Repost from May, 2013 – Follow the Thread

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Good Afternoon

Have faith in God. Mark 11:22

In the catacombs, we are told, explorers take a thread with them through all the dark passages and tortuous windings, and by this thread find their way back again to the light. There is such a thread running through all the dark corridors with we tread, and if we simply, practically trust in God we shall steer past every peril and land in the world of light. This is the counsel to remember in all the perplexities of our actual life.

There is an answer to every questioning “Why” It is this: Have Faith in God.

Have faith that He knows all, sympathizes with all, can rectify, what is amiss in all! Have faith in the outworking of His beneficent purpose: that the ruin will become a magnificent pile; the desert will blossom into a garden. Have faith in God. Keep close to Him–His side, His will–and He will teach us the true thing, the right way. Have faith that God knows and that we shall know by and by, why things are as they are. “Selected

Follow the thread of faith . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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The Consecrated Soul


Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

I am the Almighty God; walk before me,
and be thou perfect.–Genesis 17:1

Consecrate yourselves to-day to the Lord.
–Exodus 32:29.

I have noticed that wherever there has been
a faithful following of the Lord in a consecrated soul,
several things have inevitably followed, sooner or later.
Meekness and quietness of spirit become in time
the characteristics of the daily life.
A submissive acceptance of the will of God
as it comes in the hourly events of each day;
pliability in the hands of God to do
or to suffer all the good pleasure of His will;
sweetness under provocation;
calmness in the midst of turmoil and bustle;
yieldingness to the wishes of others,
and an insensibility to slights and affronts;
absence of worry or anxiety;
deliverance from care and fear;
–all these, and many similar graces,
are invariably found to be the natural outward development
of that inward life which is hid with Christ in God.

from Streams in the Desert volume 1.

Five Minute Friday – Park

Joining with Kate at Heading Home

For five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.”

This week’s prompt – Park

Put it into Park!








At the end of the long day
sitting in the car in the driveway
Put the car into park.
turn of the key.
Sit in the silence for a moment
before the next phase of the day.
You can fill in the blanks.

but let’s pause in that wee quiet time
before we open the door
and try to carry all the bags at once.

Be in the present
Be in His presence
Be still
Whisper Thanks
Ask for Grace
Trust in His Love.

Parking just might be the very best time of the day.


Psalm 46:10-11
Let be and be still, and know
(recognize and understand)
that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations!
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our Refuge
(our High Tower and Stronghold).
[pause, and calmly think of that]!

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God’s Mercy and Loving-kindness


Your mercy and lovingkindness, O Lord, extend to the skies,
and Your faithfulness [reaches] to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God,
Your judgments are like the great deep.
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.

How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!
The children of men take refuge
and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

They relsisih and feast on the abundance of Your house;
and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures.

For with You is the fountain of life
[the fountain of life-giving water];
in Your light do we see light.

O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
Your righteousness (salvation) the upright in heart.

Psalm 36:5-10
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Five Minute Friday – Mail

Joining with Kate at Heading Home

For five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.

This week’s prompt -Mail










Mail was an important part of my life growing up
Birthday cards with a two dollar bill from Grandma
Many Christmas cards, bright, hung from yarn around the room
Letters from family from far away

Later, I found im my mail box
Christmas cards – Happy New Year
and from my mother-in-law and mother
Happy birthday and Happy Anniversary cards

Bills are paid on line
Ads pop-up on blogs I read
Messenger & Texting come from family and friends









When I visit my mailbox every 10 days or so
only medical bills and information
some catalogs
at Christmas cards come but fewer each year
but mostly Junk.
except for Mom,
she is still sending Birthday greetings
and Anniversary ‘Best Wishes’
The very very most important pieces of mail I could every receive.
Just like getting a mother’s kiss.

Greet one another with an holy kiss.
2Corinthians 13:12

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In Nothing Stay Anxious

fall-101316It’s beginning to look like fall!

Do not be anxious about anything.
Instead, in every situation,
through prayer and petition with thanksgiving,
tell your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

No anxiety ought to be found in a believer.
Great, many and varied may be our trials,
our afflictions, our difficulties,
and yet there should be no anxiety
under any circumstances,
because we have a Father in Heaven who is almighty,
who loves His children as He loves His only-begotten Son,
and whose very joy and delight it is to succor
and help them at all times and under all circumstances.
We should attend to the Word,

“In nothing be anxious,
but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.”

“In everything,” that is not merely when the house is on fire,
not merely when the beloved wife
and children are on the brink of the grave,
but in the smallest matters of life,
bring everything before God,
the little things,
the very little things,
what the world calls trifling things–everything–
living in holy communion with our Heavenly Father,
and with our precious Lord Jesus all day long.
And when we awake at night,
by a kind of spiritual instinct again turning to Him,
and speaking to Him,
bringing our various little matters
before Him in the sleepless night,
the difficulties in connection with the family,
our trade, our profession.
Whatever tries us in any way,
speak to the Lord about it.

