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Summer’s Long Rest

The season of summer is coming to a close.  Autumn is chasing away the heat, and bringing a fresh current of breeze that flows through the trees and makes them whisper a song of gratitude.

The glow of summer will fade, the rapidly growing green grass, the fruitful green trees and the gardens; they will all wither.

“For the grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8

I thought I would share a few verses from the Bible that I stumbled upon during my morning study.

” I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
         And in His word I do hope.
  My soul waits for the Lord
         More than those who watch for the morning— 
         Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.”

Psalm 130:5-6

My Bible study leader was talking about waiting on the Lord to bring the right mate for you, instead of dating a million guys and watching as each one of them take a piece of your broken heart away.  She explained that we wait on the Lord for simple things to.  Once, while she was at the beach, she got up before sunrise and went out-of-doors to wait for the sun.  Slowly and gradually rays of light broke the darkness and a golden glow filled the clouds.  But she had to wait for quite a while.  Well in Psalms, I believe David is saying that we must wait for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning and he will do what he has promised in his Word.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness or fear; be content with suck things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“So may we boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

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Peaceful Rest

Psalm 4:8                                                                                                                                                                             In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. 

Psalm 91

 1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

 2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

 3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

 5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

 6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

 7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

 8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

 9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

 10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

 11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

 12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

 14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

 15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

 16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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Ideals

“What is your aim in life, or, rather, what would you have your life to be if you could have the choosing?  What kind of life looks the best and most desirable to you?  What are your ideals?  An ideal is a mental conception of perfection.  It is a picture in the mind of things as we should like to have them.  Every girl has her ideals and in one way or another is working toward them.  She may be careless and hardly conscious of what she is doing, yet certainly she is following after her ideal.  She has in her mind the picture of the woman she wants to be.  No girl can rise higher than her ideals.  The ideal that one has in mind is the limit of perfection to that person.  It is impossible to attain to higher things than we strive for; and few even reach their ideals.  So it is imperative that a girl set before her good and pure ideals, that she set her mark high.  It is better to aim at the impossible than to be content with the inferior.  Every girl is a women in the making.  Some time she will stand in a women’s place and take a women’s responsibilities.  And now, while she is a girl, she is forming the character that shall be hers through womanhood.  Her ideals are shaping her life.  What is an ideal women?  What kind of women is most to be admired?  Who among your acquaintances seems the most admirable to you?  Consider her dress, her lifework, her manner of speech, her influence upon those about her.”  From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.

I hope you will be encouraged by the words of Karen Andreola.  A young lady myself, I must constantly remind myself that what kind of person I am now, is who I am to become.  If I am rude and unpleasant, than I shall grow to be a rude and unpleasant women; but if I am a calm and pleasant girl than I will soon become a calm and pleasant women.  We must remember that it is our job to serve others.  What kind of women do you want to become?

“It is not enough to have good ideals alone.  There must be careful and persistent effort to live up to them.  To reach these ideals often costs the sacrifice of other things that seem pleasant.  Like the merchant of old who found a pearl of greatest price and sold all that he had to purchase it, so a girl to keep her ideals pure must be willing to give up all else for them.  And a girl will sacrifice much for her ideal, be it good or bad.  It is not enough simply to strive for a life morally pure and noble.  That is good; but the truly ideal life is one lived for God.  A life that does not in word and deed reflect the life and teachings of Christ fails that much in being ideal.” From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.

 

 

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Word for Today

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”  Corrie Ten Boom

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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The Infant Samuel

This month I will post several works of art that I enjoy just staring at.  The first is a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds.  It is called The Infant Samuel.

The Infant Samuel
By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792)
In the National Gallery, London

Reynolds the foremost painter of the English School, takes that place by virtue of his portraits. He achieved an extraordinary popularity, not merely because of his work, but also because of his great personal charm, which gained him the patronage of the King and the friendship of such men as Johnson, Garrick, Goldsmith, Gibbon, and Burke.

He was a magnificent copyist: indeed, Sir Walter Armstrong suggested that one of the Rembrandts in the National Gallery is, in reality, a copy made by Reynolds. At the same time he assimilated the styles of the Old Masters, and reproduced their best methods upon his original canvases. In like manner, he could gather all the best of his subject and picture it in a manner graceful in composition and beautiful in colouring. In these respects, as in the delicacy of his flesh painting, his portraits have never been surpassed, and it is easy to understand that the great folk of his time were anxious to employ his genius. So popular indeed was he, that in certain years he completed three or four portraits every week, and even when he became the first President of the Royal Academy, and worked less at painting, he still produced an average of over a portrait a week.

Undoubtedly his delightful child studies must have been painted for sheer pleasure. They show that he was just as happy in portraying the innocent beauty of youth as the maturer qualities of age. In such a picture as “The Infant Samuel,” therefore, we have a combination of his qualities – the marked influence of the Italian School, the felicitous inspiration of the subject, and the beautiful colouring and dexterous workmanship which glorify the creations of his mind.

From the book “Famous Paintings” printed in 1913.

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (King James Version)

 1And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 

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Do you read God’s Letters?

Would you want a friend who never talked to you and never read your letters?  Did God write the Bible,  his letter to you, for it to sit on a shelf?  I think that most of us need to be reminded to hide God’s Word in our hearts.

“I have hidden your Word in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  Psalm 119:11


Today my mother read this poem out of a book to my brother and I.

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Old Brother Higgins built a shelf, for the family Bible to rest itself,

lest a sticky finger or grimy thumb

might injure the delicate pages some.

He cautioned his children to touch it not,

and it rested there with never a blot,

though the Higgins tribe were a troublesome lot.


His neighbour, Miggins, built a shelf.

“Come, children,” he said, “and help yourself”.

His book is old and ragged and worn,

with some of the choicest pages torn,

where children have fingered and numbered and read.

But of the Miggins tribe I’ve heard it said,

each carries a Bible in his head”

-Author is Unknown

It is important for us, whether children or adults, to plant ourselves in God’s Word every day, so that we might always carry the scriptures in our head and heart wherever we go.

Need some inspiration?  I encourage you to read the book, “Ten Peas in a Pod.  The Million-Mile Journal of Arnold Pent Family”.

Ten P's in a Pod by Arnold Pent: Book CoverThis family traveled the country as missionaries.  No matter where they went, whether bumping around on a dirt road, or around the breakfast table, they never failed to put God first.  Memorizing most of the books in the Bible, they didn’t need to attempt to read the Bible on their busy trips.  They recited it, whole chapters at a time, starting from the oldest, right down to the five-year-old.  It is important for us to do the same.  I am working on it.  I would love for my readers to work on it too.  Don’t just open God’s letters every once in a while.  Read God’s letters over and over every day.  Become God’s friend.

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