Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year!

I can hardly believe it is almost 2012! How the days…..the weeks…..the months have blurred by in a mad furry of busyness!! I pray that this coming new year will be a year that will bring wonderful blessings, a year that will bring us to a close walk with our dear heavenly father……for this new year is surely bringing us closer to the end of time!! 

We Must Watch, Pray, and work!.....We must not sleep as the five foolish virgins, we must fill our lamps with oil, and watch, for the coming of the bridegroom is near…..we know not the hour.

“Another year now opens its fair unwritten pages before you. The recording angel stands ready to write. Your course of action will determine what shall be traced by him. You may make your future life good or evil; and this will determine for you whether the year upon which you have just entered will be to you a happy new year. It is in your power to make it such for yourself and for those around you. Let patience, long-suffering, kindness, and love become a part of your very being; then whatsoever things are pure and lovely and of good report will mature in your experience. Angels of God are waiting to show you the path of life. . . . Decide now, at the commencement of the new year, that you will choose the path of righteousness, that you will be earnest and true-hearted, and that life with you shall not prove a mistake. Go forward, guided by the heavenly angels; be courageous; be enterprising; let your light shine; and may the words of inspiration be applicable to you….” {ML 5.4


   
                                                        A Prayer for the New Year
 
                                             O Lord, in this Thy book of Time, to write
                                                Thou biddest me. But I am full of fears
                                         That on each page, so fresh and clean and white,
                                           My feeble hand may pen but stains and tears.

                                          So, Master, take my hand in Thine and guide
                                            What I shall be and think and say and do
                                           Each day this year, from dawn to eventide.
                                           be Thou the Author, and the penman, too!

                                        Write courage, Lord, for trials that must come,
                                          and gratefulness for blessings that are sure.
                                             Inscribe the scroll with loyalty to home,
                                           and steadfast choice of values that endure.

                                              Write living, loving faith in every line.
                                        Each page so with Thy sacred presence grace
                                       That those who stop to read this book of mine,
                                       May see not me, but Thine own wondrous face.

                                           Then dip the pen in Heaven's ink, o God,
                                           -The warm, the red, the valiant, and true-
                                          That every day, so hallowed by thy blood,
                                        May make this year of mine sublimely NEW!
                                                                 ~Margit Strom Heppenstall.

This is truly my prayer!.....Nothing I can do is of any good! For “All my righteousness is as filthy rags”! So my desire is to commit to handing the pen over to my Heavenly Father, and let him write the pages of my life! Truly, I mean what I’m saying! I want to live a life that has a purpose!....And I can do this only by surrendering my ALL to HIM! Jesus is coming VERY SOON! I don’t want to disappoint Him who gave His life for YOU and ME, that we might inherit eternal life! I don’t want to throw that eternal crown away just because of mine own sinful lust of the flesh, my own desires for how I want to live my life!

Will you also my friends…..my brothers and sisters in Christ…Will you also commit to letting the Lord write the pages of this year of your life?.....make no plans of your own accord…..seek only His will? He has provided a guidebook….there is no reason we should fail…..no reason we should lose our way.

The only way we shall have revival and reformation in our Christian walk, is if we seek his face continually! He is just waiting to bestow upon us the richest blessings we could ever imagine! Let’s not keep Him waiting any longer!!

You’re Sister in Christ,
Cortney  

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Greatest Gift Ever Given........


                                                   
                                           The Gift of Love

                                              Behold the amazing gift of love
                                                          The Father has bestowed
                                                          On us, the sinful sons of men,
                                                          To call us sons of God.

                                                          Concealed as yet this honor lies,
                                                          By this dark world unknown-
                                                          A world that knew not, when He came,
                                                          Even God’s eternal son.

                                                          High is the rank we now possess,
                                                          But higher we shall rise;
                                                          Though what we shall hereafter be
                                                           Is hid from mortal eyes.

                                                          Our souls, we know, when He appears,
                                                          Shall bear His image bright;
                                                          For all His glory, full disclosed,
                                                          Shall open to our sight,

                                                          A hope so great and so divine
                                                          May trials well endure,
                                                          And purge the soul from sense of sin,
                                                          As Christ Himself is pure
                                                                                          ~Isaac Watts.

"We are now nearing the close of another year, and shall we not make these festal days opportunities in which to bring to God our offerings? I cannot say sacrifices, for we shall only be rendering to God that which is his already, and which he has only entrusted to us till he shall call for it." (RH, December 11, 1879 par.15)

Jesus came to this dark and dreadful world…….

That we may be His sons and daughters!

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (And Daughters) of God…….”  1 John 3:1

Oh what a gift of love He gave!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 
   
What my friends are we giving him in return?

All we are is His anyways!

He just gives us the choice to give back to him all that is His already.

So what are we doing with the things He has entrusted to us?........

It’s a question that should be asked every moment of our lives! But at this time of year, on this day of remembrance of the greatest gift of love ever given……let us not forget our dear savior! Let us return to Him everything we are!......It will be the greatest gift we could ever give……and it will bring the greatest joy and satisfaction you could ever own!
Let us not tarry……for Jesus is waiting……yes he is waiting for YOU, And He is waiting for me!

A wonderful Christmas Blessing to each and every one of you!
Your sister in Christ,
Cortney

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As Mountain Streams...........




For evening family worships we have been reading from the precious little book "Christian Service" By Ellen White. I have been tremendously blessed by this wonderful little book! I recommend everyone to read it! A few nights ago, we read this section, and I just loved it! :)…… Thought it fit with the name of my blog so well! :D

"The heart that receives the word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream, fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy-laden. It is like a river constantly flowing and, as it advances, becoming deeper and wider, until its life-giving waters are spread over all the earth. The stream that goes singing on its way leaves behind its gift of verdure and fruitfulness. The grass on its banks is a fresher green, the trees have a richer verdure, the flowers are more abundant. When the earth lies bare and brown under the summer's scorching heat, a line of verdure marks the river's course. So it is with the true child of God. The religion of Christ reveals itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. When the heart is opened to the heavenly influence of truth and love, these principles will flow forth again like streams in the desert, causing fruitfulness to appear where now are barrenness and dearth."  {PK 234.1}
 
The neat thing about streams is that they give ALL that they have, and receive all that is available for them!

 I hope and pray with all my heart, that people around me will see this lived out in my daily walk up  the path of life.......Oh may I be as a mountain stream…… that I may refresh the weary around me! Oh Lord this is my prayer!...... Will you make it yours?

Seeking the source of living water,
Cortney