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Thursday Meditation: Quote by George MacDonald

This has been my prayer this weekend while I was dreadfully sick.

“If I felt my heat as hard as stone; if I did not love God, or man, or woman, or little child, I would yet say to God in my heart, ‘O God, see how I trust Thee, because Thou are perfect, and not changeable like me. I do not love Thee. I love nobody. I am not even sorry for it. Thou sees how much I need Thee to come close to me, to put Thy arm round me, to say to me ‘my child’: for the worse my state, the greater my need of my Father who loves me. Come to me, and my days will dawn; my love will come back, and, oh! how I shall love Thee, my God! and know that my love is Thy love, my blessedness Thy being.‘ ” -George MacDonald*

I think of my little daughter crying over a hurt or offense, and her father kindly calming her down and listening to her, hugging her, kissing her, and speaking truth to her. Sometimes she goes away happy other times she still sulks, but she is secure.

Oh to be that vulnerable with my heavenly Father! To rest in His grace as it renews my heart. This prayer by George MacDonald is my new prayer in time of suffering be it small or large.

Honors sitting in a basket while Ryan sleeps on the floor.

Honors sitting in a basket while Ryan sleeps on the floor.

*qtd in Elizabeth Elliot’s Keeping a Quiet Heart by Revell (bold text my own)

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Thursday Meditation: The All-Good

I pray.

In fact I like to congratulate myself that I pray quite a bit.

But lately I’ve been realizing my prayers consist of are mostly petitions for myself and others

Instead of taking the time to behold the beauty of the Lord.

Then the Valley of Vision a collection of Puritan prayers entered my life. As I have been praying through this beautiful book of prayers, my own prayer life and devotional life has been greatly encouraged. This has been my prayer and meditation lately.

 

The All-Good

“My God,

Thou hast helped me to see,

that whatever good be in honor and rejoicing,

how good is he who gives them, and can withdraw them; 

that blessedness does not lie in so much in receiving good from and in thee, but

in holding forth they glory and virtue;

that it is an amazing thing

to see Deity in a creature, speaking, acting, filling, shining through it;

that nothing is good but thee,

that I am near good when I am near thee

that to be like thee is a glorious thing:

This is my magnet, my attraction.

 

Thor art all my good in times of peace,

my only support in days of trouble,

my one sufficiency when life shall end.

Help me to see how good they will is in all,

and even when it crosses mine

teach me to be please with it.

Grant me to feel thee in fire, and food and every providence,

and to see that they many gifts and creatures
are but they hands and fingers taking hold of me.

Thou bottomless fountain of all good,

I tie myself to thee out of love,

for all I have or own is thine,

my goods, family, church, self,

to do with as thou wilt,

to honour thyself by me, and by all mine.

if it be consistent with they eternal counsels,

the purpose of they grade,

and the great ends of they glory

then bestow upon me the blessings of they comforts;

if not, let me resign myself to they wiser determinations.”

 

 

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Monday Meditation: Philippians 1:15-18

15 “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18

Paul in in prison and this is causing other Christians to become more bold about sharing the Gospel (yay!). Some Christian’s are trying to make his life easier while others are trying to make his life harder (not yay). Yet Paul’s response always blows me away, “…Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” All he cares about is the Gospel and God’s glory not whether people follow him or love him. This really isn’t natural. What an evidence of the Spirit’s grace poured out in a sinner’s heart.

“Not unto me, but to your own name be glory.”

Happy Monday