When God takes something from your grasp,
He's not punishing you,
but merely opening your hands
to receive something better.
There comes a point in your life
when you realize who really mattered,
And even those who never really did.
So, don't worry about your past,
there's a reason why some people didn't make it to your future
there's a reason why some people didn't make it to your future
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
I pray that something good happens to you today;
maybe something that you have been waiting to hear -
something that brings you peace of mind;
maybe a confirmation that what you hear
the Lord saying to you - is right on!;
maybe financial help is on the way;
a relationship is mended;
an answered prayer;
maybe a family member or another
that you’ve been praying for –
has come to Christ;
a sickness healed;
grief turned to Joy;
Fear chased away by Faith;
a garden blooms in a heart of barrenness;
a job is secured;
something lost is restored;
a marriage is restored;
A child is born;
a life is spared;
a heart is transformed;
a family united…….
The possibilities are endless!
God is the God of possibilities. Nothing is impossible with Him.
For nothing is impossible with God.
He will never leave you or forsake you. His mercies endure forever.
Amen! and Amen!
Princess warrior in boots
Princess warrior in boots
Thank you so much, Dear. I needed a Word from God tonight and you delivered ! Bless you for all you do ! - Miss LauraReplyDelete
Welcome back to the Bridge :) Amen! to the Word. I was just the willing pencil - God delivered the WORD. May God be glorified through your daily walk.
Thank you for being that pencil too, for being that pencil in the hand of God both on the Bridge - to encourage me - and on your site.
Send her a warm hug tonight Lord
Oh this is such a wonderful post. I feel so uplifted. Thank you!ReplyDelete
And another Amen! It uplifts my heart to know that the pencil that God places in my hand allows another heart to sing.
Thank you so much for picking up that pencil and completing the circle here on the Bridge.
This post is so encouraging. I am so full of expectations. God bless you Patrina.ReplyDelete
May your cup be full and running over! Blessings on you for all you do to encourage others in the Lord. I am always honored to see a friendly face on the BRIDGE.
Thanks for picking up the pencil and completing the circle. You are a blessing.
For we who love Him, it all conspires together for our good! His plans for us are for a future, and a hope - no matter what yesterday, or even today may appear to be. How utterly marvelous!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing another great scripture,
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
There are so many scriptures that could be added -
like Prov 16:1
"We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer"
"We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps."
"The Lord directs our steps,
so why try to understand everything along the way?"
The above scriptures are from The New Living Translation.
Thanks for sharing, Kathleen, and welcome to the Bridge. Thanks for picking up that pencil and completing the circle here.
May you be Blessed with a surprise blessing today, as you have blessed me.
I appreciate your visit and leading me back here ... so many important words I needed to hearReplyDelete
Welcome to the Bridge. Thanks for connecting and picking up that pencil to complete the circle here. I look forward to seeing more of you :)
Blessings for being a Blessing
Wow! This is certainly a WORD from God here, especially in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and the aftermath of all that is happening there.ReplyDelete
Thank you for joining the SHEPHERD'S WALK Blog today and for taking time to pray for the Haitian people and my children who will be going to Haiti in March to serve there full time.
You are a big encouragement to me as your pen continues to fill my heart with words from God!
God has given you a special pen - one filled - not with ink - but with His Spirit!
Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010
You have no idea how God used the pencil to scribe your very words here. You could not have said anything more profoundly anointed –than this!
"God has given you a special pen - one filled - not with ink - but with His Spirit!"
It reminds of how Paul ended one of his letters “And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor 3:3
The Lord put this scripture in me years ago - even before He gave me Habk 2:2. I have never forgotten it. He reminded me of it with your written words here.
Your words, scribed through that pencil in God's hand - was the 5th confirmation to me today of something the Lord has - for years - been preparing me to do, and today, He said "this is the season". he miraculously guided me to the first early this morning and He's given me a total of 6 confirmations throughout the day - all in the form of written words.
I just want you to know how God used you today to write His heart to me. Seriously, a couple of years or so ago, I had a vision of God leading me to a small can tucked under a stadium bleacher - amongst piles of left over trash. Inside the can was a pen of ink. When I picked it up and held it in my hand, it melted and became alive like skin and covered me. It became me - like a mantle, it coveredme like flesh. That's where the title for my blog comes from.
Now, you tell me, is that Coincidence or God's intended purpose that you should pencil such words as these to me TODAY! "God has given you a special pen - one filled - not with ink - but with His Spirit!"
I cried when I read your words. I cried. I almost choked on the bubble of air that rose to my vocal cords – as if they were beginning to vibrate. The pressure was felt in my gut – on a spirit level. It was powerful, I just wanted to thank you for your gift of words today - for your heart - a heart that contains the wholeness of God.
