Friday, January 08, 2010
"THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, REVIVING THE SOUL"...PSALM 19:7
"THE PLANS OF THE LORD STAND FIRM FOREVER." PSALM 33:11
THE GOAL FOR 2010 IS BEING FORMED. IT IS ABOUT REFLECTING ON THE PAST GOALS & REVIVING THE SAME SPIRIT THAT WORKED BEFORE.
'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord."
I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him O'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more! _Louisa M.R. Stead
That most important of phrases, O FOR GRACE TO TRUST HIM MORE.
Crucified and laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
For me above all. _ Michael W. Smith
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thought I would post a fwd. I got from Joni E. Tada today...
Let Go of Christmas
Let's go to Bethlehem to see this thing that has happened.
-- Luke 2:15
My friend complained to me one day, "Christmas is wonderful, but quite frankly, I'm tired of the arranging, the shopping, the visiting, the hosting, the wrapping, and the decorating. When I was a child, none of this ever concerned me. But now that I'm old, well... I'm just tired of being in charge of Christmas!"
I know the feeling. It seems the holidays aggravate our need to control and arrange. Daily life is hectic enough. The responsibilities of managing holiday moments and staging special memories sap the strength out of the best of us. Whether it's a Charlie Brown Christmas or a Martha Stewart Christmas, it all seems to be a lot of work.
What a contrast with the first Christmas. The announcement of Jesus' birth, though dramatic and brilliant, came with no preparations on the part of the shepherds. Mary and Joseph did not whip up a banquet or deck the halls of Bethlehem. No invitations written. No gifts purchased. No programs arranged. Just a birth. And just a midnight visitation by obedient shepherds.
No one but God was in charge of Christmas the night Jesus was born. Salvation had been prepared before the foundations of the world. God's sovereign hand worked in the details of history so that all would be fulfilled as promised. He arranged for the miraculous birth, the willing servant Mary, and the angelic announcement. All that remained for the shepherds to do was to go and see what had happened. They left rejoicing, telling everyone the good news.
Take time before this season starts to see with your heart what God has done in sending Jesus. Reflect on his preparations before you take any responsibility. Celebrate the season before you control it. Meditate on the wonder of his incarnation before you manage it for everyone else. Let go and you will rejoice in what you see.
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Lord, Christmas belongs to you, not me. You're in charge as much now as you were in olden times. Let me see as the shepherds saw, full of wonder and joy.
Joni and Friends
Monday, December 07, 2009
Borrowed From FIDDLER4JESUS:
This poem was inside of one of the church's paper,Power for Living a while back. Thought you would enjoy!
My little boy
Confessed to me
Some childish wrong;
And kneeling at my knee,
He prayed with tears--
"Dear God, make me a man
Like Daddy--wise and strong;
I know YOU can!"
Then while he slept
I knelt beside his bed,
Confessed my sins,
And prayed with low-
"O God, make me a child
like my child here--
Trusting Thee with faith
Written by Andrew Gillies (1870-1942)
On the Nuggets post,I mentioned the verse about faith. Here is how the Lord really is working today!
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, for the evidence of thins not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please HIM for he that cometh to God must believe that HE is and that HE is a rewarder to them that diligently (earnestly) seek HIM. Hebrews
FAITH-"If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain,Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible to you,This kind of FAITH goes not out but by prayer and fasting."Matthew 17: 20,21
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This photo is my dd Debra and Thanksgiving at her house last year.
This came from Annie Johnson Flint, thanks to Sally, LEADER OF the
NEW SONG OF PRAISE POETS SPARK TEAM :
"Come apart with me,and rest awhile" Mark 6:31
If our Lord bids you to be silent, it is but to tune your tongue to His praise. Remember that the pause is part of the music..
The great COMPOSER writes the theme
And gives us each a part to play;
To some a sweet and flowing air,
Smooth and unbroken all the way;
They pour their full heart's gladness out
In the notes of joy and service blent;
But some He gives long bars of "rests,"
With idle voice and instrument.
He Who directs the singing spheres,
The music of the morning stars,
Needs, for His full creation's humn,
The quiet of the soundless bars.
Be silent unto God, my soul,
If this the score He writes for thee,
And "hold the rest," play no false note
To mar His perfect harmony.
Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
Strike on the instant, true and clear,
Lest from the grand, melodious whole
Thy note be missing to His ear. (our King)
And in my Bible,"In the calmness of spirit it will give,your soul will reflect,as in a mirror,the beauty of the Lord;and the tumult of women's(or men) lives will be calmed in your presence, as your tumults have been calmed in His Presence.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore,we will not fear."
God be with you Thanksgiving Day..here,if you have time,put what you are most Thankful for..I am thankful for my relationship with our Lord right now and a wonderful,peace He gives.
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