Faith & Hope Delivered! #82

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“You’re going to make it;
You’re going to be at peace;
You’re going to create, and love, and laugh, and live;
You’re going to do great things.”
― Germany Kent

On February 21, 2018, the much beloved Evangelist Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord at the age of 99.  Dr. Graham dedicated his life to crusading for Christ.  He toured the world spreading the good news of the Gospel and encouraging others to trust the Lord with their everything.   And as the world continues to mourn the loss of this incredible man of God, Reba McEntire and many other celebrities react to Billy Graham’s death on social media.

Reba wrote:

“What an incredible life you had. Thanks for all your guidance and love. #angelssinginginheaven”

Kathie Lee Gifford:

“My whole family came to Jesus through the Billy Graham organization,” she told Kelly.

“We don’t need more religion, we need more Jesus!”  ❤

 

 

Graham became a counselor and confidante to nearly every American president, beginning with Harry Truman, but Graham himself denied he had a role in making policy. He said: “I don”t advise them, I pray with them.”

 

Read on to be lifted by 40 Billy Graham quotes that will truly inspire:

(1)  “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”

(2)  “God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.”

(3)  “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.”

(4)  “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”

(5)  “My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

(6)  “God proved his love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”

(7)  “Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world, and lost your soul. Was it worth it?

(8)  “There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.”

(9)  “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.”

(10)  “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”

(11)  “We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.”

(12)  “A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.”

(13)  “I have never known anyone to accept Christ’s redemption and later regret it.”

(14)  “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

(15)  “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

(16)  “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”

(17)  “Christ not only died for all: he died for each.”

(18)  “Heaven is full of answers for which nobody ever bothered to ask.”

(19)  “Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

(20)  “We say to our children, ‘Act like grown-ups,’ but Jesus said to the grown-ups, ‘Be like children.’

(21)  “Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater—the love of God.”

(22)  “Knowing we will be with Christ forever far outweighs our burdens today! Keep your eyes on eternity!”

(23)  “World events are moving very rapidly now. I pick up the Bible in one hand, and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.”

(24)  “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

(25)  “Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.”

(26)  “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”

(27)  “The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

(28)  “They asked her (Ruth Graham) did she ever think about divorce and she said, ‘No, I’ve never thought of divorce in all these 35 years of marriage, but,’ she said, ‘I did think of murder a few times.’”

(29)  “Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.”

(30)  “When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.”

(31)  “The message I preach hasn’t changed. Circumstances have changed. Problems have changed, but deep inside man has not changed, and the gospel hasn’t changed.”

(32)  “The only hope for enduring peace is Jesus Christ.”

(33)  “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”

(34)  “The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.”

(35)  “Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”

(36)  “Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless.”

(37)  “Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.”

(38)  “The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”

(39)  “Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.”

(40)  “Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can.”

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“I’ve become an old man now. And I’ve preached all over the world. And the older I get, the more I cling to that hope that I started with many years ago, and proclaimed it in many languages to many parts of the world.” ~Billy Graham

That hope he speaks of so passionately, is the powerful message of Christ and the cross.

“The cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering, for he took them upon himself in the Person of Jesus Christ. From the cross God declares, ‘I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pain that you feel. But I love you.'”  ~Billy Graham

The story does not end with the cross, for Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the cross to the empty tomb. It tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil and death and hell. Yes, there is hope.”  ~Billy Graham

In Reverend Graham’s last message in the 2013 video-recorded My Hope America,he shares his heart for our nation today, and this simple, yet powerful prayer, a final reminder, that if we’re willing to come to Christ, he has the power to change our lives and future forever.

“Our country’s in great need of a spiritual awakening. There have been times that I’ve wept as I’ve gone from city to city and I’ve seen how far people have wandered from God.

I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross. Not the cross that hangs on the wall or around someone’s neck, but the real cross of Christ…With all my heart I want to leave you with the truth, that he loves you, and is willing to forgive you of all your sins.

Sin is a disease of the human heart….There is no other way of salvation except through the cross of Christ.

