Love this quote from “Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting” by Dave Furman A great reminder that God never forsakes our abandons us. –Continue Reading
I’ve been reading a book called Heaven Taken By Storm by Thomas Watson. Actually, I’ve been listening to it since I am more of an audiobook fan lately then I am reading fan. I still like reading, but it’s been difficult to find the time to read all the books I would like to read in a year. My TBR pile is stacking up on my dresser again. I’ve read this one book twice in the past 2 months and I am getting ready to read it again. It’s that good.
I like to take notes when I read and this is one of those books I find myself copying down chapters word for word because each sentence is weighty and worth remembering. There is one chapter on self examination that I have bookmarked and replayed over and over again and shared with others in my bible study group. We have been studying 2 Timothy and this particular portion really went well along with 2 Timothy Chapter 2 as we were studying how we are to pursue the Kingdom of God with much effort and exertion like a soldier pursues a battle, an athlete pursues a trophy through sacrifice and self discipline and as a farmer sweats and pursues a harvest at the end of the season by hard work and rising early. So if we want to pursue Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven, we cannot pursue Him as a hobby we pick up and put down as we have time and will. The Christian life is not a hobby but a lifestyle. It is hard, bloody battle at times and quite difficult. We too must pursue it with much force if we are to obtain godliness.
I enjoyed this excerpt or I should say page since it is rather long, from the book, “Love Slaves” by Samuel Brengle. It was something I clipped after reading it and pasted to my journal notes because it reminds me of my own personal revelations of Christ and how I continually return to these special moments and memories. These memories are usually when God spoke to me in a personal way though His word, through a dream, through divine revelation and conversations to help me understand His word more clearly, know His love more deeply or be assured of His will more confidently.
Although God by His Spirit speaks to me daily through His word, through others, through books and commentaries I read, through my journaling, meditating and especially though my prayers, there are times, rare and sacred times when He has spoken to me so sweetly, so specially and so personally that goes beyond all these other conversations. Times I hold very close to my heart in much the same way as I hold dear those rare and special occasions when my husband goes out of his way to surprise and remind me of his own love and concern for me.Continue Reading
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.You grant sleep to those you love and make their sleep sweet. [Psa. 3:5, 4:8, 127:2, Pro. 3:24]Continue Reading