Keeping Everything Together

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So keep them together
And let all enjoy

The remedies of blue
And the vision of hope
For this is how
You can learn to cope
With the trouble’s of life
That are on the way
So greet with smile
Each new day.

Seema Chowdhury

The ONE Loaf


1 COR. 10:17.

THE twilight hour, when all the world doth dream,
I stand amid
The ripening grain, the ripples, like the bosom of
a lakeimages
Beneath the evening breeze. I pluck, and idly hold
within
My hand, one golden ear, the while in swift succession
pass
Strange visions of the olden time: I see a threshing-
floor,—
The wheat by wooden flail bereft of chaff and shining
husk.
The scene is changed: I see a woman grinding at
a mill,—
Between the upper and the nether stones the grain is
crushed
Until no semblance of its former state remains, but
each
Is merged into one common whole,—a coarse and
homely meal.
Another picture,—mixed with water and with salt
a loaf,
Or flattened cake, is formed and laid upon the glow-
ing coals.

And as I gaze my thoughts are lifted to a higher
plane;
I see “the members of His body,” like the golden
grain,
Denuded of their glittering robes of earthly pride and
fame;
The upper and the nether stones of life’s vicissitudes
Are slowly, surely, grinding rich and poor, the high,
the low,
Into one common-union,—heart and mind, and zeal
and love;jk
With purifying salt, life-giving water of the Word,
The mass is being drawn and held and moulded in
“one loaf.”

Ah, then, beloved, when we drink of that memorial
cup,
And eat the symbol of His flesh, let us partake with
joy,
Nor marvel if we need that strange, transforming
power of fire,
Ere we are counted worthy to be like our Lord and
Head,
And “broken” that a hungry, fainting, dying world
be fed!

The Road of Faith

 

 

Shine your light, O Lord,
So that I may see,
Just where I am heading
And what’s in front of me

 

Your word is the light,
The lamp unto my feet
It may not light far ahead,
Nor show me where it’s steep

 

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For each step I take,
Just enough to see ahead,
Along this road of faith

 

For this is what it surely is
As we walk with Jesus Christ,
The road that we are travelling on
Is by faith, not by sight

 

So shine your light, O Lord,
So we may see our way,
Though you only show in part,
It’s enough for each new day.

M.S. Lowndes

 

Road Of Faith

imagesShine your light, O Lord,
So that I may see,
Just where I am heading
And what’s in front of me

 

Your word is the light,
The lamp unto my feet
It may not light far ahead,
Nor show me where it’s steep

 

But it gives enough light
For each step I take,
Just enough to see ahead,
Along this road of faith

 

For this is what it surely is
As we walk with Jesus Christ,
The road that we are travelling on
Is by faith, not by sight

 

So shine your light, O Lord,
So we may see our way,
Though you only show in part,
It’s enough for each new day.

M.S. Lowndes

 

A Bend In The Road

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When we feel we have nothing left to give
and we are sure that the song has ended
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
and the darkness of night has descended
Where can we go to find the strength
to valiantly keep on trying
Where can we find the hand that will dry
the tears that the heart is crying

There’s but one place to go and that is to God
and dropping all pretense and pride
We can pour out our problems without restraint
and gain strength with Him at our side
And together we stand at life’s crossroads
and view what we think is the end

But God has a much bigger vision
and He tells us it’s only a bend
For the road goes on and is smoother
and the pause in the song is a rest
And the part that’s unsung and unfinished
is the sweetest and richest and best

So rest and relax and grow stronger
let go and let God share your load
Your work is not finished or ended
you’ve just come to a bend in the road

Helen Steiner Rice

Casting My Care

Lord, I continually set before you,
My requests and all my needs
With thanksgiving I come unto you,
My concerns unburdened to thee

 

I wait for your intervention, Lord,
In quietness of soul and mind
And worship at your footstool,
Leaving my cares behind

 

And Lord, I express my thanks for you,
For all you are to me,
I thank you, Lord, that I matter to you,
Though at times, I cannot see

 

Because of the circumstances in life,
The things that I go through,
I find my eyes are on the storm,
When they should be looking to you

 

So help me, Lord, each precious day,
No matter what life brings me,
To carry on with hope and faith
And to rest in you with peace.

