Fear Not, My Child

Fear not, my child, God has said many times,
Reminding our heart things will be just fine;
He speaks to us, any time any place,
With love that always knows what to say!

Fear not, my child,  precious words to hear,
God has His own Way to say I am near;
He never leaves us deserted or alone,
But gives us grace to keep going on!

Fear not, my child, no need to be afraid,
He’s walking with us every step of the way;
He’s never too busy to hear our prayers,
Enriching us with His sweet loving care!

Fear not, my child, God still says to us,
He’s more than worthy of our faith & trust;
Even today, He wraps us in His care,
Reminding us often, He’s always there!

KI

He’s On Our Side

He’s on our side, in this battle of life,
Guiding our heart in doing what’s right;
He walks beside us in each step we take,
And gives us strength in each passing day!

He’s on our side, for we’re in His fold,
Wonderful things come with God in control;
He’ll fight our battles, anything that’s wrong,
For His hand is able, mighty, and strong!

He’s on our side, no matter what we face,
He’s always there, giving our heart grace;
Watching over our life, He daily does for us,
He’s more than worthy of our faith & trust!

He’s on our side, doing many Godly things,
His presence inside gives us a song to sing;
Oh, how blessed we are, to have Him in our life,
We’re eternally blessed, for He’s on our side!

KI

Friday Funnies

HOME EARLY

One day Jimmy got home early from school and his mom asked, “Why are you home so early?” He answered, “Because I was the only one that answered a question in my class.” She said, “Wow, my son is a genius. What was the question?” Jimmy replied, “The question was ‘Who threw the paper ball at the principal’s head?’”

ROAD RAGE

There is a senior citizen driving on the highway. His wife calls him on his cell phone and in a worried voice says, ”Herman, be careful! I just heard on the radio that there is a madman driving the wrong way on Route 280!” Herman says, ”I know, but there isn’t just one, there are hundreds!’’

IT’S A MAN EATING CHICKEN

A little girl and her older brother were visiting their grandfather’s farm. The older brother decided to play a trick on his younger sister. He told her that he discovered a man-eating chicken. The girl was frightened, and ran inside in fear. Then the older brother heard his little sister scream. He ran inside immediately. She was screaming at their grandfather, who was chowing down on a plate of fried chicken. “What is it?” he asked. The sister turned to him in fear and said,” It- it’s- IT’S A MAN EATING CHICKEN!!!”

Bible Study

FAITHFUL WORKER
1Cor. 4: 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
1 Tim 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; ‘putting me in role as Dad, ect’

ATTENDANT INSTRUCTOR
Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Proverbs 3:27  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

TRAINER-TEACHER
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

HEARER
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
James 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass
Proverbs 19:20 – Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.?Proverbs 18:13 – He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.?Matthew 11:15 – He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.?Proverbs 19:27 – Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.?Proverbs 1:33 – But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.?Exodus 20:19 – And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.?
INTERCESSION “with a I”
Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
 LUKE 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

RESTING PLACE
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Prodigal son Luke 15 :11-32
20 But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Wade’s Wednesday

Being Prepared for the Journey

By Steve Goodier

The story of a doomed British voyage to explore the Arctic is told by Annie Dillard in her book Teaching a Stone To Talk (New York: Harper Collins, 1988). A British expedition set sail in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage around the Canadian Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. Neither of the two ships and none of the 138 men aboard returned.

Dillard argues that Captain Sir John Franklin prepared as if they were embarking on a pleasure cruise rather than an arduous and grueling journey through one of earth’s most hostile environments. He packed a 1200 volume library, a hand-organ, china place settings for officers and men, cut-glass wine goblets and sterling silver flatware, beautifully and intricately designed. Years later, some of these place settings would be found near a clump of frozen, cannibalized bodies.

The voyage was doomed when the ships sailed into frigid waters and became trapped in ice that coated the decks, the spars and the rigging. Then water froze around the rudders, and the ships became hopelessly locked in the now-frozen sea.

Sailors set out to search for help (possibly delirious from lead-poisoning from the cans which preserved their food), but soon succumbed to severe Arctic weather and died of exposure to its harsh winds and subfreezing temperatures. For the next twenty years, remains of the expedition were found all over the frozen landscape.

