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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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A Christmas Letter

Hope this makes you think as much as it did me. It is written as if it were from the Lord, and I don’t normally deal with stuff like this, but as far as I can see, each point can easily be backed by Scripture. We are not called to social action, we are called as “Ambassadors for Christ.” A few areas have been re-touched for clarity and Scriptural accuracy.

Dear Children,

If you want to celebrate My birth, just get along and love one another.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were.
(If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8)

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a ‘Merry Christmas’ that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no ‘Christmas’ tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know someone like that, ask your Pastor. He probably knows someone whom you could not only share some earthly goods with, but also God’s gift of salvation. After all, he can’t take care of everyone.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember . . .

I LOVE YOU,

JESUS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

P.S. – Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John 8:31

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

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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

Count the Cost

Count the Cost

To those who put off God’s gift of salvation,
His own precious Son for their soul’s redemption
– Though despised, rejected, and hung on the cross,
God’s cry of love still reaches out: “Count the Cost!”

To those who have refused Christ’s sacrifice of love,
Who have wandered through life without any thought of hereafter,
Like the Rich Man in hell, with all hope gone from above,
How you’ll wish you had taken the time to “Count the Cost!”

To the Christian whose focus is on wordly pleasures,
Who lays aside His Lord’s command to seek the lost,
Who has no concern in winning souls for heavenly treasures;
The Rich Man in hell doth pleadingly cry, “Count the Cost!”

To those whose riches are stored down here on earth,
Whose focus in life is on vain things of no worth,
Whose works will be burned up with the rest of the dross;
The Saviour to you doth cry out: “Count the Cost.”

To the faithful servant, fulfilling his Master’s commands,
Taking the time to strengthen saints’ weary hands,
Witnessing to all, whether they will hear or forbear,
The Master smiles with pleasure as you “Count the Cost!”

After you’ve faithfully plodded through the Christian life
– Many times gasping for air on the hills of strife
– And you kneel at Jesus’ feet to hear “Well done”,
You’ll be glad you decided to “Count the Cost!”

Angela Trenholm December 2003

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27-33

 

I Gave My Life For Thee

Lyrics: Frances R. Havergal Music: Philip P. Bliss

I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be, and raised up from the dead I gave,
I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me? I
gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me?

My Father’s house of light, My glory circled throne
I left for earthly night, for wanderings sad and lone;
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?

I suffered much for thee, more than thy tongue can tell,
Of bitterest agony, to rescue thee from hell.
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?

And I have brought to thee, down from My home above,
Salvation full and free, My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?

A Mother’s Pay Check

A Mother’s Paycheck

When you get discouraged,
About all there is to do;
When chores just seem to pile up high,
And you want to cry “boo hoo!”
Pause a moment and consider,
Before that great big sigh;
Our reward is not of this earth,
Nor does it have wings to fly.

Should not we work all the harder,
Knowing ’tis not of silver, nor of gold,
But was planned for us by the Father,
In bygone days of old?
And one day when we enter,
Heaven’s pearly gates,
We’ll see our pay check was long in coming,
But will know ’twas worth the wait.

For what on this earth can compare,
To the words we long to hear;
Spoken from our Master’s lips
“Well done, well done, my dear!
You took what you were given,
And plodded and worked faithfully,
Well done:, A good and faithful servant,
Thou hast been to Me!”

Angela B. Trenholm on January 24th, 2001

Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD,
of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.

Numbers 18:29

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Our Best

Words: S. C. Kirk, circa 1912.
Music: Grant C. Tullar

Hear ye the Master’s call, “Give Me thy best!â€?
For, be it great or small, that is His test.
Do then the best you can, not for reward,
Not for the praise of men, but for the Lord.

Refrain

Every work for Jesus will be blest,
But He asks from everyone his best.
Our talents may be few, these may be small,
But unto Him is due our best, our all.

Wait not for men to laud, heed not their slight;
Winning the smile of God brings its delight!
Aiding the good and true ne’er goes unblest,
All that we think or do, be it the best.

Refrain

Night soon comes on apace, day hastens by;
Workman and work must face testing on high.
Oh, may we in that day find rest, sweet rest,
Which God has promised those who do their best.

Refrain