Thursday, November 27, 2014

Streams

I stand on the footbridge 
Listening to the gurgling brook
Rippling over rocks, then
Disappearing around the bend.
Not knowing where it began 
Or where it ends
Or all the gaps
It fills along its way
Sometimes a trickle
Sometimes overflowing its banks.

Thirsty ones along life's way 
See the flow of the Spirit in your life,
In the storms and in the droughts
Whether you feel empowered
Or stuck in the mud.
Amazing!
How He turns things around for good.
You can't yet see all those you're reaching,
Refreshing, reviving,
Because of His river of life.
Karen Rice

Jesus said: "Whoever believes in Me, 
as the Scripture has said, 
Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
John 7:38

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Promises

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

by R. Kelso Carter 1849-1926

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Source of Strength

"Transparency is the outer garment of humility, 
and humility draws the grace of God to our hearts. 

Is not intimacy with God
 the very thing we most neglect? 
And is not the Lord alone 
our source of strength in battle? 

If the enemy can distract us
 from our time alone with God, 
he will isolate us
from the help that comes from God alone. 

As the pressures of this age escalate, 
we will soon discover that yesterday's anointing 
will not suffice for today's battles." 
Francis Frangipane

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No One Like You

I gave birth to four children and none of them is like the other! Yet I love them all dearly.

Lenny Le Blanc wrote the lyrics to this song for us to sing to our awesome God, but I can imagine that God might sing them to us. After all, each of us is unique, and each of us is His favorite!

There is none like you.
No one else can touch my heart like you do.
I could search for all eternity long and find
There is none like you.

Recently, I was asked to give a short talk about my son who had Down syndrome who died from heart defects. What a gift his short life was to me and to many others! I thought maybe it would help someone who had a child with disabilities or a couple who were being pressured to abort a baby because of defects.

I was surprised when afterwards, a middle-aged man came to me privately and said: "All my life I have felt like I don't belong and that I was never supposed to be born. My birth was the result of a rape, and I was placed in an institution at birth. Your testimony about what a blessing your son was in your life, and how God values each and every person, has exposed Satan's lie. 
I AM supposed to be here, and God has a purpose just for me!"

I chose you before I formed you in the womb; 
I set you apart before you were born.
Jeremiah 1:5 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Friday, November 14, 2014

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help?
 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2
 
We had some very cold, windy days recently just as the autumn color reached its peak. From one day to the next, it seems, the trees shed their colorful leaves.

The wind grew strong,
The temperatures plunged.
Frost sugar-coated the bright maples.
Now there is a carpet of leaves of every hue
Strewn along the path.
The falling leaves paint a picture 
Of how to humble myself
When the whirlwind of adversity blows.
Go low...lower still.
Fall down before the One 
Who humbled Himself
That I might have new life.

Karen Rice