Friday 12-7-12

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I have hit a wall… I haven’t run dogs since leaving Camp K last Saturday with such encouragement for my team.  I gave them a few days off, which were planned, and then was finding I just wansn’t catching up with several responsibilities and needed the next night to put time into my job.  Then the snow started falling, so I packed last night to go chase it and we missed another day.  This morning I woke up just exhausted… still just exhausted.  I was blessed with reading this quote (only part of a longer quote) and hope you will be too.  Stay tuned for “stories from the snow”!

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)

My ruling desire is to be wholly given up to the Lord and to His work, and to show forth His praises from day to day. But when I aim at this most–I am baffled, opposed, and always hindered!
I see what is wrong–but cannot avoid it.
I see what is right–but cannot attain unto it.
I know what I wish–but I cannot enjoy it.
I read what God commands–but I cannot perform it…
I change–He remains the same.
I sin–He pardons.
I cry–He hears and answers.
I ask for favors–and He kindly bestows them.
I fear–and He promises.
I wander–and He says, “Return.”
I lament my folly–He whispers peace.
I feel poor and impoverished–He says, “All things are yours!”
I imagine that I am alone–He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I expect that He will abandon me–He asks, “How can I give you up?” I say, “I can do nothing!” He says, “I will work all your works in you.”
I say, “I am barren!” He says, “From Me is your fruit found.”
I complain, “I am weary!” He says, “Come unto Me, I will give you rest.”
I sigh, “I am feeble and sorely broken!” He says, “I will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.”

Thank You, Lord, for this needed encouragement today!

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