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Better Than a Light

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied,
“Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the hand of God,
Trod gladly into the night.
He led me toward the hills
And the breaking of day in the lone East.
So heart be still!
What need our human life to know
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.


Minnie Louise Haskins, 1875–1957

Not Much To Offer

I have not much to offer
To Christ, my Lord and King;
No wealth, no might, no wisdom,
No noble gift to bring.
"Five loaves and two small fishes?"
But what alas are they
Among the throngs of hungry
Who crowd life's troubled way?

"Five loaves and two small fishes?"
Not much, dear heart, 'tis true;
But yield them to the Master
And see what He can do!
Placed in His hands of mercy
Thy little will be much.
'Tis not thy gift that matters
But His almighty touch!

~ Avis B. Christiansen

You ask why I follow my Jesus

  • You ask why I follow my Jesus,
    Why I love Him the way that I do?
    Why I’d follow wherever He leads me?
    O’er paths chosen only by few.

    It’s not the rewards that I’m after,
    Or gifts that I hope to receive.
    It’s His Presence I crave ever more of,
    It’s His Spirit I trust and believe.

    The Lord doesn’t shelter His faithful,
    Or spare them all suffering and pain,
    Like everyone else, I have troubles,
    And trudge through my share of the rain.

  • For He gives me a plan and a purpose,
    And that joy that He shares with His own.
    I don’t know what’s coming tomorrow,
    But I do know I’m never alone.

    It’s His love always there when I need it;
    It’s His words that redeem and inspire,
    It’s my longing to ever be with Him
    That burns in my heart like a fire.

    So why do I love my Lord Jesus?
    My friend, that’s so easy to see,
    But the one thing that fills me with wonder,
    Is why Jesus loves someone like me.

  • ~ By Mary Butterfield (1926), adapted.

    Loved

    Loved—
    Not for great deeds and heights attained,
    Not for accomplishments and fame;
    Not for moments when I succeed,
    When I am strong, when I believe;
    Not for times when I’m pressing on,
    Unfazed by night, fixed on the dawn.

    Loved—
    For who I am, now and today,
    Stumbling, groping to find my way;
    A heart of dreams and fears and walls,
    Of starts and stops, of peaks and falls:
    A life unpolished, unprofound,
    A sinner ransomed, lost and found.

    ~ Evelyn Sichrovsky

    Worried?

    Are you worried that you'll never find your place, your niche--where you belong? Do you fear growing older and having to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life, or even just the next few years of your life?

    Do you feel confused and at a loss to know which way to go?

    I have a plan for your life, and I know what will make you happy and fulfilled. I can see your future, which you can't see right now, and I can lead you and work things out for you, so that you will end up doing and being just what I want you to do and be, and what you're destined for. It's something that will fulfill and make you happy!

    So just trust Me. You can have peace in your heart, knowing that I do have a plan for your life. I will show you what it is, step by step, as you put your hand in Mine and let Me lead you.

    Art thou lonely?

    Art thou lonely, O my brother?
    Share thy little with another!
    Stretch a hand to one unfriended,
    And thy loneliness is ended.

    ~ John Oxenham

    I had to take time to pray

    I got up early one morning
    And rushed right into the day;
    I had so much to accomplish
    I didn't have time to pray.

    Troubles just tumbled about me
    And heavier came each task.
    Why doesn't God help me, I wondered,
    He answered, "You didn't ask."

    I tried to come into God's presence,
    I used all my keys at the lock.
    God gently & lovingly chided,
    "Why child, you didn't knock."

    I wanted to see joy & beauty,
    But the day toiled on grey & bleak,
    I called on the Lord for the reason--
    He said, "You didn't seek."

    I woke up early this morning
    And paused before entering the day.
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I had to take time to pray.

    An Exchange of Wills

    I want my heart so cleared of self
    That my dear Lord can come
    And set up His own furnishings,
    And make my heart--His home.

    And since I know what this requires,
    Each morning while it's still,
    I slip into that secret room,
    And leave with Him--My WILL,

    He always takes it graciously,
    Presenting me with His;
    I'm ready then to meet the day
    And any task there is.

    And this is how my Lord controls
    My interest, my ills,
    Because we meet at break of day,
    For an EXCHANGE OF WILLS.

    ~ Anna Jane Granniss

    Another year to love Him

  • Another year to love Him
    Whom I have loved so long;
    Another year to praise Him
    In glad triumphant song.
    Whate’er the future holdeth
    Of sorrow, toil, or pain
    His precious Love endureth
    Forevermore the same.

