Monday, August 3, 2009

Encouragement

****After reading all the comments, I really feel like I need to add a line or two. I did that post late one night in a hotel room..had not even planned to post this round of the blog hop..When I looked at the list of all the times the "Peace Speaker" had shown up BIG in my life, I felt like I was looking at someone else's life. Wow, I got through all that and am still OK!...and my husband has been totally fine for the past 15 years after quadruple bypass. Never had another sick day...If my kids have read it, they would tell you I do good in the Big Things...I do a little less than Great in the little things....so just did not want you to think I sail through life with no stress...Talk to me on a day I have 3 houses to decorate for Christmas and you will know THAT PEACE does not always manifest itself. All that said...I am so thankful for that supernatural, God breathed Peace that has come in everyone of those hard times.

This weeks Blog Hop focuses on a favorite quote, bible verse or saying and why it's meaningful to you....I have so many, but will just share a couple....
One of my favorite scriptures that has proven true over and over in my life is ......

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27 (Amplified)

This scripture was true when my husband had a heart attack at 48, when my beautiful daughter told us she was pregnant her senior year of high school, it was true when my son went through a hard divorce, it was true when my parents suddenly died three months apart to the day, it was true when Baby Jack almost died from spinal meningitis, and it was true again recently when little Grayson was born. I know that peace and it is unexplainable.

For one of my very favorite quotes.....
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
I don't know about you but I want many moments that take my breath away....and grandbabies DO THAT over and over again.

53 comments:

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Reminds me of a song about peace. Peace is so underrated, don't you think?

Natalia said...

This is one of my favorites too.

Debbie said...

His peace is the only true lasting peace. Thanks for the encouragement.

Holly said...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for your encouragement to me. I am completely and utterly blessed beyond words. You are a Treasure! I love you much, friend!

~*~ Melissa ~*~ said...

I totally wrote that same quote for this! I love it! Here's my post if you want to stop by.

http://outnumbered3-1.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-hop-encouragement-832009.html

Clueless_Mama said...

It looks like you have been through so much. You must have a very strong faith to be at peace. I admire that in a person.

Mimi said...

Hi Theresa, Love your honesty and learning to deal with unforseen events is a difficult thing to do, but yes God does help us and gives us a peace we do not even comprehend!!! Love those 2 from you!!!
hugs,
jamie

Linda said...

Good words of encouragement from the scriptures today! Thank you so much. And also for the examples of the times that God was there for you during great trials.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

You are so right, there are so many amazing scripture verses that we can lean on when going through different challenges!

Thank you for posting John 14:27.

Blessings & Aloha!

(can't wait until that time arrives and our breath is taken away with the birth of a grandbaby :o)

Candace said...

What a great reminder! Thank you! And thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm off to look around yours a little more!

Candace

Abbi said...

great verse!! what a reminder, thank you!!!

christy rose said...

His peace is unexplainable and amazing!

sister sheri said...

Wow! Great Encouragement for today... and every day. Thanks!

monica said...

Great quote!

Sheryl said...

oh, i loved this! what would we ever do without HIS peace?

God is sure using you in the blog community to be an encouragement to others. with all that you have been through you are able to reach out in ways that others can't.

thanks for this today!

God, My Savior Forever! said...

Wow...God has spoken to me through you today. I needed to read that scripture because I tend to worry about the progress and health of our unborn baby. I just want to make sure that everything is ok and going as it should. We've waited so long for this miracle and I want to protect it. I keep praying over and over again for it's protection. I know that God is in completely control and it helps to be reminded. THANK YOU!

BTW...it blows me away to see that you've gone through many hardships in life and God has helped you move on. You are an amazing testimony of God's grace!

Murry Mayhem said...

Great verse! And I love that quote!

Heart2Heart said...

It is so true that during those trials of life, we are made stronger at the end of it, simply by our faith in God alone and trusting in Him to get us through the other side.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Brandon and Wizzy said...

Loved that post! So well put! I mentioned you again on my blog today :) Thanks for being so transparent and honest about real life!

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Beautiful scripture verse...

ethelmaepotter! said...

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
Lovely, absolutely lovely. Is this your own quote?

confused homemaker said...

It is so wonderful to have something to draw encouragement & strength from during a time of struggle. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Teresa,
Such a precious word form God isn't it!? "PEACE", not like the world, not like ANYTHING but HIM!
Thank you and blessing,
pat

Leigh Anne said...

