Growth

This is a poem I happen to come across in one of the books we keep in the bathroom.

Growth

Let me be a little kinder;

Let me be a little blinder

To the faults of those about me;

Let me praise a little more;

Let me be, when I am weary,

Just a little bit more cheery;

Let me serve a little better

Those that I am striving for.

Let me be a litttle braver

When temptations bid me waver;

Let me strive a little harder

To be all that I should be:

Let me be a little meeker

With the brother that is weaker;

Let me think more of my neighbor

And a little less of me.

Let me be a little sweeter;

Make my life a bit completer,

By doing what I should do

Every minute of the day.

Let me toil without complaining,

Not a humble task distaining,

Let me face the summons calmly

When death beckons me away.

It’s a shame the author is unknown as it is a really good poem and I would have liked to read more of those. But anyway I thought it fit very nicely with what I am learning at the moment!

Ya all have a good day, Becca.

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Published in: on August 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Seeing People Through A Broader Perspective

In last year’s writing class I was reviewing my life for something to write for an expressive paper. I wrote a paper called Learning the Hard Way. It deals with what happened one time when I failed to heed my mother’s warning when I was about eight. I keep discovering that I do indeed learn the hard way in just about every aspect. In that I’m like my Dad. It takes me probably five times or more to learn a lesson I’ve seen someone else grace over once and have it stick. Then ontop of that it probably takes another three or four times to get that lesson to stick.

Yesterday, I learned to see other people through a broader perspective. Not to see them for what they don’t do, but what they do. Sometimes I get so wound up in what I think a person should be doing that I don’t see that they are infact probably right where God wants them. So I learned a lesson in judgement and it hurt, but in my opinion it’s kind of like getting a spanking. It hurts but afterwards the lesson sticks with you and eventually by trial and error becomes a part of you.

I know I have a tendency for being negative but that doesn’t mean I have to focas on the negative of others. It will be hard to relearn how to be positive, but as the Bible puts it, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

I remember reading the Elsie Dinsmore series a while back and there was always a part that stuck out to me. Eddie Travilla, Elsie’s second child, commented to his father how the one boy they knew wasn’t very respectful to his mother, or something like that. Mr. Edward Travilla looked at his son and said, “Once Eddie Travilla has fixed all Eddie Travilla’s faults there will be time enough to fix the faults of others.”

Perhaps a little more meditating on my own faults and crack and a little less of looking at others. After all I’m supose to be looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. 🙂

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm  Comments (1)  

The Only Ones

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

There have been many times lately when I would look around me and see all the Christians around me going the opposite direction of what God had intended and I wondered forlornly, “Are we the only ones left? Are we the only ones that are willing to serve the Lord no matter what other people said? Were we the only ones out there who believed the Bible for what God says it is? ”

Then I realized that I should have been looking to Jesus instead of around me.

Psalms 12: 6 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

About a month or so ago we began to visit a little baptist church about a half an hour away. We had been going to a mediun to large size fellowship for about three years or a little more and it is very nice. I made some great friends. They are lovely people, honest. They would do anything for you.

It has been interesting to learn from different perspectives. Getting encouragement from people by seeing the different ideas they have about God, His Word, and family.

My family however missed being around believers with the same ideas regarding these things. We missed the encouragement that comes from seeing others following God with the same kind of heart felt belief in the King James Bible.

I did not realize how my soul thirsted! When I heard the preaching I wanted to hear more and more. And well, I still want to hear more! 🙂 Hearing good sound doctrine and teaching is intoxicating!

While there we got to see a family we haven’t seen since I was a little girl and just beginning to learn to play the violin. Getting reaquainted was very nice. We have enjoyed it immensly. It has been an upliftling time for all three families that happened to get reaquainted and it has lifted the spirit of my family.

John 8:32 ” And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So, to answere the questions written above. No, we are not the only ones. God had his perfect timing and he only knows why we spent three years in a home fellowship, but I’m glad we were there for the many friends I made and lessons I learned. I have learned that we are placed where we are according to the purpose he would have us do. It’s just a matter of time before He moves us along.

Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wise As Serpents, And Harmless As Doves

I was listening and observing a conversation amoung several young ladies one day and to my amazement they were discussing something completely unbecoming and foolish of a young lady to say. I was struck as to how violent my one friend was talking about what she’d done to somebody. For some odd reason Matthew 10:16 came to mind.

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” That verse has stuck with me since. As I stood to go somewhere quick, I remarked to her, “Whatever happened to being wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” They all laughed and returned to their conversation.

But that verse has come in to my head these past weeks more than I can count. How many times do I lash out with my temper without thinking or talk foolishly for no good reason? I’m a bit of an observer and listener. I love to listen, more so than talk and I like to watch how people interact with their siblings and so forth. But I know I’ve got a nasty tongue when it wants to show and I’m not always careful with what I say. I’m a blunt, straite forward person and I tend to speak what is on my mind regardless of what others may think.

