Tuesday, January 15, 2013

O For a Thousand Tongues

This month, our church has been memorizing this hymn
written by Charles Wesley. We hope to have it memorized by
the end of the month. I love the words. Our Lord is so good
to us, He deserves our praise. There's nothing like the good
ol' hymns to get our minds and hearts focused on our Savior.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My Great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God
Assist me to proclaim
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of thy name

Jesus, the name that charms our fears
That bids our sorrows cease
’Tis music to the sinner’s ears
’Tis life and health and peace

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb
Your loosened tongues employ
Ye blind, behold your Savior come; 
And leap, ye lame for joy.  

He breaks the power of cancelled sin
He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Prayer Journal

I was thinking about what Mrs. Cheryl said in her comment about writing things down
and I was reminded. Last year, I was doing some de-cluttering and ran across some
things from years ago. I can remember when I was first married that I used to write
things (prayer requests and needs) down in a book. Then, when the need was met or
the prayer was answered, I would write that down as well. In our early years, we had
some really "lean" times. Every tiny thing that we bought had to be budgeted and saved
for. (credit cards weren't so easily accessible back in those days) (but I think that made
us trust the Lord more--we couldn't just run out and get it by putting it on a credit card)
We had to be careful with our money. So, as I was perusing this old prayer journal, I
saw where I had written down things like

~need new tires
~Bret needs new glasses, etc.

See, what seems like a small thing was a big deal to us! And we really needed the Lord
to meet those needs. And then, out beside the need was the date when the Lord provided.
Now, I don't know about you. But, seeing that, and being reminded of when the Lord
DID provide and meet our needs was an encouragement to me. Because, I know that God
hasn't changed!!! He is the same....yesterday, today, and forever. So, I know that He can
and is willing to do the same again. NO MATTER WHAT THE NEED! This is, I feel
a great reason to write things down, to keep track. It's so easy, in the midst of a trying
time to feel like God is far away, or He doesn't care about our needs, or some other such
nonsense. But, when we can look back and see....NOT what He did for others...but what
He did for ME! Now that is encouraging. Just give it a try! Try for a while, then set
it aside and come back and look at it later. You might be surprised at what a blessing
to see how the Lord worked in your life.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Continue in the Things You've Learned

Well, for a few days, I've been trying to get my mind set
on what I wanted to post about for the beginning of a new year.
I don't want to talk about resolutions or goals really, just some
things that have been going on in my heart. I will start with this
verse, which my husband just so happened to expound upon
this evening during our midweek service. :)

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of,
knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 2 Timothy 3:14 KJV

In my early adulthood, and in the early years of our marriage, my husband
and I really grew in the Lord. The Lord began to do a work in my heart
and life concerning convictions and standards. Sure, I was raised with
certain convictions~and I am grateful for that. But, I am talking about
when the Lord did the work IN MY OWN HEART. I know the things
that the Lord dealt with me on, and how I fought it...tooth and nail!
I remember the peace that came with relinquishing my will for HIS!
I have experienced, many times, how my life can be a testimony for
my Savior without my ever having to say one word. I have literally had
people come up to me and ask me if I am a christian based on what
they could see. So, while it is TRUE that God looks upon the heart,
the world can't see my heart. I am not judging anyone, every person
must give account of himself to God, but I know what the Lord has
taught me. That being said, in recent days, I've tried to do some soul
searching. Do I want to go the easy way, the way of the world? The
answer is a resounding "NO"! I am determined to continue in the
things that I've learned and been assured of, knowing in WHOM
I've learned them. (emphasis mine)