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A New Year

 

This Year Is Yours

God built and launched this year for you,

     Upon the bridge you stand,

It is your ship, aye, your own ship,

     And you are in command.

Just what the twelve-month trip will do

     Rest wholly solely, friend, with you.

 

Your log-book, kept from day to day-

     My friend, what will it show?

Have you on your appointed way

     Made progress-yes or no?

The log will tell you, like guiding star,

     The sort of captain that you are.

 

For weal or woe, this year is yours,

     Your ship is on life’s sea,

Your acts as captain, must decide

     Whichever it shall be;

So now in starting on your trip,

          Ask God to help you sail your ship.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

As we start into a new year, I am looking forward to good things, knowing that if I let God help me it will all be good.  Each day, month, and year hold unknown things that we all have to go through, but with God as our guide we can rest in Him.

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?

Psalm 27:1

 

Praying for a blessed year to you!

Love,

Margie

 

Faith · Family

What Is A Mother?

 

mother and daughter quilting, John Sloan

artist-John Sloan

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It takes a mother’s LOVE to make a house a home,

A place to be remembered, no matter where we roam-

It takes a mother’s PATIENCE to bring a child up right,

And her COURAGE and her CHEERFULNESS to make a dark day bright-

It takes a mother’s THOUGHTFULNESS to mend the heart’s deep ‘hurts’,

And her SKILL and her ENDURANCE to mend little socks and shirts-

It takes a mother’s KINDNESS to forgive us when we err,

To sympathize in trouble and bow her head in prayer-

It takes a mother’s WISDOM to recognize our needs

And to give us reassurance by her loving words and deeds-

It takes a mother’s ENDLESS FAITH, her CONFIDENCE and TRUST

To guide us through the pitfalls of selfishness and lust-

And that is why in all this world there could not be another

Who could fulfill God’s purpose as completely as a MOTHER!

Helen Steiner Rice

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Wishing all mothers, of every hue and kind,

a wonderful, blessed Mother’s Day!

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Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise up, and call her blessed…

 

 

 

Faith

Behold

Behold

by Joseph L. Smith

Behold the man!

These are the words

That Pilate calmly said

As soldiers placed a crown of thorns

Upon the Savior’s head.

See Him as He stands alone

Among the sons of men

With no defense, without a friend,

No fault they found in Him.

Behold the Lamb!

God’s chosen Lamb

Who came to set us free.

He bore our sins upon the cross.

He died for you and me.

My name is written on His hands,

My sins, upon His soul.

He suffered all the pangs of death

To make the wounded whole.

Behold the King!

His throne, a tree

Outlined against the sky,

As all creation quakes in fear

And angels wonder why.

But, then in might and majesty,

He robs death of it’s sting.

He takes his throne in Heav’n on high,

The Lord of everything!

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…

 

 

Garden

Winter Winds

Wild winds

come a-blustering,

Clearing a path

for the feet of Spring,

To dance her way

along the lane,

Bringing

daffodils

again.

Patience Strong

These last few days we have been battered with the worst winds that I can remember.

Trees down, power outages.

Winter is going out with a bang.

The first month of Spring will soon arrive, and none too soon!

I am so ready for Spring to dance it’s way in.

I am tired of being cold!

Are you ready for Winter to be over?

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Psalm 40:3

And He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

 

Faith

Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Faith

In the Secret of His Presence

 

 

In the secret of His presence

I am kept from strife of tongues:

His pavilion is around me,

And within are ceaseless songs!

Stormy winds, His word fulfilling,

Beat without, but cannot harm,

For the Master’s voice is stilling

Storm and tempest to a calm.

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In the secret of His presence

All the darkness disappears:

For a sun that knows no setting

Throws a rainbow on my tears.

So the day grows ever lighter,

Broad’ning to the perfect noon:

And the day grows ever brighter-

Heaven is coming, near and soon.

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In the secret of His presence

Never more can foes alarm:

In the shadow of the Highest,

I can meet them with a psalm:

For the strong pavilion hides me,

Turns their fiery dart aside,

And I know, whate’er betides me,

I shall live because He died!

Henry Burton

Faith

Put God First

Put God First

 

Don’t wait until the house is all kept,

The beds are made, the floors are swept:

Put PRAYER first.

Don’t wait until the newspaper is read,

Your books are balanced, and you are in bed:

Put the BIBLE first.

Don’t wait until the cupboards are bare,

There’s nothing to depend on but God and prayer:

Put FASTING first.

Don’t wait until the last bill is paid,

The account is large; vacation is made:

Put the CHURCH first.

Don’t wait until you’ve nothing to do,

Until all is finished-for we never get through:

Put GOD first.

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