Today’s thought – Wagons Laden

apr11 012One more beautiful iris from Grandma Crain’s garden.

Good Morning

I’ve been pretty sick the past week
(only knit a little on two days),
but feeling better.

Genesis 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and
when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

A very simple sight: just some farm wagons laden with corn–
food for the staving household.
It was these wagons turning into the courtyard
that raised the fast-falling hopes of Jacob expectancy.
They remind me of other wagons laden
and sent by another One greater than Joseph,
even our Lord Jesus Christ.
These wagons of His are a great stimulus to our faith.
They come unseen to us in our hours of darkness —
when our hopes are dashed to the ground.
Yes,
when we are in the awful grips of spiritual starvation,
how blessed are these wagons as they are seen approaching!

Lift up your eyes!
Look out for them:
When they come they will not be empty!
You will be fed and nourished
with the choicest of His stores.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.”

On the porch looking . . .Today

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – We Know Not . . .

iris   nove 2011 002Great-Grandma Frame’s iris

Good Morning

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

We know not precisely what is best for us.
We know not what will make us truly happy.
We know not what will help us best
in our struggle against temptations.
And if we were to try to make a distinction
between our mere passing wishes and
that which our souls really needed,
we should utterly fail.
But we need not try.
Let us take all our wishes,
our longings,
all our the promptings of our consciences,
to the feet of our Father.
He will hear and He will do.
He will hear all we say.
He will know what parts of our prayer
are best for us to have, and what are not.
And He will give us what His fatherly love will choose.
And therefore to all our prayers we will add,
“Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.”

Frederick Temple

Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 5, Today’s thought — Disturb Me

These iris, originally from the Farmer’s grandmother’s home place in Selma, now residing at Cozy Acres, started blooming in November and have just finished.
I have enjoyed them so much.

Good Morning

One addition thought from Thursday evening’s lesson surfaced as I was pondering this poem and the word ‘disturb.’

IF in a difficult life decision, especially one in which God is asking you to quit doing something, to give up something, to change something that is dear to your heart; and you find yourself saying:

I’m stilling praying about that,
I’m thinking that over,
I’m trying to decide what is right for me,
I just want to be fully convinced,
I’m trying to figure out what that looks like in my life,
I’m afraid of ____________.
What will people say if _______________.

By not making a decision, you have made a decision.

I know this is true, I’ve used these excuses before. The peace comes when I accept the situation, surrender my way to God, and commit the keeping or the outcome to HIS perfect plan for me.

2Timothy 1:12 . . . for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Disturb – interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of.
trouble – perturb – bother – upset – annoy – agitate¬† ~¬†¬† Webster’s

“Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.”
[Sir Francis Drake]

Trust God for your day . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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