January 15, Today’s thought – Impossible?

jan 13 laceBeautiful yarn found in the stash shed.
Waiting to become a shawl,
joining “Follow your Arrow” a Mystery Knit A Long.

Good Morning

With God—all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26).

Consider Abram.
Pushing a century of years,
his wife, Sarai, ninety.
The wallpaper in the nursery faded,
baby furniture out of date.
The topic of a promised child brings sighs and tears. . .
and God tells them
they’d better select a name for their new son.
They laugh!
Partly because it’s too good to happen
and partly because it might.
They’ve given up hope,
and hope born anew is always funny
before it’s real.
They laugh a little at God,
and a lot with God—
for God is laughing too.

With the smile still on His face,
He gets busy doing what He does the best—
the unbelievable.
Abram, the father of one,
will now be Abraham,
the father of a promised multitude.
Sarai, the barren one,
will now be Sarah,
the mother.

Their names aren’t the only thing God changes.
He changes the way
they define the word impossible!

From The Applause of Heaven–Max Lucado

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April 12, Today’s thought – At the Time Appointed

Picture 009 Almond Blossoms

Good Morning

My Bible Study teacher has been bringing lessons on child-like faith. She gave us the book Touching Incidents complied by S. B. Shaw, a book filled with stories of children’s faith in God and His answers to their prayers. We were to pick out a story and a scripture to share with the class. Some members read/told their story. Some shared a story of faith and answer from their past. All were encouraging. I was so surprised when the bell rang that class was over, I could have listened longer.
I choose the story: Praying for Wood, page 129:

E. B. Slade tells an interesting instance of answered prayer. One cold winter he was forty miles away from home, holding revival services, when , in the midst of a terrible snowstorm, during which travel was almost wholly impossible, his wife, at home ran out of wood. To save the little that remained, she put her children to bed, and wrapped them up in blankets. AT last baking must be done, and making a fire of her last wood, she began to pray that help might come, and persevered until her faith won the victory. She then went about her work in perfect peace of mind, assured that relief would come. In the course of a few hours her nearest neighbor a lady waded through the snow saying that she had been impressed that she must come over and see what was the matter, The facts were stated, and relief promised. Hardly had she gone when another lady came in with the same statement, and the same offer was made. A little while later a gentleman came in, expressing a similar feeling; and when he learned the facts, he took them all to his home, and cared for them until Mr. Slade returned home.

I thought nothing to hard for God!

Jeremiah prays in 32:17
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth
by thy great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Jeremiah continues to extol the might power of God,
in verse 27, God says to Jeremiah,
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh:
is there any thing too hard for me?”

Genesis 18 verses 13-14 God speaks to Abraham and Sarah:
And the LORD said unto Abraham,
Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying,
Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
Is any thing too hard for the LORD?
At the time appointed I will return unto thee,
according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

In these verses the phrase ‘At the time appointed‘ spoke to me.

I ask and God hears and the answer comes at the time appointed.

And Jesus said unto them,
It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7

Trust God for His time . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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August 26, Sunday Bible Reading, Abraham

Monterey, CA

Genesis 12:1-5
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Genesis 18:1-5,11-19
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant.

Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

I find such comfort in those words ‘ for I know him’. God had led and Abraham had followed. God knew Abraham would be faithful no matter what.

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