Blossom as the Rose ~♥~ Isaiah 35:1-2

ISAIAH 35, Verses 1 and 2 - Gods Gracie Girl - gshow dot wordpress dot com

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them;

and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly,

and rejoice even with joy and singing:

the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,

the excellency of Carmel and Sharon,

they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

~Isaiah 35:1-2~

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~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿

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His Name Is Lamont . . . and Inspirational Bible Verses for You!

COMPASSIONATE - KIND, CARING MAN GIVING HIS SHOES TO A HOMELESS GIRL IN RIO de JANIERO

His name is Lamont.

In order so that I might not forget, he reiterated, “Lamont, you know, like Sanford and Son”.

In my usual early morning scurry, I turned my key to lock they front door as I left for work this past Wednesday morning.  Imagine my surprise when I went to pull my key out of the lock, and noticed that it had broken in half—inside the deadbolt!  Pinching at it precisely with my thumb and index finger, I grabbed at the broken piece of the key that was stuck inside the lock and successfully removed it from the keyhole.  God forbid I leave it in the keyhole and some burglar see it and help himself to a home full of “stuff”.

Running late for work, again! . . . Ugh! It’s ALWAYS something! ~ Oh, well.  On my trek to work I went.

Later that evening I stopped off at my friendly neighborhood Home Depot to grab a quick replacement key.  As is customary in the life of Gracie, I grabbed a cart.  You know—just in case!  One never knows what one might need! (or want.)

Up and down the aisles I went, searching through bin upon bin upon bin of miscellaneous hardware items, closet organizers, paints, faux kitchens—well, you get the gist.  I made my way to the lighting section and searched through beautiful lamps and other light fixtures. Wow~I want that one! I want that one, too! Ooo, how much does this one cost? Oh, a little too much . . . more than what I’d be willing to pay, or budget for.

“Excuse me,” I asked a clerk I just so happened to see at the end of the aisle in the paint department, “where do I get a key made?”

I held up my two broken pieces of key, as she replied, “Oh, that’s all the way down in Aisle 10, front of the store.”

I approached the key maker man, and as he was making my new key, I found myself sifting through a bin full of beautiful lanyards.

No, I really don’t neeeeed one, but they are “oh, so pretty!” There was a pink one with hearts, but too girly for me, I thought. There was a black one with little pink breast cancer ribbons and a little metal heart attached to it that read “HOPE”.

Dare I get the black one?  I shudder as I think, “no, don’t . . . it might be an ‘omen’”.  Hmm. So many decisions!

“Here’s your key, Miss. Can I get you anything else?” . . . “Umm, yes, do you know if you sell Armor All Wipes here? I know this is ‘home’ depot, but I just thought you might carry them.”

I hadn’t seen them in my earlier store exploration, but I really wanted them for my new car.

The store clerk said it was no problem for him to walk on down to see if he couldn’t find them for me since I hadn’t spotted them while perusing the aisle for my cleaning supplies. My cleaning lady was due to come clean that upcoming Saturday morning, and it’s a great thing that I remembered she had asked me for utility towels and Scrubbing Bubbles! (Thank goodness I grabbed myself a cart! ~ you see how that works!)

I waited for the clerk, and continued to sift through the bin full of lanyards. Ah, yes. I will take the black one with the pink breast cancer ribbons and the metal heart that reads HOPE for me, the pink one with hearts for my grandniece, Lexi, and the pretty purple paisley one for my niece, Jessie.

Ever since I’d purchased my new vehicle, I’ve been able to visit Jessie and Lexi, as it’s only a three-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando. I don’t like to show up at their home empty-handed, and so I take with me little trinket-gifts with which to bless them. Hey, any little thing can touch the heart!  Oh, speaking of heart . . . let’s get back to Lamont.

I quickly grabbed the three lanyards, threw them into my cart, and made my way towards Aisle 1, to see if I couldn’t help speed things up a bit. Perhaps the sales clerk had gotten interrupted and forgotten all about my waiting back by the key station for him.

As I made my way towards the helpful cashier, I ran into Lamont once again.

He approached me with a humble heartfelt, almost embarrassed smile. He said, “Miss, if it’s okay, I will take you up on that offer if that’s still okay with you?”

“Of course! It would be my pleasure. I’m just waiting on the clerk here so I can go to the cash register to check out.” I replied.

Earlier in my tour around the store, Lamont had approached me with his palms full of loose change. He told me he needed 86 cents with which to make his purchase of the one and only item he needed and for which he came to Home Depot.

I quickly let him know that I would be more than happy to assist, but that I never carry any cash, so I would make the purchase for him on my card.

He felt that it might be best for him to take a quick run around the store to see if he wouldn’t be able to find someone with a dollar, or the exact change with which to make his purchase.

I told him that if he wasn’t able to find someone to give him the money he needed, to find me, and I’d make the purchase for him.

That’s when he told me his name was Lamont.

In order so that I might not forget, he reiterated, “Lamont, you know, like Sanford and Son”.

This second time when I ran into Lamont, he shared with me that it was wire he needed for his weed whacker. He restated that he’d only needed 86 cents, since that was all he was short.

I let him know that I was waiting on the cashier, but would be more than happy to help him.

Off we went towards the cash registers, no Armor All wipes here!

As we walked he shared his story.

“You see, ma’am, I am here for work, but they laid us all off. I just spoke with my mother last night, but I couldn’t tell her that I was out of work. They were so proud of me when I got the transfer to Fort Lauderdale to work with the news station, and I just don’t have it in me to break the news to her. I’ve been out of work now for 13 weeks, and I just find little odd jobs here and there to bring me an income. That’s why I need this piece, for the Weed Whacker.

If I don’t get this, then I won’t be able to do that lawn job I was given. I’d hate to lose that opportunity. I need all the money I can get just so I can live and feed myself day-to-day.”

The tears streamed down his face as he spoke, and my eyes and heart were welling up with tears, too.

We were next in line now, and I first made my purchase, and then a separate one for Lamont.

Good Lord! I didn’t know that it would cost $26, but I cheerfully and willingly offered to purchase the item for him–and purchase it, I did!

Now that I knew his back-story, he could now save what monies he did have for food, if that’s what he so chose to spend it on.

He cried, and couldn’t thank me enough. I cried, too.

We bid our farewell as I walked off with my cart, and as I made my trek across the parking lot to my car, I couldn’t help but turn to see where he’d gone. Surely, he’d be walking out of the store by now. Had I missed him? I scoured the parking lot with my eyes, and there was no sight of Lamont.

I sat in my car after unloading and then walking my cart back to the cart corral.

Hmm, I wonder where he went . . .

I’ll never know what happened to Lamont, but I do know this . . . one act of kindness can touch a heart like nothing else.

It not only makes the person on the receiving end melt like butter on a hot summer day, but it also brings a smile to one’s heart when extending a helping hand to another fellow human being.

When you are out-and-about running your busy-self around, take some time to see if there’s not someone whom you can help with what to you seems teeeeeeny weeeeeny, but to someone else might be GIGANTIC and insurmountable a challenge.

Psalm 37:21 ~the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

Proverbs 19:17 ~ He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 28:27 ~ He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Matthew 25:34-46 ~ Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Luke 6:38 ~Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

2 Corinthians 9:7 ~ Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Hebrews 13:2 ~ Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

1 John 3:17 ~ But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers . . . for thereby some have entertained angels unwares.

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~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿

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Inspirational Bible Verses . . . The God Who Sees Me! ~ El Roi ~ Genesis 16:13 and MORE! ~

Daily I bear

a cross that is there

to simply remind me

of a world that can be

so cold and not care

about me

I look to this cross

with hopes

in my heart

and I know

that I know

it is their loss

to not want to know

a gal who can show

a love so deep

within her heart

leaning upwards so steep

to the God who sees

. . . me!

He is My El Roi

~♥~

Do you ever feel alone, sad, isolated, ostracized, ridiculed, judged, humiliated, looked down upon, misunderstood, wrecklessly misjudged, thought-less-ly verbally assaulted, care-less-ly disrespected by the prideful actions of others?

We’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives . . . and some of us–more than we care to share.

There are those who are hell-bent on setting us up to fail, or wanting to hurt us. Smugly, they approach the mirror which reflects back to them their prideful look of a mission well-accomplished.

There are some very disrespectful people on this planet!

There are those whose self-inflated egos are so high in the sky that they seem capable of only looking down. What (or who) do they look down on? Everyone.  In their high-mindedness, self-impressed selves no one is as wonderful or knowledgeable (or fill-in the blank) as they are.  They  judge others as if they had the right to judge, but only our Lord has that right . . . they’ve cursed us with their words and cast us all into the lake of fire–if only they could, they probably would. They are prideful know-it-alls operating in a haughty spirit.  It makes them feel great to leave you and others in their wake of destruction, leaving you to feel quite small.

So there you sit, spinning wildly alone in your thoughts as you attempt to dissect and process the sting of their hurtful words, actions, or neglectful, cold, callous, uncaring behaviours.

It is in these times and in these types of circumstances and situations that we can grow and mature spiritually.  We have the power to turn it around by shifting our focus from their lack of respect for us and others, to placing it right smack-dab into the Hand of the One Who Sees . . .

El Roi

In Genesis 16:7 we find Hagar, handmaid to Saria and Abram, by a fountain of water in the wilderness.  The Angel of the Lord appeared to her, and asked her, “whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go?” Hagar replied saying, “I flee from the face of my mistress, Sarai.” The angel of the Lord then said unto her, “Return unto thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt cal his name Ishmael, because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.” . . . v. 13 Hagar responds–And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, “Thou God seest me:”  for she said, “Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?”

Just as the Lord saw Hagar—all alone in the wilderness, in her state of emotional pain with the hurt she carried in her heart, the loneliness, perhaps even confusion as to why she was asked to leave, filled with fear of her uncertain future, and with a deep sadness in her soul—He also saw the injustices committed against her. ~ Therein lies the beauty! He is the God Who Sees! He sees all! Rest comfortably assured in knowing that nothing escapes our Lord’s vision.

Psalm 94:9 ~  He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

In my life, I am grateful to know El Roi, and am so comforted to know that not only does He see me and my hurts, my battles, my cries,  scars and battle wounds, but He also sees and knows of the injustices committed against me—His precious child.

He sees you, too!  He wants nothing more than to make things right for us.  When someone comes against us—no matter how justified they believe themselves to be—He sees their hearts and knows their motives.

When you are wronged, or treated despicably, hang on! He sees you, and most importantly—He sees them, and their unwarranted injustices against you. Remind yourself to know He is with you.

He is our Shadow of a Great Rock in a Weary Land!

He covers us as an ever mighty shadow, casting Himself on top of us, over us—protecting us from the cold, calloused evil hearts and intents of those who would want to bring us harm, those who would want to hurt us, slander us, judge us, condemn us to hell, abuse us, come against us every which way but loose! . . . He will protect us from those who plot evil schemes against us as they devise and desire to ultimately wound us, leading us to our being discouraged, dejected, disparaged, depreciated, or destroyed.

We need not worry about the hearts and intents of other people’s actions. The Lord Sees All!

In 1 Samuel 16:7 we see El Roi again . . . this time He looks at the heart.

. . . for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

In Jeremiah 17:9-10, we also see that the Lord examines the heart.

. . . The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

. . . I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Psalm 34:15 tells us that the Lord sees and hears us.

. . . The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.

In Psalm 139 we see that He is forever-always with us . . .

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me].

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways.

For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

[Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].

[If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee].

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

[If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

For they speak against thee wickedly, [and] thine enemies take [thy name] in vain.

Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

In Genesis 29:32 ~ He sees our heart’s yearnings and our affliction.

