Oh Lord, Not My Will But Thine”

 
His Will

Oh Lord, Not My Will But Thine”

When a soul comes to Christ, seeking salvation
and redemption to cover their hearts,
They really don’t know what God’s about to do
or the process that’s ready to start.

For God sweeps in, in an instant of time
and saves their soul through forgiveness of sin.
They are made whole through the sacrifice of God
and this is how God’s work begins.

For a person who’s saved becomes a new creature
and old desires begin to change.
The others will notice the newness of life
or a life being rearranged.

And as a child of God grows to love Him more
they’ll see an even deeper meaning of things.
They’ll learn to look for the workings of God
or His movings behind the scenes.

As time progresses they’ll surely confess
they’ve seen God use all things for His good.
And they will see God’s glory through the hardest stories
and the moments that were not understood.

God’s greatest work is in saving the soul
but He also works through the passage of time.
For God melts the heart who surrenders to pray,
“Oh Lord, not my willbut thine”.

c2001 Sheila Gosney



The Can Man

cans

I work in a major US factory. We make refrigerators. Four thousand five hundred new refrigerators every day. It is a union shop and it’s gradually shrinking as many union blue collar factories seem to be but that is not what this story is about.

This story is about one man who works in that huge factory. I’ve seen him around for years but never paid much attention. He always seemed just a little odd. A little short. A little dirty. Always the same old red ball cap. And always a garbage bag in one hand. He walked around that big old factory on his breaks and his lunch time collecting aluminum cans. Day after day, month after month for years. Hot days, cold days. Over the years I’ve followed him as he walked to his old pickup truck on the coldest day with snow blowing and everyone with their collars turned up and their hands in their pockets. He would be there with a 40 gallon garbage bag full of aluminum cans. He’d toss it into the back of his truck and jump in and I’d reach my car and jump in and we’d all race to the exit of this big half empty parking lot.

Today I was working on a broken machine in this factory and the can man came by with his bag picking up cans. Our manager was standing there because the machine I was working on had been “down” for a couple of hours and he was getting worried that we might run one of the assembly lines out of the parts.

I was finishing and I stood up just as the manager asked the can man what he did with all those cans. I’d never thought to ask him that question because I always just assumed he cashed them in at the recycle center.

The can man said “I give them to my neighbor, he’s epileptic and can’t hold a job”. I blurted out, “you mean you’ve been collecting all those cans for all these years to give to your neighbor??” “It ain’t much” he said “but I give them to him. He can’t hold a job, he has too many seizures”.

Right then and there in that factory I found myself looking smack at the face of Jesus. He was wearing a T-shirt and an old red ball cap and he  had a garbage bag full of aluminum cans in his hand and it WAS Jesus!

It was one of the most humbling moments of my entire life. “Dear Lord, I offer my prayer for the can man. I don’t even know his name but You do. Lord, I lift him up to You. Bless him and watch over him for his is surely one of your best foot soldiers. He is a man whose feet I am unworthy to wash!! Thank you God for sending the can man to help his neighbor and for the lesson he taught me. May I remember it long after today!

Amen!”



I AM THANKFUL…

 
thankful

-FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES

BECAUSE THAT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME & NOT ON THE STREETS

-FOR THE TAXES THAT I PAY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I AM EMPLOYED.

-FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

-FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

-FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.

-FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,

AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING, BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.

-FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

-FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND THAT I HAVE BEEN

BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION

-FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.

-FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH THAT SINGS OFF KEY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I CAN HEAR.

-FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

-FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

-FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I AM ALIVE.

-AND FINALLY…….

FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.



Sponges

sponges

There are 5 sponges laying on your kitchen counter top. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, but all the sponges  look the same. You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home, but you can’t tell by looking… they all look the same….so what do you do?

You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out. As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one.

 Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner — that one was used to clean the bathroom.

 Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil — hubby was cleaning the garage!

 In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed — yep, the baby’s nursery was done with that one!

 And finally, in the last one, is floor wax — that was the one you used on the hall floor!

 As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity — and they all look the same until they’re squeezed.

 Christians are the same way.

 As life squeezes us, different things come out — anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another — also greed, untruth, lust — and finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Christ.

 Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in — stay in the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life puts the squeeze on you (and it will), Jesus, and Jesus alone will shine forth from you!



