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Suspended by Grace

This video is dedicated to my sister, Janie Neff Haines and her husband Gene Haines as a memorial to their son, Clint who was killed in a tragic motor cycle accident September 2013. May God’s sustaining grace continue to carry you forward into His everlasting presence.

With much love, Brenda

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Suspended by Grace

The brightness of the day succumbed to angry storm clouds. I scarcely noticed them. The turmoil bellowing within my soul created a far greater threat, shoving me to the very edge of destruction.

Stones shifted beneath my feet. I teetered, arms flailing to regain my balance. The crackling of debris cascading down the side of the cliff echoed through the valley. Several rocks crashed on the wall before splashing in the raging sea below. Was that to be my fate after all?

A scream … a cry of despair drew my attention eastward. At first one, then several close relatives slipped over the edge and plummeted toward the crag that stuck out of the icy water. “No!” I screamed with them. I stood paralyzed on the edge unable to do anything more than pray. I wanted to rescue them, to throw out a lifeline … something to prevent the inevitable. But I had no rope, no vine, no means of aide. Their screams tightened into shrieks and sobs … then silence. Their anguish-filled hearts impregnated the atmosphere with inaudible songs of grief.

Yet, instead of crashing into the sea, they floated above it as if suspended from parachutes. They rose and drifted farther eastward toward the sun. In the far distance, a beautiful city graced the horizon.

I suspected the refugees didn’t realize God’s grace had sustained them, not at first at least. But inch-by-inch they rose upward and eastward into the brilliance of His presence. As they live out the remainder of their lives, they radiate with an inner strength, of which they seem unaware.

I, also, suspected then, as I do now, that eventually I too will slip over the edge of despair. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I can trust Him in the darkest night, in the midst of the storm, in the depths of despair. He will keep His word. By the testimony of my friends and family who have lived through the horrors of this world, I see Jesus’ sustaining grace. And I know the breath of God will lift me up and propel me into His Light and eventually into His everlasting presence.

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Perfect Gift

I know you received this a few hours ago. But I discovered there was no sound to the first one. Sorry about that.

This is the final product of the project I’ve been sharing with you since the beginning of December. I hope it blessed you. I sure enjoyed creating it. It now hangs in my mother’s living room. She was delighted to receive it for her 87th birthday.

Next week, I’ll share another art video pertaining to God’s grace. In preparation, study Ephesians 2:1-10.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Gift of Promise

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

He's Coming Soon!

He’s Coming Soon!

My father was a man of integrity. If I learned anything from him, I learned to never make a promise I couldn’t keep. He made few promises. But when he did, Daddy stood by his word. As intent as he was at not making promises to his family he couldn’t keep, he was even more concerned with making vows before God. Daddy understood the displeasure God takes in unfulfilled vows and thought it better not to make vows than to break them. My dad was a simple man and took Jesus’ words to heart:

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all …  All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one (Matthew 5:33-37).

Because of Daddy’s integrity, I trusted his word. When he said he’d do something, I knew he’d make every effort to do it. Although I don’t remember him breaking a promise, I’m sure he did. He wasn’t infallible. Perhaps the essence of his promises came with these words, “I’ll do what I can.”

On the other hand, my heavenly Father never says, “I’ll do what I can.”

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Next time, we’ll look at the gift of victory via the video, which shows the completed picture I’ve been developing since the beginning of December. Prepare by studying 1 John 5:1-12.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

I Celebrate the Day

Twenty-fifth Day of Advent, 2013

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:5 and 10 NIV)

As much as our methods of celebrating Christmas vary, so do our reasons for celebrating. Many observe the day because of family traditions. They enjoy exchanging gifts, family get-togethers, and parties. To some, it’s an excuse to take time off work and go on long vacations. (I’m amazed at how many people in the United States don’t want to say “Christmas” or have anything to do with Jesus, but take advantage of time off work. If the opportunity to work arises, they’re the first ones to decline. Just a rabbit trail, but it puzzles me.) Still others commemorate the day because of the money they make.

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Thankful for Trials

Soul Detox

Part 33

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)

 Jesus Will Carry YouSometimes, I just have to vent. During times of great struggle, many well-meaning Christians tell us that God won’t send us more than we can handle. They are wrong and here’s why: Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Proverbs & Wisdom Award

Last evening when I was a bit discouraged with the writing process, I received the following announcement:

 Dear Brenda

Proverbs & Wisdom is honored and happy to announce you are the 2013 recipient for The Proverbs & Wisdom Award. The writing on your website encourages, empowers, and enlightens Christians globally, and all others who come in contact with your work. We commend you on using the gift God has given you to bless us all so graciously.

Congratulations once again.

 Thank you and God bless,

Ashley Ormon

Editor-in-chief

Proverbs & Wisdom

IN THE LIGHT Magazine

My Book: God in Your Morning

W: proverbsnwisdom.com

W: inthelightmag.com

Interestingly, Ashley had tried to contact me several times, but my main email address failed each times. She finally connected with me on Face Book, and I gave her another address. It came through.

The point is: God knew I’d be feeling down last evening, and He knew a precisely what time I’d need this boost. He’s like that you know…gracious and wise in all His ways.

Thank You Lord for Your thoughts toward me are more numerous than the sand on the beach.

And Thank you, everyone at In the Light Magazine.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Duck Dynasty’s Powerful Message

Everyone’s talking about the Duck Dynasty these days. On the surface they are a bunch of scruffy, backwoods duck hunters. But you should hear them preach. They know and love the LORD with a greater passion than their duck hunting. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and listen to the Gospel truth from a duck-calling preacher.

Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson Preaches a POWERFUL Sermon – Perfect For Easter! from sharethemessage on GodTube.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks