And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. —Colossians 3:15
Thankful for all of you…
“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” —Psalm 3:3
That God is “glory”—or “excellence”—beyond our understanding, none can deny. But do our hearts look up to Him today in humble, earnest worship, and know the truth, and speak the truth—”Thou are MY GLORY“? Our safety lies in the fact that He possesses us. Our deepest, holiest joy comes only when we humbly say in the hour of secret worship: “Thou art mine.” Oh, Lord my Glory, be Thou my shield this day. Amen.
Oh, Thou who hast given Thy glory to me, Anoint my blind eyes Till Thy glory I see. Lift up my bowed head, Be my shield and my light, Till Thy radiant glory Shall banish my night.
[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O LORD, make we dwell in safety.” —Psalm 4:8
According to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Psalm 3 has been called a “morning psalm”: in other words, a good psalm with which to start the day.
He calls Psalm 4 “an evening prayer.”
I love the way Dr. McGee puts it: “In spite of all the problems and troubles that David had, he trusted in the Lord. He could sleep at night…He simply trusted in the Lord, pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep.”*
Imagine! David “pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep”! I love the visual imagery this conjures up.
A good night’s sleep is something our bodies need in order to regenerate. We all know that a good night’s sleep is something our bodies need to help us regenerate and get ready for the next day. But for many of us, sleep problems dominate our lives. When we don’t get the refreshing and restoring deep sleep we need, we suffer the physical, psychological and emotioal effects throughout the next day…and often beyond.
I’ve always been a very light sleeper. I will fall asleep almost immediately, but then wake up at the least bit of sound. After years of sleepless nights, I’ve learned to wear ear plugs. These do a great job of muffling the harsh sounds that jar me awake. Certain sounds slip through anyway every so often, like the barking of neighbors’ dogs or the annoying beeps of a smoke detector that needs new batteries.
As I begin to fall asleep, there is usually a hymn going through my mind, one of several that I’ve somehow remembered from listening to Scripture songs over the years. I drift off while praising the Lord in my mind and heart and this, plus the silence that surrounds me, usually puts me right to sleep. And I notice that when I wake up during the night to change positions, that same song is still running through my mind.
But then there are the nights when I can’t sleep, no matter what I do or think about. That’s when I need to remind myself—like David did—to pillow my head on the promises of God, letting thoughts of anything else work their way out of my mind. I need to relax and allow Him to comfort and soothe me through any negative or unsettling thoughts, which only work against my desire and need for sleep.
Beloved, no matter how much or how little sleep we get, one thing should be a constant source of comfort to us: that the LORD is always with us while we sleep, keeping us safe in His care. And no matter if our night is sleepless or not, we can still rejoice in each new day and take comfort from the knowledge that the Lord is:
Now that’s something worth counting on!
*Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Copyright © 1982 by Thru the Bible Radio.
Today is being observed as Memorial Day all over the United States. Therefore, here is a mix of patriotic images in honor of this day when we honor our fallen military.
I absolutely LOVE Karla Dornacher’s artwork and this piece is no exception. In fact, I’d have to say this is one of my favorites of hers. The combination of cheery colors, cute flowers and that sweet little bird just make me smile and want to sing. And I feel happy just looking at it!
So on this Happy Sunday I wanted to share it with you and invite you to visit Karla’s site. You won’t be disappointed—she is one very talented lady!
I have now had my Nook Color e-reader for over a year and I can honestly say I really love it. When e-readers first came out, I could not see myself with one because I love everything about books: the feel of a brand-new one; turning each page; even the smell of the ink and paper. So I scoffed at the idea of an electronic book and couldn’t believe such a thing would catch on.
Ah, silly me!
I love, love, love having almost my entire library—around 425 books right now—available at all times, no matter where I am. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed a cover to protect my Nook because I’m not teased for being clumsy for no reason. So I found this cute and retro looking cover and use it every day:
Isn’t it the cutest?
But here’s the real reason for today’s Sweet Saturday posting. Recently while shopping online for a dear friend’s birthday I saw a pillow made specifically to prop an e-reader (as well as “real” books) while reading. There were only two pink ones left, so I’m sure you can guess the rest: I bought both! One for my friend and one for me.
Sweet, huh? I’m not sure if there are any other brands available but this particular one is called a “Peeramid.” Here’s what it looks like with my closed Nook propped on it. And below you can see how it looks while I’m reading:
The pillow is very light and easy to hold in your lap or place on a table, the floor or on a footstool. Here’s a better look at it:
The rolled edges are perfect for propping any kind or size of book, e-book or tablet PC. You can see that there are two pockets that can hold bookmarks (if you’re reading a real book), pencils, pens or highlighters, or even reading glasses. Notice the braided rope with a tassel at the end—this can be used as a bookmark. Isn’t that clever?
It’s Frugal Friday again!
I don’t remember where I read this tip but I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. I’ve had to wear eyeglasses since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Which means I’ve accumulated many eyeglass cases over the years. So I was excited when I read about using one to store my iPod in and knew I had to share this frugal tip with all the frugalistas out there.
This eyeglass case works well to store my iPod and its accessories because it’s rather large. I really like the idea that it is sturdy so that it protects everything inside very well.
In case you didn’t know (and I did not until now), the word frugalista is in the Wiktionary:
Not too sure about the “fashionable” part, but thrifty? Yep, that’s me!