Just some Thoughts

thoughts
  1. If you feel far away from God, guess who moved?
  2. Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.
  3. What you are is God’s Gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
  4. I am God’s Melody of Life and He Sings His Song through me.
  5. We can never really go where God is not, and where He Is, all is well.
  6. No matter what is happening in your life, know that God Is Waiting for you with open Arms.
  7. God Promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
  8. Do your best and then sleep in peace. God Is Awake.
  9. God Has a Purpose and Plan for me that no one else can fulfill.
  10. The Will of God will never take you to where The Grace of God will not protect you.
  11. We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome.
  12. We set the sail; God Makes the wind.
  13. Begin to weave and God Will Give you the thread.
  14. When God Says “no”, it’s because He Has something better in store for you.
  15. The task ahead of us is never as great as The Power behind us.
  16. Prayer: don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.

1 7. It’s my business to do God’s Business, and it’s His Business to take care of my business.

  1. Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
  2. How come you’re always running around looking for God? He’s not lost.
  3. The will of the majority may not be The Will of God.


“Of Roses and Thorns”

Rose

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The “God-like” qualities planted in us at birth, growing amidst the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some don’t see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love – to know another person, including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet still help another to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Only then will they blossom, and most likely, blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold, as it is given to them.

Our duty in this world is to help others, by showing them their roses and not their thorns. It is then that we achieve the love we should feel for each other. Only then can we bloom in our own garden.

 



Encourage One Another

 
Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, HCSB

Encouraging one another doesn’t sound so hard. A fist bump here, an ‘atta girl’ there. A quick text to say “Hang in there, you can do this!” A hug when you see a friend in person.

Encouraging one another sounds pretty easy . . . until you realize it’s not.

What happens when she gets the opportunity that passed you by? What about when your co-worker gets the credit for a job well done that couldn’t have happened without you? When that mom in your moms’ group has everything already figured out? When it’s a weary looking shopper in the cereal aisle at the grocery? When it’s your spouse as you meet to unravel a financial mess you *may* attribute to their bookkeeping? When it’s another family member, and you worry about embarrassing yourself or them?

Encouragement sounds simple, but if our own emotions get in the way, it can actually be rather difficult to “encourage one another and build each other up.” She doesn’t need me to tell her she’s doing a good job, she must know already. I don’t even know that lady – she’ll think I’m kooky. Don’t we want to be encouraged? Don’t we deserve to be built up by another?

We do. You do. But the Lord doesn’t give us a free pass to withhold encouragement because of jealousy or fear.

He does ask us to speak life into the hearts of the people in our lives no matter what, because that’s what He does for us.

I know it can be hard. I know that for many reasons, you may not always feel like building someone else up. Encouraging, uplifting words don’t always come naturally, and there can be a fear of those words – of our hearts – being rejected.

Anytime we put our hearts on the line, we take a leap of faith. But in the leaping, we allow the Lord to hold our hand.

Offer the encouraging word nearly spilling from your lips, held back only by fear. Grab the hand of God and let Him guide you – following His lead will never let you down. Encourage one another and build each other up. Simple – and sometimes difficult – as that.

How – who – can you boldly encourage and build up this week?



This is That

 
HS flame

Since yesterday was “Pentecost Sunday” I post this classic poem by Dr. Joe Campbell.

 

“THIS IS THAT”

     Notice that Peter said, “

This is that of which Joel spoke.”  In other words, what you see and what you hear is that

which Joel said would be.
     We who claim the Baptism with the Holy Spirit should ask ourselves the question, “Is

‘this’ that I have, that which they had?”  If it is not quite like that that they received, then we must in honesty say that “this’’ is not “that.”  But if this that we have received is like they received, then we can say that “this” is “that,” and that “that” which they received is “this” that we received, and that “this” is “that.”

     Here is a poem for you to read:

 THIS IS THAT (Acts 2:17)

 “These are the last days saith God.”

 What you hear and what you see,

 As Peter explained at Pentecost

 Are the things God said would be.

 


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WHY GOD SHOULDN’T HAVE CALLED YOU

 
God qualifies

 There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you. But don’t  worry. You’re in good company.

 Moses stuttered. David’s armor didn’t fit. John Mark was rejected by Paul. Timothy had ulcers. Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob was a liar. David had an affair. Solomon was too rich. Jesus was too poor. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So was Moses. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. Elijah was burned out.  John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart.  Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk.

 Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So did Peter, Paul–well, lots of folks did.

 But God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. As much as we try, God’s gifts are FREE.

 We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be …Wonderful.

 Satan says, “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what? I AM.”

 Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross.

 He doesn’t calculate what you did in ‘ 78. It’s not even on the record. Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But if we are deeply in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us  in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like.

 I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the inimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mince-meat of our limitations.




 

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