Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Shelter in the Storm - Hymn

It's been snowing for more than 24 hours here in Maine. Schools and businesses are closed, we're advised not to travel. We are "hunkered" down with our provisions, "weathering the storm" until it passes.

This particular storm is uncharacteristic for this time of year, as are many of the sudden "storms" that come upon our lives - Jesus can be our shelter during these rough times.

The hymn below was said to be a favorite song of the fisherman on the north coast of England, and they were often heard singing it as they approached their harbors in the time of storm.

by Vernon Charlesworth, 1880

The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O rock divine, O refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.

Isaiah 25:4a

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Peace of Mind

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines ANXIETY as: concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness. it expresses more than uneasiness or disturbance,......

It defines PEACE as:  In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.

Which word would you like to describe your state of mind? I'd certainly choose PEACE. However, that's not always the case when my human nature takes over.

How can we get this peace?
How can we stay in this peace?
How can we get rid of the anxiety?

God tells us in this verse, Philippians 4:6-7, not to be anxious. This is not something we can do on our own if we are prone to be anxious in the first place. To truly have a peace that we can't begin to comprehend, we must bring our anxiety to God in prayer. Ask Him to take it, ask Him to take control of the problem and trust that He will do that.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I guarantee, the more you pray, the more you read your Bible, the more you seek the Lord, the greater PEACE you will have.

Philippians 4:6-7 are my go to verses for PEACE. This is a fresh graphic, free to you. You're welcome to save this graphic to your computer, print out for paper projects or to tuck in an encouragement card, share on social media, or use for ministry, not to be sold please. Read it, memorize it, store it in your heart my friends. Praying for you to have peace today.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Just As I Am ~ Hymn Story

In 1828, at the age of 32, Charlotte Elliott suffered a serious illness that left her an invalid. This caused depression, and a severe spiritual crisis. A Swiss evangelist was visiting her family, and she told him that she didn’t know how to come to Christ. He told her, “Come to him just as you are.” Her depression continued, however. Twelve years later, she was still distressed by her uselessness as an invalid.  She decided she needed to meet her spiritual troubles head on and conquer them by the grace of God.  She wrote down her own formula of faith,  remembering those words of the visiting evangelist. In the end she had the words to the hymn known as "Just As I Am".

In Billy Graham's own words:
When I was converted in 1937, under the ministry of the evangelist Mordecai Hamm, two invitation songs were used and a total of eight stanzas were sung. I did not respond to the invitation until the final verse of the second song, and I have always been grateful that the evangelist waited so patiently. One of those hymns was "Just As I Am, Without One Plea". 

Billy used this hymn at most all of his crusades as people came forward to give their lives to Jesus. A woman who felt useless, penned the words to this hymn that have touched millions of lives. Billy Graham’s autobiography is titled “Just As I Am”.

It truly amazes me how God works in our lives. All we have to do is have a willing heart and follow His leading. What do you enjoy doing? Do you write poetry; music; devotions? Are you artistic; do you cook? I enjoy making digital graphics with scripture and hymns, and I enjoy photography and vintage images. Piano, Hymns, and scripture were instilled in me from the time I was a toddler. God had plans for all of this. One of His plans is right here in this online ministry - Little Birdie Blessings.

Who am I to be used by God? I'm a nobody. Poor life choices kept me from college. Ill health, insecurities and anxiety gave me a feeling of uselessness, just like Charlotte Elliott.

If God can use a “useless invalid” like Charlotte Elliott, He can use us. Ask Him how He can use you and your gifts/talents.

God doesn't call the qualified, 

he qualifies the called. 

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Thank you dear ones for visiting. Feel free to save this hymn graphic and use for personal or ministry use.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Poem - One Day at a Time

by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

One day at a time, with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain and its burden of care;
One day at a time we must meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace.

One day at a time - but the day is so long,
And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong,
O Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way;
Give courage and patience and strength for the day.

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet;
"Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet;
I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve;
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave."

Not yesterday's load we are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow's uncertain and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day.

One day at a time, and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own.

You can read more about Annie Johnson Flint on a previous post I wrote **here**

What a dear woman of faith.  Through her pain and struggles, God gave her words of encouragement not only for herself, but for many others.

Feel free to print out this graphic and use it for yourself, for papercrafting, or to tuck in a card to encourage someone. 

