Pieces of Safety

Having traveled through horrible rain and wind for almost 7 hours today, I was thankful to have my faith.  I was leaning on the protection of Jesus.  He is there for us, however and whenever we need, we just have to remain calm.  Calm in the storm.  Not all storms are emotional, some really are literal.

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Answered Prayer Piece

Our prayers are answered in God’s time.  Be encouraged; God wants us to be happy, but oftentimes what we think will make us happy and what actually will, are two different things.  Establishing a relationship with your Father, reading His word, aligning your life with His, makes asking the prayers and receiving answers that coexist, possible.

I have been on the receiving end of a beautifully answered prayer.  I am in awe of the miracles God can do when restoring relationships.

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Pieces of Good Friday

Good Friday is a day of sorrow mingled with joy. It is a time to grieve over the sin of man and to meditate and rejoice upon God’s love in giving His only Son for the redemption of sin.  Keep in your heart today the incredible sacrifice made for your life.

Pieces of the Holy Spirit

The concept of the holy spirit has always been a difficult one for me to understand.  Many of us grow up learning about the trinity; but maybe that is the end of the line.  Or we speak in tongues; i.e. have received the gift of the holy spirit.

What is it really?

I find this subject to be longer than a piece.  I welcome discussion.

Pieces of Following

Charles S. Stanley:  “God has an answer to anything and everything you or I may face.  God is pleased and honored when we choose to go in any direction He leads us.”

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Pieces of Knowing

When we are at our lowest, it’s important to remember that Jesus is the same; yesterday, today and tomorrow.  He never changes.  We change don’t we?  We reside in discontent, misery and pity; to name a few.  We question our own faith and feel prayer is futile.

If the only thing you know for sure; without a doubt, with a 100% certainty is that you know Jesus is in your life, and in your heart — then you will be okay.

Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.
For Your mercy and loving-kindness are great and high as the heavens! Your truth and faithfulness reach to the skies!

Pieces of Harmony

The world is a place filled with violence, unrest, sorrow and anger.  It is also a place filled with beauty, love and peace.  How can we ever find a healthy, spiritual balance?

HARMONY.

c :  internal calm :  tranquility

Psalm 32:7 You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance.

Acts 20:32 And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul).

A piece of humility

Humble pie some call it.  I’d venture to say we could all use a slice every now and then.

……humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom.

Asking in Faith Piece

James 1:3-9 New International Version (NIV)

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Holiday Pieces

The reason for the season is the birth of our savior.  May your time spent with family and friends honor this very important day of our history.

Luke 2 Living Bible

About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation. (This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.  And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth.  He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born; and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened,  but the angel reassured them.

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone!  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”

 When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.  All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them. Then the shepherds went back again to their fields and flocks, praising God for the visit of the angels, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had told them.