Archive for September 2010

YOU ARE SPECIAL!

Greetings Dear Friends,

I pray you are well and enjoying the blessings of the Lord. Our Fall Conference is quickly approaching and I hope to see you there. I received this wonderful e-mail which I will share in part with you. A dear pastor’s wife shared these words regarding the Spring Conference, “We were 2 weeks away from conference with still not a dime to go with. I prayed, Lord, we are 2 weeks away from conference and I know you will provide, but can we not do a last minute, especially if we are going to fly which I really want to. It was either the next day or the one after, the phone rang…” Well, the Lord did not disappoint His saint. This is how she ended her testimony: “So here we are, the Lord providing the trip, the money, the lunches and we came home with money! Words cannot describe what it’s like to have so much love shoveled on you … time and time again!” She wasn’t ashamed to ask the Lord, and the Lord graciously answered her heart’s desire by contributions from multiple sources. Praise the Lord!

YOU ARE SPECIAL!

We all have someone we admire, whether living or dead; someone we know or someone we’ve read about. We think about a sister we know, oh, they are so talented, beautiful, smart, organized, and sweet! You too, have many of the same qualities. You too, are so special, that there is no one else like you in this whole wide world. You are unique! Look at this definition of unique 1: SINGLE SOLE. 2: being without a like or equal: UNEQUALED 3 very rare or uncommon: very unusual

Psalm 139:13-18

“For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

 I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written; which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.”

God’s thoughts to us are precious; inummerable! Could we ever doubt how precious we are to the Lord? Jer. 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

George MacDonald said: “I would rather be what God chose me to be than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”

One writer said: “And because God loves diversity, as we see all around us on this amazing planet earth, he created us in such a way that each of us would be unique. He designed the human DNA with its 3.1 billion sub-units, those bits that determine our personal characteristics, in such a way that there is no chance that two of us could be the same. There is one chance in 64 billion that someone will have the same fingerprint as you. There are many people who will be much more talented than you in many areas of life, but there is no-one on this planet that has the unique combination of qualities that you have.”

Psalm 8: 3-6;

“When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;

 What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?

 For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

 Thou madest him to have dominion, over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all

things under his feet;”

As glorious as the creation of God is, magnificent mountain ranges, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, majestic oceans and seas. Beautiful flowers and birds, and all the beauty He has created, His pride and glory is humanity; YOU. You are special!

Ron Sider in Christianity Today had these words to say: “Every part of God’s creation is very good and very special because it results from the loving design of Almighty God…As persons created in the divine image we are very special. The dignity and worth of every human being flows from the divine decree, not human decision…It comes from the Creator of the galaxies who selected human beings alone out of the almost infinite multitudes of the created order to bear the divine image. No matter how poor and defenseless, old and weak, crippled and deformed, young and helpless, human beings enjoy a God-given worth and dignity that sets them apart from the rest of creation.”  Such a special privilege it is to be a child of God!

In this following tender poem written in the 1800’s, a poor family with seven children was offered by a wealthy but childless neighbor, a house and land in exchange for one of their children. What follows are the results of this offer:

Not One to Spare

Which shall it be? Which shall it be?”
I looked at John-John looked at me,
(Dear, patient John, who loves me yet,
As well as though my locks were jet),
And when I found that I must speak,
My voice seemed strangely low and weak.
“Tell me again what Robert said!”
And then I, listening, bent my head.
This is his letter: ‘I will give
A house and land while you shall live,
If, in return, from out of your seven,
One child to me for aye is given,’ ”
I looked at John’s old garments worn,
I thought of all that John had borne
Of poverty, and work, and care,
Which I, though willing could not share:
I thought of seven mouths to feed,
Of seven little children’s need,
And then of this.-“Come, John,” said I,
“We’ll choose among them as they lie
Asleep”; so walking hand in hand,
Dear John and I surveyed our band-
First to the cradle lightly stepped,
Where Lilian, the baby, slept.
Her damp curls lay like gold alight,
A glory ‘gainst the pillow white;
Softly the father stooped to lay
His rough hand down in loving way,
When dream or whisper made her stir,
And huskily he said: “Not her.”
We stooped beside the trundle-bed,
And one long ray of lamplight shed
Athwart the boyish faces there,
in sleep so pitiful and fair.
I saw on Jamie’s rough, red cheek
A tear undried. Ere John could speak,
“He’s but a baby, too,” said I,
And kissed him as we hurried by.
Pale, patient Robbie’s angel face
Still in his sleep bore suffering’s trace.
“No, for a thousand crowns, not him,
He whispered, while our eyes were dim
Poor Dick! bad Dick! Our wayward son-
Turbulent, reckless, idle one-
Could he be spared? “Nay, he who gave
Bids us befriend him to his grave;
Only a mother’s heart can be
Patient enough for such as he;
And so,” said John, “I would not dare
To send him from her bedside prayer.”
Then stole we softly up above
and knelt by Mary, child of love.
“Perhaps for her ‘twould better be,”
I said to John. Quite silently,
He lifted up a curl that lay
Across her cheek in wilful way,
And shook his head, “Nay, love, not thee,”
The while my heart beat audibly.
Only one more, our eldest lad,
Trusty and truthful, good and glad-
So like his father. “No, John, no-
I cannot, will not, let him go.”
And so we wrote, in courteous way,
We could not give one child away;
And afterwards toil lighter seemed,
Thinking of that of which we dreamed.
Happy in truth that not one face
Was missed from its accustomed place;
Thankful to work for all the seven,
Trusting the rest to One in Heaven!

-Mrs. Ethel L. Beers

Everyone of the Lord’s family is special, important, irreplaceable, and loved. You, dear child of God, are accounted for – “not one face was missed from its accustomed place.”

Last year in Killeen, a special elderly saint was touched by the Lord. He had degenerative arthritis of the spine. It was extremely painful. After Jesus touched him, he said he felt like he was was “walking on air!” He turned 80 years old when we were there. This year when we returned to Killeen, he was still testifying of God’s healing power in his life. Thank you Lord that your touch… makes “every whit whole.”

A friend of this  same Brother and his wife was also in a service both last year and this. This year she shared how that her sister in 2009 was brain-dead. Prayer was made for her sister at that time. She tearfully related to me that either her sister was presently vacationing or had just returned from vacation in Alaska! Thank you Lord for touching these precious people!

John Cooney wrote these words:

“YOU’RE REALLY SPECIAL! You really are! In all the world there’s no one like you. Never has been. Never will be.

No one has your eyes, your nose, your hair, your hands, your voice, your smile. You’re special!

No one anywhere has exactly your handwriting, exactly your finger-prints, exactly your tastes in food or music…

Since the beginning of time there’s been no one who laughs like you, no one who cries like you, no one who sees things just the way you do.

You’re special.

Look, you’re the only one on this planet who’s got your set of abilities. Sure there’ll always be someone who’s better at some of the things you’re good at-but no one in the entire universe has your unique combination of talents and skills, dreams and feelings.

No one else through all eternity will ever look, talk, walk, think or do the way you do. You’re special. You’re rare. And like anything that’s rare, you’re valuable.

That’s why you don’t need to copy your friends. You can accept-yeah, you can celebrate-your differences! You can risk being yourself.

Hey, you’re no ACCIDENT. God made you special for a very special purpose. He’s got a job for you that no one else can do as well. Out of all the billions of applicants, only one is qualified. Only one has what it takes.That one is YOU…because you’re special!”

To end this post, these words touched my heart as I read them:

“Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.”
-Jacob M. Braude

God bless you till next time! I hope you enjoy this beautiful song of our Lord’s faithfulness to us, His special children.

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