Devotions

December 3, 2022 – “Sparkley” by Peggy Williams

Cold and Frosty the Past Few Mornings
Love that everything Covers Over with Sparkles.

Sun Will Come Out… Warm Up
And Melt the Frost Away

Sometimes I Wish Troubles Were Like That
Just melt Away… But Wait… They Are Like That.

God will Help Melt Your Troubles
He Will Put Them in the Proper Place

Through Prayer All Things Are possible
We here Know that… Live That… Share that with others.

He doesn’t Always Answer Like We Ask
But He Always Answers… Sometimes it’s hard for Us To See

Sometimes I Look Back… And Realize He
Answered My Prayer but I Missed His Answer.

I had my Mind Set… So We Should Try…
Try to Open our Hearts and Minds to His Answers

Let them Come In and Melt the Frost Within You
Let Your Frosty Sparkles Shine.

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - “A Blessing for Love to come at Christmas” by Kate Bowler

God, we are waiting for love,
not the simple kind or the sweep-you-off-your-feet
kind,
but the absurd kind.

The kind wrapped in rags,
resting in a bucket of animal feed.
Love enough to save us all.

Blessed are we who look for Love
deeper, fuller, truer-than we have ever known,
than we could have ever hoped for.

Blessed are we who seek you,
the light that dawned so long ago
in that dark stable.
Love given.
Love received.

Receive this gift, dear one.

Love has come for you.

 

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – “Family” by Peggy Williams

Family… A simple word to describe a major part of life.
So this Past week Was dedicated to My Family

Marty, Tommy, and Steven were here
Along with 8 other members of my family.

We ate Turkey & Mt. Pleasant BBQ and Shrimp
Scarfed up some Potatoes and peas, salad & Rolls

And Don’t forget my homemade Coconut Cake
We Blessed the food and Blessed the Cooks

We Thanked Him for our Many treasures
I prayed for the ones We’ve lost and
For Sad and Disturbing discoveries – Amen

But Most of all I tried to Remind Myself|
And My family that We are Covered in His Love.

So today… I praise God for taking Care
Of me and my Loved Ones

For Always tapping me on the shoulder
To Remind Me that He Has All These things in His Hands.

I am Not in Charge… Nor do I want to Be
I just Want to be Able to turn Loose and Let God.

To Cherish His blessing… His Love
And to keep on With my favorite Prayer

“I Will Pedal If You Will Steer”.

God Bless Each One of You.

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – “Peppermint” from Upper Room Daily Devotions

The kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

   As I read again the parable of the mustard seed this morning, I am reminded of the time I spent in my garden last
week planting seeds. The peppermint seeds were the smallest of the bunch. But because peppermint grows and
spreads quickly, I know these little seeds will eventually take over my garden.

   The kingdom of God works in a similar way. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, we wake up to a whole new
way of loving God, ourselves, and others. The seed of this transformation is small at the beginning, but as we follow
Jesus day by day, it grows roots, gains strength, and spreads everywhere. And just like a garden, the seed of the
kingdom of God also needs to be nurtured. We can do this by reading the Bible, praying, and practicing faithful
obedience to God.

   Now every time I look at my peppermint plant and water it, I will remember that my soul also needs spiritual
watering so that the kingdom of God will grow roots and spread — in me and through me to the world.

 

Saturday, November 19, 2022 – “Rainy Gifts” by Peggy Williams

Rainy Cloudy Cold Wet days
Sometimes I really appreciate those days

I can be Lazy... or Watch An Old Movie on TV
I can Keep on My Sweats and Slippers

God Seems to Come Along With this
Kind of Day… Just When I Need it Most

Maybe You Want to Read a Book
Might Study or Plan a Trip or Just Be Quiet

Do You Even Just Sit down and Day Dream?
About How God ever Came Up With All These Ideas

All the Many Kinds of Weather?
Can You Just Imagine Him Shaking His head

Then… All of a Sudden Jumping Up
And Shouting “I’ve Got It! We’ll Call it Snow.”

I Know it Sounds Silly But I always
Think He Must have Loved Us Sooo Much!

To Create So Many Wonderful Things
Like a Cloudy Cold Wet Day

What Wonders We See

Hallelujah

 

Saturday November 12, 2022 – Writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics;
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – “God’s Word in Our Hearts” – Upper Room Daily Devotions

Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

   My friend once encouraged me to memorize Bible verses — one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I took
up the challenge and carefully chose 26 passages of scripture. These memorized verses have grown to be an essen-
tial part of my faith journey.

   I’ve found that God’s word is powerful. It is the truth. As Proverbs 4:22 says, it brings life and healing. When I fill my
heart and mind with scripture, it brings me peace and encourages me to worship. If I lie awake at night and can’t get
back to sleep, I recite these memorized verses to focus my thoughts. If I am anxious during a medical procedure, I
think through these verses to calm myself. I have discovered that worship and worry cannot inhabit me at the same time.

   Following Jesus’ example, we can use scripture to speak truth against temptation, include it in our prayers, or say it
as a blessing over the lives of those we love. This is all so much easier when we have God’s word memorized, living in
our hearts. It is a spiritual discipline that I have found to be very helpful and encouraging.

 

Saturday, November 5, 2022 – “Dear Friends” by Peggy Williams

Oh What A Day
Lunch With a Good Friend

Saw and Spoke to Several Friends
Folks I haven’t Seen in a While

What a Blessing Friends Can Be
We talked of Church… a bit about Voting

We talked of Weather… Beautiful trees
Great Grandchildren and Just about Life

Some friends We See a lot
Others only Once in a While

No Matter How Often… They Still
Hold a Piece of Our Heart

So today… Thank God for Your Friends
Old… New… Or In between

Thankful for friends… Like I am thankful for Each of You.

Thankful to God…

God Bless Each of You, My Dear Friends

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - Do Not Be Anxious – Upper Room Daily Devotions

Matthew 10:29 – Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your
Father knowing about it already.

   As a young married couple, we had a tight budget. When an emergency home repair left us without grocery money,
I was sick with worry. I sat on our farmhouse stoop and numbly watched our two young children play in the yard with-
out a care. I tried to imagine how I could stretch the meager contents of our pantry to feed my family until the next
payday, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough.

   Suddenly a car turned in to our driveway, and the horn sounded. A woman got out and greeted me. She explained
to me that years earlier the previous homeowner had let her pick scuppernong grapes on the property, and she asked
if she could pick some again.

   I had never seen this woman before, and I never saw her again. But after she had picked grapes, she gave me some
money in thanks — more than enough to buy groceries. It felt like a miracle.

   I have recalled this unexpected blessing many times over the years. Time and again the providence of God has
taught me the power of replacing worry with trust. We all can hold on to joy even in uncertain circumstances.