Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Submit Your Christian Poetry To Be Read At A Podcast



J. Todd Underhill is back reading Christian poetry at his SoundCloud podcast Poems of Prayer and Praise. To have your Holy verse considered for reading send it to him at poemsofprayerandpraise@gmail.com

He really has a great voice that he terms euphonious. You won't be disappointed. You'll love hearing him intone your verse and the verse of others as we worship and praise our Lord Jesus Christ and God The Father.

If you are reading this from a feed or email alert, you probably can't see the podcast video player above. To listen to J. Todd's latest poetry reading, click and follow this post to Draw Nigh To Hope. You'll find the SoundCloud player in the post, where you can click the play button and listen.







Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charity From The Heart & Soul



Today I decided to read my old favorite scripture passage, I Corin 13. I think it is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. It opens like a great play or an outstanding opera, a magnificent pronouncement that swiftly reprimands and then immediately elevates. I can't read it without feeling lofty and so uplifted and inspired, with a new desire to feel and exude God's type of love towards self and others.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I give all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.

Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes in all things, endures all things. Charity never fails: but where there are prophecies, they shall fail; where there are tongues, they shall cease; where there is knowledge, it shall vanish away.

We think of charity as the cutesy little song "Have faith, hope and charity. That's the way you live successfully. How do I know the Bible tells me so, the Bible tells me so!" Then we learn that charity means love. Maybe that is why organizations that help those in need are called charities. How can you reach out and give to others of yourself, your time and your money without having love for the recipients?


The Merriam-Webster online dictionary  shows the well-known meanings of charity:
  • generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering,
  • aid given to those in need,
  • benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.
The definition shown there that I think is most significant, and upon which the others are able to operate, is this:
  • lenient judgment of others.
In order to reach out and give to others we begin by choosing to think favorably upon their situations, their behaviors and their lives. We develop a considerate and forgiving spirit towards any offenses from them. We choose to believe that no matter who they are, what they are or how they arrived at where they are, they are worthy of our ministrations. They may not have taken our routes in life or think and believe like us, but they are worthy of our charity.

We should do better at remembering ourselves, as well. Often we strive to learn to love others unconditionally, but forget about ourselves. We should remember that true, pure, God-centered love is an outpouring of what is inside and a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. That other well-known saying that most of us have grown up on is charity begins at home.

Our first home is our heart and soul, that inner dwelling from which all thoughts and actions originate. We are worthy of our own charity, first of all. When we work with God to turn charity inwards, what we give will be untainted by unreliable, fleshly origins. It will be pure, true and long-lasting, and overflow and spill over to all in our paths, like rivers of living waters.

If you would like to give to yourself the greatest charity that exists, which is to be sure that you are Saved, say this simple prayer:

Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God, and the only Savior. Come into my heart, and save me. I was born in sin and you died for me so that I can know God and not be blamed anymore. Thank you for my new life. Show me the way to understand and turn away from bad things. I don't have to fear death anymore, and thank you for Eternal Life. Amen 







Sources:
Bible scriptures: KJV paraphrased (old English endings on words have been dropped)
Word definitions:  Merriam-Webster online dictionary


Monday, December 25, 2017

POEM: Happy Birthday Jesus by Georgette Johnson

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS 
by
Georgette Johnson

Today is your birthday.
Thank you for coming into our hearts.
Thank you for forgiving us of our sins.
We honor you on this day, come what may.
Help us to remember that this is your day.

You were there for us and we didn't know.
You gave us help when we were slow.
Thank you for helping us grow.
When you surround us we have a glow.
You lift us up when we are low.

The best present we could have on earth,
Is you coming to us by a virgin birth.
I want to remember you on this day,
No matter what comes throughout this day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

On Christmas Day, remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of those who choose to believe God's Word.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christian Products: Pillows With Jesus' Name On Them

Faith In Christ Throw Pillow

I have been using the term Jesus Christ of Nazareth for a long time now. The full name of Our Savior became precious to me after reading it in a scripture. He's a special person and there is none other! It is easy to call his name!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth Rectangular Pillow


This Jesus Christ of Nazareth My Lord My Savior design is from my acrylic, mixed media and collage painting of glorifying and praising The Only True Savior. The original painting is approx. 9 x 12". I digitally added the words "My Lord My Savior" so that it would show on the fine art prints available on a variety of POD products at my Society6 shop. Click the link below for more info.




Society6 says:
 
 Throw Pillow made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow measures 16" x 16", features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Includes faux down pillow insert.
 
 Our Rectangular Pillow is the ultimate decorative accent to any room. Made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, these "lumbar" pillows feature a double-sided print and are finished with a concealed zipper for an ideal contemporary look. Includes faux down insert. Available in small, medium, large and x-large.
 
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The Lord has blessed me with great creative skills. I am a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist. Like Lydia in Acts 16, I am a seller of beautiful things and I worship the Lord,
everyday, day in and day out. 

Proverbs 22:29 states: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. (KJV)
 

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.  (NKJV)

I have learned that in order for God to bless us through our work,
we have to put our work out there. 




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~ Fill Your Life With The Things Of God ~
 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dear Father Morning Prayer I


Dear Father, who lives in heavenly places that we can't yet see.
May we respect your name continuously.
May your inner glory fill us,
And your outer glory consume the world in due time.
We embrace your daily plans in our lives,
And all around us,
And throughout the world,
Just as your plans are carried out in the heavenly places.
Amen.

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christian Products: "Isaiah 40:31" Comforter Bed Linen

 
Isaiah 40:31 Fine Art Print Comforter


I've honored one of my favorite scriptures with my "Flying Lady" painting with hand-lettering. Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.

The Lord has blessed me with great creative skills. I am a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist. Like Lydia in Acts 16, I am a seller of beautiful things and I worship the Lord, everyday, day in and day out. 

Proverbs 22:29 states: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. (KJV)
 

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.  (NKJV)

I have learned that in order for God to bless us through our work, we have to put our work out there. 

Isaiah 40:31 Tapestry Fine Art Print
 This design is from my watercolor painting of an exultant lady praising the Word of The Most High God, The Only Wise God and The One True God. The original is on paper and small, approx. 6 x 9".  The fine art print is available on a variety of POD products at my Society6 shop. Click the link below for more info.

 

Society6 says:

The Comforters at Society6 are cozy, lightweight pieces of sleep heaven. Designs are printed onto 100% microfiber polyester fabric for brilliant images and a soft, premium touch. Lined with fluffy polyfill and available in king, queen and full sizes. Machine washable with cold water gentle cycle and mild detergent.
 
Available in three distinct sizes, our Wall Tapestries are made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finished edges. Featuring vivid colors and crisp lines, these highly unique and versatile tapestries are durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use. Machine washable for outdoor enthusiasts, with cold water on gentle cycle using mild detergent - tumble dry with low heat.
 


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~ Fill Your Life With The Things Of God ~
 
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