Tuesday, January 6, 2009

MeMommie

Ecclesiastes 3 ~ A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

I found out last night on the way home from work, that MeMommie had died. MeMommie is I guess you could say adopted grandma. She's my sisters grandma but I've thought of her as my grandma ever since I was little. Miss Phyllis Cook was possibly one of the sweetest ladies ever. Loved the Lord and loved just about everyone around her. My dad said she could be quite a fiery spirit and I don't doubt it. I'm going to miss her a lot but I know that she's with God and that gives me both peace and joy.

Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV)
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Spurgeon's thoughts on the new year


At the Rebelution Conference, Alex and Brett Harris encouraged us to make friends with "dead people" meaning, invest time in reading and studying people who are now dead but who were in their time, great evangelists and preachers. One of my favorite dead people is Charles Haddon Spurgeon. I inherited this love of Spurgeon from my dad...who wisely started me early...I will be forever grateful to daddy because Spurgeon is truly amazing and so very deep. Anyway, I got the above book ^ for Christmas! (you know what I spent the next several hours doing lol!) Anyway, I was reading the page for December 30th and I was truly struck by what I read (convicted too) so I figured I'd post it here(lol gotta love the King James Version!!!)

Reading for December 30 ~ (1855, Sermon #58)
Canaan on Earth
"For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year, even unto the end of the year."
Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (Suggested further reading: Psalm 139:1-12)

'We have come now, beloved, to the end of another year-to the threshold of another period of time, and have marched another year's journey through the wilderness. Come, now! In reading this verse over, can you say Amen to it? "The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon you, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year." Some of you say, "I have had deep troubles this year." "I have lost a friend," says one. "Ah!" says another, "I have been impoverished this year." "I have been slandered", cries another. "I have been exceedingly vexed and grieved", says another. "I have been persecuted says another. Well, beloved, take the year altogether-the ups and the downs, the troubles and the joys, the hills and the valleys altogether, and what have you to say about it? You may say, "Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." Do not pick out one day in the year, and say it was a bad day, but take all the year round, let it revolve in all its grandeur. Judge between things that differ; and then what will you say? "Ah! Bless the Lord! He hath done all things well; my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!" And you know why all things have been well. It is because the eyes of the Lord have been upon you all the year.

For Meditation: Are you glad that God sees you through and through every moment of your life? This should bring terror to the unbeliever (Hebrews 4:13) but great comfort to God's people in the hour of distress (Genesis 16:13; Exodus 2:25).'

WOW!!!! I so tend to just remember the bad things or just remember the good things! Even though this sermon was preached in 1855, 154 years later, it still rings true.