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Change Where It Is Needed

I’ve heard over and over that we are either entering into, in the midst of, or coming out of tribulations and troubles, and the Scriptures concur: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: Isaiah 43:2-3a

Yes, we are going to go through hard times. God said, “When”, not “If”. So this being the case, there is a particular mindset needed as a child of God to accept it and let God’s perfect plan be worked out. It is one thing to say that, but another to live it. This is a huge struggle for me. Over and over again, I catch myself trying to sort & work things out according to my thoughts & ways, but they are not God’s thoughts or God’s ways:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

This does not mean we sit back and do nothing. We MUST seek the Lord and His will to make sure we are doing what He wants us to do. If I spent more time doing this then “working things out my way”, I’d be at peace more often than not, rather than the other way around.

The key to peace is not in the situation. It has always been – and always will be – in who we think on:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

When my thoughts are focused on the Lord, who He is and all that He has done and is doing for me, there is no brain power left to have a “pity party.”

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:7a

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke 1:46-47

In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Psalms 94:19

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. Isaiah 38:17

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:17

God may not change our situation, but He can change our hearts so we have His peace as we go through it.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (ie. cause them to stumble) Psalms 119:165

Mourning for Our Sin

This is something the Lord worked me over with a few weeks back. I hope this thought stays with me a long time as I believe  it will be of great benefit.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 1 Samuel 16:1 

Let’s look at what is going on here. The Lord has rejected Saul as king because he wouldn’t submit to the Lord.

Samuel the prophet, who personally anointed Saul, is heartbroken. He is mourning, which is lamenting or  bewailing. He is so focused on the situation that he isn’t doing anything else for the Lord.

This is how the Lord spoke to me through this passage.

“How long wilt thou mourn for thy sin seeing I have rejected it from reigning over thy heart??

OUCH!!!! Yes, I know that hurt. Remember, the Lord worked on me first!

When we become a child of God, the Lord is now to be the ruler of our heart and life, but do we have sin that we miss, or are holding on to, or mourning, lamenting or bewailing over? Am I wanting that sin so badly that I can’t focus on doing God’s will for my life?

So I have two questions for you today:

1. Are you a child of God? If not, please read God’s Simple Plan of Salvation or contact me.
2. Who/what is reigning in your heart? Is God sitting on the throne of your heart or does your lust for your sin have or keep trying to take His place?

Angela Trenholm
March 31st, 2007

Do We Really Want Our Own Way?

Anyone that has taken a true look at themselves has to admit that humans are a self-centered and selfish lot. I have even had individuals whom I consider completely selfless to readily admit this truth. Still, let us look at the Word of God:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

It’s a sad thing when God lets us have our own way. (1 Samuel 8:9) He even gives us a run down of the consequences (8:11-18), yet we still want our own way. Read all of 1 Samuel 7-8:22 where Israel rejects the Lord as their ruler and want a human king instead.

But do we really want the final consequence?

And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. 1 Samuel 8:18

Rather, let us apply these verses:

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:8-10

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Angela Trenholm
March 28th, 2007

Clearing Our Vision

Part III of a 3 Part Series – Wake Up and Smell God’s Flowers!

Here are some general points that I hope will help each one of us to keep our focus right and seeing what we should.

Keep your sin confessed- daily – more if you need to!

Psalms 66:18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

Keep on your Spiritual knees“Pray without ceasing.?1 Thessalonians 5:17

Keep studying and meditating on the Word of God – Simply reading it is not sufficient! We are commanded  to study, memorized, hide in our heart, meditate upon the Word of God. Our Pastor uses the illustration of a cow chewing their cud all day long. This seems apt as we should not only ingest the Word of God, but continue to allow it to work on us and in us throughout the day. 

Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

2 Timothy 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a side note, but did you know that kings of Israel were supposed to write out their own copy of the Books of Moses and to read therein daily? (Deut. 17:18-19)

Have a good read in Deut. chapter 11 for some wonderful instruction on dealing with God’s Word.

