Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, September 19 {with link up}





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Saturday, September 15, 2018

More, More, More! {a devotional}

Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. Proverbs 8:18, 19.

The covetous man becomes more covetous as he draws near his death. The man who all through his life is accumulating earthly treasure, cannot readily withdraw himself from his accustomed pursuits. Shall not he who is seeking a heavenly treasure become more earnest, more zealous, and more intensely interested in seeking the treasure which is above? Shall he not covet the best and most enduring substance? Shall he not seek the crown of glory that is imperishable, the riches which moth and rust doth not corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal? The more ardent his hopes, the more strenuous are his efforts and the more determined he is not to fail of the immortal treasure.... His business on the earth is to secure eternal riches. He cannot, will not, consent, after tasting of the heavenly gifts of God, to be a pauper, left in destitution for eternity. The soul passion is more, more. This is the real want of the soul. We want more of the divine grace, more enlightenment, more faith....

Oh, if all the misdirected energies were devoted to the one great object—the rich provisions of the grace of God in this life—what testimonials we could hang in memory’s halls, recounting the mercies and favors of God!... Then the habit would be carried with us as an abiding principle to accumulate spiritual treasures as earnestly and perseveringly as the worldly aspirants labor for the earthly and temporal things. You may well be dissatisfied with the present supply when the Lord has a heaven of blessedness and a treasure house of good and gracious things to supply the necessities of the soul. Today we want more grace, today we want a renewal of God’s love and tokens of His goodness, and He will not withhold these good and heavenly treasures from the true seeker....

Those who feel their spiritual necessities will show their soul eagerness, their ardent desires, which extend upward and onward above every earthly, temporal inducement, to the eternal. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, September 12 {with link up}





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Monday, September 10, 2018

A Couple Thoughts on World Suicide Prevention Day

Today has been World Suicide Prevention Day. I posted about it over on my other blog, but here is a story I didn't share over there.

Many years ago, just a few years after I'd married my first husband (my oldest two children's father), we were living in a tiny basement apartment in Missoula, Montana, while he attended the vo-tech. Even though it was considered a daylight basement apartment (because there was a door to the outside, with a large window in it), winters were still hard to handle: short daylight hours; frequent overcast skies.

Just a few days after my 26th or 27th birthday, I seriously considered suicide. I'd even decided on the method, and was about to follow through. Then for some reason, I decided to wait until the next day.

Just a few moments after I'd made that decision, there was a knock on our door. Dear friends, whom we highly respected from our time spent in British Columbia, were on our doorstep. They were passing through from Washington state on their way East somewhere. We had a pleasant visit, and they prayed with us before they left.

Later, when I told another friend of mine, she made me promise to never consider or attempt suicide again. I did promise. To this day, I've kept that promise, because I keep my promises.

Now, I will admit, I often feel like I'm such a burden that my family and friends would be better off without me. Maybe I wish for a fatal automobile accident or something, or a heart attack. But I don't actually consider methods of suicide.

I suffer from insomnia, and chronic pain. Sometimes I wish that all could end. Sometimes teetering on the edge of this pit of depression gets to be more than I can handle. And often God seems so far away, and like He doesn't hear my prayers.

Speaking of insomnia....maybe I better try to get some sleep.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Scripture and a Snapshot, September 9

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV
Scripture and Snapshot




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