Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Promise in a Loaf of Bread

compliments of The Feathered Nest

It was my birthday, my daughter was 4 years old at the time, and I was struggling as a single parent. I remember specifically wanting to make shredded wheat bread. My senses took over and I could almost taste and smell it. Reaching for my go-to cookbook, I found the recipe. I was ready!  There was just one problem. I didn’t have all the ingredients. Going to the store was not an option.  I didn’t have funds to make the purchases and I didn’t think the store clerk would give me the items based on the fact it was my birthday.

In despair, I sat down at the table and started crying.  Not because I didn’t have the ingredients for shredded wheat bread.  I was crying because I felt very alone and I was tired of life being incredibly hard.

A knock at my door snapped me out of my pity party.  It was my neighbor Maryanne, who knew it was my birthday and had a gift for me.  She asked if I liked shredded wheat bread as she handed me a loaf of warm bread she had just baked for my birthday.  True story!

I believe that God allowed the events of that morning to unfold this way, so I’d know without a shadow of a doubt who the source of the provision was from. God was speaking to me, and used my neighbor to accomplish His task.  I realized at that moment I was not alone, not abandoned, and not in despair.   He was right there with me.  My daughter and I were going to be okay.

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

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Just be Nice

Just be nice - - smile, say hello, show kindness, forgive someone. This verse basically instructs us to treat others as we would want to be treated, and forgive as God forgives us. A pretty graphic from an old book can be our reminder today. Have a blessed day! 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scripture & Lovely Bird Graphic

Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

God is the only one who can make
the valley of trouble 
a door of hope. 
~ Catherine Marshall ~

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peaceful Morning

I'm very pleased to have my daughter Bethany sharing with us what's on her heart this week.

Another snowy day. . . I was shoveling out my mailbox (which was completely buried) and the snow was coming down heavy. I was thinking about what a difficult winter this has been, and was having a hard morning even before I went out to shovel.

As I was outside, I started praying for peace. All of a sudden, the sun came out, the sky was turning blue, and the snow was letting up. I got my camera and walked around the yard, enjoying the sun sparkling on the snow, making it appear like diamonds. Looking closer at the snow, I could see the details of the snowflakes and realized how amazing and beautiful this world is.

peaceful morning

I’m so thankful for all the beauty God gives us in this world. I truly enjoy having four seasons here in Maine (although I wouldn't mind a little longer summer). Winter here really is beautiful when you stop and take it in.

Watching the news last night, it was scary thinking about the world we live in now. It seems to be getting worse as time goes on. I’m thankful that I can feel safe in my cozy small town in Maine, and I’m thankful for God giving me peace when I ask Him for it.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

My daughter Bethany lives near me along with her husband and their three young boys. I am in hopes that she will contribute again here at Little Birdie Blessings.  ~ Abby

Thursday, February 19, 2015

God's Love Runs Deep

God IS love....He defines love....His nature is love...

His attributes are love.
God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus
to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sin.
His love is:  
personal.....never beginning or end....

He knows and loves YOU individually.  

In the year 1917, a man named Frederick M. Lehman wrote these words below that became a hymn. Here is a portion of them.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Just think about the words in that hymn, a spectacular visual way to even begin to comprehend God's love.

  • If you filled the oceans with ink and the skies were made of paper;
  • If every stalk on earth were a pen, and every person on earth a scribe
    (one who copied documents before the printing press was available)
  • It is still not enough to contain the amount of God's love for you.

So, just how much DOES God love us?

He knows the number of hairs on your head
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7 (NKJV)

He knows every tear you shed and stores them in a bottle
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
His thoughts toward you outnumber the grains of sand
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV)

Here is a link below to the Gaither’s singing Love of God. Just look at all their faces as they sing. They are awestruck by the magnitude of God’s love for them as an individual. Very powerful.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, 
nor angels nor principalities nor powers, 
nor things present nor things to come, 
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, 
shall be able to separate us 
from the love of God 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

I pray this blesses you today and you can feel the depths of God's love for YOU.

God loves YOU more than you can comprehend. Why not ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

4 steps to Peace with God 
4 steps to peace with God is sponsored by Billy Graham Internet Evangelism

Linking with: The Enchanting Rose, Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Strength Renewed

There is a period of time in my life that I was unwell and very weak. I remember lying in bed, meditating on this verse. I actually pictured myself with my strength renewed, running like the wind. The Lord brought me out of that illness, but this verse has always remained special to me when I feel weak.

Our strength can be drained physically as well as emotionally. When you're low on strength, look to God and His promises.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, 
They shall run and not be weary, 
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. 
His eye is upon us, 
His arm over us, 
His ear open to our prayer - 
His grace sufficient, 
His promise unchangeable.

 ~ John Newton ~

Have a blessed day dear ones.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Encouragement for Discouragement

God shields us from most of the things we fear,
but when He chooses not to shield us,
He unfailingly allots grace in the measure needed.
It is for us to choose to receive or refuse it.
Our joy or our misery will depend on that choice.
Elisabeth Elliot

We are hard-pressed on every side,
yet not crushed;
we are perplexed,
 but not in despair;
but not forsaken;
struck down,
but not destroyed
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Have a blessed day my friends.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Beyond Common Hope

HOPE ~ To look forward to with confidence or expectation, according to the dictionary. It’s also one of the most common inspirational words we see.

It’s lettered on rocks, featured in wall art, and I've even seen a face cream that is called Hope. Beyond the commonness, it’s a word people cling to that are in chronic pain, that have cancer, that are in desperate financial circumstances, and the countless other tragedies that come into our lives. I heard in the news, a victimized woman held captive said – “I never let hope disappear”. 

As Christians, our ultimate hope is not in this present life, but in the world unseen, our final destination of Heaven. If we choose to “hope in the Lord” as this scripture says, He will give us the strength to get through it, no matter our situation.

Be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the Lord.

Psalm 31:24

Have a blessed day friends, and never give up hope.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Year with a Faithful God

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

I think these two verses from Lamentations are in my top ten favorite passages from the Bible.  It's not a coincidence that I paired them up with a beautiful coffee cup.  That's one of they ways my morning starts, with a cup of coffee - a brand new day - with God's promise He will help me through this day.

Let's face it, there are very few of us who can actually say, life is easy.  In fact, life for most of us is downright hard.  Join me in 2015 as I strive to:

take each day as it comes
seek God for help through each particular day
pray more
complain less
read at least a chapter/day in my Bible
appreciate the small things
look for God in nature
spend more time with family
be physically active
be more respectful of my husband

This past year has brought tears of joy and tears of sadness.  We rejoiced at the birth of 2 new grandbabies born in 2014, and were saddened to lose my husband's sister very suddenly in December from a brain aneurysm.

We don't know what each day will bring, but we can be assured of who holds our day. . . a loving God who promises He will never fail us.

Many things about tomorrow. 
I don't seem to understand. 
But I know who holds tomorrow. 
And I know who holds my hand.
Ira Stanphill, 1989

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

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 the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:7-14

Merry Christmas my friends.  I hope you have a wonderful day, and take time to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Below are links to previous Christmas posts here on this blog.  Praying God's blessings on all of you.  Love Abby

Christmas Hymn ~ Our Day of Joy

The Peace of Christmas ~ Hymn Story

The Christmas Letter

A Handmade Christmas

The Faith of Mary

One Solitary Life

Last, but certainly not least:
Eternal Destination