Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Many of you know that our large family has been walking a walk of faith this past year...unlike anything we've ever walked through before. Even though the circumstances are not what we would've chosen for ourselves, God has taken care of us...in many miraculous ways. God does not ask us to go through something, then leave or forsake us. He asks us to go through a particular circumstance, then he takes care of us in the process. This doesn't mean it will be easy. Our circumstances have stretched us spiritually and emotionally in ways that we needed to be stretched, and God knew that. And, it hasn't always been easy; however, we have always felt God's presence and affirmation (His peace) in the midst of it. Below, is a devotional from "Streams in the Desert" that I read today and it explains perfectly what it means to go through trials in a Godly way.
Rest on the Word of God
"I trust in thy word" (Ps. 119:42).
Just in proportion in which we believe that God will do just what He has said, is our faith strong or weak. Faith has nothing to do with feelings, or with impressions, with improbabilities, or with outward appearances. If we desire to couple them with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Word of God. When we take Him at His Word, the heart is at peace.
God delights to exercise faith, first for blessing in our own souls, then for blessing in the Church at large, and also for those without. But this exercise we shrink from instead of welcoming. When trials come, we should say: "My Heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterwards."
Trials are the food of faith. Oh, let us leave ourselves in the hands of our Heavenly Father! It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children.
But trials and difficulties are not the only means by which faith is exercised and thereby increased. There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may by them acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word.
Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that He is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children.
Now the nearer we come to this in our inmost souls, the more ready we are to leave ourselves in His hands, satisfied with all His dealings with us. And when trial comes, we shall say:
"I will wait and see what good God will do to me by it, assured He will do it." Thus we shall bear an honorable testimony before the world, and thus we shall strengthen the hands of others. --George Mueller.
Friday, December 3, 2010
And the winner is...Liz Newsome!!! Congratulations Liz! Actually I forgot to post the winner of the contest a couple of weeks ago...my mistake. Liz told me she and her family went to Disney on Ice with the free tickets and had a great time!