*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:25 a.m.
When I was a child I used to say, “I’m going to China!” I would have lasted a week. When I married Marvin I would say, “I’m going to China, and you’ll have to come find me.” Well, I never did go to China, but Hudson Taylor did. He lived back in the 1850’s. He was 22 years old when he first landed in China. As a young man before he left for China he determined in his heart that it would be God, and God alone, who would supply his needs. He worked for a pharmacist. But the pharmacist keep forgetting to pay him. Several weeks went by and he still hadn’t been paid. Most of us would have gone to our boss and told him that he forgot to pay us our wages; but, not Hudson Taylor. He only prayed about it and asked God to remind his employer to pay him. He had to prove that his needs would be met by prayer, and prayer alone. Weeks and months when by until he was going to be evicted from his apartment, when his boss said,”Oh Hudson, I owe you your wages.” Once Hudson’s prayer was answered that God would supply his needs through prayer and prayer alone, he said, “Now, I can go to China!” That was the type of faith needed to survive in China. (Hudson Taylor, A Man Who Believed in God)
Monday, May 4, 2009 6:15 a.m.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” This goes back to trusting God no matter what! He is not out to get us. He has our best interest at heart. Will He give us a stone for bread, a serpent for a fish, or an scorpion for an egg? No! He gives us what we need and far above all we could ask or think. I must just believe this in my heart. God is good, and as David said, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23:6). Right now I have cancer on my lip and am facing my 4th surgery. God is good! Marvin has just lost his job due to poor health conditions. God is Good! Bills are mounting up. God is good! None of these things has happened to us except out of the love of God for our sanctification. And I know God will provide. He knows our needs before we ask. We must just trust Him. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1).
Thought for Today: “No good thing will be withheld from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11).
Monday, March 9, 2009 5:20 a.m.
Great Scott! We’re in the twilight zone! We had to change all our clocks yesterday. They had to go forward one hour because of the time change. Well, the alarm didn’t go off. Robot woke us up, but 20 minutes late. Marvin jumped out of bed startled. He walked to the patio door to let Precious out and the ADT alarm went off. I jumped out of bed to turn off the alarm and almost broke my hip. It still hurts. In a daze, Marvin walked out to the kitchen to make coffee, and the jar was empty. Wow! What a morning! Have you ever had a morning like this? I’m sure all of us have. David, too, had a bad morning. He woke up in the wilderness being hunted by Saul. He had no food to eat and his men were ready to stone him. But “David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (I Samuel 30:6). That is what the Lord tells us to do when we are facing trouble. If you wake up in the morning and trouble is in the air, encourage yourself in the LORD, as David did.
Thought for Today: “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7).
Thursday, May 3, 2007 4:00 a.m.
Christians are sometimes afraid that God is going to take everything away from them and bring them down to the bottom. But He isn’t. Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” God delights to give good gifts to His children just as we do. We must just trust Him. Trust Him to supply our every need. Scripture reminds us of this in Philippians 4:19, “My God shall supply our every need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We must trust Him to give us strength to carry on; trust Him to deliver us from all our troubles; trust Him to be our rock, fortress and stronghold. Everyday God loads us with benefits. Psalm 103: 1-5 bares record of this: “BLESS the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5).
Thought for Today: “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7).
Friday, November 10, 2006 4:20 a.m.
The Formula for Happiness is found in Psalm 37: Fret not, Trust in the LORD, Delight thyself in the LORD, Commit thy way unto the LORD, Rest in the LORD, Cease from anger, Wait on the LORD.
Fret not: Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 37:1).
Trust in the LORD: “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3).
Delight thyself in the LORD: “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4).
Commit thy way unto the LORD: “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalm 37:5).
Rest in the LORD: “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:…” (Psalm 37:7).
Cease from anger: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:…” (Psalm 37:8).
Wait on the LORD: “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:…” (Psalm 37:34).
Thought for Today: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23).
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:45 a.m.
