Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poem ~ The Wings of Prayer

On the wings of prayer our burdens take flight
And our load of care becomes bearably light,
And our heavy hearts are lifted above
To be healed by the balm of God's wonderful love,
And the tears in our eyes are dried by the hands
Of a loving Father who understands
All of our problems, our fears and despair,
When we take them to Him on the wings of prayer.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~




Thank you to all who have been praying for Vee (God Will Take Care of You). There are times we want to do more to help a friend in need, and prayer doesn't seem like it's enough. Prayer really is the most beneficial thing we can do to help a friend.

I remember a time in my life, as a young single mother, visiting my next door neighbor with my daughter. My neighbor was an elderly woman with a little dog and a plate of warm cookies always on the table.  She said to me one day, "I pray for you every day". I remember feeling very humbled that she would take her time to pray for me every single day. I've never forgotten that and I'm sure I won't know the total impact of her prayers on my life until we meet again one day in heaven.

Have a blessed day dear ones.



Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Hello friends - As I write this post, Memorial Day 2016, a rainy day, a day of remembrance for those who died in service for their country. My husband, a Vietnam Veteran and I were privileged to visit the Vietnam Moving Wall, last evening. The Moving Wall has been in our area for a few days and a great honor for it to be near us on Memorial Day Weekend.  A very sobering scene for all in attendance, quiet and respectful. 



Thank you to all who have been praying for my friend Vee's husband John. It is with sadness, I tell you that John went home to be with the Lord on May 28th. At Vee's request, I have written a guest post on her blog to inform her readers. You can find it here: God Will Take Care of You

Vee's favorite color yellow serves as the background for this hymn "God Will Take Care of You". A hymn that I believe will bring comfort to Vee as she mourns, and perhaps to you for whatever trials face you. Please keep Vee and her family in your prayers. Thank you.






Thursday, May 26, 2016

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Dear Friends, I come today, asking prayer for my friend Vee and her husband. Vee blogs at A Haven for Vee and after a few years of corresponding we met at my home last summer.  




Here's Vee's account of our visit with lots of pictures:
Meeting Abby & Bill
Here's my account of our visit;
A Sweet Reunion

Vee's husband and best friend John is critically ill and she has been by his bedside. Here are some of her own words written this past Sunday, 5/22/16. 


Vee: Today I have seen the hand of God in everything. One miracle after another.. . . . .John is in cardiac care after suffering a tear in his aorta. He was airlifted to a major medical center where he was in surgery for six hours this afternoon and evening. If you are a praying person, I covet your prayers for him. We know that he is a blessed man for having been in the right places at the right times with the right people able to help. When I can, I'll provide an update.

I find it remarkable that despite being in the midst of devastating circumstances, Vee sees the "hand of God in everything, one miracle after another". 

You can read more of her post here -
Lilacs Will Bloom Again






So many, standing in the need of prayer - one of my readers is mourning the loss of her adult daughter to cancer. Others in my circle of family and friends standing in the need of prayer. Tomorrow is not promised for any of us, young or old. Trusting in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, is a promise that is real, and one I cling to.

Are you unsure of your eternal destination? Here is a post I previously shared numerous years ago, some words my husband spoke at the funeral of a childhood friend. ETERNAL DESTINATION

That one post has been viewed more than any other I've written on my blog - over 25,000 times. It baffles my mind, but God is bigger than blogger and certainly bigger than me. If He has a message to get out, it's going to get out there.

Thank you for praying. Look around you, to your circle of family and friends, who is standing in the need of prayer? Pray for them, pray with them. 





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rest for the Weary

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.   Matthew 11:28-30


The definition of REST is: to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing. To relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor, and to be at ease; have tranquility or peace. 


Sounds good, doesn’t it? We all need rest, and when we’re very tired, we look forward to it. Even my little grandson enjoys his rest. He doesn’t have the words yet to express it but will point to his crib, and when he lies down, will smile and wave bye-bye.

This scripture talks about rest for our souls; relief from the trials, stress, tribulations, burdens, and sin that can weigh us down. Remember Christian, in the book Pilgrim’s Progress? He was weighed down by a heavy load and longed for relief as he journeyed to the Celestial City. He found his rest when he reached the foot of the cross. The straps that bound the load to him broke and he was free from the oppressive weight.

We don’t have to bear the weight of our burdensome load. Jesus promises us in this scripture passage to come to Him and he will give us rest. Are you tired? Are you weary? Are you burdened? Leave it at the foot of the cross and find rest for your soul.

My husband’s grandmother wrote the poem below.  I never had an opportunity to meet her, but know she would have been pleased to have me share it with you.



Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
And wait patiently for him
He’ll lift your cares and light your path
When everything looks dim.

He knows your need for daily strength
The problems that you face
He’ll give you courage and supply
His boundless love and grace

Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
There is no better way
To find refreshment, joy and peace
O rest in him today.
by Violet Elwell


This post is linked to:
What Joy is Mine, Home Making Mondays


Friday, March 25, 2016

The Good News of Friday




I had the opportunity to tell a young man I know, the good news of Jesus. As we sat at my kitchen table, I explained why Jesus had to die on the cross. As he listened, I scanned my table for some visual aids. Two pencils became the cross and my friend and I were the salt & pepper shakers, my sugar bowl was at the head of the cross, representing God. 

I explained it again with my visuals, the only way to God is through Jesus. He took the punishment for our sins. By believing Jesus did this, the cross becomes our bridge to God. 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
Romans 10:9

I watched as he had the light bulb expression on his face and exclaimed I totally get it now, it was you and me that put him there!    

