Thoughts from "Serenity" a member of our congregation...
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
I find myself most often needing to know the "why" of things. You may have this habit too. Quite often we wrestle with the question too long and far to hard especially in the many cases when there just isn't any aparent "why" that will satisfy.
For those of us that are wrestling this right now or will come into the struggle soon, I want to share this that I have found:
I lay my "Whys" before your Cross
In worship kneeling, my mind to numb for thought.
My heart beyond all feeling,
and worshipping realize that I
in knowing You completely,
don't need to know the "why"!
- A.W. Carmichael (Edges of His Ways)
from the book, "Legacy of a Pack Rat" by Ruth Bell Graham
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
An old Adage goes like this: "No news is good news"
You yourself have probably heard this more than once and said it more than a couple of times. This adage continues and is current with our times.
All secular news channels and outlets have plenty to announce and for the most part its "bad news". Staying informed is one thing, but constantly feeding on it is another. It does nothing but deplete us then fill us with doubt and fear!
Psalm 64 contraststhe wicked and the righteous and compares their destinies. The arrogance of the wicked and their plots against the righteous is a continuing theme.
The wicked do not know (or they do not care) that there is One who sees and who will repay.
When we have confident trust in Him, our concerns can be cast aside and we can rest in His Sovereign Will for our lives.
The next time you find yourself opressed by the 'Bad News", read the "Good News" that is the Holy Bible and rejoice in Him!
|Posted on March 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (1)|
This first day of Spring I gaze out my window, hoping to find a "visible" sign of new life!
Through the still leafless trees I see a cross, yes a cross! Painted bright red, its stands out vividly against the stark "lifeless" backdrop of the trees. The cross stirs my heart and my thoughts center on Him, Jesus; How magnificent was (is) the gift of New Life through the blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, how unworthy we were (are) until His divine mercy was shown - His love demonstrated supremely on the cross!
"Yea, thee, My wandering sheep; Yea thee, My scarlet sinner so slow to weep, come to Me, for I will love thee, and I will keep thee. Nay, fix thy heart, thine eyes, thy hope upon My boundless sacrifice. Will I lose lightly even one so dear bought prize!?"
- Christina Rossetti (19th century English Poet)
|Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
"Days pass when I simply forget because so many "problems" jostle for my attention and then, once more the quiet mystery is present and despite everythingand anything else, I find Him once more." - author unknown
Our life's journey is marked by doubt and questioning and yet our heart reveals a deepening awareness of Him and His divine mercy and grace. Be content to accept things you cannot understand - wait patiently. In His time He will reveal the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is the veil of God's Face.
The Trials of Life can cause us to rise toward Him if we so choose.
"Rejoice in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings. Amen!" - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
"As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing..." (2 Corinthians 6:10)
|Posted on March 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
This winter has been cold, dark, bleak, and my heart is lonesome for springtime and all the joy it brings!
It should not be, but the Lord just seems more present in a sense when the glory of His creation is more visible and active... of course I know He has been with me even in the cacoon of winter, but I can't help sometimes feeling this way.
A friend of mine testified to me just the other morning that "God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him."
And so it should be, even in the dead of winter, even before the rebirth of Spring and Easter...
For His glorious resurrection should be a celebration for every season! After all, He made them all.
"Behold, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud" (Exod 16:10b)
|Posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Snowflakes are coming down thick and fast but as soon as they touch the ground they "splat" and disappear, smoke curls from the chimney then "poof" it dissapates into thin air.
Alot of things in life are like that; they come and go, something is given then taken away.
But God keeps on giving! He meets our daily needs. There is never a time when we are seperated from His concern! Believe on Him and receive His promises!
"...for God knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish." (Psalm 1:6) KJV
March 6, 2013
|Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Splashes of rain on my window distorts my view, I can barely see the tiny snowflakes swirling about! I wonder how much of our lives are lived with a distorted view?
Mark Twain once said, "Don't part with your illusions, for when they are gone you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live."
"Illusions", according to Webster is a "False perception, conception, or interpretation of what one sees."
We are not to practice falsehood and we're not to escape reality thinking it will make life easier... believe me when I say, "It doesn't!" Withdrawing from life and reality only hinders and serves to destroy us! **
So... we need to turn to Him and desire His will (not our own) for our (His) Life! Then, and only then "His Glory SHALL be revealed in us!" (Rom 8:18 NKJV)
February 27, 2013
** Pastor's Note: Christ Jesus knew this of life and of us, this is why he calls to us "Come, let me overcome it". He has, after all "overcome the world".
|Posted on February 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God's hands and let Him do the untangling.
It's like handing over to a "master weaver" a tangled mess of yarn that seems impossible for you to undo and watching it become a beautiful tapestry.
God, the Master Weaver can make a a beautiful tapestry of your life... in Him, for Him, through Him. Amen!
"Strength and Honor are her clothing" (Proverbs 31:25)
February 19, 2013
|Posted on February 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
I read somewhere that pleasant seasons can cloud the reality that we are dependant upon God and we become "self-confident".
He allows these grey and dreary seasons in our lives so that we draw near to Him!
Today, is one of those days... and yet in the dead of this winter's silence, I hear that still small voice saying, "Because of Him, all is well."
"Sorrow and Silence are strong and patient, but endurance is God Like" Longfellow
February 18, 2013
|Posted on February 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
If you want to get your prayers through to God, then surrender your stubborn will to Him!
Stubborn will!? ...Who me!?
Simply by asking the question, the answer is an affirmative and definate "Yes; You!"
Obedience is the Master's key to effective prayer!
"I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined unto me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1) NKJV
February 16, 2013