December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Celebrating the birth of the One who remains the Greatest Gifter: of peace, hope, unconditional love,
mercy, forgiveness, and abundant life.
Happy holidays, and Merry Christmas.

Heavenly Father, may we continue to share the good news of the Great Gifter not only at Christmas, but every day of each year, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 14:27; Psalm 39:7; John 3:16 Psalm 86:15; Psalm 86:5; John 10:10
Shared with: GraceInside

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving




Had it not been for your law, I would have perished in my affliction.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to my blog readers and followers.

Psalm 119:92, Psalm 30:12b-NLT
Previously posted 11/23/2009 & 11/26/2015

November 21, 2016

Help

As I took my afternoon walk recently accompanied by my great nephew Cairon, a Common Grackle seemingly joined me in proclaiming the words of the Psalmist David ~ “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2
Photo taken at: Mount Trashmore Park
Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously posted 11/22/2012

November 5, 2016

Misunderstood?


"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb”.1 “I love you with an everlasting love”2. At times, we may be misunderstood by others. Words like these spoken from our through the prophet Jeremiah, reminds us of the depth of God’s
love for us. Even when others seem to misunderstand us, I think it would be difficult for the One who knows and loves us to this degree to not understand us. 
To me, that’s good news! What do you think?
Heavenly Father, sometimes when I am misunderstood by others, I become disappointed and hurt. During these times, help me to respond through Your eyes of love, mercy, and grace,
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.
1. Jeremiah 1:5; 2. Jeremiah 31:3b
 Photo: Clouds formation taken: off Military Highway South
Norfolk, Va.
Shared with: GraceInside

October 24, 2016

Before Sunset

Heavenly Father,
before today ends
may I
touch
help
encourage
smile
forgive
trust
love
more
lives
than
I did
yesterday
in Jesus’ name
Amen
I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. – John 13:34
Photo: Sunset
Taken at: Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Shared on: GraceInside 09/26/2016

October 12, 2016

Another Creation Wonder



“The greatest unknown of our planet is still the sea, and this unknown ought to be the greatest challenge to the best minds among our scientists.”1
“The sea belongs to Him, for He made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.”2
 “Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water."3
Heavenly Father, for another creation wonder  that amazes me, I am truly grateful! 
1. Alfred M. Rehwinkel -The Wonders of Creation.
2. Psalm 95:5 3. Revelation 14:7b

Previously posted 10./13/2012

September 4, 2016

Fear



Fear is a thief.
It will steal enjoyment
of the present and the
fulfillment of
the future ~
Step out from under
its grip
today!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (a sound mind). ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Photos: Hooded Merganser 
Previously posted 1/23/2013

August 4, 2016

The Name of Jesus

The name that has the ability:
      to heal1      to forgive2
         ~ to give peace3    ~    to comfort4        
                 to answer prayer5       
                               to protect6   
                                        to strengthen7    
                                            to provide 8     
                                               to give hope9     
                                             I call it often
                                 Jesus ~
                                                    Jesus!
                     References
1. Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Matthew 8:16-17
2. Isaiah 43:25; Micah 7:19; Hebrews 8:12
3. Isaiah 54:10; Psalm 29:11; John 14:27
4. Psalms 23:4; Isaiah 66:13; 11 Corinthians 2:3-4 
5. Isaiah 65:24; Psalms 116:1-2; John 15: 16-17
6. Exodus 14:14; Psalms 91:1-7; Luke 10:19
7. Psalm 37:39; Isaiah 26:4; Philippians 4:13
8. Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:25; Isaiah 46:4
9. Psalms 39:7; Jeremiah 17:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Previously posted 2/28/10 

July 10, 2016

Life After Cancer



Twenty seven years ago, my life raced before me as I heard the dreaded word from my physician ... a moment I will always remember - "cancer."
Today, after the mercy and healing power of God, prayer and the support of family and friends, an amazing medical team, six months of chemotherapy, a complete lifestyle change, and the help and guidance of my expert nutritionists Alvira and Shirley (now deceased), I am cancer free. I no longer have the luxury of my once favorite strawberry cheesecake dessert, or ice cold colas on a hot summer day.I think life is a better exchange. Do you?
If you have lost a family member or a friend to cancer, I join you in honoring their memory. If you know someone that is now battling the dreaded diagnosis, I join you in praying for their recovery. Meanwhile, will you celebrate with me today?     
LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered--how fleeting my life is. ~ Psalm 39:4
Previously posted 7/21/2013 at that time it was 24 years ago!

June 24, 2016

Start Of Day




A recent article by a Mayo Clinic staff states: “It might be the last thing on your morning to-do list, or worse, it might not be on your list at all. But a healthy breakfast refuels your body,jump-starts your day and may even benefit your overall health.
So don't skip this meal ~ it may be more important than you think.1  
I believe in starting the day with a healthy breakfast, but I also believe that the most important meal of the day is a Spiritual one … a feast on Words from the Holy Scriptures – The Holy Bible.
Have you started your day with a Spiritual meal from the Word of God today? If you missed the breakfast meal, it’s not too late. There is still time to have it for lunch or an evening meal. "It may be much more important than you think!"
1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/NU00197
I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food. ~ Job 23:12 
Photo taken at:Norfolk Botanical Garden
Previously posted 6/6/2014

June 19, 2016

Beauty


Heavenly Father
when my eyes
behold 
the beauty
of 
Your creation
the beauty 
of
Your faithfulness
Your forgiveness
Your love
again
and
again
I am
amazed
and 
I thank you

Photo: Juvenile White Ibis
Taken at: Pompano Beach Florida
By: Timothy Mills Sr.
Bird identification: Kevin McGowan - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Previously posted 10/24/2015

June 12, 2016

The Cross

The greatest symbol of love the world, you, or I  will ever see!

For God loved the world so much, that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NLT)

Previously posted 4/22/2011

May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Tribute



For those
Who serve our country
In war
While we sleep
That we may have peace
We are grateful.
              For those
                      Who have given
                              Their lives
                                  That we may be free
       We weep.
                     You’ve touched
                     Our land
                    Our world
                    So Today 
                     Together -
      We honor you!
    ©2010
Previously posted 5/28/2010


"Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light;
protect us by Thy might, Great God our King!”~ Samuel F. Smith ~My Country 'Tis of Thee


                 

May 14, 2016

You Are?



Most people don’t believe in themselves. 
In life,
it’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you’re not.~ John Maxwell
You are: the light of the world~ (Matthew 5:14)
the salt of the earth ~ (Matthew 5:13) 
God's masterpiece~(Ephesians 2:10).
This is what our Heavenly Father says you are!

Previously posted 04/04/2014

April 18, 2016

A Closer Look



At first glance it seemed all were Canada Geese, however a closer look proved one different . It was identified by two birding experts ~ a Toulouse Goose, which turned out to be a “life bird” for me. Would this have been a life bird for you also?
Heavenly Father, help me to daily take a closer look so that I see life through Your keen but loving eyes, and appreciate the distinct difference In Jesus name, Amen!
“Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart." ~ 1 Samuel 16:7b (GWT)                Photos: Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously posted 8/3/2012

March 28, 2016

Today's Prayer


Heavenly Father,
Help me not to worry about anything today, but in every situation let You know what I need in prayers and requests while giving thanks 
 to You. Then Your peace, which goes beyond anything I can imagine, will guard my thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
So why should I worry when You are able through Your power to do infinitely more than I can ask or imagine?
In Jesus name,
Amen!










Southern Magnolia; Buttered Popcorn Daylily;  Chitalpa Tashkentensis
Previously posted 8/13/2012

March 4, 2016

Still Beautiful






During another of my nature walks,
I observed this Mallard duck and companion relaxing in the park. Even though I see them often, they are a favorite and their beauty still amazes me.
 

It reminds me that we are each beautiful in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. As David the psalmist wrote: “I will give thanks to You because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.” ~ Psalm 139:14 (GWT) 
Thanks for the reminder David … well said!! 
PhotosMt. Trashmore Park
Previously posted 9/18/12

February 11, 2016

Thank You





To those who have committed to follow this blog:
               To those who read this blog:

     MY prayer for all Followers & Readers is:
        
                         Merle M!
Previously posted 1/5/2010 

January 22, 2016

On Behalf Of The Unborn



        
Sanctity of Human 2016.
Since 1973, there have been 49,551, 703 abortions in the United States of America.1
As we observe the close of Sanctity of Human Life week, would you join me in honor of the voices that have been silenced by abortion? The voices of our sons ... our daughters ... our grandchildren ...our sisters ... our brothers ... our nieces ... our nephews ... our cousins ... our friends. 
I believe if we could hear those voices speak, we would have heard them ask: “Do you know that I am a gift from the Lord,and that He knew me before He formed me in your womb?He made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in your womb,4 it is a mystery how I am formed in your womb,5 and His Spirit made me, and His Almighty breath gave me life?6

          Father, have mercy and forgive us, Forgive me,

                   In Jesus name,                      
                        Amen!
(Above taken from a Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater  presentation January 23, 2010.)
       1. Abortion Statistics
      No-More-A-Secret
      2. Psalm 127a; 3. Jeremiah 1:5a; 4.Psalm 139:13;
      5. Ecclesiastes 11:5b; 6. Job 33:4
Previously posted 1/24/2010 & 1/15/2015


January 15, 2016

Stopping For A Breath of Fresh Air

When my day is busy, I often become overwhelmed. I have to remind myself to take a deep breath before  going on.  Recently, Sarah Constant Beach Park provided the ideal place.

As I watched, this Double-breasted Cormorant was joined by a Ring-billed Gull and they seemed to do the same and maybe even shared a fish story or two. It brought calm to my cay.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~ Psalm 61:2
Previously posted 12/10/2011