I hope you read this, I don't know where to leave this comment for you. You devotional on The Heart of a Loving Father @
was the 6th confirmation from God today. I too cried when I read your words. You said "Today, your loving Father says to you, 'I have heard your prayers and seen your tears.' weep no more. Incline your ears to his sayings. He will give you words of peace, words of Hope, bring about total restoration and bless you."
And then your suggestions for prayer just sealed it all. I just wanted you to know, as I wanted TRUTHSHARER to know - how very much you blessed me today. May God continue to bless that awesome spirit filled heart of yours. You are an anointed pencil in the hand of God. I hope you know that!
I'm so happy that I hopped over here and saw this beautiful writing! What a blessing to see so many special scriptures right together, and the sweet spirit of the words you have written. Thanks for being a blessing to me as this new day begins.ReplyDelete
Interesting :)God blessReplyDelete
Nice to see you on the Bridge! Welcome and I hope you visit often. I always love it when someone makes that connection through their words here. Thanks for being a pencil inthe hand of God - here today on the Bridge and on your site. it is so nice to connect with you. Thank you for your kind words.
I do hope you are having a blessed day.
I see that you not only connected on the Bridge with your words, but you chose to follow. Exciting! I love it when I can follow and be followed by those in differnt countries. Thanks for picking up that pencil and connecting with me here. I look forward to seeing more of you and that awesome photography of your country. God has given you a camera and me a pencil. The best of both worlds! :)
Patrina, Thank you for your comment on my blog. I did not set-up those crosses myself. They are located at El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM, a beautiful healing chapel. When people visit, they form a cross out of sticks and place it. Like you, I collect crosses and was moved to photograph it when we visited there last year.ReplyDelete
An uplifting post. I'm a preacher's daughter, too. The hymn you posted in my comments today is one of my favorites. Thank you for taking the time to encourage a stranger, but a sister in Christ.ReplyDelete
Always a pleasure to meet someone from a pastor's family. Makes me feel like I alredy know a little about you:)
Thanks for connecting on the Bridge and picking up that pencil to encourage a fellow sister in Christ. May you be blessed for all you do.
lovely and fantactis penmenship. I love the ohoto you have chosen, it can be any better. Thanks for stopping at by page every now and then, it is a really encouraging.ReplyDelete
Hi Patrina...where do I start from?ReplyDelete
First of all, thank you for this comment with regards the devotional. I am so touched, blessed and motivated by your words. Thank you very much.
Secondly, some time this month, please can I put up this post of yours on my blog? It is so uplifting I want to share it more. I will surely acknowledge you as the writer.
Thirdly, about Raymond and evading wrong influences at home, Raymond is a random name used for a real person (actually female) who wants to remain anonymous. The issue has now been resolved but I decided to share the question on my blog so that the responses could help others in future.
Thank you and best wishes...
This message really touched my heart today for a niece who just miscarried her baby. I know they are trusting God, even in this loss. I sent her a link.ReplyDelete
So glad to see the connection here on the Bridge. I do love your photography. You ae very talented.
thanik you for being that pencil in the hand of God here by encouraging me. I am blesssed that I could be a blessing. I loved this photo and thot it was just light enough to chase away the gloominess of "Letting Go". So glad you like it. I did not take the photo, however. It was sent to me by a friend.
Have a blessed Day, Yen
I am so pleased to see you on the Bridge.Saddened to hear of your niece's loss. Such a loss to lose a child - yet unborn. I too lost my first. It has brought sadness more in later years then at the time. But part of me is already in heaven - and that brings heaven even closer to me. Prayers are offered in their behalf. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matt. 5:4
Thanks for being a pencil in the hand of God today. I am blessed to be a blessing.
What a wonderful post. Thank you for visiting and I will be looking for that post,you mentioned.ReplyDelete
The book was "Intercessory Prayer" it really showed me just how important our prayers are and how much God wants to be wind beneath our wings.
In His Grace,
Tammy, thanks for the visit here on the Bridge. Welcome! So glad to meet up with you. I will do that post. You have opened up a well that will never run dry - in me - with your postings. I feel it is my responsibility to God and to others to speak out about the devastation of abortion. My story is different than most, but the pain is the same. Thank you for picking up that pencil both here and on your site to encourage me.ReplyDelete
Blessings for being a blessing
This is exactly what i need. How are you? I've been away for awhile, hope the New Year is great!
Thanks for your encouraging words, God bless!
