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  • Praise the Lord!

    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

    John 13:7

    I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
    John 16:12





    Dark Threads The Weaver Needs

    My Life is but a weaving
    between my Lord and me;
    I cannot choose the colors
    He worketh steadily.

    Oft times He weaveth sorrow
    And I, in foolish pride,
    Forget He sees the upper,
    And I the under side.

    Not til the loom is silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly,
    Shall God unroll the canvas
    And explain the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the Weaver's skillful hand,
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    He knows, He loves, He cares,
    Nothing this truth can dim.
    He gives His very best to those
    Who leave the choice with Him.




    Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

    Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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    .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
    .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
    Psalm 25:1

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

    The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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    • Praise the Lord!

      And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
      Matthew 23:12





      The Willow and the Oak

      I saw, when the wind swept over the mead,
      The willow that stands by the brook;
      Bending low, as, with pitiless force, the storm
      Threw down the unbending oak.

      The storm had passed by, the willow uprose,
      Her branches in beauty outspread;
      But the monarch of trees, in his pride cast down,
      Lay prone on the earth and dead.

      O Christians, look up! life’s storms will soon pass;
      Rejoice ye with sorrow low bowed;
      Our Lord in His hand holds the lightning’s shaft,
      His smile is behind the cloud.

      And thou, who art proud, O turn ye in time,
      Nor fall as the desolate tree!
      God’s mercy, His infinite love are thine,
      Awaiting, inviting thee.

      Bend low till the storm passeth over,
      The sun will shine out by and by;
      Bend low till the storm passeth over,
      And the stars twinkle out in the sky.




      Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

      Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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      .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
      .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
      Psalm 25:1

      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

      The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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      • Praise the Lord!
        When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2-3




        Not Down, But Through

        “When Thou passest through the waters,”
        Deep the waves may be and cold,
        But Jehovah is our refuge,
        And his promise is our hold;
        For the Lord himself has said it,
        He, the faithful God and true;
        “When you come to the waters
        You will not go down, but through.”

        Seas of sorrow, Seas of trial,
        Bitter anguish, fiercest pain,
        Rolling surges of temptation
        Sweeping over heart and soul...
        They will never overflow us
        For we know His work is true;
        All His waves and all His billows
        He will lead us safely through.

        Threatening breakers of destruction,
        Doubt’s insidious undertow,
        Will not sink us, will not drag us
        Out to ocean depths of woe;
        For His promise will sustain us,
        Praise the Lord, whose word is true!
        We will not go down, or under,
        For He says, “You will pass through.”




        Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

        Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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        .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
        .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
        Psalm 25:1

        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

        The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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        • Praise the Lord!

          All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
          Psalm 42:7





          His Billows

          They are His billows, whether they go o’er us,
          Hiding His face in smothering spray and foam;
          Or smooth and sparkling, spread a path before us,
          And to our haven bear us safely home.

          They are His billows, whether for our succor
          He walks across them, stilling all our fear;
          Or to our cry there comes no aid nor answer,
          And in the lonely silence none is near.

          They are His billows, whether we are toiling
          Through tempest-driven waves that never cease,
          While deep to deep with clamor loud is calling;
          Or at His word they hush themselves in peace.

          They are His billows, whether He divides them,
          Making us walk dryshod where seas had flowed;
          Or lets tumultuous breakers surge about us,
          Rushing unchecked across our only road.

          They are His billows, and He brings us through them;
          So He has promised, so His love will do.
          Keeping and leading, guiding and upholding,
          To His sure harbor, He will bring us through.




          Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

          Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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          .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
          .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
          Psalm 25:1

          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

          The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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          • Praise the Lord!

            Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
            For they shall be filled.

            Matthew 5:6





            Until He Comes

            Keep Thou me ever hungry, Lord,
            Until I famish for Thy Word
            Thy Word, which is my meat, my bread,
            Thy Word, which feeds whenever read.

            Keep Thou me ever thirsty, Lord,
            Stay not Thy hand till Thou hast poured
            Thy living water in my cup
            Which I am humbly holding up.

            Keep me dissatisfied, dear Lord;
            Use Thou Thy Spirit’s shining sword
            To pierce my foolish self-esteem
            And rouse me from my empty dream.

            Keep me awake, that I may hear
            Thy bugles calling, loud and clear.
            Stir Thou my sluggish soul to fight
            For Thee beneath Thy banner bright.

            Yea, this my prayer, that I may be
            Hungry and thirsty, Lord, for Thee,
            Dissatisfied with self, awake!
            And this I ask for Jesus’ sake.



            Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

            Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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            .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
            .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
            Psalm 25:1

            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

            The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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            • Praise the Lord!

              To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
              Psalm 25:1
              O God, You are my God; early will I seek You.
              Psalm 63:1
              My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
              In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

              Psalm 5:3
              This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
              Psalm 118:24





              Sunday Morning Praise


              I With Thee Would Begin

              I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear,
              On the way that I still must pursue;
              I with Thee would begin every day granted here,
              As my earnest resolve I renew
              To be and remain Thine forever.

