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  • A word of encouragement

    A couple months back, one of my dearest mentors gave me a devotional book with both morning and evening passages.
    I have had some of the most trying situations of my life recently and this little book has really helped put things into perspective for me at times.  This isn’t a substitute for the word of God, however, but it is a nice accompaniment!  Please enjoy this morning’s devotion:

    This thing is from me (I Kings 12:24)
    Life’s disappointments are veiled love’s appointments.
                                                                        REV. C. A. FOX
        My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread.  it is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head.  This thing is from ME
        Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too?  For, “he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of mine eye” (Zech. 2.8).  You are very precious in My sigh (Isa. 43.4).  Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.
    I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood,” that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.
        Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background?  This thing is from Me.  I am the God of circumstances.  Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee.
        Have you not asked to be made humble?  See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are only working My will.
    Are you in money difficulties?  Is it hard to make both ends meet?  This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me.  My supplies are limitless (Phil. 4:19).  I would have you prove my promises.  Let it not be said of you, “In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Duet 1:32).
        Are you passing through a night of sorrow?  This thing is from Me.  I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief.  I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation (II Thess. 2:16-17).  Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness?  This thing is from Me.  I could not get your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of My deepest lessons.  “They also serve who only stand and wait.”  Some of My greatest workers are those who shut out from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all-prayer.
        This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil.  Make use of it free, My child.  Let every circumstance that arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, every revelation of your weakness be anoiunted with it.  The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.
    LAURA A. BARTER SNOW
    2 Feb 2011, 12:48pm
    by SarahAnne

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    Oh my word! Misha! I loved this. My mom has the same devotional and read this to me a couple years ago when I was going through a storm. I had it printed on the back of my bible "This Thing is from me." It has meant so much to me since then. Thanks for posting it. I am so glad to have it copied on my computer. Love you! SarahAnne Maitland

    2 Feb 2011, 2:37pm
    by East Coast-er Momma

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    I'm so glad that you enjoyed seeing it again. I prayed last night that it would touch and encourage someone, because I know that on blogs it's hard to sit and read and read. But this devotion spoke so deeply to me that I had to post it. Thank you for letting me know that it touch you, too. means a lot to me.
    Be safe in Germany and touch many hearts.

     

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