Posted in Word from the Lord

Two Scriptures and a Hymn

A Word from God given to take into 2023 and hold onto moving through it. Maybe it will speak to someone else. Either way, I am so grateful for it – two scriptures and a hymn.

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For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. – Romans 5:19

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: Fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; Neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
– Proverbs 3:5–12

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Trust and Obey – John Henry Sammis

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
  Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
  Not a grief or a loss,
  Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove
  The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
  For the favor He shows,
  And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Chorus – Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

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Happy New Year!!!

Posted in Hiding His Word

Being Warned of God in a Dream

Matthew 2:12

Genesis 1:1–2:25; Matthew 1:1–2:12; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-6

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1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. – Genesis 1:1-2

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19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. – Matthew 1:19-24

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. – Matthew 2:7-12

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6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. – Psalm 1:6

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1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. – Proverbs 1:1-4

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No Matching Pajamas

Christmas 2022 is coming to a close. I had two wonderful days of family time and absolutely zero pictures to show. No pictures, no videos, and no matching pajamas. I have no evidence to show on Facebook that will remind me a year or two from now that it actually happened. But tonight, I have something Facebook memories and matching pajamas can’t hold a candle to – I have JOY!

Joy because instead of using my phone to take 100 pictures like I usually do, I used my phone to FaceTime my Aunt into our celebration so that she could be a part. She was able to play the games with us, win the prizes, see the kids open her gifts, and know that she was loved and cared for and not forgotten because she couldn’t be there in person. We even sent her the exact food (Oyster Stew) we were eating and she had gifts to open. Her joy in receiving all that filled my heart.

Joy because there was this beautiful purple water bottle. Oh, how I loved it, but my granddaughter loved it too. I had it while playing our exchange game, and she stole it. What girl wouldn’t? It was beautiful. Then today, under their tree, she wrapped it up to give to me, and she was so happy in giving it. She blessed me, and her joy in giving filled my heart.

Joy because my mom gave me a very special gift this year. She gave me a Bible that belonged to my dad. She had given it to him in 1965, right after he was saved, and he used it to preach many of the sermons he preached. I sat alongside him in his office for so many days as he studied using this Bible and then as he preached and taught from it. I thought she had long ago given away all of his Bibles and books, and she had, but she kept this very special one. What? All these years later….what a gift. I will always treasure it. My mom’s thoughtful gift and joy in passing it down to me filled my heart.

God knows exactly what we need and desire. We don’t have to tell a soul. He knows. This year like others have also shared with me – I needed some joy. The joy that comes from being with family, making new memories, and remembering moments and those we love that have gone on but are loved so much still. I needed joy this Christmas, and I received JOY! He used these family members and some other special people in my life to fill my heart these last days with joy, HIS JOY, in such wonderful ways!!!

Thank You, Jesus!