The inspiration for this website came from a Scripture song I heard over 10 years ago at a ladies retreat:

Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
A word fitly spoken shall be,
Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
Let my life bring glory to thee.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Although some of the "stories" listed are made up, the Scriptural truths they illustrate are very real and can be of great benefit in a Christian's walk with the Lord and as illustrations for the lost.

It is my heart's desire that amongst the pages of this website, the Christian find words of encouragement and be spurred on to service for our Lord, and that seekers of the truth find Salvation in the timeless truths of God's Word for these troubled times.

- Angela

Children

Beatitudes for the Home

 

BLESSED are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate and considerate, loving after the wedding bells have ceased ringing.

BLESSED
are the husband and wife who are as polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends.

BLESSED
are they who have a sense of humor, for this attribute will be a handy shock absorber.

BLESSED are they who love their mates more than any other person in the world and who joyfully fulfill their marriage vows of lifetime of fidelity and mutual helpfulness to one another.

BLESSED
are they who attain parenthood, for children are a heritage of the Lord.

BLESSED are they who remember to thank God for their food before they partake of it, and who set apart some time each day for the reading of the Bible and for prayer.

BLESSED
are those mates who never speak loudly to one another and who make their home a place where seldom is heard a discouraging word".

BLESSED are the husband and wife who faithfully attend the worship service of the church and who work together in the church for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.

BLESSED
are the husband and wife who can work out problems of adjustments without interference from relatives.

BLESSED
is the couple who has a complete understanding about financial matters and who has worked out a perfect partnership with all money under the control of both.

BLESSED
are the husband and wife who humbly dedicate their lives and their home to Christ and who practice the teachings of Christ in the home by being unselfish, loyal, and loving.

Baptist Bulletin Service

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

Anna B. Warner William B. Bradbury

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Chorus

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves the Eskimo,
Mushing dog teams through the snow,
Indians and Aleuets,
wearing Mukluk for their boots.

Repeat Chorus

Jesus loves me! Loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
That I might from sin be free,
Bled and died upon the tree.

Repeat Chorus

Jesus loves me! He who died,
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Repeat Chorus

Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Repeat Chorus

A Mother’s Prayer

A Mother’s Prayer

They grow up so fast Lord
These children You put in my care
It seems like only yesterday
I was getting gum out of their hair.

From a babe to a toddler
To a child going out to play
Now they are adolescents
Each striving to go their own way.

No longer are their trucks and dolls
Scattered all across the floor
They are busy with their own lives
Always heading out the door.

It’s so hard to let them go Lord
But I know it was meant to be
I’ve taught them of Your ways
Now I pray they’ll always turn to Thee.

Watch over them dear God
On their way to adulthood
Stand beside them on life’s rocky road
As You promised that You would.

*********

Dedicated to my children:
Billy, Amy, and Sabrina.

Alma Herrington
January 1986

Christmas In Heaven

Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,
with tiny lights like heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear
for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
but the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring,
for it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart,
for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can’t tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place.
Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

I’ll ask Him to lift your spirit as I tell Him of your love,
so then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing,
for I am spending Christmas in heaven and I’m walking with the King.

Copyright 1999
by Wanda Bencke

benckefamily@hotmail.com

**********

A note from the author:

Lysandra Kay Bencke was my thirteen year old handicapped daughter.  On Christmas day 1997, Lysandra had a seizure and was in a coma for five days before she passed away. During those five days I wrote “Christmas in Heaven”.

***********

This is the Apples of Gold website run by Angela Trenholm.
If you wish to contact the author of the poem, Wanda Bencke,
please use her e-mail as listed above.

Are You My Father?

Are You My Father?

A little boy was left one day,
On the streets of a big city town.
His mother left him on the steps of a church,
And his father could not be found.

The preacher having no children of his own,
Smiled at the young boys face.
He allowed him to work and live in the church.
The young boy soon found his place.

The boy would sit in the very front pew,
On Sundays to hear the man teach.
And on Wednesdays he was in the choir loft,
as the church sang, and the pastor preached.

Every time the two sat down.
For a meal throughout the day.
The boy asked a question that was on his heart,
Before they bowed to pray.

Looking so sincerely into the mans eyes,
The boy’s pain would begin to bother.
Always the same question, “Sir”, he’d ask,
“Please tell me, are you my father?”

The pastor’s reply was the same sweet words,
In love he had spoken many a time.
“You are my angel that was sent by God,
in my heart you will always be mine.”

The days passed by and the seasons changed,
And fall was followed by a winters chill.
The pastor was kneeled at the boy’s footboard,
Praying for the boy was ill.

It was late one night when the boy passed on,
Without pain or even a moan.
There was a peaceful grin on his lovely face,
And the pastor knew he went home.

The boy found himself in the arms of a man,
His face so sweet and kind.
And as he sat on Jesus’ knee,
One question was on his mind.

Jesus smiled down at him,
And said, “I know about your mother.”
“Please ask me the question you have on your heart.”
And the boy asked, “Are you my father?”

A smile consumed Jesus’ entire face.
The boy’s burden then lifted a ton.
Jesus said, “I am whatever you need.”
“And yes, child, you are my son.”

Copyright© Trisha Wood

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His (Jesus’) name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

A Mother’s Prayer

A Mother’s Prayer

They grow up so fast Lord
These children You put in my care
It seems like only yesterday
I was getting gum out of their hair.

From a babe to a toddler
To a child going out to play
Now they are adolescents
Each striving to go their own way.

No longer are their trucks and dolls
Scattered all across the floor
They are busy with their own lives
Always heading out the door.

It’s so hard to let them go Lord
But I know it was meant to be
I’ve taught them of Your ways
Now I pray they’ll always turn to Thee.

Watch over them dear God
On their way to adulthood
Stand beside them on life’s rocky road
As You promised that You would.

Dedicated to my children:
Billy, Amy, and Sabrina.

Alma Herrington.
January 1986.

Daily Blessings



    The link to the Daily Blessing provider is given for credit purposes only. I cannot endorse all content on their website. - Angela

KJ Bible Search

    Find:
    Entire Bible
    Old Testament
    New Testament
    Red letter
    Show verse numbers only