"Is any afflicted with sickness? Let him pray, James v. 13. Prayer is a salve for every sore, personal or public. When Hezekiah was distressed by his enemies he prayed; now that he was sick he prayed. Whither should the child go, when any thing ails him, but to his Father? Afflictions are sent to bring us to our Bibles and to our knees."
"When we pray in our sickness, though God send not to us such an answer as he here sent to Hezekiah, yet, if by his Spirit he bids us be of good cheer, assures us that our sins are forgiven us, that his grace shall be sufficient for us, and that, whether we live or die, we shall be his, we have no reason to say that we pray in vain. God answers us if he strengthens us with strength in our souls, though not with bodily strength."
"Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better."
"The more we taste of the loving-kindness of God in every providence the more will our hearts be enlarged to love him and live to him, and that will be the life of our spirit. Thus our souls live, and they shall praise him."
........I've been reading ~
The Mark Of The Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers. I recently got a friend to read these, so they came to mind when I was feeling bad and wanted some 'lighter' fiction to read. It's a really good, inspiring story - I recommend it!
The story begins in AD 70, at the fall of Jerusalem, and follows the lives of Hadassah, a young Christian girl sold into slavery yet still holds firm to her faith in God; Marcus, a wealthy Roman aristocrat determined to get the most out of life; Julia, Marcus' younger sister, a high-spirited girl who desires to be happy and control her own life; and Atretes, the high chief of a Germanic tribe who is captured and sold to be a gladiator.
..... I've been watching
I just watched this movie, August Rush, and overall enjoyed it, though I didn't like everything in it. The story is about a little boy with an amazing gift for music, whose greatest desire is to find his parents. Parts of it reminded me of Oliver Twist.
.....I'm listening to ~
These sermons. Recently I've been 'relistening' to Pastor McCurley's sermon series on Ruth. I love the story of Ruth and find it very encouraging. Below is a link to the first sermon in a series of 9, for some reason the site wouldn't let me post a link to the page with the whole series, but it won't be hard to find the rest of it. Also today, Lord willing I plan to listen to the latest sermon from the series on providence from Wednesday night. Sickness made me miss church, but I'm glad I'm still able to hear the sermon.