M.S. Lowndes

God Calls And He Equips

 

“…Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it)…”

Hebrews 13: 21 (AMP)

 

God will always equip us to carry out His will. I don’t believe He ‘calls’ us without ‘equipping’ us. When God gives us a vision for something, we often wonder how it could be accomplished when we don’t have what’s necessary to get started. But when we take small steps towards doing it, God takes care of what we need. He begins to ‘equip’ us. He is always working in us, making us what we ought to be in order to ‘accomplish’ that which is pleasing in His sight.

I have found that even in doing what God has called me to do at this time of my life, He is still there working in me. I’ve heard it said, “I can’t do this or that because I need to get myself right first.” The only problem with that is we may never end up doing anything significant – because we may never ‘get ourselves right’. We are still works in progress while carrying out the work God has for us to do.

Though we’re works in progress still,
We can carry on doing God’s Will.

 

M.S. Lowndes

Days Of Heaven Upon Earth

“If ye then be risen” (Col. iii. 1).

God is waiting this morning to mark the opening hours for every ready and willing heart with a touch of life and power that will lift our lives to higher pleasures and offer to our vision grander horizons of hope and holy service.google

We shall not need to seek far to discover our risen Lord. He was in advance even of the earliest seeker that Easter morning, and He will be waiting for us before the break of day with His glad “All Hail,” if we have only eyes to see and hearts to welcome and obey Him.

What is His message to us this spring time? “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

It is not risen with Christ, but resurrected. It is not rising a little higher in the old life, but it is rising from the dead. The resurrection will mean no more than the death has meant. Only so far as we are really dead shall we live with Him.

A.B. Simpson

Our Daily Cup

images6ZCFDMAUThe former days shall be void. Numbers 6:12 (R. V.)

How solemn is the suggestion of these words! If the separation of the Nazarite were broken in upon by his sudden contact with death, he might start afresh; but all the days that preceded that untoward event would go for nothing – they would not be counted.

How many days in our life have been made void! Days in which we have learned no new lesson of God; have had no access into His presence; have done no kind and helpful act; have spoken no loving, tender word. It is all-important that even our days of rest from active engagements should be days of learning deeper lessons, of vision, and of reception from the fullness of God.

Each day comes to us fresh from God, like soft metal, waiting to be stamped with our inscription; or like a piece of yielding clay, to be moulded into some shape of beauty or use. Each morning the slate is brought for us to write on; the canvas on which we may paint. But too often we miss our opportunity, and a blurred, marred, confused result is all we have to show.

If you would avoid this, let God plan each day; follow the guidance of His Spirit; do all you touch with your might and for His glory; put away all known sin, and be separate from evil; in everything learn to submit to His dealings, and to commit yourself to His faithful keeping. Then each day will have something to keep in charge, and resemble a chalice filled to its brim with holy service. We must ever remember that “every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1Co 3:13).

F.B. Meyer

 

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In Sight

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God can take the worst of humanity and make them fishers of men, Yes, the very same ones that we’ve belittled, time and time again.

Some have been robbers and thieves and hopeless beyond our doubt, But God sees them differently, as He reaches down to lift them out. God sees things in people, that to us, are completely out of sight, For He knows just what they can do once Jesus becomes their Light.

Their potential may only need this special attention to bring it out, For man to serve with his best, first God needs to remove all doubt. God sees the good in a person that we have labeled a hopeless case, For He looks into their heart, when all that we’ll see is the face.

We are not at all good at judging, therefore we are told to judge not, Because we miss so many of those true qualities that a person’s got. God’s loving eyes don’t see the raged clothes a person’s wearing, Instead He sees saved souls coming from the truths they’re sharing.maxresdefault.jpg

If we’ll put more love in our sight, I believe we’ll see more clearly, Just remember, that we’re always in God’s sight and He loves us dearly.

Robert Hedrick

 

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