Monday, April 19, 2010

Thankful for His Sovereignty

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves have been comforted by God
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia.
For we were so utterly beyondour strength that we despaired of life itself.
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.
But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.
On him we have set out hope that he will deliver us again.
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessings granted us through the prayers of many.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in Him."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

14 Things I'm Thankful For......

1. My Family
for kindness, laughter, care, patience, and love they have, which I only begin to realize.

2. April blue bonnets.

3. Rainy Days,
cold dark wet rainy days, the kind that you want curl up on the couch with a cup of tea.

4. My beautiful nieces and nephew ( and I hope more to come).

5. Honest friends.

6. Good books.
Such as Mother, Laddie, Gladys Alyward, The Hiding place, First We Have Coffee, and on and on.

7. Our church, GfBC,
for their preaching and fellowship.

8. Sleep!
Now more than ever, 10 hours to be exact.

9. A good movie with some of Mica's popcorn , and watching with family

10. The beloved kitties, Maggie and Benny!
We sadly have to get rid of them due to Dominic's and other peoples allergies. :(
Does any want two cute, indoor cats?

11. For tough times that we go through, that shape and mold us, and strengthen our trust in Him.

Thank you Loyd family for showing us this book.

13. Music.
And not just music that talks of man and his greatness, but of God.

14. Most of all God for putting me in such a family, and blessing me!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Emily's Joke

This is Emily, our dear cousin, who is more like a little sister to us. She is very good at dramatizing things, British accents, and making her brother (and us) laugh. I hope you enjoy her joke as much as we did. In fact, we've enjoyed it so much that we quote it at least once a week :).
We love you, Em!

In Christ,

Monday, April 5, 2010

"And do not grow weary..."

"And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season
we will reap, if we do not give up.
So then, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Here is just a fresh look at this encouraging passage of scripture.
So many things come to mind when I think of growing weary of doing good:
Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom, missionaries, George Muller, Sarah Edwards, David Brainard.
These people, and many more like them, are all known for their steadfastness, patience, and faith. But I know that there were instances in which they just couldn't go any further. And whether it was this passage or another that they clung to, they didn't give up.
After all, what would The Hiding Place be like if Betsy decided that she had hid enough Jews and prayed that God would never send them another? How many lives would George Muller not have ministered to, if he just sent the orphans away? I realize that in each of these situations, God's will would have been done with or without those people.
My point is that these examples didn't allow themselves to be bogged down with the cares and burdens of this world; they didn't throw in the towel or tell the Lord they were finished. They grasped His word and held tightly onto Him, because they knew that He was the only sure foundation for their lives.
Yes, being hospitable is tiring; yes, your life will be very busy and sometimes stressful when you minister to others. You can feel weighed down and tired when you carry someone elses burden, but isn't this what believers are called to do? This ought to be our joy and desire. Not because we want to appear holier or better than anyone, but because we truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ and want to encourage and uplift them in a way that truly will: by prayer and always pointing them back to the scriptures for their every comfort, consolation, hope, and peace.
That is a true friend.
So, what am I working on?
Being grateful for every opportunity to do good to others, giving a testimony by my works of what He has done in my life; no matter what the time frame.
Being grateful that He is using me in their life and simply serving in the way that He sees fit and for as long as He sees fit.
"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."


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