YES indeed, I put Him there....my sin was there.  My Lord had heaped on him all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.  HE did this for me, and HE did this for you.



The story doesn't end on the cross. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the HOPE that gives us the promise ~ Because He lives, we can live also. 


Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
William Newell ~ 1895

Please join me today, reflecting what Jesus did for us, as we prepare our heart for the joyful celebration of His resurrection. Easter Sunday.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

No Luck Here


My friend and I were tweens when she was given a birthday card by a youth leader.  The card had the words "good luck" crossed out.  The woman told my friend she didn't believe in luck. We thought she was a little wacky for thinking that.  

About 38 years have passed since I was a tweenager (you're doing the math aren't you?) and I can tell you the trials have been many.  Have I been unlucky? Some might think so.  If I were to compare blessings vs. trials in two columns, the blessings would far outweigh the trials.  I've been blessed beyond measure. 

Look for your blessings today, write them down.  Look for your blessings tomorrow, write them down.  Do this everyday in a special notebook.  I guarantee your spirits will be lifted.


When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Johnson Oatman, Jr, 1897

Have a blessed day my friends.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Cure for Anxiety


Websters 1828 Dictionary defines ANXIETY as: concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness. it expresses more than uneasiness or disturbance,......

It defines PEACE as:  In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.

I've had a lot of experience with anxiety over the years. Most of my anxiety has come from thoughts of what "might" happen tomorrow or in the future. The majority of what I'd built up in my mind never even happened. Over the years, as I've gotten older, had more life experience, drawn closer to the Lord, and seen his provisions for me over and over again . . . the PEACE comes more often than the anxiety.



PRAY - ask God to help you overcome this, just as the verse says.   You may need to pray everyday for peace, or situation by situation. I guarantee, the more you pray, the more you read your Bible, the more you seek the Lord, the greater PEACE you will have.

Philippians 4:6-7 are my go to verses for PEACE. I made a pretty graphic with these verses to help us all focus on the PEACE of God which exceeds our understanding.  Feel free to print out, share, or use on your blogs/websites. Read it, memorize it, store it in your heart my friends. Praying for you to have peace today. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Perfect in Weakness



Are there days when you are left emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted?  I'm sure there are! Perhaps every day is like that for you. The above scripture from 2 Corinthians 12:9 gives us a promise that:

HIS GRACE is SUFFICIENT 
It’s enough!!
It’s the perfect amount. 
HIS POWER is made PERFECT in weakness.

No matter our trials, praise is possible. I know this because I've experienced it. When I've reached out to God for help and strength, He has NEVER failed me. I am strongest (through Him) when I am emotionally, physically and mentally the weakest. I am thankful to God for allowing me to have the various trials I've had over the years.

I guarantee without my trials, there would be no "Little Birdie Blessings", a blog of Christian encouragement. I wouldn't be empathetic toward others, and I certainly wouldn't have a heart for women's ministry.

Elizabeth Prentiss, born 1818 in my home state of Maine had this to say about her trials:

Much of my experience of life has cost me a great price and I wish to use it for strengthening and comforting other souls.   You can read more about this great woman of faith here: Elizabeth Prentiss

The graphic I used in this post was one of the first digital graphics I made, about 5 years ago. It makes me happy to look at it. The WORDart was designed by Karen at Papercraft Memories  You can find lots of free WORDart on her blog.

Thank you for visiting today. I trust and pray you will be encouraged by God's word and claim this as one of the verses for your own life.

If you are on facebook, you can find me here with daily postings:
https://www.facebook.com/littlebirdieblessings/


I'm also having some fun with Instagram, and can be found here:
https://www.instagram.com/birdieblessings/


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lovely Graphics & a New Baby to Love



I think this verse from Proverbs 3:3 is beautiful! Can you just picture these two qualities around our necks like a strand of lovely pearls that can't be broken or removed? The words written on our hearts, engraved there forever! Feel free to use the heart graphic, or the one below on your blogs, webpages, social media or print out for art work. 




Our family received a very special gift this past week in the form of a little baby girl, born to my daughter and her husband. Little Natalie Joy was welcomed home on Sunday by her three brothers, her aunt and uncle, and of course her Nana (that would be me) and Grandpa.  Little Natalie has enough hair, her mom could style it if she chose to. So very precious.

The miracle of birth - a miracle that's often overlooked, until it's brought fresh to us. Our hearts are full!  "He hath made everything beautiful in his time" Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Here's a tag a made for my daughter in celebration of the birth. 


 




Here are a couple vintage Valentine freebies for you.





I hope you have a delightful rest of the week. 





Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Freebies

A kind and thoughtful deed
Or a hand outstretched in a time of need
Is the rarest of gifts, for it is a part,
Not of the purse but a loving heart.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~ 


Hello my friends. I've missed being here on the blog, so thought I'd pop in and say hello. Here are some vintage Valentine freebies for you. Feel free to print them out for crafting, pin them, or use on your blogs or websites. A link back is always nice but not required. To save to your computer, click on image for largest size, right click, and save.

Here's a tip that I do when saving images from sites that have free graphics - I have a specific folder on my computer for each site I save from. That enables me to easily know the source. Enjoy!










I think the last vintage postcard is particularly amusing as my husband has white hair and I have a "lame gait".

Here are a few verses regarding LOVE.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2



And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
Colossians 3:14

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8


Have a blessed day.