Today, I’m asking you to put your trust in Christ.

‘Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I turn from my sin, I repent of my sins, I invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. 

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen.'”

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Just as I am.

All is grace.

 

“God will fight your battles if you just keep still. He is able to carry you through. Trust Him. Keep standing, keep believing and keep hoping.”
― Germany Kent

 

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Teen Words On Problem Solving #81

Why do teenagers need problem solving skills?

Problem solving skills are essential to be able to navigate the complex teenage years, and will be needed throughout life. We all have to solve problems every day, in work and social situations. By developing problem solving skills your child will be empowered to:

  • sort out conflict
  • be independent
  • achieve challenging goals
  • make decisions on their own

In prompting the girls to write out their own problem-solving techniques given the following 10 situations, here is what they had to say:

(1)  Is always late.

“Make them hurry or find them after school and make sure they aren’t late to prevent getting into trouble.”

“Set up a timer on your electronic device.”

“Walk with them, encourage them to be on time.”

“Remind them to get here on time.”

“Make them set a timer on their phone.”

 
(2)  Whispers to others or starts side conversations during discussions.

“Tell them to be quiet.”

“Tell them they won’t get anywhere in cheer.”

“Speak up.” (LOL)

“Ask them to please focus.”

“Tell them to concentrate and make  ’em do a kick or jump alone.”

“Tell them to please stop talking.”

 
(3)  Gets upset when her recommendations are not followed.

“It’s okay, I thought it was great.  Maybe they’re looking for an easier/harder one, (depending on the moves).”

“Say some encouraging words.”

“Say sorry and maybe next time it would be followed.”

“Tell them it was still a good idea, maybe next time.”

“Ignore or talk to coach.”

“Make a new cheer/chant including what they wanted OR  Find a way to include some parts.”

“Hug them and don’t tell them what people voted on.”

 
(4)  Hogs the conversation/discussion.

“Walk off.”

“Tell them to let someone else talk.”

“Ask them why or tell them that’s not okay.”

“Ask nicely if you/or someone else can talk for a little.”

 
(5)  Leaves before practice/game is over.

“Ask them why they left early.”

“Ask them if they can please stay next time; we need them.”

“Ask them why or tell them that’s not okay.”

“Tell them it’s hard on everyone else when they leave early; they miss material that is being taught.”

“Tell them we need them; rely on them.”

 
(6)  Constantly tells jokes and gets people of track.

“Hey, some of us want to listen, you probably shouldn’t be telling jokes right now; please stop.”

“Tell others not to laugh at jokes.”

“Do 20 push-ups!”  (LOL – I’ve got ’em trained.)

“Tell them to wait, and tell you later.”

“Tell them it’s time to focus.”

“Tell them to please stop!” (This one was written a few times.)

 
(7)  Refuses to work with another “certain” team member.

“Tell them it won’t affect their life and be respectful.”  Tell them, “Just get to know them.”

“Try it.”

“They’ll just need to get over it.”

“Trade with them, OR try to get to know eachother, like play a game.”

“Tell coach.”

 
(8)  Won’t share in the leadership role.

“Take leadership yourself.”

“Tell coach privately.”

“This is a TEAM, we work together!”

“Ask them politely to share.”

“Ask them to call off a cheer or do it with them.”

 
(9)  Falls asleep.

“Wake them up!”

“Wake them up nicely.”

“I would wake them up.”

“Do the beat of a cheer or chant to vibrate floor to wake them up.”

“Ask them to wake.”

 
(10)  Just sits there.

“Ask them why then encourage them to get up and participate.”

“Encourage them.”

“Tell them to get up and try to get them to have fun!”

“Help them any way you can.”

GOOD JOB, LADIES!  ❤

 

 

Problem solving takes courage, effort, and perseverance!

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True Love <3 #80

“Sometimes true love expresses itself in surprising ways….”