Dillard reports that the crew did not prepare either for the cold or for the eventuality of the ships becoming ice-locked. On a voyage that was to last two to three years, they packed only their Navy-issue uniforms and the captain carried just a 12-day supply of coal for the auxiliary steam engines. The frozen body of an officer was eventually found, miles from the vessel, wearing his uniform of fine blue cloth, edged with silk braid, a blue greatcoat and a silk neckerchief – clothing which was noble and respectful, but wholly inadequate.

Historians may doubt the wisdom of such an ill-prepared journey. But more important for us is the question: Are we prepared for the important voyage we’ve embarked upon, that journey we call “life”? I want to be as ready as possible for whatever may lie ahead. I try to prepare myself for the future in several ways:

Intimacy: I need some caring people in my life.

Work & Finance: I like to work hard, pay my way and help others where possible.

Spiritual Life: When I am spiritually centered and at peace, I can handle most things.

Service to Others: A lake with no outlet becomes a dead sea. It’s true with people, too.

Mind and Body: Exercising my body as well as my mind helps them both work better.

Attitude Adjustments: I really can control my outlook and attitudes.

Emotions: I can also control my reactions, including anger.

Relationships: I need to make sure my relationships are healthy.

As long as we are alive, our journey is not over. And in large part, the success of our voyage will be determined by our regular and systematic preparation. I want to be ready.

Tuesday With Karen

God’s Loving Ways

God’s grace is there, in good times & bad,
If it’s the worst day you’ve ever had;
Give Him every emotion in your life,
He knows what you need before you cry!

God’s love will be there, if you are broken,
He hears all prayers, even words unspoken;
The Holy Spirit, for us, intercedes,
Crying out to God for what you truly need!

God’s care doesn’t end, and it never will,
He wraps us in His arms, making us fulfilled;
He oversees us in each passing day,
We have many reasons to give God praise!

God’s presence is holy, righteous, & great,
His power & might never weaken or fade;
The love He has for those who are His own,
It never ends, but helps us to go on!

God Preserved His Word

God Preserved His Word, before man began,
Everything He says is true & by His plan;
He is never upset or found perplexed,
God’s wisdom knows what to do next!

God preserved His Word, holy, right & true,
His Way is perfect, His hand guides us thru;
For every question that comes in our life,
His Word will have perfect, Godly advice!

He preserved His Word in writing it down,
Every syllable within, holy and profound;
The past & present, forgiveness from sin,
Praise God for salvation, given within!

He preserved His Word, in Bible pages,
It’s still right & true, the Rock of ages;
What a blessing when we stop & read,
All that He says, always what we need!

KI

God Has Made A Way

God has made a Way to keep us from Hell,
By salvation, He comes inside to dwell;
Jesus paid for man the ultimate cost,
It’s not in His will for one to be lost!

God has made a Way we can bow in prayer,
When we seek His face, He is always there;
His Word tells Christians to Ask & receive,
Great blessings come to those who believe!

God has made a Way to meet every need,
Our life, in His hand, He will oversee;
He does so many different things for us,
Worthy of all the glory, honor, & praise!

God has made a Way, as Saviour & Guide,
He’s the Shelter where we safely abide;
He gives us a song to sing in each day,
Yes, many reasons to give Him the praise!

KI

If Our Faith Wavers

If our faith wavers, others will also see,
Many are watching our testimony;
Even when trials make us weak & frail,
God’s power & grace will always prevail!

If our faith wavers when the storm rages,
We need to trust in the Rock of ages;
He’s Light in darkness, showing us the Way,
Even when Satan tries to weaken our faith!

If our faith wavers as our heart gets weak,
His loving kindness is what we should seek;
He understands trials we have as a man,
He’ll be there, giving us His strong hand!

If our faith wavers, He is there for us,
If we seek Him, He’ll be there to trust;
He’s our strength anytime we may waver,
Praise God for giving a loving Savior!

KI

Friday Funnies

VET VISIT

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has   passed away.” The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”   “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.

A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.. The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”

The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

MEMORY

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went  into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were  talking, and one said,

“Last night  we went out to a new restaurant and it was really  great. I would  recommend it very highly.” The other man said, “What is the name of the  restaurant?”

The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What  is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know… the  one that’s red and has thorns.” “Do you mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s the one,” replied the man.

He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, “Rose,  what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last  night?”

Married Four Times

The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time.

The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.. “He’s a funeral director,” she answered. “Interesting,” the newsman thought… He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now – in her 80’s – a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled and explained, “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”