Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith.
Be An Encourager
Years ago, when I was a young wife and mother, there was a retired pastor’s wife in our church who impacted my life with how she encouraged everyone around her. I was so impressed that I prayed that the Lord would take my brash personality and transform it into an encourager to all with whom I came in contact. Even today, this is my daily desire. Charles Spurgeon gives us advise on how important this is.
How Do You Pray?
These lyrics from Barbara C. Ryberg are thought provoking as to how we approach God when we pray:
Delayed Answers to Prayer
The Lord, when He hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delays.
Submission – A Reflection of God’s Plan
I have been reading a book by Carolyn Custis James. She has some important thoughts on Submission.
Gifts of Grace
In the Old Testament Hebrew language there is no word for ‘have’.
Suffering – God’s Path to Greater Intimacy
God uses suffering to open our eyes to more of Him. When we are in pain, we may get the sense God has vanished from us. The opposite is true – God meets us in our pain.
Encouraging Others Encourages Us
“This is a great lesson: that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.
Many Christians look back upon the days which they have passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present, it is filled with gloom and dreariness.
In the Old Testament, the cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost.
Faith That Will Not Shrink
These words, written over seventy years ago, are just as timely today as they were then:
Faith Enables Us to Wait
“It takes a daily living faith to wait for God as well as wait on Him.
Importance of Private Prayer
It is most important to keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of our relationship with God.
Is Your Christian Character Enduring?
As beautiful as is a rainbow, it is not permanent. It passes away and is no more.
Firstfruits of Heaven Before We Get There
God will give us the firstfruits of Heaven and the Heavenly life while we are here, preparing to go there.
Building God Honoring Relationships
If we desire to building relationships with God and with others that He is pleased with, the following principles must be guiding our lives:
Jewish Contributions to the World
“Historically Israel and the Jewish contribution to the world has been devalued. Nations have sought to destroy the Jewish people but God’s hand has been upon them. Their contributions to humankind have been notable.
No Second Causes
The man of faith recognizes no second causes.
Rejected Leah Gave to the World - - -
“Leah was married to Jacob, but Jacob’s true love was Rachel. Leah had the unhappy distinction of being unloved, and she knew it. This was a deep wound she always carried, the unceasing sorrow of her life. However, Leah became fruitful, even more fruitful than Rachel.
Making Choices on Sensitive Issues
All of us make hundreds of choices every day. Most choices have no right or wrong attached to them. But we also face decisions that carry a little more weight. How can we make such decisions correctly? Here’s some guidelines for being certain we have chosen well.
When We Are Weary
“In your journey through this life, there will be times when you’ll find yourself too weary to go on. It will be then that your Heavenly Father will carry you in His arms.
Special Favor to God’s People
There are times with God seems to show special favor to His people who are walking in obedience to Him. I have experienced these times as well as times when God seems far away and not interested in the struggle that I’m experiencing. I savor these times of closeness and want to benefit from them all I can.
Jesus Prayer in Gethsemane
“There are several instructive features in Jesus prayer in His hour of trial in Gethsemane. It was:
Sorrows of Gethsemane
“Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane.
Jesus – Numbered Among Transgressors
Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn toward Him.
A Christian = A Striking Likeness of Jesus Christ
“A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ.
Trials Develop Graces
There are some of your graces that would never be discovered if it were not for your trials.
Great Hearts – Results of Great Struggles
When the black clouds gather most, the light is most brightly revealed to us.
No Need to Fear
Do not look forward to changes and chances of this life in fear.
Serving in God’s Strength
These words have spoken very strongly to those of us in leadership as all these transitions are taking place. I hope they speak to you as you carry out the work God has given you to do.
Love, pure, absolute, divine love is uncaused.
Waiting for Promise Fulfillment
For years I have been concerned about Christians who are praying for the salvation of a loved one.
Praying for Others
I ran across this while reading from Oswald Chambers. This has to be great encouragement for those of you who have been praying for loved ones who have been very resistant to submitting to Christ.
Areas of Growth in Grace
Grow in the root-grace of Faith
Changes that Must be Made
If we are to grow in our understanding and relationship in Jesus Christ, these four directions of our lives must have our serious attention:
Shining in the Darkness
“The light of a candle shining in daylight is in harmony with its surroundings.
One Solitary Life
This has been around for a long time, but a poignant reminder of the impact Jesus made for all of us.
Prophecies of Jesus
All Old Testament Prophecies were fulfilled as recorded in the New Testament
The Crocheted Tablecloth
This is a true story told by Pastor Rob Reid.
I Don’t Understand It – John 3:16
A sweet reminder of what Jesus did for us!
A Poignant Scene from Scripture
“Let’s analyze this scene from Scripture from Bethlehem.
God’s Plan for Our Life
In the scripture Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope”;
Jerusalem – Center of God’s Purpose
”Jerusalem is the most fought over plot of ground on the earth.
Pruning Necessary for Fruitfulness
“Pruning removes the branches from a tree that hinder its fruitfulness or well-being, to allow it to become as fruitful as possible. Pruning is critical to living a fruitful life in God, so God prunes the lives of His children.
Reasons We Become Discouraged - Ignatius of Loyola
This is short but very revealing and powerful. Three reasons we are discouraged, or in a dark place:
The Christmas I Loaned My Son From Guideposts Magazine in 1978
This appeared in our local newspaper:
Wisdom from John Wesley
From his work, Christian Perfection
Prayer – Being Present in the Presence of God
How would you define prayer?
