the broken pieces, the shattered dreams.

And then in the middle of the hurt a voice comes, “But you should just be happy. Look how blessed you are.”

So I plaster on a smile and try to fake it through the day. Before I know it, my body is in one place and my heart in another.

God created us to be whol…

The Weight of Prayer

The Weight of a Prayer

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand …

Phone call from ‘Microsoft’ about virus is a scam

I got this via email from a friend in England who got this call. I have had these in the past and I know of other people who have gotten them too. I thought I would pass this along!

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‘Microsoft support centre’ scam continues, and takes turn for worse

The scammers behind this scheme have now begun installing software that they buy with the victim’s credit card – which might mean that police can now take action

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/...

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If you receive a phone call claiming to be from ‘Microsoft’ or someone claiming to work on their behalf, telling you that you …

When Your Thoughts Run Away With You

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
When Your Thoughts Run Away With You

I’m not a runner. If you see my feet moving quickly do two things…

- Look behind me to see if I’m being chased

- Look ahead of me and see if there’s a cupcake

Beyond those extenuating circumstances, I’m quite happy to go through life at a slower pace. So I’m not sure what got into my head that made me think I might start running this summer. I’d already been biking and swimming so why not, right?

So I did what every girl does at the start of a new chapter in her life: I went shoe shopping.

At the local running store they put you on a treadmill so they can see your stride. As the teenage salesman explained the various issues people have, my husband piped in to save some time. “I can tell you what she does. She run…

Your Life Is Blessed When

Your Life Is Blessed When

Your life is blessed when -
Peace is in your spirit,
Perception is in your decisions,
Patience is in your trials,
Purpose is in your work,
Purity is in your character
Praise is in your soul,
Power is in your witness,
Passion is in your calling,
Prayer is in your heart.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 NLT

Ten Things God Wants You To Remember

I am for you.
I love you.
I believe in you.
I will not fail you.
I will be with you.
I will provide for you.
I will bless you.
I will give you rest.
I will strengthen you.
I will answer you.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
Numbers 6:24
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I pray peace and joy to you today to know just how much…

Finding the Truth You Need

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:

Finding the Truth You Need

I have a really big purse. Some might call it a tote bag, actually. But I’m carrying it around with me all the time anyway. And I love it.

The only time it drives me nuts is when I need to find something in it. And, poor purse, through no fault of its own that can be a daunting task. You see, I throw everything in there. Wallet, lipstick, papers, wrappers, pens, notebooks. When it gets too heavy, I take something out. Great strategy, right?

So locating what I want is like a grab bag game. I reach in there and fumble around until “Ta-Da!”

I’ve noticed I treat truth much the same way. I toss things into my heart—Scriptures, sermon notes, quotes from books, advice from friends. Then a tough moment comes and I find myself aski…

The Only Way Up

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:

The Only Way Up

Climb the ladder.

Get to the top.

Build a platform.

These words ring in our culture and sting in our hearts. What are we to do with them? God offers another way. Make yourself a servant to others and I will raise you up.

The only entrance to God’s elevator is on the ground floor. Through the servant’s quarters.

So we can stop striving. Stop worrying. Stop working so hard.

Instead simply serve. Wherever you are today.

You are doing well. You are bringing joy. You are where you need to be to make a difference. And if where you are needs to change, God will do it.

You do the loving. He’ll do the lifting.

XO

Holley Gerth

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It is this practice that is very difficult for a child of God to learn. We are still in a human body and we ha

One Day at a Time

I received this from a dear friend by email and I thought I’d share it with you. There are many valuable lessons to be learned from these devotionals. I pray God gives you His Peace today! Did you know that the phrase “Do not worry” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible? Do you suppose God is telling us this each day of the year????
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One Day at a Time

“Take… no thought for the morr

A SENSE OF CONCERN

A SENSE OF CONCERN
(Taken from the Daily Bread devotional)

Read Galatians 2:1-10

“He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.”
Proverbs 14:31

Statistics are tricky. While numbers give us information, sometimes they can also desensitize us to the people whose numbers represent. This hit me recently as I read a statistic: Every year 15 million people die from hunger. That’s chilling, and for those of us who live in cultures of plenty, it’s hard to fathom. In 2008, nearly 9 million children died before their fifth birthday, with a third of those deaths related to hunger. These are staggering numbers, but they are much more than numbers. They are individuals loved by God.
We can show the Father’s heart of love by responding to people’s physical n…

The Steps of a Good Man

The Steps of a Good Man
(Taken from Day Spring Devotional)

There are a lot of ways to be a dad…
But there’s an amazing difference in those dads who choose to follow God’s lead.

When I see you doing what only a good man does,
it makes me want to bless you.
—Movie Quote from COURAGEOUS

I want you to know how thankful I am to have a dad
like you. Your guidance, encouragement, and love
have made such a difference in my life. You stand
out in this world, because Jesus stands out in you.
With Love on Father’s Day

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23

You are a rich man.
You have a strong faith.
Children that love you,
And a wife that adores you.

Happy Father’s Day
to the richest man in the world.

