Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Though friends should all fail and foes all unite;
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The scripture assures us, the Lord will provide.
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed,
From them let us learn to trust for our bread:
His saints, what is fitting, shall ne'er he denied,
So long as it's written, the Lord will provide.
We may, like the ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous deeps, but cannot be lost.
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide,
The promise engages, the Lord will provide.
His call we obey like Abram of old,
Not knowing our way, but faith makes us bold;
For though we are strangers we have a good Guide,
And trust in all dangers, the Lord will provide.
When Satan appears to stop up our path,
And fill us with fears, we triumph by faith;
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
This heart-cheering promise, the Lord will provide.
He tells us we're weak, our hope is in vain,
The good that we seek, we ne'er shall obtain,
But when such suggestions our spirits have plied,
This answers all questions- the Lord will provide.
No strength of our own, or goodness we claim,
Yet since we have known the Savior's great name;
In this our strong tower for safety we hide,
The Lord is our power, the Lord will provide.
When life sinks apace and death is in view,
This word of his grace shall comfort us through:
No fearing or doubting with Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting, the Lord will provide.
©2006 Detuned Radio Music. Words by John Newton, Music by Matthew S. Smith
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tomorrow I meet with a portion of the elders from my former church. Don't know how it will work out since we have not been face to face for 6 months. We are meeting in a neutral location, Ellerbe. So pray for all concerned. Those that are there and those who chose not to attend. But most of all pray for the glory of God in the process.
Monday, August 25, 2008
God has really been looking after us since we arrived in Columbia. We have found a wonderful church where we are beginning to feel at home. ( check out the website at www.growingthroughfaith.com ) We have met a wonderful older couple who have just taken us under their wings.
Michael is loving school. He always has so much to talk about when he gets home of all the wonderful things he is learning. He doesn't have a negative thing to say about his professors. Keep him in prayer while he has to make this transition into school mode again. He is taking Greek 1, Old Testament 1, and Foundations of Spiritual Development. I have been falling asleep to funny sounding Greek words.
I am putting some pictures of our new very small apartment. We have been blessed here! We have a lake pretty much in our backyard, with a 1 mile trail around, which we have worn in quite well. We have everything we have ever needed around here in walking distance. We have definitely been getting our exercise because it is easier to walk places than drive.
Please keep up in your prayers as I am still looking for a job, but I know God will provide.
Miss you all. Here is our new address: 112 Paces Brook Ave. Apt 11215 Columbia, SC 29212
Father of Mercies, Hear me for Jesus' sake. I am sinful even in my closest walk with thee; it is of thy mercy I died not long ago; Thy grace has given me in the cross by which thou hast reconciled thyself to me and me to thee, drawing me by thy great love, reckoning me as innocent in Christ though guilty in myself.
Giver of all graces, I look to thee for strength to maintain them in me, for it is hard to practise what I believe. Strengthen me against temptations. My heart is an unexhausted fountain of sin, a river of corruption since childhood days, flowing on in every pattern of behaviour; Thou hast disarmed me of the means in which I trusted, and I have no strength but in thee.
Thou alone canst hold back my evil ways, but without thy grace to sustain me I fall. Satan's darts quickly inflame me, and the shield that should quench them easily drops from my hand: Empower me against his wiles and assaults. Keep me sensible of my weakness, and of my dependence upon thy strength. Let every trial teach me more of thy peace, more of thy love.
Thy Holy Spirit is given to increase thy graces, and I cannot preserve or improve them unless he works continually in me. May he confirm my trust in thy promised help, and let me walk humbly in dependence upon thee, for Jesus' sake.
Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritian Prayers
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday through Saturday we moved Margaret into Covenant College, Lookout Mt. Georgia. A mixture of emotions for her and the rest of the family. It doesn't get easier with the third one!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We planned and paid for this trip over a year ago with my older brother, long before we knew we would go through 6+ months of real turmoil - it was a relaxing time a way!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Today, Lynn and I had to go to Southern Pines to pick up a passport out of the safety deposit box so Lynn could go to Alaska with me. A year ago we planned and paid fo this vacation with my oldest brother and his dear wife to spend a couple of days in our favorite city of Vancouver, BC and then take a cruise up the coast. This was way before unexpected events happened that turned our lives upside down. But God has a way of moving and getting us where he wants us!