No Death Was Not My Plan!

“No death was not my plan” God said 
When Adam chose the names for beasts
When I in secret fashioned Eve
While He lay fast asleep

Now when Spring seems far away
And under snow the garden sleeps
Remember that in frozen ground
The Tulip’s promise keeps

For as the last frost leaves the earth
The flower finds its way
And just as Jesus rose from death
It breaks through to sunny day!

No Death Was Not My Plan!
by Peter Caligiuri copyright © 2022
All rights reserved


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 ESV



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God’s Promise of Hope

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. Psalm 130:5 KJV

Whether looking out the window at a nursing home or looking out the window at work or school, we all sometimes wonder how we will make it. We ask ourselves where we will get the strength to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. When we face outward conflicts, at least we can see the enemy we are fighting. But when things seem dark and confusing on the inside sometimes, we feel totally hopeless.

If that is your situation today, then listen to the way King David found hope when He was in a dark place. He discovered in a moment of failure that his greatest enemies were actually far bigger than Goliath. David’s fall into sin, left Him so ashamed that he wondered how he could face his family, his friends and responsibilities as a leader. Then, at his darkest moment, David remembered that the same God who had given him hope when he fought the giant had also promised him forgiveness and restoration after he had sinned. God’s word was not weakened by his failure and there was no limit to how much God could restore when he turned his heart towards Him. Just as with King David, God offers us hope and His promise does not have an expiration date. We have not missed our chance to ask God for His help.  Right now, even if we feel we are at the end of our rope, it is the right time to put our hope in His word. Ask God for His help because today is the perfect day in all eternity to put our hope in His word!

Abounding

Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord… 1 Corinthians 15:58

Always Abounding

When we feel overwhelmed
Abounding in peace
When we are grieving
Abounding in comfort
When exhausted
Abounding in His strength
When I am ashamed
Abounding in forgiveness
When sick
Abounding in His healing
When I am afraid
Abounding in His courage
Or alone
Abounding in His presence
And His promise
To be with us always
And that in Christ
I can do all things!



“We ask you to give us a steadfast living faith, a firm trust, a holy hope, a perfect love, so that we may serve you with all our life and strength to the very end. Amen!” Amish Prayers compiled by Beverly Lewis