Fair Skies

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In this you greatly rejoice,

though now for a little while

you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

These have come so that your faith–

of greater worth than gold,

which perishes even though refined by fire–

may be proved genuine and may result in praise,

 glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7

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Fair Skies

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When skies are fair

It’s easy to believe

that goodness will prevail

and all is well with me

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When skies are gray

It’s faith I need to see

beyond pewter clouds

to the God of Peace

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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Recently my husband, Ian, and I walked through one of our favorite parks.

Paradise Meadow is pristine.

We had a small lunch and coffee by a lake… heavenly.

I enjoyed a refreshing swim while Ian cooled off his feet.

God knew we needed this little respite,

 and we thanked Him for it–profusely.

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We’d just come through  the gray clouds of uncertainty that we’d been under for over a year.

We knew Ian’s job was coming to an end,

 since the company was closing its doors this month.

But we chose not to panic–we prayed and waited

and worried  (Christians aren’t supposed to worry).

My husband ended up having a choice between three good options.

He chose the one that brought peace and provision.

Now we’re praising God for leading us back under clear skies.

There will be more clouds to walk under in this life…

but God…

will be there too .

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Fair Sky Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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(Seeing God work in this part of our life

 gives me hope to keep trusting

 regarding our parenting prayers.)

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You Know Best

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You Know Best

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My heart  faints in this desert land

where water’s needed from your Word

I see the fruit of wicked thoughts

and wonder how you bear what’s heard

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The raucous songs of sinful tongues

are sung along this earthly road

where victims of the lyrics lie

without a peaceful place to go

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Even within the rooms of homes

others can harm those in their care

 again I wonder how You stand

to see such hurting everywhere

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Yet I still hope upon your grace

that You know best and see it all

For not one hair of your servant’s head

goes unnoticed when it falls.

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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At night,

when I rest my head on my pillow,

 my thoughts usually turn to the news and events of the day.

Recently I asked God how He can stand it all.

How can He bear the sounds of crying mothers,

and how does He cope with the broken hearts of fathers

who struggle to protect their families?

The morning after asking God these questions,

I found today’s verses and posted them on these pictures.

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Old pains

won’t come to mind

on the new earth.

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Joyful Heart Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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Established in Love ✟

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,

continue to live in him,

rooted and built up in him,

strengthened in faith as you were taught,

and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

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Why do lambs always make me think of my Lord?

Is it because I’m prone to wander?

Is it because the world sometimes seems

 more like a pig pen than a green pasture

and I long for heaven?

Or is it because I have a Good Shepherd watching out for me?

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It’s all of the above and more.

Once upon a time

way back in the New Testament days

a pure, holy, and spotless Lamb was sacrificed for me

and for  you.

Christ paid my sin debt—and yours.

He rose from the dead

 and one day He’s coming back for me 

and you (if you’re one of his sheep).  

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As always—it’s all about Jesus.

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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

 And I pray that you,

being rooted and established in love,

may have power,

together with all the saints,

to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—

that you may be filled

to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

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Here’s the ABC’s of the gospel (How I became one of God’s sheep). 

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 A- I admitted that I was a sinner. 

 B- I believed(trusted) that Jesus died for me.

 C- I confessed that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.

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Sheep Fold Blessings ❀ Wendy

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On Either Side

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On Either Side

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On either side of Jesus

sinful men were hung

Guilty as charged of thievery

for the things they’d done

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One of them joined in

with the mocking crowd

His voice part of the chorus

that jeered and taunted loud

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The other man refrained

for he knew he was wrong

and he chastised the other

reminding him they belonged

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 He said Jesus was righteous

and didn’t deserve to die

And that they should be afraid

to be adding to the cries

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Then he turned to Jesus

and asked if he could be

remembered by the Lord

when He entered eternity

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When Jesus saw his faith

 He replied assuredly

that he’d be with Him that day

 in Paradise eternally.

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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This poem is based on one of my favorite Bible passages.

Jesus saves us.

 It’s not our religious activities that make us righteous.

Good works are an outcome of having been saved

and not the means to salvation.

It’s all about Jesus.

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Easter Blessings ~ Wendy

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Chapter by Chapter

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Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

the author and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy set before him

endured the cross,

scorning its shame,

and sat down at the right hand

of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

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Chapter by Chapter

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Each page

a day of my life penned

chapter by chapter

moving me forward in this plot

toward the victorious end

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Writing faithfully

the Author and His Son

chapter by chapter

 making use of every detail

in this battle to be won

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Crumpled papers

 used and not cast away

chapter by chapter

 words and deeds perfected

until the last page of my days .

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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 I’ve been busy working on a debut novel.

I’ve completed the first draft of my inspirational mystery (with some romance woven in).

Now I know who’s guilty and who’s innocent.

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In the real world we’re all guilty.

But we have a Savior, Jesus, who has freed those

(who put their trust in Him )

from the punishment of their sins.

It’s the true Easter Story.

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Are you ready for the end of your life story?

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Happy Ending Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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