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1 “I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26 NASB).”

 

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing [Daniel W. Whittle, 1883/Public Domain]

There shall be showers of blessing:
  This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
  Sent from the Savior above.

  Showers of blessing,
  Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
    But for the showers we plead.
2 There shall be showers of blessing—
  Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
  Sound of abundance of rain.
3 There shall be showers of blessing;
 Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
  Come, and now honor Thy Word.
4 There shall be showers of blessing;
  O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
  Now as on Jesus we call!
5 There shall be showers of blessing,
  If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
  If we let God have His way.

 

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The Green Grass of (My) Home

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“They went to the entrance of Gedor, even to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. They found rich and good pasture, and the land was broad and quiet and peaceful (1 Chronicles 4:39-40a NASB).”

Green, green…

As a child I ran through the green grass of home; I did somersaults and stood on my head. When tired, I laid down to rest on the green grass of ‘my home.’

“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23:1-2a NASB).”

 

Let Us Pray

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“The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace.” [Quote by Mother Teresa]

LORD, heal our families.

Let us pray…

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.                                                                                                     

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

(Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend

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“Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening (Psalm 104:23 NKJV).”

Remember this ditty?

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad (author unknown)

“I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
All the live long day.
I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
Just to pass the time away.
Don’t you hear the whistle blowing?
Rise up so early in the morn.
Don’t you hear the captain shouting
‘Dinah, blow your horn?’

Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?
Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.
Someone’s in the kitchen, I know.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo.

Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o-o-o-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Strumming on the old banjo.”

Happy Labor Day!

 

TAKE ME AWAY!

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Wishing CALGON TM, could take you away?

From time to time, we can all feel overwhelmed.

“Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah  (Psalm 61:1-4 NKJV).”

He Called Him Friend

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Ever been betrayed by a friend?

“While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. A large mob, with swords and clubs, was with him from the chief priests and elders of the people.  His betrayer had given them a sign: ‘The One I kiss, He’s the One; arrest Him!’ So he went right up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed Him.

‘Friend,’ Jesus asked him, ‘why have you come?’

Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and arrested Him (Matthew 26:45-50 HCSB).”

Jesus knew who His betrayer would be. He knew what was in Judas’ heart. Yes, the Master knew very well. Yet, He called Judas friend.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ [Joseph Scriven/Public Domain]

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who with all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3 Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
You will find a solace there.

 

Weighing In

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Thinking that you need to go on a diet?

My clothes have confirmed what I’ve been reading on the bathroom scales. I could ignore the scales; I have daily reminders when putting on my clothes. The first 5-7 pounds I gained showed minimal change; the last 5 pounds reveal a noticeable difference.

The signal light turned from caution to stop!

It’s time to put the brakes on. I don’t count calories; instead, I watch my portion sizes and cut down on sweets. This is not the first time I’ve gone this route; it takes patience and determination. 

I’m tempted to overindulge. Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread.

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’

But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:3-4 NKJV).”

Christ hungered for a far greater food.

“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest (John 4:34-35 NKJV)!”

LORD, I want You to control my hunger…

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6 NKJV).”