Just finished a great devotional book by Kay Arthur. (Lord, Give Me a Heart for You) I wasn’t always the biggest Kay Arthur fan, but I’ve heard some dvds of her speaking and read a few books now, and even though we are in very different stages of life, and she has had vastly different experiences that I have, she says things all the time that I feel like she was reading my mind. I can very easily relate to her, and her Bible study method has really grown on me. I just bought some new colored pencils to mark up my devotions. In this book she has the verses in the back of the book which I like because although I do sometimes underline or whatever in my Bible, I’m still getting used to the idea of my Bible being a rainbow of color and full of shapes. I may get there, but until then I’m glad to be able to use her method and see all the connections without coloring and drawing in my Bible.
Great read about life not going as planned. It has had some mixed reviews, but I have no problem with her speaking out while she is still grieving. Yeah sometimes it isn’t easy to see someone in pain, but I didn’t pick it up for entertainment. I think that her honesty is refreshing and will continue to be a help to many as they journey through their losses of dreams and of loved ones. Choosing to See
Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore
But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
This not withstanding, thou wenst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Wherefore I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
“Make me into what you want for me to be.
Oh, Lord, may my prayer be
Make of me a vessel that you can always use
No matter how you break me, what I win or what I lose
Let me be a vessel pure and holy, perfect in your eyes” –Chris Sligh
“Father, for those of us off balance and out of kilter because of career confusion, unsettling providences or developing stories of unrest, let us hear you say loud and lovingly, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Quiet us, Father. Center us, settle us. The only thing we want to do quickly is run to you. Show us the bigger picture of the story you are writing. Save us from our ‘need’ to have all the answers right away. Spare us of trying to be, yet again, our own savior and deliverer.”–Scotty Smith
“We all know the proverb: ‘Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another’ (Prov. 27:17). It’s a great word picture. Ask yourself: am I sponge that never hurts anyone, but never helps much either? Am I a sword that cuts to the quick but also destroys? Or am I a stone, the kind of friend upon which others can be sharpened, made better and more mature? Faithful friends make better stones than sponges or swords.” –Kevin DeYoung
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
“Appreciate the patience of God. Think how he has borne with you, and still bears with you, when so much in your life is unworthy of him and you have so richly deserved his rejection. Learn to marvel at his patience, and seek grace to imitate it in your dealings with others” –J.I. Packer