Encourage (A to Z Challenge)

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

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

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

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Own hands something so lovely I hardly recognize it

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Used to be my failures, brokenness, scars ~ He

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

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And they take on brilliance of a diamond tiara ~

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

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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

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

Daily Light #12 ~ Palm Sunday

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22, New King James Version

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This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’”… They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it… Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!” Matthew 21:4-9 New Living Translation

Daily Light #11 ~ Miracle of Plenty

“Jesus said, ‘You feed them’…But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered… Jesus replied, ‘Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each’.  So the people sat down.  Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them.  Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!” Luke 9:13-17, New Living Translation

Verse 20, “He asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’ Peter replied, ‘You are the Messiah sent from God!'” NLT

Delight ~ A to Z Challenge

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Do I delight in the Lord?  Yes!  He is my treasure

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Even my precious silver.  Blessed am I, to relish the Almighty and look to God’s unfailing

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Love which comforts, surrounds me with tender mercies so I may live.  His

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Instructions are my joy, and profound relief when I long for His rescue.

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Greatly do I rejoice in His commands, they direct my path.  I commit everything I do, to

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Him because He helps me.  He will give me the desires of my heart because

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Trusting Him implicitly, I have made the Lord my primary delight.

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

Scripture Verses (New Living Translation and New International Version):

Psalm 37:4-5; Psalm 119:76-77; Psalm 119:174; Psalm 119:35; Psalm 112:1; Job 22:25-26