5:57 Challenge

 

I know it’s been a while, but I had to share what’s happened this week. Our pastor’s at Rocky challenged us as a church to wake up at 5:57 each day this week and read a Psalm. We had the option of sharing our thoughts on social media and tag it with #Godisforus. It has been a huge blessing to me knowing that others from Rocky were reading the exact Scripture I was reading and we were reading at the same time!

 

So I thought I’d share my journaling for the week. It has been so much fun!

 

Psalm 31:3

 

Psalm 32:7

 

Psalm 33:4

 

Psalm 34:8

 

Psalm 35

 

Psalm 36:9

 

Tomorrow morning at 5:57 am, I will rise and read Psalm 37. Will you join me?

 

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

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What Will You Do Today?

It’s been a while I know, but today I thought would be a good day to spend some time writing. Of course, my thoughts and mind wandered to the cross and the impact it has had on the world.

 

This day is called Good Friday. But if you know biblical history, you know that horrible things happened on this day. Jesus was put arrested and put on trial. Jesus was flogged, mocked and beaten. Jesus was hung on a cross between two thieves. Jesus was separated from His Father. Jesus died. The earth cried out in anguish through darkness and earthquakes. And yet, we call this day good.

 

I’m sure there are theological reasons for this, but for me, this day is good because the One who was able to remove the stain of my sin willingly gave up His life for mine. That is what makes this day good.

 

I pray that as you go through your day that you will take some time to remember, worship and praise Jesus for the sacrifice He made for you. Perhaps a song will help with this time of remembrance. Here are the lyrics to the hymn “Hallelujah! What a Savior” and a link to listen to a version of this song.

 

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name

For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

Click here to listen to a beautiful version of this song.

 

And yet another beautiful piece depicting the suffering of Jesus can be found by clicking here.

 

After spending some time with these two songs and Scripture, I cannot help but offer my life to Jesus. He gave His all…I am compelled to likewise.

 

Today my prayer is that He will find me to be a faithful servant in all that I say and do. I pray that He will be honored and glorified by my words and my actions.

 

What is your prayer today? What will you do today?

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

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Another Year

 

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I certainly couldn’t let this day go by without dropping you a line. Today, Full Measure of Joy celebrates five years. Five years of sharing my thoughts and desires and concerns and sorrows with you. Thank you for riding along on this journey with me.

 

I also wanted to share a bit about where I’ve been for the past month. When Full Measure of Joy began five years ago, it seemed like I had so much to say. It was easy to write. Material was plentiful and abundant.

 

Last fall however, things began to change for me. It became more and more difficult to find something to write about. And the real craziness is that I was still doing as much or more than I had always been. Still leading multiple Bible studies. Still working with the church in multiple roles. Still had my family and friends. I didn’t understand why writing had become a chore for me each day.

 

I decided it was time for Full Measure of Joy to cut back from seven days per week to just three. I thought for certain I’d be able to do it. Not so. I struggled to find worthy material for those three days per week. To be honest, it was easier to not write at all than to work through the struggles.

 

You’ve heard of writer’s block, right. Well let me tell you, it’s real. And it can mess with you. And that’s exactly where I’ve been. I wondered why the creative juices seemed to dry up. I wondered where my passion for writing had gone. I wondered if you, my reader, would notice the change in my writing. I wondered most of all if God would be okay with me dropping off the writing circuit.

 

My last post on Full Measure of Joy was on Christmas Day. I hate to admit that there have been days since then that I haven’t even thought of Full Measure of Joy. There were days I haven’t thought of sitting at this computer and writing at least a few words to encourage someone who might happen to read something I’d written.

 

I’ll be honest. The pressure became more intense than my desire to write. So I quit writing.

 

I don’t know what will happen with Full Measure of Joy. I certainly don’t want it to disappear into cyberspace, but I don’t believe I’ll go back to writing seven days a week either. I will seek God’s direction, guidance and wisdom to determine what will become of Full Measure of Joy.

 

Until I know, I would appreciate your prayers.

 

While I don’t think of writing, I do think of those who have followed Full Measure of Joy. I love and appreciate each of you and thank God for you every time I think of you. Thank you for being on this journey with me. You are very precious to me.

 

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 – NIV)

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

 

 

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

Donna

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“When Love Was Born”

 

It is closer. Christmas is just two days away and still there are beautiful Christmas songs and hymns to share. The song I’ve chosen for today tells the Christmas story through amazing lyrics and melody.

 

As I listen to this song, I am reminded that God sent His Son out of love for mankind. On the night Jesus was born, love flowed from God’s throne to the stable in Bethlehem. What great love the Father has for His children.

 

I pray that as you reflect upon the birth of Jesus over the next couple of days that you will find the love that God has poured out for mankind. Close your eyes…see the night when love was born.

 

“When Love Was Born”[i]

 

Starlight shines, the night is still
Shepherds watch from a hill
I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

 

Perfect child gently waits
A mother bends to kiss God’s face
I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

 

Angels fill the midnight sky, they sing
Hallelujah, He is Christ, our King

 

Emmanuel, Prince of peace
Loves come down for you and me
Heaven’s gift, the holy spark
To let the way inside our hearts

 

Bethlehem, through your small door
Came the hope we’ve waited for
The world was changed forevermore
When love was born

 

I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

 

Listen to this beautiful Christmas song by clicking here.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “When Love Was Born,” words and music by Stephanie Lewis, Bernie Herms and Mark Schultz, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., The Bicycle Music Company, 2009.

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