Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 4

Today is the next to the last posting in the “Sabbath Rest Invitational” series.  If you have a picture, quote, song, poem, or prose piece that represents “Rest” to you, please share it.  Post on your own blog and come over here and paste the link to it in the “Comments” section below.

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BOY & DOG FISHING - summer yellow

Tired little boys and puppy dogs do it so well.
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Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 3

Running just a tad behind on this week’s “Sabbath Rest” post, but I won’t be defeated. Here it is, and if you have a photo, a quote, a scripture, or a short word of exhortation that will impart rest to the readers, please let us know. Post it on your own blog and hop over here and paste the link to it in the “Comments” section below.

BALLOON SILHT - TREES

Floating peacefully far above all the ‘stuff’ that interferes with rest.

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St. Patrick’s Daily Prayer

ST.PATRICK WINDOW BRIGHTENED CURVEDFor the past three years on St. Patrick’s Day, I have posted an article I wrote a few years ago about the “real” St. Patrick. The article, based on information taken from Patrick’s own personal writings, has nothing to do with the legends and fairy tales about him — or with leprechauns, shamrocks, or green beer. I’m not going to re-post that article today, but if you did not have an opportunity to read it and would like to read the true story of the miraculous life of this man of God, you can find it here – or at one of the ‘Related Posts’ listed below.

However,  today I’d like to share a prayer that St. Patrick prayed daily. He knew the power of prayer, and he understood, from the Word of God, what spiritual warfare involved. His prayers reflect that knowledge and his strong, uncompromising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. This prayer is an excellent example of St. Patrick’s faithful prayer life and is an inspiration to anyone who calls Jesus Lord and lives a life of service to Him.

PRAYIN HANDS CLIPART - flippedSt. Patrick’s Daily Prayer

I arise today through a mighty strength: Through the invocation of the Trinity – through belief in the threeness – through confession of the oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim
Obedience of angels in the service of archangels
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward
In prayers of patriarchs
In predictions of prophets
In preaching of apostles
In faith of confessors
In innocence of holy virgins
In deeds of righteous men

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightening
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s might to uphold me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look before me
God’s ear to hear me
God’s Word to speak for me.–
God’s hand to guard me
God’s way to fie before me
God’s shield to protect me
God’s hosts to save me from snares of devils
From temptation of vices
From everyone who shall wish me ill – afar and near – alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul.
Against incantations of false prophets
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics
Against craft of idolatry
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards
Against every knowledge that corrupts men’s souls.

Christ to shield me today against poison, against burning, against drowning, against wounding, so that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with; Christ before me; Christ behind me; Christ in me; Christ beneath me; Christ above me; Christ on my right; Christ on my left;

Christ when I sit down; Christ when I lie down; Christ when I arise.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me
Christ in every one who speaks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me

I arise today through a mighty strength: Through the invocation of the Trinity – through belief in the threeness – through confession of the oneness of the Creator of creation.

CELTIC CROSS GREEN

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Today Is The Day

Exif JPEGThe past is gone. Today brings you a promise for the future: this promise from the Creator of the universe:  “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation, I helped you. Behold, now is ‘the acceptable time;’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation.’ Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, Hebrews 3:15 ).

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord, please do not let the sun go down on this day before you call out His name and ask Him to take over your life. He holds a blessed future for you in His hands, but more importantly, He holds your eternity as well. Today is YOUR day to receive Him.

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Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 2

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  And in Hebrews 4:9, the Lord says, “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God.” The only true rest comes from the Creator of all things, through His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to spend time with Him in order to absorb His rest. Hopefully, this series of Sunday posts will help us focus on enjoying that rest He so lovingly wants us to have.

I don’t call “Sabbath Rest” a challenge — rather an INVITATION. If you have a photo, a graphic, a favorite scripture passage, or a short quote that represents REST to you, please share it via this “Sabbath Rest” series.

Here’s How:  Simply post your photo or text on your own site; then hop over here to my “Sabbath Rest” post each week and paste the link to yours in the “Comments” box. That’s it. We’ll all get a chance to visit other sites and benefit from the “Rest” offered on each one.

My submission for week 2 is a little chorus the Lord gave me while in His presence one morning.

SUNSET - KEVIN BELL  BLUE- FOR BLOG

Color edited for this post.

I rest my soul
In the bosom of the Father.
I rest my soul
Deep within my God.
I rest my soul
In the Maker of creation,
And safe in Him,
I rest.

(photo: © Kevin Bell: courtesy of beautifulfreepictures.com

 

Sabbath Rest — An Invitational Series — Share Your Rest

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  And in Hebrews 4:9, the Lord says, “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God.” The only true rest comes from the Creator of all things, through His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to spend time with Him in order to absorb His rest. I’d like to do a series of posts that will help us focus on enjoying that rest He so lovingly wants us to have.

So this post is the first in a series of posts for Sundays. I don’t call it a challenge — rather an INVITATION. If you have a photo, a graphic, a favorite scripture passage, or a short quote that represents REST to you, please share it via this “Sabbath Rest” series.

Here’s How:  Simply post your photo or scripture on your own site; then hop over here to my “Sabbath Rest” post each week and paste the link to yours in the “Comments” box. That’s it. We’ll all get a chance to visit other sites and benefit from the “Rest” offered on each one.

Here’s mine for this week:

WILLOW TREE - credits - widenedThis photo, as you see from the credits, is courtesy of free-extras.com. From the moment I first saw it, it has created a rest deep within me. I appreciate the photographer’s ability to capture the essence of peace and rest, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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A Whale of a Tale

I originally wrote this poem on my “In Love With Words” blog as part of a poetry writing assignment in the Writing 201 course WordPress is currently running. The assignment was to write a concrete — or shaped — poem about an animal. The structure of the poem is not supposed to look like a normal poem, but should present a picture of the subject of the poem. So when you scroll down to the poem itself, stand way back, squint one eye, and imagine you see the big flippers of a whale as he goes down into the ocean of words. Then you can enjoy the story.

JONAH POEM WHALE IMAGE

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SMILING WHALE - WHITE ON MAUVE

 

The poem above has been approved and endorsed by the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Pink Whales.

 

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Two Trustworthy Acrostics

CROWN OF THORNS ULTRA MODERNTRUSTWORTHY

There is but One whose love and help are sure.
Renewed each day as surely as the sun.
Under His wings of grace I find the cure:
Sin and hate, sorrow, sickness – done.
‘Tis Jesus Christ, the sole trustworthy One.

PROVEN

Tiny babe: He took that form in Bethlehem.
Relinquishing Heaven’s privileges, became a man.
Upon Himself, He took my sin and all its curse.
Secure in Love’s omnipotence, He took the cross.
Then surely I can trust myself into His hands.

 

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