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!


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