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Welcome to my personal weblog! I have many areas of interest as a Christian wife and home schooling mother of 6 girls: writing, poetry, website design, digital photography, a home business (sewing); however, this blog will focus more on the wonderful journey the Lord has brought our family through and what the Lord has shown me in His Holy Word.


I know that my devotionals don't often speak of specifics in our lives, but I want my readers to know that what I write comes most often from what the Lord is doing in our lives, or has done. I don't just repeat words by this preacher or that one. My devotionals are often written through a haze of tears, sometimes in grief, sometimes in peace at God's goodness for what He is doing for our good. At other times, after a flood of tears over my lack of faith in His great plan for us, especially after I've seen Heaven's gates open in another miraculous answer to prayer. What I write is what God shows me through those trials which He brings because of His great goodness as He works out His perfect plan. - Angela.


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The Will of God

I Am unsure who wrote this, but have heard a couple lines quoted many times over the years, never knowing that it was a full poem and what a amazing reminders of the Word of God it contains. God bless the person who penned this! – Angela


The Will of God

The will of God will never take you 
Where the grace of God cannot keep you, 
Where the arms of God cannot support you, 
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, 
Where the power of God cannot endow you. 

The will of God will never take you 
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you, 
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, 
Where the army of God cannot protect you, 
Where the hands of God cannot mold you. 

The will of God will never take you 
Where the love of God cannot enfold you, 
Where the mercy of God cannot sustain you, 
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you. 

The will of God will never take you 
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, 
Where the Word of God cannot feed you, 
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you, 
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

A New Creature

Let a man go to a psychiatrist
and what does he become?

An adjusted sinner.

 

Let a man go to a physician
and what does he become?

A healthy sinner.

 

Let a man achieve wealth
and what does he become?

A wealthy sinner.

 

Let a man join a church, sign a card, and turn over a new leaf
and what does he become?

A religious sinner.

 

But let him go in sincere repentance and faith to the foot of Calvary's cross,
and what does he become?

A new creature in Jesus Christ, forgiven, reconciled,
with meaning and purpose in his life,
on the way to marvelous fulfillment in God's will
and eternal citizenship in Heaven.

UNKNOWN

We Can’t Even Imagine!

I've got several devotions on the go right now, but haven't finished any of them, so I thought I'd post this verse. It is so amazing! This picture is of of my free KJB wallpaper website listed above under "Our Websites". 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

1 Corinthians 2:9

Things Our Mother Taught Us

Things Our Mother Taught Us

Our mother, our friend, you taught us so much.
You showed us your love, with just a small touch.
You taught us to love others, even if they didn't love back.
To do right's more important, than a pat on the back.
 

No matter the task, you taught us to press on, 
Quitting wasn't an option; you taught us to be strong.
It's all worth the effort, to see the task done.
If we'd only push through, we'd see the victory won.
 

We watched as you laid aside, your needs for our wants.
You gave us first place, and often went without.
You thought we weren't looking, when you wiped your tears.
As you felt an unworthy guide for us on life's great route.
 

The career of a mother, may have little pay, 
But some rewards have come back to you this day:
Children who love and would give all for you
That you would know how much we love you!
 

Angela Leger Trenholm
Mother's Day, May 8th, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Divine Edition

As taught at our church’s monthly ladies meeting by Mrs. Susan Hutchens, our pastor’s wife.

There was a show several years ago entitled Extreme Makeover, on which the “experts” took extreme measures to change people’s appearances. Each person was always grateful to have these changes made, and I once saw a father cry from happiness over the changes in his daughter. I wonder what kind of extreme changes God would like to see in us, and what He would do in our lives if we allowed Him to perform His Extreme Makeover?

* Lose Weight

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,…” Hebrews 12:1

– Repent – Change my mind about what I am doing wrong

– Confess – Agreeing with God that it is wrong

– Put away – Determine to take measure to stop it.

* Get a New Hairstyle

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5

– Cast down strongholds of Satan’s lies (Ex. Not good enough, failure, husband doesn’t love you, kids hate you)

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5

– Replace his lies with God’s truth – (Remember the price God paid for your soul!)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ” Col 1:14

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Heb 9:12

* Get a Manicure

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8

– Holy hands are clean hands:

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8

– Holy hands are willing hands:

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

– Holy hands are helpful hands:

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

* Put on Some Lipstick

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6

– A soft answer or no answer:

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

– Sweet lips:

“The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” Proverbs 16:21

Children will learn better when my attitude is right and reflected in my speech.

– Speak the truth in love:

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6

– No gossip:

“The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.” Proverbs 25:23

* Get New Glasses

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

– Forget those things that are behind:

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12

– Reach forward to new things:

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

* Get a New Wardrobe

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

– Put off the old man.

– Put on the new man.

