The Ultimate Secret

~ The Ultimate Secret ~ 

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone – to have a deep soul relationship with another – to be loved thoroughly and exclusively.

 But to a believer, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by Me alone – with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me – to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.

See – Mark 12:30 ~ Psalm 27:4

 “Only as you discover satisfaction in Me will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.  You will never be truly united with another until you are united with Me – exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings.

See – Jeremiah 29:13

 “I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing – one that you cannot imagine.  I want you to have the best.  Please allow me to bring it to you.  Just keep watching Me, expect the greatest things.

See – 1st Corinthians 2:9

 “Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.  Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you.  You just wait.  That’s all.  Don’t be anxious.  Don’t worry.  Don’t look at the things others have gotten or that I’ve given them.  Don’t look at the things you think you want.  You just keep looking off and away up to Me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.

See – Psalm 73:25

 “And then, when you are ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would dream of.  You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me, and this is the perfect love.

See – Psalm 16:11

 “And dear one, I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your everlasting union of beauty, perfection, and love that I offer you with Myself.  Know that I utterly love you.  I am the King.  Believe it and be satisfied.”

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Copied from “Seven Courtship Secrets for a Successful Marriage” by Bill Gothard

Thanksgiving

Yes, I know…Thanksgiving was a few days ago, and this is ‘late’, but as I see it, everyday should be Thanksgiving.  Why only take 1 day to be thankful for what we have…what about the other 364?  So…even though ‘Thanksgiving’ is past, I still want to post some of the things I am thankful for.

~ A life-changing Summer 🙂

~ Good friends who encourage me when I am struggling with something

~ Someone paying to have our piano tuned

~ Someone giving me the money to go on Journey to the Heart

~ Being close to family and friends, so it makes it easy to get together for a visit

~ All the things God has shown me this year 🙂

 

There are many more to be sure, but I think that’s all I’m going to put for now…I may do another post like this again though. What are you thankful for?

Count your Blessings 🙂

Remain Under

The nail that doesn’t remain under the hammer will never reach the goal.

 

The diamond that doesn’t remain under the chisel will never become a precious jewel.

The gold that doesn’t remain under the fire will never be refined.

The Christian that doesn’t remain under the hand of God will never see the purpose for the trial accomplished in their life.

by James MacDonald as heard on his radio broadcast  “Why Trials?”

God Use Me

Oh God, I want to tell you something
Listen to me please.
Oh God, I am grateful for all the things you’ve done in me.

As the rivers flow I know that you will finish what you start
As the raindrops fall, I hear You calling deep within my heart

Oh God, I am far from being all that I should be
But God, everything I am is yours, so use me

God use me
I want to serve You faithfully
I’m only what you see
But even so, God use me

As the rivers flow I know that you will finish what you start
As the raindrops fall, I hear You calling deep within my heart

God use me
I want to serve You faithfully
I’m only what you see
But even so, God use me

Oh God, I want to tell you something
Listen to me please
Oh God, everything I am is Yours
So use me

Andy Landis  “God Use Me”

 

My ‘Onion Summer’

This year I have felt like an onion.  God has been peeling back layers and exposing things in my life that weren’t right.  All summer I kept thinking ‘this has to be the last thing; there can’t be more layers to peel back.’ 

But God kept peeling away and just like when peeling and cutting an onion can bring tears to your eyes; there have been a lot of tears for me this summer.  But through all the peeling and all the tears, things that I have kept hidden and didn’t want to confess, have been brought to the light and they no longer keep me bound through secrecy. 

Thank you Lord, for setting me free!!

 

 

He Leadeth Me

He Leadeth Me

In pastures green? Not always; sometimes He
Who knoweth best, in kindness leadeth me
In many ways where heavy shadows be.

Out of the sunshine warm and soft and bright –
Out of the sunshine into the darkest night,
I oft would faint with sorrow and affright,

Only for this – I know He holds my hand;
So whether in the green or desert land
I trust although I may not understand.

And by still waters? No, not always so;
Ofttimes the heavy tempests round me blow,
And o’er my soul the waters and billows go.

But when the storms beat loudest and I cry
Aloud for help, the Master standeth by
And whispers to my soul, “Lo, it is I.”

Above the tempest wild I hear Him say,
“Beyond this darkness lies a perfect day.
In every path of thine I lead the way.”

So whether on the hilltops high and fair
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys where
The shadows lie – what matters? He is there.

So where He leads me, I can safely go,
And in the blest hereafter I shall know
Why, in His wisdom, He hath led me so.

Rev. John F. Chaplain

 

 

A Prayer…

“Lord, You are my sovereign God.  You know all about me and love me more than anyone else ever could.  You know how I feel, what I need, and what my future is. 

I confess that I have taken matters into my own hands.  I confess to being afraid of totally trusting You.  Today I commit to look to You for my future – not to my outward circumstances. 

Thank You for knowing how weak I feel, but being strong for me and in me.  I love You.  I choose to trust You.”

Copied from “Lady in Waiting” by Debby Jones and Jackie Kendall
 

 

 

Soaring

Soaring

Sometimes God takes away our props
that we might lean on Him,
allows temptations, so we’ll grow
and triumph over sin.

Sometimes He takes away our strength
for doing earthly things
to rest our bodies that our souls
may soar on eagle’s wings.

Let’s not resent it when He says,
“Come ye apart – Be still”
or chafe at disappointments
that are His sovereign will.

Oh, let’s not doubt or question “Why?”
with unexplained delays,
but keep on soaring ‘neath His wings
with gratitude and praise!

–Alice H. Mortenson

 

 

 

 

I Do!

This is a special guest post by a good friend of mine, Elizabeth.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I have 🙂

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I Do!

  Written on Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mom bought Josh Harris’ book “Boy Meets Girl” at a garage sale, and I’ve been reading that the past few days.  I had almost finished reading the fourth chapter when God got my attention… 

 
“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life
with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down;
Perhaps it crept to ones side like an old friend through
quiet ways; Perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose,
until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart it’s
pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; Perhaps…per-
haps…love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friend-
ship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from it’s green
sheath.”  ~Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

(This is the part that REALLY stuck out to me)
“Perhaps after all our worries and questions, we’ll discover
that all along God had the right thing at the right time for us. 
Perhaps His plan is more wonderful than anything we could
create by ourselves — whether it comes with ‘pomp and blare,’
or quietly, ‘like an old friend.’ 

Perhaps… perhaps… we should entrust our questions of
‘How?’ and ‘Who?’and ‘When?’ into His loving care.” 

I got alone with God.  “Lord,” I prayed, “I do.”  Immediately after I’d spoken that aloud I realized the significance.  Not only was I surrendering and entrusting these questions to Him, but I was also saying, “Lord, YOU are my husband, You are my All —I do!” 

 
~Elizabeth