  • Another year with Jesus!
    I thank Thee, Lord, today
    For Thy unfailing presence
    Along life’s rugged way.
    Guide me, O blest Redeemer,
    Teach me to do Thy will,
    And Thine own perfect purpose
    In me each day fulfill.

  • ~ Avis Christiansen

    Make me Thy fuel

    Give me the Love that leads the way,
    The Faith that nothing can dismay,
    The Hope no disappointments tire,
    The Passion that’ll burn like fire.
    Let me not sink to be a clod,
    Make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God.

    ~ Amy Carmichael

    The Coming Year

    "Dear Master for this coming year
    Just one request I bring:
    I do not pray for happiness,
    Or any earthly thing--
    I do not ask to understand
    The way Thou leadest me,
    But this I ask: Teach me to do
    The thing that pleaseth Thee.

    I want to know Thy guiding voice,
    To walk with Thee each day.
    Dear Master make me swift to hear
    And ready to obey.
    And thus the year I now begin
    A happy year will be--
    If I am seeking just to do
    The thing that pleaseth Thee."

    Your eyes are like cameras

    Your eyes are like cameras, constantly sending pictures to your brain. Everything you look at, everything you ever see is "_ click! _ " stored in your memory. You've got more memory than all the computers in the world combined! Just think about that for a moment.

    You have to keep storing not only everything you see, but everything you hear, feel, say, taste, touch--the whole works. You're a supercomputer! You beat any robot out there with the brain I've given you. And one of the best things about it is that it keeps growing. You aren't limited to only a certain amount of space; you can keep packing information in there and learning new things all the time. You don't have to stop when your memory is full. You just keep learning. Try and beat that with any computer. You're a wonder of technology yourself. I made you more advanced than anything man can ever make.

    The reason I'm bringing up this subject of your mind in this case is to encourage you to fill it with things you won't be ashamed of later when your memory is played back to you. When you have a computer, and you're surfing the internet, you don't download every single bit of information junk you come across. You just download things that are worthy of your time, things that hold some kind of usefulness or beauty or entertainment that I've approved. Otherwise your computer gets cluttered up with all kinds of useless stuff, and it could even be embarrassing when someone goes to use the computer and sees what you've got stored there.

    Make sure you're making a good movie with your mind because one day it will all be played back to you.

    Watch the places your mind goes, for as a man thinks, so is he. The person that you are on the inside, the real you that I see and know completely, is being changed a bit more every day, and one way you change is through allowing or directing your thoughts in different ways. The places your thoughts travel make you what you are, or will yet be. Watch where you go, for as a man thinketh, so will he become. If you've allowed yourself to wander into dangerous territory, the transformation may not be that evident right off the bat, but in time you'll really regret it and be found hurting because of it. The best way you can stay on track in heart, mind, and soul, is to constantly get refreshed--all throughout the day--with My thoughts, My ideas, This washes away the muck and junk that clouds up your view and gets you feeling down.

    The joy of unselfish giving

    Time is not measured by the years that you live
    But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give.
    And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one
    To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone
    That would brighten the life or lighten the load
    Of some weary traveler lost on life’s road.
    So what does it matter how long we may live
    If as long as we live we unselfishly give.

    ~ Helen Steiner Rice

    A moment in a morning

    A moment in a morning
    Ere the cares of day begin,
    Ere the heart's wide door is open,
    For the world to enter in,
    Oh, then alone with Jesus,
    In the silence of the morn,
    In heavenly, sweet communion,
    Let your joyful day be born,
    In the quietude that blesses,
    With a prelude of repose,
    Let your soul be soothed and softened,
    As the dew revives the rose!

    Ready to do His will

  • Ready to suffer grief or pain,
    Ready to stand the test,
    Ready to stay at home and send
    Others if He sees best.

    (refrain:)
    Ready to go, ready to stay,
    Ready my place to fill,
    Ready for service, lowly or great,
    Ready to do His will.

    Ready to go, ready to bear,
    Ready to watch and pray,
    Ready to stand aside and give,
    Till He shall clear the way.

    (refrain:)
    Ready to go, ready to stay,
    Ready my place to fill,
    Ready for service, lowly or great,
    Ready to do His will.

  • Ready to speak, ready to think,
    Ready with heart and brain,
    Ready to stand where He sees fit,
    Ready to bear the strain.

    (refrain:)
    Ready to go, ready to stay,
    Ready my place to fill,
    Ready for service, lowly or great,
    Ready to do His will.

