"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:29





Friday, October 26, 2012

Wanting

Have you ever asked God to take away a longing because it was just too painful to bear?

"From graduation from college at twenty-one until I was twenty-six I waited for Jim Elliot, wishing that I wouldn't want him so much. I had no promises from him or from God that we would ever be married, but I was hungry for him- no, I was ravenous. Instead of taking away my appetite, the Lord showed me the indispensable lesson of Deuteronomy 8, a  review of Israel's wilderness experience. While they craved for the food they had had in Egypt, God have them manna. Manna was supernatural food, miraculously provided, and it was all they needed. But even a miracle did not stop the wanting of leeks, onions, garlic, watermelons, and fish. If He had given them what they naturally craved, they would never have learned to eat manna, they would never have acquired a taste for the bread which came down from heaven. God made them hungry on purpose- in order to humble and test them, to discover whether it was in their hearts to obey Him, and teach them what was far more important than leeks and onions: that man does not live by those things alone, but by the Word of the Lord."

-Elisabeth Elliot (The Path of Loneliness)


Friday, February 3, 2012

Shut the door on darkness

It's crazy how much warfare I have experienced since I wrote my last post. I have been so discouraged about it but then I realized the enemy wants nothing more than to destroy my joy and hinder me from drawing nearer to Christ.

Thankfully, a friend shared this verse today:

"You Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to your heavenly kingdom"
-2 Timothy 4:18

Just the reminder I needed.