A faithful man will be richly blessed. Proverbs …

Balance Your Life

Heart to heart with Holly Gerth

Balance Your Life

I’ve admired Kay Warren for years. I love her faith, tenacity, and courage. When I found out she’d wrote a book called Choose Joy, I knew I wanted to get my hands on a copy. And I’m thrilled that she’s sharing part of it here with you today…

Many of us spend our days feeling driven by the almost impossible demands of our lives. More than two thousand years before email, social networking, cell phones, and carpools, the Greek philosopher Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of the busy life.” Joy withers in our lives when we are too busy. Too often we overestimate the amount of time we have to do a task and underestimate the amount of time it’s actually going to take to do that task. We end up slaves to commitments we’ve made, saying

When You Feel Like You Have to Have it All Together

When You Feel Like You Have to Have it All Together
(By Holly Gerth from Heart to Heart devotional)

I don’t have it all together.

You don’t have it all together.

But we can still do life together.

And that’s the only together that really matters.

I needed to remember that today.

Maybe I’m not the only one?
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How many times do we waste by kicking ourselves for not measuring up to what we think others think we should be? We all have down days and days when we are on top of the world, that’s being human. None of us can be constant in our emotions, but we just have to realize that we are imperfect and that’s what makes us perfect to God. If we were all perfect we wouldn’t need Him. He gave us one another to love and

Patience to be Patient

*Patience to be Patient
(Taken from the Daily Bread daily devotional by Philip Yancey)

“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope.”Ps. 130:5

Children want things now: “But I want dessert now!” “Are we there yet?” “Now can we open our presents?” In contrast, as we get older we learn to wait. Medical students wait through training. Parents wait in hopes that the prodigal will return. We wait for what is worth waiting for, and in the process we learn patience.
God, who is timeless, requires of us a mature faith that may involved delays that seem like trials. Patience is one sign of maturity, a quality that can develop only through the passing of time.
Many prayers in the Bible come out of the act of waiting. Jacob waited 7 year…

THE QUESTION OF ETERNITY

THE QUESTION OF ETERNITY
(Taken from the Daily Bread devotional)

The Bible doesn’t promise believers a life free from pain, difficulty, or loss. Christians are not exempt from heartache or disappointment. And sometimes we’ll find that in the midst of periods of joy and blessing will come episodes when we desperately need a renewed perspective.

The Bible promises those who believe in Christ that they will have a Companion on the journey to help, encourage, and strengthen them in whatever may come their way. He is the One who has promised: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5,6).

To be able to have this confidence is to live a life that is an exclamation point in a world of question marks. …

Things Our Hearts Forget: You’re Human

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

Things Our Hearts Forget: You’re Human

I yank my arm back from the stove with a yelp. “Ow!” A thin pink line slips across my forearm. Sliding muffins into the oven, I’d gotten a little too close. I seek the sink and run cold water on the heat. A few tears flow too.

As I stand there, I think back over words spoken that slashed across my heart just like the heat of the oven. That place within me still feels tender. I berate myself, “Why am I so sensitive?”

I glance back at my arm and suddenly I’m thankful for sensitivity. Without it, the burn would have been much worse. And without the sensitivity of my heart, a relationship I value could have been more deeply damaged too.

Never apologize for your sensitivity.

But don’t abuse it either. Being burned didn’t m…

Wherever You are Now, You Have Something to Offer

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth
Wherever You are Now, You Have Something to Offer

Sixteen food trucks circle the wide open field. I read the locations on the side…Buffalo, Toronto, New York City. Over miles and across borders these folks have brought what they have to offer. And as I bite into a chocolate-hazelnut cupcake, I smile because we’re clearly all benefiting.

I like the idea of food trucks. Wherever you go, you have something to offer.

And in case you didn’t know, you’re kinda like a food truck.

We’re all called to feed the hearts around us. Give us this day our daily bread, says the line in the Lord’s prayer. What we receive isn’t just for us.

And it isn’t just for one particular place.

Wherever you are right now, you’re bringing what God has given you to offer right along…

For godly Fathers on Father's Day

*With Father’s Day coming up, we honor our dads for the sacrifices they make for their families. Being a dad is the most important job in the world. It means more than just supporting a family. It is being an example of godliness to the children and showing them what it means to have good morals. What a child sees, they are more apt to copy.
This is for all you dads who value this in your own families by honoring the Lord.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

A Commitment to God & Family

I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God…

When You Want to Hurry

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth
When You Want to Hurry

We drive into Niagara-on-the-Lake. Just across from the falls and tourist attractions, it’s a sleepy little town. I let out a sigh as I feel the rythm and pace of this place.

It is slower here.

Along the side of the road grows vineyard after vineyard. My husband and I point out different sizes of vines, “Those look young.” “Those look like they’ve been growing awhile.”

We’re read that vineyards can take years to produce. The green that flashes before us represents many seasons of patience, nurturing, faithfulness.

I’m not sure I could be a grape grower.

I want things to work out now.

I want to be better now.

I want God’s work to be complete in my life now.

And when that doesn’t happen, I feel like a failure.

I remember once a wise fri…

When You Get to Turn the Chair Around

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

When You Get to Turn the Chair Around

The endless blue sky stretched above us. “Let’s sit on the patio for lunch,” my husband said as we settled in at our favorite pizza place. I chose the seat looking outward, over the low fence and ahead into the world. I couldn’t see anyone but my husband next to me.

A few minutes later he leaned in and whispered, “The table of women behind us is reading your book.” I slapped his hand playfully and said, “No, they’re not.” He repeated, “Really, they’re reading your book.” (This isn’t the first time I’ve mistaken truth for teasing. I did the same thing when he proposed. But that’s another story.)

