Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Spurgeon, Songs and More!

Hi all,

This quote has been on my mind a lot lately:

Isn't Spurgeon so right? Perhaps the Lord is calling you to endure a trial today in order to make you more empathetic towards others and able to minister to them when they are in need. Your suffering means that someone else who is going through a hard time can know that you are being genuine when you proclaim how the Lord has brought you through the hard days. Who knows - this trial you are going through now may be a pivotal means that the Lord can use to draw someone to Himself! Surely then it is worth it!

A friend shared with me today these two songs, which have very good lyrics! Praying that it blesses you today as much as it blessed me!

Still, My Soul Be Still ~ Keith and Kristyn Getty

Amazing but challenging lyrics in this!

 Still my soul be still 
And do not fear 
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
 God is at your side 
No longer dread 
The fires of unexpected sorrow  

God You are my God 
And I will trust in You and not be shaken 
Lord of peace renew 
A steadfast spirit within me 
To rest in You alone  

Still my soul be still 
Do not be moved 
By lesser lights and fleeting shadows 
Hold onto His ways 
With shield of faith 
Against temptations flaming arrows  

Still my soul be still 
Do not forsake 
The Truth you learned in the beginning 
Wait upon the Lord 
And hope will rise As stars appear when day is dimming.

Perfect Wisdom of Our God ~ Keith and Kristyn Getty

The last verse was a really amazing reminder and something I really need to be praying for regularly, as I'm sure you do too!

Oh grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
"Your perfect will in your perfect way."

Also, I saw this really good piece of writing by Leslie Ludy today. How important it is for us to pray when we are in the midst of trials!
For a few weeks now, I’ve been meditating on the scene of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before His crucifixion. It says, “…and being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.” (Luke 22:44a) What an amazing statement. The more anguish Jesus felt, the more intensely He prayed. In my own life, I’ve noticed when I’m walking through times of trials and challenges, prayer does not always come naturally. When stress or fears start to close in, I often find myself wanting to “solve problems” or “process my emotions” instead of pour out my heart to God in earnest prayer.

Jesus set a beautiful example for us during the most challenging trial of His earthly life. When the weight of the world literally rested upon His shoulders and the agony was so extreme that it caused Him to sweat great drops of blood, He didn’t seek out human advice or comfort. He didn’t try to solve, brainstorm, or strategize a solution to His pain. Rather, he knelt before His Father and prayed earnestly. And He received supernatural grace and strength to victoriously carry the greatest burden in the history of the world.

If you are facing any trial today, I encourage you to find the strength and grace you need, not first and foremost through human solutions or problem-solving, but through effectual, fervent prayer. According to the example of Christ, the greater the agony we feel, the more earnest our prayers should be! Remember that we serve a faithful God who hears – and responds – to the prayer of His people!

- Leslie

God bless!


Monday, 16 September 2013

Revived Through God's Word

I read this today in a little devotional and thought I would post it:

Revived Through God's Word

"This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me." ~ Psalm 119:5

The difference regular reading of God's Word can make in your life is the difference between a panic attack in the unexpected jolts of life and a supernatural peace in the midst of the worst storm. It's the difference between confusion and quiet confidence.

What do you think? How important is it to be imersed in God's word in order to not fall into despair when the storms come? I think that it is clear we need to be much more imersed in scripture than we are (or at least I need to be a lot more imersed in it than I am)!

God bless and keep looking to Him and reading His Word!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Helpful Little Quote Cards :)

I recieved a series of little quote cards (Lighthouse Christian Products Co.)  from a friend and thought they were well worth sharing with you all! Praying that they bless you as much as they blessed me! 

Matthew 19:26 ~ "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"

"Only God is big enough to deal with whatever comes into our life. Only He has the power, wisdom and ability to do more than we can imagine. All things are possible with God. And, that gives us reason to trust Him with everything." 

Philippians 4:13 ~ "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

"God wants to give us the strength we need to face whatever comes into our life, but He wants us to ask for it and take a step of faith, too. He wants to know that we trust Him. When we take the step, He pours out His strength so we can do all things through it."

Romans 8:28 ~ "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose."

"God promises to work out everything for our good. There's always a new way to see God, a new lesson to learn, a new way to prune us to help us grow. God doesn't prevent us from experiencing struggles but He walks with us and helps us grow through them."

