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When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.” ~ John Milton
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Max Ehrmann (1927)
My life is but a weaving, between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors, He worketh steadily.
Oftimes He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride
forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
Not til the loom is silent, and the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas, and explain the reasons why
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver’s Hand
as threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares, Nothing this truth can dim
He gives His very best to those who leave the choice with Him. ~ Anonymous
Once to every man and nation,
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with false-hood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision,
Offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
‘Twixt that darkness and that light.
Then to side with truth is noble,
When we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses,
While the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue, of the faith they had denied.
Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
AND, BEHIND THE DIM UNKNOWN,
STANDETH GOD WITHIN THE SHADOW,
KEEPING WATCH ABOVE HIS OWN. ~ James Russell Lowell
“And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse . . . that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat and die.” I Kings 17:12 (King James Version)
The barrel that was once filled with meal was now touching bottom. Only a few morsels remained. For days she stretched the crumbs as far as she could and was finally at the point of giving up.
Habitually, her son would listen to the sound of the spoon as it scraped against the sides of the barrel as she gathered enough meal for the little cake they shared each day. But today the sound of the spoon against the barrel was different. It was hollow and piercing and seemed to re-echo throughout the barrel and bounce off the walls of the house.
His mother had cried for days, but when she left the barrel this day her tears seemed more sorrowful and her cries more unsettling. He walked over to the table where she was sitting, wiped her tears and said something that you and I would do well to remember: “Mother, don’t cry because God hears the scraping” What a wonderful reminder when the faithful lose heart.
In this economy, with so many facing bankruptcy, home foreclosures, job security, mounting bills, emptying bank accounts and maxed out credit cards, it’s understandable to feel helpless and alone. But we must never forget our God is ALWAYS faithful and:
No matter how bleak things may seem.
No matter the state of our hearts, health, or heads.
No matter whether we have jobs or the jobs have us,
No matter whether we are homeless, helpless, or hopeless
No matter whether we have friends, fans, followers, or are all alone
NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH:
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear: Isaiah 59:1
GOD “KNOWS THE WAYS THAT WE TAKE” AND IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. BEFORE WE EVER NEAR THE BOTTOMS OF OUR SITUATIONS — GOD HAS ALREADY HEARD THE SCRAPING!!
FAITH is utterly important to God and, if the truth be told, we have all experienced, are experiencing, or will experience many faith crises in our lives. Crises of faith can be momentary, seasonal, or long-lasting, but for certain they will come.
Faith Crises are those despairing moments when we navigate life’s storm-tossed seas unmindful of the Master’s presence.
They are times when we earnestly need Jesus’ Prayer that our faith will not fail us.
They are those critical instants when we can only say, “Lord, I believe, but help thou my unbelief.”
They are the crucial moments after suffering great losses, when we must know that GOD IS ALL WE NEED!!
They are times when it is good to remember our “God Moments .”
Faith Crises are TESTS. They are TESTS to trust God’s plan and God’s timing for our lives and they must be taken until passed.
As we walk our paths of faith, we soon discover that we are placed in situations to need miracles and only God can perform them. And many times, as Alicia Britt Chole submits, sometimes we are “cornered into helplessness,” where NO ONE can help us but God! When we appear down for the count, it is important for others to witness the glory of God in our deliverance.
What do you do when you do not know what to do? What do you do when you are at the proverbial “Red Sea,”the enemy is on your heels and the impossible is stretched before you? How will you navigate these critical crossroads of faith? God says, “Be still and KNOW that I AM GOD–Either you trust me or you don’t!”
Beloveds, these are challenging times that test our spirits, our sanity and most of all our faith. Times will come when we are pressed on every side, with nowhere to run and nowhere to look but up. How will the Lord respond to us: “O ye of little faith . . . ,” or “I have not seen so great a faith. . . .”
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” We must Believe because God is faithful even when our faith waivers or wanes. And the Best News is, God has promised “NOTHING is impossible to those who believe.”
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the Grace to live past my moments of despair. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalm 56:3
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 (KJV)
I have discovered that the best cure for self-pity and complaint is to consider the plight of others before our own. No matter what we are going through, there is always someone who is going through and enduring that same thing at a deeper level. A visit to any type of shelter, foster care facility, nursing home, or hospital ICU is a sobering and transforming experience. Better still, simply reading or watching the daily news will open our eyes. What keeps me humbled and focused is something I read many years ago: “I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
We are Blessed as Christians because we have God’s promise that no matter what we are going through, God will never leave nor forsake us. More importantly, we have God’s Holy Word. And if we will read, study and rely on it, it has the power to nourish and fortify our spirits.
Before we take our concerns to social media, we should take them to the Lord in prayer and trust our omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent God for the results. God hears every prayer, and will answer in God’s own time and way. And when we are ready to listen and not take matters into our own ill-equipped hands–God does speak. When we learn to truly and fully trust God in advance of every Blessing, we learn that God is faithful, just and inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
So, beloveds, we should never lose our faith. We should never lose our hope nor our love, but most of all—WE SHOULD NEVER LOSE OUR PRAISE!!!
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150 King James Version (KJV))