Monthly Archives: February 2014

Friday Quotables ~ Repentance

Crosses along the highway ~ photo taken as we drove past

Crosses along the highway ~ photo taken as we drove past

REPENTANCE:
It is not something you do to make yourself feel better before God,
It is something you do to make your obedience better before God.
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by Sue Nash © 2014

From Proverbs 28:13
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Blessings on your weekend!

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Should I Assume? ~ Keep Praying for Prodigals

Should I AssumeShould I assume all is OK,
When I never hear from your lips
That you long for God’s word
And that His presence, you miss?

Should I stop worrying
That you are teetering on the edge,
When the world means more
Than following Christ instead?

Should I just leave you alone
And stop longing for your return,
Since you seem happy far from home
And seem content to stay lukewarm?

The truth is that I will never give up
Or stop praying because, you see,
Heaven and hell are both real
And last for an eternity.

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“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment
Hebrews 9:27

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1 Peter 4:7

Like me, do you have a prodigal who has wandered far from home?  Are you unsure about the certainty of their salvation?  No matter what the circumstances look like, purpose in your heart never to give up.  Instead, keep praying and believing for their return to Christ. 

God loves His prodigals.  He never gives up on them.

© Sue Nash/2014

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes ~ One Story

Three Views From the Pier

This week’s photo challenge is about threes, or telling a three-picture story. 

Readers who follow me regularly have already seen some of the pictures that I took while my husband and I were in Gulf Shores, Alabama recently.  Today, I will show more of what we experienced on our trip using this three-picture format. 

Three Views Along the Shore

I like the idea of using three images to tell one story, mainly because of my fondness for the number three.  It reminds me of the Trinity.

God manifests Himself as triune, which means three in One.  God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. 

One God, as three Persons, revealing one magnificent love story for us.

“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”
1 John 5:7

For similar posts, see Weekly Photo Challenge

From The Daily Post

© Sue Nash/2014

The Sweetest Things ~ Hugs and Kisses From Heaven

A tulip for your sweetness

Tulips for your sweetness

Sometimes, when you are in the midst of suffering or sadness, the sweetest things happen.  Several such things have occurred during this time of semi-convalescence due to my pain and vertigo.

Yesterday, I had an injection in my neck.  Spinal injections don’t always help and can initially exacerbate the pain, but since I had one a couple of years ago that worked, I decided to try one again.  I’m avoiding the alternative, a three level cervical fusion, like the plague!

The sweet things started before I even left for the shot.

Sweet indeed

My mom called to assure me she was praying and to say she loves me.  She is one of those early rising, fervent prayer warriors, so I don’t take her prayers lightly.  Her presence and love for me is sweet indeed.

Snugly sweet

Right after I got home from having the procedure, my little Maltese seemed to know something was wrong.  He may have smelled the lingering clinic odors on my clothing.  Although not normally a lap dog, he suddenly wanted up in my chair to sweetly snuggle.

Unexpected sweet thing

My son randomly text-ed to apologize for something and to remind me that he loves me.  Sadly, as our children get older we hear from them less often.  To receive an unexpected apology and acknowledgment of my son’s love was a very sweet thing.

Totally sweet things

Friends have text-ed, emailed and blogged to check on me and let me know they are praying.  This includes many of you, which is totally sweet.

Always sweet

My husband has been a trooper throughout this and all the many other times I have struggled, starting with my back surgeries many years ago.  To this day, he still does the majority of the housework.  I try never to take him for granted.  He is always so sweet.

The sweetest thing

These displays of sweetness overwhelm and warm my heart.  However, since God is in control and works all things out for our good, the sweet things are really from Him.  Our acts of kindness are but the conduits of His sweetness.  They are like hugs and kisses from heaven.

His love and tender care for us is by far the sweetest thing.

“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
Psalm 145:9

*My thanks to all of you for your thoughtfulness and prayers. I am getting better!
Sue Nash/2014

Strategies for Staying Above Despair ~ Lessons From the Ocean

Ocean wavesGod, help me to rise above despair.
To stay afloat
With my back to its gloomy bog
And my face lifted high;
Upward, unafraid.

I have always been a decent swimmer, which probably has something to do with the fact that I grew up near the ocean.

Swimming in the Atlantic was not easy.  Its forceful waves and rigorous currents presented many aquatic challenges, especially for a child.  However, since I was the only girl, I was not about to let my brothers outdo me.  Rather than buckle, I allowed the strong waves and my competitive spirit to make me a better a swimmer.

I do recall at least two frightening experiences, though.  One was a time when a particularly strong wave smashed into me unawares, taking me under and pinning me to the ocean floor for longer than was comfortable. 

The other was the time I encountered a small riptide.  Fortunately, my dad had prepared us by instructing about how to swim out of one.  However, the forceful pull happened so fast that by the time I realized it, I was already in water over my head, further away from shore.

Strategies for Staying Afloat in the Ocean

Following my dad’s instructions, I swam perpendicular to the current and broke free from its insidious grip.  Because I had so far to swim back to land, though, I tired quickly.  To conserve energy, I alternated swimming with floating on my back, a survival strategy when struggling to stay afloat.

I never felt afraid of losing my life, but it was a wake up call about the dangers of open sea swimming.

At times, the storms in life can make us feel like we won’t make it.  Very often, they ravish our hope and bring despair.  They require similar strategies for survival.

Strategies for Staying Above Despair

Like a riptide, devastating circumstances can come upon us suddenly, making us feel as though we are being pulled apart at the seams.  With their onslaught, they make life seem as though it is catapulting out of control.

Rather than succumb under the pressure, we can instead allow the Lord to lead us in a direction opposite the raging torrent.  With His help, our spirits can rise upward, perpendicular to the current.  In His presence, no more will the hurtful tide overwhelm.

Since the difficult problems of life do not always subside as quickly as they arrive, it is easy to grow weary.  To conserve energy, these are perfect opportunities for turning over and floating on your back, so to speak.  Of letting go of all the worries and frustrations, and staying afloat by fixing your eyes on Christ and resting in His embrace.

Remember.  God is always there to help you navigate the tide and equip you to stay above despair.  Through Him, we are not just survivors; we are over-comers.  He can even lift us up to walk on water!

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“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

This version of Oceans is different from what I have heard on the radio.  By a male artist, Hillsong United ‘Zion’

© Sue Nash/2014

Consider it Done ~ Victory in Christ

Light ahead

Light ahead

Recite to me your worries;
I have the answer for each one.
You may not understand your problems,
But for each the victory is won.

Share with Me your sorrows;
Don’t hesitate to pour them out.
You may not see a way through the night,
But there’s light ahead, never doubt.

Unload on Me your burdens;
Lay them at my feet one by one.
You may not think there’s any hope left,
But with My help, consider it done

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1Corinthians 15:57

Early one morning while at Gulfshores

Early one morning while at Gulfshores

© Sue Nash/2014

For more poetry, see Poetry Corner

Follow the Moon Maker

I’m not being followed by a moonshadow; I’m following the moon Maker.

Follow Jesus.

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© Sue Nash/2014