Showing posts with label love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Poets' Diary Response

A Poets' Diary
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Love holds gently in the stark face of darkness
and with its warmth, lights a path forward.
PJFARR 2017

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Reflection: Celebrate!

Today, 
celebrate what Christ has done, 
knowing He will complete His promise and come again to gather His people;
 The Church,
to Himself.

In 
faith,
hope,
and
love,
we wait
with joy
His coming again.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Reflection: LOVE

LOVE...
is patient, 
is kind,
does not envy,
 does not boast,
 is not proud,
 does not dishonor others,
 is not self-seeking,
 is not easily angered,
 keeps no record of wrongs,
 does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth,
 always protects, 
always trusts,
 always hopes,
 always perseveres. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

References or links to help in expressing love to others see the following:  

Monday, November 26, 2012

PREPARING FOR ADVENT 2012

During this Advent Season I will not be posting on a daily basis; instead, I will post a Sunday Reflection on Sundays.   I hope it will be something that will help everyone to prepare for Christ's second coming, including myself.   He will come again; we just do not know the hour.  We are; however, asked to spread the Gospel, prepare for His return, and speed its coming.  The focus this year will be FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.  I hope you will join me on this journey towards a more personal intimate walk with Christ.

Two things I have found in the past that help me to focus is making and using an Advent Wreath and denoting in someway a count down activity for each day until Christmas.  You can count down using a prepared calendar or make your own using envelopes on a string...see the picture below for inspiration.


You may want to gather your wreath, envelopes or calendar supplies this week because Advent starts this Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Hope you will join me on the journey in walking closer with Christ this Advent.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fourth Saturday of Advent 2011: Always Pointing Toward Christ

Jeremiah 33

Promise of Restoration
 1 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time: 2 “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ 4 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword 5 in the fight with the Chaldeans: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.
 6 “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and will also rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
 10 “This is what the LORD says: ‘You say about this place, “It is a desolate waste, without people or animals.” Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither people nor animals, there will be heard once more 11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying,

   “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, 
   for the LORD is good; 
   his love endures forever.”

   For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the LORD.
 12 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In this place, desolate and without people or animals—in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks. 13 In the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,’ says the LORD.
 14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

 15 “‘In those days and at that time 
   I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line
   he will do what is just and right in the land. 
16 In those days Judah will be saved 
   and Jerusalem will live in safety. 
This is the name by which he will be called: 
   The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’

 17 For this is what the LORD says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’”
 19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the LORD says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
 23 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 24 “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The LORD has rejected the two families he chose’? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. 25 This is what the LORD says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, 26 then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”

As in the days of the Old Testament God has been telling us about Jesus and about who He is, what He has done, and what He will do.  He fulfills His word.  His promises are trustworthy and true.

This evening read Luke chapter 2 aloud.  
Attend a church service and give praise and worship to God for His son.  
Give to those in need.  
Love your family and friends.

Rejoice this Eve of Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Third Sunday of Advent 2011: Live By The Spirit

All quoted scripture is from BibleGateway the New International Version.


Luke Chapter 3 Verses 7-14

7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.



11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

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The spirit of God had been with John since he was in his mother's womb. He had been prepared for his ministry by the example of his righteous parents, listening to God daily and praying. He therefore spoke the word of God when addressing the crowd.

Are you among the "crowd," a brood of vipers?

Are you like a snake with your forked tongue?

God says to produce fruit with repentance. Repentance is an on going action, especially if you are continuing to sin. Produce fruit with your repentance. What is fruit?

Galatians 5:22-26

Live by the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Do you know yourself well?

What motivates you? Your Heart? Your Mind? Selfish ambition?

The Spirit of God?
 
It is now the third Sunday of Advent, and I hope the chains of sin and slavery are falling off. I hope the light of Christ is shining anew within you. I hope you are budding with fresh hope and that the fruit of the spirit blossoms and that you and others benefit from the fruit you bear.

Friday, December 2, 2011

First Friday of Advent 2011: My Soul Does Magnify The Lord

There is so much to the lesson today, I have decided to break it up into two segments.  I am posting below a video by John Michael Talbot.  I hope you will take a few moments to appreciate the beautiful art work and enjoy his version of Mary's Song.  I am brought to myself in the message and the beauty, I hope for you as well.  Enjoy!

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:
  “My soul glorifies the Lord 
  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

 for he has been mindful 
   of the humble state of his servant. 
From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
  for the Mighty One has done great things for me— 
   holy is his name. 

 His mercy extends to those who fear him, 
   from generation to generation. 

 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; 
   he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 

He has brought down rulers from their thrones 
   but has lifted up the humble. 

 He has filled the hungry with good things 
   but has sent the rich away empty. 

 He has helped his servant Israel, 
   remembering to be merciful 

 to Abraham and his descendants forever, 
   just as he promised our ancestors.”
 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Luke 1:46-56

New International Version (NIV)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Love


Love is powerful, mighty, and yet gentle.
Praise God for how he reveals himself to us.
What joy have those who believe in Christ.
Deep abiding, eternal peace.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Me Maw

I wrote this tribute to my mom and women is my life who have been like my mom to me when I lived on my own (Mother's Day 2010).

To The Women... 

To the woman who gave me birth,
thank you for carrying me and caring for me.

To the woman who raised me, dotted on me, dressed me and encouraged me to grow, 
thank you for loving me.

To the woman who nurtured the teacher, artist, and adventurer in me, 
thank you for helping me mature into a woman.

To the woman who over the years has helped me grow spiritually and taught me the value of prayer,
thank you for sharing your deep faith and love in Christ.
PJFARR
2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Believe in Christ, He Is The Catalyst For Change


We are all a work in progress.  Change is possible in Christ.

Christ came because He, like His Father, believed that everything He created is good.  He died for His Bride the Church.  Our hope, faith, and love is like a three strung cord; strong, dependable, and unfailing.

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8  

One day we will see Him face to face.  For now we see only dimly...so let your light shine before men.  It makes it easier for all on the narrow path.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Friend's House

A walk down the road of memories and I am not so alone.

Friends from over the years are just a 'tweet' away.
Rarely does a day or a week go by when I don't hear from you.
I laugh as we share a story or joke over the phone.
Envious of your vacation photos...I wish I would have gone along.
Needing to talk...who care what time it is there...right.
Driving maybe more difficult.  I am not quite up to road trips anymore.
She said what!

Home is where the heart is...I know the road to your house.
Oh my, the time has flown by.
Usually, I remember birthdays. Did I forget this year?
Sharing, caring, and laughing makes this road a little easier.
Eternally your friend on the road of life.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Holy Trinity


Holy Trinity
Love, fidelity, and truth,
Trust, love, and faithfulness, 
Father, fulfillment, and love.
The three in one.
PJFARR
2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Lover Of My Soul

My Love Eternal

To you my love
my love eternal.

To a long journey
and safe travel.

May thy light be a guide
in dark nights of aloneness. 
PJFARR
        1979      

When I lost the love of my life this poem came to me in the middle of a thunderstorm as I sat in a ticket booth at an amusement park I worked at that summer.

Another gift from God just to let me know he is with me always.

He is risen.

Happy Easter!