Hi, I am currently reading several really good books but the one I will urge you all to read in this short blog is this one..............
Thomas a Kempis "The Imitation of Christ"
It is a free downloadable book at www.leaderu.com/cyber/books.
The second paragraph of chapter one states "The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has His Spirit will find in it hidden manna.....this is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world..."
This is an excellent, thought and prayer provoking book and I recommend it highly!
Let me know what you are learning from God as you read this book!
Today marks the 2nd year since James and Jerard came into our lives and hearts.
They are my sons, even if not legally yet. And I am so thankful for all the lessons my blessed Saviour has taught me through them.
Our family has grown in many ways, each individually and collectively, in learning to give of oneself for another, to love and to do what is right despite the hardships.
Kurt and I are collecting the last few items needed to file the adoption paper work and hope to have it filed by the middle of this month.
We've been told the adoption process will take 6 months to a year. Pray that the adoption process goes well.
The night we received the boys.
I've been working with James to learn the answers to the first five questions of the young children's catechism.
It is so sweet to hear him say in response to "Who made you?", "God did" in his soft voice.
He doesn't speak out the answers to the other questions yet, but he is learning them......2. What else did God make? All things.
3. Why did God make you and all things? For His own glory.
4. How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.
5. Why ought you to glorify God? Because He loves me and takes care of me.
Why have I taught all my children this catechism? To get the truth of God into their hearts and minds, to give them food to ponder on, to turn their hearts to the godward life rather than a wayward life.
As I was reflecting on these first five questions and answers it reminded me of a story I'd heard of a well-known evangelist, admired for his depth of knowledge and devotion and love for Christ. He was elderly and ill. Someone asked him what the most important lesson was he had learned as a Christian all his many years of life. After pondering for a moment he said, "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so..."
These first five questions and answers in the children's catechism and the beloved hymn taught to children are rich in truth and give us much to consider.
1 John 3: 1How great is the love the Father has lavished on
us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself,
just as he is pure.
Praying the truth of His love for each of us sinks deep in your heart today!
"In times of trouble go not out of yourself to seek aid;
for the whole benefit of trial consists in silence, patience, rest, and
resignation. In this condition divine strength is found for the hard
warfare, because God Himself fights for the soul." Miquel de Molinos (1640-97)
2 Peter 2:9 "The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials,"
Happy New Year from us to you!
Elisabeth Elliott well expresses my thoughts on this New Year's Day.
"New Year's Day is a good time to fix one's eyes on the only One who knows what the year is to hold.......My goal is God Himself - not joy, nor peace, nor even blessing, but Himself, my God. 'Tis His to lead me there, not mine, but His - At any cost, dear Lord, by any road! So faith bounds forward to its goal in God and love can trust her Lord to lead her there; Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard, Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer...."
(from "Secure In the Everlasting Arms" by Elisabeth Elliott)
"Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy
strength be" Deuteronomy 33:25