I tried to casually glance over my shoulder without looking like a stalker and sure enough, a table of about twelve women had …

APOLOGIES

APOLOGIES
(Taken from the Daily Bread daily devotional)

Read Mt. 5:21-26

“If you…remember that your brother has something against you,…first be reconciled to your brother.” Mt.5:23,24

Mark messed up. He arrived an hour late at a restaurant where he was to meet a friend from church. The friend had already left. Feeling sorry about his mistake, Mark purchased a gift certificate from the restaurant and stopped at a local card shop to search for an apology card. Among hundreds of cards, he was surprised to find only a few “sorry for my actions” cards in an obscure part of the store. He purchased one and gave it his friend who accepted his apology.
Although apology cards may not be popular, apologies are frequently needed in our relationships. Apologizing is a biblical action. Jesus …

A Prayer for the Brokenhearted

A Prayer for the Brokenhearted

Father of the brokenhearted daughter…
Oh, hear our prayer…

Give Your daughter the wisdom to know it:
Hiding when you’re hurting won’t heal you and growing isolated can just let infection grow.

Give Your daughter the love to live it:
The secret way to heal a broken heart is to let love leak out like an ocean through all the cracks.

The best way to tend to your open wounds is to open your arms… When you have Jesus on the inside, you’re never on the outside… When Love’s got hold of you, there isn’t a lie in the universe that can pull you apart.

And may all her trials be but a trail, all the stones on the way be but grace stairs to God.
In name of Jesus who broke His heart to heal ours…Amen.

- Devotional excerpt by Ann Voskamp.
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American honey bees are disappearing

For anyone who might be concerned about this, here is a link to sign a petition against this pesticide which is killing of the much needed honey bees.

Here’s the buzz: American honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and the government knows why.

Scientists say a pesticide called clothianidin, made by chemical giant Bayer, is strongly linked to the rapid decline in bee populations. When exposed to the chemical, bees get lost: they are literally unable to find their way home back to the hive and drop dead from exhaustion.

Susan Mariner uses her backyard garden to grow extra fruits and veggies for her family and teach her children where their food comes from — and in the past few years, she’s seen the decline in bees firsthand.

When Susan heard about the recent studies linking…

A Child’s View of Thunderstorms-cute

When I get these messages via email, I like to pass them along to you for daily encouragement. Hope you enjoy this as I did!!!

A Child’s View of Thunderstorms

A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She also feared the electrical storm might harm her child. Full of concern, the mother got into her car and quickly drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did, she saw her little girl walking along.At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. More lightning …

What Keeps You and I Close

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth: What Keeps You and I Close

What Keeps You and I Close

We sit on the last row of a country church. I squeeze Ann’s hand, hardly believing that I get to be here with her and her whole family. We have been friends for years now. Separated by geography and close in heart.

The elements are passed.

The bread. His body broken for us. And I smile in amazement at what God has done with two broken word girls. How he has seen fit to use us and make us whole.

The cup. His blood spilled out for us. And my heart fills with joy because I realize this is what joins us. This is how I came to be here in this little country church.

When she passes the cups to me, I lean in and whisper, “Blood sisters.”

That’s what we are.

She and I.

You and I too.

Blood sisters and brothers…

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

As a young child, I never heard my parents refer to anyone in a derogatory way. I was never brought up to be prejudice and when I hear others calling people names, it grieves my spirit. We are all of the same race, the human race and that means, we have all been created equal. If we were turned inside out, we would all look exactly the same. Our outward differences only make us unique. Why is it we love to have options when it comes to cars, houses, flowers, trees, dogs, cats and so on, but we can’t see these differences among people as something to be valued?
I read this and thought it was worth sharing.
We need to ‘see’ with our hearts and not with our eyes.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
(Taken from the Daily Bread Devotional, by David Roper)

“He has made from one blood every nati

Things Our Hearts Forget: You're Loved

Things Our Hearts Forget: You’re Loved

Hello, You…

The one beginning your week,

maybe thinking about your hurts,

hoping no one will notice until you are better.

Lean in close,

You are already good enough.

You don’t have to be better.

Not because you’re perfect (because none of us are)

but because you’re loved

by a God who is committed to

“completing the good work He started in you.”

You have grace enough for this day.

You have something to give.

You are created with care

and placed in this world with a plan,

His plan.

No one can take your place.

Whatever this week will hold for you,

let Him be the One to hold your heart,

the One will never stop telling you

all the ways you’re loved.

An Ode to those 'Senior Moments'

If you’re like me, you may be experiencing some memory issues. This video was emailed to me and I thought it was rather cute and wanted to share this with any of you who are experiencing some of these ‘senior moments’ too.
It’s good to laugh at ourselves and hopefully this one will bring a smile to your face today!
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!!!

Watch the video here

The Power of One

Every once in awhile I get an email that I just have to share for the content that is powerful and true in our lives. This was one of those emails.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!!!

The Power of One

How powerful can One be? Check this out :)

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start a prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what is true
One Life can make a difference

When You Feel Like You’re the Only One

I love to share these devotionals for women, they bring some honest questions to mind, that I feel we all experience at one time or another. Please read and enjoy.

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

When You Feel Like You’re the Only One

We sit under the blue Canadian sky. Under the cover of Ellen Graf-Martin’s patio umbrella, we uncover a little of our hearts too. Ellen, Ann and I talk of God-sized dreams. What it means to use your gifts to encourage others. The good on that kind of journey…and the hard too.

