Monday, March 29, 2010

Simple Things
























Simple Things

Oh pleasant joy in simple things
God sends to us each day
To show us how He cares for us
And brighten life's long way

A butterfly upon the breeze
A mother's tender smile
A child's laughter, free from care
The lifting of a trial

The warmth of springtime come again
Of sunshine after rain
Of green where all was barren brown
Of joyous bird's refrain

Of dandelions sparkling gold, 
In morning's early dew 
Of little lambs and yellow chicks
All soft and sweet and new

The blue of sky and sunset hues
Of kindness, gentle hands
Of family ties and friendships true
And grace for life's demands

Oh praise Him for his gifts of love
For knowing we belong 
To Him who doeth all  things well
Our God, our Joy, our Song.
                               -Rachael Lofgren










 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

ETERNITY

ARE WE LIVING IN ANTICIPATION OF   
CHRIST'S RETURN?

Time is but the whisper of Eternity!!!

















Let the clanging bells of time
With their changes rise and fall!
But in undertones sublime-
Sounding deep beyond them all-
Is a voice that must be heard,
As our moments onward flee
And it speaketh but this word 
'ETERNITY! ETERNITY!' 
                                                      
                                                         
                                   -Selected

Friday, March 26, 2010

Stand Firm in the Fight



"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. If you need wisdom - if you want to know what God wants you to do - ask Him,
and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."

                                                                                                                    --- James 1:2-7 & 12 NLT

Friday, March 12, 2010

A chance to die

Every chance to die to self is an opportunity to gain Eternal Reward.                -Rachael Lofgren


According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.    Phil. 1:20-21

I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
                                                                                                         Galatians 2:20

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.
  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:6-11















Thursday, March 11, 2010

Forgivness


"What can I do with the sins of others? Nothing but what I do with my own - and what Jesus did with all of them - take them to the cross.  Put them down at the foot and let them stay there ."                                                               
                                              - Elisabeth Elliot


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

EVEN THERE

This poem by Amy Carmichael was brought to me at a very crucial moment in a spiritual struggle and I can echo her words.  "Yes,  He was even there."
( I have chosen to include only the most outstanding parts of the poem as it is rather lengthy.)


"Thou hast fared far, my friend, and sounded depths, Hast thou touched bottom?"...

" I know it well, for once a scale was given me by which all anguish may be measured..."

"Then one insidious - Despair his name -
His nature venomous, of torturers chief,
Approached me, and with ancient subtle darts
Assailed me inwardly:  "Dost still believe,
Still tarry, O deluded, the Lord's leisure?
Perished thy hope... Thou sinkest in deep mire;
There is no standing; over thy head the sullen floods are flowing;
Thou art cut off - thy hope clean gone forever.
For God - He hath forgotten to be gracious;
In anger He hath shut His tender mercies.
God - doth He reign?  How canst thou know He reigneth?
Is the world God's or Devil's?

"Thou hast touched the deep place,
Than which deeper there is not;
Thou hast touched bottom. Oh, in such an hour
Of sudden fallings off of trusted things,
Of gloom of moonless night appalling thee,
And winds tempestuous, tell me if thou didst then
Perceive a light, a glorious certainty?
Feel under thee the Rock of ages, know it stood unshakable?
Discover God, the living God?"

"Yea, verily, the rock was underfoot, and overhead, a light!" 


"Then joy! Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice!
And offer in His temple an oblation.
An oblation of great gladness. 
For be sure and sing for sureness, thou,
Thus having stood EVEN THERE,
AND PROVED HIM TRUE AND VERY GOD -
His beacon unextinguished and Himself
Thy stony rock, they castle, thy deliverer -
Wilt never, happen what may to thee,
Arrive at any place forsaken."

"Even there, in unimagined utmost of distress,
His hand shall lead thee; His right hand shall hold thee
Until the path, compassed so far by Him whom thy soul loveth
Turn, and lead thee straight home to the Land Celestial where,
Unveiled, He welcometh His travelers, healing them,
By that sweet welcome, of all weariness."

"Then He who aforetime met thee, nourished thee
In barren, blistering wastes and desolate depths,
Will lead thee unto fountains of cool waters
Flowing about the roots of fair, green trees 
And by the river of God that maketh glad the city of God."

"Therefore, I say, Rejoice,
Again, and yet again, I say Rejoice,
Such joy being set before thee. Even now
Lift up thine head above thine enemies;
Yea, lift it up, and learn to wear thy pain
As night doth wear her diadem of stars."

""Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."  1 Peter 4:12-13

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."  
                                                                                   2 Corinthians 4:17-18                                                                         










Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Trust

"It is terribly important to us as humans to be able to attach some reason and comprehension to our circumstances.  It is of utmost priority to GOD that we learn to trust Him in all things,  particularly when there are no answers."
                                                      --- Judi Stauffer