Robin’s Nest: Reminders about “Everything”

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One November morning I sat down at my computer and checked my email.

I read the morning news just before turning on FLN’s Gentle Praise channel to set the mood for the day in my home. I was deeply affected, totally discouraged, and were I someone prone to depression, my day would have been ruined.

My thought process was, “This is not good.  Our nation is becoming more divisive, more angry, more hopeless.  The future is bleak.  I’m closing in on the gates to the Celestial City, but what about my loved ones who are journeying behind me?  I am always concerned about their futures, Father; what about all of this mess they are going to be dealing with?  I’m discouraged.”

I turned to my Heavenly Father.  “What to do, Lord?”

He immediately spoke to my heart and the following is what I recorded in my daily journal, knowing that at the end of the day as I prayed over the entries in my journal for this day, I would be reminded again.

It is easy to worry – feel anxious – feel uncertain – feel hopeless… (I grabbed my Bible and turned to Philippians 4:6-7) – but God’s Word says, “BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING.”  THAT IS PRETTY CLEAR – THAT INCLUDES NO WORRY – NO ANXIETY – NO UNCERTAINTY – NO HOPELESSNESS.  How is this humanly possible?  It isn’t.  But if I obey my Father, He tells me, it IS possible through the power and the strength that He is waiting to give me.   

“IN EVERYTHING” (concern about our nation, our leaders, the future of my loved ones and friends – concern about what will happen to me) – “IN EVERYTHING”

 

            BY PRAYER                                                              1.  (enter His precious presence)

 

            BY SUPPLICATION                                               2.  (keep talking to my Father)

 

            WITH THANKSGIVING                                        3.  (express gratitude to my Father)

 

            LET MY REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN         4.  (pour out my heart to Him)

 

            RESULT:                                                                   5.  (His peace will guard my heart and my mind!)

 

That, my dear friends is a promise from the God of heaven and earth.

All of this is possible because of the completed work of Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son in our behalf.

 Thank You Father for reminding me again… and again… and again.

the savvy rose        

 

 

 

 

Robin Cox is an avid learner who shares encouragement and life lessons from God’s Word. Robin has taught women’s Bible studies for years in the local church, special events, and professional businesswomen meetings. There’s not much that makes Robin happier than knowing a life has been changed by trusting in Jesus. The gift of hospitality and a love for people shines through her written words (and you should see her hand-crafted greeting cards!).  Robin is delighted to find herself a contributor to The Savvy Rose. Make yourself at home, grab a cup of tea, and sit around the table for a bit.

How to Stay Young at Heart

staying young at heart

I may be older than you but I’m still young at heart!  And I’ve got a few healthy thoughts to share with you, to encourage you, no matter your age!

You think you’re old?  Listen to these historic facts:

  • Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, was born after Abel’s murder when Adam was 130 years old,
  • and Seth died at 912 years of age.
  • Remember…Moses climbed a mountain at 80 years of age.
  • Abraham fathered a child at
  • Sarah became a mother at 90 or 91 (the only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible).
  • Enoch, son of Jared, Father of Methuselah, was taken home by God at 365!
  • Lamech died at 777, a few years before the Great Flood, and named his first son Noah.
  • And today we think that living until we are 90 is miraculous!

Here’s a personal challenge for you.  Take a little time to study those individual’s lives and check out how they used the time that God gave them!

1 John 5:11-12 – “…God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life: he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Some things to remember:

  • Freedom is never free!
  • Make today count!
  • As long as we have breath, we can pray!
  • Remember to vote!
  • Time is precious and life is a gift.  Give it your best!
  • Take a stand even if it means standing alone or using a cane or leaning on crutches!
  • Stay alert and engaged!

Augustine wrote, “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love,  and the future to God’s providence.”

And here’s your smile for the day — for those of us who are getting a little older and who have the goal of “keeping on keeping on”. (The following is said with tongue-in-cheek.)

God grant me the senility
to forget the people
I never liked anyway,
the good fortune
to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight
to tell the difference!

the savvy rose

 

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Robin Cox is an avid learner who shares encouragement and life lessons from God’s Word. She plays a mean game of Scrabble when she’s not baking, cooking, quilting, or spending time curating her incredible flowers and plants. Robin has taught women’s Bible studies for years in the local church, special events, and professional businesswomen meetings. There’s not much that makes Robin happier than knowing a life has been changed by trusting in Jesus. The gift of hospitality and a love for people shines through her written words.  Robin is delighted to find herself a contributor to The Savvy Rose (and we’re so happy to have her sharing her thoughts here!). Make yourself at home, grab a cup of tea, and sit awhile in the garden.