Encourage (A to Z Challenge)


Every good gift comes from God above ~ He wrapped up encouragement for me to share ~


Nothing which happens in our lives is wasted ~ My Father God


Collected what burned to a pile of ash, and crafted in His


Own hands something so lovely I hardly recognize it


Used to be my failures, brokenness, scars ~ He


Recycles my seasons of bleak, raises them up in sunshine reflecting His Son


And they take on brilliance of a diamond tiara ~


“Go, Girl!” He said, “you’re my beloved Over-comer ~ bring hope, courage and strength to


Everyone who’s parched, hungry, weak and weary from despair.  Show them encouragement gleaned from your droughts, dry wilderness, arid deserts. 

People will note your credentials are valid, authentic and genuine…because they’re sealed and stamped with the name which shakes mountains: 

The great I AM, Mighty God of power who redeems, restores, transforms. 

Nothing is impossible for Me ~ I make all things beautiful in My time.”

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17, King James Bible

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11, New Living Translation

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37, KJB

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28, NLT

“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8, New American Standard Bible

“…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3, KJB

Daily Light #13 ~ The Lord My Shelter

“Then a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One.  Listen to Him.'” Luke 9:35, New Living Translation

“Yet I still belong to You; You hold my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.  Whom have I in heaven but You?  I desire You more than anything on earth.  My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.”  Verse 28, “But as for me, how good it is to be near God!  I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.” Psalm 73:23-28, NLT

Nostalgia (#6WSP)



Nostalgia’s rosy lens offers romantic view.


I know this challenge/post is supposed to be only 6 words…but I never hear the word nostalgia that I don’t fall back in time to when Julio Iglesias was a hot recording star (“swoon-worthy”) singing, among other hits, “Nostalgie”.  So I hope you’ll indulge me…I simply had to include it here…with the English lyrics.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations

Amadeo (Still My God) ~ Sunday Song

Hey, Peeps!  Happy Palm Sunday to those who observe this coming Holy Week🙂

I bring you a peppy Sunday Song with a chorus you can easily sing All Day Long!! 

The pandemic has shoved us into a world which changes rapidly on a daily basis.  No more “same-o–same-o” days blurring one into the next.  We’re bombarded with Breaking News which details one or more new aspects and statistics.  Each report ranges from worrisome to scary, filled with warnings…nothing uplifting on the coronavirus front.

So, “where’s the good news, Rhen?”, you ask.  I’m happy to say, God is unchanging—He’s the same Good Father yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He’s still with us, still in the center of the storm, still working on our behalf…and still watching our responses.  Are we embracing fear, or faith?  Are we sharing LOVE, Kindness, Generosity, Mercy and Grace, Hope and Encouragement—from a protective distance? 

Please know that I’m not judging those who are fearful…we’re all afraid of something, if we’re human.  True confession:  I don’t fear I’ll contract the virus, but I do have anxiety that another episode of vertigo and falling may cost me the independence I value like gold (because I lack family/friends/neighbors’ assistance).  What I DO have is God’s constant caring presence; His promise to never abandon me, and to be my sufficiency…supplying Everything I need.

Let’s sing songs as loud as we can—loud enough that everyone six or more feet away from us can laugh if we’re way off key!  Let’s Laugh, guffaw so often that laughter becomes more contagious than infectious germs.  And let’s continue praying for the world…praying for an end to Covid-10, SOON.

May God Bless and Protect Everyone Abundantly this week.  Love, Rhen