Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year!

As yet another year draws to a close and the dawn of another approaches. I wonder where the year went! It seems that the older you get, the faster the days and the years go by. Maybe it has something to do with how busy you are too...

The other day, I got out a notepad to write a 'to do list' as such things do help keep me organized better. I hadn't used that particular pad for quite a while and I noticed on the front page a 'wish list' that I had written many months ago. Maybe almost a year ago. As I read through the list, I realized that all of those wishes had become realities except for one, minor item! I thought back to when and how it came to be on paper. I had read something about bringing our wants and wishes before the Lord in prayer and so I decided that I would do just that. I wrote the list and though I prayed over it a few times and then forgot about it till just a few days ago, God didn't forget! He remembered, answered my prayer and gave me the desires of my heart even when I hardly realized what He was doing. It was very special to me to realize that God, the One who rules over all, would care about insignificant, unworthy me, so much that He would remember the wishes of my heart and make them not wishes any more but realities!

As I look back over the year, I can see over and over again God's goodness in so many ways. I am thankful for the blessings of a bed to sleep in, a house to live in, running water, food to eat and all the temporal things that many lack. I am very very thankful for religious freedom, and that I can read God's word. Every day I appreciate it more. Though I am thankful for many things, I am most thankful for God's love for us and all that it entails. I am thankful for the privilege of prayer and that God really does hear us. I really do believe He hears us when we pray for you can read about an experience I had by clicking here that was nothing short of answered prayer and a miracle. (Of course there are many other reasons I believe He answers prayer but that was one experience.)

I don't know what 2010 will hold, but I know that there is a God in heaven that I can trust and you can trust Him too! He loves you and cares about the things that you care about too so don't be afraid to bring your "wish list" to the Lord this coming year and see what God will do for you. I am! "Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalms 37:4-5

May this coming year be a good year for you. May you see God's goodness more each day and may the desires and wishes of your heart become realities according to His will. Keep pressing forward and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Little Things Part I

“It's not the 'biggest' things that count and make the biggest show.
It's the little things that people do that make the old world go.”


He was a very tall, very important policeman, with a bright blue suit and a row of shining brass buttons.

And she was an old, old woman with withered cheeks and eyes that still held little pieces of dreams that had never quite gone away, and an apron into which she kept putting things as she gathered them from the street, down the crowded slum district.

The policeman had a duty to perform. He had to see what it was that the old, old woman was collecting, so he asked if he might look into her apron.

“Oh, no, please!” She begged. “It isn't anything of any worth. Nobody would want it. I know it isn't anything important at all, sir.”

“But let me see it,” the man insisted.

Finally she opened the faded apron and officer's eyes saw a pile of broken chips of glass.

“But what are you doing with them?” he asked. “I thought you had something valuable.”

“I was only picking up the glass to save the feet of the children who play here,” she explained. “You see, there isn't any grass around and there aren't any parks. This is their only playground, and I don't want them to cut their feet.”

It was a little thing to do, but it was a wonderfully beautiful thing. After all, though we may not all serve in the court of the king, with ermine and velvets and wondrous jewels, we may all pick up glass. We may do the simple thing and the humble thing to help others.

Taken from: A Treasury of Devotional Aids for Home and School

Monday, December 21, 2009

"...be a blessing."

I was restless. My elder sister had just left - left me at almost a fork. What should I do with my life? I didn't know. I needed direction, some purpose. I'd done my exam. I didn't have anymore pieces to pour effort into. There were lots of options staring at me. Just which one? It was during this week that I got the thought to write out what I was looking forward to in heaven. I was so excited about what I learned, and how special it was. I told Elyssa about it... I was so happy. A week before I'd come across her blog through my sister's. Telling her about it - I got an idea. Why not share the blog with her, and when I learn things I can share it on the blog? She agreed and sent me the link to be a co-blogger. I got onto picking a profile picture and writing the 'about me'. Mum sat beside me, giving ideas - you're an Aussie girl...... she gave me a few ideas and I started writing. Then she added something that shocked me. "write - my goal in life is to be a blessing." It was a noble goal - but was it truly mine? It's what I wanted it to be, but I knew in all honestly it wasn't the total truth. Why the dishes still weren't washed up. I hadn't done a whole heap that afternoon. I had just been discouraged. I completed the blurb and then posted it. Jobs had to be done. There were some that couldn't be skipped. Time ticked past, and it was evening. I was eager to write about what I'd learned. I glanced at the clock. It wasn't an option. Bed was the only choice. I reminded Mum to wake me early so that I could write it in the fresh of the morning. Bed.

