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Simple Devotion

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Hosted by Peggy Hostetler of ~The Simple Woman~

For Today…December 3, 2008

Dear Lord,

I bring you my shortcomings…I bring my sins to You Lord, because I cannot make myself perfect, nor can I ‘make up’ for anything evil that I have done. You alone, my dear Heavenly Father, are able to cleanse me and make me a vessel fit for Your use, through your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.


I bring you my worship and praise…that with You there is forgiveness of sins that you may be reverenced. Psalm 130:3-8

I bring you my prayer… Please enable me to look to Christ, in hope, receiving Your abundant grace. Today, may I live thankfully and joyfully, victorious over the sin that yet remains in me.

You spoke to me…‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’-I Peter 5:6,7.

I thank You so much, Lord, for Your Word, for through it you cause me to grow spiritually (I Peter 2:2).



 

Simple Devotion

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Hosted by Peggy Hostetler of ~The Simple Woman~

For Today…November 26, 2008

Dear Lord,

I bring you my shortcomings…Lord, You know I hate it when I let my feelings get ‘hurt.’ You say in Your Word that it is an honor to overlook an offense, to be slow to anger, and to be patient. I especially desire to honor you in my closest life relationships, with those who know me the best.

I bring you my worship and praise…that with You there is forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). When I look to You, for forgiveness, for your grace, and for sanctification, my heart is light!

I bring you my prayer… Please forgive me, Lord, when I act as if I sanctify myself by my own works, when it is Your grace I need, not only for salvation, but for sanctification as well.

You spoke to me…in the book of Esther recently. When Esther is faced with danger if she does the right thing, her cousin Mordecai encourages her, saying, ‘Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14b). We each have our own challenges and calls to duty, custom made for us by the Lord. In whatever situation I find myself, I will be brave and faithful, by God’s grace, to do the right thing.

For this day’s blessings

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

For this day’s blessings,

I thank Thee, O my Father.

I heard Thy Word preached,

Worshiped Thee with Thy people,

Received Thy gracious blessing.

 

This new week awaits

With duties and challenges.

No need to worry:

God will give sufficient grace

To serve Him with thanksgiving.


An Interview with the President-elect

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Here is a link to an interesting interview with President-elect Obama that occurred four years ago concerning his religious faith.

There are so many wild ideas flying around the blogosphere concerning the President-elect that I thought you might enjoy this. I found out about this interview on Tim Challies’ blog. There’s plenty of food for thought here. Enjoy.


 

Sunday Musings

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

This has been a busy, enjoyable Sunday.

One of the blessings was seeing our pastor and his family again. They were back in church with us after their vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. We missed them, and are thankful for their safe return.

The pastor’s sermon this morning was based on Numbers 20:1-13, the part in the history of the Israelites in the wilderness where Moses struck the rock to bring forth water for the thirsty people, rather than speaking to the rock, as God commanded.

The sermon was entitled ‘The Danger of Anger.’ Moses was frustrated with those grumbling children of God, and let them know it by his display of anger, rather than delivering the gracious message of God’s provision, trusting that the Lord would sanctify His people in His way, in His time.


The pastor applied this to church elders and to parents, who can become frustrated with those under their charge, when they don’t progress as hoped. Those in authority must beware of being motivated by anger or frustration. We all need to remember God’s graciousness to us. We look to Him for forgiveness of sins, remembering what Christ has done for us. We, likewise, are to extend that graciousness to others.

One thing I appreciate about our pastor’s sermons is that they are meant for the entire congregation, including the children and young people. We are a ‘young’ church, with possibly half of our congregation under the age of 18. (Now I will have to make the effort to count and see if that’s correct!) It is, therefore, very important that these young ones benefit from the preaching of God’s Word!


Today also we shared the role of ‘hospitality hosts’ with another family in the church, and had four families over to our home for enjoyable conversation, and a buffet meal (barbequed meatball sandwiches, salad, apple crisp, and date cranberry bars).

In about half an hour we leave for evening worship, where we look forward to hearing a sermon on Romans 14:1-12 entitled ‘A Warning Against Passing Judgment.’

I hope you all are enjoying a blessed Lord’s Day also.

Sunday Musings

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

This was an unusual Sunday for us.

