Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection."

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Green in the Broken Places | God’s Love Everywhere

May 3, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

God’s love shows us “A Beautiful Place”: Staring at the vast colors of the ocean in my dreams, Frustrated by a bleak gray reality. Green shoots grow and rise in broken places, Proclaiming God’s nourishing presence everywhere, anywhere, here and now. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to […]

Categories: Photos & Words

A Wondrous Life | Inspired by God’s Gifts

April 11, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

You are an inspiration. I do not claim this lightly. No matter where you are in life, what has happened to you, or what you’ve done, our Heavenly Father has worked so much for you, for you are precious. You, who are made in the image of love. (Genesis 1:27) You, whose hairs are counted […]

Categories: Reflections

To trust in the Lord…

March 27, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Confusion and chaos everywhere. Still Your song plays clearly. Is this how peace sounds, my Lord? Calling, softly calling! Nearer, My God, to Thee “Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalm […]

Categories: Inspirations

Jesus, take these words… | A Life of Love

March 2, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’” Galatians 5:13-14 KJV Jesus, take my ears — Comfort with them, make […]

Categories: Lyrical/Poems/Songs

How do you understand your God-given purpose?

February 23, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone! Lately I have been asking myself about my calling. How do I understand my God-given purpose? What are His directions for my life? The passages describing how Christ called several of His disciples are encouraging for me. You can read them here: Jesus Calls the Disciples. Four of the disciples, including Peter, were […]

Categories: Discussion

Sunset | Christ’s Merciful Blessings

February 8, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

In awe after “A Request for a Blessing“… Trees stoop down to witness — from the edge of the horizon — God’s art in sunset motion. I kneel down to witness — from all the corners of my life — God’s mercy before my eyes. “But after that the kindness and love of God our […]

Categories: Photos & Words

Here I am, Lord

January 10, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

…..Lord, here I am. Why don’t I see You? My child, your eyes are too broken to see clearly how I am healing you. Close them and see with your mind and heart. Remember how you were lonely and I sent a messenger your way? Remember how you were sorrowful and I sent you happiness? […]

Categories: Inspirations

My Heart Cries Today | God Answers Our Prayers

January 2, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications.” Psalm 28:6 KJV In the middle of the day, Hidden in the blinding sun, I cry. My heart cries for company. It cries from the pain of loneliness, Cries to see You more. Yet, in the middle of the day, Lit by […]

Categories: Lyrical/Poems/Songs

Hope in Christ | Christmas Always Present in Love

December 25, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Rejoice in our Shepherd‘s birth! Frosted wave caps from Tears of joy at Christ’s birth, and Tears of sorrow for our pain. Tubes of water Smiling, because Hope, and Love, He doth bring! Merry Christmas! May you experience, every day, Christmas and the hope it represents. God bless “For this purpose the Son of God […]

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Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plans

December 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV We all face trials or disquieted spirits at some point in our lives. Maybe you know what […]

Categories: Reflections

God’s Love in His Gift of Praise | Gratitude, Hope, Faith

December 18, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Psalm 42:5 KJV Praise God, even in hardship. Even in hardship. Now consider what a gift praise is. Expressing thanks to God is no […]

Categories: Concepts

Thy Neighbor | Loving Others through God’s Provisions

October 18, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

How many times have I looked someone straight in the eye while he cried? And I couldn’t even see the tears because he swallowed them, hiding from the cruel public. How many times have I listened to someone’s words, but not her voice? And I couldn’t even hear the slight tremor she so tightly controlled, […]

Categories: Concepts

When Weakness Falls upon Us | Strength in God’s Grace

October 12, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

In Christ Jesus, you are “Capable“… When the dark clouds roll in, and the shadows fall, be still my soul. When the lions snap, and the chains weigh heavy, be still my soul. For by God’s grace, you never know how strong you are until being weak is the only choice you have. “And what […]

Categories: Photos & Words

Flower Petal Canvas | The Gift of God’s Blessings

September 14, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Remember, even “In the Valley…” Each one of us uniquely painted by our Creator’s hands, Our lives are a beautiful canvas. Our sufferings painted in bright colors launched by chaos, Caught by the Prince of Peace, He wields them mercifully. Each streak of pink our Saviour’s blood, each streak of white our cleansing, Each streak […]

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A Comforted Life in Difficult Times| Our Weakness, God’s Strength

August 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hard times can lead to comforting realizations… We are weak. As individuals, we can do nothing. And that is fine. In fact, it is the release of one of the biggest burdens we try to carry. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that one of most comforting concepts you’ve heard? You do not have to be a […]

Categories: Reflections

Note: New Passages | God’s Love and Blessings

July 8, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that not too many posts have been published as of late. As many of you know, my health is not ideal, and it’s been a bit difficult. Please bear with me if posts are not very frequent–but I am still posting :) Thank you so much for your support! […]

Categories: Notes

To a Beautiful Place: Hope in All Trials

May 26, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Am I living in a nightmare, with each day bringing new horrors? Where pain is king and each moment of rest is fleeting, taunting me of what I do not have. No! No, I am living in a dream, And each new adventure is a plot twist. Because a King does exist Who turns each […]

Categories: Lyrical/Poems/Songs

Open Shell | Christ’s Light, His Presence

March 28, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Lord, where is my rest? My soul, an open shell face-down on a smudge-streaked beach. Who will lift me up again that the light, I may see? Behold, Christ gently picks up all the broken pieces. He makes them beautiful, art in His warm presence. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are […]

Categories: Photos & Words

Cradled in Christ’s Arms | When the world is overwhelming

February 16, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

To close my eyes, never enough in the blinding light; but shielded by God’s comforting arms. To hear noise all around me; but God’s voice is the only sound. To take a deep breath in the stench; and smell God’s sweet, sweet air. To taste a taste so satisfying, that I’m never hungry again. To […]

Categories: Lyrical/Poems/Songs

Review: “It’s in the Little Things” by Gayle Suzanne

January 5, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

For more information about the book, you can go to Closed the Cover   It’s in the Little Things by Gayle Suzanne is a collection of her own personal stories ranging from the funny, raw (sometimes mature) moments of her life to her heavier, harder times. These accounts are loosely connected by the theme of […]

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