Showing posts with label praise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label praise. Show all posts

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine~

Good Morning Friends,
Yesterday, I set-out a few flowers and put all of my pots together. This is the latest I have ever waited to get my summer gardening started. As I spent the day working in my yard, there was a contentment and oneness that can only come from the Lord. There was a gentle summer breeze all day long and my spirit drank-in the day, as though it was a tall glass of cold water. I was thirsty for the Lord, the silence and the outside work. In Denver, the blooms are a little late, compared to the Midwest and South. Most of my flowers have not bloomed, but just seeing the small buds and foliage is enough to make me smile. Here are a couple of photos of my work, yesterday. It's a work in progress! Much Joy!!!!


Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Enjoy one of my favorite tunes!

Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Living Art and Faith~

Image copyright Prayer Notes by Cynthia, LLC 2012

Good Afternoon Friends!
Today, I am inspired by a few posts I have read over at 
Barbie's Freshly Brewed Life.  Her latest post discusses becoming Living Art for the Lord. What a wonderful subject! In order to become His living art, we have to be in-touch with our Father, which means we have to slow down and "just be" in His presence. Yes, we should continue our ministries, work and family life, also, but we must make time to sit at the feet of our Father.  At His feet, is where we praise, give thanks, learn, listen, rest and renew.  This is where I find inspiration for my His feet...steeped in His continual praise.

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Music by Youthful Praise

My Art

Thank you, for stopping by! 
May you recognize the blessings in your life and thank your heavenly Father~

Thursday, January 30, 2014

God Has Smiled on All of Us~

Photo Copyright Prayer Notes by Cynthia, LLC

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Good Morning Friends,
     Today, I am linking up with a few of my favorite blogs. It is a blessing to be able to write and express my feelings, today. I take nothing for granted....  I am so thankful for my life and my experiences, whether they have been uplifting or torturous, for they have made me who I am, today, a child of God.

     I feel the Lord working and moving in me when I am still, quiet and open.  It takes work for me to get to this place and  sometimes, the interruptions are plentiful. But, it is worth the work to get there. When I am in this place, I find myself NOT asking, praying, lamenting or worrying. I just "soak-up" His Presence and "hold-on." You know, this is the way I live and survive. It's a place of peace and praise. I treasure this time, as it is my Soul Food. I am not fully nourished without it and my day is disturbed when I miss it. My soul mourns and my perspective is self-centered when I forgo my communion with Him.

     After my stillness with the Lord, I spend my day creating "Praise-Art" and enjoying songs of praise, in the process. Today, I will share a few songs of praise that lift and speak to my heart and soul. I hope you enjoy them, too. Be blessed my friends~

God Has Smiled on Me

Take Me to the King

You Paid It All

In the Middle

Amazing Grace

God is Trying to Tell You Something
(The Color Purple)


Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Word for 2013: JOY

Good Evening Friends,
My word for 2013 is JOY...Inexpressible Joy! I've chosen this word for many reasons:
1.  Joy describes how my soul feels, in His Presence.
2.  Joy surpasses happiness, as it is deep, fulfilling and everlasting.
3.  Joy causes my heart to dance.
4.  Joy wraps itself around me, even in the midst of pain, loss and chaos.

Opening Scripture
New International Version (NIV)
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

If you pop into my blog, now and then, you know that I try to fill my posts with joy, love and thanksgiving. I try to live in the midst of joy, at all times. I try to keep continuous praise upon my lips and in my heart. Why? I know my Father supplies more than my portion of joy and I refuse to ignore His gift. Joy is special and it lives in each one of our souls. It comes to each one of us through our quiet time with God, while kneeling at the feet of Jesus.  This joy has nothing to do with the "things" we own in this world...the tangibles of this life. Instead, it is the recognition of our new life to come, when we are at Home with Him.

As far back as I can remember, I have been a joyful person. As a child, other children and adults would ask me why I was so happy. Of course, I didn't have the words to explain my feelings. But, I always felt that there was this "wellspring" of joy deep down in my soul. And, I would try to give it to others. And, yes, this caused me to be picked-on by other kids and dismissed by a few adults. Many people said that I led a sheltered life and that my time would come for pain and suffering. They were right. My time for pain and suffering had come and continued to come.  It came...

~When I was a tiny little girl and couldn't understand why Great Grandma Izetta was sleeping in a beautiful wooden box and couldn't come home with us. I was inconsolable. I didn't understand death.
~When I was a tiny little girl and couldn't understand why I was so sick and couldn't breathe. I had pneumonia in both lungs and wasn't expected to live. 
~When I was about 7 years old and my sweet Aunt Ruby went to live with Jesus.
~In my preteen years, as I watched a drunk driver in a green truck run over a friend, as we crossed the one of my friends was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and could barely walk.
~In my 20's when my dad, unexpectedly, passed grandpa lost his sight to glaucoma and passed away.
~In my 30's, when some of my students were hurt, killed and diagnosed with terminal illnesses.
~In my 40's when I lost my Auntie Doris, Uncle Everett and Grandma Agnes...when the paramedics couldn't find my pulse....

These are just a few of the incidents in my timeline of life that could have stolen my joy. But, they didn't. That wellspring of joy just kept on bubbling and growing. And, to this day, I still have my joy. I may become sick, saddened or shattered, but my joy remains. It remains, in the face of life and death. That Joy is Christ. Yes, I am convinced that nothing can take my Joy away.

Closing Scripture
New International Version (NIV)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A Few of My Current Creations in 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Obstacles, I'm Blasting-Through!


Ephesians 6:10

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Good Morning Friends,
This morning, my heart leads me to discuss cleansing our "perspective lens" when running this life-race. Sometimes, when we are striving to grow and try-out our wings in new situations, we come across several bumps and obstacles. But, I am here to tell you that we may choose to do the following:

1. Give-up(been there--done that--not going back)
2. Go around the obstacle and stay on course(did that, but didn't learn anything)
3. Or, choose to stop, study, mentally photograph the culprit, and move forward.... (my choice)

I choose the latter, so that I can "run" straight through that obstacle the next time it appears. Why waste time detouring and taking the scenic route? The way I figure it...if I have the Lord with me and am holding tight to His mighty hand, in confidence and assurance (faith), then I will be okay. And, He has never let me down. Every day, my faith continues to grow and I continue to be amazed at the power and love the Lord has for me. Through thick and thin, He stands by my side and guides me. I challenge you to study the obstacles that come your way, so that you may "blast-through" when it plops-down in your path, again. Many blessings, saints!


Crafts of Praise! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gaining Faith

Good Morning Saints!
Today, it is 93 degrees in Denver! And, this is considered extremely hot for us Denverites:-) You know what else is hot? Trouble! Yep! Trouble is always lurking around the corner. But, I have found that our reactions are totally different when we are steeped in His Word and stepping-out in faith. The calmness that we feel is phenomenal! And, I give Him praise for holding us up when we would rather give-up.

Our faith grows, phenomenally, in the face of trouble and trials. We learn what we are made-of and what we are able to do with the help of the Holy Spirit. Take a few minutes to think-back on situations and circumstances that you have come through....  Was it all you? Were you the rock that pulled yourself through? Nope! It was the Lord and His grace that kept you from falling apart and giving-up. As you go about your way, today, lend a word of encouragement to those who are "going-through." Your blessings and experiences are to be shared with others. Many blessings!


Isaiah 43:2

New International Version (NIV)
When you pass through the waters, 
    I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, 
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
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