Take Time To Be Holy

TAKE time to be holy! Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word;
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy! The world rushes on;
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By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy! Let Him be thy guide,
And run not before Him, whatever betide;
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His word!

Take time to be holy! Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
Thus led by His spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

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drPut some dung upon your rhubarb
Watch it shoot into the sky
Fertilize your prize tomatoes
See the trusses hanging high
Compost is a fine addition
When your soil is lacking clout
Helps the seeds turn into plantlets
Growth is healthy there’s no doubt.

It’s the same when we are Christians
Need some substance in our food
Daily meetings with The Father
Help to get us in the mood
Meditating on the Bible
Shows us where we need to go
Be connected to the vine tree
Awesome fruit will surely grow.

 

Mike Bullock

God’s Whisper

Not long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn’t God answer?”whispersofgod.jpg

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply–something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked.

The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair. “Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will move closer to hear Him.”

This time the young man heard and he understood. We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still, small voice. . .the gentle whisper.

Perhaps there’s a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God.

Author Unknown

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Call To Me

God is eager to communicate with us, His children.
For example, in Jeremiah 33:3, The Lord’s words spoken there to Jeremiah extend to us also: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things.”
What we need to do is to get ready to hear Him. Hearing from God is a learning process that takes time, but is available to everyone who desires it. We don’t have to have reached some high level of maturity spiritually. We don’t have to have it all together, with all the struggles of our lives under control. He is available to us just as we are. It is also important that we allow ourselves the freedom to listen expectantly for Him.untitled.png
During the ministry of Jesus, He took time alone with His Father and told the disciples to do the same. We also need a quiet place(war room) free from distraction. Once there, listen only to the conviction of Holy Spirit(Tone is gentle, loving, imploring and acceptance, Specific, Encouraging, Releases us from the past, Attracts, Draws into fellowship, and Truthful) and not the condemnation of the devil( Tone is accusing, nagging, mocking, causes fear and confusion. Vague, Discouraging, Bringing up the past, Rejection, Isolation and Negative ). images
Their languages are completely opposite.
Our Father, actively pursues a relationship with you and I. He delights in us, and desires to bring restoration to the painful places in our lives. He is our refuge from fear and anxiety. He holds out His strength when we are weak, and longs to mourn with us when we are broken.
Listen to Him. He is our ever present help, and is our guide every step of the way!
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My(Our) Hiding Place

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Lord, You are my hiding place,
my harbor in any storm . . .
You are the only one I know
who will keep me from all harm.

You are my safe haven,
my retreat when I am weary
You are the only one I know
who understands when I’m teary.

You are my soul’s refuge,
my sanctuary when I need a break
You are the only one I know
who grasps why my heart aches.

You are my hideaway,
my shelter when I need peace
You are the only one I know
who’s love for me will never cease.

Lord, You are my hiding place,
my port into which I sail . . .
You are the only one I know
who will never disappoint or fail.

Psalm 32:7
King James Version

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt
preserve me from trouble; thou shalt
compass me about with songs of
deliverance. Selah.”

 

Debra Ann Belka

Meditation and Separation

Whatsoever parteth the hoof and cheweth the cud.  Leviticus 11:3 (R. V.)

The animals, in which these two characteristics met, were reckoned clean, and therefore fit for food. It is certain that the minute particularity of these words has some further reference than to the diet of Israel, important though that was, or to accentuate with every meal the necessity of their being a separate people. We, at least, may gather this lesson, that in our daily experience we must combine meditation and separation.

Meditation. – The cattle do not simply browse on the pastures, but they lie down to chew the cud. It is not enough to peruse our allotted Scripture portion; we must ruminate upon it, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, and scripture with scripture. The Holy Ghost will take of the things of Christ and show them unto us, and He will bring all things to our remembrance.

Separation. – “Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God.” “The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We have not meditated to good purpose unless we have felt its keen edge. Detachment from the world must follow on true attachment to Christ. Love to Naomi will draw Ruth from Moab across the Jordan.

The two must be combined. – The swine divideth the hoof, but cheweth not the cud, and was therefore unclean. A man may profess to love his Bible, but the supreme test is his daily separation from evil. On the other hand, our daily life ought to emanate, not from without, which is Pharisaism, but from within, where we chew the cud of holy meditation.

F.B. Meyer

A Quiet Place

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“…But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them…”  –John 8:1-2 (AMP)

 

Even Jesus needed to retreat to a quiet place. So do we. It would be great to be able to do this daily to recharge our batteries. We all need time alone with God. It’s in those still, quiet moments that God speaks to us. We find our lives can be so hectic and busy. Often our quiet times get placed on a shelf and forgotten. We need to pull it off the shelf and spend some precious time with the Lord. A time to stop and reflect and commune with God.

 

You’ll find that God can do amazing things in your life and speak to you, as you are quiet before Him and listening. So often our quiet times can be rushed and very little time spent just listening. Why is it that we are so rushed? Why is it that our lives tend to be in the fast lane? I do believe we need to ‘slow down’ and take time out each day to spend time alone with Jesus, and take life at a slower pace.

 

Find a quiet place with God and rest
For there, you will be eternally blest.

M. S. Lowndes

 

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An Hour In The Garden

Hello Tea Among Friends! 

I’m on vacation this week.  

Whoo Hoo….A week to spend more time with Father God, finish up some projects here at home, and then to enjoy a time with my two favorite young adults, on a road trip. 

Counting it all joy and a blessing from the Lord!