“By prayer and supplication,”
taking the place of beggars,
with earnestness,
with perseverance,
going on and waiting,
waiting on God.

“With thanksgiving.”
We should at all times lay a good foundation with thanksgiving.
If everything else were wanting,
this is always present,
that He has saved us from hell.
Then, that He has given us His Holy Word–
His Son, His choicest gift–
and the Holy Spirit.
Therefore we have abundant reason for thanksgiving.
O let us aim at this!

“And the peace of God which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
And this is so great a blessing,
so real a blessing,
so precious a blessing,
that it must be known experimentally to be entered into,
for it passeth understanding.
O let us lay these things to heart,
and the result will be,
if we habitually walk in this spirit,
we shall far more abundantly glorify God,
than as yet we have done.
–George Mueller, in Life of Trust

Five Minute Friday – Test

Joining with Kate at Heading Home

For five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.”

This week’s prompt – Test

Testing, Testing, Testing

Do you hear me?

Am I speaking clearly?

Do you understand what I am saying?

Are you willing to follow my words?

As with Samuel –
God called “Samuel, Samuel”

Can I anwser
“Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.”

This is my test.

willing to follow the directions

I do not like tests.

I always worry about my answers.
(Even eye exams – did I give the right answer?
Is the 1st ‘click’ or the 2nd ‘click’ clearer?)

What does God want me to learn from my tests?
God, first, wants me to listen.
Secondly, God’s desire for me is willingness to try.
Thirdly, God wants me to lean on Him during the test and
not on my own understanding.

I may not always get an ‘A’ on God’s test,
but I can receive a “Well Done”.

That is good enough for me.


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Let Us Lay Aside Every Weight

march-29-30-yp-cabin-trip-033 Lay all our weights at the foot of the cross

Hebrews 12:1-2
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

There are weights which are not sins in themselves,
but which become distractions and stumbling blocks
in our Christian progress.
One of the worst of these is despondency.
The heavy heart is indeed a weight that will surely
drag us down in our holiness and usefulness.

The failure of Israel to enter the land of promise
began in murmuring, or,
as the text in Numbers literally puts it,
“as it were murmured.”
Just a faint desire to complain and be discontented.
This led on until it blossomed
and ripened into rebellion and ruin.
Let us give ourselves no liberty ever to doubt God
or His love and faithfulness to us in everything and forever.

We can set our will against doubt
just as we do against any other sin;
and as we stand firm and refuse to doubt,
the Holy Spirit will come to our aid and
give us the faith of God and crown us with victory.

It is very easy to fall into the habit
of doubting, fretting and wondering
if God has forsaken us
and if after all our hopes are to end in failure.
Let us refuse to be discouraged.
Let us refuse to be unhappy.
Let us “count it all joy”
when we cannot feel one emotion of happiness.
Let us rejoice by faith, by resolution, by reckoning,
ad we shall surely find that God will make the reckoning real.

By Faith and Not By Sight


“When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

By faith, and not appearance;
God never wants us to look at our feelings.
Self may want us to;
and Satan nay want us to.
But God wants us to face facts,
not feelings;
the facts of Christ
and of His finished and oerfect work for us

When we face these precious facts,
and believe them because God ways they are facts,
God will take care of our feelings.

God never gives us feeling to enable us to trust Him;
God never gives feeling to encourage us to trust Him;
God never gives feeling to show that we have already and utterly trusted Him.

God gives feeling only when He sees that we trust Him apart from all feeling,
resting on His own Word,
and on His own faithfulness to His promise.

Never until then can the feeling
(which is from God)
possibly come;
and God will give the feeling in such a measure
and at such a time as His love sees best for the individual case.

We must choose bewteen facing toward our feelings and facing toward God facts.
Our feelings may be as uncertain as the sea or the shifting sands.
God;s facts are as certian as the Rock of Ages,
even Christ himself,
who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Following Jesus from day to day,
Gently He leads me along the way;
E’er will I trust Him all foes despite,
By faith and not by sight.

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Under Thy Wise Control

mom-away-day-2-059He metes the waters. . .

Psalm 25:10.
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth,
Speak peace to my anxious soul,
And help me to feel that all my ways
Are under Thy wise control;
That He who cares for the lily,
And heeds the sparrows’ fall,
Shall tenderly lead His loving child:
For He made and loveth all.

“Speak, Lord, in the stillness,
While I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen
In expectancy.

“Speak, O blessed Master,
In this quiet hour;
Let me see Thy face, Lord,
Feel Thy touch of power.