Have a blessed day. 
~ Abby ~ 

As your days, so shall your strength be.
Deuteronomy 33:25B

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Billy Graham - A Great Man of Faith

Thinking of Billy Graham these past few days since he passed and was ushered into the presence of God. I have more to share about this great man of faith, but for today, I'll share a verse from Revelation in the graphic above, and this quote from him:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”  ~ Billy Graham 1918 - 2018

You can read more about him and the memorial events here on his website:

Have a blessed day dear ones.

~ Abby ~ 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Free Psalm Graphic

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:19

Fee free to save this scripture graphic to your computer and print out for your personal artwork. Or perhaps tuck in a card to encourage a friend.

~ Abby ~ 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Melody of Love ~ Hymn

I have a song that Jesus gave me,
It was sent from Heav’n above;
There never was a sweeter melody,
’Tis the melody of love.

Refrain (sing between each verse)
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with Heaven’s harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody of love.

I love the Christ who died on Calv’ry,
For He washed my sins away;
He put within my heart a melody,
And I know it’s there to stay.

’Twill be my endless theme in glory,
With the angels I will sing;
’Twill be a song with glorious harmony,
When the courts of Heaven ring.
~ Elton Roth, 1924 ~ 

Ephesians 5:19 ~ 

Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

A beautiful hymn to meditate on today, and lift our spirits. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

25 Days God Given Gifts - Day 25 - JESUS

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: 
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David 
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 
Luke 2:10-11

Merry Christmas! ONE SOLITARY LIFE describes the life of Jesus well. It's author unknown, the words filled with biblical wisdom. I am sharing it with you this Christmas day, 2017.  May you be as in awe of the words describing Jesus, as I am. Merry Christmas dear ones. 

One Solitary Life 
Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village,
A child was born of a peasant woman
He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until the age of thirty.
Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher.
This man never went to college or seminary
He never wrote a book
He never held a public office
He never had a family nor owned a home
He never put His foot inside a big city
Nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace.
And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness,
Throngs of people followed Him.  He had no credentials but Himself. 

While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His followers ran away
He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves
While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn.
His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend
But three days later this Man arose from the dead
Living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent,
The Incarnate Son of God.

Twenty centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race.
On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. 
One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him.
Our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection

On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death.
This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. 
Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of the One who gave His life for us.

All the armies that ever marched
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the governments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned
Have not changed the course of history as much as this

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

25 Days of God Given Gifts - Day 24 - ETERNAL LIFE

For God so loved the world
 that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
 shall not perish but have eternal life. 
 John 3:16

ETERNAL LIFE ~ Living forever and ever. As my grandson would say "to infinity and beyond". 

Webster's Dictionary defines ETERNAL as:
having infinite duration
characterized by abiding fellowship with God
continued without intermission - perpetual
existing at all times - timeless

Eternal life is available to any who believe in Jesus as their Savior, just as the verse says. It is free for the taking, no coupon codes necessary, no standing in lines to get it, there is nothing one can do to earn it. 

My dear aunt passed away a year ago this week and I know without a doubt she is with her Lord in Heaven. She is also reunited with ones she held very dear in her lifetime. How do I know this? Because she expressed to me that she believed in Jesus and knew when she died, she'd be in heaven with Him.

She was blind later on in years, and on this very day her vision is clearer than she ever thought possible. Blind hymn-writer Fanny Crosby said: When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior

One of Fanny's later hymns as she aged, gives us a glimpse into her thoughts as she came closer to stepping into Eternal Life. This is titled My Savior First of All, here is the first verse and chorus.

When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see, 
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand! 
I shall know Him, I shall know Him
By the print of the nails in His hand.

Dear ones, don't miss out... tomorrow is not promised for any of us. If you should die tonight or tomorrow, do you know where you'll spend eternity? You don't have to "clean up" to come to Jesus, He asks for you to come as you are. 

This is part of a poem by Christina Rossetti, later set to music. It sums it all up simply. 

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him; give my heart.

You can find a couple different places on my blog if you want to read more on this topic, just click on the links below:

My friend Donna is a gifted writer. Last year she gave me permission to share a poem she wrote based on the Nativity. A version of The Night Before Christmas. A good read to have with your family as you reflect on the reason for the season. 
The Night Before Christmas

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