Archive for February 2, 2015
Ministry…this is perfect.Anything we endure is not in vain,even if we went through it because of our own unwise choices.It can be shared,it can speak life,it can help make a difference in someone else’s life…especially your own. I love this…even when you’re going through a storm you can still minister & be a blessing to someone else even if we don’t know it/see it…but you live by faith believing that it will.God can still & will use you so long as you have a willing heart.The holy spirit is ALWAYS there to be our guide.There is purpose in it all…ultimately it is to bring glory to Him!it is because of Him that we even have a story to tell in the first place…of His grace,mercy,forgiveness…His light…His love.And how He’s with us through it ALL.He gives us strength & courage to do so in the midst of our own…
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Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
The rose still grows beyond the wall.
Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forever-more.
A. L. Frink
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NASB)
Our world is passing through a time of change that is marked by painful conflict — wars, strife, violence in the streets, sons turning on their fathers, fathers turning on their sons, innocent man, women and children beheaded by religious zealots, the name of the one true God removed from schools and the public square, and the list goes on and on. The settled serenity of what we thought of as the “good old days” is not foreseeable again within the lifetime of most of us. We are told that the shape of the future is marvelous, but most of the time we have difficulty in understanding what the shape of the future is going to be. It is very easy for Christian’s to become depressed in these days. The best course is to yield ourselves to the Lord: “How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).