We’ve been privileged to hear the hearts of many women. Across borders, blogs, wherever we go it turns out eventually we hear the same thing: I feel like I’m the only one.

So here’s the thing. That statement is true. Just not the way you think.

We tell ourselves, “I’m the only on…

Things Our Hearts Forget: We’re Made for Rest

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
Things Our Hearts Forget: We’re Made for Rest

I skid my toes along the edge of the water. It’s brilliant blue, the color of the deepest sky. I let out my breath slowly and close my eyes. I listen to the waves. In. Out. In. Out. I match their rythm and slow down inside.

I think of words spoken by my life coach and friend, Denise. “Holley,” she said, “People aren’t made to keep the same level of productivity all the time. It comes in waves. Go with it. You need rest sometimes.”

I watch the ebb and flow of the tide and I know she’s right. I’ve known this somewhere deep inside every time I’ve come to the ocean since I was a little girl. But I forget. In the middle of the busy and expected it gets lost.

We are not machines. Only machines can work nonstop. And …

Things Our Hearts Forget: We’re Made to Celebrate

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:

Things Our Hearts Forget: We’re Made to Celebrate

We slide into the last four empty seats on the patio. Red umbrellas wave in welcome as they hover above couples on dates, coworkers winding down, and groups of friends gathered to catch-up. Stephanie and I are here with our husbands for a different reason.

We’re here to celebrate.

We’ve just finished a project. We don’t yet know how it will turn out. We’ve only seen glimpses.

But we’re celebrating anyway.

Because after years of creativity and work we’ve learned this: we’re to celebrate God’s goodness and our obedience—not results.

The moment you say “yes” to God and move forward in what He asks of you is the moment you become successful. Not when you hit the numbers. Not when you meet expectations. N…

The importance of sharing your story

This came to me through email. The words are very true. Those who don’t know Jesus as the living God are critical of those who do know Him. The truth is, Christians mess up, they still have sins, they are not perfect…yet! This is the beautiful plan that God has given to us all, even though we are not perfect now, Christ came to buy back all our sins and call us His child. I don’t know of any other exchange that has these kinds of benefits.

The Importance of Sharing Your Story
Brooke McGlothlin

How long has it been since you heard someone shout out what Jesus has done for them? How long has it been since you did the shouting?

The importance of sharing your story

The world loves to hate Christians, don’t they? Those who don’t share our beliefs love to prey on us, seeking …

In The Valleys We Grow

In The Valleys We Grow

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It’s then we have to remember
That it’s in the valleys we grow.

If we always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
We would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.

We have so much to learn
And our growth is very slow,
Sometimes we need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys we grow.

We do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

The little valleys are nothing
When we picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen m…

Things Our Hearts Forget: We Need Each Other

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
Things Our Hearts Forget: We Need Each Other

I peer out the back glass of the lake house. The hill behind it slopes and curves until it melts into little waves that tease the shore in the morning light. My friend, Dawn Camp, is stepping around a piece of driftwood—a massive tree trunk that looks old and wise, worn smooth from time and turbulence. She snaps her camera from every angle and the limbs seem to pose like models for her.

I smile and wish for the thousandth time I could see the world through her eyes just for a day.

The same weekend a small group of us circled around a fireplace, cozy in blankets, woolly socks just barely touching, sipping hot chocolate and talking. About dreams. About who we are. About what our Pinterest boards say about u…

A Mother’s Day Prayer for You

A Mother’s Day Prayer for You

CLICK HERE to play ECard.

May you have all the joy your heart can hold…
All the smiles a day can bring…
All the blessings a life can unfold…
may you have God’s best in everything!
Have a Wonderful Day

The blessing of the Lord be upon you.
Psalm 129:8

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The Lord Brought You To Mind

Lord, You brought someone special to mind.
I pray You will bless her
for the many ways she’s been a blessing.
Surround her with Your love,
and the love of those who care so much for her.
Help her to see the many ways she’s touched her family and the many hearts who are blessed by her life.
Happy Mother’s Day with Love

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
Philippians 1:4

A Bouquet for Mother

I thought this was worth sharing. Sunday is a special day to show our appreciation for our moms. It truly is the hardest job, but the best job ever!!!

A Bouquet for Mother

This puts it all into perspective. Happy Mother’s Day.

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.

He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.

As they were leaving he offered the girl a …

Thank you for the card purchases!!!

I would like to thank the person who purchased 30 of my card, Living Life. I am so very humbled by this sale and very appreciative of your support. I pray that whoever receives this card may benefit from all that it says.

Peace is Yours...

From Day Spring Devotionals
To help and encourage the believer in Christ Jesus

Peace is Yours…

When you have laid all things at His feet,
When you have placed all things in His Hands,
When you have entrusted all things to His keeping,
When you have released all things into His care,
When you trust Him no matter what-
Then the peace that passes all understanding will rule in your heart.

“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].”
Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP

“I know

The Power of His Love

The Power of His Love

Wider than the widest river…
Deeper than the deepest ocean…
Able to reach from the Savior in heaven,
straight to You with a single prayer…

That’s the power of His love…
and I pray it fills you up today.

How wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:18

Did God bring someone to mind that needs a reminder of His love?