 I expect to return bright and early on Monday, August 31.  Praying that you ALL have a beautiful week ahead.

Melissa

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An Hour In The Garden

“He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when evening was come, he was there alone” (Matt. 14:23).

The man Christ Jesus felt the need of perfect solitude–Himself alone, entirely by Himself, alone with Himself. We know how much intercourse with men draws us away from ourselves and exhausts our powers. The man Christ Jesus knew this, too, and felt the need of being by Himself again, of gathering all His powers, of realizing fully His high destiny, His human weakness, His entire dependence on the Father.

How much more does the child of God need this–himself alone with spiritual realities, himself alone with God the Father. If ever there were one who could dispense with special seasons for solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord. But He could not do His work or maintain His fellowship in full power, without His quiet time.

Would God that every servant of His understood and practiced this blessed art, and that the Church knew how to train its children into some sense of this high and holy privilege, that every believer may and must have his time when he is indeed himself alone with God. Oh, the thought to have God all alone to myself, and to know that God has me all alone to Himself! –Andrew Murray

Lamertine speaks in one of his books of a secluded walk in his garden where his mother always spent a certain hour of the day, upon which nobody ever dreamed for a moment of intruding. It was the holy garden of the Lord to her. Poor souls that have no such Beulah land! Seek thy private chamber, Jesus says. It is in the solitude that we catch the mystic notes that issue from the soul of things.

A MEDITATION

My soul, practice being alone with Christ! It is written that when they were alone He expounded all things to His disciples. Do not wonder at the saying; it is true to thine experience. If thou wouldst understand thyself send the multitude away. Let them go out one by one till thou art left alone with Jesus. . . . Has thou ever pictured thyself the one remaining creature in the earth, the one remaining creature in all the starry worlds?

In such a universe thine every thought would be “God and I! God and I!” And yet He is as near to thee as that–as near as if in the boundless spaces there throbbed no heart but His and thine. Practice that solitude, O my soul! Practice the expulsion of the crowd! Practice the stillness of thine own heart! Practice the solemn refrain “God and I! God and I!” Let none interpose between thee and thy wrestling angel! Thou shalt be both condemned and pardoned when thou shalt meet Jesus alone! –George Matheson

Home Improvement

Many of us love to decorate, redecorate, and decorate some more.  We watch home improvement shows like HGTV and DIY, read up on the latest home trends, and dream of all the new paint colors.  We wouldn’t ever consider meticulously maintaining the exterior of our homes while leaving the interior shabby.

All too often, though, our inner lives resemble an abandoned or neglected home.  We take careful attention to care for the outside of our bodies, however many times the quality of our inner self goes lacking.

We mean well.  We know and want to make prayer a priority, but our daily to-do-list has to get done.  Or we would love to just sit in our easy chair, and reflect on the goodness of God, but that alarm clock is going to ring at 6:00 a.m. for our commute to the workplace.  We often don’t feel like human beings, but more like human doings. Prayer, meditation, and rest become our empty rooms when we don’t take the necessary time for them.  We NEED the power of Holy Spirit to get our interior rooms redecorated.

We must take care of ourselves, both inside and out.  Because it is crucial to our survival.  When our true identity has deep roots in Jesus, we have much more confidence to face all that life throws at us.  When we are connected to our source of power and love, GOD Almighty, we then have the resources to be healed, filled, and cleansed.  And when we get the proper rest, we are then more prepared to give more of ourselves away to others.

It is important to know that none of us have “arrived” yet, and have it all together.  God is not finished with us yet.  However, we can still have powerful prayer lives when our spirits are well fed.   We should hunger for the Word of God.  And then take time to think about what we have read, and meditate on it.

We should also never forget to pray that God will reveal His true worth and value, in His eyes to us.   Ask Him to strengthen our lives from the inside out, to be more positive and friendly, and to speak His truth with kindness.  In the hands of Jesus, our inner lives can and will become alive with colors so deep and rich, that they will color our lives and the lives of others beautifully.  

 

Instead, [your beauty] should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  1 Peter 3:4

 

Emotional Overload

I’m sure that many of us will agree that emotions are a normal part of life.  As human beings each one of us has a full range of emotions.  Love, happiness, joy, delight, peace, disappointment, loss, grief, doubt, compassion, sadness, depression, jealousy, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, and the list goes on and on. We are overjoyed when a friend comes for a visit, sad when our furry friend dies, and get frustrated if we don’t lose weight. 

Men and women throughout the Bible, including Jesus display all sorts of emotions too.  I can only imagine how happy Adam and Eve must have felt living in the Garden of Eden.  The woman caught in adultery and pushed before the crowd ready to condemn her, must have felt humiliation.  Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus was fearful when she found out that she was pregnant, then joyful when she discovered the news was in fact true, she would give birth to our Lord and Savior of the world.  David running for his life, as Saul pursued him with murderous intentions.  And then Jesus, who felt so alone to the point of breaking into a sweat of blood, as He prayed to God, before the crucifixion.   

Yes, emotions whether negative or positive, are powerful and even overwhelming at times.  Managing our emotions displays a role in our maturity.  When we process our emotions in unhealthy ways we become like a clogged drain.   Our liquid drain opener is Jesus, who has the power to blast away our emotional clogs of congestion.

Prayer and meditation is crucial in managing our emotions.  Offering positive solutions to the way in which we view life and its joys and sorrows.  With God’s help we CAN get through both the valleys and the victories that lie ahead.

 

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2