•August 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
“Oh that I were as in months past.”
Job 29:2 “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,
Numbers of Christians can view the past with pleasure, but regard the present with dissatisfaction; they look back upon the days which they have passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom and dreariness.
Once they lived near to Jesus, but now they feel that they have wandered from him, and they say, “O that I were as in months past!” They complain that they have lost their evidences, or that they have not present peace of mind, or that they have no enjoyment in the means of grace, or that conscience is not so tender, or that they have not so much zeal for God’s glory. Continue reading ‘Charles Spurgeon “Oh That I were in Months Past.”’
•August 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Mark 14:38 And he said to them, “Keep watch, and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
My laptop computer has an extremely sensitive touch pad. Sometimes just my scrolling over a page causes other sites to open and I unwillingly agree to have cookies deposited on my hard drive or some other unwanted nonsense. This morning I was on Facebook and suddenly a page popped up with options to select a different language. As my mouse traveled to the top of the page to go “back” I apparently hesitated over Chinese and inadvertently selected it as my primary means of communication. Now all my settings and tools are printed in foreign characters and I have no idea what to click on in order to get back to English. Continue reading ‘Touchpads, Temptation and Mark 14:38’
•August 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Deu 32:3 I will praise the name of the LORD, and his people will tell of his greatness.
You constantly pursue me. The depths of your love and mercy wait for me in your outstretched arms. I surrender and allow myself to be captured by you and your infinite grace. Here in your presence I am secure–there is no fear or condemnation only peace. My sins are thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and your compassionate tenderness fills me with a sense of wonder. Amen
Exo 15:2 The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness.
•August 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Psalm 119:29 Keep me from going the wrong way, and in your goodness teach me your law.
I spanked my dog for the first time today in eight months. Oh, I’ve spoken to her sternly when she’s gotten a bit out of control but, beyond that she has never felt a slap on the behind from me. She is so cute and sweet but I’ve noticed she is listening to me less and her bad behaviors still have not gone away.
This morning I went too close to her after giving her a new spare-rib bone (which she loves). She lunged for my face, growled and snapped. Instinctively I spanked her bottom about three or four times while scolding her in a loud angry voice. She trembled in fear. Continue reading ‘Dog Bones and Psalm 119:29’
•August 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment
John 14:26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
I was a member of Hope Community Church in Amherst Massachusetts and loved to hear our Pastor, Carlos, teach his lessons. In one particular sermon Carlos talked about Jesus’ infinite wisdom in sending us the Holy Spirit or the Comforter,
“Imagine what it would be like,” he said, “How would we be able to communicate with God otherwise?” Continue reading ‘Jehovah Shalom, Peace and John 14:26 – 27’
•July 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Psa 91:15 When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them.
There is so much to do before moving to Massachusetts. Every time I’m certain my inventory is complete I remember another task needing to be done: car repairs, reducing my belongings in order to fit them in a small four-cylinder car, shut off notices and changes of address are just a few. My “to-do” list gets longer each day instead of shorter. I am overwhelmed when I see the entire picture—calmed when I sit in silence listening for His prompting. Continue reading ‘Psalm 91:15 And the Journey Home’
•July 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Psa 27:14 Trust in the LORD. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the LORD.
I have been very disheartened lately, so much so that as I realized that my plans and dreams would not materialize I had no where else to turn except to trust God–He truly was my last resort. I prayed and surrendered the outcome of my situation to Him–I believed my finances, my car repairs, my lack of medical insurance and fear and worry were doomed to continue with no end in sight. I gave up my plans for my future and finally and completely relinquished control to my Heavenly Father asking Him to do His will in my life. Continue reading ‘Trust…Do Not Despair Psalm 27:14’