Saturday, April 30, 2011

More on kind words...

 Working my way through Matthew Henry on Job I came across more on kind words in chapter 16, and decided to do a part 2 on this subject (go here  to read the first post). This got me thinking and I hope it will be helpful to others too.

 

 

 ‎"Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all....This Job thinks as great a trial of his patience as almost any of his troubles..What Job says here of his friends is true of all creatures, in comparison with God, and, one time or other, we shall be made to see it and own it, that miserable comforters are they all."

This verse and  quote kind of made me laugh when I read them - haven't we all had occasions where we might have wanted (but didn't dare) to say something similar?!

 

 

It is natural to sufferers to think what they would do if the tables were turned. But perhaps our hearts may deceive us; we know not what we should do. We find it easier to discern the reasonableness and importance of a command when we have occasion to claim the benefit of it than when we have occasion to do the duty of it. See what is the duty we owe to our brethren in their affliction. 

[1.] We should say and do all we can to strengthen them, suggesting to them such considerations as are proper to encourage their confidence in God and to support their sinking spirits. Faith and patience are the strength of the afflicted; whatever helps these graces confirms the feeble knees.

[2.] To assuage their grief—the causes of their grief, if possible, or at least their resentment of those causes. Good words cost nothing; but they may be of good service to those that are in sorrow, not only as it is some comfort to them to see their friends concerned for them, but as they may be so reminded of that which, through the prevalency of grief, was forgotten. Though hard words (we say) break no bones, yet kind words may help to make broken bones rejoice; and those have the tongue of the learned that know how to speak a word in season to the weary.

Last of all remembering this:


"Every creature is that to us (kind or unkind, comfortable or uncomfortable) which God makes it to be."

The Lord's hand is behind everything that is said and done to us. I think it's very helpful to remember that!



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Friday, April 29, 2011

What was sown a tear will come up a pearl...

Those who know me know I love pearls so I loved this word picture....thought it was beautiful.

Strands of pearls

"...put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?"
(Psalm 56:9)


"As the blood of his saints, and their deaths, are precious in the sight of the Lord, so are their tears, not one of them shall fall to the ground. 
I have seen thy tears....
He will remember them......God will not forget the sorrows of his people.
The tears of God's people are bottled up and sealed among God's treasures....
God will comfort his people according to the time wherein he has afflicted them, 
and give to those to reap in joy who sowed in tears. 
What was sown a tear will come up a pearl."
Matthew Henry




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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Seasons...

"If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;  If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:  Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.  And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee." 
 Job 11:13-19

"The wounds of thy present affliction shall be perfectly healed, not only without a remaining scar, but without a remaining pain.....Those who have a good hope, through grace, in God, and of heaven, are certainly safe, and have reason to be secure, how difficult soever the times are through which they pass in this world. He that walks uprightly may thus walk surely, because, though there are trouble and danger, yet there is hope that all will be well at last. Hope is an anchor of the soul."
Matthew Henry

The other morning I read these verses while going through my Matthew Henry reading on Job 11 and was encouraged. Maybe one wouldn't expect encouragement while reading Job, but if you look for it, you may find it:-). I especially loved the verse in bold above, it's such a beautiful picture of forgetting. As I've mentioned recently it seems so often in my reading  there's been a theme of forgetting pain, of hope for joy to come. Hoping can be hard (Hope deferred maketh the heart sick), and it made me think of something people often say during hard times, 'It's just a season." That frustrates makes me wonder a little because we don't know for sure it's a season, or if this is how life will be...anyway the thought had me pulling out my concordance and checking out what the Bible had to say about seasons. This passage from Ecclesiastes of course immediately came to mind, but I included a few others as well. It is true the idea of seasons of joy and sadness is certainly seen in the Bible, so today I'm thankful for the comfort and promises in these verses.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning....Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness."
Psalm 30:5,11

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Psalm 126:5-6

"And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
Acts 1:7

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Galatians 6:9


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mercy...

Pilgrim's Progress, 1809 Today I had another post from Pilgrim's Progress that I wanted to share for a couple reasons. One was that I appreciated reading a 'simpler' conversion story. Often it seems, only more 'dramatic' ones are shared (below the excerpt from Pilgrim's Progress I included some thoughts from Matthew Henry on quiet changes in the Christian). The other reason? I liked the reference to Ruth, and simply found the Interpreter's words to her encouraging. I hope you will too and that everyone has a blessed day!



"...then Interpreter asked Mercy what it was that at first did move her thus to betake herself to a pilgrim’s life.
Mercy blushed and trembled, and for a while continued silent.

 Then said he, "Be not afraid; only believe, and speak thy mind.'

