Hope

Woman Praying

 

 

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© 2013 by Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved

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A little whine

A wee bemoan

A sighed whimper

That’s all I’ve sown

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The body rebels

Stabs my soul

Pains my mind

Make me whole

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Gird my loins

Chin up, I say

Today’s gone

Another day

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Hope lies there

Raw and bare

Through the fog

Somewhere

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Rest in Him

Hand it o’er

Share the pain

Let it pour

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Praise the Lord

Sing a psalm

Ask and seek

His sweet balm

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Amen

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NaPoWriMo     Day 29

Whistler or Wrestler

© Jeanne E Webster

Do you whistle while you work or wrestle while you work?  Sometimes I do both.  When the body holds up and doesn’t complain too much, I whistle.  When I am all crooked and lame from aging bones, I wrestle.

Remember the tune:

Whistle while you work (whistle)
Put on that grin and start right in
to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune (hum)
Just do your best and take a rest
and sing yourself a song

When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee

And whistle while you work (whistle)
Come on get smart, tune up and start
to whistle while you work

~Larry Morey

 

Some days we wake up with a merry jingle in our hearts.  The sun is shining, the baby is quiet, the spouse is non-combative and the dog didn’t barf during the night.  All is well with the world.  We’re whistling!

Those days may be far and few between, so get a grip and face reality.

Remember that term, self-discipline?  Use it.  Practice it.  Wear around your neck.  Cling to it like a life-preserver.  Your world will go a lot smoother if you do.  In addition, you’ll be a kinder, gentler, loving, nicer person for those around you.

Just think… each day you get to make someone’s day brighter or darker–that’s power.  You have the power to add to or take away from someone else’s day.  Why choose glum?  Why choose negative?  Why choose grumpy?  It so much easier being nice.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.  Make it easier on yourself.  Look at each day as an adventure.  You don’t want an adventure?  Sorry.  You woke up, didn’t you?  The alternative is not so good.

Have a nice day!

O Sole Mio

©Jeanne E Webster

Satan has an assortment of seeds all ready to be sown into the human heart.  Learning that seeds of discouragement would grow anywhere, he build a barn to keep them in, knowing full well the only place they would never grow was in the heart of a grateful person.  Gratitude has an attitude about it.  Within the heart, it removes external darkness.   The nights seem long; the days drag by.  But gratitude brings the dawn and the days fly by. 

Are you aching with pain and all bent up?

Try a little singing and praying.

Are you lonesome and feeling blue?

Try a little confessing of sins.

Are you getting older and not able to work?

Try some reading and writing.

Are you addled in heart and spirit?

Remember who you are, child of God.

Are you bitter and grieving inside?

Reach out and touch someone today.

How can we modify our attitude of gratitude?  Well…

Sing, read and write, believe

Praise, forgive, confess or think

Love, meditate, care and call

Speak, hug, caress and feel

Embrace, touch, adore and delight

Adore, agree, bear and

Ask, balance, bless, and pray

 

An old spiritual song has helped me out of many a doldrums, His Eye is on the SparrowWhy should we be discouraged?  Why should the shadows fly?  Why does my heart feel weary?  Satan has been sowing those seeds of discouragement.  Gratitude is the best and quickest remedy to brighten your outlook and spirit.  Try it; you might like it!

Philippians 4:4-9 

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Dreaming

 

 

Psalm 126: 1-6 “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.

Then said they among the nations, ‘the Lord has done great things for them.’  The Lord has done great things for us, that’s why we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

 

Have you ever been so captivated by something to the extent you appear to be dreaming? Sure, you have. Whatever captures our attention is a captor. Captors can be physical things and events as well as mental things. Or both at the same time.

 

In the scripture above, the Israelites had been released from captivity, and the joy they experienced made them feel they were dreaming. They began to laugh and sing after many years of physical captivity by their enemy, but also experienced a release from the mental captivity of despondency and depression. I imagine they even danced a bit. We could even say they became captivated by their joy and newfound freedom.

 

In the year 1991, I was captivated by a deep worry and dread of losing my oldest son in the Persian Gulf War. He was serving our country there in an army missile battalion, and my worst fears became captors of my inner peace and joy. I prayed this psalm one night, inscribed it in my Bible, and immediately felt released from that god-awful fear. I sang hymns and thanked the Lord for answering my prayers. Such was the assurance of my son’s safety that my spirit was jubilant, and I wept tears of joy and gratefulness.  

 

How sweet it is when the Lord allows us to sense His “great things” happening in our lives. For a time we are bent down and weeping, then suddenly we sing to our heart’s delight. That precious seed, prayer, returned with rejoicing, bringing my sheaves of joy,  still intact. Thank you, Father, for your loving kindness. As in a dream, on May 5, 1991, my son stepped off an airplane onto American soil once again, whole and unharmed.   Amen.

 

~Shalom

You Are the Greatest!

Psalm 90 of The Holy Bible, King James version...

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© Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

The Lord is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works.  The Lord is nigh unto them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him.  He also will hear their cry and will save them.  The Lord preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.  (KJV)

These verses begin and end with praises to Almighty God, and sandwiched in-between is prayer and protection.  What a beautiful portrait of our relationship to our heavenly Father!  Daily we need to speak, sing, think and pray our praises to Him.  By responding to Him through our worship and obedience, we demonstrate our adoration and love for Him. He is always faithful to protect us and hear our prayers.

Father, we do adore You, we stand in awe of You and we love You.  Thank you for Your righteousness, Your holiness, Your watch and care over us.  We acknowledge that You are in control of all things, from the next beat of our hearts to the drawing in of our next breaths.  May our mouths, hearts and souls speak of Your holy name, for ever and ever!  Amen