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Friday, January 08, 2010





'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord."

I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him O'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more! _Louisa M.R. Stead

That most important of phrases, O FOR GRACE TO TRUST HIM MORE.


Crucified and laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
For me above all. _ Michael W. Smith

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EBLOOMING 1/9/2010 12:45PM

    emoticonSally, that is good to know so bless you for adding it here to my comments. Thanks everyone for your comments. emoticon

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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/9/2010 10:37AM

    emoticonElaine for entering this song,,Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus..written by Louisa Stead who lost both her husband and child while he was trying to rescue the son from drowning. Both Louisa and her daughter watched it happen. She was left with no means of support except the Lord.One day food and funds were left at the front door and that is when she wrote this hymn.Her hymn remains a timeless reminder and comfort to all believers who have experience this same truth:"Jesus,Jesus,how I trust HIM; how I've proved him o'er and o'er! Jesus,Jesus,precious Jesus! O for GRACE TO TRUST HIM MORE." JOHN 14:1-3

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    Beautiful rose!

And Beautiful Rose!

I like the one in your background, too.

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LINDA25427 1/8/2010 11:37AM

    Beautiful . Thank you for sharing .

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MEYLOSE 1/8/2010 10:28AM

    I enjoy singing Above All, one of my favorites, Trust in Jesus is an awesome song as well, 2 wonderful choices to sing every day as we go about our lives, THANKX for sharing

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CMORISAK 1/8/2010 7:12AM

    AMEN!!! All things are possible with a faith in Jesus. My faith has gotten me through some difficult times. Not sure what I would have done without my faith. Thank you for posting such beautiful words.

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RIVERUN 1/8/2010 2:15AM

    AMEN With faith in our Lord all things are possible. It is so sweet to TRUST in JESUS

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thought I would post a fwd. I got from Joni E. Tada today...

Let Go of Christmas

Let's go to Bethlehem to see this thing that has happened.
-- Luke 2:15

My friend complained to me one day, "Christmas is wonderful, but quite frankly, I'm tired of the arranging, the shopping, the visiting, the hosting, the wrapping, and the decorating. When I was a child, none of this ever concerned me. But now that I'm old, well... I'm just tired of being in charge of Christmas!"

I know the feeling. It seems the holidays aggravate our need to control and arrange. Daily life is hectic enough. The responsibilities of managing holiday moments and staging special memories sap the strength out of the best of us. Whether it's a Charlie Brown Christmas or a Martha Stewart Christmas, it all seems to be a lot of work.

What a contrast with the first Christmas. The announcement of Jesus' birth, though dramatic and brilliant, came with no preparations on the part of the shepherds. Mary and Joseph did not whip up a banquet or deck the halls of Bethlehem. No invitations written. No gifts purchased. No programs arranged. Just a birth. And just a midnight visitation by obedient shepherds.

No one but God was in charge of Christmas the night Jesus was born. Salvation had been prepared before the foundations of the world. God's sovereign hand worked in the details of history so that all would be fulfilled as promised. He arranged for the miraculous birth, the willing servant Mary, and the angelic announcement. All that remained for the shepherds to do was to go and see what had happened. They left rejoicing, telling everyone the good news.

Take time before this season starts to see with your heart what God has done in sending Jesus. Reflect on his preparations before you take any responsibility. Celebrate the season before you control it. Meditate on the wonder of his incarnation before you manage it for everyone else. Let go and you will rejoice in what you see.

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Lord, Christmas belongs to you, not me. You're in charge as much now as you were in olden times. Let me see as the shepherds saw, full of wonder and joy.

Joni and Friends

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NELLIEC 12/21/2009 2:55PM

    Well, I play the "old" card. A number of years back, I let my daughters know that if they enjoyed entertaining, more power to them. They seem to take turns, and all I have to do is show up -- and maybe occasionally bring something simple.

