Saturday, October 30, 2010

Impossibilities? Seats for Angels!

Photo Credit: Sarah Lofgren
Mark 16:3-4: [The women] said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Matt. 28:2 And the angel of the Lord ...came...and sat upon it.

"Let us look out for the angels when the impossible lies ahead.  Think of impossibilities being turned into seats for angels! Have we not a wonderful God? So whatever the difficulty is - something we do not know how to do, or some inward matter - we shall see it rolled away, and more than that, turned to some unexpected good. I do enjoy that calm word, "And the angel sat upon it."
                                                                                     -Edges of His Ways pg. 200
                         

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hold Tight My Hand...


                                   I need you desperatly Father!

"Hold tight My hand.I will not let you down.  I will see you through.  There is purpose in this. In the dark times as in the light you do well to trust Me, for I know all things and My grace will always keep you while you choose to remain in the center of My will."
                                                                                                     

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Psalm 68

But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God's presence. Let them be filled with joy. Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD -- rejoice in his presence!  Father to the fatherless, defender of widows -- this is God, whose dwelling is holy.  God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But for rebels, there is only famine and distress.  O God, when you led your people from Egypt, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth trembled, and the heavens poured rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.  You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary Promised Land.  There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people. Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.  Tell everyone about God's power. His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! ( V. 3-10,19,34-35 NLT)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Prayer of Release


I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12 NLT

"Heavenly Father, I release to You the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You—all my worries, all my fears. You have told me not be anxious about anything, but rather to bring everything to You in prayer with thankfulness.
Father, calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart, still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control. I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You. I release to Your will all that I am trying to manipulate; I release to Your authority all that I am trying to control; I release to Your timing all that I have been striving to make happen.
I thank You for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping. Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Father, may Your will be done in my life, in Your time, and in Your way."
                                                                                        -Roy Lessin

Scriptures: Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6, Isaiah 26:3, Luke 11:2
    Taken from:      Meet Me in the Meadow

Friday, October 22, 2010

Broken Heart

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!"               
                                                                       Matthew 23:37

I'm watching you with tear filled eyes,
I'm God who made the earth and skies;
I yearn for you, I call your name,
And yet My will you still despise.

From the beginning I have laid,
A plan, and in My image made
You, for relationship with Me,
But yet in sin you far have strayed.

I saw that you had walked away,
My heart was broken on that day;
And so I sent My only Son,
To buy you back, your debt to pay.

'Tis agony to watch you now,
The child with love I would endow;
Who runs from Me at every turn,
Oh child of mine, I'm waiting now!

My arms are open, empty yet,
Because you choose to still forget,
The proffered mercy, freedom, love.
Oh flee the tempter's deadly net!

Come unto Me, I'll give you rest,
I love you child, I want your best.
Come home and spurn no more the love,
That bore the cross, the utmost test.

For you.  How long, will you despise,
The Love that waits, that never dies,
How long, how long, Oh prodigal?
'Tis you for whom I cry.
                         -Rachael Lofgren

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fear Not


"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."  
                                                                                 John 14:27 NLT

"Fear not for I am with thee."
The words my heart doth calm.
The God who is my refuge,
Holds me within His palm.

Fear not when shadows deepen,
It means His light is near.
Fear not  when night is darkest,
For dawn will soon appear.

Fear not the stormy tumult,
It must obey His will.
Fear not the unknown future,
His plan He will fulfill.

Fear not you'll be abandoned,
He'll ne'er leave nor forsake.
Fear not what man is saying,
God's truth it cannot shake.

Fear not the pain and heartache,
Of life's long weary way;
For you He's planned a future,
He'll carry you today.

"Fear not, for I am with thee.
'Tis Jesus, I am here.
Within my love the power,
That casteth out all fear."

"Whatever you are facing,
I'll hold you ever near;
You're safe in Me confiding,
You have no cause to fear
                          -Rachael Lofgren.


"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."  
                                                                                       Isaiah 41:10


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yet Will I Rejoice


"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
                                            -Habakkuk 3:17-18                                                  

Monday, October 18, 2010

NEVER ALONE

                                                                        Photo credit:Farmsoft Studios
    "For God has said, "I will NEVER fail you. I will never forsake you."Hebrew 13:5 NLT
   
