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God’s Peace Is So Dear

A peaceful scene close to home

A peaceful scene close to home ~ taken last spring

Our time of fasting together as a local church body is over.  As I pondered what God did in my heart, I realized that although the many urgent prayer needs I sought Him for show no signs of change, He did do a work in my heart.  I found a level of peace in the midst of the battle that I desperately needed. 

I rest assured knowing that God has seen every tear and heard my supplications.  While I wait for Him to reveal the work wrought on my knees, I rest in His peace that is beyond comprehension.  A peace that makes no sense in the natural.  Given by the Spirit, the peace He brings is sufficient for the journey.  It is near and dear to the heart.

God’s Peace Is So Dear

No trepidation
Nor furrowed brow;
God takes our worries
Away somehow.

A peace that lingers
Though troubles stay;
Past understanding,
How peace remains.

Every fretting heart
His peace will change;
By the power of Christ,
Distress does wane.

But to find such peace
One must seek Him.
Only on our knees
  Does anguish dim.

It is when our cares
To Christ we bring,
That He lifts us up
On eagle’s wing.

As we plead for help
With prayers poured out,
He will heed each cry
Without a doubt.

We can thank God now
  That He does hear,
  And for peace He gives;
It is so dear.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6, 7

Sue Nash/2014

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Life Song ~ This is My Story

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise.  This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise. This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

I am not sure where I first heard of picking a song and a verse that best describes you.  As soon as I heard about this concept, though, I knew instantly which song and verse to choose.  Today, I will post my Life Song and then tomorrow, my verse.

Blessed Assurance is not only my favorite of the old hymns, but characterizes how I long to live ~ praising my Savior all the day long, knowing Jesus is mine.  It is how I would want the story of my life recorded.  That, no matter the difficulties, God’s praise is on still my lips.  I know that I am not even close to fulfilling this, but it is my heart’s desire.

As to the photos, daisies just seemed to fit this idea of praise.  Petals spread wide, with their golden crown of praise lifted high.  I hope that you enjoy the photos, and revisiting this old song that I have chosen to represent my life song.

Fanny Crosby, the writer of this classic hymn, was no stranger to hardships.  Rendered blind as an infant by an accident, she suffered the loss of her father when young, and then her only child, who died not long after birth.  At the age of eight, she wrote this poem, which ended up being the testimonial of her life:

Oh, what a happy soul am I.
Although I cannot see.
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t!
(by Fanny Crosby)

Given the difficulties she faced, I don’t know if I would have had this attitude.  God knows what we can bear, though, and never gives us more than that.  I pray that as each day passes, I draw closer to modeling a life like hers, one bringing glory to God by praising my Savior all the day long.

This is My Story
My neighbors daisies are loaded with beautiful blooms

My neighbor’s daisy patch is loaded with beautiful blooms!

Blessed Assurance
as sung by Alan Jackson

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, wash’d in his blood.

2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight:
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest:
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Fill’d with his goodness, lost in his love.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Do you have a Life Song?
I would love to know what it is and why you chose it.

Sue Nash/2013

Something to Think About ~ Things Excellent and Worthy of Praise

Photo taken by my brother, Gary Stephens ~from Colorado Springs, CO

Photo taken by my brother, Gary Stephens ~ Colorado Springs, CO

If ever there were a picture of something excellent and praiseworthy, it is majestic mountains.  There is nothing much more beautiful than snow-covered hills against a brilliant blue sky.  In Colorado, where I lived for several years, scenes like the one above were commonplace.  God’s glory was daily on display.  It wasn’t hard to find excellence.

Although I understand the principle of keeping my mind fixed on things praiseworthy and excellent, I struggle by straying into:

frustration

distractions

bitterness

worry

doubt
fear

and the list goes on. 

Do any of you struggle, too?

God offers a better way, though.  What He proposes is not positive thinking, but instead excellent thinking.  When we focus on the glorious aspects about God and His creation, then add to that all the many blessings and promises He bestows, our minds need not fixate earthbound.  As the mountains tower above the valleys below, we can choose to place our thoughts on things heavenward.  We don’t have to get stuck in the boggy mire of problems and distractions below; we can look to the One who made heaven and earth.  We can think on things excellent and worthy of praise.

Instead of letting my imagination get away with me
I will think on ~

Things TrueIn order to prevent despondency
I will think on ~

Things NobleIn place of feeling resentful
I will think on ~

Things JustRather than dwell on all of my problems
I will think on ~

Things PureSo as not to worry unnecessarily
I will think on ~

Things lovelyTo avoid negativity
I will think on ~

Things of Good ReportTo eschew pride
I will think on ~

Things of VirtueTo resist ingratitude,
I will think on ~

Things praiseworthy

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Now, that is something to think about!

Sue Nash/ 2013

Pacific, Ocean Blue: Unveiling God’s Grandeur

Pacific

Pacific

Majestic ocean, so sublime;
Pacific wonder, clear azure.
Ever constant, its billowing,
Unveiling God’s splendid grandeur.

Serene sunset, glory ablaze;
Radiating beams, pure allure.
Spectacular hint of Your Light;
Reminiscent warmth to reassure.

Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad, CA

Soaring scavengers, shrill seagulls;
Pelicans chasing down waves to glide.
Mirroring glimpses of our freedom,
Mounted with wings into the sky.

Shrill scavengers

Shrill scavengers

Glancing heavenward, towering high,
Palms of stately, weather worn rings.
Waving branches, a sort once used
As welcome mats fit for a King.

Palms 2

Vast horizon, vanishing far;
Plunging fathoms, stretching so wide.
Ocean blue portrays Your greatness,
Resonates of Your loving tide.

California shoreline across the street from our hotel

California shoreline across the street from our hotel

“O LORD, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches. So is this great and wide sea.”
Psalm 104:24, 25

I grew up in Florida along the gray Atlantic. Even though I still love the beaches in Florida, there is nothing like the shimmering blue of the Pacific. Both the poem and photos are memories of a wonderful trip my husband and I took to California this past week.

Hope you enjoy!
Sue

Because You Can

Praise Me because you want to.
Praise Me because you can.
Praise Me because you need to.
Praise Me because of who I AM.

Praise Me through times of trouble.
Praise Me through thick or thin.
Praise Me through hurts or failures.
Praise Me through stormy winds.

Praise Me with songs and dance.
Praise Me with hands held high.
Praise Me with harp and timbrel.
Praise Me with all your might.

Praise Me, all creation,
Praise Me, the great I AM.
Praise Me while you have any breath.
Praise Me because you can.

“I will praise the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.” Psalm 146:2
NLT

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Worship, Set Free

Photo by author, photographer Teri Metts. This one and more can be found at: bungalowretreat.com

Photo by author, photographer Teri Metts. For more of her photos: bungalowretreat.com

Worship, Set Free

We get tripped up
Thinking there must be formality in worship.
There is not.

We get hung up
Following some formula for worship.
How is not.

We get messed up
Believing there is one place for worship.
Where is not.

We get worked up
Worrying about how often we must worship.
When is not.

Worship, if imprisoned
By such rules of constraint,
Will never reach heaven
With its melodious refrain.

For worship does not reside
In some how or where or when.
True worship is from the heart,
Not defined by rules of men.

Like birds, by freely singing,
Announce their joy of morn anew.
Worship, that’s best and pleasing
Is a tune unhindered, flowing ever freely, too.

“I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good.”
Psalm 54:6

“I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.”
Psalm 86:12
NKJV

By Sue Nash
3/23/13