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Archive for the 'Timeless Reminders' Category

How Big is A “Step?”

Posted by Victoria

Jun

15

We often encourage one another when beginning and/or continuing projects to take things “a step at a time.” What we mean, of course, is that some tasks are simply to big for us to (humanly, anyway) tackle in a short amount of time and will therefore require several segments of dedicated time over many days, weeks, months, and sometimes years.

Another aspect is the encouragement found in Psalm 119:105 – God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light to our path, and also that our Lord will provide sufficient grace for today. (Matthew 6:34, 2 Corinthians 12:9) From these passages, we can gather the truth that, as we meditate on and delight in the inspired and inerrant Word of God, we will be directed by the Holy Spirit to take the “next step” of our lives, and that His grace will be with us in every dark time through which we must pass.

But how big is a “step?”

I know that when I have a daunting task, it only makes logical sense to work toward the goal in small increments of improvement or accomplishment. If I have a hundred miles to walk, I can’t cross the finish line in a day, or a week, or in two weeks, unless I drop all else and make walking my #1 priority. But what goes into walking a hundred miles, anyway (we’ve already considered the time factor). It’s kind of obvious, really, but at the same time, it isn’t. It’s a case of not being able to see the forest through the trees, if you will. The answer? Steps. Lots of steps. Lots of little, tiny, probably-less-than-two-and-a-half-feet-long steps. Now for a math lesson.

There are 5280 feet in a mile. Multiply by 100 miles. That’s 528,000 feet. Don’t panic yet; that’s not our final answer. And just in case you hadn’t noticed, that’s more than half a million feet. Exhausting. Now let’s divide that by 2.5, since we are assuming that a “step” is 2.5 feet in length. Relief! Only 211,200 steps to take. This should be easy; not even a quarter of a million steps. No problem.

Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. This could get old fast if you dwell on the written form for too long. Even if I only wrote until Step 22 you’d probably stop reading and turn off your computer. But this is a reality. A step is not a quarter of a mile. A step isn’t even tenth of a mile, or a twentieth. It’s just a step. That’s all.

I’ve had quite the time of it, the past two and a half years. A massive road to walk that would require head-aching, skull-stretching, mind-boggling study, experimentation, and work. To me, it was like trying to walk 1000 miles. And to make things worse, the tools I needed to have in proper working order kept malfunctioning. (Imagine if you broke both of your legs on Step 2.)

The grace of the Lord has been so evident in the past week or so. I decided, after a long time of broken-leg-healing, if you will, to try it again. To get back in the saddle. To take my walking sticks in hand and start walking. Just one step, I told myself. I prayed for grace and re-surrendered my life, time, and talents. I determined to stay at it for one hour that first day. That should be almost long enough, if not quite, for 1 or 2 baby steps, I reasoned. I next determined to set boundaries on my stopping time. I couldn’t wimp out and give it a half-hearted effort, but nor could I reinjure my “legs.” They’re still healing, don’t forget.

God’s grace has been amazing to experience. I’ve “walked” 11 Steps! Oh, to be sure, that’s only 27.5 feet – a far cry from even a quarter of a mile (which is, by the way, 1320 feet). But 11 Steps. It’s progress. It resembles the tiny, invisible growth of a seedling. It’s the beginning of the change wrought in the landscape with the passing of seasons. It’s almost imperceptible. But it’s there. It may feel like the step from a fishing boat onto a stormy sea. But there’s a Master waiting to walk with you in your Step of Faith. And that makes all the difference.



Psalm 139:3

Posted by Jessica

May

17

Though I was Bound

Posted by Susanna

Jan

17

Though I was bound in chains of sin,
I now am free; Christ reigns within.

His love and mercy I now trust,
For Satan’s rule my Saviour crushed.

My Master is the King of Kings;
His glorious praise, fore’er I’ll sing.

Someday on heaven’s blissful shore,
I’ll praise His name forever more.

‘Till all my life on earth is done,
In me may others see God’s Son.



Nov

16

A few weeks ago our family started a diet. This diet didn’t allow for any sugar.  Well, this doesn’t work very well with our tradition of getting Blizzards from Dairy Queen when we go to work with Daddy. On the second week of this diet my brother and I got to go with Daddy on his overnight business trip. Were we going to “fall off the wagon” by yielding to the strong temptation of getting the Blizzards that we REALLY wanted, or were we going to choose the right option, and refrain? When we got home someone would ask us what we had eaten, and whether or not we had been “good.”  What would we say: that we had not given in, or that we had?

Although we didn’t yield and get the Blizzards that time, it taught me a lesson.  It is the same in our spiritual lives. We are frequently tempted by various things in life, but we must remember that we will one day stand before God and give an account of the temptations that we gave in to. How inadequate our earthly excuse will be in comparison to His righteous law.

P.S.  We still get them when we aren’t on a diet. 