Colossians 3

3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
3:12 ¶ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.


What can God do with YOU in 2011?

Will you let Him perform His Extreme Makeover?

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

My Life Verse

What is a life verse? It’s simply a verse that means something really special to you and that God has really brought to your mind over and over. Mine is the title for my blog, Hebrews 12:2 To me, it is the solution to everything!

“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.” Heb. 12:2

If you stop and think about it, “the joy that was set before Him” is yours and my salvation! He loves us so much!

When Doing God’s Will Hurts

Doing God’s will may not always feel the best, but it is always the right thing to do.

Our family has felt this more this last 8 months or so more than at any other time. Although we know we are following God’s will, the consequences are that people our family cares about are getting hurt, and that tears us apart.

I started this devotional a few days ago, but the pain of having hurt others was still too fresh to focus. As I read it now, I am reminded of David, one of the greatest kings of Israel. He had been following God’s will in destroying some of Israel’s enemies, only to come back to his city and find it ransacked and the women & children taken captive. Needless to say, the people who had followed him were not too please:

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Regardless of we must do as Christians to stay in God’s will, someone may get hurt. Of course it’s going to hurt us and can even be “distressing”, but David’s solution is certainly the right one:  “…David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

When our focus remains on the Lord, the hurt of hurting others may still be there, but we can be encouraged as we know God is working out His plans, not ours:

“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

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

My life verse still remains Hebrews 12:2

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. Heb: 12:2

When Trials Become Sin

This may seem like an odd title, but it is definitely something I’ve seen that was happening in my own life. It helps me to write things out so I can see the full impact of my actions/inactions and either continue in the right or stop the wrong. I hope that my story can be a help to others so this doesn’t happen to them.

As we’ve gone through some pretty hefty trials this last year, there were times when I was so overwhelmed and all I could think about was what we were going through. God was not in the forefront, the center or anywhere He should have been in my thoughts. I was headed down a path that would end up with me being so wrapped up in the hurt, the betrayal, the actual things going on around me, that I lost sight of The One who allowed all these trials to come upon me to strenghten me. Oh yes, I could quote verses about God being in control, and that all would be okay, but I was focusing on that rather than focusing on my Lord!

Remembering that anything that takes the preeminence in my heart other than God is an idol, I realized the trials/hurt, etc. had become the center – hence and idol – SIN.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter if the trials ever end or they get bigger and bigger. That’s not where my focus needs to be. All I am MUST be focused on the Lord, not what He is doing, whether He brings trials or easier times.

My Bible tells me many things about what position/priority God MUST have in my life, and I’ll quote some of them further, but it can all be summed up in very short passages as relayed in three of the Gospels:

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:28-33

It is also recounted in Luke 10:25-37, but in this instance, the Lord emphasizes the fact that we sin because we cannot love the Lord in this way, but it should still be our goal. Whenever I make it my goal to “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength”, my heart is at peace. Come what may, good or bad, I’m not flustered, angry, upset, distraught, etc.

Here’s a brief account of this last week. It was interesting to say the least.

Sunday am: Asked to take in a friend from out of town who’s wife has been medivacced to local hospital for “flesh eating disease”. Didn’t know at this point if she was going to make it.

Sunday pm: 10 minutes escorting our friend to our home after church, our 9 year old border colie dies

Monday am: deal with disposal of beloved pet

Monday afternoon to 1am: rush husband to doc then hospital fearing heart attack. No heart attack but suspect angina attack – symptoms identical and still kicks the stuffing out of him

Tuesday afternoon: take husband to naturopath, confirm angina attack and that it was SEVERE. Narrowly avoid heart attack.

Wednesday afternoon: find one of our cats outside and he’s barely able to move. Think he was in a cat fight.

Thursday am: realized cat had been runover by car, not catfight. Losing another pet this week was not a preferred option. Rush to vet.  After some treatment, he’s going to be okay.

Also throughout the week, dealing with personal attacks on our family. Our friend in the hospital is still touch ‘n’ go, but she’ll be in hospital here at least 3 more weeks.

While going through this all, I was truly amazed at the peace God gave when I struggled to focus on Him. Then the following came to mind:

1. Alpha and Omega:

My thoughts should always begin and end with Him.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 Also Revelation 1:11, Rev. 21:6, Rev 22:13

2. Preeminence:

He should have the preeminence (first place) in all things, and that includes my trials.

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18

3. Focus: He should always be the focus. My “spiritual” eyes must be always looking to Him:

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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:2-3

Remembering these three things have been a huge help in placing the Lord first, versus letting the trials be my focus and become sin.

The following verse has also been in the forefront this week as I sought grace to go through whatever the Lord would have for me:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

He wants us to come to Him, not shy away when trials come, and let us not forget our purpose:

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

So…..

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 89:1