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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Time For Light

It's March.
And it's still stormy, cloudy, cold, and dreary.
The sun is starting to come out today!!
And the temperature is rising!!!
The flowers will be blooming soon and the birds are going to be nesting.
We have a large number of birds I feed on our back porch, mainly Cardinals.
They are gorgeous.  But they will start barking soon.  Yes, barking.
They love dog food!!!

And with the sun creeping out from behind the clouds, I wanted to share some light and bright things with you all.  I hope the winter snows and storms are beginning to subside where you are.
(Unless you're my friend Melanie in Australia!!! : )

With the storms and cold of this past winter, I've been thinking about times in my past when the storms of life seem to be never ending.  
I was told once that when you're in the valley of the shadows, that SOMETHING has to be there to make the shadows....LIGHT!  So instead of concentrating on the dark and shadows, turn around and look at the LIGHT.  The ONE Who is the LIGHT is Christ.
Wise words.

But His promises are for those who obey Him.  Who walk uprightly.
And we can only do that through His Son, Jesus.
Jesus Who died on the cross, was buried, and Who rose again the 3rd day.
I was a child when I first heard of Jesus, and was told Bible stories that I remember to this day.
But I was an adult before I realized that Jesus dying on the cross had a purpose...
for ME!  He died in my place to take MY sin on Himself.
I don't have to pay that penalty now.  It's been paid by HIM.
God gave me FAITH to believe that!!!  It's a gift from HIM.
Ask Him for faith to believe.
You can't muster it up in yourself.

I'm reminded as I look at the clouds still thick in the sky as the sun breaks through that the sun is ALWAYS there...there are times we just can't see it.  And yet there are times during the thick clouds that the sun breaks through and there is beautiful light!
How like our Lord to give us pictures all around us of the way He works!

And He cares about the littlest thing.  The birds that I feed...He knows about each of them.
The things that you are concerned about...He know them too.

And when the threads of our life start to unravel, or get tangled, He is there:

He is there to take them from us, and to make them into something beautiful!

Each of us has a history, each of us has a past. 
We are none of us perfect, and we have no perfect family.

We tend to dwell on our past, to try to bring back the good times, instead of looking at our future and making it worth while.  My past is nothing compared to what God is doing in my future!
I don't know about tomorrow, He alone knows what it is. 
 There is a hymn I love...the last words are these:

"But I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand."

To you my friends who have come alongside of me and brightened my days, I dedicate this post.
My Lord and Savior alone is my Pearl of Great Price, but I see each of my friends as precious pearls or jewels along life's way to make each day beautiful in special ways.

My prayer for each of you is that Jesus be your Savior.
Pray for Him to be just that.
He gives beauty for ashes and makes all things new.
Praise Him for His wonderful grace!!



Wilma said...

What a wonderful post, dear Doni.
Where would we be without our Lord !
Very wise words. Thank you for sharing.
I also love your beautiful photo's !
Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog, sweet friend.

Love and Hugs,

jeanniemc said...

Beautiful post...words of comfort, peace, joy & hope from the Lord...Thank for sharing...

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Dearest Doni, what a beautiful and inspiring post from your message to your lovely photos. You are a treasure and such a lovely lady. Blessings, Beverly

Betsy said...

I love your beautiful reminder that the Savior turns our hearts to gold, we do go through that refiner's fire, but the heat of His love is so warm and bright and beautiful, and coming out of that refiner's flame our hearts burn brightly with a deep love fromHim and FOR Him, in such contrast of the deep pain we felt at the beginning of the refining process.
I know that my Savior loves Me!

Sandy Davis said...

What a blessing you and your blog are to me! I, too, have a passion for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I am looking forward to celebrating His resurrection this coming Easter Sunday and look forward even more to my eternal life with Him. Oh, and how I love your photos of the laces, old photos and the general look of your blog. You put mine to shame! I am very partial to the "cottage" & victorian look and sew using heirloom techniques when I get the chance. What you're doing here is stunning to me and I am so happy to have found you! Many, many blessings to you, SewNSan

Betsy said...

Doin, just back visiting again to enjoy your vintage laces and threads, and pictures and jewelry. I love your scripture cards, too, and how you incorporate them into your posts.


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