We recently came across a letter from our dear friend, Uncle Bill, which contained some mottos that have blessed his life and ministry. Sometimes the most simple truth can be such a great encouragement.
- “For the Word of the Lord is right: and all His works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:4
- The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God will not sustain you.
- The knowing plus the doing of the will of God equals life.
- Little is much if God is in it, and much is little if God is not in it.
- The flesh (human nature apart from God) has a one-word vocabulary: more!
- He who does what he pleases is never pleased with what he does.
- Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
- Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.
- No disaster is greater than underestimating the enemy.
- Faith demands obedience, with God being responsible for all consequences.
- “For of Him and through Him, and to Him are all things: to Whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
As our family gathers to remember the faithfulness of the Lord in 2016 and also lay out some goals and plans for 2017, some specific thoughts stood out to me.
- God is always good.
- We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future; and He is faithful!
- The worst thing that can happen to me is for me to have my own way (Proverbs 1:30-31).
- God’s Word is a refuge for us.
- “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting, get understanding. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:7, 13
- “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Trust the Lord, and soar to new heights!
- Goals are important. But it is equally important to hold those goals with an open hand. Let the Lord lead.
- We have time for everything we’re supposed to do. If God calls us to do something, He will supply the time and energy. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
May you know the blessings of the Lord as you seek, trust, and serve the Lord in 2017! Happy New Year!
When once I mourned a load of sin,
When conscience felt a wound within,
When all my works were thrown away,
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel!
When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,
That word, Thy name, Immanuel!
When for the truth I suffer shame,
When foes pour scandal on my name,
When cruel taunts and jeers abound,
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell,
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel!
When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,
When Satan stops my path before,
When fiends rejoice and wait my end,
When legion’d hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel!
When down the hill of life I go,
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,
When in the deep’ning flood I sink,
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell,
Thy lovely name, Immanuel!
When tears are banished from mine eye,
When fairer worlds than these are nigh,
When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel!
by Charles H. Spurgeon
Just in time for Christmas! Aubrey Elliott and Victoria Neely have finished a second book for solo harp, this time focusing on the birth of the Savior. Pre-order Promise Fulfilled today, and use coupon code PromisesShipped2016 to receive free shipping checkout on all orders of books and music!
Titles include: O Come, Little Children, Once in Royal David’s City, See in Yonder Manger Low, Joy to the World, and more!
This story begins weeks before when we heard an unusual and loud noise while driving back from Greenville in the “Big Van”… our beloved, white, fifteen-passenger “Grizzly.” A couple of weeks go by, and “the noise” comes and goes…
On Monday last week, Jessica and Victoria took the “Grizzly” to town to get the oil changed while they were running another errand. When they left home, the van was making “the noise” quite loudly, and so they called Patrick… they called him again as they continued to drive when they noticed that the battery light had come on.
He called them (third phone call) to check on them… and as they approached the intersection to turn into town, Jessica realized she had no brakes or steering! … But at least the noise was gone!
God turned the red light to a green arrow so Jessi was able to make the necessary right-hand turn into town (by “man-handling” the van). She then was able to get into the left turn lane, and because God cleared the traffic (again), she was able to once again man-handle the van into the NAPA parking lot and get it stopped. The NAPA store was the original destination!
Praise the Lord – for safety for the girls as they lost all brakes and steering! That the belt broke (yes, that was the problem!) at the very intersection where the auto shop was that was going to change the oil; that we didn’t lose the steering or brakes as we came over the mountains on our way back from Greenville… the place where the noise first happened. Praise the Lord it happened in our own town with “our mechanic” there to repair it!; and that it happened “at home,” not en route to Texas, the 1600+ mile trip we left for three days later.
What an amazing evidence of God’s provision, protection, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, and grace.
How I praise Him.
As you read the following verses, let each word soak into your heart, allowing the truths of these promises to penetrate into your mind and transform your thinking.
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” – Psalm 25:12-14
“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” – Psalm 103:17
“He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” – Psalm 145:19
“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” – Psalm 147:11
“The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” – Proverbs 19:23
How great is the goodness, mercy, and love of our Lord!
To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!
For those of you who are not able to attend the wedding, Lord-willing it will be live streamed on Daniel & Kathryn’s website.
Looking forward to what the Lord has in store!
With Kathryn’s soon approaching wedding, a dear friend hosted a bridal shower to start the bride off with some new kitchen essentials. Such a blessing! It was an evening of sweet fellowship and laughter as we celebrated this new season of Kathryn’s life.
The menu was a bountiful salad buffet and ice cream bar!
It is with great joy that I invite you to visit Daniel & Kathryn’s new website! It’s been a blessing to watch my little sister wait for the Lord’s perfect timing, seek His very best, communicate with this incredible young man, and then say “YES!” when the big question was asked.
Can’t wait to see how the Lord will use this dynamic team to advance His kingdom. I’m a blessed big sister!
Psalm 31:19 – “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”