From John Bunyan – To Those in Ministry
John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress while being imprisoned the second time for preaching without a license.
All Are Appointed by God
In the life of a Christian, everything that comes is appointed by God.
Days, Sometimes Years, of Preparation!
I have been pondering the humbling sensations God causes us to experience in preparation for use in His kingdom.
Jesus was tempted in the wilderness where He was tired, alone and hungry, and thus most vulnerable.
In the Bible we find many people who had to ‘wait on the Lord.’ Just as believers today must patiently wait.
Resistance That Helps You Grow
God calls each of us to grow . . .
Lessons God Taught Job
I am rereading the book of Job. These are notes from my new Chronological Life Application Study Bible.
Hope Amidst Suffering 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
We all go through distressing times in life.
When God Created Mothers. . . By Erma Bombeck
When the good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of ‘overtime’, the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
Secrets of Friendship with God
From ‘Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren
When the Music Stopped Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins
No!! You could have heard a pin drop while every soldier continued to stand at attention.
Test for Rules of Own or Others Making
These rules struck a sensitivity with me, probably because of my legalistic church background.
I’m a Disciple of His
This was found written in the office of a young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa, following his martyrdom for his faith in Jesus Christ. May this Easter season we have the same testimony.
The Love of God. . . . .
“The Love of God is better than any earthly pleasure.
Troubles and Hardships By Thomas A’ Kempis
“Sometimes it is good for us to have troubles and hardships, for they often call us back to our own hearts.
Ladder of Humility By Benedict of Nursia
“Everyone that exalts himself shall be humbled and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 Every exaltation of self is a kind of Pride.
Unresolved Issues Bring Pain
“Every pain or negative emotion, unless physical related, is rooted in an unresolved issue or event in your life.
Prisons In Which God Places Us
God places people in prisons for a season, to prepare them for greater service.
Instructions at 80
This from my files - I saved it for my 80th birthday.
Taking Spiritual Inventory
From John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayers
You Can’t Stop the Purposes of God
God not only causes His purposes to come to pass, but He will even use that which is against His purposes to cause His purposes to be fulfilled.
God Still Corrects
God still speaks in corrective tones to those who will listen.
Worry = Lack of Faith
Worry is always wrong for it paralyzes active faith in your life.
By John Baillie – 1886 - 1960
John Baillie wrote prayers in his private journal. Many have been published. This is from his writings of ‘Morning Prayers’. This is Day One:
Authentic Maturity – What It Takes
These are simple truths that foster authentic maturity:
For Mothers Everywhere
This is for the Mothers who:
It’s the Presence of God
How did God accomplish salvation? By removing evil from the world? No. . . by His presence.
Here are the elements of effective praying:
Three Things We Must Do By Habit By E. Stanley Jones
E. Stanley Jones was one of the best known missionaries and religious writers of the first half of the twentieth century.
New Insights on ‘The Narrow Way’
Matthew 7:13, 14 talk about two ways –
Focusing on the Presence of God
Madame Jeanne Guyon, of the 1600’s, married at age 15 to an invalid who was 38 years old.
Vision – Face and Figure of Jesus
Sadhu Sundar Singh, of the early 20th century, has been called the St. Paul of India.
How Suffering Affects Us
Suffering is helpful when:
Challenges Regarding the Prayer of Faith
Three great challenges regarding the prayer of FAITH:
The Prayer of Relinquishment
By Catherine Marshall, from 1960 issue of Guideposts
Two Lessons from Children of Israel
The book of Judges said that God left the enemy nations in Israel unconquered as a test for the third generation of Israelites.
Using ‘Fleeces’ for God’s Guidance
I have thought for a long time that ‘laying out fleeces’ was not the prime way to know God’s guidance.
Personal Spiritual Inventory Questions
Personal Spiritual Inventory Questions
A Greater Knowledge of God
This is from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.
Characteristics of a BITTER Person
ANGER + UNRESOLVED GRIEF OR LOSS = BITTERNESS
One Small Act of Obedience
I headed for church Sunday morning under a sky threatening rain.
When You Don’t Know All the Facts
This came to my desk several years ago. Whether it is true, I do not know. However, the message is very relevant for all of us.
READY FOR CHRISTMAS?
This is from my childhood. In fact I think I recited this poem at a Christmas Children’s Program:
Blessed Mary by Ann Dillon
This I am dividing into two parts. This week is about Christ’s birth and life. Next week will be about His death and resurrection. This is written, as one poem, by Ann Dillon, a loyal friend of CWM since 2006.
Blessed Mary (Part 2) By Ann Dillon
Blessed Mary (Part 2) By Ann Dillon
What is Central to Your Christmas?
As a tradition of many years, the aging nativity was safely in place again under the protection of the porch.
Deliver Me Jesus . . .
Litany composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val
God’s Mysterious Ways
Three of us from the office attended the annual Statehouse Prayer Service that is held at noon each January before the state legislators meet for the first governing session of the New Year.
The Law of Reflection
As a Christmas gift from one of my sons, I received a copy of The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. It is written in daily devotional format. This is from that source.
The Secret Place
“The secret place is made to hold just one person . . . one person and the glory of God.
The Influence of One Person
Prayer moves Heaven and changes a nation.
The Influence of One Person (Part 2)
The Influence of One Person (Part 2)