 So she began, and said, "Truly, sir, my want of experience is that which makes me covet to be in silence, and that also that fills me with fears of coming short at last. I cannot tell of visions and dreams, as my friend Christiana can; nor know I what it is to mourn for my refusing the counsel of those that were good relations."

Interpreter: "What was it, then, dear heart, that hath prevailed with thee to do as thou hast done?"

Mercy: "Why, when our friend here [Christiana] was packing up to be gone from our town, I and another went accidentally to see her. So we knocked at the door and went in. When we were within, and seeing what she was doing, we asked her what was her meaning. She said she was sent for to go to her husband; and then she up and told us how she had seen him in a dream, dwelling in a curious place, among immortals, wearing a crown, playing upon a harp, eating and drinking at his Prince’s table, and singing praises to him for bringing him thither. Now, while she was telling these things unto us....

my heart burned within me. And I said in my heart, If this be true, I will leave my father and my mother, and the land of my nativity....

and will, if I may, go along with Christiana. So I asked her further of the truth of these things, and if she would let me go with her; But yet I came away with a heavy heart; not for that I was unwilling to come away, but for that so many of my relations were left behind. And I am come with all the desire of my heart, and will go, if I may, with Christiana unto her husband and his King.

Interpreter: "Thy setting out is good, for thou hast given credit to the truth; thou art a Ruth, who did, for the love she bare to Naomi and to the Lord her God, leave father and mother, and the land of her nativity, to come out and go with a people she knew not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 2:11,12."

Now supper was ended, and preparation was made for bed; the women were laid singly alone, and the boys by themselves. Now when Mercy was in bed, she could not sleep for joy, for that now her doubts of missing at last were removed further from her than ever they were before. So she lay blessing and praising God, who had such favor for her."

From Pilgrim's Progress (Part 2 Christina's Journey)

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"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;  And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how."
  Mark 4:26-27 

"The good seed of the gospel sown in the world, and sown in the heart, doth by degrees produce wonderful effects, but without noise It will come up; though it seem lost and buried under the clods, it will find or make its way through them. The seed cast into the ground will spring. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself, as the wisdom from above doth in a good conversation.The husbandman cannot describe how it comes up; it is one of the mysteries of nature; It springs and grows up, he knows not how, . He sees it has grown, but he cannot tell in what manner it grew, or what was the cause and method of its growth. Thus we know not how the Spirit by the word makes a change in the heart, any more than we can account for the blowing of the wind, which we hear the sound of, but cannot tell whence it comes, or whither it goes."
Matthew Henry

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Grace....

I had planned to publish something else today - last week I was so organized and put together all my posts for this week on Saturday. Then yesterday while online someone mentioned this part of Pilgrim's Progress. I went and read it again before bed last night and found it so encouraging that I decided to change up my schedule:-). I hope it's a blessing to you all too!

Fire, flames, slowly burning
"...Then I saw in my dream that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and hotter.

Then said Christian, What means this?

The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it to extinguish and put it out is the devil; but in that thou seest the fire, notwithstanding, burn higher and hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him about to the backside of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, of the which he did also continually cast (but secretly) into the fire.

Then said Christian, What means this?

The Interpreter answered, "This is Christ, who continually, with the oil of His grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart; by the means of which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, the souls of His people prove gracious still. And in that thou sawest that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire: this is to teach thee, that it is hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace is maintained in the soul."



Monday, April 25, 2011

On my bookshelf....

I think you all know that I love books! So when I came across this link up where we could share books on our shelves I had to join in:-). Books are taking over my room....both of my bookcases are full, then there is a stack on my nightstand, Bibles, devotionals, another stack of other books I'm either reading or want to read soon, and more on my desk....some mine, others from the libraries of friends we are storing....So many books, so little time......maybe someday I'll read everything I want to read, but I doubt it. Two book quotes I like from L M Montgomery:

"I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them." 

"I doubt if I shall ever have time to read the book again -- there are too many new ones coming out all the time which I want to read. Yet an old book has something for me which no new book can ever have -- for at every reading the memories and atmosphere of other readings come back and I am reading old years as well as an old book."


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This is the devotional I'm going through in the mornings. It's made up of excerpts from writings of the Puritans and is excellent.



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A peek inside Voices from The Past.


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I recently got this and am looking forward to reading it...I had actually started it at the Conference last summer so it will be good to get back to it. Andrew Bonar wrote one of my favorite books, Heavenly Springs, so it will be interesting to learn  more about him. A friend bought it at the same time I did and we plan to go through it together.


