Saturday, December 11, 2010
Quite often self-complacency is shattered by some terrible fall or by repeated failure until we come to see that we have no more claim to possess goodness than a room to possess light. These things are not our own, but received from Jesus and enjoyed only in proportion as we abide in Him and He in us. I am not good, but Jesus is in me the source of goodness. I am not humble, but Jesus dwells within me, bringing every proud thought and imagination into captivity to Himself. I am not strong, but I receive Him who is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. In absolute dependence of the Savior, we exemplify that growing sense of need that is one of the sure signs of the humble and contrite heart that God will not despise.
I will never be able to out-smart the Lord. I can give up trying.
I will never be able to hide anything from the Lord. I can give up trying.
I will never be able to second-guess the Lord. I can give up trying.
My ABSOLUTE WONDERFUL OPTION: (in Christ Jesus)
Completely surrender everything about myself and my circumstances to Him...
Then simply, follow the One who loves me without condition and knows what is best for me.
We do not labor to rest. That is a contradiction. We labor to enter into rest, we make it our resolute purpose, we go about it in dead earnest. But when we have ceased from our works and entered, then we rest. We make an effort to reach a vacation spot but after we arrive we rest. The Savior invites us to His rest, and we are not to live in a tense strain, holding on to it for dear life for fear “it” will slip from us. We do not keep Him, He keeps us. We are His guest, not His host, we sit at His table and we need never go away. –Vance Havner
like to put
up a tree in my
heart, and instead
of hanging presents,
I would like to put the
names of all my friends.
Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new
friends. Those that I see every day
and the ones that I rarely see. The ones
that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always
there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of
difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends
who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or without meaning
to have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. "May the
happy moments of Xmas brighten every day of
the new year". These are my sincere wishes.
Love is a Doing Word
I will love other people
Just as Jesus has loved me
I will give to those around me
With a heart that is free
I will not rejoice when others fail
I will meet the needs of others
I will show what Jesus looks like
To all my sisters and brothers
this poem was written by Belinda Letchford’s children and is a great reminder of what love is. Please see the original posting at Belinda’s blog at http://homeschoolblogger.com/belindaletchford/2010/12/love-is-a-doing-word/
May you find Him to be-
the peace for every struggle,
the supply for every need,
the solution for every problem,
the escape for every temptation,
the release for every burden,
the balm for every pain,
the comfort for every sorrow,
the victory for every battle,
the wisdom for every decision,
the strength for every endeavor,
the hope for every tomorrow,
the song for every day.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13 AMP
By Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer.
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wishing you every blessing Jesus came to give