I did write that article. You've probably read it. I still can feel the thrill, just thinking about heaven. The day slid into evening again. So tired! I wrote a list of the things I wanted to achieve the next day. I read the list and paused for a moment. The pencil moved and I added to it: "Be a blessing (in a big way.)" The morning started... before I wanted it to. The air had a slight chill to it. Bed was so nice! I was sleepy. I jumped up and dressed. Took Thatch (our pet emu chick) down to the chook pen. I knew what was next. I went to the buckets outside of the back veranda door. They contained the soaking barley for the goats. I looked in the bucket. Dipped my hand in the cold water. Then I noticed: so much smut to wash out! Twenty minutes later, the smutt was all washed out and I'd made the feed. I got Tutzi and milked her. It felt good to be the only one up. Mum? She hadn't slept well. Satisfaction wrapped around me. Cedar was empty soon too.
I began making pancakes. The day started. It was hard just to listen to Mum's (seemingly) incessant instructions and obey them right away.

The weeks have passed since that day. I don't write that reminder down anymore. The moments and minutes are filled with it. I'm happy. I've found direction. I try and see how much I can get done before I'm asked to do it. Then to feel the peace, the happiness when after I get told to do each task... and to be able to say with a big smile, "I've done it." As the rice on the stove boils and I rest a minute from cutting apples up to go with it. After I pour the cream with mango, pineapple, sunflower seeds, lychees... I write. I realize how blessed I am. To find the joy that there is, in serving others.
"Thank-You Father, for teaching me to be a blessing. For helping me develop my character, and preparing me for your call. For helping me to obey without waiting. Thank-You so much. I love You."


~Christella

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Presence of Angels

I was reading something about Angels one evening and all of a sudden I thought "Wow! There are Angels in my room!" I knew this before, but somehow it impressed me in a different way this time and just the joy and thrill and peace that flooded my soul was almost unspeakable! I felt that if only my eyes could be opened I would be able to 'see' them and if only my hands would be able to 'feel' I could touch them.

As I lay in the darkness looking up, my heart just went out in love and thankfulness to God. To sense the Angels presence and feel the peace that comes from a heart that's right with God and trusting that you are in the hands of God is something that no one can understand unless they experience it for themselves.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalms 34:8)

It was so sweet to fall asleep with those thoughts and feeling the presence of Angels....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

From Jesus' Heart

I will extend to you peace,
Like a river... I'll fill you & flood you with it.
I promise - my mercy will never cease.
I want our hearts to be knit.


I've called you by your name.
The sins are no more: I've forgiven you,
I've taken the blame.
The pain I bore because -I love you.

Don't give up, don't lose heart -
I'll lead you by the hand
To heaven. The glory, I want to share with you a part.
Believe; trust: I'll finish my work in you.

Today, I'm waiting, looking forward to seeing you...
Oh, I can barely wait. Stay true.
When you meet me at heaven's golden gate,
I'll give you a hug - I wish I didn't have to wait.

But until then, live in Me.
In My strength you can overcome all.
Keep climbing, since at the top, there Me, you'll see.
I'll pick you up when you fall...
Because I love you.

~Christella

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Empty Faces

Empty faces, I saw them all around me. From eye examiners, to secretaries, to salesmen, to the common person. I watched as one man came into the shop to pick up some glasses. He seemed to be living as if he had no purpose, no goal, no nothing. There was no spring in his steps, no smile on his face, no ambition, no aspiration. I saw some who seemed to be in deep discouragement their faces dark and sad. I saw faces that were lonely, faces that were wrinkled with age, trials and pain. Empty faces.. all around me.. oh how sad.

One little old lady was missing a leg seemed sad and lonely. I looked at her and smiled. Her face immediately shone and a broad smile crossed her face as she said hello. I said hello and gave her a broader smile and continued with my shopping. It made my heart a little lighter to know I was able to bring a little sunshine into a persons life.

I walked into a public restroom and there was a little girl her face clouded over with frustration. Her hands were covered with soap as she tried so hard to get the water to come on for her. It just wasn't working. Soon we were laughing and giggling as we tried to get the censers to sense our presence and turn the water on! In a few minutes a happy little girl was headed out the door.

Even if I was able to bring some happiness to a couple people, there were still so many others I longed to do something for. I longed do or say something to fill those empty faces with purpose, with joy and with courage. I saw a vast mission field. Not a mission field out in the jungles but right here 'under my nose'.. people need the Lord and wherever I am in the midst of them is a mission field.

