Saturday, November 30, 2019

John 8:12

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

This is one of my favorite Bible verses (hence the name of this blog!). What a wonderful promise that Jesus makes in this verse. Before we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are lost, wandering aimlessly in search of something - anything - that will fill the void in our lives. Without knowledge of God's amazing gift, we are in the dark. But Jesus illuminates the truth and brings us a peace that only the daylight can bring. 

Jesus is the light of the WORLD, not just a small group of people, and WHOEVER follows him will have the eternal life. This is not an exclusive club - ANYONE can join, as long as they believe. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, popular or not. Jesus doesn't care what you've done in the past. He only cares that you believe in your heart that He is the only way to reach Heaven.

If you haven't taken that step to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, do it now. Don't wait. And then thank God for the gift of light.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Psalm 107:8-9

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9

I was lookin' for love in all the wrong places

Lookin' for love in too many faces
Searchin' her eyes, lookin' for traces of what I'm dreamin' of

The lyrics from the song "Lookin' For Love" by Bob Morrison describe so many people who are trying to fill an empty place in their lives. They yearn to be loved and to fill that empty place with something meaningful. Instead, they often turn to people or possessions. But things of this world will fall short, unable to fill the void. 

Only God can quench your thirst for a meaningful relationship that you can fully trust. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving placesetting with napkin, cinnamon sticks

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day, we bow our hearts to You and pray. We give You thanks for all You've done, especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son. For beauty in nature, Your glory we see, for joy and health, friends, and family. For daily provision, Your mercy and care, these are the blessings You graciously share. So today we offer this response of praise with a promise to follow You all of our days.

— Mary Fairchild

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you know someone who always seems to be happy and at peace? Don't you wish you could feel that way, too? Well, you're in luck because Paul gives us the formula in 1 Thessalonians. How can you be thankful and joyful all the time when life isn't always sunshine and roses? When you remember three things, it's easier to develop an attitude of gratitude. 

Romans 8:28 tells us "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." So, even when it seems like everything is against you, remember that God is for you and is working in the background to make things right for you.

And, remember the greatest gift of all. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Give God the glory in your words and actions. Tell people about God and what He's done for you and show people in how you act. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Isaiah 12:4

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4

Two old friends met each other on the street one day.  One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears.  His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”

The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you:  three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”
“That’s a lot of money.”
“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”
“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”
“You don’t understand!” he interrupted.  “Last week my great-aunt passed away.  I inherited almost a quarter of a million from her.”
Now the man’s friend was really confused.  “Then, why do you look so glum?”
“This week . . . nothing!
When we receive so much on a regular basis, it's easy to come to expect it and not realize how blessed we are. That's why it's important to develop a thankful attitude by thinking about all that God has done for you, thanking Him every day, and telling others about Him.

Monday, November 25, 2019

1 Chronicles 29:13

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13

It's easy to praise the Lord when things are peachy, but what about when you just lost your job, your spouse is facing a serious illness, or you are too stressed trying to care for elderly parents as well as your children? Life is filled with disappointments and challenges that make it hard to be thankful for anything. 

When you don't think there's is anything to be grateful for, stop, take a breath, and think of something - anything - to appreciate. No matter how small. If you can get in the practice of finding something good with each day, you'll start feeling better about life. And then your gratitude will be infectious.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,

    and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:13

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Daniel 2:23

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king. Daniel 2:23

A Director of Human Resources was always highly aware of the impact that her decisions and words would have on the employees and supervisors with whom she dealt. It could be a very stressful job at times. Because of that, she would spend part of her commute every day in conversation with God, asking for wisdom and the words needed to successfully resolve issues that were brought to her. While she was no King Solomon, she felt God's hand guiding her throughout the day and that gave her comfort.

You probably face similar levels of stress each day and it would help to turn to God for support in those situations. But it would also be helpful if you asked for guidance and support in every situation. Right now, He's sitting in the background, patiently waiting for you no matter if your challenge is gut-wrenching or run-of-the-mill.

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors. You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king. Daniel 2:23

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Have you asked God for strength, but still felt scared or stuck? Even if you can’t understand His ways, you can trust that no matter what you face, He is with you and for you.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Deuteronomy 31:6

Friday, November 22, 2019

Colossians 3:15

As Christians, when we are born again into a new life, we are called to act differently than before we accepted Christ as our Savior. Paul describes how we should behave and believe pretty well in Colossians 3:12-17.

The sentence "And be thankful." seems almost like an afterthought, but it is much more powerful than that. Consider what you would be like if the only thing you changed was being grateful for everything. Your attitude and outlook would change. And with those changes, you couldn't help but become more Christ-like. Try it today. Try being thankful for everything and everyone you encounter today and see if that affects your actions and attitude as well. Then, let me know how your experiment went. I'd love to hear all about it!

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Charming Gardeners Make Us Happy

Do you have any charming gardeners in your life? If so, thank them and thank God. You know they are the kind of people who always leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. If your life is missing such people, ask God to bring them to you.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Psalm 9:1

A local restaurant has a sign that reads "If you don't like your meal, tell us. If you do, tell your friends." Basically asking that you let them know when things aren't right instead of just complaining to your friends and spreading the word when you're happy with the meal. God feels the same way. He wants to hear that you appreciate what He's done for you. He wants you to tell others. That's pretty much what it's all about - giving God the glory.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Proverbs 3:5-6

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

Horses are wonderful creatures, and it's fascinating to study their behavior. They are herd animals with one horse as the "Alpha" or leader. All of the horses look to the Alpha to make the decisions for the herd and most are perfectly happy to be followers. They trust that the Alpha will keep them safe and they willingly submit to the Alpha's demands. So it should be for us with God. He is our Alpha in every sense and we should trust Him to make decisions for our good.

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

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Monday, November 18, 2019

Psalm 28:7

Our God not only gives us strength to face any adversity, but also protects us from the evils of the world. How could we not be filled with joy when we have the tools that give us confidence to face any hurdle?
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Psalm 7:17

God always does what's right and just. You can trust Him to do only what is best for you.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness. I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17

Sunday, November 17, 2019

If It's Free, It's For Me!

No, really. It's true. All graphics on this site are free to use. "Why?" you ask? And I answer, "why not?" I am a retired HR Director who has been volunteering as a social media specialist for my church for several years. This was a calling from God and I absolutely love doing it. A lot of Human Resources is marketing, conveying information in a way that's interesting and easy to understand, and convincing people to do things they don't necessarily want to do (case in point: how many of you have had to take mandatory sexual harassment training for the 3rd year in a row?) So, I had to learn much of what I use now while I was in HR. Since retiring, I've played around more with graphic design and am, hopefully, evolving along with the ever-changing social media scene. My graphics are primarily square, suited for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, but, when it makes sense design-wise, I'll provide multiple sizes. Since platforms change their optimum size requirements like Imelda Marcos changes shoes (does that reference date me?), I will try to stay up on the current requirements. One good source for that information is Louise Myers Visual Social Media. She is great at publishing the most current dimensions for each platform. You can find her cheat sheet at She also has very useful tips for use of graphics on your sites.
But why free? Again, why not? No, I'm not independently wealthy, but God has provided more than enough for me, so an income is not my motivation. Besides, I don't want anything that too closely resembles a job.
So feel free to copy and save any graphics on this site. With one caveat: don't modify them in any way, please. It would be great if you would include a link to this site, but that's not necessary. Thanks!
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