Friday, October 14, 2011

Repost: Comfort

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
-Lamentations 3:22-25

These words were penned by the prophet Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. For forty years he had warned the people of coming judgment and was scorned by those who heard him. That judgment finally came and Nebuchadnezzar took the Israelites captive and utterly destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple.

Yet while looking upon the ruins of his beloved city, the prophet was able to say "Great is your faithfulness" and patiently wait upon the Lord.

It seems that there are so many people suffering right now. Health problems, marriage problems, the loss of a job, death of loved ones, the list goes on and on.

In these very difficult times, it is my prayer that all of us will be able to say "Great is Your faithfulness" and patiently wait upon the Lord. His compassions are new every morning and take comfort, the Lord IS good to those whose hope is in Him.

Have a blessed weekend.


These truly are wonders.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday 10.13.11


Deuteronomy 31:6
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
What a wonderful promise of God. How quickly fears vanish when we remember that He who orders all things, and knows the end from the beginning, is in control of every situation and will never forsake us.
What a wonderful, blessed truth to keep in mind when life is hard.
Happy Thankful Thursday!

Thank you to Lynn for hosting Thankful Thursday this month.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Scriptures 10.9.11


 Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.
For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Snapshots 10.8.11




Friday, October 7, 2011

He Doeth All Things Well

Let us remember this as we look forward to the days yet to come: We know not what our days may be - bright or dark, many or few - but we know that we are in the hands of Him who does all things well. He will not err in any of His dealings with us. He will take away and give - He will move and He will settle - with perfect wisdom, at the right time, in the right way. The great Shepherd of the sheep makes no mistakes. He leads every lamb of His flock by the right way to the city of habitation.

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Mark, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985], 152. {Mark 7:31-37}
This wonderful quote reminds me of one of my favorites hymns by Fanny Crosby - All the Way My Savior Leads Me
All the way my Savior leads me;

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy,

Who through life has been my Guide?

Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort,

Here by faith in Him to dwell!

For I know, whate'er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well,

For I know, whate'er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Highland Sanctuary Book Tour

About the book:
Gavin MacKenzie is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh. He discovers a hidden village of outcasts that have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass who captures Gavin’s heart. The villagers have an intriguing secret, while Serena harbors a deadly past that could destroy her future. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.

Author Bio
Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of historical Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas and a speaker on topics of faith, writing and publishing. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. She serves as the Publicist at Hartline Literary Agency. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with family, long walks, traveling, touring historical sites, hanging out at bookstores with coffee shops, genealogy, and reading. Jennifer’s fiction is represented by Literary Agent, Terry Burns with Hartline Literary Agency.




My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. The setting is described in beautiful detail and its clear the book was thoroughly researched. The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself genuinely caring about what happened to them. The "outcasts" in the Village of Outcasts are particularly interesting and enjoyable. Serena quiet strength and kind heart is endearing. The superstitions of that time are also clearly portrayed in the book.
What occurred to me while reading this was how we, as the Church and the Bride of Christ, are a bit like the Village of Outcasts. We live here on this earth, but we are citizens of heaven and never truly fit in. We are different; set apart, and we need the fellowship of the other "outcasts."
Overall, this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it.

Read the first chapter

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Scriptures 10.2.11