This is "wisdom" speaking. This shows what true wisdom is and helps us understand how to recognize true wisdom. Wisdom speaks excellent things and right things with no wickedness, perverseness, or frowardness.
Lead Me to Calvary
1. King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
2. Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
3. Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
4. May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.
~Jennie E. Hussey
Music for Romance
The Bible contains one of the most interesting Romance songs ever written. This is the book of the Song of Solomon. It is the love song between Solomon and his wife. It is a love song picturing the love between Jesus and the church. It is not like the vain song of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:5), but is the song of loves. It is beautiful because it is God’s word and pictures Jesus’ love for us and ours for Him.
There is another passage in the Bible that talks about music for Romance. This is Hosea chapter 2. Here the love of Hosea to his wayward wife is a picture of the love of God toward wayward Israel. Verses 14,15 say, “14Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. 15And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.”
In the early days of their relationship, Hosea’s wife would sing to him. Now other lovers had drawn her away and given many things to her to entice her. Hosea would allure her himself and restore to her her vineyards. Then she would sing to him like she did when she was young.
In the early days of their relationship, God brought Israel up out of Egypt into the wilderness. Israel loved God and sang to Him. (See Exodus 15:1-21) Then God gave to Israel the Promised Land with vineyards and many other beautiful things. After a while, other lovers enticed Israel and drew her away from God with the promise of giving her many things. God longs for the day when Israel will return to Him, and He can restore her vineyards and all her beautiful things to her. Then Israel will sing to Him again, just as she did in the days of her youth.
When love is kept young and alive, there can be beautiful songs of romance between the lovers. It can be kept pure so as to be a song of love, so different from the song of fools. God is thrilled when those who trust in Him sing to Him, and God in turn delights over us with singing. “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) So, sing God a song of love today and listen and see if you can’t hear Him sing one to you as well. God's love for you never changes. It is always the same.
Here are the final six short stories of godly women, written by my friend Katy W. I hope you are blessed by them.
7. "She is always sitting at the feet of Jesus,” people often say when they talk of this woman. The seventh woman is Mary of Bethany. Luke 10:38-39 tells how she was constantly at the feet of Jesus; and how she was always listening intently to the Teacher’s words, drinking them in. John chapter 12 tells us of Mary and her hungry heart for the Lord. In this story she came and anointed the feet of Jesus with priceless ointment. Her character is to be admired, because she shows us how to humbly worship God and she also shows how Jesus is worth the expense of giving something costly.
"But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:42)
(I also am reminded of the alabaster box. Read Matthew 26:7 for details of the story.)
8. “I am sorry my Lord, for my husband’s foolishness." Abigail, the eighth woman, kneels in apology to David for her husband foolish refusal when David was hiding from Saul and asked for some simple hospitality. I Sam 25:13-35 tells how Abigail quickly, and wisely gathers food and humbly makes an apology before David and his men. Ironically, in the end Nabal dies, because of his foolishness; and Abigail becomes the wife of David. Talk about a biblical love twist. Abigail’s character is to be admired for her quick, hasty wisdom in behalf of her foolish husband.
9. “Oh, how I wish I hadn’t chosen to eat the fruit,” Eve, the ninth woman named, must have thought many times decades later. The first mother of all, sinned in the garden and was separated from God because of it; yet, she was known, not only for disobeying God and eating the fruit when she had the opportunity of being able to walk in a perfect garden with God; but she was also known for being blessed with being the very first mother on earth. Genesis 2-4 tells Eve’s story. This beautiful, sad story teaches everyone a lesson that sin must be punished. Eve's character is to be admired for her lesson in choices and her courage to go on even though she sinned. She kept going and learned from her mistakes.
10. “How am I to believe I am going to have a baby? I am too old,” Sarah, the tenth woman must have thought this when she heard of her pregnancy at 91 years old. Genesis 21 tells us of Isaac and his miraculous birth and how Sarah learned never to doubt God. With man, having a baby at 91 seems ridiculous and physically unheard of; but with God, anything can happen; and it did. Sarah’s character is to be admired for her learning to never doubt what God can do and the faith in knowing He can do anything.
11. "Praise the Lord for he has helped us defeat the enemy," Deborah, the eleventh woman, must have sung. Judges 4 tells of her story. She was a wonderful example of godly leadership and standing up for what is right. She was encouraging Barak as he led these men out and defeated Sisera and delivered them all from the Canaanites. She showed awesome encouragement, leadership. I admire Deborah, for her character of womanly godly leadership, stepping up when no one else would.
