“It will not be wrong, but, on the contrary, most natural and proper, that your desire for the salvation of others should, first of all, rest upon your own families. If charity begins at home, so, assuredly, piety will. They have special claims upon us who gather around our table and our hearth. God has Read More
“It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better farther on. Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation.” -C.H. Spurgeon
There are no shortcuts to friendship… with God or with others. “No shortcut exists. God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. It is well that we accept the hard truth now: The man who would know God must give time to Him. He must count no time wasted which is spent in the cultivation of His acquaintance.
When you and I come to the end of our earthly journey or the the end of a season in our lives, what will we leave undone? There is no way we can “do it all,” but there is a way to know “what to do” and “when to do it.”
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3
Ephesians 4.1-3 What is your vocation? In the Strong’s Concordance, the word “vocation” is defined as an “invitation” or a “calling.” In essence, the Lord asks us, “Would you do this job for me?” Marriage, singleness, secular work, ministry work, motherhood, infertility, sisterhood, etc. are some of our respective callings as women. These callings or invitations are from whom?
In my church family, I have observed the work and labour of love of several ladies recently. Each lady has her own ministry gifts to share and her own style of sharing her gifts. How beautiful is the bride ~ the church ~ when she ministers in the ways God has gifted her to do so – doing her own part. There is no cause for one to envy the gift of another or the opportunity of another, for one’s own gift is the best gift – fitted for the Master’s use. What a joy when the church body works together and ministers to each other!
Sometimes, grapefruits are extremely sour, and sometimes they are sweet. You cannot know for sure until you cut it open and taste it. I was prepared to add a sprinkle of sugar, but there was no need because it was sweet. Only the Lord knows the inside contents of a grapefruit, and only the Lord knows the inside contents of our hearts.
My Bible Reading Challenge 60 is completed! It could be correctly renamed “Bible Reading Challenge 96” as it took me 96 days instead of 60. Time does not permit me to share all the wonderful Truths found in these books. I am convinced that I need to saturate my mind with God’s Word. When I have God’s Word filling my mind, I am strengthened for the bumps in the road of life that come.
My Bible Reading Challenge is 89 percent completed! This week has been a “Gospel” week! Reading through the Gospel books – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John- has kept my heart nearer the Cross. I trusted Jesus Christ to be my Savior when I was nine years old. The Cross was very real to me as I realized my sins had been nailed to a Cross. As years go by, it is easy to “know” what Jesus did for me, but to let the amazing work that He began in me become an annual fact rather than a daily celebration of new life!
In my Bible Reading Challenge 60, part of the challenge is reading straight through from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation on a faster than normal schedule. Finally reaching the New Testament in my reading is a point that delighted me. The day that I “crossed over” into the New Testament, I happened to be reading my Bible at our family dining room table. The Saturday was unusually and thankfully quiet. The winter air was chilly outside, yet there was a warmth I felt from the sunshine pouring in the nearby front window. With my handy dandy phone, I took a picture to record progress and to display where the ribbon marker was in relation to the whole Bible. When I reviewed the picture, I realized that the shadow of the window panes pictured a cross over my open Bible. Thus, I titled this post “The Cross Point.”