The River

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The River
© 2014 S.D. Harden

Life is a River, deep and wide,
Sometimes filled with peace,
Sometimes filled with joyous songs,
Sometimes unfilled needs.

Sometimes its waters overflow
With endless health and strength
That dwindle to a narrow creek
Of weakness and decay.

Sometimes the waters rush into
A gaping waterfall
And suddenly a life can change
To what is there no more.

Ever rolling onward,
Onward to the sea,
With each dawn the River brings
Us to another journey.

And how we all respond
To what the River sends
Is all that really matters
When we come to the River’s end.

May we honor God
With all that the River brings
Wherever the River takes us
Till we reach Eternity.

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, help us to understand that it’s not WHAT we endure in this life that matters, but HOW we choose to endure it. May You give us the grace to honor You in every situation, no matter what may come our way, thank You, Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Poem “The River,” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
Photo by S.D. Harden © 2014 Angel Song © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Don’t Look Back

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Philippians 3:13-14

No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.”

DON’T LOOK BACK

© 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Don’t look back, Oh don’t look back;

The past is gone away;

Keep walking forward on your path

With your mind on the present day.

Don’t look back, no, don’t look back;

The past is a bridge you’ve crossed;

The moment you stepped into today,

That bridge you crossed dissolved.

Oh, don’t look back, no, don’t look back,

Just keep your hand in Mine;

Today is a gift, My gift to you,

Your gift to Me is your life.

Oh don’t look back, no, don’t look back,

Just keep your eyes on Me;

We’ll walk each moment in My love

Till we reach eternity.

Angel Song © 2014 Prayer Poem “Don’t Look Back” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Scripture Quotation: The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved./  Photo Illustration/ Via Pinterest

Wait For The Lord

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I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning,
I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” ~ Psalm 130:5-6 (UKJV)

I give thanks that we have a wonderful God who hears and answers our prayers.
God’s word admonishes us in Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need. (WEB)

The word mercy in this verse means kindness or goodwill towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with the desire to help them.”

Our Creator wants very much to help us. He wants us to give Him our burdens.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.” -(1 Peter 5:6-7 WEB)

The word “grace” like mercy in the Hebrews scripture means “goodwill, loving-kindness & favor.”

As we give God our burdens, He wants to give us His blessings in return.
“In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” ~(Philippians 4:6-7 WEB)

PRAYER

Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You cherish each one of us as if we were the only one You had to love. Thank You that You hear our every prayer and that no detail of our life escapes Your notice.
You eagerly wait for us to pour our hearts out to You for You are truly the “God of all comfort who comforts us in all our afflictions…”
You hear and answer every prayer we prayer in Your own way and time. Please give us the faith to believe in You, the hope to wait on You,
the grace to know that You will never disappoint our trust in You.
We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Angel Song, ” Wait On The Lord” Prayer Poem and Illustration © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.
Scripture Quotations from the Worldwide English Bible, & Updated King James Bible

Persevering Faith

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John 1:4-5
In Christ there was life, and that life was a light for the people of the world.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it.

Never Give Up ( A Prayer Song of Perseverance)
© 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

No matter how dark the night,
No matter how fierce the storm,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And not give up, oh Lord.

No matter how high the waves
Come rising around our soul,
Jesus help us cling to You,
Your promise help us hold.

No matter how strong the winds
No matter how hot the flames,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And cling to You in faith.

No matter how strong the night,
It cannot overcome,
The light of Christ within us,
So may we not give up.

The darkness cannot overtake
The light of Jesus Christ,
Greater is He who is within us
Than our enemies of the night.

Lord Jesus, may we never give up,
Lord, never give up on You;
Lord, help us cling to You in faith
And hold on to Your truth.

Heavenly Father, thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives inside each one of Your children and that You are always with us every moment, every day of our lives. We may not be able to see You any more than we can see the air, but Your presence abides with us no matter what we are facing. You are with us in all our joys as well as all of our sorrows. Thy word says that You are very close to those whose hearts are breaking.

In art the brightest light is revealed by placing it next to something very dark. Perhaps that is also true spiritually. When we go through trials we are able to draw closer to You unless we allow the sorrows to make us bitter and angry.

Lord, I pray for every person reading this message and prayer; may You draw them closer to Thy heart through whatever path they are traveling in their life at this time.
May they not give up on any dream You have given them: ministry, work, whatever You whispered in their deepest hearts. Help them hold on and remember that “no word from God shall ever fail.” Thank You Lord. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Persevering Faith,” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden, Angel Song, “Never Give Up” (A Prayer Song of Perseverance” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Photo Illustration Source/Pinterest