Precious Time

Our power went out for a good bit of the afternoon/early evening rather unexpectedly here today.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, so I figured it wasn’t weather-related; but didn’t learn until later that someone had hit a power pole down the road from us. Mystery solved. =]

This post is not about the power being out, but rather the precious time I got to spend with my younger siblings as we awaited the lights to turn back on. I was babysitting, and since Mama decided to bring supper in while she was out, we had plenty of time to sit and chat.

As we sat in the family room, illuminated in beautiful candlelight, I pondered how to best spend the time. We ended up going through the scripture memory verses we are working on. We sang every Christmas song my three-year-old sister, Merry, knows by heart. We sang goofy songs. We practiced the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. We went through catechism questions. We recited a poem I’ve been teaching them in the mornings during preschool time. We sang and signed our ABC’s. We laughed. We told jokes. We screamed at the top of our lungs sang “Happy Birthday” to “nobody”.

I am so thankful for the gift of time God gives us each and every day. He is merciful and chooses to bless us even when we least deserve it. My prayer is that God would show me how to make the most of every single moment. That he would help me to redeem the time for His glory and not my own.

“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” — Psalm 90:12
 

I am so thankful for the time he gave me this evening to talk to my siblings. Our time here on earth is so short. Are we taking for granted the little blessings God sprinkles in our life each day? Are we making the most of every moment? Are we seeking to leave a Godly legacy?

Just a thought to ponder this evening.

A Psalm for Sunday…

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

                                                                           — Psalm 100

A blessed Sunday to all! =]

~Courtney

So blessed…

Over the past few weeks, we have been going through an amazing and complex set of events. The good, the bad, the ugly, the wonderful- it feels like we have seen it all.

As we have been working through all of these things, I am reminded we serve an amazing God. Through His grace, He provides strength and encouragement through many different ways. One of the most wonderful ways He has shown us His love during this time has been the immense amount of encouragement we have received from the body of Christ as a whole. Our church family and other like-minded friends from near-and-far have been reaching out to us in so many ways. We are thankful for the many prayers, encouraging phone calls, emails and blog comments…the meals, the unexpected visits just to say “Hi”, checking to see if errands can be ran for us and *so* many other things have been such a blessing to my family and I during this time. Thank you to everyone for keeping us in prayer!

The following verses came to mind as I was thinking about this particular blog post:

1 Corinthians 12 (ESV)
Spiritual Gifts

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

One Body with Many Members

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.”

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I am thankful that God, in His divine providence, chose to make us, as Christians, a family as a whole. Each member of the body of Christ serves a unique purpose, has a unique gift and a unique role to serve in the church. How beautiful it is to see everyone come together and help one another when needs arise! May we always be vigilant of ways we can serve and help others in their times of need. <3 Many, *many* blessings to you as you go about your week! =] ~Miss C.

His Grace is Sufficient for Me

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

There are days when I am *so* very thankful the LORD gives us grace. Wonderful, all-sufficient grace.

This has been one of the most stressful days of my life. While I am not at liberty to share details at this time, I do want to share that I am thankful God carries us through when we don’t have the strength to make it through ourselves.

When our burdens seem too large to conquer.

When life’s mountains are too tall to cross…

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” — Philippians 4:13

With the LORD, all things are possible. I am thankful for such a sweet reminder of His love and care for us. <3 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:28-31

Thank you, dear Lord, for your tender care as we traverse the paths of life. Thank you for the sacrifice you made that we might live with you forever in eternity. <3

Whate’er My God Ordains is Right

We sang my most favorite hymn at church this morning. I thought I would share it here for all of you on this glorious LORD’s day!

Whate’er My God Ordains is Right by Samuel Rodigast

“Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His holy will abideth;
I will be still whate’er He doth;
And follow where He guideth;
He is my God; though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to Him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path:
I know He will not leave me.
I take, content, what He hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,
And patiently I wait His day.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His loving thought attends me;
No poison can be in the cup
That my Physician sends me.
My God is true; each morn anew
I’ll trust His grace unending,
My life to Him commending.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He is my Friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm,
Though many storms may gather,
Now I may know both joy and woe,
Some day I shall see clearly
That He hath loved me dearly.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking.
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken.
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:
And so to Him I leave it all.”

A very blessed Sunday to all!

Sola Deo Gloria,
~Courtney