Around this time of year everybody’s talking about Mary’s response.
Luke1:38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
She was told what God was going to do and how. She trusted and took action. She got to do something prophesied and something she probably always wanted to do.
What about Saul?
Acts9:3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Not that guy! (Tho that was pretty good)
I meant KING Saul.
1Samuel10:20And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
22Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.
How about Jonah…..never mind,forget it.
Hudson Taylor in China-
“If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?”
Lesson? When God tells you to do something watch your response.
People could talk about later.
As it’s been getting closer to Thanksgiving,I’ve been thinking more and more about the last year. I think I ate Thanksgiving dinner with my left hand. That was just after my little plate collision with my right elbow.
I was about to turn 18.
Earlier in that month of Nov. I had become a rebelutionary,after reading the book by Alex and Brett Harris. I wanted to do hard things. I just wasn’t sure how. How do you search for hard things to do?
Little did I know then that I didn’t have to look but identify the situation. I got many chances to do hard things.
I got to suffer a little pain,colds,the flu and bloody noses,until just breathing was hard.
I got to stand up for what I believe in. Stand up for truth. Even one of those harder things;myself.
I got to gain and lose all friends,as some came from far away and then all moved far away. I was given opportunities for some wonderful good times,and to lay them down when they were done.
I learned that trusting gets you hurt,but to trust anyways;especially a God who loves me.
I had many simple moments in thanks of Him; like water droplets on the grass,like the sound of rain falling,like bright warm sunshine,and the stars at 5:30.
Chances to sing and teach Sunday School. Wonderful times with my pastor’s family.
Having my charge run and hug me when I pick her up from Head Start.
I really can’t complain when I get sugar in my water instead of salt. Having a matched pair of escorts is pretty handy. Even getting patted on the head. Overwhelming opinions and protection.
Good food and a warm house.
The unexpected circumstances that turn into grand adventures.
All in all it’s been an exciting year.
It’s life and I’m thankful for a chance to live it.
…for the weekend that is. I’m going to Family Camp at Alacca Bible Camp. Funny thing is,I’m leaving my family. I’m going with church family,still counts right? Anyways,I’m leaving this afternoon and I’m sure I’ll have a great time. Don’t worry I’ll let you in on a little of the fun on Monday when I get back with pictures!
Learn to forget.
Determind to remember.
Commit to His love.
Listen to this meaningful message by Ravi Zacharias
Halts by me that footfall;
Is my gloom, after all,
Shade of His hand, outstreched caressingly?
“Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.”
Well,here’s the news.
In 1Thessalonians 5:16-18; we as Christians,those who have surrendered to Christ and repented,are told by Paul to “16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing.
18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Ok, so,we’ve got plenty to Rejoice about. Don’t we!? We’ve been saved eternally,by a God who wants us,who desires us,who died for us.We didn’t do any of it;He did it all! So,we can rejoice,through everything. Not only that,but we’re extremely thankful. It’s God’s will for us,of course we’re joyful and thankful.
Here’s some verses concerning that.
Philippians 2:17 (King James Version)
17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Philippians 4:6 (King James Version)
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2,12 (King James Version)
2Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Oh,see all mixed in with that is this ‘prayer’ thing.It all goes together.
But…..sometimes I forget.
Well,an idea came to me,and if you’ll join with me,we can do this together.
How do we usually remember things? We write them down.(and lose the paper) Right? So,write is on something God has given you;your hand.
It will never leave you.And if it washes off,pray while you’re writing it back down.
I intend for this to become habit.