Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Every Hope Fulfilled



I don't look back:  
God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, 
The sinning, 
The regrets;
I leave them all with Him, 
Who blots the record,
And mercifully forgives, 
And then forgets.

I don't look forward, 
God sees all the future:
The road that, 
Short or long, 
Will lead me home;
And He will face with me its every trial,
And bear for me the burdens that may come.

I don't look round me: 
Then would fears assail me,
So wild the tumult of earth's restless seas;
So dark the world, 
So filled with woe and evil,
So vain the hope of comfort or of ease.

I don't look in, 
For then am I most wretched;
Myself has naught on which to stay my trust;
Nothing I see save failures and short-comings,
And weak endeavors crumbling into dust.

But I look up -- 
Into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, 
My fears are stilled:
And there is joy, 
And love, 
And light for darkness,
And perfect peace, 
And every hope fulfilled.

by Annie Johnson Flint

Copyright 2013 Molding Into A Lady

Raising Homemakers

Monday, October 7, 2013

Picking Back Up Into My Journals

     Today, I picked up my journal and decided to start writing in it, again.  Since about 12 years ago or so, I have neglected faithful writing in my journal.  I used to do it regularly; I guess once I met Dear, I had another source of communication. :)  Poor Dear.
     However, I have been noticing a common thread of late:  friends suggesting me to write in a journal.  Thoughts of "Maybe I should journal?"  Hmm...Methinks God is telling me something.
     I have to say, when I started it up today, it was refreshing!  There were many teary-eyed moments; for, much of what has occurred in my life of late has been strenuous.  I am selective of my sources of wisdom and confidence:  seeking only those I truly believe will help me be faithful in my walk with Christ, challenging me to go to Him, pointing me to Scripture, helping me cope according to truth.  Yet, I still needed to write.
     I do pray that I will remain faithful to it.  I remember the pleasure I had writing every day, or nearly every day, in bygone days.  Unfortunately, I threw many of those journals away, at the counsel of one whom I wish I never would have listened.  Instead, I wish I would have ripped out those pages that were of question:  those pages recorded many of the happenings of my life during my wayward years.
     There is one journal that my youngest sister brought to me last year on their visit to me.  As I read the pages, many memories flooded my mind.  Some were happy, some were sad.  It was very interesting to note the transition in my life of a young lady seeking to follow God with all her being, to a lady being seduced by the lusts before her.  It was as if one page was of a young lady following after God, and then I turned the page to find her fallen down.
     After I finish the current journal I am using, I plan to pick back up in the one my sister brought to me.  It will be interesting, because the last entry was years ago!  However, I think it will be exciting to see how God brought that young lady back to Himself.  :)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 October Day Book

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...

...Is the return of autumn.

I am thinking...

...About the peace of likemindedness between Dear and I.

I am thankful...

...That God has united our hearts!

In the kitchen...

...Are dishes waiting to be cleaned.

I am wearing...

...A comfy caftan.

I am creating...

...A well-stocked pantry.

I am going...

...To keep looking to Christ.

I am wondering...

...About all the details of our life's journeys.

I am reading...

...Genesis.

I am hoping...

...In Jesus.

I am looking forward to...

...Serving the Lord.

I am learning...

...That I have to think about how I say things, so that Dear understands my "woman-speak." :)

Around the house...

...Is a sense of in-between.

I am pondering...

...The workings of God in our hearts.

A favorite quote for today...

..."Is any thing too hard for the LORD?"  Genesis 18:14a

One of my favorite things...

...Is being in unison with Dear.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

1.  Fight the cold seeking to settle within me.
2.  Read the Bible
3. Pray

A peek into my day...

Copyright 2013 Molding Into A Lady


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