WHERE MY BOOKS GO
All the words that I utter,
And all the words that I write,
Must spread out their wings untiring,
And never rest in their flight,
Til they come where your sad, sad heart is,
And sing to you in the night,
Beyond where stars are moving,
Storm-darken’d or starry bright.

William Butler Yeats

WHERE MY BOOKS GO

All the words that I utter,

And all the words that I write,

Must spread out their wings untiring,

And never rest in their flight,

Til they come where your sad, sad heart is,

And sing to you in the night,

Beyond where stars are moving,

Storm-darken’d or starry bright.

William Butler Yeats



Amen

Amen

“Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it.”
Robert Robinson
“Jesus
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Repentance+Submission=Change+Obedience”

Dalton Blankenship

Jesus over all, first and foremost, divides the ‘pattern of this world’ and allows us to die to self. We can then repent, submit and find the change Jesus brings and be obedient to what he asks of us as His followers.

I have always hated math because it made no sense to me when I was supposed to learn it. I saw no application until I wanted to follow through with becoming an RN and realized I needed it. Nothing much will make sense until we realize we need it.

This makes sense to me.

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
 
And Lord, hast the day when the faith shall be sight.
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
And the Lord shall descend.

Even so, it is well with my soul.
Phillip Bliss

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

 

And Lord, hast the day when the faith shall be sight.

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound,

And the Lord shall descend.

Even so, it is well with my soul.

Phillip Bliss

“Do I seek signs of the Kingdom or do I perceive God’s rule? The newbirth gives a new power of vision whereby I begin to discern God’s rule. His rule was there all the time, but true to His nature; now that I have received His nature I can see His rule.”

Oswald Chambers

The “new power of vision whereby I begin to discern God’s rule” is the best way I know to describe what it has been like to realize how blind I have been to some of the sin in my life in the past—like still thinking intermarriage was a bad idea somehow. How could I believe this while believing that all people were children of God—loved equally by him and as believers in Christ, given equal standing in the Kingdom and especially with Jesus? Or holding on to hurt rather than giving the grace and forgiveness that had been showered on me by a loving Savior.

"His rule was there all the time…now that I have received his nature, I can see his rule." I also understand Chambers saying that John 3:9 does not mean that we cannot sin, "just that we "need not." God still gives us that wondrous and horrid option of choice—each and everyday—to "perceive God’s rule"—to accept and act on his nature in us, or, not to—by choice. To see as Jesus sees, or to turn away and act on our own—to commit whatever sin it may be that is not in the nature of God.

For me, now, the things, the sins I must guard against are two-fold: my need to take back control of self and to expect a level of perfection in others that I know I cannot reach in myself—that lack of grace and forgiveness for their inadequacy or their harm to me, my family or others.

These things are my sins revealed, among others, by my Abba, in love and forgiven after his chastisement and my repentance.

But old habits resurface unbidden and daily prayers are necessary to keep watch on my human tendency to let my eyes wander from where they should be. I need not sin and it is in my constant awareness now not to sin, as those particular things have been revealed to me. But I am sure that there are others not yet revealed and I pray for such revelation—”to discern God’s rule” in whatever way he chooses to reveal it to me.

I know that when I fail, it is a grief to my Lord. But it is now for only a short moment that this is so; for my repentance is immediate, as is the joy that follows. Abba’s child is learning and this is a source of boundless joy as well!

Thank you Holy Spirit for guiding me more and more into the nature and discernment of Christ.

“You absolutely canNOT check out another AUDIO book until you actually READ a book!”
Overhead at our local library…Anderson, SC

Trust in the Lord

blessedbeyondallbelief:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
~Proverbs 3:5-6

Amen and amen!

I BELIEVE, LORD

Do we believe God is who He says He is? If I believe, then I have to accept and believe His promises—all of them; and I have to submit to His will—every day; and I have to obey what He requires of me—always.

If I believe.

It seems like a great deal. I either believe Jesus died for me, forgave me, loves me unconditionally and because of that, I am nothing without Him. Indeed, I owe Him everything I have or ever will have–I either believe—or I don’t.

If I believe, I must serve him—unconditionally. If I don’t believe, I owe him nothing, have nothing and will have nothing for all eternity.

I choose to believe. I decided to trust that God is who He has said and does say He is. I choose to believe that His promises have been and are still true. I choose to believe that total submission to His will is the only way to salvation. I believe that ongoing repentance of my sin, His forgiveness and continuing obedience to what He requires of me is the natural, daily result of the enormous gift of His undeserved grace.

I believe, Lord. I BELIEVE!