Lately I’ve been trying to learn when and when not to speak. It’s hard decerning just where I should put in a comment and what I should say. Sometimes I speak when I shouldn’t and other times I don’t when I should. I’m convicing myself it’s a learning process and will take time. Nothing happens in the blink of an eye. (With the exception of the rapture) I’ve got may learning goals in life, but one of the major ones is learning to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 

Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

My Savior First Of All

Many of us have heard about the blind, famous hymn writer, Fanny Crosby. She is probably one of the most famous in history. She wrote at least 8,000 hymns under 200 different pen names. Yet, she is the most awe inspiring woman I have ever heard of.

At the age of eight, Fanny wrote a little piece of poetry that would show  throughout her life.

Oh, what a happy child I am,
Although I can not see!
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be!
 
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don’t!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I can not- no I won’t!

A well intentioned Scottish minister once mentioned to her, “I think it is a great pity that the Master, when he showed so many gifts upon you, that he did not give you sight.”

Fanny’s rebuke came quickly. “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator, it would have been that I had been born blind.”

The shocked minister asked, “Why?”

She answered, “Because, when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

So it will not suprise you that she wrote a hymn called “My Savior First Of All.”

When my life work is ended, and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see;
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.

 

Oh, the soul thrilling rapture when I view His blessed face,
And the luster of His kindly beaming eye;
How my full heart will praise Him for the mercy, love and grace,
That prepare for me a mansion in the sky.

 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.

 

Oh, the dear ones in glory, how they beckon me to come,
And our parting at the river I recall;
To the sweet vales of Eden they will sing my welcome home;
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.

 

Through the gates to the city in a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears will ever fall;
In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight;
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.
Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Return of the King

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to every man according as his work shall be. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13

In the popular hymn Jesus Is Coming To Earth Again it speaks about how no one knows when the Lord is going to come back. It has been somewhere around 2000 years since Jesus Christ left earth for the first time and for 2000 years the Christians have been waiting for his return. The return of the King of this earth. One of the last commands Christ gave to his disciples was to “Go and preach the gospel to every creature.” Thus preparing the world for Christ return when he comes.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

I just can’t wait for Him to return and yet I feel sorry for all those who will be left behind in the rapture. Yet we must heed the warning in Revelation and never stop watching for the return of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come as a thief in the night, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

So let us be ever watchful for the return of the King lest He take us unawares. As a thief in the night!

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Amazing King James Version Bible

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

My dad is the most inspiring man I know on earth. I have met and seen many men, but I have never met a man that believed in the King James Bible more then my father. From the time I was a little girl, Dad taught us that the KJV was the word of God and that no matter who told us different, if we really studied it out, there was no translational errors in the KJV. In fact there is no errors at all. He has always given us both sides of the argument in anything we believed. Told us why the others were wrong and why, over and over again, we believe what we believe. I know that growing up knowing why I believed something was a very vital part of why I still believe what I do and why I made certain decisions in my life.

In July of 1604 fifty-four of the most educated men were gathered together by King James the first himself and told to translate the bible. Although he nominated 54 men only 47 of them actually translated the Bible we know as the KJV today. The men were then separated into six groups, meeting respectively at Westminster, Cambridge, and Oxford.

At Westminster, the first group of ten men were assigned Genesis-2 Kings; a second group of seven were assigned Romans-Jude. In Cambridge, a group of eight men were assigned 1Chronicles-Ecclesiastes, while another group of seven handled the Apocrypha. In Oxford another two groups were set. The first one, a group of seven, translated Isaiah-Malachi, and a second group of eight occupied themselves with the Gospels, Acts and Revelation.

They had fifteen rules to follow while translating the KJV.

1. The ordinary Bible read in the Church, commonly called the Bishops Bible, to be followed, and as little altered as the Truth of the original will permit.

2. The names of the Prophets, and the Holy Writers, with the other Names of the Text, to be retained, as nigh as may be, accordingly as they were vulgarly used.

3. The Old Ecclesiastical Words to be kept, viz. the Word Church not to be translated Congregation &c.

4. When a Word hath divers Significations, that to be kept which hath been most commonly used by the most of the Ancient Fathers, being agreeable to the Propriety of the Place, and the Analogy of the Faith.

5. The Division of the Chapters to be altered, either not at all, or as little as may be, if Necessity so require.

6. No Marginal Notes at all to be affixed, but only for the explanation of the Hebrew or Greek Words, which cannot without some circumlocution, so briefly and fitly be expressed in the Text.

7. Such Quotations of Places to be marginally set down as shall serve for the fit Reference of one Scripture to another.

8. Every particular Man of each Company, to take the same Chapter or Chapters, and having translated or amended them severally by himself, where he thinketh good, all to meet together, confer what they have done, and agree for their Parts what shall stand.

9. As any one Company hath dispatched any one Book in this Manner they shall send it to the rest, to be considered of seriously and judiciously, for His Majesty is very careful in this Point.

10. If any Company, upon the Review of the Book so sent, doubt or differ upon any Place, to send them Word thereof; note the Place, and withal send the Reasons, to which if they consent not, the Difference to be compounded at the general Meeting, which is to be of the chief Persons of each Company, at the end of the Work.

11. When any Place of special Obscurity is doubted of, Letters to be directed by Authority, to send to any Learned Man in the Land, for his Judgement of such a Place.

12. Letters to be sent from every Bishop to the rest of his Clergy, admonishing them of this Translation in hand; and to move and charge as many skilful in the Tongues; and having taken pains in that kind, to send his particular Observations to the Company, either at Westminster, Cambridge, or Oxford.

13. The Directors in each Company, to be the Deans of Westminster, and Chester for that Place; and the King’s Professors in the Hebrew or Greek in either University.

14. These translations to be used when they agree better with the Text than the Bishops Bible: Tyndale’s, Matthew’s, Coverdale’s, Whitchurch’s, Geneva.

15. Besides the said Directors before mentioned, three or four of the most Ancient and Grave Divines, in either of the Universities, not employed in Translating, to be assigned by the vice-Chancellor, upon Conference with the rest of the Heads, to be Overseers of the Translations as well Hebrew as Greek, for the better observation of the 4th Rule above specified.

It took them four years to present the complete and finished bible to King James 1. But in 1611 it was finally taken to the king and the King James Bible, named after the king of England who had begun the work, eclipsed all former versions of the Bible.

Although the Authorized Version, as it is known, is still (in the eyes of its defenders), the most accurate, there have been lots of new bible versions which have come out since then.

I believe firmly, like my dad, that the King James Version, the bible I hold and love, is the inerrant word of God. To all the translators I out there I would help issue God’s warning about changing God’s book.

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

So fellows be extremely careful when you’re retranslating Revelation. God is mighty particular about that book out of all of sixty-six.

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm  Comments (1)  

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Jesus, Lover of My Soul is a beautiful hymn which I just learned several weeks ago. Here are the lyrics.

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

Wilt Thou not regard my call? Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall—Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand! While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand, dying, and behold, I live.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity. Amen

The hymn was written by Charles Wesley and composed by Joseph Parry after Wesley death, being rejected by Charles’ brother, John, for being to sentimental. It is one of the most loved hymn that come from Charles Wesley.

There is only one person out there who loves our souls and wants to redeem us from our sins and his name is Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY begotten son of God and the only one out there who knows everything there is to know about me or you.  If a falling sparrow does not escape his eyes how much more so us. (Especially since we’re a lot larger then a sparrow.) 🙂

Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Hymn and It’s History

I LOVE singing. You can catch me singing in various places. At the computer, in the vehicle whenever we are going anywhere, and outside on the swing. I have memorized plenty of songs, more so then the bible.

For a couple of years we have been getting a internet program called A Hymn and It’s History. God bless the people who put it up. It was on that sight were I first heard the hymn “Almost Persuaded,” later aiding in my salvation. I really, really, really enjoy their sight and all the work and effort they put into giving the hymn plus the history of the person behind the hymn and how it came to be.

I can completely lose myself when I’m singing. There is no song greater then the old gospel hymns and I wish I knew more of them. Some show a lot of sorrow while others bring the glory of God strait into the very depths of the soul. If the right expression is put into one of these timeless peices they are never dull.

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;                                                                                                                                                                                  The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.                                                                                                                                                                   When other helpers fail and comforts flee,                                                                                                                                                                          Help of the helpless, Oh abide with me!

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound                                                                                                                                                                               That saved a wretch like me!                                                                                                                                                                                                       I was once lost, but now am found,                                                                                                                                                                                        Was blind, but now I see.

What amazing words and with such absolute depths! I love those old hymns!

 

Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 12:11 am  Comments (1)  

Tribulation Worketh Patience

Well for someone with a quick, natural, Irish temper that is easier said then done. I find the mind is quick and it takes but a moment to snap back at someone. Usually it is done without so much as a thought. Then the next half hour is spent trying to sooth the conscience, before trudging back to the person to apologize.

Anger can be inside as well as out. I know that from eperience. I may not snap at a person physically, but that doesn’t mean I don’t do it mentally. By then it’s time to trudge upstairs and have a good conversation with God. Usually I spend the first couple of paragraphs trying to plead my cause before I admit how wrong it was and ask for forgiveness there.

I love the verse Romans 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” Doesn’t mean that I have that yet, but I can still love that verse and try to gain that by remaining as positive as possible when someone gets moody in the house. Although this morning was a great example of not having a positive attitude.

Tribulation doesn’t have to be a large problem like the apostles and their followers faced. It can be something small, and it’s usually a lesson that is repeated many times over in life, so it is never forgotten. Still a bright outlook can only last so long before it crumbles. It’s kind of like the game where the people try and see who can be silent the longest. Instead it is trying to see how long a person can have a bright outlook when there are moody people in the house. Try it, who knows you may find it can be fun at times and more trying at other times.

Published in: on July 17, 2009 at 12:23 am  Leave a Comment