. . . Leah conceived and bare a son, ad she called his name Rueben:  for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore, my husband will love me. (Rueben means behold a son, for Jehovah has looked upon my affliction of being less loved by my husband than Rachel).

He roams the earth, to show Himself strong on our behalf, as we see here in 2 Chronicles 16:9 ~and Zechariah 4:10, respectively:

. . . For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

. . . For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel [with] those seven; they [are] the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

1 Peter 3:12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Hebrews 4:13 ~ Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Proverbs 15:3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Psalm 113:6 ~ [The Lord] Who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

Psalm 14:2, Psalm 53:2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Psalm 33:13, Psalm 102:19 ~ The Lord looks down from heaven . . . Isaiah 18:4 ~ I will quietly look down from my dwelling.

Psalm 66:7 ~ His eyes keep watch on the nations . . . Exodus 14:24 ~ His eyes looked down on the Egyptians . . . Job 34:21 ~ God sees all men’s steps . . . Proverbs 5:21 ~ a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes . . . Jeremiah 32:19 ~ Your eyes are open to all the ways of men . . . Jeremiah 16:17 ~ my eyes are on all their ways

The eyes of the Lord are . . .

~ on those who fear him, Psalm 33:18

~ on the righteous, Psalm 34:15, 1 Peter 3;12

God keeps his eyes on the righteous, Job 36:7

~ You have seen it, Psalm 35:22

~ You watcher of men, Job 7:20

~ Look down from heaven and see! Isaiah, 63:15

~ Open your eyes and see! Daniel 9:18

~ until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees, Lamentations 3:50

~ your Father sees in secret, Matthew 6:4

When the storms rage against you, and you find yourself caught in the vortex of a nasty tempest feeling like you cannot see Him, always remember He sees you!

Photo by Julie de Waroquier

EL ROI ~ THE GOD WHO SEES ME

He is our vindicator. He is our comforter. He is our Hiding Place from the Wind. He is our Resting Place. He is our Covert from the Tempest. He is our Ointment Poured Forth.  He is our Strength and our Song. He is our Showers upon the earth. He is our High Tower. He is our Strong Rock. He is our King of Glory! He is Jehovah – Mighty in Battle.  He is an Everlasting Rock–our Rock of Ages.

Dear Heavenly and Most Holy Father:

We ask that you not only protect us from the evil meant to hurt us, but that you would have us examine our own hearts so that we are not the perpetrator bringing offense to any of your precious children. We love you, Lord, and all that you stand for is pure, holy, and righteous. We know that you call us to love, and this is the greatest commandment of all, in that you ask of us to simply love our neighbor as ourselves. Help us to love ourselves as You love us so that we may then pour forth and extend that same love to others—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

As we seek to become more like You, please bless us with the necessary self-discipline to sit still as we quietly study your Holy Word so that we may reflect on our own lives, our own impurities, our own sinfulness.

Purify us, Lord, so that we may be that city on a hill, the salt of the earth, as we build and edify one another. Let us not seek to destroy the precious tender hearts of those whom you love. Let us shine so that they may see Your good works, and glorify You.

Allow us the grace to self-examine ourselves with the same scrutiny as we examine others for we are all guilty as charged in this area.

Cleanse our hearts, O Lord, and keep us from evil—both on the offense and on the defense. Let us not offend, and help us to not be offended. When this does happen, as we know it will, please send your loving touch to our hearts, minds, and souls so that we can correctly stand before You, without sinfulness or bitterness in our hearts. May we right this ship of offense, and when we are wronged, Lord, may we remember the story of Hagar, and how she marveled at the revelation that You are the God Who Sees.

May we strive to reach the lost, but also to love one another as You love us, Lord, for You are Love.

Let love be our greatest aim as we meander here on this earth, and until that day when we go to meet with you in the sky. ~ In the name of your Holy, precious, loving son, Jesus—Amen.

~♥~

Your Precious Daughter who loves You, Lord

~ immensely!

~ verrrrrrrrrry much!

~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿

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