THINKING OF SUICIDE?

Please, think again. Suicide is a poor solution to the pain you are experiencing. It doesn’t matter how long or how intense the pain may be. IT WILL END. SUICIDE IS PERMANENT!!

PLEASE, PLEASE TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE HURTING!!

YOU MATTER!

My life has been extraordinary since I decided NOT to take my life and do away with it. It hasn’t all been perfect—far from it. But it has been filled with beauty and wonder and laughter—and times of pain. But I wouldn’t trade it for what I have learned about myself and other people and my faith and how I got where I was when I wanted to end it all. That took time—time I would not have had if I had ended it all.

PLEASE, PLEASE TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE HURTING!!

YOU MATTER!

Contact me through my ASK. Tell a friend you trust. Call a suicide hot line.

Or contact newspring.cc/care  and we will be glad to talk with you about anything.

But PLEASE—don’t take your life away from the rest of us. We love you.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ‘PERFECTION’
It was a huge burden to think I had to be in control—to try to manage perfection. What an impossible load to place on anyone—especially on a child. To believe that one isn’t good enough is one thing. To think oneself flawed and displeasing is horrible. To believe oneself unloved is too much to bear. But to not know what to do to become good enough, pleasing, lovable—perfect—how does one live like that without becoming dysfunctional and incapable of living at all? One doesn’t. One becomes dysfunctional—or dies. I nearly did. Or…
One finds another human being willing to love unconditionally. To wait expectantly. To give unremittingly and share a growing faith over a lifetime together until the living becomes not only functional, but in retrospect, a functional reality that was useful and purposeful. A life that was loving and giving and life-affirming and sustaining and in communion with the Creator. The Creator who knew all along that He was in control of this marriage union so strong that nothing would break it—or the union forged with Him in the process. Nothing would cause it to become anything but what he wanted it to be—for me—or for us.
It takes a marriage including God to make it unbreakable and to make it work. Because both humans in a marriage bring brokeness to it. We are flawed human beings—selfish, full of pride, hurt and sin. It is only by learning (sometimes in His infinite wisdom—learning together) that we must put Christ FIRST in our marriage, that we thereby learn how to love ourselves and our spouses and make our marriages the very best they can be.
We didn’t learn this until late in our marriage. But we learned it. And over the last seven years, our marriage has become more than we could have ever asked or imagined it could be. God is like that. And we are grateful.
In March, as I have written elsewhere, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our first date. On August 5th, we celebrated our 47th anniversary. We are two very different people than we were 47 years ago. We are two very different people than we were seven years ago. I am most definitely a very different person than I was as a damaged and confused child who grew up thinking I had to be perfect to earn back the love I thought I had lost from my earthly father.
How grateful and blessed I am to be whose I am today—imperfect, ‘but striving on toward perfection,’ loved by the man God chose for me and with whom he wants me to spend such an amazing life–and loved by both an earthly and Heavenly Father.
The best is yet to come!

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ‘PERFECTION’

It was a huge burden to think I had to be in control—to try to manage perfection. What an impossible load to place on anyone—especially on a child. To believe that one isn’t good enough is one thing. To think oneself flawed and displeasing is horrible. To believe oneself unloved is too much to bear. But to not know what to do to become good enough, pleasing, lovable—perfect—how does one live like that without becoming dysfunctional and incapable of living at all? One doesn’t. One becomes dysfunctional—or dies. I nearly did. Or…

One finds another human being willing to love unconditionally. To wait expectantly. To give unremittingly and share a growing faith over a lifetime together until the living becomes not only functional, but in retrospect, a functional reality that was useful and purposeful. A life that was loving and giving and life-affirming and sustaining and in communion with the Creator. The Creator who knew all along that He was in control of this marriage union so strong that nothing would break it—or the union forged with Him in the process. Nothing would cause it to become anything but what he wanted it to be—for me—or for us.

It takes a marriage including God to make it unbreakable and to make it work. Because both humans in a marriage bring brokeness to it. We are flawed human beings—selfish, full of pride, hurt and sin. It is only by learning (sometimes in His infinite wisdom—learning together) that we must put Christ FIRST in our marriage, that we thereby learn how to love ourselves and our spouses and make our marriages the very best they can be.

We didn’t learn this until late in our marriage. But we learned it. And over the last seven years, our marriage has become more than we could have ever asked or imagined it could be. God is like that. And we are grateful.

