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

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

Running

Running ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #226

Weekly prompt words and photos by Patrick Jennings ~

Running—

FROM Yesterday’s ghosts

Wretched failures, bridges’ ash

Fiery arrows’ zing

Locked hopeless-chest’s memories

Self-doubt which burns like acid

Running—

TO hope’s horizon

Shining land, Second Chances

Soul’s restoration

Endless seas’ song of promise

‘Neath Heaven’s beneficence

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

Look UP!

My dear sister-friend, Deb, sent me this photo from Illinois—so cheery!!

Blue sky, popcorn clouds

Spring day dressed in bright-hued hope

Calls us to Look UP!

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

Daily Light #4

“…We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5, New American Standard Bible

Daily Light ~ Psalm 91

Note to Readers:  I sincerely hope I’ve not infringed on copyright by posting Psalm 91 in its entirety, with the copyright information at the bottom.  However, I did not personally contact Tyndale House Publishers, Inc for permission.  This is the link I found—but I don’t know if the 25% rule excludes a complete psalm... https://www.studylight.org/site-info/copyright/bible/en_nlt.html

If anyone is more knowledgeable than I regarding this matter, I would greatly appreciate assistance, as I do not wish my good intentions to instead do a disservice.  Thank you, Rhen.

Psalm 91

1Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2This I declare about the LORD:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

3For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

4He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,

nor the arrow that flies in the day.

6Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,

nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

7Though a thousand fall at your side,

though ten thousand are dying around you,

these evils will not touch you.

8Just open your eyes,

and see how the wicked are punished.

9If you make the LORD your refuge,

if you make the Most High your shelter,

10no evil will conquer you;

no plague will come near your home.

11For he will order his angels

to protect you wherever you go.

12They will hold you up with their hands

so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

13You will trample upon lions and cobras;

you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.

I will protect those who trust in my name.

15When they call on me, I will answer;

I will be with them in trouble.

I will rescue and honor them.

16I will reward them with a long life

and give them my salvation.”

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.

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