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Count Your Blessings!!

The other day I borrowed a CD from the library.  On this CD was a hymn that I learned as a child, but haven’t heard for years!!  It’s a very simple song with a catchy tune – and words that are so true!   When I find myself temped to grumble or complain about something, I simply sing this little song…..

  1. 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.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

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The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer…. why does it still amaze me???  I was sent an email this morning, letting me know that a book from the library was a week over due.  I thought that we had returned this book already.  So I looked all over the house, and nothing turned up.   I stopped by to talk with the librarian and she said they would check their shelves, and for me to go back home and look again, and we would both see what we could find out.

I prayed on the way home, and asked that God would please let this book show up.  I walked in the house, and God laid on my heart to look in a certain spot for the book.  “But God, it couldn’t be there”, “just look”,…… sure enough there was the book – not 5 minutes after I had prayed!!!

I know that a missing library book is not very important in the big scheme of life, but when things like this happen, it strengthens my faith.  If God cares about the small things, how much more will He help us with the bigger problems in life!!
Thank you God for answered prayers!!

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Today is the first day of college for our daughter!  So many thoughts are going through my mind. It seems like just yesterday that I was dropping her off at Kindergarten!  The other day I came across this beautiful poem, and it summed up my thoughts and emotions so well.  I can’t be with my daughter every day now, but I know Who can…..

As Any Mother to the Savior

“As Thou didst walk the lanes of Galilee,
So, loving Savior; walk with her for me,
For since the years have passed and she is grown,
I cannot follow; she must walk alone

Be Thou my feet that I have had to stay,
For Thou canst comrade her on every way;
Be Thou my voice when sinful things allure,
Pleading with her to choose those which endure.
Be thou my hands that would keep hers in mine,
And all things else that mothers must resign.

When she was little, I could walk and guide,
But now I pray that Thou be at her side.
And as Thy blessed mother folded Thee,
So, loving Savior, fold my girl for me.”
(author unknown)

 
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He Leadeth Me

I remember as a child listening to Paul Harvey on the radio.  He would draw you in with an amazing story and at the end there would be an “ah-ha” moment, where you would connect the pieces, and Paul would say, “and now you know the rest of the story”.

For me, that’s the way it is when I read about the story behind a particular hymn.  It’s no secret that I love hymns!  The older I get, the better I understand the lyrics, and the more they mean to me!  Last week I heard a hymn on the radio and it’s been going through my head ever since.   So I looked up the lyrics and read how the song came to be.  I wanted to share that story with you…..

A young student, Joseph Henry Gilmore, was invited to preach at a neighboring church.  He intended to give a sermon on Psalm 23.  It was familiar text, and he had used it before, but this time he got stuck on a phrase in verse 2 “he leadeth me”.  Gilmore later wrote, “Those words took hold of me as they had never done before.  So greatly impressed was I with the blessedness of divine guidance that I made this my theme”.  After the service, Henry and some others went to the home of a deacon. “There,” he wrote, “we continued our discussion of divine guidance. While I was still talking and listening, I wrote on a piece of my exposition manuscript the words to this hymn. I handed the paper to my wife and more or less forgot the incident.”

Unbeknownst to him, Gilmore’s wife sent the poem off to be published, and later a hymn composer William B Bradbury saw it, and set the poem to music.  It was he who added the last two lines of the refrain; “His faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me”.

“And now you know the rest of the story…..”  :)   Here we are over 150 years later, hearing this song on the radio, and the words are just as beautiful as they ever were!!

“He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Refrain

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

Refrain

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.”

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Having a High School senior in our home this year has been exciting and challenging (and expensive)!  I had NO idea all that was involved with preparation for college in the fall.

Last Friday, Megan was given a wonderful opportunity to interview (along with 8 other brilliant students) for a full-ride scholarship.   That was one week ago today, and we still have not heard the results!  (talk about a LONG week of waiting!)  ;)

I shared with a friend that “waiting” for results, is harder than the actual preparation and interview itself was.  But during this week, I have grown so close to God, and He has taught me many things.  He has ministered to my soul and calmed my spirit; through His Word, through songs on the radio, and through other people!

I was reading in Daniel 3 this morning – about the amazing story of the 3 Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the king’s idol.  In verse 17 and 18 the boys say, If we are thrown into the fire, our God whom we serve is able to save us from it. And He will save us from your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the object of gold that you have set up.”

That kind of faith was such an encouragement to me.  We know that God could make this scholarship possible for Megan, but “even if He does not”, God is still good and we will serve Him!  And we will trust that He has a better plan for us!

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.”

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History of Thieves

One of my favorite essential oil blends is called Thieves.  There is an interesting story behind how it got its name.   In the 14th and 15th centuries, a great plague ravaged Europe and millions of people died.  A group of men were able to walk among the dead/dying and steal from them.  When these men were caught, they were brought to the king, they told him that they were spice merchants, trapped in the city because the ports had been closed due to the plague.  They had run out of money, and had resorted to stealing.  They knew that they would be immune from the plague by anointing themselves with herbs and spices.  The spices that they used were; Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus – together these oils are a power house for your immune system!!

Today, the Young Living “Thieves” blend is named in their honor.  There is a whole product line based on this blend which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.  If someone in our family, begins to get sick, we put several drops of Thieves oil on the bottoms of the feet several times a day to stop it in it’s tracks.  Or we might pour a few drops of Thieves oil in an empty capsule and take it as a supplement.

Some other ways that our family uses Thieves EO is for: sore throats, cold/flu, support immune system, dental pain, cold sores,……   Thieves is my favorite oil to diffuse (1) because it makes the house smells so amazing (with the Cinnamon and Lemon) and (2) because it kills 99% of airborne bacteria!

This is definitely one oil that every household should have on hand!  :)

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The Only Name

This week I watched the Creation Debate between Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum.  It was very interesting to hear both sides present their case.  As a child, I grew up watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. (I can still hear the intro jingle in my head) :D   I used to love hearing him explain science and how things worked – very cool.  However, Tuesday night it was so sad to hear him clearly reject the idea of divine revelation and deny God as Creator of the universe.

Recently, one of my favorite songs to crank up has been “The Only Name” by Big Daddy Weave;

“Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

Yours will be the friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me

Yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name”

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Romans 14:11 says, “For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.”   Scripture is clear that one day everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord.   How much better to do so now, before it’s too late!

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