Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms
with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will –
to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Be With Me
You say to rejoice with those who rejoice
and to mourn with those who mourn
Does this mean You’ve done the same
since the day that I was born?
For you see I have some questions
that I’d like to bring to You
It’s about this very subject
I crave to know just what You do
If I think that You are with me
and feel all my pain and sorrow
It will help me to endure
no matter what may come tomorrow
I can’t bear the thought of walking
through another stormy trial
without Your Presence right beside me
like a father with his child.
I wrote this poem while I was sitting quietly in my studio rocking chair;
it’s an antique chair no one else in the house wanted.
Being a mother, I adopted it, since I had given away my other chair to one of our children.
Sometimes I feel like that old rocker and wonder if I am valuable to God.
Does He see the rejection, the bumps, and the wear and tear?
Does He care?
The best place to find answers is in the Bible.
We are valuable because He loves us.
It is not a love based on performance.
Before I adopted this old rocker, it was just an old rocker;
now it has a place of honor in my favorite creative space.
I read, write, and even say prayers in it.
This chair is a good reminder of our new-found value
when we are adopted, through Jesus, into the Father’s family.
Ironically, it came to be ours, because some friends were downsizing for a move
and quickly needed a home for it.
At one time it had been a cherished chair
that a mother had rocked her babies to sleep in.
Now I use it to pray for my almost fully grown “babies.”
In His Family Blessings ~ Wendy
Hi Wendy.. thank you for the encouraging words..they came at just the right time for me!
Thank you, Alicia, for encouraging me right back.
“since I am mother, I adopted it” … I can so relate to that. God has taught me so much through things (and people) that others don’t find worthy … Bless you, sister, for this beautiful reminder!
God is so good about finding beauty in the most unexpected places; He loves to share it with those who will be still enough to hear.
Amen! There is nothing better than a “old rocking chair” to ponder, wonder and pray on. I miss mine, but I do have a tendency to rock back and forth in my office chair! ~ Blessings ~
Rocking while meditating on the Rock is a nice thought. 🙂
Rockers and Bibles and Babies go together…still praying for mine. And I know that Jesus, our intercessor, prays for us as he sits side by side with our Father in heaven. Very peaceful post, Wendy. Thank you! Blessings ~ Laura
What a lovely thing to remember that Jesus intercedes for us. Thank you for reminding me of this, Laura.
In our struggle for meaning and value, you point us to the only valid measuring stick. Thank you Wendy…
As not politically correct as it may be, I really believe this with all my heart. Thank you for your visit, Melody.
Praise be to God! Thank you, Wendy, for this post : )
Thank you for your visit & comment, Teresa. 🙂
Very encouraging words from your heart.I can remember rocking my first born son in a rocking chair while living in Naples, Italy. Sometimes I wish I still had that old rocking chair and the memories that went with it. In the stillness of the day or night, was a time to ponder God’s Eternal Word and listen to the voice of my Lord, and Savior.
I’m mindful of what Thomas A. Kempis said (1379-1471) when he wrote, “Blessed indeed are those ears which listen not for the voice sounding without, but for the truth teaching inwardly. Blessed are the eyes that are shut to outward things but intent on things inward. Blessed are they who are glad to have time to spare for God, and who shake off all worldly hindrances. Consider these things, O my soul, and hear when the Lord your God speaks.”
May the Lord give you much fruit from your writings and the encouragement you give to others who stop by to visit.
Thank you, Mikey, for observing that these words came from my heart. I have noticed that when I bare my soul to God He meets me there. When I submit my questions to Him (and my pain), He responds. I love the example David gave to us in the Psalms to be real and personal with our Father; because He is a real and personal God.
Within a few days of this post I received a much sought after answer to one of my questions concerning my own childhood. I saw, once again, that He was there even before I asked Him to be.
Thank you so much for the quote and your blessing. It is so nice to meet another brother in the Lord. ❀
I love old rockers… And I love your heart.
Thank you, Heather. I love that his Spirit dwells in us. ♡