"Lord, please teach me and show how to fill those empty faces with a knowledge of You, of Your love, Your justice, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, Your joy and Your peace that they may be able to experience it. That they may have a purpose in living and find peace and joy that only you can give."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's Worth it!

"The (Arnold) Pent's today," I typed in the google search bar. I'd just re-read their book, Ten Pea's in a Pod. It was so inspiring. I loved it. I thought about the family who had traveled a million miles for God, during the day. While I worked and thought... I thought about them.
"Did you know that the three oldest boys could recite the New Testament word for word?" I had to tell Mum.
In my head I wondered what they'd do, in different things. I laughed out loud about things I'd read, while I worked - things... like when one was going for a run at night, and a truck glided towards him silently, then honked the air horn. Poor boy jumped like a rocket.
But they were courageous and believing too. Like when no matter what, they'd have worship. On the road, or even in a room while staying in another's home.
Once, they were invited to a meeting. When they arrived they realized that it was a beer fest. I feel, how much they must have been 'out of their comfort zone.' But they shared, sang and recited the Bible still. And God worked with them. Through them, lives were brought to Jesus.
Reading the book, they become part of my life. I was excited about them and their experiences. I lived them.

I read other books, and didn't think about this book so much anymore. You could say I forgot it. I started getting right into reading the Bible. As I did I began imagining what Jesus would do in my situation. My brother came to me once, with a scraped back. I put papaw cream on it. It was bad. I could sense how it must feel. Then I saw in his back, a snippet of Jesus'. Ouch! The stripes lacerated into his back. And I felt the pain. I wished I could run a caressing hand over it, and put some cream on it too.


Whenever I could, I read the Bible.... when I was sorting the clod-lets out of the kamut. When the job needed full attention I sang. ...and thought about it. I talked Jesus.
I'm learning that what I read, is what I live. What I think, is a reflection of what I'm passionate about. Thinking about Jesus is refreshing. Reading the Bible is the worth it.

~Christella

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Perspectives and Attitudes

One day, we were out gathering firewood for the winter. I was glad that I finally caught up and had all the logs loaded into the truck while dad was busy trying to get the chain back on that had come off the chainsaw. The ground looked so soft with all those pine needles that I thought that I would lay down for a few minutes since there wasn't anything else for me to do right then.

Looking up into the sky, it was so beautiful with the blue background and fluffy white clouds floating around. As I looked around at things upside down, everything looked so much more beautiful! All the dead branches and the ugly things actually looked different. They had a sort of beauty that I didn't see before. I started thinking about perspectives and attitudes.

Everything that the human eye beholds, the brain flips the image upside down. So when we think we are looking at things right side up, we are actually looking at them upside down. So when you look upside down, you're actually looking right side up. If that makes sense.

It's so easy to look at life upside down. It's so easy to see the ugliness, the heartache, the wrongs and dwell upon these things. It so easy to complain about our 'lot in life', but this just makes us unpleasant to be around and brings a dark cloud around us.

However, we can look at life right side up and we should! We can choose to see the beauty and the blessings in life. We can choose to forgive, we can choose to love, we can choose to trust God in the uncertainties and sorrows of life and we can choose to be thankful and have an attitude of gratitude.

I read a poem once that basically said that we can thank God for dirty dishes to wash because that means that we've been able to eat. Now I often think of it as I wash dishes and say in my heart "Thank you Lord for the dishes to wash because we've had yet another good meal." We are blessed because there are many in this world who are hungry, who are starving. That's just one example of finding something to be thankful for.

Laying in those pine needles I was inspired to look at life the real right side up and I pray that God will help me to have the right perspective and an attitude of gratitude always.

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” (Psalms 112:7)

“Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:12)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blog Sharing

I know I'm late and I really intended to do this sooner but somehow it got away from me. A dear friend Christella and I decided to share a blog together and so I wanted to give her a hearty welcome!

Though we live half a world apart and haven't met personally yet(my dad has met her and her family and we've been friends for a few years), our friendship in Christ has drawn our hearts close to one another and having her as a friend has been really special to me. She truly is a little jewel!

Pressing Forward has now become "our" blog instead of "my" blog and I'm excited to have her as my co-blogger! I know her posts will add lots to making this little corner of the web a greater blessing!