12. "I will go." This was the twelfth woman’s willing reply. Rebekah was willing to go to a far land to be a wife to a husband she didn’t even know. Yet she trusted God and her parents and her own judgment and willingness to go, as well. She followed the Lord’s leading and in the end was blessed with the great responsibility of helping to prolong Abraham’s seed. Talk about the pressure of motherhood!
Genesis 24:15-56 tells that Rebekah was sought for and brought, as a wife for Isaac, and it says she was a comfort to Isaac in his mother’s death. It sounds kind of sweet don’t you think?
I admire Rebekah’s character for her willingness and servant’s heart to go far beyond the normal. She was blessed with being the mother of the first set of twins mentioned in Bible. She, like these other women mentioned above, left a legacy behind even, if they didn't really know it.
Let Your Legacy Live On, Ladies,
Here are stories of three more women of faith in the Bible. I hope you enjoy these short devotional thoughts from my friend Katy W.
The Widow of Zarephath
4. "I had only a little flour, yet he made a feast out of it! Praise the Lord’s name!” this widow may have told her neighbors. We see now the fourth woman, the widow of Zarephath, who was willing to feed God’s anointed, Elijah, with only what she had. God provided what was needed for her to feed him. II Kings 17: 8-16 tell of a widow’s willing heart, full of faith. The Zarephath widow is to be admired for her willing heart and unwavering faith even when she didn’t have much to offer.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
5. I am nothing to be chosen of, why me? This is the fifth woman’s possible thoughts when an angel came to young Mary’s side. Yes, I am talking of Mary our Lord’s own Mother. Luke 2, Matthew 1, and parts of Mark talk of Mary and Christ’s birth very briefly, but I know Mary had a lot of faith to follow through with this seemingly absurd thing she just heard from a man sent from God Himself. Mary’s character is to be admired for her strong faith in what seemed impossible.
6. "Suppose, you were sent to the palace, for such a time as this," Mordecai told her when she questioned going before the King to save her people. The sixth woman is, if you haven’t guessed, the lovely Queen Esther. The book of Esther tells of a young woman’s quest to save her people. She shows her unselfish character when willing to risk her life for her people. ”And if I perish, I perish.” Those were her words when going before the King. Esther's character is to be admired for her wisdom, bravery and beauty.
The story of the Widow of Zarephath as found in I Kings chapter seventeen.
"8And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 10So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11And as she was going to fetch it , he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah." (I Kings 17:8-16)
My friend, Katy W., has written a series of short devotional thoughts called "Twelve Women on the Bible." She has granted me kind permission to share. In this post are the first three short stories in her series.
Women aren't mentioned much in the Bible, but their legacies live on and are noticed if you look hard and study their character and responses to what was done to them.
1. "My prayers were answered!" This happy new mother must have thought this, as she cuddled her newborn son in her arms.
The first woman chosen is Hannah; Hannah in the Bible never gave up even when she thought God would never answer her.
The prayers uttered for so long seemed to be unheard, yet God had a plan. I Sam 1-2 tells the story of Hannah’s persistence, and in the end her prayers were answered. She had a baby boy; we know him as Samuel. Hannah’s character is to be admired for her constant praying; helping us learn to never give up on what we truly wish for in our heart of hearts! Ask and ye shall receive, right? Sometimes, yes, others not so much but God answered Hannah in the way that she yearned.
2. "I felt worthless, yet He forgave me!" This was what may have been this woman’s recollections when telling others what the Lord had done for her. This grateful woman, who is our second woman, has no name. You know the woman who poured priceless perfume on Jesus’ feet? Well, it was her. I know there are two others but this one is chosen here because she showed courage and faith. Luke 7:37-50 tells of her coming to humble herself and ask for forgiveness for the sin she’d committed. You wonder what went through her mind when Jesus said, ”Go in peace, your faith has saved you. Your sins are forgiven you.” This woman must have leapt out the room in thankfulness. She had been forgiven! She had not only been forgiven but she had been given a second chance. Her character is to be admired for her grateful, humble heart and the ability to be forgiven.
