Mercies Are New Every Morning

The title of the picture being “New Day” brought some thoughts to mind.
Just like the sun comes up every morning God’s mercies are new every morning. That can be found in God’s Word.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22,23

This picture was taken by my dad you can see more of photos like this on his facebook page. His name is Don Crosswhite the name of his page is on the photo.

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Realizing that God knows our needs before we have them

This past Sunday I had the privilege of attending our churches service that was celelebrating our country’s birthday. That is celebrated on July 4th.
After the service as I was talking with a sweet friend of mine who is a missionary, She shared with me about a special need that the Lord had provided for her church.
Here is what she put in her news letter that she sent to me later:

I never cease to marvel how the Lord delights to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. In my last prayer letter I mentioned that Living Faith was in need of “new” hymnals if anyone knew of a church that would be willing to donate or sell their old ones. Unbeknownst to me, God began working more than five years ago to answer this request. A couple from a church in Virginia purchased new hymnals for their church. It just so happened that they purchased more hymnals than their church would end up needing, and so dozens of these hymnals were still sitting unopened in their original shipping boxes at the church. The couples daughter saw my request and passed it on to her parents who orchestrated the details of having those hymnals donated to Living Faith! The Lord provided not just hymnals, but NEW hymnals, and what’s more, they are the EXACT hymnal that Living Faith was looking to replace! What a gracious God we serve!

As she was sharing this with me these thoughts came to my mind.
That God knew when the people had ordered their new hymnals five years before that the remaining ones in the boxes would be just the right amount needed for her church and the very one they would want to have.
In the study of Bible numerics the number 5 stands for Grace.
God used the sharing of her blessing to speak to my heart. That God not only will supply our needs but he will give us the grace we need to sustain us through our times of need.
After I returned home and getting ready for the rest of the afternoon. I had part of a song come to mind the phrase that stood out to me was: Then I remember I’m a child of the King.
God always provides for his children. Hope that this has been an encouragement to you as much as it was for me.
Looking for the Grace

Link to newsletter mentioned in blog is: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/64d07e579a36fe7a0f8abc330/files/aa6405f1-b386-47b3-8139-e853668d308a/June_Prayer_Update_2018.01.pdf?utm_source=Philippines+Prayer+Update&utm_campaign=54d384125e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_23_10_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beae37b4f-54d384125e-146014477

In Shared Music

This morning as I was drinking my coffee. I received a text from my husband that contained the link to a song.

Alot has been happening in our family. Different situations have been occurring from day to day that even though some may be minor they seem to affect different aspects of our lives.

This songs message ministers to my heart. We may not understand everything about circumstances we are going through.
When we get to Heaven we will see the full picture and know that we were being led the entire time by the hand of Jesus, God’s Holy Son who died for us on the cross.
Hope that this is a blessing to you today.
Looking for the grace

Here is the song that was in the text:

In Uncontrollable Circumstances

It had rained Monday and some yesterday. My husband had told me that he had slid some on the mud and that he had about fallen.
Yesterday afternoon I was going to go to the store to pick up a few items. Wearing my best everyday clothes part of which is a nice jean jumper that still has it’s color.
While I was making my way to the car my foot slid. Trying not to fall I continued stepping ahead thinking I would catch my balance and be ok. But to my dismay after trying to grab hold of the car that I was headed to down I fell onto the ground and onto the muddy place where we park our car.
To say the least my plans had been changed. My nice jumper had mud all over the back of it and one of my shoes had come off as well. I was in need of getting cleaned up first before even thinking of going anywhere and the time being that it was I wasn’t getting those few items from the grocery store.
But before I could get cleaned up I had to get up off the ground. Not knowing at that moment whether or not if anything was broken, I called for help.
My husband came to my aid and put something on the ground for me to hold on to and move myself onto to get off the ground more easily.
Within several minutes with his help and guidance I was able to get up on my knees and then to my feet. It seemed like an eternity even though it all happened within a short period of time.
Thankful that from the fall I didn’t have any broken bones. Only things that I’ve come away from the fall with is a sore on my right elbow, soreness in my left shoulder and a little sprain feeling in my left foot.
Earlier yesterday I had a song come to mind. The title of that song is: “That’s What Grace is For”

Looking for the Grace

In Times of Storms

Have you ever felt like the things you are going through are just one storm right after another? You wake up wondering: What am I going to have to face today?
Here lately in our lives it’s been not every day but some days that things have happened.
I know that I have seen posts on Facebook from people that are going through storms in their lives. I am writing this with them in mind.
This morning my husband heard a very special song. He later shared it with me. It was an encouragement to me so much that it will be another of my “go to” songs. The songs that I go to listen to when I’m having a hard time with anxiety and my ears not being clear. When I’m feeling overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities that I have before me.
Just wanted to share this with those that are in pain of any form. Praying that this will be of help and encouragement to you.

Looking for the grace

Here is the song that encouraged me today:

In Times Of Pain

There is a quote that has come to my mind this past week.
“God whispers in our pleasure but he shouts in our pain.” C.S. Lewis
There may be more to that quote but this is the part that I have heard said by someone so dear to me throughout my childhood and the early part of my adult life.
For the past few months I have had alot of pain in my ear. Some of that time I was pain free from God sending someone to my aid and helped relieve the pain for a little while.
I think God allows things to occur in our lives to teach us truths we thought we already knew.
With having the pain brought 2 different things to mind.
The quote that I first mentioned by C.S. Lewis. After remembering that quote I realized God speaks to us all the time. When we think we are in control of our lives and things are going wonderful. We are not so apt to listen to his voice. But when things change in our lives and there is pain we are very apt to listen to what God is trying to tell us.
Also I noticed that certain sounds bothered my ear more when I was hurting. We tend to be more sensitive to what he is trying to tell us because pain makes us very sensitive.
Or we could let the pain that we have be our excuse to reject what he is trying to do in our lives to mold us and make us be the person that he can use to help others.
The other thing that came to mind during this time of pain was the story of Blind Bartimaeus. He was sitting beside the road and had no one to help him.
He heard that Jesus was coming through town and also that he had healed someone else that was blind.
He could have just stayed there beside the road and not received his sight. He could have figured out all the reasons why he couldn’t try to get the help that he needed. But you know what? He didn’t do that. He tried to get help from Jesus and his try wasn’t in vain. Jesus healed him.
During these times of pain I have called out to God in prayer and even asked people to pray for me.
I’m still having some problems with my ear but I believe from their prayers that God eased my pain on those nights so I could get the rest I needed.
I wouldn’t have received the help that I needed if I hadn’t reached out to God and others in asking for help.
Yes, God gives grace in times of pain.

Looking For The Grace

There is a song that I would like to share about Blind Bartimaeus the title is: I Must Tell Somebody. It’s sung by the Steeles

Watch “This Ship’s Made To Sail” on YouTube

This song has a special place in my heart. When I traveled with my parents and sang with my dad and younger sister and older brother. We sang this song as an encouragement to people in churches where we would go for meetings.

Now in this stage of my life it is an encouragement to me. Hope that it’s an encouragement to you as well.

Just found out recently that The Hoppers family singing group recorded this.

Looking For The Grace