Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Words of Wisdom

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”

“I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”

“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God: but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes”

“I wish thy way.
And when in me myself should rise,
and long for something otherwise,
Then Lord, take sword and spear
And slay.”

“All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reackoned on God being with them.”
 Hudson Taylor

"I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back."

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest

"Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40

Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common sense circumstances that flatly contradicts your faith. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense can not trust Him? Can you venture heroically on Jesus Christ's statements when the facts of your common sense life shout-"It's a lie?" On the mount it is easy to say-"Oh, yes, I believe God can do it"; but you have to come down into the demon-possessed valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole mount-of-transfiguration belief. Every time my programme of belief is clear to my own mind, I come across something that contradicts it.

Let me say I believe God will supply all my need, and then let me run dry, with no outlook, and see whether I will go through the trial of faith, or whether I will sink back to something lower.

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. What is your faith up against right now? The test will either prove that your faith is right, or it will kill it. "Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me." The final thing is confidence in Jesus. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death. May God keep us in fighting trim!

Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us."

"Sublime Intimacy" from "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Georgia On My Mind...

We're going to Georgia this week!

Going to GA means spending time with our family

Packing into our suburban

Listening to whatever will keep the little ones quiet. Sometimes that's classical sometimes its Veggie Tales. Whatever will pacify them! :)

When we reach the Ga line we sing "Caledonia" an old Scottish ballad about homeland because we're very sentimental.:)

We spend a lot of time playing spoons, UNO, and Phase 10 with everyone around the dining room table

Swimming all day long and getting sunburned

Taking long walks

Staying up late

Eating ice cream and watermelon

We sing a lot with my aunt and cousin. Lydia has been trying to learn how to harmonize for the last couple of years. I think it's starting to click...finally. :)

I ♥ Georgia!