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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Which hope we have - poem

I found this lovely poem while I was reading one day. It is very thought provoking. Enjoy!
-Elizabeth 



If we could for a moment to ourselves portray 

  All hope removed --hope which pertains to God--
How black and awful would the picture be!
How blank the future! yea, how aimless life!
What turning of the tide of better thoughts!
What chaos! ruin! what despair!    But oh,
The God of mercy hath not left us thus!
For is not Christ our hope?   yea, more,
The precious pledge of all we hope to have?

Earth's hopes are fleeting, and the fondest dreamed
Could never satisfy the longing soul.
How many a soul, all tempest-tossed, and cast
Upon the shoals of disappointed hope,
Turns, in the bitter loss of earthly prize,
To Christ, and sure and everlasting gain!

Life, at least, looks bright and hopeful
To the young and strong.
Forgetting all things bear the stamp of death,
That this is not our home,
And God must needs make new this blighted earth,
The treacherous heart lusts here and there,
And grasps with eager hold some object coveted.
And so, like children who must needs be checked
In wants most hurtful, and undue desires,
Our Father oft breaks up our much-loved plan,
Or lays our idols in the dust:
And then, if not submissive, comes the storm.
He must accomplish what He will
In His unwilling child.

What folly now it seems, as we look back,
And see how once we dared to fight
Against the Lord!-- the worm to quarrel
With the One who made the universe!
Yet so it was; so foolish are our thoughts;
And all because we could not have our way.
No man e'er wrestled with the mighty God,
And came off conqueror: He must the battle win!
And when the storm is passed,
And we have learned to trust His love
As much as we had feared His power,
We'll thank Him that He took such pains,
Through discipline and patient care,
To teach us that His love was on our side.

For though to break our wills must often break our 
hearts,
'Tis well; for then we fly to Him; --
And who can bind the broken heart but Christ?
Then, in the quiet of a heart at peace with God,
We rest, and, like a weaned child,
Accept the firm restraint, nor doubt the love
That ministers the pain.
Then we can seek His way with singleness of heart,
And, waiting, work His will.

Experience works by patience in the soul,
And sorrowful indeed it oft must be
To work in us the fruit the Master craves.
But then, the heart that's weaned from the earth looks up,
And hope displaces all solicitude, and we are free
To wait the changing tide of this life's troubled sea,
Now tossed no longer by its turbid waves;
But patient wait upon the rugged shore,
And, though it cover all our heart held dear,
We gladly count our loss our gain,
Because we have a better hope beyond.



The furnace we so dread but burns the bands,
Which hold us down to earth and dim our faith.
Then let us walk with Him; if on the troubled sea
Or though affliction's fire, yet still with Him;
And while we give Him thanks for mercies by the 
way,
For sweet companionships and tender ties,
To soothe our pains and make the way less drear,
We'd hold these gifts as though they were not ours,
But His, and weep as though we wept not
For joy of that bright hope
Which lifts the heart above this blighted scene,
Where sorrow's school and disappointment's blast
Have weaned us, once for all, to wait for Him
In whom is all our hope.

         Fulfill to us, ere long,
             That soul-entrancing word,
         Which thrills our hearts with joyful song, -
               "Forever with the Lord!"


-poem by H. Mc D.

From "Help and Food for the Household of Faith" Vol. XIV 
Published 1896 by Loizeaux Brothers 


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Think....



I am reading a book called "Think" by John Piper right now. It is so good! 
I thought I'd share a quote with you. 


So I conclude that we must use our minds and we must know that the use of our minds is not enough. We must exercise our reason in the proclamation of the gospel. We must contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). We must be ready, like Paul, to go to prison for "the defense and the confirmation of the gospel" (Phil. 1:7).

That is indispendable.

But as we use our renewed mental powers for Christ, we must pray with Paul that the Holy Spirit would attend the preaching and hearing of the gospel. We must pray that the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," would shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Only when that happens will true faith be awakened and true Christians be created who say, "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Phil 3:8)

~exerpt from "Think" by John Piper.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Water in the Desert

Since the 1967 six-day war, Israeli scientists have been surveying the desert and have discovered that below the surface of the Sinai are great reservoirs of water - enough to supply the wide, dry regions in the center of the Sinai Desert with millions of cubic meters of water per year for the coming fifty years and longer. The water is salty but drinkable. Their tests cause the scientists to believe that the water has been there thousands of years.

   Yet, in that very place during the war, many soldiers died in agony of thirst because they were cut off from supplies of water!

   When Moses led the children of Israel out in the wilderness from Egypt, they came to this same desert place and they, too, were thirsty until the Lord commanded Moses to strike the rock in Horeb.Water came out from the rock and flowed out into the desert. The people drank and were satisfied. The Lord knew that water was there thousands of years ago, but it was unattainable to the Israelites until the rock was smitten!


 
   There is a remarkable verse in the New Testament referring to this incident. It says they all "drank from the same spiritual drink, for they long drank the water that flowed from the spiritual rock that went with them- and that rock was the Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:4 Weymouth).

   You see this world is truly a wilderness because of sin. And everyone is thirsty- apart from Christ! There is truly nothing of the world itself that can truly satisfy the human heart. Solomon had every opportunity to find satisfaction in wisdom, in great works, in gardens, in music and in great riches of silver and gold; but he was still thirsty! He said: "All is vanity and vexation of spirit."

   That rock in the desert which Moses smote- and from it flowed out water- is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ who was smitten on Calvary because of our sins. Now, from Him flows true satisfaction to all who will place faith in Him; and what He gives will not only quench our thirst as we journey through the wilderness of this world, but He also gives eternal satisfaction and joy!

   It was sad indeed that those many soldiers during the war had to die of thirst because, even if they had known of the reservoir underneath them, they could not get the water because it was so many feet below them. We do expect that in the coming years the technology of pumping the water from those reservoirs will so advance that extraction of the water will become practicable and the desert will be transformed into gardens.

   In our situation, spiritual satisfaction is now attainable; for the Lord Jesus said:
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink." (John 7:37) And, "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17)



"I heard the voice of Jesus say,
   Behold I freely give
The living water, thirsty one,
   Stoop down, and drink and live.'
I came to Jesus and I drank
   Of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
   And now I live in Him."

-Selected


tract by Tom M. Olson
originally published by Christian Missions Press (CMP)
www.lifehouse.org

Me and my sisters

I had a fun photo shoot with my sisters.  :) 


A few things things I'm thankful for:

#1. being photographer at photo shoots with my sisters.
#2. a quality reflector. (graciously lent to me by a friend)
#3. finding just the right angle for the reflector.
#4. laughter, lots of it.
#5. a warm house to go to after the photo shoot.
#6. great portraits!








We got these from a birthday party we went to. We accidentally let them go! :)