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.

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

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! ūüôā 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