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When the misty fields clear and youth fades and real life sets in and trouble comes, true love still beats strong in ways you’d never imagine:

  • True love winks at you from across a sea of kids at the kitchen table.
  • Holds your hand when your heart is anxious.
  • It fills your car with gas or picks up milk at the store.
  • It works three jobs to provide for the life you’ve created together.
  • It holds the sarcasm and speaks kindness instead.
  • True love wants to come home and eat dinner with you every single night.
  • True love looks you in the eyes and tells you are dead wrong. It pushes you to be a better person.
  • True love lets you sleep in the morning  or sends you to bed early when you are exhausted.
  • True love matures and the whirlwind of youth is replaced with the steadiness and faithfulness in the mundane. Kindness in the little things, which you now realize are the big things.

Younger girls, when you think about love and are wondering if  Mr. Wonderful is Mr. Right, think about little things he does because they’ll make up your life.

How does he treat his neighbor?

 How does he talk to the waiter in the restaurant?

How does he react when hurt?

Is he in control of his actions and emotions?

Is he approachable, correctable, and “easy to be entreated”, the true sign of wisdom?

Does he help the hurting and less fortunate?

Is he generous to the needy?

Does he cut corners and break rules,  because if he’ll do that for you he’ll do it to you one day.

Look for someone who loves God more than you.

It’s easier to notice the big man on campus, so don’t overlook the good guys on the sidelines, plodding along, doing the work, serving. They’re not as loud as the guy who is center stage, so keep your eyes on the perimeters.

Article written by Sarah Beals

 

 

 

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“Real love can be compared with UFO: all people talk about it, but only a few have seen it!”

 

Life Is To Be Enjoyed! #79

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“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

I spent President’s Day with ALL my grandchildren and although I wasn’t feeling my best, I’m glad I pushed through – ’cause no matter what, I always find my happy place when I’m in the company of my beautiful and playful little Lovelies! ❤

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When Alyson is focused, she’s FOCUSED!

 

 

Lucas is getting so tall – he will be 2 in March!

 

 

Aly and Zoey painted their faces of their SUPERHERO:  “Rainbow Dash” ❤

 

 

“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.”
― Rachel Ann Nunes

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❤ ~Miley-Jordan loves to have alone time with her grandma~ ❤

 

 

Cousins enjoying their craft time together! ❤

 

Lucas lovin’ on grandma...he really enjoys the cell phone and staring at himself!

 

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Had ALL the grandkids paint their hands on my Nana sweatshirt to be treasured!

Life is to be shared and loved among those special individuals we call grandkids. ❤ 

WISDOM #78

“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
― Bob Marley

I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul,

All eyes are on you Lord,
All eyes are on you, all eyes are on you Jesus.

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.
(Hallelujah, Don’t wanna lose our soul,
No, Don’t wanna lose my soul.
Don’t let me lose, my soul,
I’m never gonna walk away.

 

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What Is Wisdom?

We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33).

Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?

As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value. Creation brought order to the cosmos; law brought order to society; etiquette brought order to human relationships; politics brought order to governance and authority. Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle—fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others.

They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take his person and role seriously. Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.

A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person) was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behavior or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else—usually themselves.
~Taken from NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

“10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.  12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”  ~Proverbs 9:10-12 KJV

“Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living. We learn by reading and discovering about things thus we increase our knowledge. To be wise, we need to live and implement what we have learned so far. Be it a good experiences or a bad one, we have to go through everything that life throws at us. One has to live through all life’s good and bad experiences to be wise. Wisdom cannot be gained without experiencing all these things.

We learn what we see, we implement what we learn, and thus it becomes an experience which will help you become a better version of yourself. If you implement something and it turns out good, then it becomes a good experience and you can share such good experiences with others also that can help them handle their own issues and situations. If it turns out bad, then it becomes a bad experience. You cannot go back in time and undo the things that you have done. Bad experiences help us not to repeat our mistakes. This is how we gain wisdom.”

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“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
― Oprah Winfrey

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“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
― Elbert Hubbard

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

 

Encouragement Trumps Defeat #77

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Inspirational quotes leads us to an empowerment within that keeps us going...that’s why these words of encouragement and comfort continue across social media and receive the highest likes and views among other platforms.

