Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
These three items are always on my desk calendar (following). [Note to fellow proofreaders/editors: I have done some editing and added my own emphases.] Not sure if or how they might apply to you, today, but I find them encouraging. I pray the Lord gives you your “escape to a landing place” on a daily basis; may your confidence in Him and His Word and His unfailing love for you grow stronger every day, until you know the indescribable joy of seeing your Savior face to face.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Amplified Bible)For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), no matter how it comes or where it leads, has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature, and He can be trusted not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will always also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
(from a worship song)
“No guilt in life, no fear in death—this is the power of Christ in me!”
(from my dad, my ultimate encourager)
God knows the end from the beginning,
Has infinite wisdom,
And will always do me good!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
“This I declare of the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my god and I am trusting Him…
For He will…protect you from the fatal plaque…no evil will conquer you…
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue them and honor them.
I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
“He alone is my refuge…”
There is nothing and no one that saves me and gives me hope and understanding. There is no comfort other than Christ who made the way for me to be with my son again.
“Protect you from the fatal plague”
Death is not the end. Grief if not the ruin of hope. The only truly fatal plague is the loss of my soul which Christ has redeemed for me.
He’s not promising to remove pain or shield me from the tragedy, but rather to walk with me through it. I will be expected to walk through fire, but He will be my fire repellant suit. I will be expected to ride through violently stormy seas, but He will be my boat. I am expected to run through dragon infested fields, but he is my Knight in shining armor.
It is not until I look around at the families with no flame-retardant suit, no boat or no Knight that I understand the true magnitude of the safety I am residing under. Pain is not removed, that is certain, but there has been made a way out – and through Christ alone am I able to survive.
I am so glad that the life without Nick will be so indescribably shorter than the life we are promised together forever!
And I love the MESSAGE version also that says...
You take over, I'm about to die, my life's an offering on God's alter. This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way! All that's left now is the shouting--God's applause! Depend on it, He's an honest Judge. He'll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for His coming.
All I can add is.... COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS! COME!