Nov

3

A few days ago we were on our way to Greenville, SC when we were once again reminded of God’s presence and protection. We were going over a two-lane, curvy, mountain road before sunrise. As we rounded a bend, we suddenly saw two  sets of headlights coming straight toward the front of our van, as an oncoming vehicle passed another vehicle. God gave the driver of our van an extremely fast response, and moved us off the road, away from the on-coming vehicle. We were within inches of a head-on collision.

Looking back we realize that God had prepared a place for our van as we swerved off the road; there was a driveway at exactly the right place, and so we were able to swerve onto that instead of into a ditch. There was even a mailbox beside the road that the LORD allowed us to miss.

It is such a comfort to know that God is always with us. “Lo, I am with you always.” Our merciful Savior spared us from what would have ended with disaster.

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” -Psalm 34:7-



God is Sufficient

Posted by Susanna

Oct

9

When I’ve been tested,
When I am tried,
God is my Shepherd,
He is my Guide.

He’s my Beloved,
He is my Friend,
Who sticketh closer
Than a brother can.

God is my Refuge,
In Him I Hide
He is my Comfort,
In Him I confide.

His love, amazing,
Is infinite;
His boundless mercy:
Completely free!

His riven side,
for you and me,
Shed perfect blood
On Calv’ry’s tree.

O, weak one, trust Him!
He’ll give you strength:
His yoke is easy,
His burden is light.

Christ is sufficient
For all your needs;
Give your life to Christ;
He deserves your praise!



Call unto Me

Posted by Lauren

Sep

14

“Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.” Psalm 22:4-5, 24-26

My God wants to hear from me.  God desires to hear me call upon Him. God allows the unfavorable circumstances so that He can deliver. Am I looking around at all my sins and problems or am I asking my dear Savior for strength, courage, and hope?

“We manifest in our bodies what we harbor in our thoughts.” – Unknown  Am I harboring thoughts of doubt, fear, and disobedience, and thus manifesting that in my actions? Even though we are Christians, we are nearly incurable of suspicion toward God.

He wants all of my trust to rest securely in Him. What promises He gives to those who will seek God and trust in Him. Isaiah 30:15 “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” I don’t want to be one of those who “would not,” but rather one who returns and trusts Christ. God most greatly covets mankind’s trust in Him. I must simply trust and obey.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

“…LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

“… and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 30:21b-22

 

 



What if it Were Today

Posted by Susanna

Sep

13

Jesus is coming to earth again–
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign–
What if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide–
What if it were today?

Chorus
Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ’twill bring;
Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory! Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory! Jesus will come someday.

Satan’s dominion will then be o’er–
O that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more–
O that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?

Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
If He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply,
Morning light breaks in eastern sky;
Watch, for the time is drawing nigh–
What if it were today?

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:8



Lessons from Sunflowers

Posted by Susanna

Aug

15

Have you ever admired the beauty of sunflowers? The brilliant yellow pedals, the life giving seeds, and the tall green stems with large green leaves. All were created by the magnificient Creator of the universe. Sunflowers have many things that we can learn from them.

It is evident that sunflowers keep their faces turned to the sun. This is an encouragment to me to keep my eyes on the Son of God, our gracious Saviour. He is trustworthy, and He wants us to trust Him with every aspect of our daily lives. He knows our past, our future, and what we are going through today. We must follow the example of sunflowers and keep our focus on the Son.

Sunflowers are servants. They give their lives for others. They provide pollen for the bees. In dying, they not only drop their seeds so that more sunflowers can be given life, but they also provide protein-rich food for the birds. We as Christians, need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, giving our lives to God, and becoming true servants, who are faithful in all things.

Sunflowers give glory to God by doing exactly what they were designed to do. They stand tall and look to the sun. They don’t try to hide in the grass and turn purple: They were not made to be violets. They are yellow sunflowers. We don’t need to be afraid of what other people think. All that matters is that we do exactly what God wants us to do. He created us to be exactly who we are for a reason.

I hope that you have the same appreciation for sunflowers that I have. Keep looking to the Son of God!



An Analogous Portrait in Words

Posted by Victoria

Aug

14

The rain had fallen heavily the evening before, and as she stood enjoying the warmth of the July sun, a beautiful sight caught her eye. Her attention was captured for the moment, as she gazed into an unsightly puddle not far distant. Unsightly indeed to the casual observer, for it is puddles like this that muddy the skirts and damage shoes. But oh! how lovely it was to an eye sharpened to keen observation of artistic comeliness. For in the puddle was reflected the summer sky, brilliant with large, white clouds of the most airy appearance. And to add to the lustre of the scene, small rainbows flitted at the edges, always evading direct attention, but there, nonetheless.

What a scene, rich with an analogous truth of God’s mercy! For though she gazed toward the ground, her eyes were soon dazzled with an unmatched view of the heavenlies.