I was up early today before the morning broke through. As the night began to fade and the morning came forth, I could see that it was a cloudy day. But as I sat praying from my rocking chair I was facing a small window in the hallway and just for a split second a burst of color caught my eye in that window. Bright orange and pink shown in just a little spot for me to catch the glimpse of the surprise God wanted me to see. I jumped up from my chair and ran to the front window that faces East. There in the sky the DAWN unfolded with beautiful color - but only in a small pocket - and then it was gone!
That was my birthday gift from the LORD today! As I celebrate another year on earth it makes me long for heaven - the home that I am being prepared for.
My friends who know me well - know that birthday's are special to me and always have been. To me, they are the day that God set out to say, "you are special to Me."
Not many people [that I know] share this birthday with me but I love having a unique day [April Fool's Day] as my special day! I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Yesterday I was feeling a bit discouraged about some things - so I prayed and asked God about it. And God's answer to me later in the day was YOU - my faith sisters.
So I am awarding this bouquet to:
[photo is courtesy of Debbie Kreugal - a missionary translator in Mexico]
My Blogland Faith Sisters
[those who pray and encourage me weekly]
Beth H. / Yolanda / Edie / Elaine / Barbara / Esthermay / Lisa / Barbi / Kim / Janis / Leigh Anne / Beth Moore
Looks like you are my 12 standing stones!!! May God bless you today as you encourage others by your faith walk!
Galatians 2:20 is my life verse
Psalm 126 is my Psalm of Joy and Promise
Exodus 33 is my favorite OT passage
15 Then Moses said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"
17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name." 18 Then Moses said, "Now show me Your glory."
Romans is my favorite NT book
4:20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
Isaiah 6:1-8 is my commissioned commitment
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Psalm 40:1-4a is God's redemtive work in my life
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust...
Isaiah 61:1-4 - a portrait of Christ for us to follow
3b They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Looking UPward and Choosing JOY,
Stephanie [In Flight]