All Mixed Up And Ready To Pour

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8

  • I don’t really know Tricia, and she doesn’t know me. I don’t even remember how I happened across her blog, but it’s not left my heart since I’ve found it. Enlarged is a powerful poem that she quotes, one that might help us all.
  • The Old Adam Lives and calls for More Forde. I can see why. Can you?
  • Here’s a question I must answer honestly again and again, how important is My So-Called Online Life? I actually stepped away from it once to see what would happen. I got a lot done and I’ve learned quite a bit. You can read about it here.
  • Other than that, I love my boring life, how about you? I think The Church Usher is starting a “stick in the mud club”, and I’m tempted to join.

But wait… there’s more!

  • The beautiful photo at the top is from my friend Becky’s photo journey. Not only are her photos beautiful, they also capture her God-honoring heart and its edifying reflections.

And, last but not least…

“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself
because there is no such thing.” — C.S. Lewis

Thanks for reading!

I Am The Lord That Healeth Thee

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

For all who need His touch!

 

JEHOVAH–ROPHI
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Heal us, EMMANUEL, here we are,
Waiting to feel Thy touch;
Deep wounded souls to Thee repair,
And, Savior we are such.

Our faith is feeble we confess,
We faintly trust Thy word;
But wilt Thou pity us the less?
Be that far from Thee, Lord!

Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief;
“Lord, I believe, with tears he cried,
O help my unbelief.”

She too, who touched Thee in the press,
And healing virtue stole;
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace,
Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Concealed amid the gath’ring throng,
She would have shunned Thy view;
And if her faith was firm and strong,
Had strong misgivings too.

Like her, with hopes and fears, we come,
To touch Thee if we may;
O! send us not despairing home,
Send none unhealed away.

~William Cowper (Olney Hymns)

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Thank you for reading. God bless!

 

 

All Mixed Up And Colorful

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15


  • Temperatures are rising, layers are peeling, so please Sister Show Mercy. Pretty please?
  • Well, we’re all sinners anyway, right? Right! But move on, God won’t accept that excuse, even if scripture backs it up!
  • Maybe this video will help remind us of the One who came to serve and to save. Can others see Him when they look at our smile-less faces and impatient stares?

But wait, that’s not all….

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Post something on your blog that corresponds with each consecutive letter of the alphabet every day (except Sundays) for the month of April. That’s a total of 26 post. On April 1st, your post would be about something that corresponds with the letter A, on April 2nd with the letter B, and so forth. Your posts can be about anything as long as they’re tailored to the letter of the alphabet for each given day.

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Why not?! Meet other bloggers! Make new friends! Gain greater discipline! Embrace a new challenge! Lose some sleep, maybe even some weight, lol! :-)

You can sign up by clicking the above picture or this Arlee Bird link.

“I’ve got so much work to do today,
I’d better spend two hours in prayer instead of one.”

— Martin Luther

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As always, thanks for reading!

Our Love: He Would Only Pick This Flower

I made you grow like a plant of the field. Ezekiel 16:7


It is not so easy to love God as most imagine. The affection of love is natural, but the grace is not. All the strength in men or angels cannot make the heart love God. Ordinances will not do it of themselves, nor judgments; it is only the almighty and invincible power of the Spirit of God can infuse love into the soul.

Love is the most noble and excellent grace. It is a pure flame kindled from heaven; by it we resemble God, who is love. Believing and obeying do not make us like God, but by love we grow like Him. Love is a grace which most delights in God, and is most delightful to Him. Faith is not true, unless it works by love. The waters of repentance are not pure, unless they flow from the spring of love. Love is the incense which makes all our services fragrant and acceptable to God.

Is that unreasonable which God requires? It is but our love. If He should ask our estate, or the fruit of our bodies, could we deny Him? But He asks only our love: He would only pick this flower. Is this a hard request? Was there ever any debt so easily paid as this? We do not at all impoverish ourselves by paying it. Love is no burden.

God desires our love. We have lost our beauty, and stained our blood, yet the King of heaven is a suitor to us. What is there in our love, that God should seek it? What is God the better for our love? He does not need it, He is infinitely blessed in Himself. If we deny Him our love, He has more sublime creatures who pay the cheerful tribute of love to Him. God does not need our love, yet He seeks it.

God has deserved our love; how has He loved us! Our affections should be kindled at the fire of God’s love. What a miracle of love is it, that God should love us, when there was nothing lovely in us. We had something in us to provoke fury, but nothing to excite love. What love, passing understanding, was it, to give Christ to us! That Christ should die for sinners! God has set all the angels in heaven wondering at this love.

