Managing “the pressure” with JESUS … (Avenue of Encouragement)

 

Luke 12:25 (NIV)

 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

 

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Although we all live in a time of incredible progress, more and more people find it tremendously difficult to deal with stress, tension, and anxiety. This earthly realm we currently reside in, sadly offers extensive pressures and immense strain. 

 

In order to live confidently in these demanding times, lives in all areas must be committed to Christ our Lord. Only through this avenue of sincere intimate relations with our Saviour, one will achieve ultimate assurance and guidance through these earthly storms.

 

Our small efforts to be successful will slowly snuff out like an old candle stick fighting to stay lit. Stay focused on Him, feed on HIS word, keep your lantern filled with oil ~ HIS Holy spirit! It is then you can…

 

Live confidently, write with purpose, and share your offerings of encouragement, so that others may be encouraged to walk in HIS light!

 

Lend a helping hand of faith and courage. Pray together, trust together, rest together underneath the shelter of HIS unfailing word!

 

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Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;

the righteous run to it and are safe.

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Living Bible)

 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day.  These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever! So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

 

Friendship, an offering of encouragement, one of God’s many richest blessings ~ benefits of walking with our King! 

“May a heart be blessed, and a soul refreshed”

 

 

 

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 Many years ago

twas a night without a moon,

the sky was dark and oh so cold

in the trees there was no tune.

 

For on this night the wind did blow

midst the storm a mighty gale,

arrows of rain had pelted down

that soon turned into hail!

 

A little robin sought his shelter

upon a maple high,

tossed about from mighty winds

he looked up to the sky.

 

“Dear Lord” he prayed “please keep me safe 

amid the dark, please shine your light”,

twas then he thought he heard a song

deep within the shadows night.

 

For underneath the spruces bow 

a little sparrow had nested,

refuged from the mighty storm

in His masters hand he rested.

 

On the winds his song it carried

to the maple high,

come my friend and rest with me

in His love we shall abide!

 

So the robin took his flight

to the spruce below,

together with the sparrow prayed 

and sang while billows rolled!

 

The robin prayed and thanked His Maker

for the answered prayer,

for sending him the little sparrow

for His love and care.

 

KJS©

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Morning Stars

Where were you, when the morning stars together sang?

Shouting with JOY!

 

He has given understanding to my heart ~ bless the Lord!

Unworthy of his mercy ~ He loves me!

 

Common flesh and bone ~ stumbling, mistakes,

Oh the hill of Golgotha ~ such love He gave his only son!

 

In his thoughts and on his mind ~ the nails driven in,

What glorious mystery is this?

 

Redemption, salvation ~ bless the Lord!

Sinner saved by grace!

 

His word, life ~ attributes of Christ,

Expressed now by daughters and sons of God!

KathyJSnow©

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Nature’s Guestbook

The little sparrows love to stop

And share a song or two ~

There’s always room for purple finch

The yellow warbler too!

 

Sometimes the robin finds the bath

And cools its feathers down ~

If luck would have it dinners served

A worm upon the ground!

 

A Hermit thrush he lingers still

And checks the wood for lunch ~

Just in time the ants are stirred

listen close you’ll hear him crunch!

 

Bright golden finch they wing their way

Right to their special perch~

Side by side the couples sit

On branches of the birch!

 

More than often you might see

A squirrel come for brunch ~

Between the chitter and the chatter

I think they steal ~ it’s just a hunch!

 

Many creatures have stopped by

To bless my little nook ~

So thankful for these lovely signings

In my natures guestbook!

Kathy J Snow©

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Simplicity (The Chapel)

I realize once I bare my soul I am leaving the door wide open; will it change the way I feel?  Not likely! The most important constraint is to be honest with ones self revealing the hidden truth behind every corner, leaving no stone unturned.

Throughout my years of church attendance it was not by conviction or feeling the need, it began as a household rule, a sentence that quickly turned into years of unhappiness, doubt, and compressing any bit of faith my soul had worked so hard to gain, and then quickly engulfing my life with fear – neither a solid foundation for a relationship with God or church attendance, it took  years for me to see and realize that not all churches were like this.

Years passed and the excitement and fulfillment I once felt asking the Lord into my heart as a little girl was so concealed the thought of uncovering the miracle was not even on my hearts radar. The simplicity of being a Christian no longer existed, in its place was heavy fear, unhappiness, no self esteem, no sense of belonging, and always searching for a way out; the opposite of what I was taught as a little girl at Bible camp where I received the Lord as my personal Saviour. How could I be a shining light and encourage others when my light was dimmed by man made rules, dress codes, and others convictions?

Through years of pain, unwanted pathways that lead to depression and no confidence in my walk with God; I now have so many testimonies of trials and how the wonderful Lord brought me through, in such ways I would have never imagined! Through the Love of God He has taught me that it is a personal walk, living in someone else’s convictions and interpretations just evolves you in circles of legalism, fear, and an unfulfilling Christian walk.

I have such peace in my heart that no earthly tabernacle can take away, my communion  is personal with my Lord and Saviour! God knows my heart, I live to praise HIs name and encourage others by the wonderful gifts He has so graciously bestowed upon my life.

This is my own personal testimony and has no bearing on others beliefs and attendance  of church. I trust this will only encourage one to walk closer to God and live for Christ and not others.

The Chapel

I open the doors to the tabernacle of my being

He creates in me a veil of truth,

Sets my spirit soaring with promise

Takes me through the gateway to my soul.

 

My place of worship I meet with my Lord

The chapel of my heart rings with praises,

Within my closet I pray to Thee oh God

My body my spirit is yours to glorify!

 

We embrace with sweet communion

My obedience is my worship,

I offer up to Thee my being my gifts

Use me to shine forth as light.

 

The shadow of my existence reveals Thy truths

I find Thee not in man made structure,

You are the foundation the cornerstone of my life

In Thee I only exist my place of rest.

Kathy J Snow©

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