Faith – E.M. Bounds

“Likewise, such faith acts. Like the man who was born blind, it goes to wash in the pool of Siloam when told to wash. Like Peter on the Sea of Galilee, it instantly casts the net where Jesus commands, without question or doubt. Such faith promptly takes away the stone from the grave of Lazarus. A praying faith keeps the commandments of God and does those things that are pleasing in His sight. It asks, “Lord, what will you have me to do?” and answers quickly, “Speak, Lord, your servant hears.” Obedience helps faith, and faith helps obedience. To do God’s will is essential to true faith, and faith is necessary to absolute obedience.” ~ E.M. Bounds

See God In Everything

See God in Everything

“Give me a new idea,” I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
“A new idea that’ll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That’ll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That’ll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.”

The new thought came, just how, I’ll tell:
‘Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from HIM who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give HIM praise whate’er befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
See God, and overcome thy foe.

I saw HIM in the morning light,
HE made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from HIM refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.

I saw HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.
HE’S filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

‘Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,

~ A. E. Finn

My Mom

My sisters took Mom out yesterday for a new permanent and then lunch. Isn’t she beautiful? 

My sister said the hairdresser told them they had never fixed a 94-year-old’s hair that had such thick hair. She said it was amazing. 😊 

More importantly, I’m thankful for Mom’s inner beauty – because of her love for the Lord. I sure do love her. 💗

Reproof – It’s Not Going To Kill Us

“Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head…” Psalm 141:5

The above verse was one that Anna shared in our Bible time yesterday. As she read it aloud, I had to smile at the phrase – “which shall not break my head”. Oh, how often have we had that very attitude toward reproof – as if being told we are wrong is going to kill us? 🙂 No, being reproved will not “break my head”…it will not kill me. In fact, allowing others to point out our faults could prevent us from disaster. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend…” If someone loves us enough to point out our errors, we should regard it as kindness on their part. We should be thankful that they care enough to tell us the truth!

A portion of Matthew Henry’s comments on the above verse are as follows:

“We are here taught how to receive the reproofs of the righteous and wise. 1. We must desire to be reproved for whatever is amiss in us, or is done amiss by us: “Lord, put it into the heart of the righteous to smite me and reprove me. If my own heart does not smite me, as it ought, let my friend do it; let me never fall under that dreadful judgment of being let alone in sin.” 2. We must account it a piece of friendship. We must not only bear it patiently, but take it as a kindness; for reproofs of instruction are the way of life (Prov. 6:23), are means of good to us, to bring us to repentance for the sins we have committed, and to prevent relapses into sin. Though reproofs cut, it is in order to a cure, and therefore they are much more desirable than the kisses of an enemy (Prov. 27:6) or the song of fools, (Ecc. 7:5). David blessed God for Abigail’s seasonable admonition, (I Sam 25:32). 3. We must reckon ourselves helped and healed by it: It shall be as an excellent oil to a wound, to mollify it and close it up; it shall not break my head, as some reckon it to do, who could as well bear to have their heads broken as to be told of their faults; but, says David, “I am not of that mind; it is my sin that has broken my head, that has broken my bones, (Ps 51:8). The reproof is an excellent oil, to cure the bruises sin has given me. It shall not break my head, if it may but help to break my heart.”  ~ Matthew Henry

Being reproved may hurt our pride, but it’s not going to kill us. 🙂 However, refusing reproof may lead to our destruction.

“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1

If You’re Going To Walk On The Water – Br. Lester Roloff

On weekday mornings, at 8:00am, KNVBC broadcasts “The Family Altar” with Br. Lester Roloff. I don’t always catch it but this morning, as the broadcast began, I grabbed a pen and journal to take notes on today’s message. The topic was one that the Lord has continually brought my way here recently through a variety of resources. I thought I would share the outline of the message here, in hopes that it will be an encouragement to someone today!

Walking on the Water

“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mt 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” Matthew 14:28,29

If you’re going to “walk on the water”…

  1. Don’t look at your feet.

Keep your eyes on Jesus!

2. Don’t try to analyze your fate.

3. Don’t try to analyze your faith.

(You can’t reason with faith. The world does NOT understand faith.)

4. Don’t worry about the future.

(If Jesus bids us “come”, He will take care of us!)

5. Don’t consider your foolishness.

(Taking steps of faith will appear foolish to this world. )

6. Don’t worry about the facts.

(ex. “Peter, it’s a fact that no one ever walked on water.”

Peter – “Jesus has! He’s doing it right now!”)


(That is where the broadcast ended so I’m not sure if there are other points to the message. But, the above certainly gave me some food for thought today!)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” II Corinthians 5:7

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 


How desolate my life would be,
How dark and drear my nights and days,
If Jesus’ face I did not see,
To brighten all earth’s weary ways

I’m overshadowed by His mighty love
Love eternal, changeless, pure.
Overshadowed by His mighty love
Rest is mine, serene, secure.
He died to ransom me from sin,
He lives to keep me day by day,
I’m overshadowed by his mighty love,
Love that brightens all my way. 

With burdened heart I wandered long,
By grief and unbelief distressed;
But now I sing faith’s happy song,
In Christ my Saviour I am blest.

I’m overshadowed by His mighty love
Love eternal, changeless, pure.
Overshadowed by His mighty love
Rest is mine, serene, secure.
He died to ransom me from sin,
He lives to keep me day by day,
I’m overshadowed by his mighty love,
Love that brightens all my way. 

Now judgment fears no more alarm,
I dread no death, nor Satan’s power;
The world for me has lost its charm,
God’s grace sustains me every hour.

I’m overshadowed by His mighty love
Love eternal, changeless, pure.
Overshadowed by His mighty love
Rest is mine, serene, secure.
He died to ransom me from sin,
He lives to keep me day by day,
I’m overshadowed by his mighty love,
Love that brightens all my way. 

(George Schuler & Harry Ironside)

Smoky Mountain Youth Revival 2017 – Pictures!

Well, as the saying goes…better late than never. We received an inquiry this week concerning pictures from the Smoky Mountain Youth Revival back in July. We appreciate the feedback – it served as a reminder to us that these pictures needed to be posted! 🙂

I do apologize for the delay – here is a sneak peek into our week in TN. Enjoy!

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Shopping Day!

We sure enjoyed going shopping today with this cool lil buddy and mommy. 😊

This nanna has a confession – I still like to look at toys. Is that ok? 😁 I’m not sure who enjoyed the toy store more – Branson or us adults.

Before we left, we couldn’t forget the GRANDboy tradition of picking out a car.

Pick ONE car…just one… 😉