Saturday, January 31, 2009
I often used to murmur,
And on my sorrows dwell,
Until a mite-like trifle
Would to a mountain swell;
And when its misty shadows
My pathway would enshroud,
I did not dream of brightness
Behind the darksome cloud.
At length a soft voice whispered;
Thy daily mercies count,"
I did, and was astonished,
So great was the amount!
I placed both in the balance,
My trials upward flew,
And then the silver lining
From the dark cloud broke through.
Like a bright ray of sunshine
Across my path it fell,
Again the same voice whispered
"God doeth all things well.
Faint not nor be discouraged,
Tho' darkness should enshroud,
His mercy is unfailing,
There's light behind the cloud."
The Christadelphian Magazine 1885
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens."
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
made in communications in recent years,
there's still a lot to be said for a smile."
- Franklin P. Jones
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
we praise Him.
When we look forward to God's faithfulness,
we trust Him."
- Ken Watters
Yet this I call to mind and
therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
reveal the sunshine of His face."
- Hilys Jasper
Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
To look around is to be distressed.
To look within is to be depressed.
To look above is to be blessed.
When we look around we see anxiety, unrest and uncertainty and nothing that can bring comfort, hope and peace to us. The world is upside down with problems and troubles the greatest and wisest of men cannot solve - the days are evil. (Eph.5:16). For the most part the world rejects Christ and the Scriptures foretold "perilous times shall come". 2 Tim.3:1.
Now when we look within we might just see what God sees: "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked-who can know it?" Jer. 17:9. To look within is to be depressed.
But to look above where Christ sits at the right hand of God, His Father, is to be blessed. We have been accepted in the beloved, in Christ we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Eph.1:6,7), we have hope for the future, and we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. (Eph.1:3.)
Friday, January 23, 2009
Without the Way there is no going;
without the Truth there is no knowing;
without the Life there is no living.
Thomas a Kempis
Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness:
Kindness in your face,
Kindness in your eyes,
And kindness in your smile.
He who pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life and honor.
the valley of trouble a door of hope.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be
brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I shall not want That's Supply
He makes me to lie down
in green pastures That's Rest
He leads me beside
the still waters That's Refreshment
He restores my soul That's Healing
He leads me in the
paths of righteousness That's Guidance
For His name sake That's Purpose
Yea, though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death That's Testing
I will fear no evil That's Protection
For Thou art with me That's Faithfulness
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies That's Hope
Thou anoints my head with oil That's Promise
My cup runs over That's Abundance
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life That's Blessing
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord That's Security
Forever That's Eternity
Monday, January 19, 2009
It is just that God does this in His time not ours.
We can give our tears to God
because He is our COMFORTER
because He is our CONFIDENCE
Our pains because He is our HEALER
Our stress because He is our PEACE
Our heaviness because He is our JOY
Therefore, having been justified by FAITH,
We have PEACE with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ…
And REJOICE in the
HOPE of the GLORY of GOD.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
than one's sheets.
- Genoese Proverb
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Even when you are experiencing tough times,
remember the blessings in your life.
It’s like sprinkling sunshine on a cloudy day.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly as you teach and
admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life
worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God.
Friday, January 09, 2009
SHARE YOUR FAITH
You can wish someone joy and peace and happy things,
but when you share your faith –
you’ve wished them everything.
We loved you so much that we were delighted
to share with you not only the gospel of God
but our lives as well,
because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
GIVE THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness is a blessing for the one who forgives
as well as for the one who is forgiven.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners –
of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me,
the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display
his unlimited patience as an example for those
who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
but their echoes are truly endless.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives,
so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
which was in my mind long
before it took the form of a resolution,
is the key-note of my life.
It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate
the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning.
I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul,
but rather be made to blossom,
like Aaron's rod, with flowers."
- Helen Keller
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life that
God has promised to those who love him.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
H ow swiftly flies by the time,
A new year with hopes and challenges.
P lan thoroughly and be
P repared for joy in living
Y ou will achieve joy.
N othing fearing,
E xpect all things possible
W ith God
Y earning true
E xcellence in character
A im for nothing less than the best you can
R ise up and shine, ready for loving and serving our God!
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.