In March, as I have written elsewhere, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our first date. On August 5th, we celebrated our 47th anniversary. We are two very different people than we were 47 years ago. We are two very different people than we were seven years ago. I am most definitely a very different person than I was as a damaged and confused child who grew up thinking I had to be perfect to earn back the love I thought I had lost from my earthly father.

How grateful and blessed I am to be whose I am today—imperfect, ‘but striving on toward perfection,’ loved by the man God chose for me and with whom he wants me to spend such an amazing life–and loved by both an earthly and Heavenly Father.

The best is yet to come!

Amen.

Amen.

tftwf-andnothingbutthefunk said: Recently I went to Lakewood church and it was great.I really felt God moving.I've always seen both sides of the argument,but do you think it's bad that they have a million dollar church and home when some Houstonians don't even have a place to sleep?

peterdwebb:

I’m going to use some very rough estimates in the post, but it’s to make a point. 

I believe that’s the largest church in America. Just thinking about the size of a building that could hold some 43 thousand people every Sunday. I’m sure that the building itself costs way more than a million dollars. I’d guess that that they bought it for 7.5 million. 

So that’s $3 per person per Sunday for just 1 year, and after that first year, their building is completely paid off, and they can use it for practically free for as long as they want. That’s not extravagant. 

Think about the income of 43,000 people. If the average income is around 50k, and we assume that the church is broken up into households of 4, then the income of the people attending the church is over 500 million every year.

With over 500,000,000 dollars in people’s hands every year just from their church attendance, why are we complaining about the cost of the church building? There are more than enough Christians in Houston to fix homelessness.

And it’s that way in almost every city in America. 

Better question would be, what are you doing to fix homelessness in your city?

Because of a recent discussion with a former member of our church who left because he didn’t know the salary of our pastor (and was convinced it was “too much” and that “pastors were obligated to live frugally and in modest homes”) I am reblogging this because it is an excellent response to such concerns. (Really! We don’t know what our pastor makes either, BTW. We don’t even know what our son makes and he is on staff as well. We know the total expenditure for salaries as a part of the total budget. We trust that the leadership of the church knows how to budget salary expenditures amongst the people that are hired.)

When folks get focused on one issue, that they see in ANOTHER church or another person, it usually means that they are having difficulty with what God is trying to tell them about that very topic and how it fares in their relationship with Him.

It would be of far more benefit when such ‘deep concerns’ arise to ask Jesus, “Lord, reveal to me how I can better serve you with my money” than to worry over how a church to which you do not belong is spending theirs.

todaysdocument:


Telegram from Admiral Richard Edwards to Admiral William Leahy Regarding the Hiroshima Bomb, 08/06/1945 - 08/06/1945

A matter-of-fact telegram reporting on the successful delivery of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The magnitude of devastation caused by the bomb is only alluded to in the comment “Visible effects greater than any test.”

Amazing understatement of the cost of war.

todaysdocument:

Telegram from Admiral Richard Edwards to Admiral William Leahy Regarding the Hiroshima Bomb, 08/06/1945 - 08/06/1945

A matter-of-fact telegram reporting on the successful delivery of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The magnitude of devastation caused by the bomb is only alluded to in the comment “Visible effects greater than any test.”

Amazing understatement of the cost of war.

HAMPTON YACHT CLUB

This past May, my husband and I attended a breakfast as a part of his 50th Hampton High School Reunion at the Hampton Yacht Club in Hampton, Virginia. We were really pleased to be there, as ordinarily, we don’t travel in that crowd! Hampton itself happens to be the oldest continuous English speaking colony in the United States, as it was settled in 1610. 

The Hampton Yacht Club came a bit later in 1907. But it has a long and glorious history, tiny though it be. In both the top and bottom pictures, one can see in the background another famous Hampton landmark. It was chartered officially in 1868 by the American Missionary Association (a bi-racial group of mostly ministers who felt called to educate their newly freed brothers). It was formally named Hampton Agricultural and Industrial School. It would also later educate American Indian students as well as freedmen.

However, it truly had its roots, so to speak, in 1861 when Mary S. Peake began teaching both slaves and freedmen (althought this was then against the law) under a large oak tree on the grounds of what would later become the school. When the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation was read under that same tree in 1863, the tree became known as the Emancipation Oak and bears that name to this day. Its location is an integral part of the campus. National Geographic named it as one of the 10 Most Important Trees. It is also the symbol of the City of Hampton.

As far as I know, since the very beginning, the clock tower and building you see in the lower photo have been part of what was renamed Hampton Institute in 1930 and then Hampton University in 1984. Oh, and one of it’s most famous students was Booker T. Washington. You might have heard of him. He went on to found Tuskeegee Institute.