Right On Time

The other morning, I received texts from two different ladies who are going through some trying circumstances. Both of these texts contained the thought of God’s timing being PERFECT!

This morning, as I read in Esther, I was reminded of those two texts:

“On that night could not the king sleep…” Esther 6:1

I absolutely love the story of Esther and get so excited when I come to this part of the story! On THAT night…the night before wicked Haman intended to have Mordecai hanged…on THAT night, the king could not sleep! If you are not familiar with the story, you must read it!

A few weeks ago, Bethany began working on a new song for the girls at church. I am not sure who wrote the song, but I like the truth that it presents – God is ALWAYS right on time!

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They sent for Jesus, your friend’s about to die.
But tarried He still on behind.
So they laid Lazarus in a tomb and said their last good-bye.
Then coming down the road was Jesus right on time.

Just hold on my child because He’s not too far away.
And He knows your need before you pray.
So when your feet are weary, from the mountain you have climbed,
Look ahead here comes Jesus right on time.

I’ve struggled through life’s deserts; they were so hot and dry.
Till it seemed all hope was lost and I would die.
And I wondered where was He, was He still a friend of mind?
Then coming down the road was Jesus right on time.

Just hold on my child because He’s not too far away.
And He knows your need before you pray.
So when your feet are weary, from the mountain you have climbed,
Look ahead here comes Jesus right on time.

A Little Late…

This picture was taken this past Sunday right before we got in the car to go to church. I’m a couple days late in posting it for Father’s Day, but then again…we should show our dads gratitude any chance we get. These girls love their daddy, that’s for sure!  Thank you, Honskins, for all you’ve done for your family! We love you!

Rejoice In The Lord

I love this song. I heard it just a little bit ago and wanted to share the words here on the blog. I’m thankful for individuals such as Ron “Patch the Pirate” Hamilton, whom the Lord has used to write songs in the midst or on the other side of trials. Only God knows how many people have been encouraged and strengthened by Christ-honoring songs such as this.

Rejoice in the Lord

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

(Ron Hamilton)

Happy Father’s Day!

This past fall, the girls and I were able to get some cleaning/organizing done at Mom’s house. While going through old pictures, I came across this one of Dad and me.

Dad went to be with the Lord 30 years ago – in March, 1987. I sure do miss him. The older I get, the more thankful I am for a father who loved the Lord and strived to lead his family according to God’s Word.

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven, Daddy. I will see you some day!

“We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.” Psalm 44:1

By The Way…

Yesterday afternoon, as I loaded a few groceries in the back of my car, another vehicle pulled into the space behind me. After putting my buggy up and getting into my car, the other driver (a lady) walked up and knocked on my car door. I hesitantly opened the door and she said something like,

“OK, you gotta tell me what the verse is. Is it ‘I know the plans I have for you?'”

“No”, I replied, “it talks about teaching our children ‘when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, when thou risest up'”

“Oh, that’s good”, she said as she walked off.

The verse she was referring to was the Scripture reference I have on my license plate – Deuteronomy 6:6,7 – and verse six is actually the inspiration for this blog, “In Thine Heart”:

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6,7

The last two mornings, the Lord has put a different phrase from the above passage on my heart through my New Testament reading. On Wednesday, I read:

“And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?” Mark 8:27

When I read the verse, the phrase “by the way” stood out to me and I immediately thought of the Deuteronomy passage. A few verses later I read:

“And he began to teach them…” Mark 8:31 

That’s when I got a little excited! Here was Christ giving us as parents an example of the teaching opportunities we are to take advantage of as we walk “by the way” with our children. 

Yesterday morning, I read two more verses containing the same phrase:

And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.” Mark 9:33,34 

Here, we see the disciples spending their “by the way” time arguing.

A simple thought this morning:

As mothers, what will our children learn from us “by the way”? As we go about our household duties, as we drive to town, as we work out in the yard, as we go shopping, etc will we make the most of our “by the ways”? Oh, and by the way…we must remember that our children learn by our actions and reactions as well as our words.

“By the way” opportunities – in order to make the most of them, we must first make sure we have spent our own time with the Lord through Bible study and prayer. Then, ask the Lord to help us be sensitive to teaching opportunities throughout the day.

Today and every day, let’s make the most of our “by the ways”!

“No man or woman ever had a nobler challenge or a higher privilege than to bring up a child for God and whenever we slight that privilege or neglect that ministry for anything else, we live to mourn it in heartache and grief.” ~ Vance Havner
  

Prayer – C.H. Spurgeon

The following, taken from C.H. Spurgeon’s devotional “Morning & Evening” was a blessing to me this evening. I pray it will encourage you as well…

“…their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.” II Chronicles 30:27

Prayer is the never-failing resort of the Christian in any case, in every plight. When you cannot use your sword you may take to the weapon of all-prayer. Your powder may be damp, your bow-string may be relaxed, but the weapon of all-prayer need never be out of order. Leviathan laughs at the javelin, but he trembles at prayer. Sword and spear need furbishing, but prayer never rusts, and when we think it most blunt it cuts the best. Prayer is an open door which none can shut. Devils may surround you on all sides, but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand. We can never be taken by blockade, escalade, mine, or storm, so long as heavenly succours can come down to us by Jacob’s ladder to relieve us in the time of our necessities. Prayer is never out of season: in summer and in winter its merchandize is precious. Prayer gains audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the midst of business, in the heat of noonday, in the shades of evening. In every condition, whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or doubt, your covenant God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place. Nor is prayer ever futile. True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your real wants supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit. If thou askest for coarse meal, wilt thou be angered because He gives thee the finest flour? If thou seekest bodily health, shouldst thou complain if instead thereof He makes thy sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies? Is it not better to have the cross sanctified than removed? This evening, my soul, forget not to offer thy petition and request, for the Lord is ready to grant thee thy desires.  ~ C.H. Spurgeon

It’s Just One Of Those Days, Folks

I was in our music room just a bit ago, ready to hear a new song that Bethany had been working on for the girls group at church and I just got tickled. There Anna and I stood with our own “afternoon snack”…listening intently. It’s just one of those days, I reckon.

WARNING: Singing while eating Turkey Hill Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream may result in choking on a chocolate chip. 😉

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  Psalm 119:103