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Blessings to all who visit here!

I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

July 23, 2014

O HAPPY DAY

Do you remember the happiest day of your life? Was it when you got married? Or was it when your first child was born? Maybe your graduation from high school or college was the best day you remember in your life! Do you recall the day you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior? How about the day you were baptized? Some people remember those dates so well that they celebrate either their baptism or acceptance of Jesus into their lives as a second birthday – a born again birthday.

When God placed humans in the Garden of Eden, His intention was for them to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings, as well as their communion with Him. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:”. (Genesis 2:15-16 KJV). David spoke of the happiness he found in serving the Lord: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11 KJV). If David found such joy in God’s presence, imagine the pleasure Adam and Eve experienced before sin entered their world.

Too often in life, we focus on the negative things going on around us or happening to us, and forget to take joy in the blessings that are poured out on us every day! “A faithful man shall abound with blessings:…” (Proverbs 28:20a KJV). If we would just stop and think of one blessing each time we feel overwhelmed by life, our stress levels would diminish and our joy would grow!

My <3 song today is about the joy and pleasure we can find in serving Jesus:

“O happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

REFRAIN:
Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray, and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.

O happy bond, that seals my vows
To Him who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house,
While to that sacred shrine I move.

’Tis done: the great transaction’s done!
I am the Lord’s and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on;
Charmed to confess the voice divine.

Now rest, my long divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part;
Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast.

High Heaven, that heard the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in life’s latest hour I bow
And bless in death a bond so dear.”

“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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