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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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“Fear Not”

People, especially women (me included), tend to be fretful; as irritating as that can be to ourselves and others, it is part of our sinful nature. I am one of the first to say how easy it is to forget that God is in control of EVERYTHING, especially when things are not going the way I planned. (Hindsight is 20/20…)

Like Thomas after Christ’s ressurection, it is easy to have a “show me” faith, however; the Lord does not want us to be so.

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. John 20:25

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. John 20:27-28

Our Lord is not the author of confusion or giver of fear:

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

The “Christmas Story” is another perfect example of this.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18

I can’t imagine what was going on in Mary’s mind at this point. At first, I thought that she might have know she was pregnant before the angel told her, but then in the parallel passage in Luke 1, there is no indication she knew before.

Isn’t that just like our Lord?

Consider the anguish of heart and mind that He spared her had she been far enough along to realize she was pregnant and had not been told the source. It was all in God’s perfect plan and timing.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: Ec 3:11a

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 2Th 2:6

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Galatians 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Recently, we found out that I am in peri-menopause, so my hormones and emotions are completely wacky. Fine one moment, crying the next, mad the next, irrational, etc. It has been difficult to say the least, especially for my family. When my emotions settle down, then comes the shame. It isn’t just the shame of what I said, or how I behaved, but knowing it didn’t have to be that way.

The world says this is normal; I just need to “get through this”, but I can’t find that in Scripture. For those who know the Scriptures, this would be one of those situations where we wish we didn’t know it so well (fleshly speaking) as the Lord doesn’t let us get away with as much.

However, unlike the world, God’s children are not alone in our daily battles. We have the precious Holy Spirit dwelling withing us who promised to guide us into all truth and never leave us alone. We have no excuse…..

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20

Even in those highly irrational moments, I could feel the Spirit of God trying to work, but I CHOSE not to let Him. I hadn’t wanted to admit it, but I made the choice to ignore that still small voice. (1Kings 19:12) That is what brought me the greatest shame. As much as I know my Bible, I convinced and deceived myself into thinking that God was not in control and could not be of me in that state. I made the choice and refused to yield. I need allow the Lord to bring His Word to rememberance, for yes, Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible.

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

Yes, the Lord gives peace to His children:

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

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalms 119:165

“Offend” does not mean to insult, but rather “to cause to stumble”. IE, if I love God’s law, nothing shall cause me to stumble.

Do I have a real physical problem that is providing a ripe state for irrational behavior?  – Yes.

Is God, through the Holy Spirit, able to give me the power to conquer those battles by making the right choice? YES! An emphatic “YES!”

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. 1Corinthians 10:13

For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Heb 2:18

We are taking steps to rectify this hormonal imbalance, but it will certainly be easier for all concerned if I choose to “love God’s law” the next time my emotions get wacky. Like Mary and many others throughout the Scriptures, I need to hear the angel say:

“Fear not…” Luke 1:30

and yield the the Lord’s control:

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38

The Table of Thine Heart

This is from a larger study on Proverbs 7, but this part has really been weighing on me.

“…Write them upon the table of thine heart.â€? Proverbs 7:3

A table is flat and open for all to see. It doesn’t speak, but what is on it is evident for all who look.

The first work God performs on this table is salvation. When God comes to that table, it has been abused by misuse and left to weather without protection and is now stained and marred by sin. When we accept God’s refinishing plan of salvation, He instantly removes the stains and marring and gives it a new finish that gives it a brand new nature. It is no longer a battered table fit only for the junk pile. It is a table whose finish makes it now worthy for kings’ palaces.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Because the finish has been applied by the Lord, it cannot be removed. It cannot be damaged or stripped away.

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29

In order for a table to be of proper use to put things on, it should be clean. We don’t leave it dirty from the previous meal to place the new meal on it. There may be some clutter now and then, but it should be kept clean. That can take some work, but the Lord promised to assist there too:

“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

“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 2:21

As we continue in the Christian walk and the Lord provides us the strength we need, we are able to live for Him. Our goal should be to bring honour and glory to Him.

“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

Let us now consider how we set the table of our heart for a banquet in honour of our Lord. Every action we do or word we speak determines the quality of the place setting, drinks, appetizer, salad, main meal and desert. Do my words and actions speak of quality to be looked up to, or rottenness that is to be thrown out to the hogs?

“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:7-8

What the world sees will either bring my Lord honour or dishonour.

Is it evident that the Word of God is bound on my finger and written upon the table of my heart?

