Sunday Songs ~ I Will Wait

Welcome to Sunday Songs, better late than never🙂

I have 2 songs for you today.  “I Will Wait” spoke to me specifically, as I’ve found it difficult to “wait out” a season of continuing personal challenges.  And I’m certainly no “lone ranger”everyone around the globe is growing weary of the daily impact of Covid-19.  Faith in God is essential, as we hold on to hope of better days ahead.

“The Father’s House” is a wonderfully comforting song, a gift from my dearest sister-friend.  God does not ask for perfection, only our hearts—what a tremendous relief, since perfection eludes me no matter my fervent efforts!

Hope you enjoy the songs.  May each of you feel the warm embrace of our Loving Father God, and experience His blessings this weekRhen

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Fabric of Life, Bedelia’s Wake-Up Call

Prompt: Fabric

Bedelia woke from a horrible, if possibly nonsensical nightmare in which—having agreed to see Finn Canter again—she’d opened her closet to discover ALL of her wardrobe was devoured by moths.

Trembling, she rushed from bed to investigate, trying to slow her breathing and pulse as she raked her hand through the hangers draped with old but serviceable garments…relieved, she saw not one lonely moth fluttering, nor any readily apparent damage.

A bit wobbly yet, she went to her kitchen, took her morning meds with Diet Coke, and sat down at the dining table…where she noticed the cotton place mat was worn, threads coming loose, the fabric more faded than yesterday.

‘Yesterday’, she pondered, tears filling her eyes…Yesterday was certainly faded and worn, a feast for ravenous moths.

The ‘still small voice’ of God was attempting to get her attention:  it wasn’t too late to have the “abundant life”, but she needed to seriously consider what that meant to her—what she wanted before the hourglass sands ran out; the choice was hers, His Light was available.

She reached for her Bible, opened it to Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'”. (New Living Translation)

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

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Daily Light #103 ~ Place of Refuge

Psalm 142:1-3, 5

I cry out to the LORD;

I plead for the LORD’s mercy.

I pour out my complaints before him

and tell him all my troubles.

When I am overwhelmed,

you alone know the way I should turn.

Then I pray to you, O LORD.

I say, “You are my place of refuge.

You are all I really want in life.

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“Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom ~”

Proverbs 17:24

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Sunday Songs ~ Always There

Just one song for you but it’s a beauty, from Celtic Thunder.

Take good care of yourselves this week, and remember you’re always in my heart and prayers.

May the One True God open the Heaven’s and pour out a bounteous blessing on all of you…He’s ‘always there’ beside you.

Until I return…love, Rhen

Daily Light #102 ~ Sovereign Lord, My Refuge

Psalm 141:1-3, 8

O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry!

Listen when I cry to you for help!

Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,

and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

Take control of what I say, O LORD,

and guard my lips.

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I look to you for help, O Sovereign LORD.

You are my refuge ~

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #101 ~ Bringing Good News

“We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” Acts 14:15-17

~♥~

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #100 ~ God Saw Me Before I Was Born

Psalm 139:13-18

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out

before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them;

they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,

you are still with me!

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Glad Game #16 ~ Add a Sister, and Magnifying Glass

Silly pic…I’m either getting braver, or sleep-deprived😉

Here we are, another Friday…which, as well as signaling the holiday weekend (USA), usually means a table of Glad Game players!  If you’re new here, the Glad Game originated with Pollyanna, star of that great classic book about the girl who unfailingly found something to be glad about—thankful for—in life’s less than perfect situations.  So, here’s my list.

a) I’m thankful I have a magnifying glass.  I bought it ages ago…figuring I’d need it “Someday”, and Someday’s definitely arrived🙂  It’s not too scratched, as I keep it in a plastic sandwich bag.  I don’t know what surprises me more:  that “normal” print/font size seems so small—or that I got old and sufficiently impaired to notice it, frown, squint, and dig out the magnifying glass!  Oh well.

b) Thankful the ‘stomach issue’ is improved…I think it’s yet another “ageing deal” (our systems become more delicate, sensitive to “abuse”) which definitely puts The Face on me (scowl).  For crying to Pete, I should be able to eat Doritos and Queso Dip all night long if I want to… no??  Anyway, I’m trying to eat smaller, more frequent “meals”.  Good thing I had a surplus of unsweetened applesauce—it was like manna for a few days there🙂

c)  I’m beyond glad and grateful to have a new gal pal!  We met on the blogs back in 2011, but just recently connected on Facebook—she was so glad to see me, which made my heart dance!  But wait, there’s MORE!  Apparently her computer died, and she could hardly manage any contact with the outside world through usual means…so I emailed our mutual friend to get a USPS address for her, thinking to send her a note (translation: novelette); our friend happily obliged—and gave me a phone number too. 