After a very busy and tiring day it was so refreshing to come home and read your post. Thanks for the encouragement!

Leslee said...

Loved your post this week Teresa!

You have been through many experiences that would break most, but you persevered and continue to share your love of life!

Thank you for sharing ~

COUNTRY MOM said...

Teresa, Thank You for your prayers. I know you understand how it is to worry about your children. Thanks for your support. Blessings, Audrey

GranolaMom4God said...

Thanks for sharing! I so hope you were able to fall asleep at some point this morning! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love how God's word can minister to us through so many seasons. He never changes!

Robin said...

Teresa, I love you blog and come by often to see what is going on..Your encouragement blog is esp touching...
I am also giving you the Humane Blog award..Come by my blog to get the Blog Award.
Family Happenings
Huggs,
Robin

The Carrolls said...

Thank you for the sweet comments from Kelly's hop the other day. It was truly meant to be that I came to your blog today. Your words truly have helped me today!

Sonya said...

Oh my gosh this post gave me goosebumps! Thank you for checking out my blog and sharing such a wonderful encouraging verse.

Apryl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - love your words of encouragement!

jori-o said...

Fantastic quotes--I love both of them! Thanks for stopping by my place the other day...you have a beautiful family! =)

Jayne @ Misplaced City Girl said...

Thank you. I felt peaceful just reading your post.

MamaBear said...

Just from the little bit of looking around I did on your blog, I can tell it's a wonderful place to be. Consider me your newest follower!

The Sweet Life said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment!

Pineapple Princess said...

Totally needed this. Thanks!!!

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

What a great scripture verse...we always need peace, don't we? I, too, seem to receive it more readily in the big issues...I guess I think I can handle the little problems without Him...not a smart idea! Bless you!

the brown couch said...

Hey, hoppin' by to encourage you today! I've got a button for you at my blog http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com/2009/08/mcklinky-blog-hop-encouragement.html

Blessings,
Deborah

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Tammy said...

I agree. Just yesterday, we took a family day to the beach and aquarium. I was sitting and watching my kids and husband playing in the water. I couldn't help but think what a perfect memory. Just to watch the three of them having so much fun was the kind of gift you can't buy.

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Teresa,
I wanted to stop by and say thank you very much for the sweet B-day wishes! You're the best and I really appreciate it.

I'll be announcing my giveaway winners tomorrow! I'm so happy you entered. ~Good Luck!

Have a blessed day my friend.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for displaying my new buton as well! :)

Amber Schmidt said...

Thank you for this... I needed to read that verse today... (((hugs)))

Deb said...

I needed that reminder!

He does give us peace.

And His peace isn't relative to our circumstances.


Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet words.

Sweet dreams.

PropellerHeadMom said...

Great verse! Thank you for posting it. Your grandchildren are adorable - love the pictures. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Extremely well said. I truly enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

COUNTRY MOM said...

Teresa, I have an award on my blog for you. Blessings, Audrey

Alicia said...

Love all those verses you shared! And yes...God gives us peace that surpasses all understanding!!!

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

You took the words right out of my mouth!

That verse in John really speaks to my heart - especially with all that is going on in my life right now.

And that quote - again, one of my favorites!

May God grant you many more moments that take your breath away.

Many blessings,
Allison

Just Breathe said...

I believe I know exactly what you mean. I don't have any grandchildren yet. My daughter doesn't seem to want to have any and my son is in love, leaves with his best girl but doesn't seem to be in any hurry for that. My kids are 28 & 30 and I'm almost 58. I wanted to be a young grandmother.
Because I have severe asthma I don't get around as good as I use to. So I have enjoyed my sister's grandchildren and some young friends children. One thing I know for sure "My God is an Awesome God"

Gracie said...

I left you something on my blog. =)

HODGEPODGESPV said...

i once read "pax the benidictine word for peace, is not a place where you go and worry not more. peace is the ability to worry without fear."

Bellamere Cottage said...

Fabulous and uplifting post....I loved it. You have my very favorite scripture on your header...I have it engraved on a necklace and painted it on the bathroom wall in my old house....

Many blessings to you!

Spencer

Lady Katherine said...

What a beautiful post, Yes, very! Peace, I love this word. I so happy your life is going great, after such hard times. I think the hard times make us stronger, and find peace in our life, wherever we might be. Thank you for this lovely post, I needed to reflect on the past just a few moments, and see where I am today. Thank You.