I saw you on my blog readership and wanted to pop over to say Hello and to visit with you. I was blessed by your sharing on "Letting Go". Loved the photo as well.
Praise the LORD! I look forward to getting to know you better.
Blessings in Jesus Name!
Hey, yeah, I've missed you. How are you? I am great, thank you. some days are heavy, but the good Lord carries me everyday. I don't know how others manage to live with out the Holy Spirit to lift them up when life pulls them down.
Glad my words were used to bvless you today. Thanks for picking up the pencil to tell me so.
I do hope the New Year has been good to you. I see you've posted a new entry, so I'll be hopping over there at your place soon. Thanks for visiting today.
Have a blessed week
@ Lisa Shaw
Nice to see your connection on the Bridge. I do hope to get to kknow you better this year as well. Was glad to find your site. Such a timely message for such a time as this. Thanks for picking up the pencil and being a blessing to me here Bridge with your kind words.
Have a blessed week
Nothing new here as long as I stay the flat is safe. I have another place to go if necessary but its in the town centre . no problem its only 1 kilometer from here.ReplyDelete
thanks for your concern.
Thanks for responding, Tony. Glad you are doing OK. I am concerned, and I do pray for you. Please be careful and let the Peace of God sustain you if you must live in that country.ReplyDelete
Blessings for the journey
You are a ray of sunlight in the darkest skies and a drop of water on parched lips, Patrina.ReplyDelete
You spread love, hope and faith wherever you go, my friend. What a beautiful blessing you are.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful comments, encouragement, and words of support you've been giving me over at my blog. They are much appreciated :)
I am wishing for you a week filled with peace and happiness.
What a beautiful post! Thanks for stopping over on my photography blog. I've bookmarked you so that I can return here again :o).ReplyDelete
And a dream is fortified by a living witness who is willing to take "pencil in hand" and write her words of witness over the dreams of a stranger.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Patrina, for blessing me with your words today. I am strengthened by your obedience.
"We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps."
This is the scripture God is emphasizing to me lately.
I LOVE the picture in your post! That is just so cute! LOL! Of course, I'm looking at it through the eyes of an animal lover. They speak so much about who God is.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your very kind words. :)
Amen Patrina! I just saw your message on my blog and am so happy to meet you! I'm following yours now and look forward to getting to know your heart. God bless you abundantly sister in Christ!ReplyDelete
as always, it's a pleasure to see you at my place. And taking the time to pick up that pencil and scribe the most warm encouraging words to me. I hold encouragement in my heart - it keeps me lifted up when the gloomies press me down. I just love your heart, too, my friend and I so enjoy the fact that you share your life and your family with your blogger family.
I hold you with high regard, my friend.
Thank you so much for connecting on the Bridge. I hope to see you often. Thanks also for picking up the pencil here on the Bridge. Connections are so encouraging, aren't they?
keep growing closer to Jesus
So nice to connect with you here on the Bridge and on your peaceful jouney. May God bless you as you continue to share Jesus in such a vivid practical way. Thank you for being a sturdy pencil in the hand of God by taking the time to fortify my dream - indeed. Thank you for being one of those connecting witnesses that God chooses to empower my own journey.
I hope to see you back here again. Keep growing closer to Jesus
I have seen yur footprints all over blogland! How nice that you have traveled over to my place here on the Bridge. I love you work, but most of all, I love your heart. Everyone that knows you, speaks so warmly about your heart. I look forward to seeing more of that heart in the future. Thank you for stopping by and for connecting with me onthe Bridge. Thank you for picking up that pencil to encourage me. You truly are an instrument in the hand of God.
Keep growing closer to Jesus.
I was so excited to read your new post today. We are not only sisters in Christ, but we are both gardeners! I love how the two just go together. So nice of you to connect with me on the Bridge. Thank you for being a pencil in the hand of God both here and in your garden. I am blessed to have found you.
Keep growing closer to Jesus
Thank you and how did you find me? I love the name of your blog, "A pencil in the Hand of God." I went to bed thinking of that. The first thing I saw on your blog was the Hibiscus flower that God drew. That is my favorite flower. Feeling Joy that I found your blog. I will be backReplyDelete
Gosh, I really love the comment you left on my latest post. Now I am lost for words...thank you.ReplyDelete
I left a comment on your site, but want to thank you for picking up the pencil here on the Bridge to encourage me. I just ador your artistic ability. You're one of a kind, girl.
You grace my Bridge everytime you pick up the penicl to connect. I am so very fond of your heart for God. Thank you for your precious footprints all over Blogvile. You are walking so close to Jesus that the dust of His sandals has settled on your feet.
Blessing be upon you with His abundance.