Monday, July 26, 2010

Aquiesce to my Lord...

acquiesce -
To rest satisfied, without opposition and discontent (implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence.

There are times when things look very dark to me, so dark that I have to wait even for hope. It is bad enough to wait in hope. A long deferred fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for hope, to see no glimmer of a prospect yet refuse to despair; to have nothing but night before the casement and yet to keep the casement open for possible stars; to have a vacant place in my heart and yet allow that place to be filled by no inferior presence- that is the greatest patience in the universe. It is Job in the tempest; it is Abraham on the road to Moriah; it is Moses in the desert of Midian; it is the Son of Man in the Garden of Gethsemane.

There is no patience so hard as that which endures, "as seeing Him who is invisible"; it is the waiting for hope.

Thou hast made waiting beautiful: Thou hast made patience divine. Thou hast taught us that the Father's will may be received just because it is His will. Thou hast revealed to us that a soul may see nothing but sorrow in the cup and yet may refuse to let it go, convinced that the eye of the Father sees further than its own.

Give me this Divine power of Thine, the power of Gethsemane. Give me the power to wait for hope itself, to look out from the casement where there are no stars. Give me the power, when the very joy that was set before me is gone, to stand unconquered amid the night and say, "To the eye of my Father it is perhaps shining still." I shall reach the climax of strength when I have learned to wait in hope. -George Matheson - "Streams in the Desert" July 26, copyright 1925


My dearest devotional, the edition I have was published in 1925, I treasure it.
I don't know how many times I read this particular reading just this morning. It amazes me how often times something speaks so much of your heart it's as though you penned the words yourself.

"...yet allow that place to be filled by no inferior presence."

... when the very joy that was set before me is gone,...

Upon reflection in each name above I saw:

Job-sudden fiery and devastating trials without reason or answer, which may cause one to despair. A test of faith when all is taken away after walking righteously before Him, the only answer being because it seemed good to Him to allow it.
Learning: that although we walk in obedience we cannot presume upon God. "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord." ~ Job 1:21b

Abraham - A sacrifice too great to bear, a promise and vision surrendered, an act of obedience and faith beyond comprehension. Job questioned God, Abraham did not, Job's trials came suddenly, Abraham had to take part in his sorrow, walking to Moriah with his precious son, gathering the wood for the sacrifice, binding the greatest love of his heart to the alter. Learning; to sacrifice back to Him the very visions He gave. Sacrificing the promises He fulfilled, loving Him more than even these." "... for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” ~ Gen. 22:12

Moses - Human failure and regret accompanied by a wasteland and complete solitude for 40 years (the number of testing). Redeemed by the only one Who could redeem, and the fulfilling yet of the very reason his life was preserved as an infant, to be a type of Christ, God's deliverer!
We see Sovereignty on display! Learning; God's will can only be done God's way. ".that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God." ~ Ex 8;10b

Christ - The shadow of an agony which we could never imagine, separation from the Father, becoming the sin of the world, shedding of His blood, the price of redemption, a test of love, obedience and sacrifice, to the Father's will.  "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame", for the glory set before Him"`- His Father's glory. "Thy will be done."
Learning : "...obedience through the things He suffered." ~ Heb 5:8 His greatest agony, separation from His Father.

In all of this He changes me...  

"I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I will believe the Hand which never fails.
From seeming evil worketh good for me.
And though I weep because these sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered;
"I will trust in Thee."

"I will not doubt though all my prayers return
Unanswered from the still white realm above;
I will believe it is an all wise Love
Which has refused these things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving.
Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing
Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees around a hive.
I will believe the heights for which I strive
are only reached by anguish and by pain.
And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,
I yet shall see through my severest losses
The greater gain.

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, ... not as I will, but as You will." ~Matt 26:30

...because "His banner over me is love." I will aquiesce to my Lord.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Waiting ....

on my dear sweet Lord.

...hope in the LORD ; for with the LORD there is mercy and with Him there is abundant redemption. ~Psalm 103:7

"And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious to you, and therefore He will be exalted that He may have mercy on you, for the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for Him." ~ Isaiah 30:18

"Be still, and know that I am God." ~ Psalm 46;10

"O troubled soul beneath the rod,
Thy Father speaks , be still, be still;
Learn to be silent unto God,
And let Him mold thee to His will.

"O praying soul, be still, be still,
He cannot break His plighted Word;
Sink down into His blessed will,
and wait in patience on the Lord.

"O waiting soul, be still be strong,
And though He tarry trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come too late."

Monday, July 12, 2010

140 Days of Prayer: Week 1

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Dear Friend,

Download the 140 Day Prayer GuideAs we begin these 140 days of prayer for our nation, it is important for us to prepare our hearts--going before the Father and making sure we have no unfinished business with Him.

