He Raises the Poor…

“He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap.” Psalm 113:7

Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane, where truly, and by the grace of God, anything is possible! I’d like to share the goodness of God and how much He is willing to lift up anyone who calls upon Him in faith and truth. For many years, I have been a slave to a job that was taking so much and giving so little in return – a job that was never consistent, always nerve-racking, and one that found every way possible to keep its part-time employees from ever seeing the light of day. In a job like that we can lose who we truly are and our purpose for living because we are constantly exhausting ourselves on the hamster wheel of the world’s system of doing things.

During these years, I admit that my faith was up and down – not as consistent as I would like. Then not long ago while in prayer, the Lord led me to Psalm 116:10. It reads, “I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”. That spoke volumes to me. It settled my heart by reminding me that even in my most discouraged moments – even when I felt like giving up and couldn’t pray, there still remained a spark of faith residing in my spirit; faith that God hears my cry of despair, understands my plight, and is more than willing to encourage and lift me up if I will give Him even that tiniest spark. And so He did…over and over and over. And even in my darkest moments, I still continued to give to others – to encourage another poor downtrodden soul and to sow monetary seeds of hope because that is what I needed.

In the beginning of 2019, I said to a couple of close friends, that I believed this was the year of the beginning of my harvest. And things began to happen. Not long after that, I was reminded that I was able to begin to collect social security and so applied. Then, something I least expected…my deceased mother’s house, in another state, went up for sale and sold within 9 days of listing! For reasons I will not discuss here, I truly had given up that would ever happen. November of 2018, I had already cut back my hours at work to save what little of my nerves and well-being were left. God told me to completely quit, but I didn’t have the faith for that at the time, and humbly told him. So, He worked with me where my faith was, but never stopped blessing me. He LOVES us and wishes us the best if we will only receive it. Now, after a most recent circumstance, I may be out of the job totally. That will be a blessing and I will let you know.

What I would like you to take from this testimony is to never give up hope and gather whatever faith you have, and let God fan it with His divine presence and Love. Keep the word of God in your eyes and in your heart because they are the answer to our dilemmas. Jesus said, “It is written; man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. So, I am here to tell you how true that is. God wishes our best and is willing to guide us on the path we should go, and He doesn’t wish it to be the grueling experience we so often help to make it. But, our part is to keep His word in our mouth, in our ears, and in our heart (mind, will and emotions), for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).

I am looking forward to more blessings that I may be a blessing. And, I pray that this post will help you to continue in your faith. One piece of advice I would give, which was given to me by the Lord…NEVER speak from your mouth when you are tired. Usually, negative thoughts begin to come when we are tired. Simply breathe, give whatever care you have to God, and get some rest. In a more restful tomorrow you will be able to speak His promise over your situation with more faith. That is what I’ve come to discover. Remember, He meets you where you are and is forever willing to bring you farther in faith and into your joyful purpose. I am not saying that I have “arrived” in the perfection of faith, but it is a lifetime labor to “enter into His rest”, as Paul says. It will get easier as we surrender more and more to trust in the One who created and loves us. I give Him praise and Him the honor that He deserves.

God bless you today and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Whatever Things You Desire…

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“Whatever things you desire when you pray, believe you receive [them] and you shall have [them].”  Mark 11:24

Good day to all…

and thank you for dropping by Leisure Lane to say ‘hello’.

One of the most joyous times for me is early morning.  Especially when the sunbeams gently stream through the window and dance with the shadows.  It always invites me to sit peacefully and listen to the quietness of God.  It is at these times more than most that He speaks to my spirit and invites me to speak to His.

Today was such a day, and in such a day the Lord reminded me of ‘desire’ – the desires that are in my heart.  Those desires that are for my well-being and the well-being of others.  And he reminded me that if I desire it, then He placed it within me.  His Spirit placed within my spirit the desires of my heart, and that I should be at peace with that knowledge.

I was reminded that I am co-creator with Him; that He wishes for me to relinquish the struggle within, and to bring my desires to Him when I pray, believe I have already received them (that is to take them when I pray), and they shall manifest for me.  Simple teaching of Jesus.  So why do I, and so many of us, make it complicated?  That is a good question that only each of us can answer for ourselves.  God already knows.  So I answer it and then relinquish it.

My vow to myself and to God, who desires all joy and good things for me, is to relinquish ALL things that do not benefit, uplift, feed, and produce Life in my spirit, soul, and body…to be drawn only to those things which are in His will for me.  For I know that in that will be great expectancy and manifestation of  joy, peace, harmony, balance, and fulfilled purpose.

I hope that you will find a part of the day that will bring you into the quietness of God.  And throughout the day, stop and take a moment to extend that grace back to Him.  For that is the first desire of the heart.

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne ♥

Leisure Link Party

A Colorful Life

Bluebird detail

Thank you for visiting today, friends.  I always hope whatever little tidbit I might post may inspire you, as it does me.  If you would like to read more from “Life in the Spirit”, click on the link.

I’d like to wish Beverly from How Sweet the Sound a happy 6th birthday to her Pink Saturday!  Thank you for sharing all the pink, Beverly.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  Above altered image is a watercolor sketch by Marianne Coyne.  Quote by Marianne Coyne©2014.

Thrive!

Based on a vision I had last year…

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I hope this affirmation of God’s wonderful goodness has inspired you.  To read more  “Life in the Spirit”, click link.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  The above altered image is a detail of Poppies, from the Garden Sprites series by Marianne Coyne©2008.  The above affirmation is an excerpt from a gratitude journal by Marianne Coyne©2012

In a Mother’s Heart

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For many of us busy days have caused us to forget every intention to send a card to our mothers…perhaps for their birthday, anniversary, or just to let them know we’re thinking about them.  Sometimes it may be a telephone call we have intended…just a “hello mom, how are you today?”  But the days slipped away one after the other until perhaps the birthday or special occasion is upon us, or completely passed.

Well, don’t despair, because it’s really never too late with moms.  Pick up that telephone now, send that card now, make that visit now…because time doesn’t exist in a mother’s heart it’s never really too late to show her you love her.

For mothers near and mothers far, for mothers here and mothers not….Have a joyous Mother’s Day, and God bless you all.

To read more  “Life in the Spirit”, click link.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note: The above image and quote by Marianne Coyne

 

Because I Am

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I am worthy of God’s gifts because I am.
I am His eternal child.
I am His eternal light, His heart, His passion.
Through Christ Jesus He has found me willing to be instructed and to learn.
There is nothing good He wishes to keep from me.

God favors the works of my hands.
All my needs and desires are met through Him.
All that God is is mine.  All that I am is His.

All that I need to succeed flows to me effortlessly.
There is no fear, no striving, no effort in the Love of God.

Amen!

Friends, I hope this has inspired you today…it certainly has me.  To read more  “Life in the Spirit”, click link.

Until next time may happy days abound!

Marianne♥

Note:  The above is an excerpt from a gratitude journal by Marianne Coyne©12/2012.  The above photo is by Marianne Coyne.

Symbols of Easter

Easter 3Hello friends,

More often these days we are hearing the question, “What do eggs and bunnies have to do with Easter?”  I understand that we have to be careful not to replace symbols for the true revelation of the Resurrection, but I feel, this Easter that I should address this question and the true significance of these symbols.

I don’t think it was a random coincidence that Jesus was born in the Spring (though the date of his birth is considered June 17th, which is technically still in the spring season), and physically died in the Spring.  The Spring season has always represented rebirth, restoration, replenishment, and resurrection.  So is it any wonder that pre-Christians and even the early Christians would hold onto the very symbols of New Life.   As far back as time itself the earth and man have looked forward to the promise of Spring, and sought the very Creator who originated that promise.

Easter1From within the recesses of the dark egg emerges life.

Easter 2Bunnies, bless their hearts, have always been the symbol of replenishment.

All things are born new during this season.  All things are resurrected from the dark bowels of the earth.

It was in the Spring that Jesus came from the dark womb, kicking and exercising his little lungs with audible bursts… the first sounds of his treasured voice.  And it was in the Spring that he rose from the bowels of the dark earth with a restored, replenished body…with the promise of resurrection for all.

So dye your eggs, put out your baskets and little bunnies, display your beautiful flowers with faces bright and beautiful, remembering the promise of Rebirth-remembering Jesus, our sweet Lord, and all he came to teach us.

I wish all my friends, near and far, a happy, most joyful Easter.  May your minds, body, and spirit be replenished during this truly Divine season.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane, and until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ☼

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