I challenge you to google encouraging quotes vs. defeated quotes and find the number of sites that leave us crushed to be higher than those that use comfort.

THAT’S BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO FEEL DEFEATED

I’ve put out several blogs over the years and the ones that continue to raise in followers are those that have guided individuals to a higher positive state.  Words are powerful and they will continue to be – that’s why it’s important to keep our platforms we use to heal and restore rather than to demean and discourage.

 Deuteronomy 20:4 “For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”

 

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Seeking encouragement reveals strength, not weakness

“If you’ve ever shied from asking for help because of fear that you may seem weak, you aren’t alone.  It’s a sad irony that it’s during the times we most need to ask for help that most people are reticent in doing so.”
~Margie Warrell (Forbes)

“Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”
― Anthon St. Maarten

When things get tough, many people turn to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. Some of these brief sayings have become celebrated parts of society’s album of go-to’s:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“But out of all of the things that people—famous, influential, and otherwise—have to say, what makes some turns of phrase so powerful that they become mantras for generations?”

There’s also power in the words themselves, says Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric. Farnsworth says that people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise.”

“Depending on whom you ask, the appeal appears to lie in a combination of good wordsmithing, motivational psychology, and a measure of self-selection. Obviously, people who tend to feel inspired by motivational quotes are going to find them more resonant than those who don’t find simple phrases and sayings to be particularly meaningful, says psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City.”

“If your teacher, coach, or mentor believes you can do something, you’re more likely to do it.”

“Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better.”
― The Beatles

❤ It’s only words, and words are all I have…to take your heart away! ❤

 

No Fear #76

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“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”
― Germany Kent

Tragedy is all around us.  From horrific school shootings to natural disasters; pain and catastrophe will always be around the corner…what we need to do is “consider how our sovereign God works through the so-called “disasters” we experience and how they actually can deepen our relationship with him.”  ❤

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Especially when your children are little, you may find yourself conjuring up thoughts of disaster. It is normal to think of the “what if’s.” What if they are in an accident? What if this or that happens? Though it’s always possible something could happen, you can’t let this fear overwhelm you. You must keep it in proper perspective.

The reality is that some events will happen in your children’s lives that you don’t like or don’t want to deal with — perhaps even a tragedy. Bad occurrences are part of the human experience. But a parent who accepts this reality and depends on the Lord will be well prepared in the event of any actual accident or tragedy. Nobody wants to prepare for disaster, but they are wise to do so.

We can trust that this process of ‘letting go and letting Him’ will take care of us and the same process will happen in our children’s lives if they too, trust the Lord while experiencing trials of adversity and life’s unrelenting disasters.
~Taken from Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids

“25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked.”
~Proverbs 3:25

“I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ~Rosa Parks

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“Even when we’re alone or in despair, God knows, understands, and is with us right in the middle of it.”

 

In Genesis 16, Hagar, Sarah’s servant, gives God the descriptive name The God Who Sees. The angel of the Lord had found her in the desert after fleeing mistreatment. God found her alone and in despair and spoke to her right in the middle of it.
I realized that I could trust God to lead me where he wanted me when my heart was seeking his. The God Who Sees sees you. He knows your heart. He is with you in the middle of it. And he loves you.  ❤

~Taken from NIV Bible for Women

“Vulnerability gives us freedom, power and connects us to a network of injured souls. It is through the art of being real that we can heal ourselves and others.”
Shannon L. Alder

Psalm 139

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

 

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and You lay Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You.
13 For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with You.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of You with evil intent;
Your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
“Pour out your joys, fears, concerns, and requests.  He hears and will aid and comfort you.”  ❤
“No matter what has happened, God is able to take the trial and turn it into a blessing.  Nothing is too formidable for Him.  When you pass through troubled waters, He will be with you.”  ~Into His Presence

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water
(from The Concert in Central Park)

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
~Isaiah 43:2