Posts Tagged ‘Blessings’

PostHeaderIcon DAVID: THE KING AND MY SON

imageBy Vernalee
David – The youngest and incredibly handsome son of Jesse was a great warrior, an ancestor of Jesus Christ, a talented musician, a prolific writer, and the 2nd King of Israel and Judah.
There are so many description of him; more than meets the eye.
The ones that capture my attention are outlined in 1 Samuel 13:14 and in Acts 13:22. In those scriptures, he is described as a man after God’s own heart.
What a tribute and a testimony!
In Hebrew, the name David means beloved one.
I love the meaning and simplicity behind the name David. Very telling, my reasons are conspicuously obvious as you will see.
I have had the honor of loving and being surrounded by three. As you know, I am a fabulous copy cat, so I named my son, David. On loan from his late Father, the name has flowed down midstream to my grandson. I never knew which one of his parents (Harry or Bernice Lee) named David Sr., but I personally selected the name for my beloved son. Though nicknamed Scooter by George, my brother-in-law, my son David is an incredible young man.
In ancient times, much thought was given to the choice of a child’s name. The name coincided with character. King David’s certainly did!
Most of us have been intrigued and know the story of David’s battle with Goliath. We can visualize the courage that it took to confront a warrior of Goliath’s status with only a slingshot. But David had a secret weapon. He had the Lord.
No matter what happened in his many trials and tribulations alongside his sinful missteps, he loved God. The stories of his obedience and the traumas of his disobedience showed his imperfections. They also showed his repentant heart, his comebacks, faithfulness, love, devotion, and his admittance to wrongful conduct. David was a praying man. He prayed for forgiveness, love, and direction. Everything about King David keeps him real and relatable.
His devotion and love for God make you deeply love and admire him. King David’s story from beginning to end leaves you awe struck.
Fast forwarding to my son David, he does not play the harp or a musical instrument.
But allow me to tell you about him! Before I become long winded and run out of pages because I have that much to say, let me be brief.
With unconditional love, my son loves his family. A great Father, son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend, Scooter is a loving and compassionate person. If you want somebody to stand by your side, he’s your guy. Wise for his age, he counsels all of us. Easy to talk to, the entire clan takes their issues to him as he is our in house Dr. Phil. Financial wisdom runs through his veins. He can definitely hold on to a dollar and watch it grow. Envied for his laid back style, he has a gentle mannerism with the words to match that puts your mind at ease when you are troubled.
A son that any Mother would be proud of, I count my blessings. I thank you Lord for my beloved ones, son David Jr. and grands. I ask that you watch over them and the other little big one, my daughter Phoebe. Order their steps Lord. Implant more wisdom and love in their hearts. Show them your ways. I pray that they walk in your path of righteousness obeying your words all the days of their lives. Children are indeed blessings from God. They eventually leave your house, but never your heart!
Happy Sunday. God bless!
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PostHeaderIcon SUNDAY MORNING – REFLECTIONS

By Vernalee
new day church.infoStart your Sunday with worship by being thankful; remaining prayerful; and by giving your all to God! Ask for forgiveness of your sins; we all have them! Bury the ill will of the past and ask God to guide you and order your steps so that you can walk in goodness and righteousness! Praise him!
Thank you Lord for the love ones that you have placed in my life; for a wonderful, appreciative, and loving Mother, son, daughter, grands, nieces, nephews, cousins, that very special person, family, and friends; for all that you have done for me!
I truly thank you Lord!
Please guide me and make me a better person.
As I am and have been blessed, let me be a blessing to others!
Help me to live respectfully.
Keep my mind “stayed on you!” Happy Sunday to my followers! Thank you for tuning in.”
God bless! ”To God be the glory!”
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PostHeaderIcon 20 UPLIFTING SCRIPTURES

By Vernalee
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Worry, stress, pressure, anxieties, fear … Life is full of them and other emotional hiccups. We can’t escape them. Right? What we can do is learn how to cope. That is where our faith kicks in; where our confidence in the Lord and belief in his Word to guide and comfort us come into play. God will never leave us. As Dottie Peoples sings, “He is an on time God.” He is right on time! We can lean on God 24/7. His Word provides the answers no matter what the problem.
The following Scriptures can offer encouragement and provide inspiration and strength as we cope with life’s challenges. These scriptures can uplift us when we are down and out.
Let’s take a scroll.

Proverbs 18:10
10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 41:10
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 46:1-3
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

2 Timothy 1:7
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Psalm 16:8
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 55:22
22 Cast your cares on the LORDand he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

1 Peter 5:7
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 26:3
3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Psalm 118:14-16
14 The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. 15Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Psalm 119:114-115
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. 115Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!

Psalm 119:25
25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:50
50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

Psalm 119:71
71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

Psalm 120:1
1 I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.

There is an old Negro spiritual called, “Jesus is on the mainline. Call him up.” Whether you use your land line, cell phone, or two tin cans, you’ll never hear, “Leave a message!” What a relief to know that our calls will be answered! What a blessed assurance to know that our calls will not go into voice mail! I just want to say, “Thank you Lord for not leaving me; for listening; for your deliverance.”
Happy Sunday! Blessings!

PostHeaderIcon LIFE IS NOT A BED OF ROSES

By Vernalee
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Without question, life and living are not without troubles or its accomplice, worry. Sooner or later, they walk through your door. Sometimes we worry about issues that do not directly concern us, but if they affect people that we love, they naturally becomes an extension of our lives. Flowers, particularly roses can be calming / soothing. Although they don’t wash our troubles away, roses brighten up our space. They are such beautiful flowers and come in an assortment of colors. Often, I think that roses, particularly red ones, have magical powers. A dozen delivered to my door can heal emotional wounds and bring instant joy and jubilation. A delivery of two dozen once made me jump through hoops. To its recipient, roses show thoughtfulness from the giver. They can definitely liven up your day and spirits with their fragrant delight. As beautiful and fragrant as roses are, rose bushes have thorns. The piercing of a thorn against our skin hurts. When that happens, we have God’s healing hands to give us relief. Sure, life is not a bed of roses, but thank God for his mercy, love, grace, protection, and covering. Thank God for continuing the breathe of life in us and our loved ones. Thank God for a tomorrow! As we feel the smooth petals, smell the fragrant scent, and adore the beauty of red roses, we can digest God’s words and take in the beauty of his garden of life that is filled with many flowers along with life’s varied assets. As we stand, sit, and walk in God’s rose garden, we are provided with all of the necessities that we need in this life. Oh yes, we are truly blessed! James 1:12 tells us – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Happy Sunday!
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