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Encouragement for the Moment

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcome every resisting force, and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances.

-E.M. Bounds

 

Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16

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One Lovely Blog Award

I am so blessed to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!  Thank you to Chrystal, who authors Learning to Be, for nominating me!  Chrystal’s blog is so encouraging and uplifting. You can read her wonderful blog at this link: http://learningtobeblog.wordpress.com/ 

Here are my suggested guidelines to accept the award:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Paste the award image on your blog.
  3. If you would like, share a few facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other blogs that you would like to give the award to.
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen and let  them know about the award.

Here are the blogs I would like to nominate at this time.

Manoah’s Wife

http://manoahswife.wordpress.com/

FaithRises

http://faithrises.com/

Growing in Jesus

http://jenniferbuczynski.wordpress.com/

Encouragements through the Word

http://encouragementsthroughtheword.wordpress.com/

49and Counting

http://49andcounting.wordpress.com/

Please take time to read them. I’m sure you will be blessed and encouraged too.  They really are Lovely Blogs!

 And thank you again for reading Letters from Lilies… you are a blessing to me!

                       

Summertime Break Out

Well.  It is summer.  So I have taken the usual precautionary measures. Windows shut, blinds tight, air conditioner set, fans on- ready to be rotated to their various locations. I think I have everything in place.  Ah… the joys of summer in Texas.  I honestly can say I do not enjoy this. I feel trapped inside a box missing the cool air and being outside….. Sigh.

Our spiritual lives can sometimes turn this way.   We can close ourselves off because of hurts and disappointments.  Life is difficult.  It is easy to shut ourselves from others. We try to reach out to people. But sometimes we get let down so the blinds get drawn and no light comes in.

But Jesus has not called us to this kind of life.  He wants us to live outside the box! I think there is a new call to believers in Christ to come outside- regardless of the temperature or weather. We are needed in these days.  We have been hiding our light for too long.  The world has been in charge long enough. It is time for the faithful, who ARE called to come forward. We need to be the light, the voice, the example of Jesus.

We have all been given a measure of faith. Let us use it and no longer live in the box or stay in that boat.  Peter was bold enough when Jesus called him to walk on the water, he did.  We can do the same!  God has placed inside of  you a way to reach others- you have a unique message to share.  It is message from Him that only YOU have.

 It is time to share it.

Be Bold. Be Brave.

It is time for a Summer Break Out!

 

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.   Matthew 14:29

 

 

He Will Teach You

God is for you.  His plans for you are for your good.

Listen, seek, be drawn to Him today.

He is speaking…. speaking to YOU today. Trust in God!

 

I will instruct  you and teach you  in the way you should go;   I will counsel you and watch over  you. Do not be like the horse or the mule,  which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle  or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked,  but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts  in him. Ps 32:8-10

The Versatile Blogger

How encouraging to be nominated for The Versatile Blogger!  It truly is a blessing!  Thank you to Chrystal at Learning to Be, for nominating me!  Chrystal’s wonderful blog is a great inspiration and I’m so inspired to read her God Coincidences. You can enjoy her blog here: http://learningtobeblog.wordpress.com/

The guidelines for this award:

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging or whose blogs you enjoy most.

2. Let them know that you have nominated them.

3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

Here are the wonderful blogs I would like to nominate.  They are encouraging, challenging, inspiring and more importantly lead by the Lord in the words they share.  Please take time to check them out- you will be blessed!

The Jesus Mommy

http://jesusmommy.wordpress.com/

Becoming His Eve

http://becominghiseve.wordpress.com/

LeeLee Writes

http://leeleegirl4.wordpress.com/

Settled In Heaven

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/

Just A Thought Devotionals

http://justathoughtdevotionals.com/

Thank you again, Chrystal!  And all the people who take time to read this blog!!  Blessings from the Lord to you all!

Gardening : the Good Soil

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.  The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:18-23

Rest in the Lord

 

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.   Psalms 37:7

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.   Psalms 116:7

This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.    Psalm 132:14