Good morning Dear Friends,
I pray your week has been a good week.
I am honestly weary today after a very long, busy and not much sleep week. We all have days that we need our Father’s strength and comfort when we are weary. Praise the Lord, He does not criticize or “fuss” at us when we are down. He lifts us up and fills us with His strength and His love.
I spent this week listening and chatting with lovely women who are wives and mothers raising and educating their children at home. These women were all so incredibly talented and accomplished. There were many that had tremendous struggles but were doing their very best to pursue the Lord’s will in their families.
I also chatted with some women who were weary and worn. I too can totally understand that state of being. Please pray for these lovely incredible women. It is too much to list them by name but our Father knows their names.
Also pray for all our attitudes of our hearts. I listened and witnessed many brilliant women this week who at times seemed to lack the compassion for those that may not come from the “perfect” home. Sadly, I saw some sad and lost women as a result. I pray the Lord will lead them in His ways and not “mans”. I also pray that though we all have lovely gifts and talents from the Lord…well that we would not boast, brag or lord them over the others around them. All this to say…I know this happens unknowingly, even in my own life. We need to be sensitive to those around us. We should be edifying each other in the Lord. And yes, life gets busy for all of us. If we are truly about our Father’s business, we can take the time to love, listen and encourage those around us…even if just in a small or a hug.
I know this is a very difficult post, but my heart hurts for those who have cried and shared with me. I see their frustrations of not living in a perfect family in a so called perfect world…to be made to feel less than or to feel as if they have failed. Heartbreaking! I also know sometimes it just takes being real, being kind, listening fully and attentively and cheering our fellow sojourners in this life.
My simple observation, there is no “perfect” world on this earth. That time will come. No matter how much I wish I had a perfect home and family…that just doesn’t exist. The laundry is always there, someone is always tired and cranky…me usually. 🙂 What does exist is God’s merciful grace that He gives freely to those who will accept Him and His great love for our lives.
Sorry to ramble a bit this morning. Just heavy hearted and tired for some incredible ladies I met and honestly for my own self at times. So if today you are down hearted or weary…please do not loose hope. Our hope is the one true living God!!
We are always assured this great promise…in our weaknesses, He is made strong! 2 Cor. 12:9 Amen!!
Have a wonderful day in the Lord,
Morning and Evening
Charles H. Spurgeon
June 14, 2013
The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts, find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him though all the world cast out His name as evil. We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.
“’Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.”
A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in proportion. Who is there, although he may long have been engaged in the Christian warfare, that will not blush when he looks back upon the past? As for our days before we were regenerated, may they be forgiven and forgotten; but since then, though we have not sinned as before, yet we have sinned against light and against love—light which has really penetrated our minds, and love in which we have rejoiced. Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! An unpardoned sinner sins cheaply compared with the sin of one of God’s own elect ones, who has had communion with Christ and leaned his head upon Jesus’ bosom. Look at David! Many will talk of his sin, but I pray you look at his repentance, and hear his broken bones, as each one of them moans out its dolorous confession! Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! We have erred: let us, therefore, seek the spirit of penitence. Look, again, at Peter! We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Remember, it is written, “He wept bitterly.” Have we no denials of our Lord to be lamented with tears? Alas! these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning. My soul, bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee—the mercy which spares thee—the love which pardons thee!