     There are times in every life when one feels alone.  Our world is full of lonely people.  Even those surrounded by friends and family face such moments.  Perhaps it is a circumstance or trial that no one else seems to understand, or perhaps it is a day when our trials seem too great to bear alone but no one is there to share the load.  There are seasons in every life too, when one must pass through the valley of aloneness and it is many days before the light appears.
      Yet we are never truly alone, for God has promised to never leave or forsake us.  In His love, He desires to use these moments, days and years of our lives to draw us into a more intimate relationship with Himself. He knows that it is here in the valley of aloneness that one draws nearest to His heart and that it is here in the cool shadows of silence and the rugged paths of pain that the richest spiritual treasures are gained.  For it is here faith is tested and strengthened. Patience and fortitude are exercised and multiplied. Trust is built, and a resting heart defined.  And it is here in the ache of silence and lonliness that we are prepared for the work God has for us to do, as it deepens our dependence on  Him and our understanding of His heart.
     Sometimes despite the knowledge that our Father is all wise, and despite the promise that He will never leave us alone, we face moments when we feel utterly forsaken.  It is in these moments when we can't go on any more,  when the ache is so great we feel as if our hearts cannot bear it, that as we cry out He lifts us up and carries us.  And I have found that it is in those priceless moments that we know the Father's love as never before, the Everlasting Love of the Everlasting Arms.
"And he became their Savior. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years."  Isaiah 63:8c-9 NLT

WE ARE NEVER ALONE!

   

   
     
   

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Imprisoned Yet Free

A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleaseth Thee.

My cage confines me round,
Abroad I cannot fly,
But though my wing is closely bound,
My soul is at liberty;
For prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom of the soul.
                  -Streams in the Desert pg 315

Monday, October 11, 2010

Father I place into Your Hands


Father, I place into Your hands
The things I cannot do
Father, I place into Your hands
The things that I've been through
Father, I place into Your hands
The way that I should go
For I know I always can trust You

Father, I place into Your hands
My friends and family
Father, I place into Your hands
The things that trouble me
Father, I place into Your hands
The person I would be
For I know I always can trust You

Father, we love to see Your face
We love to hear Your voice
Father, we love to sing Your praise
And in Your name rejoice
Father, we love to walk with You
And in Your presence rest
For we know we always can trust You

Father, I want to be with You
And do the things You do
Father, I want to speak the words
That You are speaking too
Father, I want to love the ones
That You will draw to You
For I know that I am one with You
                                  -Jenny Hewer

Saturday, October 9, 2010

While He Tarries


"Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."  (Habakkuk 2:3)

     "Some things have their cycle in an hour and some in a century; but His plans shall complete their cycle whether long or short.  The tender annual which blossoms for a season and dies, and the Columbian aloe which develops in a century, each is true to it's normal principle.  Many of us desire to pluck our fruit in June rather than wait until October, and so, of course, it is sour and immature; but God's purposes ripen slowly and fully, and faith waits while He tarries, knowing He will surely come and will not tarry too long.
     It is perfect rest to fully learn and wholly trust this glorious promise.  We may know without a question that His purposes shall be accomplished when we have fully committed our ways to Him, and are walking in watchful obedience to His every prompting.  This faith will give a calm and tranquil poise to the spirit and save us from the restless fret of trying to do too much ourselves."  -Dr. A.B. Simpson
                                              

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Have We No Rights?


He had no rights:

No right to a soft bed and a well-laid table;
       No right to a home of His own, a place where His own
       pleasure might be sought;
No right to choose pleasant, congenial companions, those who could
understand Him and
       sympathize with Him;
       No right to shrink away from filth and sin, to pull His
       garments closer around Him and turn aside to walk in
       cleaner paths;
No right to be understood and appreciated; no, not by those upon whom He had
poured out a double
       portion of His love;
       No right even to never be forsaken by His Father, the One
       who meant more than all to Him.

His only right was silently to endure shame, spitting, and blows; to take
His place as a sinner at the dock; to bear my sins in anguish on the cross.

He had no rights.  And I?

A right to the "comforts" of life?
No, but a right to the love of God for my pillow.

A right to physical safety?
No, but a right to the security of being in His will.

A right to love and sympathy from those around me?
No, but a right to the friendship of the One who understands me better than
I do myself.

A right to be a leader among men?
No, but the right to be led by the One to whom I have given my all, led as
is a little child with its hand in the hand of its father.

A right to a home and dear ones?
No, not necessarily; but a right to dwell in the heart of God.

A right to myself?
No, but oh, I have a right to Christ.

All that He takes I will give;
All that He gives I will take;
He, my only right!
He the one right before which
all other rights fade into nothingness.
I have full right to Him;
Oh, may He have full right to me!

--Mabel Williamson from the book, "Have We No Rights?"

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Rainbow



Autumn Rainbow

Oh the splendor of the fall!
When it's brilliance doth endow,
Meadow, forest, hill and vale,
With an autumn rainbow.

Skies in azure's deepest hues;
Trees aflame with red and gold,
Auburn, crimson, bronze and orange,
Colors flaunted bright and bold.

Glint of silver on the wing,
Of the flock that southward flies.
Soft mysterious yellow glow,
As the harvest moon doth rise.

Then the sparkling smile of frost,
On the wilting garden green;
From beneath the drooping leaves,
Pumpkin's friendly orange is seen.


Ordered by the God above,
Autumn with it's rainbow gives,
Hope that spring will come again;
As the scripture promises.
                            -Rachael Lofgren

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.  Genesis 8:22