With a thankful heart…

First off, I’d like to thank Debi C. for lending me the book by Amy Carmichael, Rose from Brier; what I’ve read and re-read has been a blessing and a huge encouragement.

A portion of a song that came to Amy C. while amidst great pain and a desire to be with her Fellowship, “Thou hast not that, My child, but Thou has Me, And am not I alone enough for thee? I know it all, know how thy heart was set Upon this joy which is not give yet. And well I know how through the wistful days Thou walkest all the dear familiar ways, As unregarded as a breath of air, But there in love and longing, always there. I know it all; but from thy brier shall blow a rose for others. If it were not so I would have told thee. Come, then, say to Me: My Lord, my Love, I am content with Thee.”

Thank you to Eric and Juana Quinlan for giving me a CD by Twila Paris, entitled, “He is Exalted.” My favorite song—although I love listening to them all—but the one that has stood out the most is, “God is in Control”:

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by motion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

He has never let yo down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me

Another thank you to Beth C. for sending us the sermon by John MacArthur, entitled, “The Role of Suffering” from II Corinthians chapter 12. It was such a powerful message. One of the points he made was that trials serve many purposes, such as the following: To test our faith, to wean us off of worldly things, help us focus on eternal hope, to reveal what we really love, to teach us to value God’s blessing, to enable us to help others who suffer, to produce endurance, to humble us, or to break our confidence. They produce the broken and contrite heart God wants us to have. Another point is that God uses suffering to draw us to Himself. Suffering has a way of increasing and intensifying our prayer life. In II Co. 12:9, “… My grace is sufficient for you …” God doesn’t remove the issue of pain or trouble, but increases the grace He gives. He gives comforting grace in the midst of a trial. Encouraging grace in the midst of pain. A confident grace. In Deut. 33:26 it says He “rides through the heavens to your help.” There will always be sufficient grace to every issue. God doesn’t promise to remove your trouble, pain, etc., but promises to overwhelm it with grace. How wonderful is that? How wonderful, awesome, and powerful our God and Saviour is!!!!!

My God has given me a wonderful husband, who is stronger than he realizes. I thank Him for such a man that is faithful through it all. My kids are indeed a joy and a blessing, most of the time. From the silly things they say to the serious questions they ask. One of my favorite times with them is just sitting and listening to them sing along with the music that plays. What a joy to hear them sing praises to our God. He’s so very good. His provision for us, His loving care, His guidance and His continued mercy. One of my favorite verses is: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are more valuable than many sparrows.
—Matthew 10:29-31

I praise God for His love that is shown through family and friends, with their continued prayers and words of encouragement and the many helpful things they do. Thank you to each of you. Thank you for showing me God’s love and your love, too.

5 Replies to “With a thankful heart…”

  1. Another song from Twila Paris has helped and encouraged me, particularly when I from Panic Attacks back in the 90’s (thank God I haven’t had one of those in a while!). Anyhow, the song is “This Thorn” and it’s on the Cry for the Desert CD if you’re inclined to look into it.

    The lyrics are:

    Thank you for this torn
    embedded in my flesh
    I can feel the mystery
    my spirit is made fresh
    You are sovereign still
    and forever wise
    I can see the miracle opening my eyes
    To a proud heart
    so quick to judge
    Laying down crosses and carrying grudges
    The veil has been torn
    And I thank you for this thorn

    Thank you for this thorn
    fellowship of pain
    Teaching me to know you more
    never to complain
    Thank You for this love
    planted in my side
    Faithful patient miracle opening my eyes

    I never thought I’d say it without reservation
    But I am truly grateful for this piercing revelation
    Of a proud heart
    so quick to judge
    Laying down crosses and carrying grudges
    The veil has been torn
    And I thank you for this thorn

    And if You chose to take it, I will praise You
    And thank You for the healing in your name
    But if it must remain,
    I thank You for Your rod
    Evidence of Father-love
    for a child of God

    I join you in sorrow
    So much less than You have borne
    And I thank you
    Really I thank You
    Lord I thank You
    I thank You for this thorn

    You are continually in my prayers.

  2. Mark, what a powerful message. Thanks for sharing and for your prayers, too. Praying you have a fruitful time in N.Y., what a great opportunity you have been given.

  3. I’m glad you loved the MacArthur sermon- makes me want to suffer more everytime I hear it. This time I was particularly impacted (I avoid using the word “touched”- pretty high with the cheese factor) by his description of Peter. Peter denied Christ three times- didn’t want to persue the mininstry anymore he felt like such a failure- then Jesus had to encourage Him that God makes us worthy to serve Him. Then Peter went on to be a pillar of the early church! It is when God shakes the “us” out of us- however He has to- that we are the most useable and most powerful through Christ.

  4. That reminds me of the saying your bro has on his blog, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called”.

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