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This is filled with quote, sermons, letters, a biography...I've read bits and pieces of it and look forward to reading more. Everything I've read by M'Cheyne has been so good.


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This is one of my newest books, a gift from friends. Aside from what is inside, I love what a pretty little book it is:-). I don't really need to say anything about the contents, you all know how much I like Matthew Henry:-) I'm reading this at night since I was already going through a devotional in the mornings.


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and here is a look inside.


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I mentioned this book earlier in this post. It's one of my favorites, made up of quotes, diary, and sermon excerpts that are encouraging, inspiring and helpful, divided into a reading for each Lord's day of the year.



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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Psalm 58

"Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth."


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Where to look....

“‘You have a traitor there, Aslan,’ said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking of himself after all that he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn’t seem to matter what the Witch said.”
-C.S. Lewis; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I saw this quote yesterday on a blog I follow and it stuck with me. (I'm guessing most of you all have read the Chronicles of Narnia and are familiar with the story, how Edmund is a traitor, and by rights belongs to the witch, how Aslan saved him and had a talk with him that no one ever heard, but he never forgot.) I love the line "But Edmund had got past thinking of himself after all that he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan." It was an encouraging  reminder to me to keep my eyes on the Lord so I wanted to share it with you all! It reminded me of these verses:

"Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD."
Psalm 25:15

"For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth."
Psalm 26:3

"...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."
Hebrews 12:1b-2a


and also left me thinking about what keeping my eyes on the Lord means in day to day life. To my mind it means thinking more about what will bring glory to God than my own comfort, or what I want, drawing near to God whenever I have opportunity through the public means of grace, as well as in private worship, filling my mind with good things by listening to sermons and Psalms while I work, really keeping all He has done for me in my mind.....waiting on Him, following after Him ("My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me." Psalm 63:8), and seeing His hand in all that happens, but I'd be interested to hear others thoughts on this. This post also made me think of this quote by Andrew Bonar that I love:

"There is reward for thinking upon His name (Malachi 3:16). That is a quiet way of serving God that is open to everyone."

I hope everyone has a blessed day!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading through Job...

The JobAs I mentioned about a week ago I've now reached Job in my Matthew Henry reading. So far I would have to say Genesis and Ruth have been my favorites to go through, but am thinking Job is going to be up there with them. There are so many good thoughts on this book, so much I can relate to....my copy is getting very marked up! Below I shared some of what is underlined in my commentary....

 

"The children of God are often in heaviness through manifold temptations; deep calls to deep; waves and billows come one upon the neck of another. Let one affliction therefore quicken and help us to prepare for another; for, how deep soever we have drunk of the bitter cup, as long as we are in this world we cannot be sure that we have drunk our share and that it will finally pass from us."

 

‎"Afflictions must not divert us from, but quicken us to, the exercises of religion. Weeping must not hinder sowing, nor hinder worshiping. He eyed not only the hand of God, but the name of God, in his afflictions, and gave glory to that: Blessed be the name of the Lord. He has still the same great and good thoughts of God that ever he had, and is as forward as ever to speak them forth to his praise; he can find in his heart to bless God even when he takes away as well as when he gives."

 

"Those who not only keep their temper under crosses and provocations, but keep up good thoughts of God and sweet communion with him, whether their praise be of men or no, it will be of God, as Job's here was."

 

‎"He adores God even in taking away, and gives him honor by a willing submission; nay, he gives him thanks for good designed him by his afflictions, for gracious supports under his afflictions, and the believing hopes he had of a happy issue at last."

 

"Much of the comfort of this life lies in acquaintance and friendship with those that are prudent and virtuous; and he that has a few such friends ought to value them highly."

 

‎"There the weary are at rest. Heaven is more than a rest to the souls of the saints, but the grave is a rest to their bodies. Their pilgrimage is a weary pilgrimage; sin and the world they are weary of; their services, sufferings, and expectations, they are wearied with; but in the grave they rest from all their labors....They are easy there, and make no complaints; there believers sleep in Jesus. Those that were here enslaved are there at liberty. Death is the prisoner's discharge, the relief of the oppressed, and the servant's manumission."

 

"Lord, when and how thou pleasest;"...Grace teaches us, in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and, in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live."

 

"Compassion is a debt owing to those that are in affliction. The least which those that are at ease can do for those that are pained and in anguish is to pity them,—to manifest the sincerity of a tender concern for them, and to sympathize with them,—to take cognizance of their case, enquire into their grievances, hear their complaints, and mingle their tears with theirs,—to comfort them, and to do all they can to help and relieve them: this well becomes the members of the same body, who should feel for the grievances of their fellow-members, not knowing how soon the same may be their own.  Inhumanity is impiety and irreligion. He that withholds compassion from his friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty."


