Friday, 30 March 2012

POEM: Wait

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, "Wait."

"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.

"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

"The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.

"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait."

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Eleven Questions

I recently found the following on another blog, and I thought that I would do it so that you all might now a bit more about me.  :)

1. What is your favorite breakfast food?
Raisin Toast.
2. What is your least favorite food?
Eggplant.  :)   Most foods I'll eat if I have to, even if I don't particularly like them, but I CANNOT eat eggplant.  :) 
3. If you had to pick the worst color you could wear, what would that color be for you?
Black, or Orange - especially really Bright Orange.  :)
4. What is your favorite sort of books?
More teaching books - Elizabeth George, the Botkin sisters, etc.....things that show you how you can become more like the Lord.   I also like biographies, or novels set in the time of Christ.
5. What is your least favorite sort of movies?
Anything that is not pleasing to the Lord.
6. When was the last time you gave someone a hug?  Who did you give it to? :-)
Minnie McMahon - she came for lunch today.  I gave it to her about 3 hours ago.   :) 
7. When did you last see a sunrise?
Can't remember - it would probably be a few months ago now.
8. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
Haven't tried to, but I probably could do it if I went REALLY slow!
9. Where do you live?
Mt Beauty, NE Victoria, Australia
10. Are you married or do you have a special someone?
No and no.  :)
11. Do you have any pets or wish that you did?
We have 1 dog - a Lab x Kelpie and her name is Lily.


I hope that you enjoyed this! 

Monday, 26 March 2012

What Christ is to the Christian

He is a Shield...
A shield is used to protect the one behind it from the harmful things that are coming towards them.  Christ protects us from the harmful and poisonous things that Satan tries to throw into us, to wound us and bring us down and ruin our testimony, but Christ helps us to withstand them.

He is a Balm...
When we are wounded and hurting, Christ soothes us with ointment form His Word, or from other believers saying things of comfort to us.  His balm is far more effective than any other thing that we might try and always works on every wound we get.

He is a Door...
Like the Shield, a door protects us from harm, and wolves that would seek to kill us.  But unlike the Shield - which is a picture of Christians being warriors - a Door pictures us as Christ’s sheep in the fold, and Christ - as the God Shepherd - at the opening in the fold, standing there and stopping any wolves or other predators coming in and killing the flock.

He is an Anchor...
As an Anchor, Christ keeps us from drifting when contrary winds come blowing upon us.  He keeps us secure and it doesn’t matter what storms we may face in life, we can rest assured that with Christ as our Anchor, we wont’ sink, or get blown off course.

He is a Friend...
Christ is my Friend.  He is all the things that anybody ever wants in a friend, plus so much more; and the best part is that you can talk to Him any time - day or night - and you don’t have to worry that he’ll get angry with you for wanting to talk to Him at 3:30 in the morning or at 3:30 in the afternoon - He is available for everybody and anybody 24/7, and you can share with Him your deepest sorrows and your highest joys and everything in between.

He is a Light...
Although a light, Christ only often shows us only little step at a time, and is like a small torch, not the Sun that lightens up everything, although He can do that, too, if He desires.  But He wants His children - us - to learn the valuable lessons of faith and trust, and one way He does that is only using a small amount of light to show us where to go, so we have to trust Him that He knows where He’s taking us, even though we can’t see where we’re going...it’s like going outside on the darkest night and there’s no lights shining, and you can’t see what’s in front of you and you only have this small pocket torch to use...these torches aren’t really good for shining long distances, but for shining right in front of you, they’re perfect!  The same with the Lord being a Light.  He only shines enough in front of us so it seems that we can only see our feet, but when we walk, He lights up a bit more...and a bit more...until we get to our destination.

He is a Loving Giver...
Christ loves us with inexpressible love, and this love cannot be measured...there is such a depth and height and width to His love for us that we can never begin to imagine the fullness of it, but we are experiencing it.  He gives us many daily gifts as proofs of His love for us - sweet-smelling flowers, warm sun, soaking rain, loving family, beautiful friends, warm homes, His Word the Bible, salvation, and above all, a life to live for Him.  There are many more things that He has lovingly given to us that the list would be - and is - endless.  Even just the simple things are gifts from Him!

As you go through your Christian life, may you daily grow closer to the One Who has saved you from a life of misery, sin, and ultimate death, and to continually get to know our Saviour more fully, and experience to the fullest all these attributes of Christ, plus all the other attributes that belong to Him.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

POEM: I'll Never Let Go of Your Hand

I know what you’ve been hearing
I’ve seen you hide your fear
Embarrassed by your weaknesses
Afraid to let Me near
I wish you knew how much
I long for you to understand
No matter what may happen, child
I’ll never let go of your hand.

I know you’ve been forsaken
By all you’ve known before
When you failed their expectations
They frowned and closed the door
But even though your heart itself
Should lose the will to stand
No matter what may happen, child
I’ll never let go of your hand.

The life that I have given you
No one can take away
I’ve sealed it with my Spirit, Blood and Word
The everlasting Father
Has made His covenant with you
And He’s stronger than the world you’ve seen and heard.

So don’t you fear to show them
All the love I have for you
I’ll be with you everywhere
In everything you do
And even if you do it wrong
And miss the joy I’ve planned
I’ll never, never let go of your hand.