Keep a journal of what you gleaned. -  I suggest that you make a journal of what you gleaned in your Bible reading that day. That is how many of my devotionals and lessons started. Even if you don’t make something more out of it, reading it again now and then will be a great blessing and help and it may open your eyes to more wondrous things in the Scriptures.

Keep avoiding the evil and seeking the good:

James 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 Thessalonians 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Peter 3:11  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Proverbs 4:14-15  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

Psalms 34:10  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want (lack) any good thing.

Psalms 34:14  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Amos 5:14  Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Keep dying daily and putting on the “armour of God:

1 Corinthians 15:31  … I die daily.

Ephesians 6:11-17
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Let us not only “seek wisdom and pursue it? but rather seek and keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the only one who can win our battles! Not so He will fight our battles, but because He owns us and we owe Him everything!

Psalms 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

Psalm 108:1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

1 Corinthians 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Are You Willing?

Are you or I really willing to do whatever God wants us to do? Really willing …. whatever …. anything …? If He called you to be a missionary (or wife to one), an evangelist’s wife, Pastor’s wife, etc….Would you answer the call? If He called your child to the wilds of India, would you tell him/her – “If it’s God’s will for you, then you’d better do it”, supporting them every step of the way? Are we REALLY willing to do God’s will? Then why didn’t we hand a Gospel tract to that cashier the other day? Why did we ignore the Spirit’s leading to witness to that “friend” or neighbor? Why didn’t we read our Bible today or pray, but instead chose another book or an extra ½-1 hour sleep? Ouch! If we will not be “faithful in that which is least”, why should we think that God will give us a calling unto “greater things”?

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10

Still, the Lord may never call us for services such as those mentioned above, but whether we are willing or not to do God’s general (day to day stuff) and specific (our life’s calling) wills for our lives is the whole point. 1. But just who does God think He is that He can tell us what to do? What right does He have?

He is King of kings and Lord of Lords! Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 1 Timothy 6:15 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Revelation 17:14 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16

God is our Creator and created us for His pleasure.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

He is The Creator, we are the creature, therefore He is in command:

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? Romans 9:20-21 If we are saved, He owns us, we are His servants: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23 This reference to “men” would also mean not to be servants to ourselves.

Now, does God own part or all of me? You? 2. Misapplication Too often, I’ve heard the following verses misquoted from the charismatic and liberal crowd:

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? Luke 11:9-12

“See, see, I just have to ask and He’ll give me whatever I want” ….But lets look at the next verse…. 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13

“But, but… (we ask) don’t I get a say?” 3. Are we so foolish as to think that God does not know what is best for us and what will make us happy? The Lord wants us to have an abundant life, but He knows what we need better than we do. He knew us even before we were born and is interested in the smallest of matters of our life.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-8 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet. Job 13:27 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

Plus, the Holy Spirit that He has given each child of God, knows how to intercede for us, even when we don’t know what we need.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 

4. Why do we have to be so stubborn and foolish that God often has to use drastic means to get our attention and get us to do what’s best for us anyway? It was during the miscarriage of our 4th child that the Lord taught me the importance of being willing, and I know my illustration is a sensitive issue, but it is what the Lord used in my life. I had always said I wanted 3 children and THAT WAS IT! I was even going for surgery to ensure that we would not have anymore, but through the difficult time of our miscarriage, the Lord showed me His will, and I learned to submit. Losing that baby was one of the hardest, yet easiest, trials I have ever gone through. Those of you who have gone through this know what I mean. The emptiness of my womb was terrible, but in my heart reigned “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding…´Philippians 4:7 Here’s what the Lord taught me:

1.  I really did want more children. 2.  He owns me, therefore has complete control over my life, and I am to yield to what His will is, not somehow try to fit my will in His.

I took the loss of our child (but the Lord’s gain) as a gentle rebuke for wanting to have my own way rather than God’s way. It wasn’t that God was saying “You ARE going to have 20 kids….” it was more like I just needed to be willing to have as many as He wanted to bless me with, whether He ever intended to give me any more or not: I just had to be willing. I am NOT saying this is the case for everyone’s miscarriage, but I know this to be at least one of the purposes God had for our miscarriage, as well as for comforting others.  Many of you know that God used that trial as a springboard for my poem “Our Little One” but it also got me back into poetry writing after not having written for over 10 years and I know I could not have done “My Prayer For His Will”.