All night this verse has been running through my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). In studying this verse, the words “trust in the Lord” means to trust in the same Lord that spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are to trust the Lord “with all thine heart.” This means with all our heart, soul and mind and with our whole being. “And lean not unto thine own understanding.” This means that we are not to lean on what we think should happen or the way we think things should go. It continues in verse 6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him.” (Proverbs 3:6). In everything we do, act, speak or think we are to acknowledge God. “And he shall direct thy paths.” God, Himself, shall direct us in the way we should go. C. I. Scofield says, “The word ‘trust’ in the Old Testament is the same word as ‘believe’ in the New Testament” (p. 600). “Believe” means to have faith in. If we put our faith in Him, He is our refuge. He is the One we can lean on. He will carry us through difficult times and we do not need to fear. God has His reasons for allowing certain circumstances. They are all for our sanctification. We can trust Him.
Thought for Today: I’ve come to realize that only finishing this race of life victoriously is all that matters.
Monday, August 22, 2005 4:14 a.m.
Jesus refers to us as sheep. What kind of sheep are you? There are 5 kinds of sheep.
1). False Sheep – They say they are saved, but they are deceiving themselves. They are wolves in sheep clothing. (I John 2:19).
2. Stunted Sheep – They are carnal, always needing milk, unable to be fed meat. They are forever baby Christians who will enter heaven as by fire. (Hebrews 5:13).
3. Poisoned Sheep – They have been fed false doctrine and have become weak and sickly. (Matthew 7:5).
4. Wounded Sheep – They have been hurt, but instead of letting the shepherd mend their wounds, they carry emotional scars that turn into a root of bitterness. (Hebrews 12:15).
5. Lost Sheep – They are the unsaved without a shepherd. (John 10:16).
It reminds me of that beautiful painting of Jesus reaching down the side of a cliff to recuse one of His sheep. Which sheep are you?
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14).
Friday, August 5, 2005 9:15 p.m.
There is just so much evil that we can endure in one day. Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” The day is full of evil, the world is full of evil, and we can only endure a day full at a time. Jesus told his disciples, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye can not bear them now.” (John 16:12). God knows just how much evil to allow us to endure for one day. If we knew the evil of tomorrow we could not bear it and would fall into despair. We are not to worry about what a day will bring. They are all in God’s hands and under His sovereign control. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15).
Thought for Today: “Day by day, and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment. I’ve no cause to worry or for fear. He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure. Give unto each day what He deems best, Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest. (Carolina Sandell 1832-1903).
Sunday, June 5, 2005 7:45 a. m.
I prayed earnestly about something and I truly expected God to do a miracle. When He didn’t, I was devastated. I had to pray for God to give me peace over the entire matter. This is a constant struggle for me. I must learn to trust God and welcome His will. Unfortunately, this lesson is continually having to be repeated. I guess I’m a slow learner. Then I read Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, (p.157). He said, “When what we wanted to happen does not, we are to take a deep breath spiritually. It doesn’t matter. God is still glorifying Himself.” What words of wisdom. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant, I shrink back from it; if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart’s choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, Then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (If, p.69). Lord, help me learn this lesson.
Thought for Today: Welcome God’s will, whatever it may be.
Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:10 a.m.
It was Amy Carmichael’s first year as a missionary in Japan. She and other missionaries were waiting for boats to pick them up and take them on a journey. But the boats were late. The boats were not just hours late, but days late. Amy and the other missionaries became impatient and fretted that they were going to miss all the events that had been planned for their journey. Then one of the older more “seasoned” missionary’s who never seemed to get ruffled said, “God knows all about the boats” (A Chance to Die, p. 78). His calm trust impacted Amy so much that it became a motto of faith for the rest of her life. God knows all about your weakness. God knows all about your fears. God know all about you, and all you are called upon to do is trust Him. Remember, God knows all about the boats.
Thought for Today: How do we endure in all this waiting stuff? We are to sit quietly and trust God to act.