 

A Work in Progress

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

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We serve such a gracious and merciful God. So often I am reminded of Lamentations 3:21-23:

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.

What would or could I do if it were not for His renewed compassions and mercies! It totally befuddles me as to why God would want to spend time with me. I fail Him, yet He lifts me up from the miry clay and sets my feet upon a rock, and that Rock is Christ!

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Psalms 40:2

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.1Corinthians 10:4

The following text is one of the greatest I have ever read on God and His attributes as it does an incredible job of summing up so much about Him. It is humbling, yet encouraging. Mind boggling, yet so simple.

God Is

Try to top this!

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times.
He always was, He always is, and He always will be…
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can’t understand him,
The armies can’t defeat Him,
The schools can’t explain Him, and
The leaders can’t ignore Him.

Herod couldn’t kill Him,
The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and
The people couldn’t hold Him!
Nero couldn’t crush Him, Hitler couldn’t silence Him,
The New Age can’t replace Him,
and Donahue can’t explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right, His word is eternal,
His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me!
He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior,
He is my Guide, and He is my Peace!
He is my Joy, He is my Comfort,
He is my Lord, and He rules my life!

I serve Him because
His bond is love, His burden is light,
and His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,
the power of the powerful, the ancient of days,
the ruler of rulers, the leader of leaders,
the overseer of the overcomers,
and the sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size:

His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me, never forsake me, never mislead me,
never forget me, never overlook me,
and never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!

When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!

When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody,
Everywhere, every time, and every way.
He is God, He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine!
My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.
So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this…

He said it and that settles it.
God is in control, I am on His side, and
that means all is well with my soul.
Everyday is a blessing, for

GOD Is!

By – Mike Hilson for Vista Magazine

In the beginning God…
Genesis 1:1

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After reading this, the main thing that stuck out to me was: His goal is a relationship with ME!

Me? Why me? Why would the Creator of all want to have a relationship with me? As the Bible clearly teaches, it’s not because I’m anything special or sinless, far from that, but it’s just because of who God is! God chooses to work in my life.

The lesson’s verse:

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

has been one of my greatest comforts. God is still working on me! God doesn’t do a slip shod job! He that began a good work in my life WILL PERFORM IT, will fulfill it, will finish it!!

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21

This child’s song that many are familiar with really gives a smile.

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He’s Still Working on Me!

CHORUS:

He’s still workin’ on me,
To make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be,
He’s still workin’ on me!

VERSE 1:

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart,
“Don’t judge me yet, there’s an unfinished part.”
But I’ll be perfect, just ac-cording to His plan,
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hand.

(REPEAT CHORUS)

VERSE 2:

In the mirror of His Word, reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am, and helps me when I pray,
Remember He’s the Potter, I’m the clay.

(REPEAT CHORUS)

© 1980 by Hemphill Music Company/BMI. All rights reserved.
WORDS & MUSIC: Joel Hemphill

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Have you stumbled in your Christian life and let Satan get you discouraged, thinking God cannot, does not want to use you? Yet…

“… a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: Proverbs 24:16

If you are God’ child, He has a special plan and purpose for your life. If you seek Him, He WILL be found and He will reveal His plan to you. Just like the potter molding the clay, God will take you and mold you to make a vessel fit for The Master’s use.

We may falter, stumble, and even fall flat on our faces, but what a blessing to know that our loving, Heavenly Father is waiting for us to…

“ …lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.â€? Psalms 121:1

…so that He can lift us up again.

I’ll close this lesson off with a song our daughters’ and I sang a few months back. What a blessing to see God’s working in our family’s life. I certainly wasn’t singing this kind of song at their age! Praise His Holy Name! We are a work in progress!

Vessels Unto Honour

In a great house, there are vessels
Some of wood and some of clay
There are great ones and small ones
You can choose the ones you may.

Some for service, some for beauty,
Others bear refreshing wine.
Lord I care not how you use me,
Please just hear this prayer of mine.

Chorus:

Make me a vessel unto honour
The fame of this world, I refuse
Sanctify me, cleanse me and fill me
Meet for the Master’s own use.

Lord, my vessel is empty
It is purged from dross and sin
By your precious blood on Calvary,
It has cleansed me now within.

Tho’ unworthy for Your service,
Yet Your grace is mine today.
So I offer You my vessel
For your use and this I pray.

Chorus:

Make me a vessel unto honour
The fame of this world, I refuse
Sanctify me, cleanse me and fill me
Yes I’ll me meet, for the Master’s own use.

