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Just In Time

Renee Ann Smith —  September 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

Beautiful in its time“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:11~

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This sweet family grew up in my garage. The local cat caused them much fear and anguish. Yet they stretched their wings and—using my driveway as a landing strip—practiced soaring & one by one flew away.

Now even the “empty-nester” Mama bird has moved on.

But a trace of their beauty remains.

I’m thankful for the simple beauty God sprinkles through our days & that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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Hope for the Overwhelmed Erwin Lutzer

That which is beyond our control is tightly in His grasp.
~Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor Moody Church~

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Are you feeling overburdened with the cares of daily life? Perhaps something completely unexpected has thrown you for a loop or you’ve been uprooted and tempest-tossed.

Is your aching heart making it difficult for you to function day to day? Or has the beginning of a new school year found you spinning your wheels and struggling to organize your kids or your home or your life?

Do any of these synonyms for the word OVERWHELMED describe you?
SWAMPED SUBMERGED ENGULFED BURIED FLOODED
INUNDATED VANQUISHED
CONQUERED

Here are 5 Bible Verses for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed to guide your thoughts and calm your heart!

Please pass them on to someone who needs a little strengthening today.

5 Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed

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5 Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed: “When you’re between a rock & a hard place, it won’t be a dead end!” (Click to Tweet)

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders & He’ll carry your load!” Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed  (Click to Tweet)

“Put God in charge of your work & what you’ve planned will take place.” Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed (Click to Tweet)

Thanks for encouraging me with a visit! Blessings, friends!

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When God Said No

Renee Ann Smith —  June 16, 2014 — 11 Comments

Last week, I wrote about the heartache I sometimes feel when God doesn’t give me what I want. I’ve had this problem since I was small. You see, I just don’t like taking “no” for an answer!

Though I’m ashamed to admit it, there have been times in my adult life when a “no” from God reduced me to a sulking, bitter child again. I sometimes even looked for a way around what God had denied me—-another way to gain satisfaction outside of His will. Nowadays when I feel that temptation coming on, I flip my Bible open to Luke 22. This chapter records Jesus’ final hours before He went to the cross.

Verse 39 says, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’

Then Jesus, whose heart was greatly burdened, poured out His agony to His Father.

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,

Abba, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’

An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

Abba.

Even at the time of His betrayal and arrest, on the eve of His suffering, Jesus called God Daddy. Jesus brought His request to His loving Father and—-trusting Him completely—-left it there.

When God Said No

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And His loving Father answered, “No.”

“No” to the one and only begotten of God, full of grace and truth.

“No” to the Daystar from on high, who brought light to our darkness.

“No” to the beloved Son with whom God was well pleased.

God said “no”—not because Jesus’ request was selfish or sinful—but because He had an integral part for His Son to play in the redemption of mankind.

God said “no” to Jesus because of us.

Because of that great “no,” Jesus did go to the cross and the veil was torn in two and the way made clear so that now I—a sinful daughter with no standing of my own—can enter God’s presence and lay my requests at His feet.

And because God delights in me and does all things well, I can trust that whether He tells me “yes” or “no,” His answer always comes from love.

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When God Said NoA “no” from God does not necessarily mean that my request is sinful or selfish. It just means that He has something greater in mind for me than what I can imagine, much less ask for.

  • His “nos” are always blessed.

  • His “nos” are always best.

  • And in His hands, our hearts can rest.

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I’m blessed that you stopped by today, friends. Have a beautiful week!

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What remains in the end

Renee Ann Smith —  February 19, 2014 — 13 Comments
Love Bible verses

I Corinthians 13, from The Message
“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears
And the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then,
See it all as clearly as God sees us,
Knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness,
We have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation . . .

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
And the best of the three is love.”
Or say it this way:
“And now these three remain: Faith, Hope & Love.
But the greatest of these is Love.”
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