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What a Faithful God

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Times are tough. Prices are rising, yet the income isn't necessarily increasing. Being a missionary means being dependent - and sometimes I forget who is the true source of my daily bread. Was it the brook providing Elijah with water and the ravens with bread and meat? NO. Was it the widow who kept flour in the barrel and oil in the jar? NO.

Warren Wiersbe: "The drought had three more years to go, and God took care of His faithful servant. During that time of 'retirement', God led him, fed him, and enabled him to help others, including a gentile widow. When we walk by faith, God supplies our needs and opens doors of opportunity for us. Be sure to trust the Provider and not the provision. Brooks dry up, but God never fails."

Lord, I come before Your throne of grace;
I find rest in Your presence, and fullness of joy.
In worship and wonder I behold Your face,
Singing what a faithful God have I.

What a faithful God have I,
What a faithful God.
What a faithful God have I,
Faithful in every way.

Lord of mercy, You have heard my cry;
Through the storm You're the beacon,
My song in the night.
In the shelter of Your wings, hear my heart's reply,
Singing what a faithful God have I.

Lord all sovereign, granting peace from heaven,
Let me comfort those who suffer
With the comfort You have given.
I will tell of Your great love for as long as I live,
Singing what a faithful God have I.

What a faithful God have I,
What a faithful God.
What a faithful God have I,
Faithful in every way.
(song by Robert & Dawn Critchley)

  
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J0ANNAJ 11/9/2011 1:56PM

    We are experiencing the same thing but God spoke to us and said that our neighbours are going through hard times and that we can identify better with what they face by have to tighten our belts to. This is not to detract from His faithfulness which has been our experience all the way but has helped us to have a better perspective

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JLSEWS 9/11/2010 6:37PM

    Thank you for sharing that... a year and a half ago! It is even more meaningful now! Truly our God is AWESOME, and SO FAITHFUL to provide for our every need. I loved the song too... now heading off to see if I can hear it!
Jeri
P.S. couldn't hear it here, but listened to it on youtube. Thanks for sharing!

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HOLLY_ROSE 7/11/2009 9:29AM

    What a FAITHFUL GOD!

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Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In honor of Mary's SP anniversary, here are a few things for which I am grateful...

>God's grace...providing salvation and furthering sanctification
>God's provision...giving me so much more than just my daily bread
>God's faithfulness...resulting in a sure hope in the midst of temporary trials

  
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SLURAAS 7/6/2010 10:52PM

    I liked how you explained each item instead of just putting up a quick list. Thank you for the reminder to cultivate a grateful attitude!
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May God's grace and peace be multiplied!

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Alone but Not Lonely

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A couple of years ago I read Barbara Hughes' book "Disciplines of a Godly Woman". In her chapter devoted to the single woman, she gives the following advice:

"Have you taken a passive role rather than expanding your interests and contacts? Read books, go to plays, join a club, take up gardening - try something new. Invite others to do something with you. Make a list of everything you'd like to do and then put a few dates on the calendar and begin planning."

The Lord has used that paragraph to help me stretch my neck out of my warm, cozy shell and really embrace this life He has given me. This year, with His help, I have really tried to take advantage of new opportunities - even having the courage to do it alone if necessary.

Tonight was one example. The South African Police Service band put on a benefit concert at the nature reserve in my town. I really wanted to attend, but all the friends I asked to accompany me were already busy. I decided to go anyway. I am so glad I did. It didn't matter that I was sitting alone in a huge crowd of music lovers. I probably enjoyed the concert and the beauty of God's creation just as much as, if not more than, those little groups of people clustered around my solitary lawn chair.

Now on to the next thing on my list...

  
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RETURNTOTHIN 5/2/2012 10:28AM

    I love to go to live drama/plays. I gave up asking others, because I usually make spur of the moment decisions... I love the plays and would miss out so much if I didn't go alone!

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CAROLYN0107 11/30/2008 5:50PM

    I can relate Julie! I can relate except that here in the jungle we don't have anywhere to go, single or in groups. No concerts, not cinemas, no sightseeing places. Nowhere to go. When we want to have a night out on the town we invite each other over for a movie or game of Mexican Train Dominoes.


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LUV-BEING-NANA 11/30/2008 2:04PM

    Way to go Julie!! I am glad you got to enjoy the music!!
Michelle
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HOLLY_ROSE 11/30/2008 1:58PM

    Nothing more awesome than stepping out of our wonderful comfort zone!!! Great for you friend!! Holly

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GIRLINBRAZIL 11/30/2008 1:29PM

    Good for you! I'm sorry there was no one to go with you! I'm sure there are more times like this. I'll try to remember to pray a little more for you in the days to come. Hope you can find someone to go with you to the next event or take the courage to do what you did this time and just do it!

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Fountain of Life

Monday, October 13, 2008


"The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death."
~Proverbs 13:14

"The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence."
~Proverbs 10:11

"The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
That one may avoid the snares of death."
~Proverbs 14:27

Father, when I open my mouth to teach, may my words be characterized by wisdom so that those who are listening may be directed away from the snares of death and toward the abundant fountain of a God-fearing life.

  
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HOLLY_ROSE 11/7/2008 8:03PM

    I love the LIFE you speak friend! Bless you, Holly

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SENKYOUSHI 10/16/2008 4:41AM

    I needed this today. Thank you!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/13/2008 4:16PM

    What a beautiful and fitting photo for your entry. Wonderful verses!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 10/13/2008 8:42AM

    Amen Sister!!
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Grace

Friday, September 12, 2008

"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person" (Colossians 4:6).

"A gracious woman attains honor" (Proverbs 11:16a).

Lord, I want grace to emanate from my life today. Not so I can attain honor for myself, but that I might bring honor to You.

  
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GAILROONY 10/12/2008 10:40AM

    Oh, Julie!

You are so lovely. I saw God's grace at work in your life, every day that Dawn and I were with you. I thank God for you!

Many, many blessings today, friend!
Gail

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THIN4HIM5 10/9/2008 10:21AM

    This is SO true and even though I have been a Born Again Christian for 22years now~ This is such a good reminder. I sure wish that I would have come across this on Sunday night and early Monday morning when preparing to make some telephone calls. I even prayed before I called for guidance and the ever popular "tongue control" ~ I am human and while not going too overboard I could have done a lot better. Now even though I have apologized for coming across the way that I did~ I still feel just sick to my stomach about it and incredibly embarrassed that I handled the situation so miserably. I know that God has forgiven me, but I still feel so rotten. I am going to post the verses you shared on my refrigerator, by my telephones, in my vehicle, and should probably have them tatooed on my tongue and forehead.
I want grace to emanate from my life today as well so that I can bring glory & honor to Christ.

Thank you for sharing,
Wendy

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HOLLY_ROSE 9/14/2008 12:13AM

    Amen, my friend!

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MSM1127 9/13/2008 9:50AM

    love it, and am making this my prayer today!!

God bless you!!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 9/13/2008 8:44AM

    Thank you Julie....Amen!! God's grace is so amazing.

Michelle
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CAROLYN0107 9/13/2008 6:55AM

    God's Grace is marvelous. Thanks for blogging!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 9/12/2008 10:15AM

    Congratulations on your first ever blog entry!

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SENKYOUSHI 9/12/2008 5:51AM

    What a great first blog post! May that be true of all of us.

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