Transitions Part 23: Homesick

The Lord has been so good to me. I wrote this post a year ago. I did get that job, and I am so thankful.

Moore to Ponder

Scripture reference;

 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiates 3:11 KJV

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:5-9 KJV

“ ‘I wanna go home,’ she poured out her mournful…

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A Loving Pursuit: Part 28 ( “Manasseh”…A Time To Forget…And To Heal)

“…The Lord is perfect. His ways are perfect. His wisdom is perfect. His timing is perfect. He loves perfectly. He forgives perfectly. He heals perfectly, and He guides perfectly.

We in our humanity are not perfect. We are weak. We are needy. We lack wisdom. We have no concept of time. We love imperfectly. We forgive imperfectly. We need healing and guidance. We might not be aware of this, but the Lord is fully aware of this…and that makes me so glad…”

Moore to Ponder

Scripture reference;

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

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“I” Is For Impatiens

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Impatiens walleriana
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Scripture reference;

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV

“9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV

 

Busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana) is a sweet little flower who gladly brightens shady places with months of abundant blossoms in a number of colors.

She is a tender perennial that must be brought indoors when a frost is in the forecast, or else she will need to be treated as an annual and replaced the following year. Unlike annual vinca (or periwinkle) they like a little morning sun, but must be protected from the afternoon sun. They also need moist soil, and will wilt when they become dry. If your Impatiens have wilted give them a good watering, and then check on them in an hour or two. It is amazing how quickly they can respond.

“Impatiens” by Theresa Moore

I   n shady places we sometimes find

M  eloncholy states of mind

P   ensive musings that confound

A  bjection threatens to abound

T  hen when it is least expected 

I   llumination is projected

E  mancipation is effected

N  ew found friends came to your side

S  upplying warmth restoring pride*

 

* This pride should not be confused with the sinful, “haughty” pride that causes a person to think he or she is better than others. The pride to which I am referring is an awareness of worth; for a person to realize that he or she is valued and loved.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click here:
http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“F” Is For Four O’ Clocks

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Mirabilis Jalapa, Wonderblume
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Scripture reference;

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV

 

Four O’ Clocks hold a special charm for me similar to that of morning glories, hollyhocks, and marigolds. These are all plants I remember seeing in gardens of people that I loved. They weren’t the beautifully landscaped kind that you see in magazines, and are so popular today, although each of these flowers would do just fine in them. These gardens were simple plots with some vegetables here and a few flowers there, but much prized by their owners who also took great delight in showing them to little children a few minutes before taking them into the house, so they could help bake cookies.

Each trumpet shaped flower opens at four o’ clock in the afternoon, and closes the next morning. They come in a variety of colors, and are supposed to be fragrant. I had some growing in a container once, but I can’t remember if they were fragrant or not. I didn’t plant them in the ground, because someone once told me that they will drop so many seeds that you will have them all over the place, and once that tuberous root gets going it can be hard to dig it up.

I still haven’t ruled these flowers out. Each year I pause and think about buying a packet of seeds and giving them a try somewhere in my yard.

A word of caution:  They are poisonous like so many other beautiful plants, so keep an eye on your children and pets.

 

“Four O’ Clocks”  by Theresa Anne Moore

There is a time of day

That is enjoyed by most.

The kids come home and play

While Mother cooks a roast.

The swings are so much fun.

The tether ball is, too.

And after that is done

They’re not sure what to do.

They pitch a stone across the yard.

They readjust their socks,

And simultaneously regard

The yellow four o’ clocks.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click here:
http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel 36:16-38 ( A Kindergarten Math Lesson)

The Lord knows these concepts, too.  He knows who His sheep are and how many He has. They may be too numerous for us to count, but the Lord is not only capable of counting them, but also is able to call them by name. The Lord understands ordinal numbers. He does things in an orderly way. He knows who will be first and who will be last. You can read more about this here:

http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/ezekiel-3616-38-a-kindergarten-math-lesson/

Our Provider

Do any of you like lemon pie?  This picture is of my lemon cheese pie. It’s my own recipe.  It’s really nice to be able to make a pie that doesn’t have to be baked when it’s hot outside. I have a few variations of this recipe. This time I melted marshmallows and folded them into the filling to give it a little touch of meringue flavor.   🙂

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Scripture reference

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1 KJV

 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Psalm 37:25-26 

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

6 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.  Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.  Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. John 6:1-13 ESV

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35 KJV

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:25-26 KJV

65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:65-69 KJV

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Not too long ago I wrote a post called “Gathered Fragments” ( https://serenadedinseconds.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/gathered-fragments/). In it I asked my readers to share what the Lord might be speaking to them in the above passages of scripture. Here is what Ann  (http://tonirand.wordpress.com/)   had to say:

“JEHOVAH JIREH – that’s what came to mind. Our God will provide.”

And Here is my reply to her:

” That is a phrase we could repeat four times while emphasizing a different word each time! I feel a blog post coming from that little exercise. ;) ”
JEHOVAH JIREH is one of many names found in the Bible for God. Isn’t it something that He provides for us so well that one of His names bears witness to it?!

Who provides? God. Whose God? Our God. We can claim Him as “our” God? Yes, if we have placed our faith in Him we can! “Will” provide? Yes, yes! Not “might provide”, but “will provide”!

Just pause and take it in. Boy, I needed to do that. I pray that the Lord will help us to remember it.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click here: http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!