“For the words Thou speakest,
‘They are life,’ indeed;
Living bread from Heaven,
Now my spirit feed!

“Speak, Thy servant heareth!
Be not silent, Lord;
Waits my soul upon Thee
For the quickening word!”

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We Can Only Choose


Pray for us unto the Lord thy God…
that the Lord thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk,
and the thing that we may do.
Jeremiah 42: 2, 3.

“We can’t choose happiness either for ourselves or for another;
we can’t tell where that will lie.
We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves
in the present moment, or whether we will renounce that,
for the sake of obeying the Divine voice within us,
–for the sake of being true to all the motives that sanctify our lives.
I know this belief is hard;
it has slipped away from me again and again;
but I have felt that if I let it go forever,
I should have no light through the darkness of this life.”

That which I see not, teach Thou me.–Job 34:32

Jeremiah 42:2-3
And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee,
our supplication be accepted before thee,
and pray for us unto the LORD thy God,
even for all this remnant;
(for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
That the LORD thy God may shew us the way
wherein we may walk,
and the thing that we may do.

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See God in Everything

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1 Samuel 3:18
It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good

“Give me a new idea,” I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
“A new idea that’ll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That’ll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That’ll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.”
The new thought came, just how, I’ll tell:
‘Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from HIM who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give HIM praise whate’er befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
See God, and overcome thy foe.

I saw HIM in the morning light,
HE made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from HIM refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.
I saw HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.
HE’S filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

‘Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,
–A. E. Finn

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We Shall Not Be Overcome

shieldTake the Shield of Faith

I do not fight with merely human weapons.
No, the weapons with which I war
are not weapons of mere flesh and blood,
but in the strength of the Lord,
they arre mighty enough
to raze all stongholds of our foes.
I can batter down bulwarks of human reason;
I can scale every crag-fortress that towers up
bidding defiance to the true knowledge of God.
I can make each rebel purpose my prisoner of war
and bow it into susbmission to Messiah.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 Way’s translation

Tempested on the sea of life;
Travailed sore, amid earth’s strife;
Afflicted often, and sore dismayed;
Look, faint heart be not afraid,
Thou shalt not be overcome!

God’s ways are far beyond our ken;
His thoughts are not the thoughts of men;
And He knoweth what is best for you.
Hope on, my friend, He will bear you through.
Thou shalt not be overcome!

Though “The reason why” we cannot see,
Our Father knows–’tis enough that we
But trust His love, when our eyes are dim.
Look up! Hold fast! though the fight is grim.
We shall not be overcome!
Mary E. Thompson

2Corinthians 10:4-5
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

“What Else Could I Do?”


Philippians 3:7-9
But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him,
not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ,
the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The Swedish Nightingale, Jennie Lind,
won great success as an operatic singer,
and money poured into her purse.
Yet she left the stage
while she was singing her best,
and never returned to it.
She must have missed the money,
the fame, and the applause of thousands,
but she was content to live in privacy.
Once and English friend found her sitting
on the steps of a bathing machine
on the sea sands with a Bible on her knee,
looking out into the glory of a sunset.
“Oh, Madame Goldschmidt,
how is it that you came to abandon the stage
at the very height of our success?”
“When every day,” was the quiet answer,
“it made me think less of this
(laying a finger on the Bible)
and nothing at all of that (pointing to the sunset),
what else could I do?”

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Our Lord’s Foresight

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Psalm 139:17-18
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.

Nothing is more beautiful than our Lord’s foresight!

There never was anyone so faithful or considerate
or farseeing as Jesus.
He had great commendation to give a woman,
because she came “beforehand” with her ministry. (John 12:1-8)
It was His own manner to anticipate events.
He was always thinking ahead of the disciples.
When He sent His disciples to prepare the Passover,
there was found an upper room furished and prepared.
He had thought it all out.
His plans were not made only for that day.
He was always in advance of time.
When the disciples cam back from fishing,
Jesus was on the seashore with a fire of coals and fish laid thereon.
He thinks of the morning duties before you are astir;
He is there beore you.
He is waiting long befoe you are awake.
His anticipations are all along the way of life before you.

After the Resurrection,
the disciples were bewildered,
and the way looked black.
But the angel said,
“Behold, he goeth before you into Galilee.”
He is always ahead,
thinking ahead,
preparing ahead.
Take this text with you into the future,
take it into today’s experience:
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. . .
I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2)
He is out in the world doing it.
He will be there before you.
He will bring you to your appointed place,
and you will find your appointed resources.
You will discover His insight, His oversight, and His forsesight.
You may not always see Him,
but you can walk by faith in the dark
if you know that He sees you,
and you can sing as you journey,
even through the night.
John MacBeath

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.