It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Encourage My Faith

I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way each of us will be a blessing to the other.
Romans 1:12

We mostly think of encouragement as being a mood-lifter. A compliment, a gift, a bouquet of flowers. But the encouragement God provides touches us even more than those. He doesn’t offer a quick fix to our feelings but gives us encouragement for our faith.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the great potential we possess…just one little word of encouragement can make all the difference…
Barbara Johnson

When we affirm God’s effectiveness working in our own live and of those around us, we are encouraging others.

Some people make it a full – time job to encourage the faith of believers and we call those people full time Christain workers. Our pastors have a responsibility to encourage us in faith. We need to listen to them and heed their words.

In Hebrews 10:25 we read that to go on sinning after we have learned the truth is the greatest obstacle to encouraging spiritual growth.

…Scripture says two are better than one. We’re instructed to love, pray for, and care about, accept, forgive, serve, encourage and build up one another.
Luci Swindoll

If we share the daily tasks of our lives with our friends, we should also be able to share our faith with them. If we don’t share our faith, how can we encourage others.

We’ve all be called to preach the gospel It was part of the Great Commission. 1Corinthians 9:14 tells us the Lord has commanded that those who tell the good news should get their living from this work.

In Acts 20:30 Paul is encouraging the faith of those around him. He didn’t hold back anythings. He told the Good News in public and in homes. He served the Lord unselfishly.

You can encourage me, and I can encourage you. In Romans 1:12 Paul says Your faith will help me and my faith will help you.

Our faith should touch every minute of every day. God wants to encourage us and we need to pray to Him to strenghthen our faith.

If we consider the words we speak and ask God to help we can bring conversations around to spiritual things. When you talk about your faith with others close to you , you will encourage their faith and yours as well.

I pray that what I learn from the lives of others will be used by God to make me a more compassionate woman, more willing to served, more grateful to God and more used to others.

Sheila Walsh

As we deepen our faith, we should spend more and more time in God's Holy Word. In it we can find a vast store of encouragement.

'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, January 20, 2008


God’s Word will stand forever. It is more than an Old or New Testament compiled into sixty – six books that constitute a divine library. It is a source of guidance, strength, encouragement, and comfort, available every day of our lives.

Luci Swindoll


Although I am not yet finished with the study I was on before Christmas, I felt I needed this one right now. I’d picked the book up last fall when we went to visit the ‘NewlyWeds’ and wound up spending the afternoon in a wonderful used book store.

I was familiar with the Women of Faith as I’d found them on the internet one day and knew this would be a great little study to do.


God has surrounded us with the means to be encourage…little things throughout our day to lift our hearts. Unless we are tapping in to God’s Word on a daily basis, we are depriving ourselves unnecessarily .It will stick with you no matter how steep the trail may get.

Psalm 119 is an amazing chapter in the Bible. Nearly every verse sings the praises of God. In verse 28 we see that the Word will make us STRONG again.

Encouragement is there if we know how to find it. John says that the Bibles we hold in our hands were written so that we may believe and have life through His name.
John 20:30 and 1 John 5-13

Saint Paul echos John in Romans 15:4. He says the Scriptures were written to give us patience and encouragement, so that we may have hope. He told Timothy to read the scriptures to the people so that it may strengthen them 1 Timothy 4:13

Whether we are reading it ourselves or sitting under good solid preaching, God’s Word can teach us all things pertaining to life and godliness. 2 Peter1:3

Job 6:24 tells us to ask the Lord ‘to show” us where we’ve have been wrong.

Find the comfort and guidance you need from God’s Words of direction for that disturbing circumstance in your life. His words are there and they are written just for you.

Lucy Swindoll

The Word keeps me from keeps me from looking at worthless thngs and turn to our Living God. His Word can be a tool for changing our lives, encouraging obedience and growth, and giving lasting joy and peace.

