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Jan

23

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Have you ever had a time when you were overwhelmed, in pain, and in a hurry? What about when you thought you were doing a good job covering your feelings, and you were told that you really weren’t covering them at all? Let me tell you a story….

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to vend at a local craft fair. The day before it was to be going on,  we were busily preparing, gathering, and loading supplies. I was not feeling the best, but nevertheless, I was trying to stay cheerful and keep singing. My proud self thought that she was doing pretty well with this task of covering my feelings. Then, in the business of the evening, I scurried past a younger sibling in the hallway. This sibling scowled at me. Quite shocked, I asked if she was ok.

"Yes", she replied calmly, and really quite sweetly. "I was just being a mirror for you."

Oh yes, all of my righteousness is as filthy rags. God’s grace was sufficient for my now humbled self, and I was able to laugh at the remark as I quickly changed my facial expression.

Praise the LORD for younger siblings, and for His kindness and mercy in gently correcting the pride that rises in the hearts of His children. "His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations."



11 Encouraging Mottos

Posted by The Neely Team

Jan

19

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

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Thoughts for 2017

Posted by Jessica

Jan

1

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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

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May you know the blessings of the Lord as you seek, trust, and serve the Lord in 2017! Happy New Year!



Immanuel

Posted by The Neely Team

Dec

21

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

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Little Specks of Pollen

Posted by Jessica

Apr

28

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It’s spring time. The mountains are bursting out in new, vibrant color; blossoms are on the trees; flowers are making their appearance around the yard. With all the beauty of spring also comes pollen. In some areas of the country, cars will turn a greenish-hue as the little particles gather on them. Our porch was getting this way, and needed a good sweeping. With each brush of the broom a little cloud of pollen rose and vanished. I couldn’t help but think about the effects the pollen might have on me if I wasn’t careful….sneezing, watery eyes, and other undesirable reactions. It’s so small – just little bits of pollen. But if in the wrong place it can be very irritating.

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I thought about how inconvenient and unwanted pollen-provoked allergies can be. Miserable, at times. But, more repulsive than pollen in my eyes is sin in the eyes of the just, holy God. To me, it might seem but a small sin, but to God, it is sin. Sin that is repulsive. Sin that made the Father turn His back on His Son. Sin that sent Jesus to the cross.

Makes my heart cry: “…Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:12b-14

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Feb

9

How beautiful when the LORD uses the words – written or spoken – of other believers to give insight to our journey through this life! Several months ago, I came across this brief exhortation late one evening, and it blessed and encouraged me immensely.

“…Cheer up your heart, poor, timid child of God. You may not be able to see your way on earth, but turn your eyes to heaven, and gaze long and lovingly there. You do not need to see the path down below, because He has said He will guide you, and you know the darkness and light are both alike to Him. Put your hand in His and trust Him, for ‘by His light you shall walk through darkness.’”

Susannah Spurgeon

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Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye… Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psalm 32



The Gifts He Gives

Posted by Victoria

Jan

11

Through out this Christmas season, we have seen how the Father delights to give gifts to His children – good gifts. Gifts that demonstrate how His “merciful kindness is great toward us.” (Psalm 117:2)

The first of these gifts was that three of us were able to play in an orchestra, put together to accompany a choir in a lovely Christmas cantata conducted by Dr. Tim Fisher. We know of two more souls being saved into the eternal Kingdom of Christ – for this we praise Him.

I’m sure there are many more gifts and blessings that were bestowed on us through all through last month, any one of which would be worth remembering and mentioning. However, there is one gift that stands in the forefront of all of our minds. Just a few days after Christmas, someone noticed an unknown vehicle coming in the driveway, which immediately set everyone wondering who could be coming- Mom went out first to see who it was, and one by one we each followed to see what the excitement was about. To say the very least, we were surprised… to be more descriptive, we were shocked, electrified, ecstatic, amazed, dumbfounded, nearly speechless, grateful.

We saw standing in our garage dear people who we had not seen in nearly two years, but with whom we had not extensive opportunity to visit in more than seven years. Our dearly beloved first violin teacher and her husband, who was also our music pastor several years ago, had come by to say “hello,” on their way out of town. These dear ones moved to the beautiful but too-far-away state of Wyoming nearly nine years ago, and their unexpected arrival at our home was such a blessing to us! We talked for a precious few minutes, and then saw them back on their way to the West.

