How to Fix the United States’ Troubles

 
We are a blessed nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14 gives the solution to this nation’s troubles.
It all depends on us.

“If my people, which are called by my name,

(Christians)

 

shall humble themselves,

(having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance)

and pray,

(just talking to God)


and seek my face,

(worship, Bible reading, prayer, quiet listening)

and turn from their wicked ways;

(What are you watching on t.v. or movies? What are you reading? Is it wholesome? Are you seeking a clean pure heart? Kind to others, even those in your home? Honest? There are all kinds of sins that some Christians overlook. We need to really seek the Lord and ask him to reveal those to us. We need to be different than the average American.)

then will I hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin,

and will heal their land.”

Let’s do our part!

Thank you God!

 

Cherry Pits, Erma Bombeck, and Jehovah God

I remember a quote from Erma Bombeck.  You’ll remember her from the seventies.  She said, “If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I aways in the pits?”  A lot of us can relate.  That’s what made Mrs. Bombeck so popular.  She was famous for her witty way of stating the obvious.

God is famous for stating the not-so-obvious.  It is He, Jehovah God, our father, who through the Holy Spirit, inspired Paul to write, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Unfortunately, that verse does not not mean that everything that happens to us is good.  Quite the contrary.  It doesn’t even mean that all things work together for good for everyone.  It means He uses whatever the circumstances are to work for those who love Him, the ones He called for His purpose.

So, we have to trust Him even when we don’t feel like it, even when we cannot see any way that He can make things good.  Trust, it all comes down to trusting Him and being patient for His perfect will and His perfect timing.

So, next time I’m pitting cherries again, I’ll remember that He is Good all the time, not just when we’re eating the cherry jam.

Trust and Obey for there’s no other way…to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

Blessings,

Laura

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May I suggest?
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Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

Forgetting What is Behind….

“With every rising of the sun

Think of your life as just begun.

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The past has shriveled and buried deep,

All yesterdays. There let them sleep.

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Nor seek to summon back one ghost

Of that innumerable host.

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Concern yourself with but to-day,

Woo it, and teach it to obey

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Your will and wish. Since time began

To-day has been the friend of man;

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But in his blindness and his sorrow

He looks to yesterday and to-morrow.”

………………………..

Author unknown*

 

Have a wonderful today!

Laura

 

 

*From the Character Classic Tiger and Tom, ISBN 1881545083

One Man, One Woman, One God

My Lowell and I have been married twenty-nine years. I wouldn’t trade my man for anyone in the world. It’s been a rough ride at times, but we have taken it together. I’m a blessed woman.

A few words of advice to young ladies who are married or engaged….
  • Promise each other that no matter how angry or frustrated you get with each other, you will NEVER say the D word. (d——) If the two of you never say it, or even think it, you’ll never do it.
  • If you have something to discuss that may cause tempers to flare, go out for dinner or for a Coke to discuss it. We all behave much better in public. ~smile~
  • Read your Bible together. Pray together. Face challenges together. Think we and us, not I and me. My Lowell and I still need to work on this sometimes.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and all that He says. He is our salvation for eternity and our salvation in life’s hard times.

Marriage is a lifelong covenant between three people— one man, one woman, and the One True God.

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May I suggest?

Do You Celebrate Advent?

 

Christmas Tree 2013Do you celebrate Advent?

Advent is a personal thing.

Perhaps you attend a denomination that celebrates with certain liturgical rituals.  That’s great.  Rituals bring meaning and reverence to our worship.  Perhaps your church doesn’t celebrate Advent.  Perhaps you’ve never even heard of Advent.

Advent is simply a way to focus our thoughts and our hearts on Jesus and the celebration of His birth, death, resurrection, and His offer of salvation to us.  It’s a time of reflection and heart searching.  It is a personal, holy thing.  What you do isn’t as important as what you do in your heart.

We light candles on an Advent wreath each night in December, read our Advent Book, pray, and on good nights, sing a carol.  Do we do it every night?  No.  We miss a few, but that’s okay.  We just pick up the next night and keep going.

I encourage you to focus on Jesus as the excitement of Christmas continues to mount.

Christmas Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

Laura

Being Happy Doesn’t Mean Everything’s Perfect….

I saw this quote on a sign from The Country House.

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect.  It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.”

How true is that?  I’m absolutely amazed at how happy I am overall in spite of our circumstances.  I guess I’m reaching a level of contentment day by day.  Some days are better than others, of course.  My ideal is certainly to pay all the bills on time and even to get out of debt.  I’ve grown to hate debt with a passion.  Getting a call from a bill collector who hasn’t read the notes about how long your husband has been out of work can be discouraging.  Lowell and I have been listening to Dave Ramsey, a Christian financial advisor.  He says to take care of house, utilities, food and transportation first.  He is so right.  A few years ago, we didn’t pay bills in that order.  We were worried about credit and really messed up things.  We’re going to get it right this time.

God has been good to us.  We are living day to day, depending on the Lord, instead of paycheck to paycheck like most people.  I actually think it’s been good for our faith.  It’s been sobering.  I don’t think that we’ll ever view money and things in quite the same way again.  I know that this is temporary.  I thank God that we live in a country of many opportunities. 

God bless you all as He has blessed us and more,

Laura

Happy When Everything’s not Perfect

Thanking and Trusting God

Dear Readers,

I received a question about my post, “Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need,” this morning.   The question was about where I found the quote.  Honestly, I don’t remember where I heard or read it. I may have seen it on a wall plaque or something. It’s not a direct quote from scripture.  However, I do know that it’s true from reading the Word of God and through the miracles He’s done in my family’s life.

I wrote the post back in Feb. last year. My husband did find work; but, he is now doing temporary work again. It encourages me to read how God got me through last time my husband was out of work; because, God’s Word and His provision are timeless.

I encourage you to pray, read His word, and be thankful. Thanking Him for every little thing changes your focus. You can do all things through Christ who Strengthens you!  I spent a lot of time in the book of Philippians, especially chapter 4, during the time that I wrote that post. It has some great truths…

“4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Take a look through my posts both at Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage and Harvest Lane Cottage. I’ve written a lot about hope, trusting God, and faith in hard times. It’s been how I have been living life for the last five years.

 You might also like to read my husband’s blog for the Kingdom Business Journal. You can also find the steps to peace with God, as explained by Rev. Billy Graham, here.

 May God bless you with hope, peace, and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

God bless you,

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

I Am in Awe.

I’m in Awe! I am in awe of a Love that would choose to suffer so much for another. I am in awe of a Love that would not answer back to lies and false accusations. I am in awe of a Love that is so strong, it would not cry out for mercy when brutally struck and beaten over and over. I am in awe of a Love that would be silent when He could have stopped the torture at any moment. I am in awe of a Love that would love and ask God’s forgiveness for His torturers, mockers, persecutors, and executioners because “they know not what they do.” I am in awe because He is awesome. I am in awe because Jesus is God’s Son and He is Love. I thank You God. I thank You Jesus. There is no way to express the gratitude I feel because I am in awe that You did this for me and for every person who will accept Your death and resurrection as payment for their sins. I believe! Thank You for doing this so that we might have eternal life. Amen

Just Something to Think About….