Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jane Austen and Matthew Henry....

Today's post is somewhat random. First of all I wanted to share the latest project I've been working on for my room. Decorating my room has been a slow work in progress all year, painting, sewing, etc, etc. Last month my friend, Ariel gave me this lovely puzzle (which comes in a pretty box that looks like a book, it could be a pretty decoration in itself!) and I've been putting it together to frame on my wall. By the way have any of you all done this? What did you find to be the best method to hold it together? It's been years since I put together a jigsaw puzzle and I've found it fun and relaxing.

My progress as of last evening....

Then I also wanted to share some of my reading from this morning. I'm in Isaiah in my morning Bible reading, and reached chapter 40 today, and am up to chapter 7 in the same book in my Matthew Henry reading. I was interested to find a parallel in the two chapters and shared some thoughts from both that stood out to me below. I'm thankful for the encouragement and promises here, and for the reminder to look up.

"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth."

Isaiah 40:26

"He appeals to what their eyes saw of him: "Lift up your eyes on high; be not always poring on this earth"  "but sometimes look up" (Os homini sublime dedit, cœlumque tueri jussit—Heaven gave to man an erect countenance, and bade him gaze on the stars); "behold the glorious lights of heaven, consider who has created them. They neither made nor marshalled themselves; doubtless, therefore, there is a God that gave them their being, power, and motion." What we see of the creature should lead us to the Creator."

"Nothing is more grievous to the God of heaven than to be distrusted. "Will you weary my God? Will you suppose him to be tired and unable to help you, or to be weary of doing you good? Whereas the youths may faint and be weary, you may have tired all your friends, the Creator of the ends of the earth faints not, neither is weary.".)

He will help the willing, will help those who, in a humble dependence upon him, help themselves, and will do well for those who do their best...those that wait on the Lord, who make conscience of their duty to him, and by faith rely upon him and commit themselves to his guidance, shall find that God will not fail them....They shall press forward, forward towards heaven. They shall walk, they shall run, the way of God's commandments, cheerfully and with alacrity (they shall not be weary), constantly and with perseverance (they shall not faint); and therefore in due season they shall reap. Let Jacob and Israel therefore, in their greatest distresses, continue waiting upon God, and not despair of timely and effectual relief and succour from him.
Matthew Henry

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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