Wednesday, April 30, 2008
all these things we call our own,
From the mighty to the small,
the glory in them all,
is God's and God's alone!
God, and God alone, reveals the truth
of all we call unknown,
and the best and worst of men,
won't change the Master's plan,
it's God's and God's alone!
God, and God alone,
will be the joy of our eternal home.
He will be our one desire,
our hearts will never tire,
of God, and God alone!
God, and God alone,
is fit to take the universe's throne.
Let everything that lives,
reserve it's truest praise
For God, and God alone!
- Steve Green
I first heard this song, by Steve Green many years ago. From the first it captured my heart. When I read the words I feel such a deep sense of God's majesty, His power, strength, and sovereignty. Many times when this old world wears on me, when I see the direction our culture is going in, it comforts me to reflect on these things. I am so very thankful to be a pilgrim in this world, and to know that I will be able to enjoy Him for all eternity!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. - Psalm 61:2
And He led them on safely so they feared not... - Psalm 78:53a
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path.
God thundereth marvellously with His voice; great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend. - Job 37:5
Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing, then said they among the heathen, the LORD hath done great things for them. -Psalm 126:2
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Just on a note of humor, I pointed out my new quote on the sidebar of my blog, to my son Frank (always proud to show off a new "grandmother"
thing).I just love his quick wit (which, I will take credit for, since we have to give his father credit for looks, brains, and music ability), anyhow he turned and said to me "people quote that Anon. a lot, don't they?" I love ya Frank!
Hull, Massachusetts 2007
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
to Rush, he pulled off Operation Chaos in Pennsylvania, I have no doubt! Who ever thought a year ago we'd think there was someone worse than Hillary. It's a sad election year for us! Would to God that He would be merciful to us, however Thy will be done. He raises up whom He will. I don't know that there is a candidate I can in good conscience cast a vote for. Maybe I'll do a "write-in" for Ronald Reagan!
Friday, April 18, 2008
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
"Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This ye shall have of Mine hand; ye shall lay down in sorrow." (Isaiah 50:11)
What a solemn warning to those who walk in darkness and yet who try to find a way out into the light. They are represented as kindling a fire, and compassing themselves with sparks. what does this mean?
Why, it means that when we are in darkness the temptation is to find a way without trusting in the Lord and relying on Him. Instead of letting Him help us
out. We seek the light of nature, and get advice of our friends, we try the conclusions of our reason, and might almost be tempted to accept a way of deliverance which would not be of God at all.
All of these are fires of our own kindling; rush lights which will surely lead us unto the shoals. And God will let us walk in the light of those sparks, but the end will be sorrow.Beloved, do not try to get out of a dark place, except in God's time in God's way. The time of trouble is meant to teach you a lesson that you sorely need.
Premature deliverance may frustrate God's work of grace in your life. Just commit the whole situation to Him. Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence. Remember it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.- The Still Small Voice.
Cease meddling with God's plans and will. You touch anything of His- you mar the work. You may move the hand of the clock to suit you, but you do not change the time; so you may hurry the unfolding of God's will, but you harm and do not help the work. You can open a rosebud but you will spoil the flower. Leave all to Him. Hands down. Thy will, not mine. - Stephen Merritt. "Streams in The Desert" p.99
As I mused on this devotional these past few days many things stood out to me, this is a solemn warning indeed.
The scripture starts with the word 'behold' the prophet is saying "take notice, look at this" all ye who kindle/start a fire. This fire has it's beginnings with people. Before this kindling there was darkness, and the devotional goes on to speak about this darkness in reference to the child of God, and His providence in the life of His child.
I did some research on this scripture in Matt. Henry's commentary as well as another. Both speak of a child of God going through a time of darkness, and both speak of those who reject Christ, remain in a lost condition, and create their own 'light' to live by, their own self righteousness. This devotional is speaking to the former of the two.
Obviously this is not a literal fire, it is a fire/light lit in the mind, it speaks of nature, or what I would call what is 'natural' to us, or our own understanding. We know the word of God warns us against this.
In proverbs we are told in wisdom to "lean not on our own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct Thy path" (Prov. 3:5) God's word also tells us there is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ways thereof are the ways of death." (Prov. 14:12) How can one direct their path in darkness? They cannot. If you were put in a boat in the middle of the sea in complete darkness and told to row to land, could you? Again, I say you could not.
The text of the passage speaks of accepting a way of deliverance that would not be of God at all. That was really something that caused me to pause. Deliverance is a good thing, but if it is not from God it will not bring about a positive end. It should be our Lord's end that we strive for in our lives. Everything that is happening in this verse is the working of man's own hand, and the Lord warns that sorrow is it's only end. We are able to bring about our own deliverance in many circumstances.
Look at Jacob and Esau. Jacob stole the birthright and left. However a future meeting was waiting for Jacob from which he could not deliver himself, only God could. Sara delivered herself from barrenness via Hagar, only to the result of much heartache for all concerned.
Later we see Sara showing a submissive spirit toward a very dark time in her life. Oh, that we would have grace and faith to wait on the Lord, he is our Mighty Deliverer, our God who is able to Save.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
What wonderful news we have to share. Keriann and Casey will be expecting a new baby in early November. We are very excited, wondering who this new little blessing will be! Isn't it something how you can be yearning for spring to come one day,and the next day your looking all the way to the Fall. Thank you Lord!
I just realized...Tuesday we were celebrating Declan's first birthday, and Wednesday we were celebrating Frank's birthday. Now were celebrating a pending birthday!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Yesterday Kaitlyn and I went for a walk, it was almost 70 degrees outside, and gorgeous. Yes I thought, spring is in the air. Just after dinner there was a thunderstorm complete with thunder and lightning, followed by huge gusts of wind. I got up this morning and stood looking out my window at the snow flurries . Hmmm... Oh well!
(somehow I managed to underline my entry, I don't have a clue how I did it there it goes again,
isn't there enough in life to drive me crazy? I don't know how the text came up blue either...if I didn't laugh at some things, I'd cry... Ha!) Here's the real kicker, the underlining doesn't show up on the actual post...however it's still blue and underlined in my editing box...unless I'm imagining it.????)
with you in the drivers seat!
& The Hungarian Rhapsody!
this book! (LOL)
Remembering the day you came,
our hearts were filled with joy.
For our dear Lord had given us
a new precious baby boy!
A brother here awaiting you,
who would love you very much.
A team you'd be, such special friends,
Declan Andrew and Seamus!
May God's blessing stay upon you
throughout the coming year
May Jesus keep you close to Him.
wrapped in His tender care!
1 Year Old today!
April 2, 2008