"When a man is afflicted he will see who are his friends indeed and who are but pretenders."

 

‎"These wearisome nights were appointed to him. God, who determines the times before appointed, had allotted him such nights as these. Whatever is at any time grievous to us, it is good to see it appointed for us, that we may acquiesce in the event, not only as unavoidable because appointed, but as therefore designed for some holy end." 

 

"If men will not hear us, God will; if men cannot help us, he can; for his arm is not shortened, neither is his ear heavy."



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trust in the Lord with all your heart...


215570_1871736027173_1054305571_2113429_5142131_nI've been thinking a lot about about babies lately. It's hard not to, I'm surrounded by them. What has been on my mind is most likely something we all already know - that we should trust the Lord and depend on Him just as a little one trusts us and is completely dependent on us for food, care, shelter....if we didn't care for them they would die. Yet they have no fear of that, they are relaxed, and trusting that we will provide every need. Which of course we do, because we love them. I wish I had the faith and trust of a little child and today am thankful for this reminder and realization that there's a lot I can learn from little ones, and really from any situation I'm  in.



               "I'm poor and needy, yet the Lord
                               of me a care doth take:
                              Thou art my help and Savior,
                               my God, no tarrying make."
                                     Psalm 40:17 




 
 
 
 






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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Seventeen years of memories...

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Happy 17th Birthday to Dixie-Does Alpines! I remember 17 years ago this morning we brought home our first two dairy goat kids in the back of our family station wagon. Well my mom drove us, we were all too young to drive in those days:-). It's been over a year since I've seen the goats, they now live on my sister's farm in Tennessee, but I have so many good memories of the years of working together with my siblings on our herd, milking, showing, making breeding, buying and selling decisions, middle of the night kiddings....Maybe someday goats will be in my future again but for now I'll just remember, and enjoy not being tied down by a miking schedule!


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Filling the hay barn with a winter supply of hay.


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An old picture of me (5 years ago) milking our first Grand champion doe, Monalisa.



A virtuous woman...

I think you all know I love Matthew Henry (ok, both Matthew Henrys:-) so I was so happy to be given his book of daily readings by friends. It's set up as a devotional with a page for every day with his thoughts on a verse, or verses.....and is also a very pretty little leather bound book. I know I'll enjoy reading through it - thanks Travis and Annie! Below I shared one part I read the other evening.

 "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."
Proverbs 31:10

A virtuous woman is a woman of spirit, who has the command of her own spirit and knows how to mange her affairs, one that is pious and industrious, and a help meet for a man. In opposition to this strength we read of the weakness of the heart of an imperious whorish woman (Ezekiel 16:30). A virtuous woman is woman of resolution, who having espoused good principles, is firm and steady to them, and will not be frightened with winds and clouds from any part of her duty. The difficulty of meeting with such a one: "Who can find her?" This intimates that  good women are very scarce, and many that seem to be so do not prove so; he that thought he had found a virtuous woman was deceived; "Behold it was Leah," and not the Rachel he expected. But he that designs to marry ought to seek diligently for such a one, to have this principally in his eye, in all his enquiries, and to take heed that he not be biased by beauty or elegance, wealth or parentage, dressing well...for all these may be and yet the woman not be virtuous, and there is many a woman truly virtuous who yet is not recommended by these advantages. The unspeakable worth of such a one, and the value which he that has such a wife ought to put upon her, showing it by his thankfulness to God, and his kindness and respect to her, whom he must never think he can do too much for. Her price is far above rubies and all the rich ornaments which women adorn themselves. The more rare such good wives are, the more they are to be valued.
Matthew Henry






Soli Deo Gloria


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. ...

How much we can hurt others with what we do, or don't say has been on my mind a lot lately along with the fact that several things I've been reading have talked about this subject. When that happens whatever it is I'm thinking about usually shows up on here as you all know:-) Though this post was not written with anyone in particular in mind.....you all have probably had times, like me, where you think, "I can not believe they just said that!" On the flip side I've been blessed with some good friends that I can safely share my heart with.....and I was so blessed to recently have a friend tell me I've never said anything hurtful to her. I wish everyone I knew could say that, but sadly I know it wouldn't be true.
To my mind this doesn't just apply to the spoken word, but the written as well. I've personally found if I'm feeling upset, along with biting my tongue, it's best just to stay away from facebook for a time. It's too easy to 'vent' and complain publicly...and having to write emails of apology is not going to make you feel any better from whatever was upsetting in the first place!
I thought this blog had some good thoughts on how to handle painful comments -

"....pray for  a heart of forgiveness and grace, for those who offend and wound with their words.
Words we’ve all heard…
Words that while, perhaps, well intentioned, hurt…
words that cut and wound heart and spirit….
words that are uninformed…
words that are simply silly…
When the words have been spoken…
the wounds inflicted …
and again you lay broken…
gaping and bleeding….
May you forgive as He’s forgiven you.
After all, the ones speaking are just sinful, broken, hurting people, too."


