God Moves in a Mysterious Way…

Lake Nojiri

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

July, 2014

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

IMG_0697His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

~William Cowper

A Disciple’s Renewal

PA snow 2010
Snow in beautiful Pennsylvania, 2010

O MY SAVIOUR,

Help me.

I am so slow to learn,

         so prone to forget,

         so weak to climb;

I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;

I am pained by my graceless heart,

                          my prayerless days,

                           my poverty of love,

                           my sloth in the heavenly race,

                           my sullied conscience,

                           my wasted hours,

                           my unspent opportunities.

I am blind while light shines around me:

     take the scales from my eyes,

     grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.

Make it my chiefest joy to study thee,

                                             meditate on thee,

                                             gaze on thee,

                                           sit like Mary at thy feet,

                                             lean like John on thy breast,

                                             appeal like Peter to thy love,

                                             count like Paul all things dung.

Give me increase and progress in grace

     so that there may be more decision in my character,

                                         more vigour in my purposes,

                                         more elevation in my life,

                                         more fervour in my devotion,

                                         more constancy in my zeal.

As I have a position in the world,

     keep me from making the world my position;

May I never seek in the creature

     what can be found only in the Creator;

Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it banishes into sight.

Ride forth in me, thou King of kings and Lord of lords,

     that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end.

~The Valley of Vision, pg. 182

*a repost that seemed appropriate due to my one word for 2017

Worth the Read

IMG_2544When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t-“God deals in dimensions we know nothing about. And I believe he will sometimes lead us along paths that look wrong, that look out of alignment, that, get this, require faith.  If God leads you “off target” or out of alignment, will you follow Him?”

Scripture Memory as a Way of Life“Even if it takes you one verse, and it takes you a whole year to memorize it, that’s one more verse than you had last year—and you have no clue how God will use it.”

Two Methods of Bible Study, what it means to study the Bible by plow & by trowel-“As you agonize over a passage of Scripture and pray for God to give you understanding, all of it will come together. The “aha” moment will come. And I have to confess it is rather addictive. You will never forget the truth you have labored hard to understand! You will love the truth and you will feel it deeply, and you will want more of it! You will glow with the glory God has shown you.”

Humble Roots Book Review-I am almost finished reading this book and it is a good one!  I am not a book reviewer.  I knew the author when she was a child.  Her mother was my Sunday School teacher way back in the day.  Tim Challies has written a great review here.  I hope you will check it out.  “Humble Roots is well-written. Anderson is a skilled writer and her book is a joy to read. It is a great length in an era in which far too many books are just a little too long and it is beautifully integrated with her own life and experiences. This gives it an enjoyable authenticity and a ‘rootsy’ feel. Each chapter is structured around something she has experienced in the natural world and this serves as a helpful and interesting ‘hook’ to hold the book together.”

90 Days Update

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am trying to read the Bible through in 90 days.  I asked for advice or encouragement in that post and I appreciate the one who commented.  It has helped me to get off to a good start.  I have definitely been tested this first week. We went out of town for a few days and it didn’t go as planned. And…I came home sick.  Since I knew we were going out of town, I decided to get ahead.  I thought that would be easier than getting behind and playing catch up.  As a result of being ill, I have had extra time to read.  I haven’t always felt like it, but as I began to read, I found I couldn’t stop.

Reading the Bible in these large chunks is pushing me in a way I have never been pushed before, but the rewards have been great.  I have asked the Lord to increase my appetite for His Word and He is answering that prayer.  I am making connections to different things in the Word that I have never made before.  I am seeing the big picture and it is a sight to behold.

Leviticus was a hard read at first.  The more I read, the more my heart swelled with gratitude for the one time sacrifice that Christ made for me and for the freedom that I have in Him.  I am now in Deuteronomy and God’s faithfulness is leaping off every page.

I am so grateful that I decided to take this challenge.  Even if I don’t finish in exactly 90 days, the experience is worth the effort.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.

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“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” ~Deuteronomy 7:9

Create in Me a Clean Heart

IMG_0456I came to the Lord with my heart full of sin,
Empty of purpose and troubled within.
My flesh had the victory, My heart sought release—
Lord, wilt Thou cleanse me and grant me Thy peace?

Create in me a clean heart, my Father;
Renew a right spirit in me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
May Christ be seen in me.IMG_0407

I cried to the Savior, “Forgive me, I pray.”
He granted cleansing and sins fell away.
My bondage was ended, My heart was set free;
Lord, nevermore may I wander from Thee.

Create in me a clean heart, my Father;
Renew a right spirit in me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
May Christ be seen in me.

~Mac Lynch

*The pictures are after a winter storm in years gone by in beautiful Pennsylvania.

 

A Clean Slate

I love new beginnings…a new week…a new month…a new season…a new year.  In the past I would be on the search for the perfect daily planner or one that appeals to my eyes.  Now that I have fallen in love with bullet journaling, there is no need to go on that search.  All I had to do was turn over a new page, put a tab on it for 2017 and set up my next month.  january-2017

I do love having a new wall calendar.  I don’t often write on it, but we like to have a calendar where we can see it in a hurry to check the date and make the occasional note on.  I was thrilled when I found a Thomas Kinkaide Streams of Living Water Calendar at Amazon Japan.  It is now hanging on my refrigerator.  2017-calendar

I’ve also been spending some time reorganizing some things to make my life a little easier and more efficient in this new year.  What are some things you have done to prepare for this new year?  Please share in the comments.