If you do not love God, you will love something else, either the world or sin; and are those worthy of your love? Is it not better to love God than these? If you set your love on worldly things, they will not satisfy. You may as well satisfy your body with air, as your soul with earth. If you love worldly things, they cannot remove trouble of mind. If there be a thorn in the conscience, all the world cannot pluck it out.

When you love the world, you love that which is worse than yourselves. But if you love God, you place your love on the most noble and sublime object: you love that which is better than yourselves. God is better than the soul, better than angels, better than heaven.

You may over-love the creature. You may love wine too much, and silver too much; but you cannot love God too much. If we could love God far more than we do, yet it were not proportionate to His worth; so that there is no danger of excess in our love to God. You may love worldly things, and they die and leave you. But if you love God, He is “ a portion for ever” (Psalm 73:26).

If it is better to love God than the world, surely also it is better to love God than sin. What is there in sin, that any should love it? Sin is a debt. Sin is a disease. “The whole head is sick” (Isa. 1: 5). Sin is a misshapen monster. Sin is an enemy. God will save you, sin will damn you; is he not become foolish who loves damnation?

Love is the most abiding grace. This will stay with us when other graces take their farewell. In heaven we shall need no repentance, because we shall have no sin. In heaven we shall not need patience, because there will be no affliction. In heaven we shall need no faith because faith looks at things unseen (Heb.  11:1). But then we shall see God face to face; and where there is vision, there is no need of faith. But when the other graces are out of date, love continues…

Excerpts (arranged and condensed) from
A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson

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Thank you for reading!

So Blind, So Deaf, So Dumb, So Lame, So Dead

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8


So blind, so deaf, so dumb, so lame, so dead

The holy Christian is the greatest miracle.

He can tell you that he was so blind—but now God
has given him eyes to see sin to be the greatest evil;
and Christ to be the choicest good.

He can tell you that once he was so deaf—that though
God called very often and very loudly to him—by His
word and by His works, by His rods at home and by
His judgments abroad, and by his Spirit and conscience,
which were still a-preaching in his bosom—sometimes life,
sometimes death, sometimes heaven, and sometimes hell
—yet he could not hear! But now God has given him a
hearing ear, so that now he can with delight hear the
sweet music of the promises on the one hand; and
with a holy trembling listen to the voice of divine
threatenings on the other hand.

He can tell you that once he was so dumb—that if he
might have had the whole world, he could not have
spoken a good word for God, nor for His ways, nor for
His people, nor for any of His concernments. Oh! but
now his tongue is as the pen of a ready writer—and
he is never better, than when he is a-speaking either
of God, or for God and His concerns. Now he can
contend for the faith, and speak for saints. And though
in some cases he may lack power to act for God—yet he
never lacks a tongue to speak for God. The spouse’s lips
drop honeycombs in Canticles 4:11. Yes, his tongue now
becomes a tree of life, whose leaves are medicinal.

He can tell you that once he was so lame—that he was
not able to move one foot heaven-wards, nor Christ-wards,
nor holiness-wards, etc. But now his feet delight, not only
to go—but to run in all the ways of God’s commands!

Yes, he can tell you that once he was so dead—as to all
his soul-concerns. But now he is alive, and the life that
he leads in the flesh, is by faith in the Son of God, who
has loved him and given Himself for him, Gal. 2:20.

It was by a miracle that the Red Sea was driven back;
and it is no less a miracle—to see a sinner who was
accustomed to do evil—now habituated to do good.

That the tide of sin, which before did run so strong
—should be so easily turned; that the sinner who, a
little before was sailing hellward, and lacked neither
wind nor tide to carry him there—should now suddenly
alter his course, and tack about for heaven—what a
miracle is this! To see . . .
an earthly man become heavenly,
a carnal man become spiritual,
a loose man become precise,
a proud man become humble,
a covetous man become liberal, and
a harsh man become meek, etc.,
is to behold the greatest of miracles!

from The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or,
HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness
by Thomas Brooks, 1662

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Thank you for reading!

All Mixed Up And Ready To Roll

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1


  • And Jeff Peterson, the Lighthearted Calvinist (the best kind), is Just Asking. Don’t miss it! (Just sayin’.)
  • And last but not least, a thank you note from ThXThXTHX:


I thank them for that too… a bunch!

God bless!

 

Photo by Graela