The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
|Joe, Jaynie, and their dad just before they said their final good-bye|
|An orphan who attached himself to Lissie for the day|
|Walking up the aisle as brand-new husband and wife|
"A special faith in our Lord Jesus Christ's person, work and office, is the life, heart and mainspring of the Christian soldier's character.
"He sees by faith an unseen Saviour, who loved him, gave Himself for him, paid his debts, bore his sins, carried his transgressions, rose again for him, and appears in heaven for him as his Advocate at the right hand of God. He sees Jesus and clings to Him. Seeing this Saviour and trusting in Him, he feels peace and hope and willingly does battle against the foes of his soul.
"He sees his own many sins, his weak heart, a tempting world, a busy devil, and if he looked only at them he might despair. But he sees also a mighty Saviour, an interceding Saviour, a sympathizing Saviour -- His blood, His righteousness, His everlasting priesthood -- and he believes that all this is his own. He sees Jesus and casts his whole weight on Him. Seeing Him, he cheerfully fights on, with a full confidence that he will prove more than conqueror through Him that loved him (Rom. 8:37)Holiness by J.C. Ryle, pgs. 56,57
"...you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." (1 Peter 2:9,10 emphasis mine)God is so good!
"Afford her all the direction, defense, support, and consolation her journey requires, and grant her a mind stayed upon thee." (pg. 119)
"Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1,2 NASB)As I've already said, I wasn't humble yesterday morning. When humility departed so did gentleness of spirit and patience and tolerance.
"Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up, that it might benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)I've learned it takes work to find things I can say to each child that builds that child up. I've also learned that the effort necessary pays off in a thousand sweet ways. However, yesterday I wasn't willing to work at encouraging my children. In my place of quiet, destructive pride, I viewed my kids as unworthy of the effort it takes to build them up and encourage them. This was rebellion against my God. What irony! Numerous times yesterday morning I corrected a child for rebelling against me.
|Samuel Barros and me way back in January 2010. The group we were with celebrated that month's birthdays.|
"For You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)