If you will think back on your life you may remember certain distinct times when you were in trouble. You didn’t know what to do; you didn’t know where to turn; your own resources were exhausted or woefully inadequate. And in the middle of that trouble, God used even the trouble itself to show you the answer and give you leadership. In fact, you probably would not have even known of His leadership and presence in that particular instance had you not been in trouble. God may have deliberately led you into that difficulty in order to work a great work in your life that you might have overlooked otherwise.
–Rocky Henriques, http://www.timothyreport.com
An expectant faith keeps on looking at what God is doing, in spite of the circumstances, and sometimes because of the circumstances. An expectant faith keeps an eye on God because of the belief that He is actively involved in the lives of mankind, and that He is working great wonders.
–Rocky Henriques, http://www.timothyreport.com
In Nova Scotia, three teenagers stole a boat. They took it for a ride, beached it, and then burned it—without realizing that they were on an island. They were stranded. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police helicopter and rescue officials were called in. All three teens faced charges of theft and damage to property.
· The negative situations we find ourselves in are often of our own making.
· …you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23
There will always be a “Goliath” in your life. That may sound like bad news, but we all have them. You may be facing one right now. A “Goliath” is anything stronger than you are which threatens your well-being. It may be an actual person, someone who is physically stronger. It could be a boss, who may not be physically stronger but who has more power than you and seems to love reminding you of it.
But it doesn’t have to be a person. Your “Goliath” may be a health problem. You may not know much about this right now, but it could even be a pile of unpaid bills. It may even be a relationship problem which just seems to get bigger and more intimidating every day. It could be a relationship which looks enticing, but one in which you know you don’t have any business being involved.
–Excerpt from “8 Things You Need To Know Before You Graduate,” by Rocky Henriques, https://www.createspace.com/5442116
You may have never heard of Horace Traubel, but if you have ever been involved in arts and crafts, or have items of that sort in your home, you may be interested to know that he was highly involved in getting the arts and crafts movement started here in America in the late nineteenth century. He died at age 60 after suffering several heart attacks, and as the hearse containing his body rolled up outside the church in New York City for the funeral, the church burst into flames.
Interestingly, he had once written, “If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”
Here is why this is important. The parent or grandparent who is more interested in training their children for Christ instead of accumulating piles of stuff will be the one who builds fires of curiosity about God in the hearts of their children. They will use odd moments or experiences through the day to teach their children about God and His wondrous works. A spider’s web, a singing bird, the death of a family pet, or as they get older, current events or things that happen in the course of their day, can be the spark that builds a blazing fire in their hearts for God.
All three sons of a widow took up the life of seafaring men, to her great disappointment. She was telling a neighbor that she didn’t understand why. The visitor pointed to a painting hanging in the dining room and asked, “How long have you had that picture hanging there?”
The woman replied, “Oh, for years—ever since the children were small.” The visitor said, “There’s your answer.” That painting on the dining room wall, where it would be seen every day at every meal, depicted a large sailing ship, with sails billowing in the wind, its bow cutting sharply through the waves. Without a word ever being said, that painting had exposed those three boys to the magic of the ocean.
The intellectual development of a child is influenced by intellectual stimulation. For example, I really enjoy reading. I attribute that love for reading to the fact that when I was a child, my father surrounded us boys with books. I did the same with my children.
In the same way, a child’s spiritual development is influenced by spiritual stimulation. If the parents are sensitive to this area, they will provide opportunities for their children to be exposed to things, events, books, activities, friends and anything else which will help the child develop spiritually.
Neil Armstrong made history on July 21, 1969, when he became the first person to set foot on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin followed him shortly thereafter. For two hours, 31 minutes and 40 seconds those two astronauts were outside their Eagle lunar module, walking on the surface of the Moon in an area called The Sea of Tranquility. There have been a total of twelve people who have walked on the Moon. The Moon does not have weather like we do here on the Earth; there is no wind or rain, and no erosion. Experts say that the footprints of those twelve men will be visible on the Moon for almost as long as there is a Moon!
Those astronauts certainly left their mark! What kind of mark are we leaving for eternity? In the lives of others? In the hearts and lives of our children? Our children need to be able to study the ways of God as revealed in the Scriptures, and for long, long years to come, be able to see our “footprints” as we followed our Savior.
When I was in the sixth grade at Oak Forest Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, our music teacher was named Miss Larsen. All sixth graders were required to sing in the choir; it was a class that we all went to.
Miss Larsen decided that we would have a Christmas program, and so we started early in the Fall to learn the songs. Because we sixth grade boys were only twelve years old, most of us could not sing the bass line. So she had the boys singing the alto line, with the girls singing the soprano line.
I remember being so excited about the upcoming program, and how it all sounded when we put the two parts together, that I would often sing in the shower when I was getting ready for school. My mother would take as much of it as she could, before she would tell me to stop singing and finish getting ready for school.
She told me on more than one occasion that I sounded like a dying cow!
However, when the night came for our program, and the sounds of the little girls singing the soprano part and the little boys singing the alto part filled the school auditorium, my mother sat there with her mouth hanging open. She remarked later that after hearing me rehearse while in the shower, she never dreamed that it would ever sound as beautiful as it did. The problem was that she was only hearing the alto line, sung by a sixth grade boy.
The problem with us many times is that we are only hearing the discordant notes of life as we move through it, without understanding that there is much more music to this score.