Revival and spiritual awakening in our land begins with us--the church. Ask the Lord to help you repent of your sinfulness, obey Him steadfastly, and be strong in your faith so you can be His powerful representative to and prayer warrior for this country.

Thank you for joining with us in prayer!

Be gracious to me, O God, by examining my heart and revealing my sins. According to Your loving-kindness and the greatness of Your compassion, show me where I have strayed from Your will so I may confess my transgressions to You and know the freedom of Your forgiveness. Make me clean before You so I can intercede with an open and contrite heart for my nation. The people of America need You Lord—we needYou to open our eyes and hearts to Your truth. Thank You for beginning to change the country by transforming myown heart. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Jesus' name, Amen. (See Psalm 51:1-2.)

Click here to download the Prayer Guide PDF to find out the specific things we'll be praying for. May God richly bless you as you follow Him in obedience.

Prayerfully yours,

Charles F. Stanley

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

If Not Now When?

This past Sunday I watched these messages, which were so powerful. Please make the time to view them. Our country, it's future ,our children and grandchildren's future are at stake.

How will we answer to the Lord when He sends us such opportunities to seek Him and ask Him to spare our nation from the wicked "Tide" that Dr. Stanley speaks of, and which is so evident to us.

Someone recently intimated to me what if "the story is already written?" I cannot accept that. If I had a loved one away from Christ, unsaved or deathly ill, I would plead as David did, until it was done by the Lord. David prayed and He already knew the Lord was going to take the child.

If the Lord does not repent of what it seems is coming to America then I want to be on the praying side, I still want revival. I still want His mercies.

I cannot help but wonder what His people were thinking as they marched off to Babalonian Captivity, perhaps it was "I wish we listened when Jerimiah spoke, I wish we prayed, I wish we humbled ourselves.

In Israel's day He sent prophets, such as Jeremiah. The people ignored Him, and the Lord knew they would but He sent him anyway. It stood as a testimony against them in the day of their captivity, and they moaned for themselves as they went off bound.

How will we bare it? It is truly upon us. If not now when?


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Turning the Tide

What happens when a nation violates the laws of God? In this powerful message, Dr. Stanley explains what happens when people govern themselves based on preference rather than the principles of God.

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This video is the Sunday message with such great warnings of what we are facing.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A lovely 4th of July!

A mish mosh of photos of a great time had by all!
First a visit at Kristy & Jeff's...

aside from the water slide & pool
I think "D" spent his whole day here.

believe it or not Kristy just
had a baby a month ago!
(that's Lin with Grady)

is this Conner not just
constant entertainment?

My sister "on the patch"
the bug patch lol!

Hi Mike, it was nice meeting you! ;-)

Picnic at home...

Mom Snyder and my mother :)

Just enjoying the children in the pool.

Of course what would a picnic
be without Kate's goodies!

Dad's Birthday Cake
compliments of KT

I couldn't tell you how good these were !

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Birthday, Manly !

Frank... what can I say about this man? Perhaps the better question is "Is there enough room to contain it all?" The
answer, truly there is not.

I met Frank in church, and it is completely accurate to say that he stole my heart. We were married two years from when we met, 1 year from our engagement, that will be 23 years in September

In many ways marriage is a process of getting to know someone as they continue to "become" and Frank has become the most incredible man I have ever known.

I am thankful to the Lord for a father to my children, and a husband who has sacrificed himself and all he has for his family, and others. I have watched him over these 23 years do without so much personally to give his children, his home and yes, his wife the very best life, providing for, protecting, and prospering us from a heart of love. I then have watched him go beyond, outside of his home to care for family, neighbors, widows, and the house of the Lord.

I have watched him "step outside the line" and put his hand to the most amazing undertakings. I have seen the Lord bless Him in it all, for I think the Lord loves to bless manliness, and men who desire to become such. His accomplishments are all to God's glory. I think he is the equivalent of ten men, ten amazing men. Is he perfect, absolutely not.

In History he would have been a John or Samuel Adams, or a General Eisenhower. He is a "command Man" all the way. I have admired these many years, his strength to stand for all he believes is right regardless of others opinions, regardless of the cost, he has been steadfast, even if it meant standing alone. He is a leader.

So today on his birthday I would like to honor him, I praise the Lord for him, and I cannot imagine my life or this world without him. I can only pray that having such a gift from God in my life that it can be said of me "she did him good and not evil all the days of his life."

I am humbled that God gave him to me....I love you Manly, Happiest of Birthdays to you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD...Psalm 33:12

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th 1776 ~ A New Nation, Under God!

I thank God for men such as these, with faith in God, and a vision,
so much to lose, so much more to gain, powerful courage.
Our Founders were ALL about God!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the
United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation under GOD, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all.
well said, Red...

I've never heard it sound better...

Happy Birthday America !

Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.
Psalm 144:15

Friday, July 2, 2010

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton