The Lord is faithful to all His promises
And loving toward all He has made.
The Lord upholds all those who fall
And lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
And you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of
Every living thing. Psalm 145:13b - 16

Temperatures drastically dropped here in the desert this week and after a few days of rain, everything looked fresh and green again. I notice relief the most at night; it seems sleep is deeper and longer under feathered comforters.

I also experienced a reprieve in my spiritual life this week. I’m praising God because He knows we can’t tolerate continual stressful situations. This week I’m praising Him for stress busters like pizza and ice cream and forgiveness.

Thank you, Lord, for seasons and little breakthroughs!

This post links with Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays.


  1. Hello Mary,
    Yes, thank the Lord He gives us a break when we most need it. He promised never to give us more than we can handle. Although, there are times, I must admit, that I think He thinks I'm stronger than I really am! Thank you for your post and I wish you a lovely weekend.


  2. Oh I love it when we get a little break from stressful situations. Take in deep breaths and enjoy it while you can!
    Have a lovely night my friend.

  3. Refreshment from the Lord is like nothing else on this earth. His promises are true and we can take them to the bank. God bless.

  4., ice cream and forgiveness.. I love the sound of that. Wishing you a very happy and stress free thanksgiving

  5. This was lovely....and you hit the nail on the head by using the word "reprieve" (title of my blog, I might add!!:>) is those wonderful reprieves that the Lord provides for us, that makes us know we are not alone, and that HE does see us!! Beautiful flowers!!!

  6. Yes, Mary! Thank God for seasons!

  7. Dear one I am glad that God has provided you a bit of a resbit. He knows. He knows.......

  8. Thankful for HIS reprieves and most especially for those of this life. HE is faithful to refresh and restore us just when we need HIM.

    Hugs, love, and prayers,

  9. Praising Him with you~

    I'm so frustrated. I tried to watch the Youtube video in your last post the other day. I could only watch about 1/4 of it and the rest wouldn't download. I thought I could finish it today... rats, this wireless!

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. Ah yes, the Ministry of Pizza has amazing effectiveness!

    I couldn't help but think of Ecclesiastes, and how everything has a time & purpose. Thank God everything comes-to-pass, and stress most of all.

  11. Amen, Thank God for pizza and ice cream and forgiveness and new seasons and little breakthroughs and cooler evenings. I hope you enjoy all these things and more.

  12. Ah and ice cream. My favorite staples.

    My life has totally changed with thanksgiving. It's amazing, the amount of joy that comes when you're thankful for it all. God is so good!

  13. Praising God with you, He is good all the time.

  14. I love this peaceful reminder in the midst of my storm...Thank you sister Mary for your continued prayers.God bless.

  15. Yes, Mary - I also need those little "ledges" on my upward mountain climbing. Today I feel a respite from my recent storms, too. And I'm letting God calm my heart...

    Hmm...why am I suddenly craving pizza???


  16. I'm happy and praising Him for these things too. Although it is heating up again it will soon be cool again. I love this time of the year.
    Hope you're having a fantastic week.

  17. Hi Mary -

    Thank you for being a breath of fresh air!

  18. Oh, I just love love love this post of yours, dear Mary.

    How right you are - God knows we can't handle too much long term stress.

    He cares enough to de-stress us!

    Glad to know you are sleeping comfortable under feathered comforters! It's been cool over here too, but of course, Asia is not America, so cool is relative. But I also use a light comforter... makes sleeping such a restful delight.

    Love and blessings...


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