              I with Thee would begin and go forth in Thy name,
              Which alone doth salvation bestow;
              Fold me close to Thy breast where found joy all who came,
              There is refuge for me, too, I know,
              Though all in this world is confusion.

              Let Thy Word all divine be my lamp in whose light
              I may constantly keep to Thy way;
              And each day wouldst Thou cleanse me anew, make me white
              In the blood shed for me on that day
              The cross Thou didst suffer, Lord Jesus.

              I with Thee would begin — yea, and hear one more prayer,
              I would close with Thee, too, my brief day,
              And when daylight has failed, let me sleep in Thy care,
              Until waking Thy child Thou dost say,
              “Come, live with Me ever in Heaven.”




              Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

              Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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              .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
              .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
              Psalm 25:1

              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

              The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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              • Praise the Lord!

                For I determined not to know anything…except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
                1 Corinthians 2:2





                Let the World Their Virtue Boast

                Let the world their virtue boast, their works of righteousness,
                I, a wretch undone and lost, am freely saved by grace;
                Other title I disclaim; this, only this, is all my plea
                I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.

                I, like Gideon’s fleece, am found unwatered still, and dry,
                While the dew on all around, falls plenteous from the sky;
                Yet my Lord I cannot blame, the Savior’s grace for all is free
                I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.

                Surely He will lift me up, for I of Him have need;
                I cannot give up my hope, though I am cold and dead;
                To bring fire on earth He came, O that it now might kindled be
                I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.

                Jesus, Thou for me hast died, and Thou in me wilt live;
                I shall feel Thy death applied, I shall Thy life receive;
                Yet, when melted in the flame of love, this shall be all my plea
                I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.

                My faith has found a resting place, not in device or creed;
                I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead,
                I need no other argument, I need no other plea
                It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.




                Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                Psalm 25:1

                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                • Praise the Lord!

                  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.
                  Psalm 116:15


                  My beloved has gone to his garden...to gather lilies.
                  Song of Solomon 6:2
                  It is His garden, and they are His lilies.





                  The Gardener

                  While we are tending our earthly gardens,
                  The Gardener lends us His seeds to sow,
                  The bulbs of His lilies, the roots of His roses,
                  To plant and cherish and watch them grow.

                  Sometimes He comes when the day is over
                  And garners a sheaf of the full-grown wheat,
                  Ripe for the harvest and waiting the sickle,
                  Ready to fall at the Reaper’s feet.

                  And sometimes He comes in the early morning
                  And tenderly gathers the sweetest flowers,
                  The buds of the lily, the rose half-opened:
                  Shall we not joy when He chooses ours?

                  Shall we not yield God our loveliest blossoms,
                  Glad that He finds them so fragrant and fair,
                  Worthy transplanting to heavenly gardens,
                  To gain new beauty beneath His care?

                  Never a storm shall sweep over His flowers,
                  Nor drought shall wither, nor frost shall blight;
                  About His feet they shall grow unfading,
                  And bloom forever in His pure sight.




                  Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                  Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                  .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                  .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                  Psalm 25:1

                  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                  The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                  • Praise the Lord!

                    But Jesus said to them, “…Are you able to drink the cup that I drink,
                    and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

                    Mark 10:38

                    “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
                    Luke 9:57





                    I am Willing –

                    To receive what Thou givest,
                    To lack what Thou withholdest,
                    To relinquish what Thou takest,
                    To surrender what Thou claimest,
                    To suffer what Thou ordainest,
                    To do what Thou commandest,
                    To wait until Thou sayest “Go.”




                    Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                    Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                    .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                    .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                    Psalm 25:1

                    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                    The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                    • Praise the Lord!

                      “Lord, I will follow You.”
                      Luke 9:61





                      I Will Follow Thee

                      Savior, I will follow Thee;
                      Thou art all the world to me;
                      Tho’ the way I cannot see,
                      Savior, I will follow Thee.

                      Savior, I will follow Thee,
                      Tho’ it lead me to the cross;
                      Counting all things here but dross,
                      Savior, I will follow Thee.

                      Savior, I will follow Thee,
                      Tho’ it lead through toil and tears;
                      Through the long and weary years,
                      Savior, I will follow Thee.

                      Savior, I will follow Thee
                      Till the toils of life are o’er;
                      Till I reach the golden shore,
                      Savior, I will follow Thee.

                      Follow Thee, I will follow Thee,
                      Follow till the day is done,
                      Follow till the crown is won,
                      Savior, I will follow Thee.




                      Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                      Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                      .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                      .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                      Psalm 25:1

                      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                      The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                      • Praise the Lord!
                        He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. Romans 4:20-21




                        There Shall be a Performance of Those Things

                        There shall be a performance of those things
                        That loving heart hath waited long to see;
                        Those words shall be fulfilled to which my clings,
                        Because my God hath promised faithfully;
                        And, knowing Him, I ne’er can doubt His Word;
                        “He speaks and it is done.” The mighty Lord!

                        There shall be a performance of those things,
                        O burdened heart, rest ever in His care;
                        In quietness beneath His shadowing wings
                        Await the answer to thy longing prayer.
                        When thou hast “cast thy care,” the heart then sings,
                        There shall be a performance of those things.

