Sunday, January 22, 2017

Morning's Promise Presented by Jennifer Anne F. Messing...


It's my hope that these poems, prayers, quotes, and Scriptures will remind you of God's precious promises and offer quiet moments of meaningful reflection and pause as you spend time in prayer and meditation. May they fill your heart with gratitude for the many gifts our Heavenly Father so graciously gives us daily. May these poems and blessings refresh and inspire you and fill your heart with His joy and everlasting love. 
Jennifer Anne F. Messing


Morning's Promise
Poetic Moments in His Presence

By Jennifer Anne F. Messing

Jennifer Messing opens her collection of Poetic Moments in His Presence with a prayer... Immediately she has taken us into His presence to share her reason for writing this book, and seeking His blessing on her readers...

This is a book you will want to keep near. Each of her selections are heart-spoken... She may be speaking on her own, and our, behalf, or she might be talking directly to God... Readers, I believe, will find her words able to calm and bring you into His words, even when we have not prepared ourselves. We may be tired, angry or upset, or feeling lonely. You may find exactly the words that you need right at that particular moment...

To assist you in that, the author has broken her book down into five parts: God's Call and Guidance, Faith and Trust, God's Care and Provision, Loving God and Serving God at Home. If you're reading an ebook, you will be able to click to the exact section you need from the Table of Contents.


When you turn to, for instance, the second part, Faith and Trust, each presentation will be in three parts...first scripture, then a relevant quote, followed by poetic moments in his presence.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
 what you will eat or drink; or about your body, 
what you will wear. 
Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not much more valuable than they?” 
Matthew 6: 25-26
~~~
Faith is . . . ceasing to worry, 
leaving the FUTURE to the God who controls the future. 
—Pamela Reeve
~~~

Increase My Faith
 Increase my faith, Lord, Help me see Your good plan— 
Though the skies ahead are cloudy, So hard to understand. 
Increase my faith, Lord, Melt away my doubts and fears. 
Grant me grace to live each day With courage, joy, and cheer. 
Increase my faith, Lord, Your loving hand knows what is best. 
Embrace me, oh, embrace me— 
I'm heavy-laden, give me rest.



If you mean to know God intimately, 
you must begin by taking the time
 to listen to His voice. —Unknown
~~~

I believe my favorite of her words is called Secret Calling. So often we hear, don't we? But do we listen...do we really listen? Messing's collection gives us so many options to choose from. Sure, you could read it through from beginning to end and be blessed, but I believe the real value of her book will be when you seek out the words that you need at any particular given time...

Secret Calling 
It's my secret calling, Lord, 
That I ponder again and again 
When I steal away
 For a quiet moment in Your presence, 
Knowing for now it's between us two, 
Understanding 
You have A venture for me to pursue.
 Looking back, it became so very clear 
How You trained, nurtured me 
And gently steered my life's journey
 So I would discover 
The path You had set, 
Even when circumstances
Could disclose nothing as yet.
 So for now, day by day 
I cherish this secret calling In my heart,
 Zealous for Your guidance 
Awaiting a divine opportunity 
Signaling the start. 
And I see with eyes of faith 
That this work will be done. 
Then I, Your Servant, O Lord,
 Shall declare, 
"Your kingdom come."



I have always made it clear that I don't have any training in understanding poetry... I guess the easiest way to say it for me is that the words either speak to me or not... The inspiration from this book comes from a very real knowledge that the author shares her personal thoughts and her own relationship with God... Because of that, readers feel that she is right there with us, sharing with each of us, responding to each of the issues that we are experiencing. Many may have read "daily bread" type of literature in the past. If you have started your day or ended it in this way, this book is perfect for you.

I read the ebook, but I would recommend that you consider the printed version. That will allow you to take it with you, but also provide a permanent addition to your home library. Messing's book is the type that you can read more than once and will find something different in the selection that will share a new facet to your thoughts...

This is one of those books when I feel confident in saying that it was inspired... Yes, it's inspirational, but also a teaching book. It's thought-provoking, yet original and fresh in content. It's... highly recommended...




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JENNIFER ANNE F. MESSING is an award-winning author, poet, speaker, and past president of the Oregon Christian Writers (e-mail: Author@JenniferAnneMessing.com). She graduated with honors from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia, USA, with a bachelor's degree in Christian Education, and also has a diploma in Journalism and Short-Story Writing from International Correspondence Schools.
Ms. Messing's latest book, "EVERLASTING LOVE: Romantic Vignettes for a Woman's Heart" (Mockingbird Lane Press, print and e-book) is a TOP FINALIST in three book competitions in 2016: the National Indie Excellence and Virtue Christian Book Awards 'Short Stories' category, and the Beverly Hills Book Awards 'Romance' category.
Her poetic devotional book, "MORNING'S PROMISE: Poetic Moments in His Presence" (Ellechor Publishing House, 2012, print and e-book) was an award-winning TOP FINALIST in the 'Poetry:Inspirational' category of the 2013 International Book Awards. 
Ms. Messing won FIRST PLACE in the 2011 short story competition jointly sponsored by "Bo's Cafe' Life" and "The Storyteller" magazine. Her romantic short stories, "Just Beginning" and "Graduation Bouquet" were LONGLISTED in The Word Hut Short Story Competition (UK/2013), and in The Henshaw Short Story Competition (UK/2015), respectively. 
She has written three books and has over 200 short stories, articles, poems, and movie reviews published in 60 different print and online magazines and book compilations, including: "The East County Gazette," "Bible Advocate," "Evangel," "LIVE," "Standard," "Mocha Memoirs," "Christian Fiction Online," and "Romancing the Soul.
Born in Manila, Philippines, to parents active in international business, she spent many of her childhood years in the Philippines and in Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Anne currently lives in Oregon and has been married to the love of her life, Michael Messing, for 25 years. They are the parents of two young adult daughters and a high-school aged son. When not writing she enjoys reading, watching classic movies, cooking, home decorating, scrap booking, going on picnics, biking, and aerobics.
More information about her books and her writing is on her website: www.JenniferAnneMessing.com
You can reach her by e-mail at: Author@JenniferAnneMessing.com