I want to quote one of the first lines of my lesson: If He called your child to the wilds of India, would you tell him/her – “If it’s God’s will for you, then you’d better do it”, supporting them every step of the way? I do know what this feels like. I gave the Lord all our children even before they were born, and yes, two of our children thought they were called to the mission field, and I did give them that charge and another: as long as they answer God's call on their life (whatever that might be, whether a housewife, single Christian woman, missionary, etc. whatever), then they will be under God's hand of protection and nothing will happen in their life that God does not allow for His glory. They are safer in God's will in the wilds of some foreign field than out of God's will in our home town. All they need to focus on is doing God's will for their life, just like each and every one of us has to.

Lord, help us to be willing, for you! – Angela Trenholm

Content in God’s Will

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

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Are you content in God’s will? I mean, are you really content in God’s will? After many years as of listening to many brothers and sister in Christ, I was surprised (though I should not have been) that very few are truly, consistently, content.. Truth be told, I must also count myself among this discontented number.

This is nothing new. God’ Word clearly says: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

But what does it mean to be content? Here are some definitions:

From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

Content: Literally, held, contained within limits; hence, quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; easy; satisfied, so as not to repine, object, or oppose.

To satisfy the mind; to make quiet, so as to stop complaint or opposition; to appease; to make easy in any situation;

To please or gratify.

Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.

Acquiescence; satisfaction without examination.

From Strong’s Concordance referring to Heb. 13:5, Phil. 4:11:

G714 arkeo – apparently a primary verb (but probably akin to 142 through the idea of raising a barrier); properly, to ward off, i.e. (by implication) to avail (figuratively, be satisfactory):–be content, be enough, suffice, be sufficient.

I’m going to go through the definitions, and as I do so, let us all ask ourselves the ensuing questions.

1. So as not to repine, object, or oppose:

Do I repine, object or oppose what God is doing in my life?

2. To satisfy the mind; to make quiet, so as to stop complaint or opposition; to appease; to make easy in any situation:

Is my mind satisfied that God knows best? Quiet? Do I complain and oppose the Lord? Am I appeased in any situation?

3. To please or gratify:

Am I pleased or gratified in and with God’s plan for my life?

4. Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition:

Is my mind at rest and quiet in God’s will for my life?

5. Satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.

Am I satisfied in Him?

6. Acquiescence; satisfaction without examination:

Do I relinquish full control to Him without even considering that He is fully capable in managing my life? Is He my LORD?

I find one point in the Strong’s definition to be especially poignant. “through the idea of raising a barrier); properly, to ward off, i.e. (by implication) to avail…?

Isn’t he saying that being content is like having a barrier of protection around us? That’s what the Word of God says.

We cannot be content without faith in our Lord, and faith means trust. According to the definition of content, and the following verse, being content (trusting the Lord) creates a barrier that wards of Satan’s attacks.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16

If we truly trust the Lord, we will be content, and thus this barrier of protection is there for us. When we are discontent, we do not trust the Lord and we step away from his shield of protection and Satan can easily attack us, and attack us with our own sin!

The following passages really thumped on me:

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:5-10

How often do we read the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, their wandering in the desert, their whining and complaining and dare say, “If that had been me, I would not have complained, etc…? Scholars estimated the number of people who left Egypt was anywhere’s from 2-6 million, yet only a handful remained true to the Lord. The truth is we most likely would have acted just like the majority!

Ladies, when we are not content with God’s will for our lives, this is SIN! It was sin in Exodus, and it’s still sin now.

When we are not content with what the Lord gives us, here are some (but certainly not all) of the things we are telling Him:

He doesn’t know what is best for us.
He is not all-wise.
He is not fair and is a respecter of persons.
He cannot provide “perfect peace and rest?
He is not the “all sufficiency?. II Corinthians 9:8
He is not our rest.
He is not our high tower of protection.
He is not trustworthy

I could easily continue this list, but I think we all get the hint.

Yet does not our Bibles say:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

Surely, if the Apostel Paul could say this, then we can too!

I cannot fully imagine the pain of each and every instance each and every person may go through, yet I fully know the pain of not being content in God’s will.

We have a God who is faithful to give us abundant life if only we will accept it of Him.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Is it that hard for us to see that we are ALLOWING our joy, our contentment, etc. to be stolen? It’s not Satan’s fault. We allow our joy to be stolen!

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:…But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:12,14

It is not sin to be tempted, but it is sin to dwell and follow through on it!

We have a lady in our church that has one child and has miscarried 6 times. It has been very difficult for her, but she just keeps her eyes on the Lord. Not always easy at times, but she tries very hard. I have only ever heard her cry once about this and it was several years ago. The interesting this is she (by her own choice) is often in charge of the baby showers! She has not let her pain hinder her from being a blessing to others.

Sometimes we try to make excuses about the pain we go through and blame the situation for our pain, but the situation is not the problem: we are! It is almost always our own selfishness and commitment to what we want that makes us miserable. The pain is the symptom of the real problem:

God does not have first place.

I suffered “depression” (of my own choice!) for several years, and I can confirm what I have heard so many times: There is only one cure: confessing our sin, and fixing the focus of our attention.

Getting our focus off of ourselves and “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2   then having our mind set on pleasing the Lord is the only cure.

After reading a particular thread on an ladies Bible message board, and grieving for these ladies (not only for the pain they were going through, but the pain they were willingly putting themselves through) I ran some ideas by some godly ladies whose opinions I value dearly. Here is some of their input. It applies to any situation where discontentment reigns.

Quote: I’ve never been where any of these women have been, but GOD is faithful and He makes NO mistakes. I could have allowed my sister’s death to drive me to depression because it was so painful, and still is at times, but I CHOSE to dwell on The Problem Solver rather than the problem, if you know what I mean!! We do have a choice in the way we think and respond to what God allows in our lives!!

Quote: The biggest need I see in this thread is the “change of focus” as you have put it. They are focusing on their lack and not their abundance. They are focusing on self and not others. They lack the JOY they need because they are misspelling it. The Y is coming before any one or anything else.

DH (who happens to be a veteran missionary and Pastor) said that until they stop stomping their foot at God in this temper tantrum and become genuinely rested in HIS will for them they will not know happiness or peace and will continue to have bitterness toward those women who are on a different road than they are.

If we could truly grasp what this all means, it would simply boil down to this: When we allow discontentment to take hold, the Lord does not have first place in our lives – our sin does and that’s idolatry! Anything in our lives that takes the preeminence above the Lord is idolatry.

OW! How true for every single one of us!

So how do we conquer this? The same way all sin is conquered:

1. Confess our discontentment, lack of trust, and idolatry.
2. Put our focus back where it needs to be: on the Lord
3. Stop trying to be the co-pilot and let God do the piloting, guiding, steering. He is LORD!

A simple way to maintain a good focus is to let Christ work through us in being a blessing to others.  It’s easier said than done sometimes, but isolating oneself from what we perceive the problem to be will not solve it, as it is not the real issue. Soulwinning and good works towards others are a great way to do this.

This comes to mind:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

We had a lady, Dee Dee, visit us a few weeks back. She’s from another IFB church in Vancouver, BC. A friend we know, Cece, was coming out for a few days and asked her if she’d like a ride so Dee Dee could visit her brother dying in the hospital. She had contacted me to see if we could put Dee Dee up in our basement suite that we have set up for out of towners, missionaries, evangelists, etc.

Anyway, we had Dee Dee here for several days. This darling widow lady is 80 yrs. old, hardly ever gets to see her grandchildren or great-grandchildren and was thrilled at the prospect of being in a house with 6 children, especially girls! We all had a wonderful time and Dee Dee even had family devotions with us. She sent us a thank you note after and the main focus was “thank you for letting me be a part of your family”.

