oh that i had the words to say
what's in the heart of me
but i am at a loss, my Lord
and silent on my knees
so many suffer quietly ~
desire to know Your plan
yet painful as the suffering ~
yet resting in Your hand
oh may Your presence be so strong ~
the comfort that You give
that we would trust Your goodness, Lord
as through the pain they live
that purer, Lord, and purer still
the suffering'd make them be
until Your work is finsihed, Lord
and You alone we see
but teach me, Father, by their pain
may I share in their hope
that when my times of suffering come
it's You we better know
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
our church's women's retreat was this weekend. a lady named nancy guthrie spoke on suffering. the message she had to share was amazing! she has lost two babies to a genetic disorder and God has taught her so much through her suffering. i just wanted to share one of the quotes she shared with us about our idea of who God is and how He works. it's a quote by Abraham Kuyper...
Nancy ~ When I read what Abraham Kuyper wrote in Near Unto God about what happens when we suffer, first published in 1908, I realize that doing battle with the God we’ve created in our own mind is nothing new. Though he wrote one hundred years ago, Kuyper completely captures the modern mind-set and experience:
Abraham Kuyper ~ At first what our heart feels is that we cannot square this with our God as we imagined Him, as we had dreamed Him to be. The God we had, we lose, and then it costs so much bitter conflict of soul, before refined and purified in our knowledge of God, we grasp another, and now the only true God in the place thereof . . .
We fancy ourselves the main object at stake; it is our happiness, our honor, our future and God added in. According to our idea we are the center of things, and God is there to make us happy. The Father is for the sake of the child. And God’s confessed Almightiness is solely and alone to serve our interest. This is an idea of God which is false through and through, which turns the order around and, taken in its real sense, makes self God, and God our servant . . .
Cast down by your sorrow and grief, you become suddenly aware that this great God does not measure nor direct the course of things according to your desire; that in His plan there are other motives that operate entirely outside of your preferences. Then you must submit, you must bend . . .
This is the discovery of God’s reality, of His Majesty which utterly overwhelms you, of an Almightiness which absorbs within itself you and everything you call yours. And for the first time you feel what it is to confront the living God. And then begins the new endeavor of the soul, to learn to understand this real God.
job 13:15 ~ though He slay me, yet i will hope in Him.
job 42:5 ~ i had heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee
nancy ~ faith is lived out through submission - not manipulation to get God to want what we want. what we need most is not "yes" to all our prayers, but when He says "no" to know that He's doing what's best...God wants to use the difficulties in your life not to punish you, or to hurt you, but to draw you to Himself...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"discipleship is built entirely on the supernatural grace of God...it requires the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored exisitence as a disciple of Jesus. it is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. we have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes."
~oswald chambers (of course!)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' ... 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' ... 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Posted by simple living at 11:42 AM
Friday, October 8, 2010
our family leaves today for Mexico. this will be our children's first mission trip! we are so excited and hopeful about how the Lord will work in each of our hearts and lives. please join us in praying for safety as the team travels and builds a new home for this sweet family,that we will be a blessing to them and have LOTS of opportunity to show Christ's love to each of them!
the trip is through the organization YWAM. this is the link to the family we are serving!
Homes of Hope Family Profile
Miranda Vazques Family
Occupation: Security Guard
Weekly Salary: $130/WK
Place of Birth: Guerrero
Name: Maria Isabel
Place of Birth: Guerrero
Erick Daniel, 15YRS, 10th Grade
Areli Isabel, 14 YRS, 9TH GRADE
Gloria Vianey, 4 YRS, Kindergarden
Name: Frace Sonora
Police Station: NO
Time Married: 18 yrs
Time Living in Tijuana: 2 yrs
Current Living Conditions: cement floors with scrap wood construction
Time Living on Property: 2 YRS
Running Water: NO
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
Sunday, October 3, 2010
i know that You are working,
drawing to Yourself,
one who's lightly sought to follow You
and though it's sometimes painful
to see him start to grow,
i trust that You will fully see this through
i give him, o our Father,
into Your gentle hands
knowing there is purpose in each trial
and trust the other side, Lord,
that he'll more clearly see
You walked with him 'long each and every mile
who to better teach him,
that he'll more clearly see,
than You? the One controlling everything
so when he's more mature, Lord,
more fit to to face this world,
it will be only You to whom he clings
so draw him, Father, draw him,
a deeper place with You,
not satisfied to stay but status quo
that ever he may seek You,
surrendered to Your will,
as for himself, he comes Your heart to know
that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Life in this fallen world can draw our hearts far from God and from growth in godliness. Worldliness equips you to search your heart for the presence of worldliness and gives practical help for resisting the world's influence in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions.
oh my goodness! a MUST read for us!!!
1john 2:15~do not love the world or anything in it
what does this mean for us? how does it look?