                        There shall be a performance of those things,
                        O tired heart, believe and wait and pray;
                        At eventide the peaceful vesper rings,
                        Though cloud and rain and storm have filled the day.
                        Faith pierces through the mist of doubt that bars
                        The coming night sometimes, and finds the stars.

                        There shall be a performance of those things,
                        O trusting heart, the Lord to thee hath told;
                        Let Faith and Hope arise, and plume their wings,
                        And soar towards the sunrise clouds of gold;
                        The portals of the rosy dawn swing wide,
                        Revealing joys the darkening night did hide.




                        Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                        Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                        .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                        .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                        Psalm 25:1

                        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                        The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                        • Praise the Lord!

                          You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
                          Isaiah 26:3





                          It Is Mine

                          God’s abiding peace is in my soul today,
                          Yes, I feel it now, yes I feel it now;
                          He has taken all my doubts and fears away,
                          Tho’ I cannot tell you how.

                          He has wrought in me a sweet and perfect rest,
                          In my raptured heart I can feel it now;
                          He each passing moment keeps me saved and blest,
                          Floods with light my heart and brow.

                          He has given me a never failing joy,
                          Oh, I have it now! oh, I have it now!
                          To His praise I will my ransomed pow’rs employ,
                          And renew my grateful vow.

                          Oh, the love of God is comforting my soul,
                          For His love is mine, yes, His love is mine!
                          Waves of joy and gladness o’er my spirit roll,
                          Thrilling me with life divine.

                          It is mine, mine, blessed be His name!
                          He has given peace, perfect peace to me;
                          It is mine, mine, ever blessed be His name!
                          Mine for all eternity!




                          Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                          Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
                          sigpic

                          .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                          .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                          Psalm 25:1

                          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                          The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                          • Praise the Lord!

                            Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven.
                            Lamentations 3:41





                            Sunday Morning Praise


                            Lift Up Your Hearts

                            “Lift up your hearts!” We lift them, Lord, to Thee;
                            Here at Thy feet none other may we see;
                            Lift up your hearts! E’en so, with one accord,
                            We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.
                            Above the level of the former years,
                            The mire of sin, the weight of guilty fears,
                            The mist of doubt, the blight of love’s decay,
                            O Lord of Light, lift all our hearts today!

                            Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,
                            The deeds, the thoughts, that honor may not name,
                            The halting tongue that dares not tell the whole,
                            O Lord of Truth, lift every Christian soul!
                            Above the storms that vex this lower state,
                            Pride, jealousy, and envy, rage, and hate,
                            And cold mistrust that holds e’en friends apart,
                            O Lord of Love, lift every brother’s heart!

                            Lift every gift that Thou Thyself hast given;
                            Low lies the best till lifted up to heaven;
                            Low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,
                            Till, sent from God, they mount to God again.
                            Then, as the trumpet call, in after years,
                            “Lift up your hearts!” rings pealing in our ears,
                            Still shall those hearts respond, with full accord
                            “We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!”




                            Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                            Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                            .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                            .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                            Psalm 25:1

                            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                            The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                            • Praise the Lord!

                              I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
                              Psalm 9:1

                              This was the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
                              Psalm 118:23





                              How Often

                              How often, Lord, our grateful eyes
                              Have seen what Thou hast done,
                              How often does Thy love surprise
                              From dawn to set of sun.

                              How often has a gracious rain
                              On Thine inheritance,
                              When it was weary, wrought again
                              An inward radiance.

                              Thou Who upon the heavens dost ride,
                              What miracle of love Brings
                              Thee more swiftly to our side
                              Than even thought can move?

                              Our love is like a little pool,
                              Thy love is like the sea,
                              O beautiful, O wonderful,
                              How noble Love can be.




                              Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                              Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                              .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                              .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                              Psalm 25:1

                              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                              The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                              Comment






                              • Praise the Lord!

                                For yet a little while.
                                Hebrews 10:37





                                A Little Longer

                                Trav’ler, tho’ thy feet are worn, Climb a little longer!
                                Tho’ with thorns thy hands are torn, Cling a little longer!
                                Thorns shall change to waving palms, tempests toheav’nly calms,
                                Joy shall banish thine alarms, Wait a little longer!

                                Tho’ thy heart is aching sore, bear a little longer!
                                Stands another cross before, lift a little longer!
                                No more heartache, no more pain, in the land thou yet shall gain,
                                Only faithfully remain, true a little longer!

                                Step by step climb higher still, climb a little longer!
                                At the top thy heart shall thrill, hope a little longer!
                                On thy brow shall shine a gem, sparkling in life’s diadem,
                                In the new Jerusalem, on a little longer!

                                Glory in the sunset land waits a little longer!
                                Till the loved shall clasp thy hand, with a love grown stronger;
                                Friends are beck’ning from the skies, urging on the soul that tries
                                Still to reach Heav’n’s paradise, on! a little longer!




                                Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                                Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                                .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                                .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                                Psalm 25:1

                                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                                The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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