Be Encouraged…When You Can’t Take It Anymore | David Jeremiah | Psalm 107

Be Encouraged…When You Can’t Take It Anymore | David Jeremiah | Psalm 107

Hi Sweet Friends,

Let us keep our mind on things above and not on the things of this earth!! (Col. 3:2)

Keep trusting Jesus….He loves you so very much!!

Hugs and prayers…k 🙂

If My People…

If My People…

Hello Sweet Friends,

One of our beautiful friends from our YouTube channel sent me a beautiful email that just made my day….made may family’s day.

She sent this verse: Isaiah 35:2-4 NAS
It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the Lord, The majesty of our God. Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”

And I sent her this song by Michael Card:

Hold fast to the Lord, Sweet Friends!!

He has a plan…we must keep seeking His face!!

Hugs and prayers…keep serving Jesus well,

k

6 Verses to Help You Rest this Summer

6 Verses to Help You Rest this Summer

Hammock? Check.

Lemonade? Check.

good book? Check.

An afternoon all to yourself? Check.

Mix those four ingredients together and you have a recipe for a perfect summer afternoon. So why can’t you relax? Why is your mind racing a mile a minute, as usual? What seems to be missing? There is one more secret ingredient needed for this dish and it is often overlooked – a spirit at peace.

For many of us, pushing the pause button is easier said than done, even during the summer months when life should slow down a little, giving us a chance to catch our breath and relax. But just as physical rest is necessary for a healthy body, spiritual rest is important for our spiritual well-being. And the best way to rest your spirit is to rest in the One who created you.

The notion of resting is a theme woven throughout Scripture beginning … well, at the very beginning.

“On the seventh day God had finished His work of creation, so He rested from all His work.”

Genesis 2:2 NLT

Even God took a day to rest after creating the world and it’s a lesson He intends for us to follow. Here are six verses you can focus on this summer – verses to remind you to rest in God and lean into Him so you can relax and fully enjoy the season.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.”

Psalms 23: 1-2 NLT

In God, we have all that we need. No matter what. He knows the “green meadows” and “peaceful streams” that will restore and renew each of us. And He promises to deliver. When we walk with Him, we can count on Him for complete rest and restoration.

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat: for God gives rest to His loved ones.”

Psalm 127: 2 NLT

Even with the best of intentions, we can easily slip back into the habit of counting on ourselves to meet our needs. We honor God with our work but not when it serves as a cover for our inability to trust in Him. Trusting in Him, while working and resting, is the key to renewal and refreshment.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life … your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6: 25-34 NKJV

In this passage, Jesus makes it clear that worrying about the future is a waste of time. Instead, He reminds us that our heavenly Father values us above all else and He will care for us just as He does the flowers of the fields and the birds of the air.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew 11: 28-29 NIV

Responsibilities can be overwhelming but Jesus promises to help carry the load. And His shoulders are much bigger than ours! While He doesn’t promise a life without hard work and trials, He does promise to be our partner, participating with us and walking with us every step of the way.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Phil. 4: 6-7 NASB

In this passage, Paul provides some great advice – he suggests we turn our worries into prayers. When we stop worrying and start praying we will be filled with the complete peace and rest that only God can provide.

“I have told you these things so that, in Me, you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

The next time a restless spirit threatens to ruin a perfect summer day, stop and remind yourself that, in Jesus, the victory has already been won! God is in control, our destiny as believers is set, and things won’t fall apart when we pause to enjoy the beauty of the world around us.

Looking for tools to help you rest in His arms this season? Maybe set some time aside to journal every morning to relax, meditate and focus on God and His Word. Ever thought of Bible journaling? Take time to soak in His presence before bed every night with a 30-minute unwind session using Bible journaling supplies. Also, be sure to send your loved ones a Summertime Ecard to remind them to praise God for his beautiful creation during these sure-to-be glorious summer months.

Article creadit: Dayspring.com

Update…

Update…

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Hello Sweet Friends,

A quick note to let you all know I am fine. I have had a bit of a health issue and need to rest. Many of you have messaged and emailed…thank you so very very much for your concern and prayers. This little hiccup is just requiring more rest than I had planned!! 😉

My hope was to be back today. I have rested today and hope to be back filming tomorrow.

I have posted many pictures of the gardens and things we have been doing in the last couple of months. Please feel free to go take a peek. https://www.instagram.com/josephinesdesigns/  God is so good!! 🙂

God has a plan and I am so thankful for all who have been so kind and helpful during these days!! We are as I say many times in my videos…”La Familia”. And all of your kind words and encouragements again let me know how true that is for our little YouTube channel family.

Please be safe and take good care of yourselves.

Keep serving the Lord well….hugs and prayers,

k 🙂

Today’s Encouragement: • The Power of Praise • Dr. Tony Evans

Today’s Encouragement: • The Power of Praise • Dr. Tony Evans

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Hi Sweet Friends,

Dr. Evans knocks it out of the park again!!

Great encouragement for us all!!

Let’s praise the Lord!!!

Be safe!!

Love, hugs and prayers…k 🙂

Today’s Encouragement..,The Priority of Prayer – Dr. Charles Stanley

Today’s Encouragement..,The Priority of Prayer – Dr. Charles Stanley

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Hi Sweet Friends,

I have been a bit busy with Spring gardens and home cleaning.

You all continue to be in my prayers!! I hope this encouragement on prayer bless you!!

Love, hugs and prayers,

k 🙂

Today’s Encouragement: Treasure in Your Trials • Dr. Tony Evans

Today’s Encouragement: Treasure in Your Trials • Dr. Tony Evans

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Hi Dear  Friends,

It is Palm Sunday.

A day that is different than any other Palm Sunday in my life.

A day full of stress and irritation is how it started here.

A day that I can choose to give in or move on…even though those around me at times are frustrating beyond all words. And yes, I can too be that person.

Who do I trust? God and God alone.

He is perfect and He is the answer in a time of not many answers.

How do you feel this day?

Who do you have your hope in?

Who do you trust?

May I encourage you as I seek the Lord to encourage me…

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Dr. Evans encouragement: Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 For I know the plans that I [a]have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Let us focus on the Lord as his world right now has given us less than hope….my hope is in the Lord!!!

Hope according to Dr. Evans: expectation about the future….

Jesus is my hope and my hope alone. Let us keep seeking Him…focus on Him and trust Him in our futures…our hope.

Be safe Sweet Friends, keep serving Him well!!

Love, prayers and hugs,

k

Do Not Worry/Dr. Tony Evans

Do Not Worry/Dr. Tony Evans

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Hi Dearest Friends,

Let us be encouraged!!

Thank you Dr. Evans!!

Be safe and keep serving Him well.

Love, hugs and prayers,

k