Dearly Loved

New River

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother/sister is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:12-13

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have a sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”

1 Peter 1:22

“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.”

Proverbs 27:9

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell in unity.”

Psalm 133:1

“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.”

Proverbs 17:9

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galations 6:2

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

John 15:15

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

This post is for Jeanne and Barb: You may be a little bit out of pocket right now but you will always be in our hearts!! Please know that you are dearly loved children of our ever faithful Father who loves you infinitely and forever. Won’t it be great when we are all Home with Jesus!! Keep walking sisters!!

Morning Gift

Wildwood

Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.

Jeremiah 32:17

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

Hebrews 3:4

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9
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Creeping Buttercup
Sticky Ragwort
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Forget Me Nots

LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25: 1

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.

Psalm 28:7

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.

Psalm 145:3

“I Have Called You Friends”

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Peace I leave you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful. You have heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me. On the contrary, so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do as the Father has commanded me.

…I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without me. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give to you.

This is what I command you: Love one another.

Jesus: John 14:27-15:17 (CSB)

A Single Grain of Wheat

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Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me. Where I am, there my servant also will be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:24-26 (CSB)
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one hundred and eighty-degrees turn

“Many Tears”

Friends, I promised you a post before March ended but I was tied up doing other tasks and couldn’t do it. My apologies!

This is the last time I will be posting on this blog. It has been an adventure in learning how much I don’t know about technology, to say the least, and I am forever grateful for your patience. My photos are not copyrighted so feel free to download any you may want to keep. The blog will stay up through February but it will not be renewed. It hasn’t been an easy decision but I believe it’s the will of God for me in this season of my life. Before I say goodbye, I want to tell you a little bit about what God has been doing in my life.

Since February 24, I have been off-grid and out of pocket on what most people would call a vacation. I turned my phone off and put it and my laptop up for the rest of March and into the first part of April. I do this when I feel I need time away or when I believe God is calling me away to spend more time with Him and in His word. This is the only kind of “vacation” that I take; it’s been many, many years since I actually went away for a vacation. No worries; I’m content with what God gives me!! Oh, and I’m going to be off-grid and out of pocket for the rest of April (except for family)!! Feel free to email me at ana.sutphin@gmail.com.

During this time, God has given me a glimpse of the true state of my heart and just how selfish and self-centered I really am. If God ever lets you see yourself the way He sees you, count yourself blessed beyond measure. It shows that you are truly His child. If he never does it, then you need to question if you are truly His. There’s a book that I have been studying (in addition to my Bible) called Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray. Some of you may be familiar with it, but if not I highly recommend it. The words that Murray writes have come to mean a great deal to me and have touched my life deeply. I have wanted to grow up in my faith and bear much fruit. That’s only possible if we daily abide in Christ. Murray explains what that means in ways that are new to me. He uses John 15 to tell us about Jesus as the Vine and ourselves as the branches. Our Father is the Vinedresser. And the Holy Spirit is critical to the relationship of all three. Murray tells why pruning of the branches is necessary and what the glorious result will be! I’m still in the book, going as deep as I possibly can because I want to be as close to Jesus as I can get and bear much fruit. I have no other goal in this life other than to be made into the image of Christ.

This season in my life actually started on February 1, 2022, when I received my latest blood test results. Unfortunately, I learned that I was way too close to needing insulin for diabetes and so began the long road back to health. Hence, the 180 degrees turn. Confession and repentance. It has been an impossibly difficult road to follow. On my own, I could not do it. What I’ve found in the middle of this is a grace beyond any that I have ever experienced. What I have believed was not possible, God is making a way for me to do it in His strength! Grace. Much like many of you I have regrets about the past. I have laid them at the feet of Jesus. All of the past is given to Him. If it comes up I just lay it again. Keep putting it where it belongs, with Jesus. It’s hard to move forward when one is carrying yesterday’s baggage. Praise God, there are some positive results beginning to appear even in almost 2 !/2 months since I began this journey.

There is one more thing I want to share before closing. Out of God’s abundant grace, He has shown me the place to invest the time and energy I have left on this earth~ Awana. If you don’t know what that is, google it for more info. In a nutshell, it’s all about children memorizing God’s Word in a safe and fun group. Every week that I have been able to participate has drawn me a little closer to knowing what the true purpose of my life is…helping children come to know and love Jesus! The children may have needed me to be there for them, but I have needed them more. Our kids matter much to God! They should matter much to us!!! I’m grateful to God and to GraceLife for the opportunity to serve them!!

Thank you so much for your kind words. If you have been blessed by this blog all Glory to God. He alone deserves our praise!!!

Anna

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

~~Jesus.

John 15:12