James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

I know from experience how easy it can be for us to shut others from our heart to avoid hurt. I went through heartbreaking trials in 2020 with the loss of my hearing, my husband, and my church family. After those incidents I found it hard to be open and trusting of others. When we do this, we are closing ourselves off to receiving love and companionship from those who want to be part of our lives. God did not make us to be alone but to commune with others. God desires for us to be happy and without love and companionship we cannot be completely content and happy. I still carry a fear others may hurt me but little by little I am opening my heart more and in so doing I find blessings I never would have had if I had left my heart closed off from those who wanted to love and care for me. My prayer for you today is that you find the courage to open your heart up to the blessings the Lord has in store for you. Trust Him to bring people into your life that will be good and right for you. The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3) He loves you and He has blessings waiting in store for you. All you need to do is open your heart and receive those blessings.


God Bless You Always!
Jeanette

Regrets


Sometimes I wish I could turn back the clock of time
Back to the day before I gave in to Satan’s lie
Yet there is no going back, no returning to a past day
For time marches on despite what my heart may say

Only God holds time within His hand
Only He can change what should have been
We are not the keeper of our time on earth
Our days were allotted from the day of our birth

So many regrets I cannot say
Only through God do I find a brighter day
Though I remember all the sorrows of my past
from him those memories are forever cast

He puts them into the sea of forgetfulness
As to Him I repent from their heaviness
His forgiveness washes me whiter than snow
And cleans up my heart and my soul

In Him time marches on to brighter days
New days given by the maker of all things
For in Him my past slips away
And my heart again finally sings

Written by Jeanette Stoltz 9/28/2022

Genesis 22: 14 KJV And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Jehovah-Jireh, God will provide! Even when we are facing the most challenging time of our life just as Moses was in Genesis 22 Jehovah will provide for our need. Whether it be a physical need, an emotional or spiritual need Jehovah-Jireh provides. All we need to do is ask and trust him with our whole heart for He has promised He will not withhold any good thing from His children.

Psalm 84:11 KJV
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Luke 12:27-31
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Troubles may come in this world but one thing we can rest assured of, the Lord is always with us, and He has overcome this world. All that is required of us is to keep our eyes upon Him and to trust His guidance in every aspect of our lives. Through Him we also will overcome this world as we walk in the knowledge that we are loved by an almighty Savior who will never leave us or forsake us.

James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Time is such a precious thing. Sometimes it feels as though the days and years fly by.

As I get older it seems life in Tanner Hollow can be stressful with days taken up with work, chores, and the many heartaches going on with family and friends; not to mention the world with all its evil and struggles.

Some days I wish I could go back and visit those simpler times of childhood.
When I was a child, even a young adult, it seemed as though life was so much easier with more peaceful days than days of stress. Life back then was simple and lived at a much slower pace. We worked hard from morning until night doing all the many things that was required of life on a farm. At the end of our day, we would sit on the front porch with family talking and laughing, or we would just sit and listen to the many frogs and crickets who lived in the nearby creek. On those quiet nights the sound of the hoot owl could be heard in the distance hills. There was no television, much less cell phones, to occupy our every minute and thought. Life had little to distract us from those around us and from time spent with the Lord.

Today we live a life of convenience, not much physical work. Yet, in the ways that matter, so much more stressful. We have access to every bad thing happening around the world at the touch of our fingers. At times we can feel as though our mind and heart is in overload, our spirit crying out to be released from it all.

Technology connects us with everything going on in the world yet disconnects us far too many times from what really matters most, family and our Heavenly Father. Those two are the foundation of what everything else is built upon. Our time spent with Our Heavenly Father and with our family grounds us to what brings peace and joy to our lives. Time spent with them is never wasted time but a precious gift from the Father above.

Our time on earth is a fleeting thing; we should always use it wisely, for it is the one thing we can never call back or replace.
God Bless!
Jeanette

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