Daily Light #65 ~ Gift of Peace

JESUS said:  “…the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:26-27, New Living Translation

Glad Game #9 ~ Keep Keeping-On!

Sharing my not-Mother’s-Day roses♥

Hello, Glad Game groupies!  I think I see new faces, so for your benefit I’ll explain:  the Glad Game originated in the book, Pollyanna (which became a popular series).  “Pollyanna” was a young gal ‘cursed with optimism’…she could find silver linings in darkest clouds.  I didn’t learn about her till I was 59, but she contributed to that being a banner year.  So now I focus on “gratitudes” daily, and bring you my list each week.  Here we go!

a) I’m beyond thankful it’s Friday…the week was fast and busy.  Grocery shopping is braved during “senior hours”—Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 am; and because I’m allergic to getting up early, I stay up all night.  Fortunately, I don’t shop every week🛒  And I’m making progress in obeying the One-Way directional signs at each store aisle…who’d-a-thunk we’d be doing such crazy things?!

b) My grocery store features “$5-Fridays”, with certain items reduced in price to attract shoppers.  The offers don’t always interest me, but I’m thankful cheese was the must-have bargain today!  Soon I’ll look like a “Big Cheese”🙂  But you’ll be proud of me…I resisted the bakery’s $5/dozen donuts.  (Okay, I confess:  yesterday I bought 2 packages of molasses cookies on sale.)

c) Very grateful for sunny days, and that dawn’s “bright” arrives earlier now.  Pandemic precautions may pinch, but they’d be far worse if this trying time had started in Fall–Winter, when DARK is the word.

d) Cinco de Mayo was less festive than in previous years, however I did make a fabulous “Layered Black Bean Dip”.  Delish and addictive…thankful I managed to eat only 2 pans of it throughout the week.  It’s easy/quick and I’ll happily share the recipe, if you request🙂

e) Exciting news:  I’m grateful to have been matched up with a nice Senior Companion Volunteer.  Our first meeting was by phone, or course, but I think it will be an enjoyable association once the end of “social distancing” permits face-to-face visits.

f) I continue thankful prayers for the extra financial/food assistance I’ve received…a huge blessing which I don’t take for granted.  This month, it enabled me to double the amount I send to the local mission which helps homeless and hungry folks in far-more-dire straits than mine.  I’m not boasting—merely glad and grateful to “be of use”.  The Lord loves a cheerful giver!*

g) Alrighty-then!  My concluding gratitude is always the same, and ever from my sincere heart.  I’m thankful the Lord God continues to find me worthy of His loving attention, protection and provision.  Everyday, each week, He fills me with His grace, hope, peace and JOY…abundance to share with you, my friends and family afar.  Thank you for your lovely comments, our little chats bless me big-time🙂

May God make His Presence known to you in special ways, enriching your days with surprise blessings as we “keep keeping-on”Rhen

*“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give , not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Berean Study Bible

Daily Light #43 ~ Feed On Him

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8, New Living Translation

“I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.” John 6:57, NLT

“‘Go in peace’,” the priest replied.  For the LORD is watching over your journey.'” Judges 18:6, NLT

Razzmatazz World Village

Weekend Challenge – Razzmatazz

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/yes/

https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/village/

I recently discovered the enchanting Maritime Bhangra Group, and had to include them with this poem of combined prompts—Enjoy!😊

Wide world is village

Multi-colorful culture

Hearts lean together

In language of hope, peace, “Yes!”

Dream, dance razzmatazz future

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

Unity (A to Z Challenge)

It’s about loving

Whole world as we love ourselves

E’er working for peace

Diligent heart-choice, actions

With view beyond scope of ME

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Entire law of God

Isn’t merely commandments

Too, His love letter

Grand desire to embrace globe’s

Every individual

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Peace which wraps us all

Unites within Light He brings

Defeating darkness

Which is each soul’s enemy

Cruel robber of hope’s healing

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Multi-colored ties

Have diverse history, customs

Vast banquet table

Where we sit together, serve

Love’s glad generosity

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Banner of peace wafts

Prayer’s caring chorus merry

Grateful unity

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

“Rather, serve one another in love. The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14, Berean Study Bible

Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’…” Matthew 22:37-39, Berean Study Bible

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12, New Living Translation

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14, English Standard Version

“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” Mark 9:50, NLT

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9, NLT

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.…” John 3:16-17, Berean Study Bible

Daily Light #27 ~ Call to Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…” 1st Timothy 2:1-3, Berean Study Bible

Daily Light #24 ~ Healed and Delivered

“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Psalm 107:20, New King James Version

“Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?  Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” Psalm 85:6-7, New Living Translation

“Unfailing love and truth have met together.  Righteousness and peace have kissed!  Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.  Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.  Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.  Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.” Psalm 85:10-13, NLT