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God Cares About Every Detail

God cares about every detail of your life…
He collects every tear in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8)
He numbers every hair on your head. (Luke 12:7)
He knows every hurt in your heart. (Psalm 34:18)

The Lord knows all you are going through.
He loves you, He cares for you,
and He will make sure not one detail is overlooked.
Thinking of You and Praying too

God…

Prayer, America's Hope

Prayer, America’s Hope

No ocean can hold it back.
No river can overtake it.
No whirlwind can go faster.
No army can defeat it.
No law can stop it.
No distance can slow it.
No disease can cripple it.
No force on earth is more powerful or effective
than the power of prayer.

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22

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A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper He amid the

TO AN ALMOST OLD PERSON

TO AN ALMOST OLD PERSON

I never thought I’d consider myself “old” as I thought I had forever before I had to grow up, but here it is. Maybe you feel the same way! This is another funny and cute email I just had to share.

I never really liked the terminology “Old Person” but this makes me feel better about it.
And if you ain’t one, I bet ya you know one!
I got this from an “Old Personal friend of mine”!

OLD PERSON PRIDE
I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old person receiving it. Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.

Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. Th…

A Call for Help!

Dear friends of RB, I have come to know so many of you over the past few years and consider you my family and friends. There is a certain commradary on this site as I’ve seen this through the dedications that are left in the group Just For You that I began over a year ago.

I am reaching out to all of you for your financial help for a very special lady on Red Bubble, sarnia2 aka Angie and her husband, Sandy. Right now, they have come up against a big brick wall that requires finances that they don’t have right now in which to get around it.

I believe that it is our greatest privilege to open up our hands and give to those who are in need as this is a blessing that will only come back to us as we give with a cheery heart, knowing we have done someone good today. From time to tim…

The Best Kind of Waiting

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

The Best Kind of Waiting

The deep summer sky spilled endless blue across the ocean. My husband and I sat on an outdoor patio. It was our honeymoon and we’d decided to splurge on a fancy dinner. A waiter approached the table with a smile. For the next two hours he waited on us—our every desire His to fullfill.

When we think of waiting we tend to think of a passive act. But in biblical times, the term “wait” would more likely have been like that of the waiter at our table that evening in many ways. For example, servants waited on masters. My definition of waiting is simply “to expectantly watchful.”

We all know these words…

Those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,…

For Support of Mental Health

I thought this was cute. I received via email for mental health week. I hope you can enjoy this and get a smile from it.

My inconclusive travel plans for 2012

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport, you have to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my partner, work and politicians who affect my life.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been …

Receiving Grace

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth

Receiving Grace

There’s a girl in my life who just won’t cut me slack.

I try hard and she says, “Not good enough.”

I put on my cutest outfit and she whispers, “Nice, but not as good as hers.”

I mess up and take a tumble in life and she smirks, “I knew you couldn’t do it.”

Who is this girl? I know you’d like to email her and tell her to stop being so mean to your Holley, right?

I’d like to do the same for any mean girls in your life.

So here’s the secret identity of mine…get your emails ready. It’s me.

Yep, I’m my own worst critic. Maybe you too?

People say, “Give yourself grace.” Yep, sounds good. I’ve even tried it. It just doesn’t work. I think that’s because we’re never meant to give ourselves grace. It’s not about just saying, “That’s okay. It do…

Switching Your Focus

Heart to Heart with Holley Gerth:
Switching Your Focus

A little girl sits across the ice cream shop, an enormous sundae in front of her. It has sprinkles, cherries on top, and a hearty dose of hot fudge too. She dives in and says with enthusiasm, “This is the best sundae I ever ate!” Her Mom giggles a bit and replies with a smile, “That’s because it’s the only hot fudge sundae you’ve ever eaten!”

When we’re kids, enthusiasm comes easily to us. That’s in part because every experience is new. We don’t have anything to compare it to, which keeps us free from the “e” word that can spoil even a good day. Expectations.

Expectations keep our focus on what should be and distract us from what really is.

With that narrowed visio…

The Hidden Trigger to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's That 75% of People Carry

This was sent to me and I think you’ll agree after reading this, your eyes may be opened to this truth about our health and the danger of mercury in our bodies.

The Hidden Trigger to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s That 75% of People Carry

Studies show that mercury is the MOST toxic heavy metal to your body; this excellent new documentary film, Mercury Undercover, exposes the dangers of mercury contamination to human health and to the environment
The number one source of mercury pollution is coal-fired power plants. Second position is held by dental practices due to amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury
Dental amalgams, used for more than 150 years, continue to be used by half of the dentists in North America despite a mountain of evidence they slowly leak toxic mercu…

God is For You

I realize that many think God causes all the calamities in the world, or they may wonder why He doesn’t prevent them? All good questions when you don’t know Him or understand Him. I thought this excerpt by Max Lucado may offer some explanations to these questions.

WHERE IS GOD?
By Max Lucado (excerpt from America Looks Up)

Many people today are wondering how Go could allow the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and other tragedies happening around the world today. What could He be thinking? Is God really in control? Can we trust Him to run the universe if He would allow terrorists to take the lives of so many people?…Why does He allow natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods to take so many lives?…

It is important to recognize that God dwells in a diff…

You are Loved & Known

From Day Springs Devotionals

Heart to Heart with Holley
You are Loved & Known

What kind of week have you had?
Hard, great, somewhere in between?

I wish I could sit down with you today, lean across the table and let you tell me about the moments that made you laugh or the ones that brought tears, about the fears you faced and the joy you felt, about the obstacles that seemed so big and the breakthroughs you never thought could happen. All of it.

I’m glad that even though I can’t be there, Someone can. And He doesn’t just have to hear about it second hand. He was there. For every moment. Every smile, every frown, every victory, every let-down.

And He’s still here…inviting you to tell Him all about all of it again. Until you know again that everything is going to be okay. He’ll comf…

There's no greater love than the love of Jesus

I want to share this from Day Spring Devotionals

There’s no greater love
than the love of Jesus

There’s no love that’s wiser, that’s stronger,
that lasts longer, that’s more willing or thrilling.
There’s no love more beautiful, more bountiful,
more bold, more basic and unbiased.

There’s no love more gracious, more giving,
more living, more sacred, more selfless,
more soul-satisfying, more pure and undying.
There’s no love more verifiable, more valuable,
more validating, more victorious, more glorious.

There’s no love more precious, more costly, more kingly.
There’s no love that’s greater-that’s more wonderful,
more wild, more passionate, more powerful – than the love of Jesus.

Jesus’ Best Day

Looking unto Jesus, the…

Whispers

I got this email and it got me thinking about how some people live on this earth and claim there is no God. To me this is just very sad and unfortunate that their eyes are blind to the beauty that is here and can only focus on the negative and then want to blame God in Whom they don’t believe.
As for me, I hear Him, I see Him and I know He walks with me daily.

Whispers

The man whispered, “God, speak to me”
and a meadowlark sang.

But, the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, “God, speak to me”
and the thunder rolled across the sky.

But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said,
“God let me see you..”
And a star shone brightly..

But the man did not see.

And, the man shouted,
“God show me a miracle..”
And, a life was born.
But, the man did not notice.

So, the man cried out in de…

2012 HANDBOOK

When I receive emails that actually do make sense I like to post them. This is one of those that has not just common sense but also godly wisdom. Life is something we all need to perfect not only for ourselves but those around us. This life after all, is not just about us.

2012 HANDBOOK

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2011
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:
11. Don’t compare you…

10 Reasons to Come to Jesus

I thought today, Resurrection Sunday would be a perfect time to post this.
Christ was in fact, dead, buried and rose again to life. This is not myth or fable, this is fact! Something that no one has ever been able to disclaim.

10 Reasons to Come to Jesus

Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM. John 8:58 AMP

Luke 2:11 – Jesus is the Savior,
come to Him and be forgiven and saved;
John 10:9 – Jesus is the Door,
come to Him and enter His provision;
John 6:51 – Jesus is the Bread of Life,
come to Him and feast at His table;
John 8:12 – Jesus is the Light of the World,
come to Him and see clearly;
John 10:14 – Jesus is the Good Shepherd,
come to Him and be led in right paths;
John 15:5 – Jesus is the Vine,
come to Him and ab…

True meaning of stress

This came to me on my email and the words are so very true for all of us, no matter what our beliefs. We are all people who all feel the same things for the same reasons. I thought you might enjoy this. I know I did.

True meaning of stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’….. she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?”, she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my…

There’s No One Like Him!

There’s No One Like Him!

God can do the most AMAZING things,
At the most UNEXPECTED times,
Through the most UNLIKELY sources,
By the most UNUSUAL means,
To bless us in the most DELIGHTFUL ways.

Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You… I Kings 8:23

Good Things Ahead for You!

WALK – RUN – FLY

When you WALK the Lord will guide you.
When you RUN He will sustain you.


And when you FLY, yes when you FLY-
He will take you places you’ve never dreamed.
The Lord has good things ahead for you!

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. Isaiah 40:31

Rejoice!
“…As Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of the Father,
we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:4

God's Amazing Love for this Easter Season

God’s Amazing Love

His love is unquestionable-
Its power unconquerable,
Its meaning undeniable,
Its mystery unexplainable,
Its sacrifice incomparable,
Its price unimaginable,
Its absence unthinkable!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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His Day of Victory

Jesus-
His shed blood means…
We can live each day in His forgiveness.
His resurrection means…
We can walk constantly in newness of life.
His presence means…
We can know His victory in each situation.
His love means…
We will never face anything alone!
His day of victory makes all our days complete!
Praying His Very Best is Yours this Easter Season
For in Him we live and move and have our being.
Act…

Preparing Easter (pt. 4)

Taken from a devotional from Day Spring

Lessons Learned From a Swept Floor

The broom swished over the tile and I wondered how many times I’d swept this exact tile, this exact corner of the room. It would depend, I thought, on how often this particular tile was exposed from underneath a sofa or chair. Maybe I’ve been sweeping it for the last 4 months, but before that? Maybe it had been a few years because it resided darkly beneath a love seat.

Sweep, swish, dustpan.

It’s the same tile, with the same semi-grungy grout: cleaner at the edges of the room than in higher trafficked areas. It’s the same room that we’ve cried in, laughed in, sang in and slept in front of the television in. And for the most part, it houses the same furniture it did seven years ago.

Sweep, swish, think, dustpan.

How…

April Fools!

Since tomorrow is the first of April, many people have referred to this as April Fools Day. I got wondering where it derived from. Everything has an origin.
Some people even consider it some kind of holiday, but it isn’t a holiday at all.
I know what God’s word says about fools.

Psalm 14:1; “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds. There is no one who has done good.”
According to Strong’s Concordance, the term “fool” in the Hebrew means a vile or wicked person.
Proverbs 1:7; “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
According to Strong’s Concordance, the term “fools” in the Hebrew means perverse or …

Preparing for Easter week 3

There is Hope

Light of the World

Jesus,
the Light of the World,
came so we could find our way to God.

Jesus,
the Lamb of God,
died upon the cross
so we could receive the Salvation of God.

Jesus,
the Bright and Morning Star,
rose from the dead
so we could live forever with God.

Let Your Light Shine

You’re here to be LIGHT.
God isn’t a secret to be kept.
We’re going public with this,
as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light bearers,
you don’t think I’m going to hide you
under a bucket do you?
I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, SHINE.
Keep open house,
be generous with your life by opening up to others.
You’ll prompt people to open up with God,
this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16; “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be…

Preparing for Easter pt. 2

Preparing for Easter pt. 2

Jesus Calling

I am the Resurrection and the Life;
all lasting Life emanates from Me.
People search for life in many wrong ways: chasing after fleeting pleasures, accumulating possessions and wealth, trying to deny the inevitable effects of aging.
Meanwhile I offer abundant Life to everyone who turns toward Me. As you come to Me and take My yoke upon you, I fill you with My very Life. This is how I choose to live in the world and accomplish My purposes. This is also how I bless you with Joy unspeakable and full of Glory. The Joy is Mine, and the Glory is Mine; but I bestow them on you as you live in My Presence, inviting Me to live fully in you.

John 11:25; Matthew 11:28-29; I Peter 1:8-9

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. Devotional for March 2nd.

Psalm 2:…

Preparing for Easter (week 1)

When I receive emails like this one I have to share them. This is the ‘good news’ of the Gospel.

There is Hope

Where there were questions,
Jesus came along and answered them-
Yes, I love you.
Yes, there’s hope.
Yes, all things are possible
in peace, in rest…in Me.

-Trieste Van Wyngarden

Celebrating the awesome Yes of Jesus…
and praying you’re blessed by His joy and love
at Easter and always.

All of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!”
II Corinthians 1:20 NLT
“who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope.”

Jesus Is The Perpetual Calendar
The Hope of Heaven

Only Christ can walk with us through the darkness
and bring us into the light of a new dawn.
Only Christ can give us hope a…

Potato Chips

This is another wonderful email message I received and wanted to pass along to all of you. Regardless of all the bad and negative things going on in the world, there is still the love that so many of us have for one another and this is worth posting. Have a blessed day!

Potato Chips

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Take 60 seconds to read this wonderful story. It will give you time to settle your brain, gather your thoughts, calm down and start your week off on a positive note.A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, jus…

How Sweet is That?

This email came to me and I thought it was worth posting. It seems that so many people are suffering from health issues and could it be that something in our diets could be the culprit? I thought this was worth posting because it could perhaps help someone who may be suffering from these symptoms and have no idea why.
In the hopes that this article might be of some help to someone, I pray it was worth putting on here if it helps just one person.

SWEET POISON…A MUST READ TO THE END!

In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was o…

Band Together

I love to celebrate these special occasions, such as St. Patrick’s Day. They give us a chance to wish others well and let them know we are thinking of them.
I would like to take this time to do just that. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to wish all those who are Irish and those who are Irish Wannabe’s a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Let’s band together and show others how much we appreciate them not only on St. Patrick’s Day but every day! Each one is a special gift, let’s use it wisely!!!
Please click here to see your card!
May the good Lord add blessings to your life today.

Overwhelmed!!!

Recently I received a Bubble Mail from someone who asked if I were licensed.
This gentleman inquired of 12 of my works that he wanted to license for a business proposition. I just signed this license deal with his company this week and am so overwhelmed to say that these 12 pieces will be used for mass production of their products and will be for sale in stores countrywide. One of these shops he mentioned was Hobby Lobby.
I give God all the praise for this blessing. Thank You Jesus!!!

Drugs or Jesus

[Video]

I found this song on Youtube and thought how it points out that we all have 2 choices in this life. We can go down a road running from life and turning to things that we are ashamed of and will eventually lead to death, or we can go down a road running to Jesus Who gives life and frees us from bondage.
I’m not sure why people are offended by Him. Who else has ever laid down their life for you?
Perhaps you have never truly understood this ultimate sacrifice, maybe you’ve never even tried to imagine a man being whipped to shreds or pierced with nails and thorns and hung on a cross to slowly suffocate. Maybe you have never realized how He was mocked and humiliated. I can assure you if you were made to watch, you wouldn’t be able to. If you ever really grasped what Je…

A Smile for You Today!

Today I reflect back on the passing of my sister a year ago and the shear feeling of such a loss in my life. I remember the call from my other sister telling us that my oldest sister who was on a respirator would not make it long enough for all the family to even be there. Since I lived several hours away and was already half way there, it would be futile trying to rush.
I knew where my place was at that point in time. God had directed us to go be with my mother who was in a nursing home and the thought of losing her daughter was a devastation for her. I found her in bed crying and asking “Why?” I will never forget that day. It was one of the most difficult days of my life, knowing I lost my sister and my friend and also knowing this would be the beginning of losing my mother …

Greater Things for You

From DaySpring Inspirationals

Greater Things for You

There are greater things than you can imagine ahead of you – and there’s a great God walking beside you.

I know His purpose is at work within you, as He’s guiding your life with wisdom and love.

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! Ephesians 3:20 The Message

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I Know the Plans – Wall Art
The Plans for You

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me
when you see…

Truly Amazing

This video was emailed to me of a child prodegy and when this little girl opened her mouth to sing, I was simply amazed.
She is without a doubt truly gifted and the song she sings I think goes to prove it.
If you want to be blessed today, just check this out!