Also read John 8:1-11 about the woman caught in adultery. This woman likely felt the same when Jesus gave her another chance to set it right as well. This woman may have had a bit worse in our thinking, but the way Jesus replied after he put the Pharisees in their place and it was just her and the Lord - what did he say? He said, “Go and sin no more." Jesus judges and punishes sin, but He also gives the sinner the chance to change what he has done; time after time. She too must have gone away a brand new woman. Just like when Jesus spoke to us and we were changed from then on (read Romans 12:1), this woman was also changed. This woman is to be admired also for her humility and is a true example from a woman's point of view of how Jesus forgave us and gave us a new way to live.
3. "Your God, will be my God." These were Ruth’s loyal words when she begged to stay with Naomi. We see this unique woman as our third example. Submissive, yet persistent, Ruth persevered with her quest to follow Naomi, making Naomi’s God her own God too. Talk about a change of heart and life! Ruth was a Moabitess. The Moabites worshiped false gods. Now, not only did she embrace Naomi, but Naomi’s God as well. Today we find Ruth in the very lineage of Christ Himself. Talk about leaving a legacy behind! The book of Ruth tells of one woman who chose to follow a brand new path to help her mother in law and was blessed with a husband and a godly heritage. Ruth’s character is to be admired for her loyalty.
“15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” II Thessalonians 2:15-17
Praise God for these words of comfort and exhortation! Lord, help us to stand fast (persevere). Help us to hold (use strength to hold fast) the traditions (precepts, ordinances) that we’ve been taught. Thank you that You are our Comforter and the one who will set us fast and strengthen us in every good word and work.
~J. L. T. Y.
“Oh, how can I ever find my heart Lord.
You can show me I know.
I ask you to help me to find my heart. I can't find it,
Please can you help me find who I am, who I can be?
Oh, help me find who I am inside of me.
Will I find my part, how will I help? Show me, find me.
I look into the sky -- how old will I be when I go to that place --
10 or 50 or 123?????”
~by Katy W.'s six your old daughter
This is the song and heartfelt prayer of Katy W.’s daughter. Though still young, she is already wondering what place the Lord will have for her to fill and how she will be able to help. She is wondering when she will go to heaven. She knows that it could be while she is a child (perhaps just 10 years old), or it could be after she has reached the mature age of 123. Only God knows when. What place can she fill in the years between?
This song and heartfelt prayer bring the following verses to my mind:
“23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24)
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
“Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” (Psalm 105:4)
“12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12,13)
Keep Step Ever
1. Would you gain the best in life,
Win the prize ‘mid all the strife?
Hold your place through troubles rife?
With the right keep step!
Know the world is watching you;
Be sincere in all you do;
With the good, the pure, and true,
Ever firm keep step.
Keep step, keep step ever,
Keep step, keep step ever,
Keep step, keep step,
Keep step, keep step ever.
2. Life is more than idle play;
It will quickly pass away;
Use aright each golden day;
With the good keep step!
There are earnest pressing needs,
Filled alone by purest deeds;
Happy he the call who heeds,
With the true keep step!
3. Look beyond the present hour;
Never yield to Satan’s power;
Though above the clouds may lower,
With the truth keep step!
Onward press! Nor, on the way,
Loiter once or waste the day;
God and truth and right all say:
Strong in faith keep step!
~Christopher R. Blackall
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.” (Proverbs 13:20a)
“That thou mayest walk in the way of good men,
and keep the paths of the righteous.” (Proverbs 2:20)
“I am a companion of all them that fear thee,
and of them that keep thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:63)
Not One Forgotten
1. There’s a word of tender beauty
In the sayings of our Lord,
How it stirs our heart to music,
Waking gratitude’s sweet chord;
For it tells me that “Our Father,”
From His throne of royal might,
Bends to note a falling sparrow,
For ‘tis precious in His sight.
In my Father’s blessed keeping,
I am happy, safe, and free;
While His eye is on the sparrow,
I will not forgotten be.
2. Though I’m least of all His children,
So unworthy of His love,
Yet for me there’s kind remembrance
In the Father-heart above;
He will ever save and keep me,
He will guide me on the way;
For my Savior gently whispers,
“Are ye not much more than they?”
3. Oh, the wounded hands of Jesus
All the springs of life control;
Is there any ill can harm me
While His blood is on my soul?
Let me, like the little sparrow,
Trust Him, where I cannot see,
In the sunshine and the shadow,
Singing “He will care for me.”
~Eliza Edmunds Hewitt
“29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of
more value than many sparrows.”
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Hello! My name is Connie, and I live in North Carolina. The Lord has blessed me with wonderful parents, a wonderful sister, and a great church family . The past two years have been difficult in many ways, but God has been with me all the way.
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