 I loved this quote from Matthew Henry on the subject -

"We ought to be afraid of grieving any, especially those that are already in grief, lest we add affliction to the afflicted."

 

Then my friend shared this by Blaise Pascal on his blog.


"Kind words, though they do not cost much, yet they accomplish much. They never blister the tongue or lips. And we have never heard of any mental trouble arising from this quarter. They help one's own good-nature and good-will. Soft words soften our own soul. Angry words are fuel to the flame of wrath, and make it blaze more freely. Kind words make other people good-natured. Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. There is such a rush of all other kinds of words in our days, that it seems desirable to give kind words a chance among them. There are vain words, and idle words, and hasty words, and spiteful words, and silly words, and empty words, and profane words, and boisterous words, and warlike words. Kind words also produce their image on men's souls. And a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used."


Praying that all our words will be kind, profitable, and edifying today!





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Sunday, April 17, 2011

He brought me to His banqueting table...

I don't plan to make a habit of this, but am taking a break from the Psalms once again this week. After reading this prayer a couple days ago I wanted to post it now since we're celebrating the Lord's supper today at Greenville Presbyterian. I hope everyone has a blessed Lord's day!

Wine and Bread


God of all good,
I bless Thee for the means of grace,
teach me to see in them Thy loving purposes
and the joy and strength of my soul.
Thou hast prepared for me a feast;
And though I am unworthy to sit down as guest,
I wholly rest on the merits of Jesus,
and hide myself beneath His righteousness;
When I hear His tender invitation
and see His wondrous grace,
I cannot hesitate, but must come to Thee in love.
By Thy spirit enliven my faith rightly to discern
and spiritually to apprehend the Savior.
While I gaze upon the emblems of
my Savior's death
may I ponder why He died, and hear Him say,
"I gave my life to purchase yours,
presented myself an offering to expiate your sin,
shed my blood to blot out your guilt,
opened my side to make you clean, endured your curses to set you free,
bore your condemnation to satisfy
divine justice."
O may I rightly grasp the breadth and length
of this design,
draw near, obey, extend the hand,
take the bread, receive the cup,
eat and drink, testify before all men
that I do for myself, gladly in faith,
reverence and love, receive my Lord,
to be my life, strength, nourishment,
joy, delight.
In the supper I remember His eternal love,
boundless grace, infinite compassion,
agony, cross, redemtion,
and receive assurance of pardon, adoption,
life, glory.
As the outward elements nourish my body,
so may Thy indwelling Spirit invigorate my soul,
until that day when I hunger and thirst no more,
and sit with Jesus at His heavenly feast.
~ Valley of Vision




Saturday, April 16, 2011

My weekend....

A "Postcard" of Main Street - Greenville, South Carolina, USA
This has been a nice, but extremely busy weekend! Last night we gathered for a congregational meeting at church where we elected a new elder. We're thankful to the Lord for giving us a new office bearer in the church!

I was blessed to spend this morning visiting with friends from Virginia. It's so nice and special to spend time with those that we don't get to see very often.  We walked miles in the mall while it stormed outside, then once the weather cleared enjoyed walking in beautiful downtown G'ville. Then it was home for some housework, and I'll be heading back downtown for church (preparatory service) in a little while.

I also wanted to share this sermon from Wednesday night -- I hope no one minds two sermon posts in one week! While listening it brought to mind reading Matthew Henry on Nehemiah and the importance of all members of the body in all their various functions. We got a good laugh while cleaning the church after the service when my brother came across a friend and I dusting the pulpit. He told us he appreciated seeing the application of the sermon:-)




"So little reason have we to wish that we may be placed alone in the earth, or in Jerusalem itself, that much of our safety and comfort depends upon our neighbors and friends; the more the stronger, the more the merrier"

"Those who take care of the ta exo—the outward concerns of the church, the serving of its tables, are as necessary in their place as those who take care of its ta eso—its inward concerns, who give themselves to the word and prayer."

"Deeds done for the house of God and the offices of it, for the support of religion and the encouragement of it, are good deeds. There is both righteousness and godliness in them, and God will certainly remember them, and not wipe them out; they shall in no wise lose their reward."
Matthew Henry on Nehemiah 














 
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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."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1