Imagine my delight when I called her and discovered how similar we are—like me, she’s a talker who doesn’t come up for air!  So now God has made good on His promise:  the Bible says He’ll give us ‘double for our trouble’*, restore what ‘the locusts devoured’**.  Thus, the 2 sisters I’ve lost to “estrangement”—have now been replaced with like-minded “faith-sisters”.  It was a good day…color me blessed

d) Thankful to get the month’s bills paid…some people hate paying bills, so it’s one more proof I’m crazy, because I sincerely enjoy it.  There’s that rush of accomplishment…and confirmation that I’m a “responsible adult” (you’d have to know the backstory to appreciate that, which I’m not sharing today)🙂

e) However, I will give you some backstory to my next “grateful”.  If you’ve read the novel, The Cider House Rules, by John Irving, you may remember that the protagonist, “Homer”, was an orphan raised in an orphanage by the director, “Dr Larch”, and a couple nurses.  Being older than the other children he was not successfully adopted, but happily grew up there and followed the rule that he “be of use” (a worthy goal for everyone).  That phrase stuck with me after reading the book (also made into a movie). 

Though I was undeniably forced to be of use to my family, growing up, I don’t recall believing anything I did—then, or later in life—was particularly worthy or notable.

So, it’s kind of an odd blessing that blogging seems to have given me a purpose of sorts.  I view myself as having been “called” to be an “Encourager”, which gives me great satisfaction.  That’s the long answer to why I was praying with tearful thanksgiving the other night, telling God I appreciate that He would see fit to make me “of use” in this worldwide niche.

f) On that note, I’ll wrap things up by reminding my reader-family how thankful I am for all of you.  It’s not about stats, for me—but rather that many of you allow me into your lives (and hearts) through your writing, and the curious connection of the Comment boxes.  I hold you all close in my prayers each day…wanting only the best for each of you, and your families.

g) Lord God, I’m immeasurably grateful You’ve brought me through another week…without me completely losing my mind, though the stresses of this crazy season have not abated.  You keep me in the palm of Your hand, gently gripped by Your grace—and that is sufficient for all my needs. 

I choose to trust You, and to stand tall and bold as I proclaim Your goodness here—and I believe You’ll make your Presence real to these dear people who visit my world…bless them in miraculous ways ~ Amen.

Alright-y then, y’all have a good weekend!!🙂 Rhen

*Job 42:10, “And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” New King James Version

**Joel 2:25, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” King James Bible

Full Disclosure:  The Cider House Rules is a work of fiction which deals with the subject of abortion, among others.

Daily Light #99 ~ God’s Hand of Blessing

Psalm 139:1-7, 9-12

O LORD, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel

and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, LORD.

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

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If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

I could ask the darkness to hide me

and the light around me to become night—

but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #98 ~ Grace of God, Preached Boldly

Acts 13:41;14:3

“…Continue to rely on the grace of God.”

“The apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the LORD.  And the LORD proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #97 ~ I Pray, God Answers

Psalm 138:1-8

I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;

I will sing your praises before the gods.

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.

I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;

for your promises are backed

by all the honor of your name.

As soon as I pray, you answer me;

you encourage me by giving me strength.

Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD,

for all of them will hear your words.

Yes, they will sing about the LORD’s ways,

for the glory of the LORD is very great.

Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble,

but he keeps his distance from the proud.

Though I am surrounded by troubles,

you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.

You reach out your hand,

and the power of your right hand saves me.

The LORD will work out his plans for my life—

for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.

Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #96 ~ The Lord Is Good

Psalm 136: 1-4

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

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Acts 13:15

“Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub