God bless our Country and keep us…the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE!
O! say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
This is a poem I wrote shortly after my Mother went on to be with her Loving Savior in Heaven. I honor her each year with this tribute. It is simple but I love it best when the Lord just drops a gentle reminder in my heart…when I miss her most. God bless you.
Mama’s Bible by Zoey
I found my mama’s bible
in the things of hers I went through today.
The bookmarked pages hold the place where God had touched her heart as she read His word that day.
And in my heart I can hear Mama telling me: “Keep God’s words close, pray for His guidance, don’t lose faith, He will always keep you in His care.”
There is no stronger force than a mama’s prayers to the throne of God.
And I believe, No foe can conquer No trial defeat No evil befall against His children- big or small.
“For Thy will be done,
on earth as in Heaven”,
my heart does
hear my mama pray, as she marked another page in her bible where God touched her heart that day.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him. and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. … Do everything in love. I Cor. 16:13-14
"I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Ps. 89:2
“Do not be afraid. ... Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." Exodus 14:13
"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” II Chronicles 20:17
"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11
"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved."
"...but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." Matt. 24:10
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
His way is the Light of the World, the Truth, Salvation for Mankind and the Promise fulfilled for all time…Happy Birthday Jesus! Zoey~
2 bout this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.(This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration. 4 And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born; 7 and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
8 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem!12 How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket lying in a manger!”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang “and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”
15 When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment, 19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.
20 Then the shepherds went back again to their fields and flocks, praising God for the visit of the angels, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had told them.
21 Eight days later, at the baby’s circumcision ceremony, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was even conceived.
22 When the time came for Mary’s purification offering at the Temple, as required by the laws of Moses after the birth of a child, his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord; 23 for in these laws God had said, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he shall be dedicated to the Lord.”
24 At that time Jesus’ parents also offered their sacrifice for purification—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” was the legal requirement. 25 That day a man named Simeon, a Jerusalem resident, was in the Temple. He was a good man, very devout, filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly expecting the Messiah to come soon. 26 For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen him—God’s anointed King. 27 The Holy Spirit had impelled him to go to the Temple that day; and so, when Mary and Joseph arrived to present the baby Jesus to the Lord in obedience to the law, 28 Simeon was there and took the child in his arms, praising God.
29-31“Lord,” he said, “now I can die content! For I have seen him as you promised me I would. I have seen the Savior you have given to the world. 32 He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”
33 Joseph and Mary just stood there, marveling at what was being said about Jesus.
34-35 Simeon blessed them but then said to Mary, “A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy of many others. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed.”
36-37 Anna, a prophetess, was also there in the Temple that day. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the Jewish tribe of Asher, and was very old, for she had been a widow for eighty-four years following seven years of marriage. She never left the Temple but stayed there night and day, worshiping God by praying and often fasting.
38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she also began thanking God and telling everyone in Jerusalem who had been awaiting the coming of the Savior that the Messiah had finally arrived.
Thanksgiving is our celebration of America and other Nations finding unity in a time where to break bread and share in the fellowship with one another was deepening the Blessings of God. ~Zoey 2020
Please join with me in my devotion: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
YOUR TIMES ARE IN MY HANDS. So trust in Me, beloved. I am training you to feel secure in the midst of change and uncertainty. It can actually be a relief to realize you are not in control of your life. When you accept this human condition while resting in My sovereignty, you become increasingly free .
I am not telling you to be passive or fatalistic. It’s important to use your energy and abilities, but I want you to do so prayerfully. Pray about everything, and search for Me in your moments. I am a God of surprises, so look for Me in unexpected places.
I invite you to rejoice in this day that I have made, asking Me to orchestrate its details and events. Since I am in control of your times, you don’t have to be anxious about making things happen faster. Rushing and anxiety go had in hand, and I have instructed you not to be anxious. If you let Me set the pace, I will bless you with Peace that transcends all understanding.
But I trust in you, O LORD’ I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. ~Psalm 31:14-15
This the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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