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PARAEAST 12/21/2009 12:10PM

    Wow so very true. Thank you for sharing this with us.
I wish ou and your family a Merry and joyful Christmas.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/20/2009 6:41PM

    Great thoughts

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 12/20/2009 10:32AM

    I so loved your post. Thank you.
Rhonda emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/20/2009 10:23AM

    Great blog, I love Joni. I think there are two crucial parts to the above:
(1)Friend complaining said "When I was a child, . . . ". We have to remember to be like a child, and enjoy like a child, while thinking and behaving like an adult. The Bible says "have faith like a child", and the Bible says, "but when I became an adult (a man), I put childish things away". Enjoying Christmas LIKE A CHILD DOES while acting like an adult, i.e. enjoying the holiday as part of the journey, is the key to enjoying Christmas and not letting commericality of it and rushness of it, get to you.
(2) Adults DO search their hearts and are satisfied only when they present their whole hearts to God; they are only satisfied when the God-shaped hole in their spirits are worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Christmas is a WONDERFUL time to worship Emmanuel, King of Kings.
If you combine the two things, child-like enjoyment with spiritual worship, Christmas will be great again in any stressed-out adult's life.

Carol from DRamsey and CW Putting God First teams

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LINDA25427 12/20/2009 10:01AM

    Thank you Elaine for a beautiful blog and reminding us what Christmas is all about Jesus our Lord and Savior. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with Love--- Laughter and Peace . God bless.

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VISUALLYRICS 12/20/2009 9:33AM

    Beautiful blog! I couldn't agree with you more! God is in charge of Christmas! Have a great day ~ Laura

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MALEXANDER4 12/20/2009 7:06AM

    awesome post. thank you. and most of all merry christmas.

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TIME4ANEWME47 12/20/2009 4:02AM

    Interesting post...here is my way of enjoying the reason behind the season.
I have Thanksgiving at my home, so my decorations and tree are up the weekend before this holiday, thus I can enjoy the beauty and peacefulness. To avoid the hustle and bustle, I do not shop on Black Friday. I usually start in the summer months when I see things my family would like or I shop online. Instead of sending the generic Christmas cards or a family letter, I write something inspirational. Last year, I wrote a thank you letter to each person in my life, letting them know the difference they have made in my life. This year, I made a Christmas card in a box with items to remind others what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. I collect children's books about Christmas and have them out on my coffee table so I can quietly read and look at beautiful pictures from a simple format.
Sometimes the outside world tends to overwhelm with all the hype centered around sales, shopping, etc. But we can enjoy this season by learning to change. Great post!

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Borrowed From FIDDLER4JESUS:

This poem was inside of one of the church's paper,Power for Living a while back. Thought you would enjoy!

Two Prayers

Last night
My little boy
Confessed to me
Some childish wrong;
And kneeling at my knee,
He prayed with tears--
"Dear God, make me a man
Like Daddy--wise and strong;
I know YOU can!"

Then while he slept
I knelt beside his bed,
Confessed my sins,
And prayed with low-
bowed head.
"O God, make me a child
like my child here--
Trusting Thee with faith

Written by Andrew Gillies (1870-1942)

On the Nuggets post,I mentioned the verse about faith. Here is how the Lord really is working today!

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, for the evidence of thins not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please HIM for he that cometh to God must believe that HE is and that HE is a rewarder to them that diligently (earnestly) seek HIM. Hebrews

FAITH-"If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain,Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible to you,This kind of FAITH goes not out but by prayer and fasting."Matthew 17: 20,21 emoticon

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GLORYLIGHT57 12/17/2009 5:33AM

    This prayer is thought provoking. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 3:57AM

    Thank you so much for this post Elaine...I really needed to read that tonight. What great inspiration!!
Blessings and hugs,

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NETTY1 12/12/2009 3:55AM

    Thanks Elaine. Great consept. Glad you are doing well.

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LINDA25427 12/9/2009 7:03PM

    Wonderful Elaine .Faith is a powerful thing God bless. emoticon

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KATEMCPHEE 12/8/2009 1:41PM

    Wonderful, Elaine! And He gives us faith when we ask! "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief".

May our Lord fill you with an extra measure of faith as He shows you His faithfulness today!

Bless you,

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/7/2009 4:46PM

    While I was working today Elaine, I was thinking about that scripture...prayer & fasting!
Thank you for sharing...oh to be like that little boy again.

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NELLIEC 12/7/2009 1:55PM

    Yes, the inspiration is to be more like Jesus and when we see someone who is endeavoring to do that, it inspires us!!!