Welcome Stella!!! *hugs*

Monday, November 30, 2009

Feeling the Thrill of Heaven

How easy it is to be lost! Unless I make God and getting to heaven, my 'one-track' in life, I won't just end up there by chance. A realization of how distracted I've been from God wrapped around me... and I felt awful. That discouraged feeling. Maybe a walk would make me feel better. I walked towards the door but another thought grabbed me. Why not write what I'm looking forward to in Heaven? Plopping down beside my bed, I began penciling in my journal: "What I'm looking forward to in Heaven~."
"I'm writing what I can't wait for about heaven," Mum walked in the room.
That was it... so we started discussing the things that are so amazing - unimaginable.

  • I'll be eternally happy. Never any sadness.
  • That'll be it - no more sin, confusion, and struggles... I'll have reached heaven!
  • I'll meet Bible heroes, and friends like Elyssa, who I haven't seen yet.

When I'm feeling upset I go pray. At those times I just long and wish that I could reach out my hands and have a big reassuring hug from God. And finally...

  • I will be able to hug God - oh, I can't wait!

    This life can be discouraging and sad at times, but there -
    • Life will be the most meaningful imaginable.
    I sat there trying to think of the prettiest places I could think of - maybe some amazing gardens in the world. Or places where monsoon rains, leave lands lush and beautiful: that remind me of what Eden might've looked like. But nothing I could think of could compare. It won't be artificial. Grass will be the lushest and softest: like carpet. When you sit on it, it won't make you itchy. And those streets of gold, so different to anything here.
    • Truly, It'll be the prettiest place out!

    I pictured getting to heaven, and a man, woman, or a child coming and saying, "What you did that day, really caring, made me want God too: that's why I'm here too." That thought made me so want to be more of a blessing.
    • ...meet people God saved using you.
    I imagine the ecstasy: when I thought of sharing, the embarrassment that might have tempted me here, the 'being out of my comfort zone,' will be all have been worth it.
    • Be able to spend forever! with loving Jesus.
    That's what I long for, what I live for. I live here on earth, to be able to spend forever, eternity with Him. He loved me so much, that He went through the most horrendous treatment ever endured by man to save me. It melts my heart to realize that he didn't have to, he wanted to. Too Him the thought of losing me, was too much, to think twice about the pain and suffering.
    • Finally, getting understanding the full picture of the plan of salvation and heavenly things. No earthly, ugly thought will enter our mind again.
    • Being served by Jesus & sitting at that awesome table, that goes for miles and you can see everyone clearly. (I think I'd want to jump up and help.)
    • Eating that luscious fruit – better than the juiciest and sweetest mango I've ever eaten here.

    • Picking a bunch of delicate cosmos and being filled with amazement over the years, as I watch it never even wilt.
    • Watching animals and babies. Getting to look after one of those innocent babies from Bethlehem. I've never been a Mum here, so I'll get a chance with one of them.
    • Skipping, running, singing, flying, over the whole of heaven, and the sea of glass.
    • After the thousand years, watch God recreate the earth. That will be so breath-taking. Seeing plants, and stars and animals appear. (This time, I hope we'll be able to name them all, like Adam did.)
    • Everybody will be beautiful.
    • Giggling about how short I am compared to heaven's people. I think I'll go up to Adam, "Hey Grandfather, I'm up to your waist now!"
    • Ride a lion, climb those mighty trees: feel the joy of heaven.
    As I wrote this list, I caught a bit of the excitement, that heaven will be. I felt the thrill... and now I know for sure, that I don't want to miss out: for anything.

    ~Christella

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Today...


    • I am thankful for life. I love life and I'm so thankful that God has given me breath and health thus far.
    • I am thankful for a comfortable house to live in.
    • I am thankful for a bed to sleep in.
    • I am thankful for food to eat.
    • I am thankful for my family.
    • I am thankful for my friends.
    • I am thankful for running water and for hot water heaters.
    • I am thankful for all the circumstances of life that God has brought me through. They have taught me many things.
    • I am thankful for the privilege of knowing God and knowing that He loves me and that He is a loving God. I'm so thankful that I don't have to live in fear and darkness like so many who don't know God.
    • I am thankful for religious freedom, to believe what my conscious tells me is right.
    • I am thankful for so many things but especially and most grateful for God's gift in giving His only begotten Son to die that I might live and that Jesus was willing to sacrifice His all for me.
    The song "My Tribute" expresses my feelings so well - especially the first verse.

    How can I say thanks for the things
    You have done for me?
    Things so undeserved yet you gave
    To prove your love for me
    The voices of a million angels
    Could not express my gratitude
    All that I am, and ever hope to be
    I owe it all to thee


    To god be the glory, to god be the glory
    To god be the glory for the things he has done
    With his blood he has saved me
    With his power he has raised me
    To god be the glory for the things he has done
    Just let me live my life and
    Let it be pleasing lord to thee
    And if I gain any praise, let it go to calvary
    With his blood he has saved me
    With his power he has raised me
    To god be the glory for the things he has done

    ~ Andrae Crouch

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Coincidence or Providence?