Words and Music by Julia Montoro
Arr. By Rachel Walker
Available through The Marshall Family
http://www.johnmarshallfamily.com/

Angela Trenholm
May 1st, 2006

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?â€?

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

She Will Do Him Good

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12

Perhaps this verse is new to you, or perhaps you’ve heard faithful men of God preach it many times. However, a dear sister in the Lord, Cece Garner, gave me quite the convicting eye openener when she told me what the Lord showed her one day during her personal devotions.

First, let me cover a few others points:

1. What the verse does NOT say:

God did not say:

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of his life.â€?

Perhaps your husband will die before you do; however, the verse clearly says this does not clear you of your responsibility.

2. What the verse clearly says:

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.â€?

God clearly said “her life.â€? That in itself is quite a thing to live up to. That means, if your husband dies, you are still to honour and respect him and “do him good and not evil all the days of YOUR life!â€?
3. What added responsibility this gives us as mothers:

This is the point that the Lord showed Cece. Let’s read it again: “ She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.â€?

“….all the days of her life.â€? “….all the days of her life.â€? God did not say: “All the days of her married life.â€? He said “…all the days of her life.â€? That means “even before she gets married!â€? Think about this! If you have a daughter, or perhaps you are unmarried now, as a mother, you have the responsibility to raise up your children to follow God’s will for their lives. Now here, especially in reference to daughter(s), we are given a very sobering task: to bring them up, and teach them to do their potential husband “good and not evil all the days of her life.â€?

Doing this potential husband “good and not evilâ€? starts at birth! “…all the days of her lifeâ€?. I’m not adding to God’s precious Word here! God is very clear “…all the days of her life.â€? If we are truly Bible believers, that starts at conception. Have we done al that God expects of us here….

I have failed many times in this high calling. How I treat my children or my husband, will have a direct bearing on how they treat their husbands.

Working with Proverbs 31, 1Peter 3:1-6, Titus 2:3-5, here’s some points to ponder on aspects of training and teaching our daughters to do this high calling.

Giving their husbands the good gifts of:

Proverbs 31:
1.  Purity, virtuousness – Have I taught my girls the importance of being pure?
2.  Trustworthiness –
3.  Financial wisdom (thriftiness) –
4.  Concern for her household’s well being –
5.  Honourable -  are our daughters honouring their husbands even now?
6.  Hard worker –

1Peter 3:1-6
7.  Submissiv, respectful, reverential wife – 1Peter 3:1-6
8.  Not vain –
9.  Meek and quiet spirit –
10. Helpmeet –

Titus 2:3-5
11. Holy behaviour
12. Truthful (not false accusers)
13. Sober in thoughts and actions
14. Teachers of good things
15. Discreet
16. Chaste
17. Keepers at home
18. Good
19. Obedient to their own husbands
20. Focused on not having the word of God be not blasphemed by their disobedience and unwillingness to follow God’s plan.

Angela Trenholm
September 29, 2006

Living For Our Lord

This was a very hard poem for me to write. Having six children has its hectic moments and I truly feel the burden of being the godly example I need to be for them. It is easy to get discouraged when my eyes are off the Lord, but I am so thankful He is always waiting with abundant help to walk in the paths of life!

 

The Path of Life

Lord, is my life a stumblingblock,
To babes in Christ around me?
Is it consistent with Your Word,
Or filled with hypocrisy?

 

Have I caused Your little ones,
To falter from the straight way?
My heart breaks at the very thought,
Dear God, of leading one astray!

 

Lord, search my reins and try my heart.
If there be any wicked way,
Pluck it out by its evil roots;
Let none of its vileness hold sway!

As David cried, so I plead of You,
“Create in me a clean heart!”
Renew a right spirit within me;
Only You Lord, give a new start,

That I may arise and proclaim,
Teaching sinners of Your redemption,
That they may be converted unto You,
Praising You in acclamation.

 

Keep my heart tender, oh Lord,
To hear that still small voice
That convicts the humble heart of sin,
And makes righteousness its choice.

 

Order my footsteps in Your Word;
Let me not falter in times of strife.
Let this my daily prayer be,
To walk in the path of life.

 

Angela Trenholm
December 26th, 2003

 

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalm 51:1-4

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psalm 51:10-13

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

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11

 

All the Way My Saviour Leads Me

Words: Fanny Crosby, in Brightest and Best,
by William Doane and Robert Lowry (Chicago, Illinois: 1875)

 

All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

 

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

 

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.