I am so lucky to have won some blog candy for Sue's 100th post. I was the lucky number seven that random org chose.
Here are some photos of what I won - which came in the mail yesterday. Thanks so much Sue! This is one of the many surprise packages Sue has sent me since we have been blogging friends.
Over to the PDCC challenge. Actually I made this card before I saw the challenge colors so all I had to do was add a little bit of green. Although now I think the colors are little bit off...
A little thought for today.
Lately I have been refreshing myself on the subject of prayer. I read a very good book which I can really recommend for those who feel they need help in this area. It is called, 'The power of simple prayer' from Joyce Meyer. I got it via Amazon. I live in a very dark spiritual country where the general atmosphere is very humanistic and I have to guard over my spiritual fitness! In fact, we all do!
Living in a spiritual desert can have it's advantages though as it really drives one closer to God. You can compare it with living in a craft desert - no shops around, no temptations in that area :) it brings out the creativeness in a person more; but you have to search deeper for resources.
There are lots of approaches to prayer and what I'm refreshing myself in at the moment is based on this verse:
"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this."
I am quoting from a devotional because it really explains this verse beautifully.
Once we commit or roll burdens of any kind from our hands into His, whether it be a sorrow, difficulty, physical need or concern over the salvation of a loved one, 'He works'.
When does He work? He works now. We act as if God does not immediately accept our trust in Him and thereby delays accomplishing what we ask Him to do. We fail to understand that 'He works' as we commit.
Our expectation that He will work is the very thing enabling the Holy Spirit to accomplish what we have 'rolled' onto Him. At that point it is out of our grasp and we are not to try and do it ourselves. 'He works!' What a comfort and relief there is in knowing that He really is at work on our difficulty!
And when someone says, "But I don't see any results," pay him no attention.
"He works" if you have rolled your burdens onto Him and are "looking unto Jesus" (Hebr.12:2) to do it. Your faith may be tested, but "He works". His Word is true!
The very thing "I hold in my hand" - my work today, this concern that is beyond my control, this task in which I have greatly overestimated my own abilities...
The Lord will follow through on His Covenant promises, therefore His past mercies are guarantees for the future, and worthy reasons for continuing to cry out to Him.
I hope that for those that have put their trust in Jesus Christ that this little gem today will help and bless you!