    My brother was coming home to visit and he mentioned that he hoped it would snow while he was here. I hoped it would too because it would make his visit all the more special. So I prayed that if it was God's will it would snow. He got home Thursday evening and all that day it had been sunny and nice although it was cold. Friday, it started off partly cloudy but very soon it became as windy as ever! Some people even lost parts of their roofs but anyway, it started to snow! Big, beautiful flakes making almost blizzard conditions. It was amazing but another more amazing thing happened that day.

    The power started to flicker and it went off a couple times for about two seconds and I thought "Oh no! I've got so much to do today before Sabbath and I hope the power doesn't go off!" and so I prayed again. Oh Father, You know all that I need to get done today, please help the power to stay on if it be Thy will. Amen. Busily I worked trying to get everything finished as soon as possible just in case the power went out. Well, our power never went out but when dad and my brother walked in the front door from being over at our neighbors place they said "What?! What's with this, we've got power here?!" I knew why we had power and I was so excited! Two of our neighbors were out of power and when they had called the power company many others in our town had already called the company telling them that they were out of power!! They didn't have power for like 3 or 4 hours at least but ours didn't go off!

    Isn't God amazing? He answered my prayer that it would snow and He answered my prayer that the power would stay on and it did even though many if not everyone else lost their power in the storm.

    Was this coincidence or providence? I believe it was providence.

    I believe in miracles.
    I believe that God worked miracles in days gone by and I believe He still does today. For He says:
    “For I am the LORD, I change not;” (Malachi 3:6) If God could work mightily many years ago, He can do it today as well!

    This little experience was so special and strengthened my faith so much I wanted to share it with you all!

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    His way is Perfect




    When my way seems dark and drear, and the future I don't know
    My heart feels so empty as the tears unending flow
    When my heart breaks with sorrow and a tempest fills my soul
    This one thing I know for sure: My God is in control.

    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Though I don't understand His wise and loving plan
    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Take my life and make a vessel purified
    God makes no mistakes— His way is best.

    When the toils of life are come and my heart is worn with care,
    I faint 'neath the burden of a cross I cannot bear.
    When the joy has departed from my sorrow-stricken soul,
    This one thing I know for sure: my God is in control.

    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Though I don't understand His wise and loving plan
    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Take my life and make a vessel purified
    God makes no mistakes— His way is best.
    ~ Betsy Kistler


    Truly God's ways are perfect. He never makes mistakes and for this I am thankful, I am encouraged, I am happy and learning to trust Him more.

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Can the Virgin Mary Take Care of Me?

    An Irish boy asked his priest, "Will the blessed Virgin Mary take care of me?"

    "Yes, my son, if you are true to all the requirements of the holy Catholic Church, she will take care of you."

    "Are you sure she will take care of me?"

    "Quite sure, if you do as I command you."

    "Will she keep my soul, and take me to Heaven safely when I die?"

    "Yes, if you die in the bosom of the Church."

    "You are very sure, sir?"

    "Yes; quite sure."

    "Well, sir, I am not sure; for I read that once, in going from Jerusalem, she lost her own child; and if she could lose him she might lose me."



    But Jesus can and will take care of you, and save you, if you put all your trust in him.
    ~The Youth's Instructor December 1, 1870

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    The True Gain of Life



    What is the true gain of life? Is it in seeking for wealth, fame, or pleasure? All these must soon pass away, and we can take nothing of this worlds riches with us.

    What, then, should be the true aim in life? Manifestly to gain a knowledge of God, and to learn his ways; to get wisdom and understanding. Our service must be of love, and not of gain – expected self-gratification by and by.

    Such service will never be repaid, and a lifetime spent in pleasing self is worse than wasted.

    “Life is a service” to God or Satan. To whom, then shall our service be rendered?

    A.R. Wilcox
    The Youth's Instructor May 17, 1894

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    Recipe for a Home

    Half a cup of friendship
    And a cup of thoughtfulness
    Creamed together with a pinch
    Of powdered tenderness.

    Very lightly beaten
    In a bowl of loyalty
    With a cup of faith, and one of hope,
    And one of charity.

    Be sure to add a spoonful
    Of gaiety - that - sings
    And also the ability
    To - laugh at little things.

    Moisten with the sudden tears
    Of heartfelt sympathy:
    Bake in good - natured pan
    And serve repeatedly.

