These Girls Are Ready…

…for Solar Eclipse 2017!  🙂

Would you like to know a verse that I read this morning?

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:”  Amos 8:9

Of course, I immediately thought about the eclipse that will take place here shortly.

How very thankful I am for another day that the sky was darkened – the day that Christ took MY sin upon Himself!  He gave His life for ME – Oh, what a Saviour!!!

My friend, He died for your sin as well.  Have you accepted His free gift of salvation by placing your complete trust in Him to save you? If not, please do not delay!

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”  Luke 23:44-46

Happy Birthday!!

Wishing a very HAPPY Birthday to my hubby! It’s the big 6 – 0 today!

This past Saturday, we were able to celebrate with some of our family.


Branson certainly had a ball…


Among other gifts, Bethany and Anna picked out this “rare find” Case knife for their Daddy.


Happy Birthday to a “one of a kind” guy! We love you! ❤️

Tears

“Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him…” Hosea 12:4

The above verse, speaking of Jacob wrestling all night with the angel, touched my heart this morning – a reminder that God is affected by our tears. There is a song that comes to my mind – “Tears are a Language God Understands”.

In II Kings 20:5 we read another example of this:

“Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.” II Kings 20:5

God not only heard Hezekiah’s prayer…He saw his tears.

When grievous trials come our way, there is a danger of allowing that time of affliction to harden our hearts and thus “lose our tears”. That is something that I fear – to the point of praying, “Lord, I don’t want to lose my tears…Lord, keep me tender through this”.

This morning, have you allowed an extended trial to harden your heart and thus rob you of your tears? Ask the Lord to give you your tears back. Truly, tears are a language God understands.

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Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes
And burdens seem to be much more than you can bear
But God is standing near, He sees your falling tears
And tears are a language God understands.

God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand
Tears are a language God understands.

When grief has left you low it causes tears to flow
When things have not turned out the way that you had planned
But God won’t forget you His promises are true
And tears are a language God understands.

God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand
Tears are a language that my God He understands

(Amy Lambert)

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5

I Know He Heard My Prayer

A couple weeks ago, the girls showed me the devotional for that morning (from their “Streams in the Dessert” book). When I read it, I was reminded of a song that has been an encouragement to my heart – you know, one of those songs where you hit the back button to play again…and again…and again… 🙂  I believe I posted the lyrics awhile back, but thought I would share them again with the following devotional. I hope it will be a blessing to someone this evening!

I KNOW HE HEARD MY PRAYER
The clouds have passed away, I see the light of day,
The sun is shining thru, dispelling gloom with hallelujahs;
I know that this is real, for in my heart I feel
that my Saviour heard my earnest prayer.
Chorus
I know He heard my prayer,
He knows my every care,…
He gives to me the blessed victory,
Oh yes ! I feel Him now,
My loyalty I vow,
I know the Saviour heard my plea.
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The Lord has heard my prayer, great joy is now my share,
Sweet heaven fills my soul, now I can go rejoicing on;
Oh my friend, there’s not a doubt, thank God, they’re driven out,
for He heard my prayer, my earnest prayer.
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When in the future days, the fiery trials blaze,
When Satan comes to me to take away my victory,
I can point him to the time when Heaven’s light did shine,
I can say He heard my earnest prayer.
The enemy had said that my faith in God was dead,
If the way was rough, He did not care,
Thank God it is not true, Jesus thrills me thru and thru.
I know he heard my prayer, my earnest prayer.
(by Vep Ellis)

Acting In Belief – Paul Chappell

Yesterday morning’s devotional by Paul Chappell was a huge blessing to me – to GOD be the glory!!  This morning, are you seeking to understand faith that moves mountains?…faith that pleases God? Ask the Lord to show you how you can put your faith in action. Just as Peter stepped out of the boat, ask God how you can take a step of faith in regard to a mountain in your life. Then, when He nudges your heart, don’t question Him! SHOW your faith that God has heard your prayer by obeying His gentle promptings.

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Acting in Belief (from Daily in the Word by Paul Chappell)

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

“And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”

1 Kings 8:54–56

When Hudson Taylor first went to China as a missionary, there were few people actively involved in the work of evangelism. Taylor found that most of the “missionaries” were spending all their time with the British businessmen working in the cities rather than going out and reaching the Chinese with the gospel. Taylor devised a radical plan—to recruit teams of missionaries who would go into the interior of the country and focus on reaching the lost Chinese. But the hardships and obstacles were many, and for a time, Taylor despaired of meeting his ambitious goal.

After a time of prayer, Taylor moved forward, deciding to trust God. He later wrote, “The Lord conquered my unbelief, and I surrendered myself to God for this service. I told him that all responsibility as to the issues and consequences must rest with him; that as his servant it was mine to obey and to follow him.” Taylor launched the independent China Inland Mission, and, by 1876, one of every five missionaries to China was part of this group. Taylor believed God’s promises and acted on them. Our faith is not measured by what we say, but by what we do. If we truly believe God’s promises, then we will claim them and act on them. We will never accomplish what we should for God if we do not trust Him.

Today’s Growth Principle:
When we do not claim God’s promises and act on them, it reveals a heart of unbelief.

Prayer – Oswald Chambers

“The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint. No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Oh my, the truth in the above quote sure did stir my heart this morning!

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4

Amen!

Psalm 77 – A Thought From Last Night’s Message

Last evening, Pastor preached from Psalm 77…a favorite of mine – one to which I have turned very often! As he preached on “Praising Your Way Out Of Darkness”, I was reminded again of the importance of looking back to past blessings and victories in order to gain strength for present trials.

One of several points that stood out to me was taken from verse 3:

“…I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.”

Pastor pointed out how a complaining spirit in the midst of a trial will cause us to feel even more overwhelmed. How very true that is! And, I must admit that, too often, I have been guilty of this very thing.

Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity…”  Choosing to guard our spirit from murmuring and complaining while instead TRUSTING the One who is in control will give us sustaining strength in the darkest valley. When the Lord allows times of suffering in our lives, may we resist complaining and instead cling to the Lord – KNOWING that His way is perfect. He will be faithful to see us through! AMEN!!

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job 13:15

Hypocrisy And The Spider’s Web – C.H. Spurgeon 

I recently purchased a new devotional book at the Sword Conference and have enjoyed adding it to my morning time with the Lord.


Because of the numerous spiderwebs I am constantly sweeping down from our long front porch, this morning’s devotional painted a very clear picture to me of the frail foundation upon which a religious hypocrite’s life is built. Oh…may we each examine ourselves – making sure that the salvation we claim is not based on ourselves but in Christ alone!

Praying For Our Pastor

I read the following this past week and thought I would share it here. What a great reminder of the Christian’s responsibility to bathe their pastor in prayer!

“Pray for your pastor. Pray for his body, that he may be kept strong and spared many years. Pray for his soul, that he may be kept humble and holy, a burning and shining light. Pray for his ministry, that it may be abundantly blessed, that he may be anointed to preach good tidings. Let there be no secret prayer without naming him before your God, no family prayer without carrying your pastor in your hearts to God.” ~ Robert Murray McCheyne

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” II Thessalonians 3:1