In 1931, Jane Whyte felt she was nearing the end of her life. Her husband Alexander, the famous Scottish preacher, had died 10 years earlier. As she looked at the world around her, she was depressed by the moral and political chaos. There seemed to be no reason for her to go on, nothing for her o do.
At dinner one evening, she sat next to a man who sensed her dejection. “What is your greatest concern?” he asked. “I’m preparing to die,” said Mrs. Whyte. “Why not prepare to live?” he suggested.
That was the question Mrs. Whyte needed to hear to break the deadlock in her life. She began to see that God wanted her to live and to touch others for Him. Her attitude changed and within a year she led a Christian outreach team in a mission to Geneva, Switzerland. That trip profoundly affected the lives of many people.
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Life can seem overwhelming at times, but God offers us hope. Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit “.
Regardless of your age or circumstances, don’ despair and prepare to die.” Believers in Christ can prepare to live filled with hope, joy and peace. —-DCM
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The high school commencement speaker was the president of a large corporation. He was chosen for the occasion because of his success. Yet his speech came with a most unusual wish for the graduates.
The speaker told the students sitting before him in their graduation gowns. “If I could have one hope for you as you go out into the world, it would be this : I hope you fail. I hope that you fail at something that is important to you. ” He went on to say how his own early life had been one failure after one another until he learned to see failure as an effective teacher.
Many of the songs of Israel were born in season of failure. Out of desperation came the cry, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”.
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Sometimes we are not ready to see the wonder of God’s wisdom and strength until we are gasping for breath in the exhaustion of our strength.
A recurring story of the Bible is that mountains of faith rise from the valleys of failure. Before discovering the high ground we are looking for, we may need to see the failure of the dreams we hold in our hearts and trust instead in the love, wisdom, and guidance of our God —-Mart De haan
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In 1971 he killed a man. Even though he was the prime suspect in the murder, no one could prove it and the case was abandoned. Som he got away with it. Or did he?
Nearly three decades later, in failing health and living in a nursing home, he confessed to the crime. A detective who headed the original investigation said, ” He was looking over his shoulder for the last 26 years, not only for the law, but for his Maker. I think he wants to clear his Maker. I think he was wants to clear his conscience before he meets his Maker — or try to at least. ”
How’s your conscience today? Clear or clouded? What would it take to be ready to meet your Maker? How can you be made clean?
It may seem strange to speak of blood as a cleansing agent, but that’s how the Bible connects the death of Jesus on the cross to our standing before God. Christ shed His blood so that we might be forgiven and made clean inside. Because of what He has done. we can have a clear conscience and draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.”
No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus Christ can give you a clear conscience. Why not confess your sin and make things right with you Maker. —-DCM
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People often hide their feelings behind a wall of words. They use a kind of double-talk in which words and feelings do not agree. A communications consultant who holds workshops on this subject says that many people are afraid that honesty in speech will cost them friendships, love or respect. So they either keep their lips zipped or say something other than what they mean.
Other factors that may impede straight talk are shyness, lack of confidence, fear of displaying ignorance, trying to avoid criticism, and not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings.
Believers in Christ are not exempt from this problem. Trying to be both loving and truthful can be difficult, but the Bible tells us how to deal with this dilemma. The book of James teaches us that we need the wisdom that comes from God above. The Lord will enable us By His Holy Spirit to speak effectively and honestly. His wisdom is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willingly to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Let’s govern our speech with these qualities from God’s Word. Then we will not have to hide behind a wall of words. —MRD II
When we are with people who are grieving or suffering, we may feel a need to fill the awkwardness of the occasion with words. Not to say something, we fear is to let them down. We may even find ourselves avoiding the bereaved because we’re afraid we won’t know what to say.
Author Joe Bayly, who lost three sons through death, described two examples of comfort he had received during his deepest grief; “Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings of why it happened. of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly and said things I knew were true. I was unmoved, except to wish he’d go away. He finally did.
“Another came and sat beside me. He didn’t talk. He didn’t ask leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour and more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply and left. I was moved. I was comforted, I hated to see him go.”
Job experienced similar emotions. In his grief, he too had craved silent support from his friends. He cried out, “Oh, that you would be silent , and it would be your wisdom!’. Instead, he was worn down by their many words.
The next time you’re with people who are grieving, allow you presence to be their comfort.
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At the beginning of this new year, many newspapers and magazines will publish a list of notable people and celebrities who died during the previous 12 months. The name of a person we admired may stir up memories that touch us in a special way.
From the past year, a list will also be written deep within our hearts. How we mourn the loss of those whose names are there a father, a neighbor, a sister, a friend. In all of life, perhaps or greater pain is felt than when someone we love dies.
When the loss and the hurt seem too much to bear, where can we turn? Psalm 147 declares that it is the Lord who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. With a physical injury, the wound is treated immediately but the healing takes time. God heals our grief in a similar way.
Psalm 147 can help you and me during that process. The psalm begins and ends with the words. “Praise the Lord!” In between, it celebrates the attributes and works of God. As you read Psalm 147 today, write down on thing for which you can praise God. With each new day, add another one to the list. As you focus on the Lord. He will heal you heart, and you will be able to lift your voice in ever-increasing praise to Him. –DCM
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My father once admitted to me, “When you were growing up, I was gone a lot.”
I don’t remember that. Besides working his full-time job, he was gone some evenings to direct choir practice at church, and he occasionally traveled for a week or two with a men’s quartet. But for all the significant (and many small) moments of my life he was there.
For instance, when I was 8, I had a tiny art in an afternoon play at school. All the mothers came, but only one dad –mine. In many little ways, he has always let my sisters and me know that we are important to him and that he loves us. And seeing him tenderly caring for my mom in the last few years of her life taught me exactly what unselfish love looks like. Dad isn’t perfect. but he’s always been a dad who gives me a good glimpse of my heavenly Father. And ideally, that’s what a Christian dad should do.
At times earthly fathers disappoint or hurt their children. But our Father in heaven is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. When a dad who loves the Lord corrects, comforts, instructs and provides for the needs of his chiildren, he models for them our perfect Father in heaven.
By Cindy Hess Kapser