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God Knows

God knows—not I—the devious way

            Wherein my faltering feet may tread,

Before into the light of day,

            My steps from out this gloom are led,

And, since my Lord the path doth see

What matter if ‘tis hid from me?

 

God knows—not I—how sweet accord

            Shall grow at length from out this clash

Of earthly discords which have jarred

            On soul and sense; I hear the crash,

Yet feel and know that on his ear

Break harmony—full, deep, and clear.

 

He knoweth, too, despite my will

            I’m weak when I should be most strong.

And after earnest wrestling still

            I see the right yet do the wrong.

Is it that I may learn at length

Not mine, but his, the saving strength?

 

His perfect plan I may not grasp,

            Yet I can trust Love Infinite,

And with my feeble fingers clasp

            The hand which leads me into light.

My soul upon his errands goes,

The end I know not—but God knows.

 

                        ~Author Unknown

Hobby Time

I have lots of hobbies, but not so much time.  =/  One of my favorite past times when I am stateside is Goodwill shopping.  It is difficult for us to find clothes in Japan so we like to “stock up” when we are stateside.  My husband has lost over 100 pounds.  Needless to say, he needs an entire wardrobe.  That can be expensive unless you shop at thrift shops.   I’ve had a few great finds this furlough.  Last fall, I found a Joseph Banks sports coat for my hubby in his new size for $6.99!!!  I also found an Orvis denim dress that was new for $6.99.  Last week, I found 3 skirts, 1 top and a blazer for cheap, cheap, cheap!!!  They were all brands that you would find at a major department store.  Sometimes I don’t find anything and other times I hit the jackpot!  How about you?  Do you like to go to Goodwill?  I would love to hear of your experiences.

For Today

Outside my window…it’s snowing!  I love the snow!

I am thinking…about the possibility of being snowed in tomorrow.

I am thankful for…the snow!  I was hoping to see snow on furlough this year.  

I am remembering…years past being caught in a snowstorm that kept me stateside 5 days longer than I intended.  My header photo is a picture taken after that snowstorm.

From the kitchen…chicken piccata tonight.  It’s been years since I had that.  It was wonderful, especially since I didn’t cook it!

I am wearing…warm, comfortable clothes of which one item is a favorite brown hoodie that is pretty much worn out.

I am creating…a blog post at the moment.   =)

I am going…south in a few days.

I am reading…Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena B. Miller.  This series was recommended to me by a friend a few months ago and I am just now getting to it.  I wish I could find more time to read.  For my reading friends, where do you find the time?

On my mind…and in my prayers are some friends going through a difficult trial, but excited to see that the Lord is working.

Noticing that…I need some new socks.  =)

Pondering these words…Mark 6:31, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”  I realized for the first time that this occurred directly after the disciples came and told Jesus that John the Baptist had been beheaded.  There must have been grief, fear and a multitude of other emotions.  Our Savior took them away to a desert place most likely so that they could rest, be comforted and receive some refreshment for their souls.  

One of my favorite things…in case you missed it…SNOW!!!!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…I’ve been sorting through old pictures that have lots of memories. Here are a couple of my kiddos.  

 

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For more daybook entries, click here.

God of Heaven

Worth the Read

I’ve been MIA.  I’ve been working on getting several areas of life in order and spending time with family.  I’ve come up with a plan that will hopefully help me be a little more faithful here at the blog.  I am still stateside on furlough and that means very little routine in my daily life, but I will do my best.  Thank you for your patience with me!  In the meantime, here are some articles around the web that are worth your time to read.

Faith Not Broken:  Kim Rackley-“And Kim says, “So many people prayed for a miracle in our son’s life, and even now I have people ask me, why didn’t God do that miracle? And I tell them, He did. He did do a miracle. He did one in our hearts.

Prayerful Inner-Searching-“We should more frequently allow our minds to meditate on these great, massive truths of God.”

Transformed by Beholding-“The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others.”

Missionaries and Mission-Trippers-“It’s not the missionaries telling us to go, but the mission-trippers.”

Does Missions Separate Families?-“Does missions separate families?  Yes. For a time.  But it also expands them.”

 

Committed

This is the theme for the year of my church.  I missed last Sunday due to holiday travel, so I downloaded and listened to the message that I missed.  Here are some of my take aways from it.

“Walking in the light is a willingness to know and be known.” ~Spurgeon

My only hope of walking in the light is to know the Light.

To be known means to be open to conviction, willing to know the whole truth about ourselves.  Whatever God shows as sins, we will deal with as sin.

In my own life I will excuse nothing, hide nothing, justify nothing, and minimize nothing. 

With every exposure to the Word of God, the Light ought to be exposing some things.

My one word this year is change.  This goes along perfectly with that.  I am committed to change.

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Beautiful Pennsylvania

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it…

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

~Psalm 139

One Word

CHANGE

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

~Romans 12:2

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

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