Waiting – Charles Spurgeon

“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

“Who Can Tell If God Will…”

(Below is the third and final part of a writing assignment I had before graduation. I hope it is a blessing. The first and second parts can be found under “Homeschooling”.)

“Who can tell if God will…”  Jonah 3:9

We never can tell what God will choose to do in one’s life. God has a special plan for all of His children. In fact, before we were conceived, God knew us and had already designed how our life would be:

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Knowing this, we must simply trust Him and the plan that He has chosen for us. We shouldn’t sit around and critique everything God chooses to do in our lives. For, just as we would think it absolutely terrible for a little child to question his/her parent’s authority in their life, so it is with us as children of God. How arrogant it is that we (but dust of the ground), would question our Creator!  Romans 9:20,21 says,

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”

We, as God’s children, are likened to clay in the hand of a potter; that Potter being Jesus Christ. He molds us and makes us as HE wills! Jeremiah 18:4 – “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

Understanding this, why would we ever again be guilty of questioning God or NOT trusting the plans He has for us? We can rest assured, He wants only the best for us! Did you notice the last phrase of Jeremiah 18:4,

“…as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

We will never find God giving us His second-best! There may be times where, at first, it may not seem “good” to us, but we must learn to wait and trust Him as He is at work in our lives.

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

Stand still and let God move! I’ll admit, I have felt the questions flood into my mind like, “Life was good, why all these sudden changes?” But, I was yet to see that, through those “sudden changes”, God was only giving me something much bigger and better!!!

Such was the case with Mary and Martha when their brother, Lazarus, died. They, very much heartbroken, questioned Jesus saying, “…Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” John 11:32  However, they were about to see a HUGE MIRACLE unfold through their lives!!!  It is quite evident that Jesus loved them so much to have chosen them through which to do something miraculous! What an awesome, loving God He is!!!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I Corinthians 2:9

As God continues to work His will in my life, I can’t help but see the great, great love He has for me! I can truly testify to you that,

“This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23

~ Bethany ~  (High School Graduation – May, 2014)

Staying on Course

“…O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

Our family enjoyed several FUN days in the TN Mountains and, although getting away was great, it is also nice to be home-sweet-home! It has been almost 33 years that my Honskins and I spent our honeymoon in Gatlinburg and since that time we have made a few trips back with the kids. Our first stop? – downtown Gatlinburg with all the shops, including the candy stores where we watched taffy being made!  🙂

It wasn’t long until we ventured to the go-karts where my main job was cheering them on and taking pictures, of course! After they had raced on the different tracks for a little while, one time of racing proved to be a time of testing as well. As the lead person pulled out, he made a right turn instead of staying left. Whoever was directly behind him followed suit, as did the next person, as did the next person………as did Anna.  Caleb and Bethany, who were the last ones in the line-up, just watched all those people going the wrong way as they proceeded left. Their cries of, “Annnaaaaaa!!!” were too late as little sis had already reached the point of no return.  🙂

That incident came to my mind when I read in Isaiah this morning. “…they which lead thee cause thee to err…” Isaiah 3:12  For whatever reason, that first person in the line of go-karts went the wrong way. Whether intentional or not, the results were several people following him including his own family and our Anna. Although I cannot speak for the others, I do know that Anna had some go-karting experience but, what little knowledge she had did not keep her from making an obvious wrong turn.  As she turned right with the rest of them, did her “go-kart knowledge” holler, “This is the wrong way!!!”?  Maybe…I don’t know.

In this day of increasing compromise and falling away, how vitally important to stay in close fellowship with the Lord on a daily basis, through prayer and Bible reading/meditating. We cannot depend on last week’s or last month’s time of fellowship with the Lord to get us through today. And then, how careful we must be to THINK before making any decisions. THINK – What does God’s Word say about this? THINK – Who am I following? THINK – How will this decision affect me in 5 years, 10 years, etc. THINK – How will this decision affect those that are following me?…my children, my grandchildren, my friends, those that may look up to me?  THINK – Would I like to be found making this decision when the Lord comes back?

It is not easy to go opposite “the crowd”. As Bethany and Caleb watched everyone in front of them make that wrong turn, they may have experienced a moment of hesitation…a moment of questioning themselves as to what direction to take. So often is the case when making decisions in life. As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us as our Guide. But even though, from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s promptings, we KNOW what we should do, our own human nature will often cause us to look at what everyone else is doing and follow suit. No one likes to be different. Many times, there is a false sense of security in numbers but, as in the go-kart incidence, that security is often short-lived as a wrong turn becomes apparent down the road.

As those that turned right at the race track finally got turned around, they were no longer in the lead. Their mistake had cost them. Likewise, in our Christian life, we will make wrong turns from time-to-time and with those poor decisions we will suffer loss. Far too often, as in the case of the Dad that was in the lead, we cause others to follow us in our bad choices. But, there is good news!! I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we, in humility, cry to God for mercy, He is ready and willing to put us back on the right track…headed in the right direction!

The next time this family goes go-karting, I think Anna will be extra careful. With all the teasing she has received from her siblings, I’m pretty sure she will stay on course no matter who else veers…at least I think so. When we, in our Christian lives, find ourselves having to turn around and back track, let’s not let the experience be a total loss. Let’s determine, by God’s grace, to learn from our mistakes. As we turn to God’s Word for counsel, let’s determine, next time, to THINK before we act.

“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Proverbs 4:26

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

~ Rachel ~

“As For Me, I Will…”

(Below is the second of three parts of a writing assignment I  had before graduation. I hope it is a blessing. The first part can be found under “Homeschooling”.)

“I’ll do it if you do it.” Have you ever been guilty of saying this? It’s so easy, at times, to be reluctant in making a decision that we know we should make. Too often, we first want to make sure that we are not alone in the decision before actually going through with it. Do you know what this says of a person’s life? James 1:8 says it this way, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (So, in other words, absolutely no backbone at all.) We cannot live our lives like that. I understand that no one likes the feeling of being alone in something, but let’s face it. There will be plenty of times where we will have to make a tough decision and, like it or not, we will not have anybody to go along with us.

ATTN: TAKING A STAND FOR RIGHT REQUIRES COURAGE!

At some point in our life, what we must realize is this – just as someone cannot make decisions for us, we cannot make decisions for them. We are only responsible for our own decisions. Can we control another person’s choices? No. Only God has that power. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

So, why fret over others and the paths they take when it is, in reality, “out of our hands”? Also, if we are not careful, we will even go to the extreme of using the decisions of others to justify our own – “Well, they’re not doing it; why should I?”… OR …”What’s he/she going to do?” In reading John 21, we find Peter doing this. After being told what was to become of him, Peter was solely concerned about John’s affairs, to which Jesus responded, “…If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” In other words, “Peter, mind your own business. You worry about yourself.” Evidently, this is no small matter with God! He tells us in I Thessalonians 4:11, “…do your own business…”  In order to truly live for God in this day and time, it entails taking a whole lot of stands. I like this quote I came across by Jonathan Edwards –

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.

Can we sincerely say, “While others may not, as for ME, I will“?

~ Bethany ~

Happy Mother’s Day!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!  I hope each of you moms have a SPECIAL DAY!  A wonderful example of faith being passed on from one generation to the next…

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
II Timothy 1:5

Let’s just continue being faithful…

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  Galatians 6:9
“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25