Finally At Home
Oh precious loved one my soul does run free
Across the meadows of emerald green
Over the highland my eyes see afar
Finally at home its beauty I enjoy.
The worries and trial of the world no longer I feel
Only peace and joy are mine up here
I walk and talk with my Savior through endless days
While sweet music on harps forever play
I hear their sound so sweet and clear
Their notes so peaceful to my ear
They ring out across the green valley low
Whispering sweet peace to my soul
For the peace of this Heaven I now call home
Is beyond anything I have ever known
Here with my sweet Lord I rest each day
Knowing I will forever in His presence stay
So don’t weep for me that my days on earth are gone
For the beauty of Heaven I now have been shown
Just look each day into the Heavenly blue
There you will find me where I have been made new
Written by Jeanette
Copyrighted by Jeanette Kelley
Music by Reta Ceol Celtic Hymns
The riches of this world shall all cease one day
The things we possess shall quickly all fade away
True hope is not found in great riches or worldly fame
For faith in worldly things will only bring us shame
True hope comes from living in the Heavenly Light
The Light of a Glorious Savior who shines ever bright
Our peaces comes from walking with Him day by day
Surrounded in His wondrous Grace all along our way
When our earthly walk here is finally done
This race we call life has been completely run
Finally we’ll reached our heavenly home above
Where we’ll receive a crown of life and a robe white as doves
January 25th 2017
Copyrighted By Jeanette Kelley
Throughout my life,
I have found a place
where I can escape . . .
from the rat race.
It’s a perfect spot,
to let it all go . . .
a space to unwind
so peace can flow.
It’s not very far,
it’s easy to get to
shutting my eyes . . .
is all I have to do.
In my mind I envision,
till my heart can see
my Lord and Savior
right here, next to me.
Before too long,
His presence is real
and His calmness
I begin to feel.
Throughout my life,
I have found a place
where I can escape . . .
into the arms of grace!
“Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.”
King James Version
Peace, Be Still
There is something so pure and peaceful about falling snow. When I see this picture it brings back such sweet memories of my dad and I when I was a child. He would hold me high upon his shoulders as we watched the falling snow and I would feel the quiet and peace in the world around me. When it snows now I often take a walk up the lane into woods behind my home and feel that same peace and quiet. As I walk in the pure white snow everything is still, still as though the Lord as spoken into the air and said Peace, Be Still.
Mark 4:39 Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Have a blessed day my friends. ~Jeanette
The Littlest Christmas Tree
The littlest Christmas tree
lived in a meadow of green,
among a family,
of tall evergreens.
He learned how to whisper
the evergreen song,
with the slightest of wind,
that came gently along.
He watched as the birds
made a home out of twigs,
and couldn’t wait till
he, too, was big.
For all of the trees
offered a home,
the maple, the pine, and the oak,
who’s so strong.
“I hate being little,”
the little tree said,
“I can’t even turn colors
like the maple turns red.
I can’t help the animals
like the mighty old oak.
He shelters them all
in his wide mighty cloak.”
The older tree said,
“Why, little tree, you don’t know?
The story of a mighty king
from the land with no snow?”
Little tree questioned,
“A land with no snow?”
“Yes!” said old tree,
“A very old story,
from so long ago”.
“A star appeared,
giving great light
over a manger,
on long winter’s night.
A baby was born,
a king of all kings,
and with him comes love,
over all things.”
“He lived in a country
all covered in sand,
and laid down his life
to save all of man.”
Little tree thought of the gift
given by him,
then the big tree said with the
“We’re not just trees,
but a reminder of that day
There’s a much bigger part,
of a role that we play!”
“For on Christmas eve,
my life I’ll lay down,
in exchange for a happier,
And as I stand dying,
they’ll adorn me in trim.
This all will be done,
in memory of him.”
“Among a warm fire,
with family and friends,
in the sweet songs of Christmas,
I’ll find my great end.
then ever so gently,
He’ll come down to see
and take me to heaven,
Jesus and me.”
“So you see, little tree,
we are not like the oak
who shelters all things
beneath his great cloak.
Nor are we like the maple
who’s colors leave many
standing in awe.”
“The gift that we give
is ourselves, limb for limb,
the greatest of honor,
in memory of him.”
The little tree bowed,
his head down and cried,
and thought of the king
who willingly died.
For what kind of gift
can anyone give?
Than to lay down your life
when you wanted to live?
A swelling of pride
came over the tree.
Can all of this happen
Because of just me?
Can I really bring honor?
By adorning a home?
By reminding mankind
that he’s never alone?
With this thought, little tree
began singing with glee.
Happy and proud
to be a true Christmas tree.
You can still hear them singing
even the smallest in height,
singing of Christmas
and that one holy night.
© Amy Peterson
Our Faith Will Carry Us Through
It seems our hearts are so very heavy lately with the killings, the protesting, and the hate that we see in our world. Then we watch the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and other areas around our beautiful country being destroyed by fires, most of which were arson. It is no wonder we feel a sense of despair.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Yet in the mist of all these things we still need to have faith, faith in the goodness of people but mostly faith in our God, our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. If we look into God’s Holy Word we find that many who loved the Lord have had to face hardships and trials in life.
Go with me to Hebrews Chapter 11 and let us read of some great examples of faith and how they overcame through their faith.
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (What an awesome testimony to know we have pleased God)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (We to should always be looking for this city whose builder and maker is God)
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises (Jesus Christ is that promise), but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (This world is not home but just a place for us to get ready to go home to be with our Lord.)
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
(John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (God, the Father)
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: (For it was not yet time for Christ to be born but they still believed)
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Genuine faith perseveres to the end. True faith continues to believe the truth. God saved this better thing, or the fulfillment of the promise, for this age. Without the new covenant, Jesus Christ, even the mightiest champion of faith from the Old Testament could not be made perfect. Yet through Christ we all can be made perfect.
Just as all these held their faith in God we also in these trying times need to cling to God and His promises for us. For it is through our faith that we are made perfect in Jesus Christ and will one day receive our Heavenly Home.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I don’t know what tomorrow holds but this one thing I am assured of I know who holds tomorrow, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Him we can always trust.
Snow From God
Snow falls lightly
from the sky up above
softly falling down
like the feather of a dove
each snow flake is different
like each one of us
falling to the ground
like snow often does
it’s steals away breath
this brilliant thing
so pure and refreshing
like the songs angels sing
they sing for remembrance
of God and his Son
throwing down these white tokens
to say winter has begun
white is for birth
the birth of baby Christ
white is for hope
that things are alright
each flake that falls
from the sky up above
is a gift from God
telling us we are loved