It all began about 35 years ago, when my husband was greatly blessed by some recorded sermons preached by the Rev. Terence Atkinson. The sound quality was poor in those recordings, but the content was Biblical and helpful to a young Christian.

My husband heard ‘through the grapevine’ that the Rev. Atkinson would be preaching this Sunday, at a church just an hour northwest of us! Having never met him in person, he just had to avail himself of this opportunity.

Into the van we all piled. We crossed the Canadian border without a hassle, and proceeded on our way. But then – I wish one of us had had a camera along – the rain pounded down. There was so much water bouncing off the road that visibility was about like that during a heavy fog. I’m paranoid about hydroplaning, too, so it was a bit of a nerve-wracking trip.

We arrived a wee bit late, but safely, and slipped quietly into the church.

Rev. Atkinson looked to be in his mid-eighties. He was of solemn demeanor, but cheery in conversation later. Yes; the sermon was very good, understandable, Biblical and edifying. I am glad all of us had the opportunity to meet this long-laboring servant of God.

For me, it was encouraging to see a very elderly man so full of fervor for God, not sunken in contemplation of the losses of old age.

For my husband, it was kind of like finally meeting an author or statesman you have admired from afar for many years. A once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Very special.


 

Homecoming Time

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I’m a-travelin’;

I’ve got a destination.

My homecoming time

Up ahead, just ’round the bend;

Lord, I love You: comin’ home.

This tanka poem is a response to the prompt HOMECOMING over at One Single Impression. You are welcome to join in. Won’t you write something to share?

Oops! Almost forgot! Thanks to Geraldine at My Poetic Path for the prompt this week!

Change of Plans

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 (King James Version)

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.” – Proverbs 19:21 (Revised Standard Version)

This is one of THOSE days. You know, the kind where your well-laid plans will simply not work out. Throughout this busy week, I looked forward to today, hopeful that:

  • I could get some extra cleaning done. Now that I’m working almost full time, there just isn’t time and energy during the week to maintain things at home as nicely as I would like.
  • I wanted to help serve a pancake breakfast/lunch at our church. This is to offset some of the travel expenses of camp this summer for some of our young people.
  • Since Spring has definitely sprung, Rick wanted us to go on a family outing today.
  • And, just in case time and energy permitted, I wanted to pull some weeds and put in a few perennials near the house.

Well . . . Yesterday I initially thought that seasonal allergies had hit me with a vengeance. Sneezing, itchy eyes, etc. Now, however, sore throat, headache, fever and chest congestion have been added to the mix. The sickness which hit several other family members this past winter, which I thought I had well escaped, is now my very own.

When I was a child, I looked forward to being just a little bit sick, so that I could stay home from school for a day, and snuggle under the covers with a good book. (Gasp! Bad example, I know.) At this point, however, I think I’m more at the stage where a little bit to eat and a hot drink will suffice, and then I need to go back to sleep. I’m just too tired to read.

I’m still hopeful, though. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be well enough to go to church. Probably, though, the responsible thing will be to lay low, to minimize passing on this bug to others.

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.

But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:13-17 (King James Version)

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

Sunday evening

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

I have been blessed, once again, to join with my family and others in worshiping the Lord this Sunday. We enjoyed good fellowship with one another as well, and now, it is late. Therefore, I will leave you with only a wee post, an excerpt from the metrical version of Psalm 19, verses 1 through 6:

1 The heav’ns God’s glory do declare,
the skies his hand-works preach:
2 Day utters speech to day, and night
to night doth knowledge teach.
3 There is no speech nor tongue to which
their voice doth not extend:
4 Their line is gone through all the earth,
their words to the world’s end.

In them he set the sun a tent;
5 Who, bridegroom-like, forth goes
From’s chamber, as a strong man doth
to run his race rejoice.
6 From heav’n’s end is his going forth,
circling to th’ end again;
And there is nothing from his heat
that hidden doth remain.

We sing this psalm to the tune Crediton, which sounds like this: crediton

What’s special about Sunday?

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I enjoy reading the Reformation 21 blog, but had fallen behind on reading the posts there. Last Sunday, one of my favorite authors at that site, Rev. Richard Phillips, posted a great short article on what it means to keep the Lord’s Day holy. I hope you find it as helpful and refreshing as I did. 🙂

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)