    -Author unknown

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    What to do with left over potatoes

    I'm sure everyone ends up with left-overs at least sometimes! One way I love to used left over steamed/boiled potatoes is to grate them up in a casserole dish and drizzle a little oil over them with some salt, garlic and onion powder and some herbs, layering it till I'm out of potatoes. Bake them at 350 degrees till it turns golden brown on top. So delicious and no one ever knows it's left overs!

    You can use left over potatoes to make quick soups as well as a number of other things!

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Trusting is Believing..

    What does it mean to trust? Some time ago, I heard this song and it really touched my heart and reminded me what it meant to trust.



    Trusting is believing that God will keep His word,

    And trusting is believing your every prayer is heard.

    And trusting is letting God know that your depending on Him;

    It's feeling His forgiveness within.



    Trusting is believing that God could care for you,

    And trusting is believing just as a child would do.

    It's like giving your hand to Jesus and knowing He won't let go,

    I'll trust Him because He loves me so.


    ~Author Unknown



    Trusting is not thinking about everything you need to accomplish in one day and then feeling overwhelmed that you have to much to do and can't get it done. It is believing that God will help you and what is important will get done. I give this as one example because I know sometimes I find myself doing this very thing, getting all stressed out. Then it's so easy to have a haughty spirit and the peaceful, happy atmosphere is broken. God has had to gently nudge and remind me to trust in Him and place things back into his hands. When they are there, things go so much more smoothly!



    Trusting is believing that there is “a time to every purpose under the heaven” and that “all things work together for good”. Not just some things, but all things. God has a reason for everything and it's a very good reason. We may not know what that reason is and we may never know till heaven but when we trust Him and really believe the words of Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for good to them that love God” and you believe it in every circumstance of life, what a blessing it will be! What seemed like heavy burdens will seem like feathers when you trust that God is there and you put everything in His hands and trust explicitly in Him. For an example, it's like a child that's struggling and trying to carry a fifty pound sac of flour when his big strong father is right there saying “Let me take it dear, I will carry it for you” and the child says “No, you can't carry it. It's to big and to heavy for you. I will do it.” You might think what a foolish child! But what about us? Do we hang on to our burdens, our trials, our worries and stresses when we have someone who is more willing and capable of handling them then anyone in the world? Why not trust God enough to place everything we are hanging onto into His hands. We'll be much happier then.

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    Quote for the Day

    This quote was a real blessing to me today so I thought I'd share it with you.
    The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us "exceeding abundantly," "according to the riches of His glory," and "the working of His mighty power." Eph. 3:20, 16; 1:19.

    ~Desire of Ages p. 200 By E.G.W

    Saturday, August 8, 2009

    Ask Not Why

    Why the clouds instead of sun?

    Why heartaches and sighs?

    Why trials instead of none?

    Why the tearful cries?

    Why dreams are many crushed?

    Why many unfair?

    Why faithful ones are hushed?

    Does Jesus not care?



    He cares, yes so very much!

    Then “why?” we may ask.

    With a tender gentle touch

    He bids, do your task

    Trust Me, I know what is best.

    I am always there,

    just for you, so be at rest.

    Yes, for you I care.



    Your burdens patiently bear.

    Someday you will learn

    reasons of your tears n' care.

    Do not give up or turn.

    Be of good courage, stand fast,

    For He holds your hand.

    When in the good land at last

    We shall understand.



    ~ Elyssa S. April 2007

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    I knelt down to pray..

    "Dear Father in heaven..." and then I paused as I envisioned myself in the presence of God kneeling before His throne. Then as the realization struck me that hear I am, talking to God. One who has more power and more authority then the president or any earthy king. One who made the earth and One who holds the galaxy's. One who is all powerful and One who is so Holy. One who is so good and So true. I can't describe the sense of God's greatness and majesty that I felt right then. I was humbled, I was awed. A feeling of unworthiness and a sense of my smallness washed over me and then I thought "How can I pray?! How do I talk to God?" then I remembered God's love but it changed the way I thought to pray. It made me realize how reverent we must be when coming before the throne of God but it also made me realize how special we are. Maybe it would be special to you if you got to talk to a president or a mighty king but how special is it to be able to talk to God the sovereign of the universe! How special is it to know that He loves me and He loves you?

    Oh! Your Majesty no words can describe
    Your power, Your glory no man can know...

    I am amazed. I am awed and I am thankful that God gave me a little sense of His greatness and Majesty last night.

    “The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy... Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.” (Psalms 99:1-3, 5 KJV)

    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Quote for the Day

    Something I read this morning that was a blessing to me.

