Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Down in the valley ~~

"God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way…The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you."
~~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Which woman am I?

The fact that I am a woman 
does not make me a different kind of Christian, 
but the fact that I am a Christian
 does make me a different kind of a woman ...
 ~~ Elizabeth Elliott

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reminder to Self ~~

Pam ~~ stop treating Proverbs 31 like a checklist,
 separate from the rest of the book, 
but rather like the embodiment of 
a woman living the rest of the book!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Duty to pray for our Pastors ~~

Pray for us; 
for we are confident that we have a good conscience,
 in all things desiring to live honorably.

~Hebrews 13:18

"This is one part of the duty which people owe to their ministers. Ministers need the prayers of the people; and the more earnestly the people pray for their ministers the more benefit they may expect to reap from their ministry. They should pray that God would teach those who are to teach them, that He would make them vigilant, and wise, and zealous, and successful--that He would assist them in all their labours, support them under all their burdens, and strengthen them under all their temptations."
~Matthew Henry

Monday, May 27, 2013

rustling leaves ~~

"The whole course and series of divine providence towards the saints is like a music-book, in every leaf whereof there is a song ready pricked for them to learn and sing to the praise of their God. No passage in their life of which they can say, 'In this I received no mercy for which I should bless God.'"
~William Gurnall

Monday, July 25, 2011

Prayer ...

James Smith said,

"A real Christian has sympathy with all true believers. They are taken up into his heart, and are included in his prayers. For them he praises God, and for them he pleads with God. As one with Christ, he is one with them. As interested in Christ, he feels interested in them. They may be poor and needy, they may be oppressed and despised, they may be weak and feeble—but they excite his admiration, and draw forth his love."

Friday, November 19, 2010

November of Thanksgiving ~~ Day 19

"The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold....
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands, I used to hold
Since you went away, the days grow long
And soon I'll hear ol' winter's song.
But I miss you most of all my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall."
-  Johnny Mercer, lyrics, Autumn Leaves

"Grandma's Hands"

These are the hands
that held me up high
higher and higher
till I touched the sky
These are the hands
that would lovingly wipe
the tears from my cheeks
When I fell off my bike
These are the hands
that would tickle my side
till I'd wiggle and giggle
and laugh till I cried
These are the hands
that dressed me up warm
they'd button and tuck
to keep me safe from the storm
These are the hands
that now need my care
as I bathe her and dress her
and brush her gray hair
These are the hands
that once were so mighty
they now need my help
to button her nightie
These are the hands
that I'm happy to hold
to keep her from harm
and to ward off the cold
These are the hands.....
"That taught me to love"