Dear friends & followers,
Thank you for stopping by my blog site today. I can hardly believe it is September already, summer will be ending and fall is ever nearer. I don’t mind the change in seasons, well…except for bitter coldness and snow of winter. We must endure and appreciate the gifts that each season brings us. The past couple of years have been especially tough and it is my sincere hope that things will improve in the very near future. I had a dear friend share a prayer with me this past week and I have been reading it several times a day. I even used it as my wallpaper on my phones locked screen. I want and desire a closer walk with Jesus. I feel as if the world around is going mad, at times. So much hate and distrust, more fighting and less love. Common sense has taken the back seat and great divisions are being plowed through our sense of humanity. I believe that people around the world are more alike than different, if we would just listen. I am compassionate about a lot of things and the reality is that I cannot pursue all of them at the same time. The world is filled with countless opportunities, the one thing we all can do is prayer. Listen to God’s call, where is He leading your heart and spirit to help. Each of us are called to different things, trust in God to show you His way. I hope you find encouragement from this prayer and the songs I rely on for hope.
Prayer by Phyllis Tickle
“Grant me, I beseech thee,
O merciful God, prudently to study,
rightly to understand
and perfectly to fulfill that which is pleasing to thee,
to the praise and glory to thy name.
(The Divine Hours, Summertime, pg 476)
Quotes from Phyllis Tickle
“Prayer is a nonlocative, nongeographic space that one enters at one’s own peril, for it houses God during those few moments of one’s presence there, and what is there will most surely change everything that comes into it. Prayer, its opal walls polished to transparency by the centuries of hands that have touched them, is the Tabernacle realized and the wayside chapel utilized.
— Prayer Is a Place
“Like a double helix rendered elegant by complexity and splendid by authority, the amalgam of gospel and shared meal and the discipline of fixed-hour prayer were and have remained the chain of golden connection tying Christian to Christ and Christian to Christian across history, across geography, and across idiosyncrasies of faith.”
— The Divine Hours
Genesis 8:22 (NIV)
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Wisdom from C.S.Lewis—
“He gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so
that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an
immemorial theme. He gives them in His Church a spiritual ear; they change from a fast to a feast, but it is the same feast as before
— The Screwtape Letters
“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
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
Good article about seasons of change: 3 BIBLE VERSES FOR SEASONS OF CHANGE