Monday, January 31, 2011

Lessons learned....

One more post from Hind's Feet On High Places....

"Think back over the journey you have made," he (the Shepherd) said, "And tell me what lessons you learned along the way."

She was silent for awhile as she reviewed the last she said softly, "My Lord, I will tell you what I have learned."

"First," said she. "I learned that I must accept with joy all that you allowed to happen to me on the way and everything to which the path led me! That I was never to try to evade it but to accept it and to lay down my own will on the altar and say, 'Behold me, I am thy handmaid, Acceptance-With-Joy.'"

He nodded without speaking, and she went on, "Then I learned that I must bear all that others were allowed to do against me and to forgive with no trace of bitterness and to say to thee, 'Behold me - I am thy handmaiden, Bearing-With-Love.'"
~ Hannah Hurnard

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
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