The life that I have given you
No one can take away
I’ve sealed it with my Spirit, Blood and Word
The everlasting Father
Has made His covenant with you
And He’s stronger than the world you’ve seen and heard.

So don’t you fear to show them
All the love I have for you
I’ll be with you everywhere
In everything you do.
And even if you do it wrong
And miss the joy I’ve planned
I’ll never, never let go of your hand
I’ll never let go of your hand.
--Don Francisco

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A MUST SEE FOR EVERY FAMILY

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A Light in a Dark World

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify you Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

                As Christians, God has called us to be lights in this very dark, sinful world.  We are like the moon—reflecting the light of the Son to those looking on.  We may not always let our light shine as brightly as it should—sometimes our “glass” gets dirtied by sin, and the only way for that to be cleansed is by asking the Lord to forgive us and He will clean our “glass” for us. The cleaner the glass, the brighter the light shines.
                Although light is the same type every time, it comes in many different containers and holders.  Some are big and regal, some are small and not very noticeable and many varying in between the two. Likewise, God has made each one of us different, and each Christian’s job is different, but the light inside it is the same—the unchangeable Christ.
                Those of us who are the small, not very noticeable light-holder might think to ourselves that we’re of no use to God, and might start wishing that we were big and regal and had something important and noticeable to do, but God needs small, not very noticeable Christians as well as the big, important ones!
                The only important job that every light is asked to do is just simply shine.  Shine wherever you are–at home, at school, at work, whether you’re shopping, or whether you’re playing, you can still have a Christ-like attitude in all you do and that is what God requires of us to do.  True, there are some who are called to be missionaries in foreign countries, or preachers, or playing music in church, or doing some other praiseworthy task, but God also desires those who are willing to serve in the background, do those unnoticed tasks that if they weren’t don it’d be noticed that it wasn’t done!  You might not be a missionary, but you can still pray fervently for those who are!  You might not be a preacher, but pray for those who are!  If you’re not in a notable spot, pray for those who are, that they might remain faithful.
                Shining and praying are what every Christian is called to do, and do it with every part of your being!  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31; emphasis added)
                So, I encourage you dear sisters and fellow-lights, don’t let anything dirty up your glass and just keep shining in every part of your life—it speaks more than words ever could—and keep praying.  God will bless you for shining, even though it might not seem much.  We will never know how many people have been impacted by our shining until we get to eternity, and I assure you, it will be worth it!  So shine with all your might!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

A Few Thoughts

The last few mornings, I have been reading the book of Deuteronomy in my personal devotions.  Even though I have only got up to Chapter 13, I have been struck at how many times the Lord has commanded us to love Him with everything we've got.  And when we love Him with everything we have, we will obey Him because we WANT to, and consequently He will bless us. 

When we give everything we have got to the Lord, we will be amazed at the ABUNDANCE the Lord blesses us with, and we will then wonder why we were so concerned with God taking everything off us without giving us anything return, because He gives us MORE than we could EVER even begin to IMAGINE!!!!!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Prayer for Every Day of the Week

Monday ‑ Washday
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.

Tuesday ‑ Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday ‑ Mending Day 
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.

Thursday ‑ Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday ‑ Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday ‑ Cooking Day
Help me, my Saviour, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday ‑ the Lord's Day   
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.

PHOTOS: Tallangatta Show



Monday, 5 March 2012

VIDEO: Leslie Ludy

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The Vapour of Life

I wrote the following a week or two after the tragic death of Lloyd Walker...hope it challenges and blesses you like it has me!


The Vapour of Life

The past few weeks have been difficult ones for me because I have had to come to grips with the deaths of 3 friends in two weeks….the latest one was a young man only a few years older than me.  That in particular shook me up quite a bit, because he died in a tragic car accident.  It has been difficult to accept that he isn’t around anymore – just as quick as anything, he’s gone.  I have been forced to realize that Death is no respecter of persons – it can – and will – come to anybody and everybody, and just because you are under a certain age doesn’t mean that you are invincible from being touched by death. 
I know that the Lord says when it’s the time for a person to die – and all three of these people were Christians, so they are now beholding the face of their Lord and Saviour – but it still makes you stop and think about your own life.  What if it’s my turn next to die?  Am I ready to leave this world and to see my Maker? 
When it’s one of your peers that dies, it really makes you stop and think where your own life is headed, and that you have to make sure that you are ready NOW to meet your Saviour, because you don’t know what even today might bring.  I know that for the young man, he never would’ve dreamed that the day he died was his last day on earth.  I wonder what he would’ve done differently if he had have known – even what his family would’ve done differently if they had have known that he wasn’t going to be with them for much longer. 
It has made me think, too – how would I live my life if I knew that I only had one more day to live?  What would I say to my family? Confess to them? Treat them?  Would I be concerned about what I was doing and seeking to do only that more than being concerned about others?  Would I want to get out and share to the unsaved people in my community about Christ has done for them, and what He will do for them if they allow Him into their hearts and lives? 
This is a challenge I’d like to put to each and every one of you….live your life as though you are living your last day on earth.   If you get any more days, count them as a bonus, but still live them as though they were your last days on earth.  It will change the way how you view life, view your family, view the world, and most of all, view where you are spiritually.
We only have one life to live, and it very quickly passes – so live it to the fullest for the Lord!!!