Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Contentment

"What a foolish thing this is, that because I have not what I want, I will not enjoy the comfort of what I have! There is a great deal of folly in a discontented heart." ~ Jeremiah Burroughs

"BE CONTENT WITH SUCH THINGS AS YE HAVE: FOR HE HATH SAID, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE."
                                                                      Hebrews  13:5

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Overwhelming Grace


                                        
"For daily need there is daily grace; for sudden need, sudden grace, and overwhelming need, overwhelming grace."
                                                            --- John Blanchard

                                                                              



Thursday, January 14, 2010

Limitations

God in mercy gives us limitations that we may understand our humanness and need of Him. If we resist and stubbornly insist on doing it ourselves we will find only frustration and failure. But if we allow the limitations to drive us to Him as they were meant to do we will find that as we put our hand in His we are empowered by a strength beyond ourselves to fulfill the impossible, to overcome and to be what He made us to be. 

"HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, AND HE SHALL LIFT YOU UP."  JAMES 4:10

Monday, January 11, 2010

REASSURANCE


Lord, is all well? Oh, tell me; is all well?
No voice of man can reassure the soul
When over it the waves and billows roll;
His words are like the tinkling of a bell.
Do Thou speak. Is all well?

Across the turmoil of the wind and sea,
But as it seemed from somewhere near to me,
A voice I know: "Child look at Calvary;
By the merits of My Blood, all is well."

Whence came the voice? Lo, He is in the boat;
Lord, wert Thou resting in Thy love when I,
Faithless and fearful, broke into that cry?
O Lord, forgive; a shell would keep afloat
Didst Thou make it Thy boat.

And now I hear Thy mighty "Peace be still":
And wind and wave are calm, their fury, froth.
Could wind or wave cause Thee to break Thy troth?
They are but servants to Thy sovereign will;
Within me all is still.

Oh, was there ever light on land or sea,
Or ever sweetness of the morning air,
Or ever clear blue gladness anywhere
Like this that flows from Love on Calvary -
From Him who stilled the sea?

Father and son and Spirit be adored;
Father, who gave to death our blessed Lord;
Spirit, who speaks through the Eternal Word,
By the merits of the Blood, all is well.

---Amy Carmichael

Thursday, January 7, 2010

MOONLESS TRUST






Amy Carmichael writes
"All along, let us remember, we are not asked to understand, but to simply obey... On July 28th, Saturday, I sailed. We had to come on board on Friday night, and just as the tender ( a small boat) where were the dear friends who had come to say goodbye was moving off, and a chill of loneliness shivered through me, like a warm love clasp came the long loved lines ---' And only Heaven is better than to walk with Christ at midnight , over moonless seas.' I couldn't feel frightened then. Praise Him for the moonless seas--- all the the opportunity for proving Him to be indeed the El Shaddai, 'The God who is enough'."

THE FOLLOWING POEM WAS THUS INSPIRED.

"Moonless Trust"

'Tis midnight and a moonless sky
Doth greet my searching gaze, no light appears.
All's dark and silent and unknown
But even through the pain and frequent tears

I feel a gentle guiding hand
And know my Savior walks with me, e'en here
The All Sufficient one sees dark and light the same
And I have not a single cause to fear.

For El Shaddai, My God who is enough
Is there to sooth each frightened thought and cry
And tenderly when I can't understand
He calms my heart through every"why?"

He has a purpose and a plan so high above
So perfect and so right , I will obey
And follow though I cannot see ahead
For I know Jesus walks with me the way.

~ Rachael Lofgren


" "And God, in His mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting Him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for awhile. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So it your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him, you trust Him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. Your reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:5-8 NLT



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ONE VISION ONLY




ONE VISION ONLY

Give us a vision, Oh Lord, our God
Help us to see with the eyes of our hearts
Give us a flame, a passion that burns
Give us the vision that Thy will imparts

Give us a vision to walk in Thy way
Fire our souls with an image of Thee
Help us to know Thy will and Thy way
This, Oh Jehovah our earnest plea!

Spur us on to go higher each day
Seeking, Oh Lord, to fulfill Thy will
Give us this vision only Oh King,
Let all other things be still.

~ Rachael Lofgren

Saturday, January 2, 2010


A MEDITATION ON UNFULFILLED LONGINGS

In the moments when you feel as if you cannot be patient another moment for God to fulfill some promise or grant some deep desire stop and look to Him. Think on His perfect workings in the past, His sustaining power in the present and His promises that never fail. Tell Him you are loosing patience. Ask Him to keep you. To fill that empty place with Himself. To comfort you as only He can and then go forward in confidence in His perfect Love and His perfect time. HE IS ENOUGH!

The following devotional by Amy Carmichael has been a great comfort in my moments of longing.

Ecclus. 17:24: He comforteth them that are losing patience.

He is accustomed to do this , so accustomed to do it that He has taken for one of His beautiful names THE GOD OF PATIENCE. It is good to know that He never tires of comforting them that are losing patience, and when He comforts them, all is well; they go on -even unto the end.
... He comforteth
Them that are losing patience. 'Tis His way: But none can write the words they hear Him say for men to read, only they know He saith sweet words and comforteth.

God of patience and endurance,
Steadfast as the steadfast stars
Stands Thy promise, Thine assurance
Unto Thine ambassadors:
"I thy God, will strengthen thee...
Where I am, there thou shalt be."

Lord, we would endure; O sift us
Clear of weakness; make us strong.
Lord, we would endure; O lift us
Into joy and conquering song.
Cause us in Thy peace to dwell
Seeing the Invisible.

Let us welcome all life's weather,
Whatsoever it may be;
And, or singly, or together,
Find our heart's delight in Thee,
Our Redeemer, our Adored,
Lover and beloved Lord.


May we use every unfulfilled longing as an opportunity to find God in a deeper way.

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit they way unto the Lord; trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass....Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him..."

~ Psalm 37:4-5&7a