I highly recommend “adopting? an older lady that does not have her family near. Focus on being a blessing to her, or several ladies, if you can.

Another idea is to “adopt” a bus kid (the “fatherless”). We’ve done that and it thrills these young girls who do not have a mom who is involved in their lives, either through divorce, etc. We’ve brought some to the Mother/Daughter banquets, family picnics, etc.

Ladies, I truly hope and pray that this lesson is as much a help to you as it is to me. How easy it is for any of us to get our spiritual eyes out of focus and focus on the circumstances rather than He who controls the circumstances.

I’ll close with a poem I wrote a few years back and the song that came to mind at the time:

My Prayer For His Will

As I lay beside you in your bed,
My heart is so full of concern.
How I want to see you well again -
Is the prayer that within me burns.

To hear you laugh, as only you can do;
To see your precious smile light your face.
Each moment you have been with us,
Is a reminder of my Saviour’s grace.

Though I knew you have a heart condition,
You’ve been so well, I had forgotten.
But seeing you lying there, so frail and weak,
My heart is burdened with overmuch grief.

Your sickness is a clear reminder -
That to us, you do not belong,
But are lent to us from The Master,
And I know He’ll not steer us wrong.

You are our Lord’s, and He knows best.
As He fulfills His perfect will,
In each of our lives, it’s a test,
And we need but to stand still.

Too often we try so hard to control,
The circumstances that come our way.
Then these become a burden to our soul,
As we’ve led ourselves astray.

Dear God, if you choose to call her home -
Though I know my sorrow would be great -
Cause me to see that your grace will uphold me,
Help me, as in your care I commit her fate.

Oh Lord Jesus, may this my prayer be:
“That all in Thee, do I put my trust;
That I not question Your perfect will,
And all that You have planned for us.”

by Angela B. Trenholm
January 9th, 2004

Written as I stayed up to keep watch on Melissa (2 1/2 years old at the time) when she had a high fever that would not go down, at this point, suspecting RSV or pneumonia. Found out the following day that yes, she had pneumonia and an ear infection. The Lord answered our prayers and restored her health!

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9a

And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Words: Adelaide A. Pollard, 1907.
Music: “Adelaide,? George C. Stebbins, Northfield Hymnal

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

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Are you content in God’s Will?

My Prayer For His Will

Sometimes trials come and we truly want to question why, but for the child of God there is no need. God knows what is best for each one of us, and He uses our trials and tribulations to not only mold but refine us. He is making us into His image:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. Zechariah 13:9

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21

This poem was written as I stayed up to keep watch on Melissa (2 1/2 years old at the time) when she had a high fever that would not go down. At this point, suspecting RSV or pneumonia. Found out the next day she did indeed have pneumonia and an ear infection. The Lord answered my prayers and healed our little girl.

 

My Prayer for His Will

As I lay beside you in your bed,
My heart is so full of concern.
How I want to see you well again -
Is the prayer that within me burns.

 

To hear you laugh, as only you can do;
To see your precious smile light your face.
Each moment you have been with us,
Is a reminder of my Saviour’s grace.

 

Though I knew you have a heart condition,
You’ve been so well, I had forgotten.
But seeing you lying there, so frail and weak,
My heart is burdened with overmuch grief.

 

Your sickness is a clear reminder -
That to us, you do not belong,
But are lent to us from The Master,
And I know He’ll not steer us wrong.

 

You are our Lord’s, and He knows best.
As He fulfills His perfect will,
In each of our lives, it’s a test,
And we need but to stand still.

 

Too often we try so hard to control,
The circumstances that come our way.
Then these become a burden to our soul,
As we’ve led ourselves astray.

 

Dear Lord, if you choose to call her home -
Though I know my sorrow would be great -
Cause me to see that your grace will uphold me,
Help me, as in your care I commit her fate.

 

Oh Lord Jesus, may this my prayer be:
“That all in Thee, do I put my trust;
That I not question Your perfect will,
And all that You have planned for us.”

 

 

Angela B. Trenholm
December 9th, 2004

 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9a

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