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His love is deeper

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

-Corrie Ten Boom

[All images sourced from my collection on Pinterest here]

Blessings in Disguise

Perhaps longer than some songs at five minutes this particular gem has been soothing my heart during repeated plays lately. There is nothing quite like beautiful music and a melodious voice talent combined with poetic wisdom to penetrate through the mire and pierce our heart with much-needed light. May this song bring light to your heart as it does for me.

“Blessings” by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
prayer mattersWe pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes
To know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

refreshing rainWhen friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes
to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

Laura Mixon Story Elvington (born c. September 5, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter from Spartanburg, South Carolina. In June 2011, this first single off the album, also titled “Blessings”, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, giving Laura Story her first number one hit and making her one of the few female Christian artists to ever reach the top of the singles chart. In an interview, she explains “Blessings is just a bunch of songs about worshipping when life is hard”. Her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and she wondered “Why didn’t you just fix it, God? You’re all powerful and all loving… just fix it.” After mentioning her desire to return to normal, her sister said “You know, I think the detour is actually the road.” She realized that “Spending time with [her husband] Martin obviously makes me happy, but it makes me a better person. That’s the blessing of it.” [source]

Allowing for JOY


“When a sword is tempered, it is first heated to melting point then hammered into a desired shape. It is plunged into cold water. Once cooled it is fired and hammered again until it grows sharp and strong. This tempering makes the sword worthy of being carried by a King. As we learn to endure and surrender to the fire, the hammer, and the cold, we grow strong and uncomplaining. We are able to face whatever comes, holding our temper, while we ourselves we are being tempered.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

LUKE 12:7~ But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

These 3 lovely images are not my own; sourced from my “UPLIFTING” Pinterest board

An Amazing Lesson within a Song

This song is very meaningful to me, as a reminder that we do not need to be perfect to be loved. We are beautiful just the way we are. Amy Grant’s song reminds us that our cries of loneliness and pain are as meaningful and beautiful to God as a ‘hallelujah’. This is an important lesson I am learning and integrating…. that I do not have to always be in my ‘joyful’ place, shining and bright and overflowing with love. Sometimes I’m sad, and low energy, and feel like I have nothing more to offer anyone. This song reminds me that in those moments of sadness, we are as loved as ever.

I do not need to always be happy and shining to have something to offer the world. I may not feel up to complimenting the store clerk, to help brighten her day, but I do seem to always have the ability to offer a smile… if nothing else. And a smile is a beautifully healing thing. More powerful than we know. So here’s a song on a topic that means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy. May we all remember we are good enough, just the way we are, no matter what. Blessings, Gina

A Time To Rest

take a bath copyToday is a good day to relax. Let us set aside moments to relish a bit of nourishing solitude. How about spending time outdoors, reading some uplifting words, and cherishing a long, soothing soak in a tub.

old fashioned soap copyThere’s really nothing quite like laying down amidst warm water to help melt away the stresses of life.

That’s where I’m headed and I wish that for you as well.

Sometimes we just need to unplug.

May we all be refreshed and renewed for the days ahead, and grateful for the many blessings around us.

 

 

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”

~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

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rustic clawfoot bathroom“This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying ‘thank you!’ You can do this in a church, mosque, temple or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

~ Alice Walker

We Are Eternal Beings

“When a storm is raging and the waves are tumultuous, it is wise to dive deep down to where the water is calm. If we remain on the surface, we will be tossed and turned. But if, like the whale, we retreat to the quiet depths of our own being, our true home, we will find rest and peace there. Once refreshed, we can resurface. This is the value of meditation. We can weather any storm with greater ease if we allow ourselves to retreat when necessary to the still, vast depths within.” ~Ann Mortifee

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Quote is from an amazing, highly recommended book called ‘In Love With The Mystery

The Christmas Candle read aloud

Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.

I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am very new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.

Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.

Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.

Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.

Warmest blessings of the season! Gina

The Christmas Candle book cover

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