Genesis 18:14 ~ "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

"Nothing is too difficult for Him. Therefore, He can help us carry that burden, face that obstacle or make it through that trial. He can do things we can't do. We need to stop trying to do it all ourselves and turn to Him in trust and faith."

Philippians 4:6 ~ Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done."

"God is bigger than any fear we face. We don't need to anxiously search for a solution. The best thing to do when we're afraid is to fall to our knees. He'll hear our prayer, meet our need and help us face our fear with the courage only He can give."

We All Need Hope

The Lord has blessed me with many godly friends who are such an encouragement to me! I have recieved several gifts lately which have greatly encouraged me and helped me to see that the Lord is always in control! I thought I would share some snippets of what I've been learning here over the next wee while.

The following is an excerpt from the Lighthouse Christian Products Co booklet titled "We All Need Hope". It is written by Greg Buick, Deborah Christensen and Judson Poling.

We All Need Hope

Life can be hard. Sometimes, we have to endure a bad day. Other times, we face unrelenting heartache. No amount of tears can bring it to an end. Most of us face difficult times more often than we would like. Yet as difficult as life can be, hope guides us and gets us through the storms of life. Take away hope, and even the small things crush us. 

As we look at the big picutre in our world, we see hopeless situations. The news regularly bombards us with stories of the harmful and even evil situations people endure. Abuse, divorce, murder, war famine, rape and natural disasters torment our lives and shred our broken world. Beyond the unexpected disasters that make the news, we're wounded by the daily actions of others who never get headlines - but hurt us deeply. We begin to wonder how God can allow bad things to happen to good people. 

Is this how God intended us to live? Is this the kind of life He created us for?

Thankfully, the answer is no. The Bible tells us the true story of how God created us and our world, how we fell away from His original design, and what He did to heal our brokenness. It offers hope because we discover that God is in the business of restoring us to His beautiful original intentions....
God loves us so much that He couldn't just let us stay in our broken condition in a life of misery and frustration. Because the wages of sin is death, the only way to pay for it once and for all would be through the death of someone else. And Christianity says that it was God Himself - the second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ - who did that for us...

Our hope rests on God's promise that even though we experience pain while we are "in process", one day we will be fully restored. These experiences will be gone. He will never change the terms of His agreement to finish the work He started in us. The end of the story is certian, and God will never stop loving us as it unfolds. 


Wow, isn't the Lord amazing? 
God bless! 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Grandfather's Wisdom

I thought I should warn you in advance that this is likely to be a super long blog post as the Lord has been teaching me so much lately! I've had a rather contemplative week and lots of little things have come up that I would like to share with you. :)

To start with, for some reason yesterday I recalled something my grandfather told me years ago. It remains probably the most helpful advice I've ever had and something that I try to apply - but it is one of those things that certianly requires God's grace! He said to me, "God gives us pain to tell us that something is wrong." 

In the immediate context he was referring to physical pain as he had cancer. He'd recently been reading about a ministry with people who had leporosy and so they could not feel the warning signs of pain that alerted them to something being wrong. But it really struck me that my grandfather, who was in such pain himself, was able to say that! 

And I think that it can be applied to pain of different kinds as well. I am slowly learning that all of us are called to endure pain while in this world, be it physical or otherwise - it is part of living in a fallen world. Some of it will be a breakdown in relationships, a sudden and unexpected death, a severe illness, lonliness...the list goes on and on, and I'm sure you know what pain the Lord has been bringing you through. But perhaps all this pain is supposed to be a reminder to us that we all have something wrong with us, a bad condition (SIN); that we live in a sinful world, that we ourselves are sinners and we should, no, MUST rely on God's grace to get us through every single day. So maybe we need to start seeing pain as a wake-up call from the Lord to look to Him and see things from an eternal perspective rather than a temporary one. Our own pain ought to spur us on to evangelism and sharing with others the great hope that we have: that the pain and suffering we see all around us in this world is going to be gone when Christ comes again!

On a differnt note, I saw this trailer the other day for the film 'Unstoppable' and it certianly looks like something worth looking at!!! I don't live in the US, so unfortunately I won't be able to view it but for any of you who do and are wrestling with questions as to why God allows suffering, I highly recommend you look into it. Here is the trailer and you can read more about it by visiting their website: http://unstoppablethemovie.com/

To make this blog post a little shorter, I might post the rest of what I was going to say in another post, so you may just get two blog posts today for a change! :D

God bless!