A Praying Mother – Paul Chappell

As a mother, this devotional – from “Daily in the Word” by Paul Chappell – was an encouragement to my heart this morning!

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A Praying Mother

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

“And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.”

1 Samuel 1:25–28

The noted pastor T. DeWitt Talmage had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, and that was due to his grandmother’s praying. When Talmage’s father was a teenager, he planned to go to a party with his brother and sister. Their mother told them that she would be praying for them while they were gone, and when they returned at two in the morning, they found her on her knees beside her bed pouring out her heart to God. The next morning, the parents woke up to find all three of the children weeping and asking God for salvation.

Talmage wrote, “David [Talmage’s father] had a sweetheart living down the lane, and rising from his knees, he went right down to her home and told her the wonderful news about himself and his brother and sister being saved, urging her to give her heart to God. In the prayer there they had together she, too, was added to the host of the redeemed.” Years later, Talmage’s mother gathered a group of women from their church, and all of them agreed together to pray for the salvation of their children—and every one of them became Christians.

Not everyone can sing. Not everyone can teach. But everyone can pray. And there are few things that have the power to shape a child’s life—and the generations to come—like a praying mother.

Today’s Growth Principle: 
If we want our children to be saved and serve God with their lives, we must pray diligently for them.

A GRAND Graduation!

We sure did enjoy seeing our lil’ buddy graduate from kindergarten this afternoon! Luke did a GRAND job in his program and Nanna was especially proud when he received the character award for contentment. He really is such a happy little boy. Here are a few pictures from his special day. Happy Graduation, lil buddy – we love you!

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The Whippoorwill Song

I really like this song – a great reminder of God’s love for us. Although He is our all-mighty, all-powerful Creator, He will never force Himself on us. If we are saved, it is because we, in repentance, came to Him for salvation. As Christians, we choose daily to either allow Him to lead us…or we choose to go our own way.

God did not make us robots – He gives each of us freedom to choose. What choices are you making today?

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The Whippoorwill Song

I set the bound’ries of the ocean vast,
Carved out the mountains from the distant past,
Moulded a man from the miry clay,
Breathed in him life, but he went astray.

I hold the waters in My mighty hand
Spread out the heavens with a single span,
Make all creation tremble at My voice,
But My own children come to Me by choice.

I own the cattle on a thousand hills,
I write the music for the whippoorwills,
Control the planets with their rocks and rills,
But give you freedom to use your own will.

And if you want Me to, I’ll make you whole,
I’ll only do it tho’ if you say so.
I’ll never force you, for I love you so,
I give you freedom – Is it “yes” or “no”?

Even the oxen knows the master’s stall,
And sheep will recognize the shepherd’s call
I could demand your love – I own you twice,
But only willing love is worth the price!

My holy Word now I give to you,
As a shining lamp to guide you through,
My yoke is easy and My burden is light,
Keep looking up, your Heavenly home’s in sight.

I own the cattle on a thousand hills,
I write the music for the whippoorwills,
Control the planets with their rocks and rills,
But give you freedom to use your own will.

And if you want Me to, I’ll make you whole,
I’ll only do it tho’ if you say so.
I’ll never force you, for I love you so,
I give you freedom – Is it “yes” or “no”?

(Al Smith)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done”

“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” 

This morning, I received a text containing a portion of a devotional in relation to the above passage. In these verses, we read of Hezekiah receiving a “death sentence”. However, after begging God to give him more years of life, God granted his request. Following is the portion of the devotional I received –

“God was good in sparing Hezekiah’s life, for Hezekiah’s sake, but Israel paid a heavy price down the road, when Manasseh became king and ruled ruthlessly for fifty-five years. He was born in the fifty-five year time frame! Someone once wrote a song…Thank God for unanswered prayers. Think about it.” ~ Tim Green

This morning, I was reminded twice about the great importance of praying “Father, if thou be willing…nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42  Oh yes, this can be very, very hard at times – when we think we know what’s best…even when we are seeking deliverance in a time of suffering. But, we must remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We can trust Him.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

Happy Mother’s Day!!

My mother lives in WV and I have lived in NC all 35+ yrs of my married life. All my memories of Mom are that of a virtuous woman. At 8 yrs of age, she is the one who led me to the Lord in our livingroom. Her life can be described as serving others.
Just a few of the things I have heard her say often:
“Why worry when you can pray?”
“I had to get lost before I could be saved”
“Let’s pray one for another”
Lord willing, Mom will be 94 years old next month. She continues to serve others – playing the piano, writing notes of encouragement, etc…and most of all, being a prayer warrior.
Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!  I thank the Lord for the godly influence she has had on my life.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”  Proverbs 31:28-31

Hello Mama

Hello Mama, I just called to tell you,
All those tears you shed for me, they were not in vain.
You see, something happened last night,
While travelling down a country road;
I thought that you should be the first to know
That I’m not the same.

All those dreary days are over now,
Those sleepless nights are passed;
All those prayers that you had prayed so long,
They’re answered now at last.
For I am not the boy I used to be,
And Mama, you can sleep tonight;
For I found Jesus and now everything’s all right.

Oh, I can still remember
Every night before you’d go to sleep,
I’d hear you pray the Lord my soul to keep,
That I might find the way;
And I’m so thankful that through
My loneliness and wasted years
Mama those prayers kept ringing in my ears
Every night and day.

All those dreary days are over now,
Those sleepless nights are passed;
All those prayers that you had prayed so long,
They’re answered now at last.
For I am not the boy I used to be,
And Mama, you can sleep tonight;
For I found Jesus and now everything’s all right.

(Squire Parsons)

Letting Off Steam

“Keep your temper – no one else wants it” ~ John Goetsch

Reading the above quote this morning reminded me of an incident just last evening. While cleaning up from the evening meal at our Bible conference, a few of us ladies were attempting to lift the large foil pans of chicken pie out of the foil pans of steaming hot water. However, every time we were able to get ahold of a corner of the pan of chicken pie and lift it up, we would have to quickly release it – the steam coming from the hot water underneath was burning our fingers.

That incident was followed by a message last night on “The Darkness of Anger”. Here’s a simple thought this morning:

Every time we lose our temper and “let off steam”, our temper isn’t actually lost at all. Those around us can tell us exactly where it is for they have been burned by it. When we allow anger to build up inside us until we finally explode, we may feel better after the fact – but we often leave our loved ones and friends hurting in the process.

Br. Chad Bailey gave a very good word of advice last night. Instead of allowing anger to build up inside us, learn to deal with it – within 24 hours. Before the steam has a chance to build up, release it. Just let it go.

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26,27