'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Ephiphany - The Feast of the Three Kings

The Three Kings
by Henry Wardsworth Longfellow
Three kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Balthasar,
Three wise men out of the East were they,
and they traveled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star,
The star was so beautiful, large and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky,
became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near,
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.
Three caskets they bore on their saddle bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys,
Their robes were of crimson, silk with rose,
Of bells Pomegranates and frivolos,
Their turbans like blossoming almond trees,
And so the three kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of night, over hill and dell,
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast,
And sometimes they talked as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at some wayside well.
"Of the child that is born," said Balthasar,
"Good people I pray you tell us the news,,
For we in the East have seen this star,"
And have ridden fast and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King Of The Jews."
And the people answered, "You ask in vane,
We know of no king but Herod The Great."
They thought the wise men were men insane,
As they spurred their horses across the plane,
Like riders in haste who can not wait.
And when they came to Jerusalem,
Herod The Great who had heard this thing,
Sent for the wise men and questioned them,
And said, "Go down unto Bethlehem,
and bring me tidings of this new king."
So they rode away and the star stood still,
The only one in the gray of morn,
Yes it stopped, it stood still,
Of its own free will,
Right over Bethlehem on the hill.
The City Of David where Christ was born.
And the three kings rode through the gate and the guard,
Through the silent street till their horses turned,
And nayed as they entered the great in-yard,
But the windows were closed and the doors were barred,
And only a light in a stable burned.
And cradled there in the scented hay,
In the air made sweet by breath of kine,
The little child in the manger lay,
The child that would be King one day,
Of a kingdom not human but divine.
His mother, Mary of Nazareth,
Sat watching beside his place of rest,
Watching the even flow of his breath,
For the joy of life and the terror of death,
Were mingled together in her breast.
They laid their offerings at his feet,
The gold was their tribute to a king,
The frankincense with its odor sweet,
Was for the priest, the Paracleet,
The myrrh for the body's burring.
And the mother wondered and bowed her head,
And sat as still as a statue of stone,
Her heart was troubled yet comforted,
Remembering what the angel had said,
Of an endless rain and of David's throne.
Then the kings rode out of the city gate,
With a clatter of hoofs and a proud array,
And they went not back to Herod The Great
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way

The Golden Carol Of The Three Kings
Melchior, Balthazar And Gaspar
We saw the light shine out afar,
On Christmas in the morning,
And straight we knew Christ's Star it was,
Bright beaming in the morning,
Then did we fall on bended knee,
on Christmas in the morning,
And praised the Lord, who'd let us see
His glory at its dawning.
Oh! Every thought be of His name,
On Christmas in the morning,
Who bore for us the grief and shame,
Affliction's sharpest scorning.
And may we die, when death shall come,
On Christmas in the morning,
And see in Heav'n, our glorious home,
The Star of Christmas morning.
Old English Carol
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him.” — Matthew 2:1

We are familiar with the song that begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree." But did you ever wonder why they sang about 12 days of Christmas, when we only celebrate one?
It is because there is a tradition that there are 12 days between Christmas Day and Epiphany, which is considered to be the day on which the three Wise Men came to worship Jesus. It used to be the custom to celebrate the 12 days by giving a gift on each day, rather than placing all the gifts under the Christmas tree.
I imagine that today we are much too impatient for that.
But it would be wonderful to continue to celebrate Christ's unselfish love for others long after Christmas Day is over. We don't have to do that with actual gifts, but we can give even better gifts -- "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22).
Wouldn't it be a magnificent world if all of us did that?

Almighty Father, thank you for your gifts to us. Show us ways to pass these gifts on to others throughout all the days of the year.

The mystery of this feast goes far deeper than the imagery of three kings following the star. It celebrates in mystical poetry the bursting of divine life through death-bound human existence. Three wise men from the East are led by the star over Bethlehem to recognize the King of Kings in a little baby.
An astounding mystery is proclaimed today: two natures are made anew. The Divine becomes human: what God was, God remains; what God was not, God takes on, suffering neither confusion nor division. Alleluia!
Go now in the light that surrounds us, the light of the Child of Bethlehem. Place your hope in him; rest in his peace; receive his love; celebrate him with joy!
Blessing from :
‘On Ya’ - ma