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GRANDMANANCY 12/7/2009 1:44PM

    I needed this today Elaine.. Thank you. You are a blessing

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Thanksgiving...Come Apart With Me...and Rest Awhile

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This photo is my dd Debra and Thanksgiving at her house last year.

This came from Annie Johnson Flint, thanks to Sally, LEADER OF the

"Come apart with me,and rest awhile" Mark 6:31
If our Lord bids you to be silent, it is but to tune your tongue to His praise. Remember that the pause is part of the music..

The great COMPOSER writes the theme
And gives us each a part to play;
To some a sweet and flowing air,
Smooth and unbroken all the way;

They pour their full heart's gladness out
In the notes of joy and service blent;
But some He gives long bars of "rests,"
With idle voice and instrument.

He Who directs the singing spheres,
The music of the morning stars,
Needs, for His full creation's humn,
The quiet of the soundless bars.

Be silent unto God, my soul,
If this the score He writes for thee,
And "hold the rest," play no false note
To mar His perfect harmony.

Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
Strike on the instant, true and clear,
Lest from the grand, melodious whole
Thy note be missing to His ear. (our King)

And in my Bible,"In the calmness of spirit it will give,your soul will reflect,as in a mirror,the beauty of the Lord;and the tumult of women's(or men) lives will be calmed in your presence, as your tumults have been calmed in His Presence.

Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore,we will not fear."

God be with you Thanksgiving Day..here,if you have time,put what you are most Thankful for..I am thankful for my relationship with our Lord right now and a wonderful,peace He gives. emoticon

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EBLOOMING 11/27/2009 11:56PM

    Thank you all for your comments...encouraging to me as you do so. emoticon

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/27/2009 10:44AM

    I am thankful even though we could not be with family,that the day was spent honoring the Lord in Thanksgiving for His awesome provisions.
Isaiah 26:4"Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." is on my Scripture card..and the reverse side...
"Let the road be rough and dreary,
And it's end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely, strong or weary,
Trust in God, and do the right!"

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HOLLY_ROSE3 11/26/2009 1:01PM

    How beautiful is that! Praise God!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/26/2009 10:14AM

    I have so many things I am thankful for that the list wouldn't fit here, but most of all I am so very thankful for God's love and his blessings...He loved us enough to give His Son's life for us!!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Blessings and hugs,

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JUSTPEACHY1 11/26/2009 9:17AM

    Elaine, Thank you for sharing those beautiful words. I'm thankful for many blessings, but above all I'm thankful for Jesus who gave His life for mine!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day! Ena emoticon emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/26/2009 4:42AM

    I'm thankful for God's grace on all humanity so thanksful that he loves me even with all my faults and short comings .He is so awesome and loving . I loved your poem thank you for sharing it with us . Hope you have a great Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter. God bless. emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A special person on another team posted this today and I wish to share it:

I heard this song this morning and tried to write down most of the words. It was sung by Matthew Hagee and Randy Travis.

Freedom is Not Free

So many lives have paid the price.
Silence we cannot afford.
From sea to shining sea.
Show up and speak up for what is right.
Pray for peace and liberty.
One nation under God,,
Who will heal our land--
Let it reign with your voice to sing.
It is more then a dream.
Show up and speak up for what is right!
Peace and liberty.
Freedom is not free.
From sea to shining sea.

He asked when was the last time you prayed for peace and liberty? We need to use our freedom to defend our freedom..Persevere is the answer in prayer.This very moment in Afghanistan and Iraq,,don't give hope for our country.Many have given their lives for our freedom..freedom is not free.Pursue it.

Thanks to Sally.

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/14/2009 2:08AM

    Many thanks for sharing this... The cost has been great to our armed forces and their families... I will continue to pray to God for our great nation!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/13/2009 10:53AM

    Freedom is not free. God bless all our veterans and those on active duty where ever they may be. Without them and the Lord we would not have our freedom...what a price we have paid for it.
Thank you!!
Blessings and hugs,

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/12/2009 10:48AM

    We need tears for our country...freedom is not free! Pray on, America..II Chron. 7:14..opened up right to it. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 11/11/2009 6:20PM

    I am so thankful for the USA! ....So Thankful for our Veterans!

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NELLIEC 11/11/2009 4:50PM

    Yes, it seems that many take our freedom for granted, but if we are not vigilant, it can slip away from us!

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