    Ready to speak, ready to warn,
    Ready o’er souls to yearn,
    Ready in life, ready in death,
    Ready for His return.

    (refrain:)
    Ready to go, ready to stay,
    Ready my place to fill,
    Ready for service, lowly or great,
    Ready to do His will.

  • ~ Variously at­trib­ut­ed to S. E. L. and A. C. Palmer (1845-1882)

    A Blank Page

    The New Year like a book lies before me;
    On its cover two words, “My Life,” I see.
    I open the covers and look between —
    Each page is empty, no words can be seen,
    For I am a writer, I hold the pen
    That’ll fill these pages to be read by men.
    Just what kind of book will my book be,
    My life written there for others to see,
    Each day a page written, one by one —
    Will it be worthwhile when finished and done?
    Lord, help me keep these pages clean and fair
    By living the life I’d have written there.

    ~ Gertrude Laura Gast

    Sweet hour of prayer

    Sweet hour of prayer, Sweet hour of prayer,
    That calls me from a world of care
    And bids me at my Father's Throne
    Make all my wants and wishes known.
    In seasons of distress and grief,
    My soul has often found relief,
    And oft escaped the Tempter's snare
    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

    ‘Twill Soon be Past

  • 1. Only one life, a few brief years,
    Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
    Each with its days I must fulfill,
    Living for self or in His will;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    3. Give me, Father, a purpose deep,
    In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
    Faithful and true whate’er the strife,
    Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    5. Only one life, yes, only one,
    Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
    And when at last I’ll hear the call,
    I know I’ll say “‘twas worth it all”;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    7. Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.
    And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
    If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

  • 2. When this bright world would tempt me sore,
    When Satan would a victory score;
    When self would seek to have its way,
    Then help me, Lord, with joy to say;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    4. Oh let my love with fervor burn,
    And from the world now let me turn;
    Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
    Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    6. Only one life, yes, only one,
    Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
    And when at last I’ll hear the call,
    I know I’ll say “‘twas worth it all”;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.

    8. Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what’s done for Christ will last.
    And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
    If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

  • ~ By C. T. Studd

    A calendar

    A calendar is often used to help remind you of special events or happenings, important appointments, and can even be used as a basic master plan of happenings in your life.

    There exists a special calendar for you alone, and I’m helping you fill in the squares with plans as you trust and follow Me, you will see the manifestation of the secret desires of your heart. The calendar of your life is full of unique, memorable, and life-changing events.

    Some of the events that I have allowed in your life, or that I have allowed in the lives of others around you. I do have a reason for all that I allow, although there will be many things that you can only understand in part in this life and must commit to Me.

    So don’t be afraid of letting Me help you fill in the calendar of your life. The best things happen to those who trust Me completely, and who happily flow with Me

    Another year to love Him

  • Another year to love Him
    Whom I have loved so long;
    Another year to praise Him
    In glad triumphant song.
    Whate’er the future holdeth
    Of sorrow, toil, or pain
    His precious Love endureth
    Forevermore the same.

  • Another year with Jesus!
    I thank Thee, Lord, today
    For Thy unfailing presence
    Along life’s rugged way.
    Guide me, O blest Redeemer,
    Teach me to do Thy will,
    And Thine own perfect purpose
    In me each day fulfill.

  • ~ Avis Christiansen

    Feelings

    "Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving;
    My warrant is the Word of God - Naught else is worth believing.

    Though all my heart should feel condemned
                  for want of some sweet token,
    There is One greater than my heart
                  Whose Word cannot be broken.

    I'll trust in God's unchanging Word till soul and body sever,
    For, though all things shall pass away,
                  His Word shall stand forever!"

    ~ attributed to Martin Luther

    Count your blessings, name them one by one

    When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    Count your blessings, name them one by one;
    Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
    Count your blessings, name them one by one;
    Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

    Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, ev'ry doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.

    When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings, wealth can never buy,
    Your reward in Heaven, nor your Home on High.

    So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
    Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, Angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

    ~ Rev.J. Oatman

    Trysting Place

    Dear Lord, I want each day that comes
    To share some part with Thee,
    Where I can sit at Thy dear feet
    And hear Thee speak to me.
    A place where I can turn aside
    And leave the cares of life,
    Where I can get the strength I need
    To banish storm and strife.
    A quiet, holy, trysting place
    Where Thou to me canst give
    The very blessing that I need;
    Here would I rest and live.

    ~ Martha Grenfell

    On Christ the solid rock I stand

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

    On Christ the solid rock I stand,
    All other ground is sinking sand;
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    ~ Edward Mote, 1834