One of my favorite books on prayer is a tiny volume named “The Kneeling Christian” It is written by an unknown Christian however I strongly suspect that Andrew Murray was the author simply judging by its content and style. What a blessing and motivation to prayer this little book has been in my life. Today is 2017 we no less need prayer than when this book was first published more than a century ago. Our churches have full pews but often empty altars. We laugh and sing but who weeps with our Savior and tarries in prayer for the urgent needs all around us? The good news is that there is still a time for prayer. There is still an open door to God’s throne of grace. Jesus is listening and waiting if only we will begin to earnestly pray. This week our Iris burst into full bloom. All year I wait for that day when its petals open and give out their fragrance. In the same way God sees our life as a garden and waits for our prayers to unfold as the full expression of our faith and trust in Him!
God "wondered that there was no intercessor" (Isa. lix. 16)--"none to
interpose" (R.V., marg.). But this was in the days of long ago, before
the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ "full of grace and truth"--before
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, full of grace and power, "helping
our infirmity," "Himself making intercession for us" and in us (Rom.
viii. 26). Yes, and before the truly amazing promises of our Savior
regarding prayer; before men knew very much about prayer; in the days
when sacrifices for their sins loomed larger in their eyes than
supplication for other sinners.
Oh, how great must be God's wonder today! For how few there are among
us who know what prevailing prayer really is!"
excerpt from chapter one "The Kneeling Christian author unknown
The lilacs are definitely in full bloom in our area. I am partial to lilacs because their sweet and delicate fragrance contrasts with their gnarly almost ancient looking stems. As summer comes knocking on our doors some of us think of time spent reading a new book or two. Here is a collection of 3 months of short devotional readings available in e-book format and accompanied by photography. You can follow the link of find it on Amazon.
Running the Race – Summer Reading with Jesus
The daffodils are blooming the cherry trees are joining the chorus and Mrs snapping turtle is looking for the best place to cross the road!
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, Song 2:11-12
This winter I needed time away from this blog to rethink, reflect and refresh on why I should continue. I’ll just take it one day at a time for now, with more photos and maybe less talk. Today, my winter starved eyes are longing for the colors of spring flowers, but I confess these photos are not from this year. I do hope these few offerings from the past brighten someone’s day today as we begin to enter the week before Easter.
"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower" Dylan Thomas
The force of the flower is to attract and draw
the bee to participate the life together.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give Matthew 10:8
A great question for us today might be, "Is my faith drawing or driving people away?"
When the bee gathers pollen to make honey and the flower is pollinated everyone is blessed.
Who am I to bless today?
Being truly pro-life is not about politics marches or philosophy it is about treating people as if one single life has more value than all the world!
For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world but lose his own soul? Mark 8:36
Not even the most beautiful flowers can become fruit if they don’t stay open!
Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door I will come into him and sup with him and he with me. Revelation 3:20