Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday!



My Thankful Thursday post today is the devotional from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening from last night! This just touched me, so I wanted to share it with you!

“And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
Exodus 17:12
So mighty was the prayer of Moses, that all depended upon it. The petitions of Moses discomfited the enemy more than the fighting of Joshua. Yet both were needed. So, in the soul’s conflict, force and fervour, decision and devotion, valour and vehemence, must join their forces, and all will be well. You must wrestle with your sin, but the major part of the wrestling must be done alone in private with God. Prayer, like Moses’, holds up the token of the covenant before the Lord. The rod was the emblem of God’s working with Moses, the symbol of God’s government in Israel. Learn, O pleading saint, to hold up the promise and the oath of God before him. The Lord cannot deny his own declarations. Hold up the rod of promise, and have what you will.
Moses grew weary, and then his friends assisted him. When at any time your prayer flags, let faith support one hand, and let holy hope uplift the other, and prayer seating itself upon the stone of Israel, the rock of our salvation, will persevere and prevail. Beware of faintness in devotion; if Moses felt it, who can escape? It is far easier to fight with sin in public, than to pray against it in private. It is remarked that Joshua never grew weary in the fighting, but Moses did grow weary in the praying; the more spiritual an exercise, the more difficult it is for flesh and blood to maintain it. Let us cry, then, for special strength, and may the Spirit of God, who helpeth our infirmities, as he allowed help to Moses, enable us like him to continue with our hands steady “until the going down of the sun;” till the evening of life is over; till we shall come to the rising of a better sun in the land where prayer is swallowed up in praise.

I am so thankful that God cannot deny his own declarations! I've never been promised a life without pain or struggle, after all look where we live, but God promises to be there with me, guiding me, loving me, disciplining me until I reach heaven and will praise him forever more! Prayer is such an amazing tool, but for me it seems so hard to do! I struggle in my private prayer time! I get overwhelmed by the vast amounts of concerns that I don't know where to begin! I am reminded to just be there with God! Let the Spirit guide me!

I'm also thankful my husband made it home from Pittsburgh early this morning!

I'm thankful that God showed a lesson to my children yesterday when they were praying for a friend at school! This time he provided miraculous healing! It was great to point that out to them, and then discuss how sometimes God heals but in different ways. Ways that may not be the way we would want it, but this time he chose to show those doctors a thing or two! What is so great also is so many kids wrote on this child's carepage that they were praying! My son called me from school and I got to pray with him over the phone!

I'm thankful for the army God is raising up! May we as parents be prepared through living our lives in accordance with God's word, KNOWING God's word, and TEACHING it to our children!

Have a blessed day today!

13 comments:

Denise said...

Such an awesome devotion, thanks for sharing. Glad your husband made it home safe. Praise God for healing, and for your prayer warrior children my friend. I love you.

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Wow - that is awesome for your kids to see God at work. My littlest prayed for an owie to get better and opened his eyes to look at it. He really had the faith that God would just make it disappear pronto. It made me think about my own faith. What a great reminder and how precious for kids to know God hears our prayers.

Miss*Suzanne said...

Wow! That was a wonderful!! Spurgeon is as relevant today as ever.

"It is far easier to fight with sin in public, than to pray against it in private" ... how true!

I'm thankful for you!

Suzie;)

Nise' said...

I love that.."The Lord cannot deny His own delcarations". Great devotion. Enjoy the weekend!

Cheri said...

That was such great news about Madelyn- what a miracle.
What a great opportunity that was to be able discuss prayer with your kids. So happy for the incredible outcome for her.

Sharon said...

The Lord is truly faithful. My mom taught me about Jesus. You are truly blessed to be able to do that with your kids.

Stephanie said...

Kim,
That is awesome the your kids are praying for other kids AND seeing one way that God heals, despite what doctors may say. Thank-you for sharing a side of young people most don't see.

Susan said...

Kim,

Wow, that devotional was GREAT!! Thanks for sharing.

Loved to hear about that GOOD report, very encouraging to me today.

Your children are learning the most valuable thing, praying and caring for others.

Blessings♥

Tonya said...

Kim, I'm glad that you took the chance to explain that GOD doesn't always work in the ways we want.

We learned that lesson the hard way. The thing to remember is that GOD'S WILL IS ALWAYS BEST! I'm so proud of you for taking advantage of that "teachable moment."

With that said, I'm VERY THANKFUL that your little ones got to witness a miracle... it's always TREMENDOUS when we get to see our GOD at work! =-)

Prairie Chick said...

AMEN. How powerful. So nice to meet you Kim and be part of rejoicing in your blessings.

Kim said...

Kim~
Wow..I love what you said, "God cannot deny his own declarations!" AMEN!!

Thank-you for this amazing Thankful Thursday post.

Kim~

Cheryl said...

I am surely thankful today for you girl! You have a powerful post. I loved it! Thanks so much for sharing your sweet heart with us. Have a blessed weekend friend!

Shari said...

That's so neat when kids get to observe God's work and have their faith strengthened.