Isaiah 40:1-5

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.


2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is over, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.


3 A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.


4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.


5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

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Blessings by Laura Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bkKrRNxHeE

 

“Blessings”

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things’Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise 

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

 

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

 

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

A Note from my son

One of my boys made me a card before I leave for prison.  As you can imagine this is a very painful process.  I hope I have raised my boys to be God fearing, loveable and respectable men.  The note my son gave me read as follows:

 

 

“I will miss you soooooo much over the next four years, but I know you want us to be be strong and to help mom.  I know some days I will be angry and some days I will be happy.  I just have to make the best of it.     Love,  Z”

Hebrew 10:32-36

Hebrew 10:32-36

 

“Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public redicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”