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Thank you Pr. Joseph & Mrs. Sarah for brightening our day, our entire Christmas season, and most importantly, our hearts. You demonstrate the beautiful love and joy of God to us. We love you, and praise the Lord for you!

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With a grateful heart, I lift my voice in adoration

to the Lord of earth and sky and sea.

He is Creator of all, the God who rules and reigns above.

Yet so tenderly He cares for me

With His everlasting love.

 

Boundless grace, and mercy overflowing,

Peace that floods my soul, salvation rich and free!

Joy that fills my heart, and love that knows no measure:

These are the Gifts He gives to me!

 

I am so blessed to be a Child of King.

As I follow where He leads, He makes my spirit sing!

 

Boundless grace, and mercy overflowing,

Peace that floods my soul, salvation rich and free!

Joy that fills my heart, and love that knows no measure:

These are the gifts, the precious gifts-

These are the gifts the Father gives to me!

 

The Gifts He Gives to Me, by Cindy Berry. ©2006 GlorySound.



Liberty: the Freedom to Obey

Posted by Victoria

Dec

28

When we were in Iowa for the Freedom 2015 Conference, we had the privilege of meeting Mr. W. and his dog, Freckles. What a blessing to see the way he communicates the truth of God’s Word with his pet.

Enjoy!

 



Give Me Jesus

Posted by Kathryn

Dec

22

This past weekend, while browsing through our family-favorite calendar, I was immensely blessed by one of the hymns that I saw. At first, it simply reminded me of a young choir we heard sing it once, stirring up memories of their gorgeous harmony and heart-felt expression.

But as it kept coming to mind throughout the day, I had to look it up to complete the fragments that kept ending abruptly in my brain.

It was then that I fully realized what the LORD had for me in this lovely old hymn. Among many other things, it struck me that the message communicated through the lyrics make this song very appropriate for the week of Christmas, especially having very recently walked through the passing of a dear member of our extended family. Faced again with the reality of death, the nearness of eternity, and the urgency of living each moment for the glory of our King… we are all seeing this Christmas season from a slightly different perspective. And in a society where the true meaning of the season has been belittled until, in many places, it is non-existent, this song contains much-needed truth.

 

Take the World, but Give Me Jesus
Fanny J. Crosby

Take the world, but give me Jesus, all it’s joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever, through eternal years the same.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me, I can sing while billows roll.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey light will cheer me all the while.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, in His cross my trust shall be;
Till, with clearer, brighter vision, face to face my LORD I see.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption, pledge of endless life above.

 

What a JOY to be gathered with dear family to celebrate the coming of our Savior to this world. What a blessing to be able to express love to others through giving. What a treasure to be able to enjoy the sights and smells of the season. Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year, and each special moment is truly a gift of God to be enjoyed to the fullest.

But within the depths of our hearts, “take the world, but give me Jesus…” should be our cry. Emmanuel – God with us – was manifest that we might know the height and depth of His mercy, the length and breadth of His love, the fullness of His redemption, the promise of life above…

This Christmas season, may our hearts respond to this abundant, fathomless GIFT by asking for more… of Him.

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Wait on the LORD

Posted by Kathryn

Dec

1

How beautiful to see the LORD bring songs in perfect timing with what the seasons through which we are passing hold for us. What mercy, what grace, what comfort!

Though I have known them for most of my life, the lyrics below have been a fresh source of encouragement and strength in recent days. I pray they will be a blessing to you as well.

 

Wait on the LORD
Joe Zichterman

Tho’ the pathway before you uncertain may be,
Trust the LORD no good thing to withhold back from thee.
He is perfect in wisdom and faithful to bless.
Trust His Word; in His time He will give you His best.

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not faint.
Wait, I say, wait on the LORD.

Be not weary in waiting, for love suffers long;
If you faint not, you’ll reap when the harvest is come.
Run with patience the race as you rest on His Word,
For your testing will teach you to wait on the LORD.

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Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me… when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me… he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Micah 7:7-9

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:24-26

…thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. Isaiah 49:23