*God Cares About Every Detail*

In Your Hands

Heavenly Father, my life is in Your hands.
Yesterday, today, and forever, I am safe and secure in You.
Lord, please help me to know that You are in control.
Help me to believe You are at work in my life right now,
even when I don’t see it.
Help me to trust in what I do not see,
when what I see is so painful.
Please help me to know You are taking care of my needs.

Lord, thank You for listening to my cries for help.
Thank You for loving me so much.
Help me to believe You and the promises You have made.
Forgive me when I doubt You and Your love.
I believe, Lord. Forgive me for my unbelief.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

(Devotional excerpt by Jill Kelly, from her

The First Valentine Message

The First Valentine Message

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

John 3:16


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The first Valentine message
is still the best one ever sent.
God bless you Today and Always

Grateful for Our Friendship

Hey Friend,
You are all kinds of wonderful!
Of all the days in the year
this seemed like just the right one
to remind you how much you mean to me.

So grateful for our friendship-and for you.

I thank God for you. II Timothy 1:3 NLT

You Are Loved

I had received this from a devotional site on my email. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to share it. Love is so much more than the box of candy and flowers.

You Are Loved

God’s love is different from ours.
God doesn’t just give love – He is love.

We are experts at earning the affections of friends, lovers, children, and our families. Coming face-to-face with a God who loves us unconditionally sets us off balance. It’s much easier to believe, “If I go to church and read my Bible, God will love me.” That makes us feel safe because it seems we can control God’s love. It’s scary to believe in God’s unconditional love.

What if it’s not true? Then the deepest desire of our hearts can never be a reality. We watch Cinderella and the…

Today is a new day

As I ponder the thought that every day is a gift, the present, I just have to thank God for it and for another new day to express my thankfulness to Him and for you.
I think about how many of our friends here on Red Bubble have passed on, or have lost a loved one, or may be going through the worst time of their life, this could be you or me today. And then I have witnessed many miracles as well, answers to prayer for healing and I know there is a God Who is Sovereign over all, whether or not you believe it. I am comforted to know that my life is not just spinning around on luck, but I embrace the fact that we all have a purpose and that main purpose is to touch the lives of others for the good!
I want you to realize today that your life is no mistake, God knew you from before the foundation…

Make up your mind to be happy

This is AWESOME … something we should all remember.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just…

How Awesome is this???

[Video]

This video reminds me that as a photographer, I am testifying to the greatness of our God…and so are many of you. Perhaps you may or may not even realize it. After watching this, I have seen so many photos on here that could very well be one of yours!
We attest to the awesome works of our Maker’s hands every time we point our lens at something that has been miraculously created.
Yes, our God is an awesome God, He reigns from Heaven above, with wisdom, power and love…our God is an awesome God!
I am so grateful to serve this God of all creation, Who does not rule with a heavy handed fist to punish, but rather with all the love in the world to share His everlasting kingdom with Him when we can believe in our hearts that Christ is Who says He is and confess with our mo…

We Can Make a Difference

This video was emailed to me by a very special friend. It has such a profound message, one that is very powerful and one I think is worth passing along.
When you think about your life, what is the main purpose for being here? We can use this life to tear down or build up.
We all make a difference as we pass through this life, it can either be for the bad or for the good. Our actions, our words all carry on and turn into a life of their own, either for negative or positive. These actions and words will forever determine how we effected others in the world around us. This is our legacy so to speak.
How do you want to be thought of and remembered?
After you watch this video, I hope it makes you think twice about how you use your time. How will your life effect someone else’s life today?
Pl…

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Good day to you my friend!
I love how every day is a new day, a fresh start to begin again and do the right things. I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive of me and my work and show you my appreciation, for without you, I wouldn’t be on here. This site has not only become an outlet to post my works, but it’s also become a place where I meet with my friends daily and sometimes even make a new friend.
When you hear of a fellow Bubbler suddenly passing away, one that has touched you, it makes you realize just how short and fleeting life really is. There is no time to wait to express just how you feel about someone. Yesterday I was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of our friend Mike Oxley and I’m sure many of you felt the same.
So, I can say that I ha…

Something beautiful for you today

I truly believe that when we bless others in our daily lives, we get blessed as well. It’s so true that when we bring sunshine into someone’s life, our days are also blessed with sunshine.
It only takes a moment to be kind and the results can last a life time.
Today I want to extend a beautiful wish for you. I wish beauty, love and contentment for you today.
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A beautiful wish for you

I like to believe that the gift of kindness and thoughtfulness goes a long way. It has a chain reaction. I would like to be the first link in this chain today.
I am sending all my Bubbler friends, near and far a beautiful wish for today. That wish is for peace, love, joy, and contentment to be yours.
For all of you who live in the northern hemisphere I know you will really appreciate this and for all of you who don’t, I know you will also appreciate this. Let the joy of this season, whether winter or summer be with you the whole year through!
Please view my wish for you today here!
God bless…

Let's Pray

Prayer is something that is powerful and it works, that is why people do it.
This video was sent to me and I wanted to pass it along because these dogs even have more sense than many people.
What is it about prayer that offends people anyway?
Personally, I don’t think I would even still be here had people not prayed for me. I’ve witnessed my prayers being answered time and time again when I ask in faith and believe that God really is.
This is just cute though, hope you enjoy it!
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