    Rest yourself wholly in the hands of Jesus. Contemplate His great love, and while you meditate upon His self-denial, His infinite sacrifice made in our behalf in order that we should believe in Him, your heart will be filled with holy joy, calm peace, and indescribable love. As we talk of Jesus, as we call upon Him in prayer, our confidence that He is our personal, loving Saviour will strengthen, and His character will appear more and more lovely. . . . We may enjoy rich feasts of love, and as we fully believe that we are His by adoption, we may have a foretaste of heaven. Wait upon the Lord in faith. The Lord draws out the soul in prayer, and gives us to feel His precious love. We have a nearness to Him, and can hold sweet communion with Him. We obtain distinct views of His tenderness and compassion, and our hearts are broken and melted with contemplation of the love that is given to us. We feel indeed an abiding Christ in the soul. . . . Our peace is like a river, wave after wave of glory rolls into the heart, and indeed we sup with Jesus and He with us. We have a realizing sense of the love of God, and we rest in His love. No language can describe it, it is beyond knowledge. We are one with Christ, our life is hid with Christ in God. We have the assurance that when He who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory. With strong confidence, we can call God our Father. .
    Sons and Daughters of God p. 311
    ~E.G.W

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    A Merry Heart



    “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
    (Proverbs 17:22 )


    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Hi,

    Just a note to say I am taking a break from here for about a month. I am away and haven't been able to be on and won't be able to post much.

    God bless,

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Reading and Writing


    Have you ever thought about reading and writing? I have and I think it's one of the greatest blessings ever bestowed upon us! How much we would miss and how many blessings would pass us by if we didn't know how to read or write!

    I met an older couple who hardly knew how to read. The husband I don't think knew how to read at all and the wife had trouble reading the simplest words. I felt sorry for them because I thought, "What a lot of blessings they are missing out on!" but I was also filled with gratitude that we have that blessing and I was filled with wonder all over again. It's just so amazing to me that all these shapes and lines can "speak" and well, I really can't explain myself well but I think it's awesome!

    I think it's so neat how we can be miles apart and yet still be in contact in this way.

    I love to read and write. When I can't seem to express myself in speaking I seem to be able to put my thoughts together so much better in writing.

    Writing comes in handy when you need silent communication.

    If you know how to read, you have a wealth of information available to you.

    What would we do if we didn't know how to read or write? I don't know what I'd do! Anyway, I'm just so thankful today for one of the greatest blessings and(to me) that's being able to read and write. God is so good all the time! :-)

    Keep pressing forward!

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    Beauty Amidst the Storm

    Grass and trees with snow is so beautiful to me. :-) You can't really tell what I mean by this photo but it is!

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” Romans 11:33-34

    “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,” Job 38:22


    When everything seems to be perfect then suddenly the snow, ice and wind of life comes in on me, do I still let the love of Jesus shine out of me? Do I still trust that He knows what's best and He will see me through? Do I have a cheerful spirit and let the beauty of a Christ-like character shine? Am I like the flower that doesn't lose it's beauty amidst the storm?

    “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalms 51:7

    “Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:6-9

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    What Are We Living For?

    “She Lives to Travel” the title in the magazine caught my attention. Looking at the article I thought, What a sad thing to live for. What joy, peace or fulfillment is that going to bring? What sort of hope? This poor lady doesn't have much to live for and there isn't going to be any true joy or fulfillment in traveling the world. But the fact is, nothing is going to give peace and fulfillment unless you're living for Christ, living to love and living to serve. Why wouldn't we want to anyway? If it wasn't for Him we wouldn't exist! If it wasn't for the price He paid for us we would be eternally lost! Seeing His great love for us should make us want to live for Him, but sadly we often forget. He is the only reason we are here today and He is the only way to heaven and to eternity. We will only find peace and joy through Him and find the longing of our hearts fulfilled.



    I am reminded of the song “A Chasing of the Wind”



    Every heart is filled with longing to be free from all life’s pain

    Yet the search through earthly pleasures always ends in vain

    Only God who made the heavens can satisfy our souls



    Chorus:

    Apart from Him, and all His meaning

    all things fail as they begin

    And hearts deceived can only know a chasing of the wind



    All achievements all possessions all with time return to dust

    Only God can be our reason for deep and quiet trust

    He will guard us from the dangers that gladly make men fools



    Chorus:

    Apart from Him, and all His meaning

    all things fail as they begin

    And hearts deceived can only know a chasing of the wind



    Why do we live without Jesus?

    Why do we waste another day?

    He is the life that sustains us

    the only hope for us today

    So why do we live,

    why do we live without Him?



    ~ Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh




    What are we living for? Are we chasing the wind? The blessing and privilege that we have to serve a loving God, and to trust Him is priceless and that, I think is the greatest thing to live for--for God and then we won't have to chase the wind.



    By those words “She lives to travel” the Lord gently reminded me what I was living for – living for Him, living to love and to serve. Oh, I pray that He will remind me who I'm living for before I do or say things. I pray He will remind me that I am living to love as He loves before I say an unkind word or do something to hurt someone. I pray He will remind me that I am living to serve before I complain or express a selfish action.



    Father, please remind be because I know I need lots of them!



    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    From an Ants Perspective..

    Well, maybe not quite but it's as close as I can get. ;)


    “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
    (Isaiah 40:8)

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Beautiful Things

    Beautiful faces are those that wear—
    It matters little if dark or fair—
    Whole-souled honesty printed there.

    Beautiful eyes are those that show,
    Like crystal panes where hearthfires glow,
    Beautiful thoughts that burn below.

    Beautiful lips are those whose words
    Leap from the heart like songs of birds
    Yet whose utterance prudence girds.

    Beautiful hands are those that do
    Work that is honest and brave and true,
    Moment by moment the long day through.

    Beautiful feet are those that go
    On kindly ministering to and fro,
    Down lowliest ways, if God wills it so.

    Beautiful shoulders are those that bear
    Ceaseless burdens of homely care
    With patient grace and daily prayer.

    Beautiful lives are those that bless,
    Silent rivers of happiness,
    Whose hidden fountains but few may guess.

    Beautiful twilight at set of sun,
    Beautiful goal with race well run,
    Beautiful rest with work well done.

    Beautiful graces where grasses creep,
    Where brown leaves fall, where drifts lie deep
    Over worn-out hands—oh! beautiful sleep.

    by Ellen P. Allerton

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    In God's Hands

    The faith, courage, and strength we admire in those who fearlessly stood up for truth and for God in days gone by; the love, the joy, and the peace these men and women had when faced with dungeons, the cruelest torture, and death can sometimes make you wonder, Could I be so strong? Could I face the things they faced? In these days of uncertainty, as we look around us and behold things happening faster than we've ever seen them happen before, does your heart sometimes fail you with fear? Do you sometimes wonder, “What will I eat? What will I drink? How will I endure?”

    When we give God our hearts; when we surrender our lives, our will, our all to Him; when we abide in the will of God and live up to all the light we have, we can be assured that all the promises in God's Word are for us.

    But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” “Bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (Psalms 37:39-40; Isaiah 33:16; Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 41:10; Psalms 34:7)

    There is told a story of a man who had a dream in which he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Scenes from his life flashed across the sky, and for each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonged to him and the other to the Lord. As he looked back, he noticed that many times there was only one set of footprints, and he also noticed that they happened to be at the very lowest, saddest, and most troublesome times of his life. It bothered him, and he said to the Lord, “You promised that you would walk with me all the way. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

    And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you (Isaiah 46:4).

    In times of trial, in times of suffering, in times of weariness, in times of sadness, in times when your heart begins to tremble with fear, trust in the Lord. He will be with you. When it seems like it is too much for you to bear, He will carry you through. He will give you strength and courage. Remember that you are in the hands of God. He will hold you, protect you, and care for you. Though everyone may forsake you, He never will. Rest in the hands of God. And the only way to truly do that is to trust Him.

    Psalms 91, Psalms 27, and many other passages contain beautiful promises. When I think of the troublesome times we are facing, sometimes it can be frightening. But then I think, As long as I am God's and I do His will, I'm in His hands and nothing can harm me. Nothing will happen to me that God does not allow and what He allows He will give me strength to endure. When I trust Him and trust my life and my all to Him, when I think of how much God loves me and how good He is, then what a sense of indescribable peace washes over me! Dear friend, will you trust God? Will you rest in His loving arms today and always?~



    Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast;

    There by His love o’ershaded, Sweetly my soul shall rest.

    Hark! ’tis the voice of angels Borne in a song to me,

    Over the fields of glory, Over the jasper sea.



    Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast;

    There by His love o’ershaded, Sweetly my soul shall rest.




    Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,

    Safe from the world’s temptations; sin cannot harm me there.

    Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;

    Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!



    Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge, Jesus has died for me;

    Firm on the Rock of Ages ever my trust shall be.

    Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is o’er;

    Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.

    by Fanny Crosby



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