Here is a song I learned recently in church. I thought the words might encourage you as they have me!
Rejoice in the Lord
1. God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a woman.
Give thanks to the Lord though your testing seems long; In darkness he gives a song.
2. I could not see through the shadows ahead,
So I looked to the cross of my Savior instead. I bowed to the will of the Master that day; Then peace came and tears fled away.
3. Now I can see testing comes from above; God strengthens His children and purges in love. My Father knows best, and I trust in His care; Through purging more fruit I will bear.
CHORUS: O rejoice in the Lord.
He makes no mistake. He knows the end
of each path that I take. For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.
Lyrics by Ron Hamilton
Posts Tagged With: Character
Song of Encouragement
“How’re Ya Doing?”
When you’re raising children, no matter their age, every week is a big week.
“How’re ya doing?”
“Oh, we’re hanging in there! We’re busy.”
You hear that a lot, don’t you? I can imagine Continue reading
Devotional Thoughts on Forgiveness
Approaching the end of the school year, we look back over the year, remembering where we were at the beginning, considering highlights — both achievements and disappointments — that changed us. It is good to consider how we are different today in comparison to last August. Are we stronger in our faith? Are we better in character: kinder, wiser, more Christ-like? Are our changes energized not from a prideful “I can do whatever I dream” spirit, but from the Holy Spirit? Continue reading
Saying NO to God
I have to smile when I think of how impressed some of my high school students were that I had waited so long to get married. When they saw the guy I was marrying, the girls were really impressed. Wow! Waiting is worth it! To young people ages 14-18, we were so old — meeting at age 24 and marrying at age 26! And I must admit that I thought I had waited pretty long too.
Now, I’m still holding you in suspense! Continue reading
Swirling Stories within His Story
We were 24 years old when we met. Up until then, we had lived in different parts of the continent. He had never been to my region in his life, and I had never been to his. How did we ever meet? Thus starts our story. Continue reading
Like the Box Top Picture on a 5000 Piece Puzzle
Sokvannara (Sy) Sar, as described in the last post, gives us a picture through his life of what humility, self-control, perseverance, kindness, and respect look like. Wow! Nothing much is more powerful than Continue reading
Winston Churchill, Sokvannara Sar, and Me?
How would you respond if someone spoke the following words to you? ” Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Continue reading
How is respect or honor a form of love? I left you with this question in our last post. We could go in many directions here, so I’ve chosen a few strands that at first may not seem related, but I think you’ll agree with me that they are multicolored threads woven into the same blanket. Let me take you to a nursery rhyme. Yes, many children’s rhymes are for adults. Continue reading
Whatever does it mean to honor your mother and father? Or to honor God? Or to honor others? This character quality is on Troy Christian School’s 5th grade character focus list, but of course, it’s for everyone. Our students learn that honor is “showing deep Continue reading
The Other Side of the Door
You remember that Lucy thought it would be worthwhile (though her siblings did not) to try the door of the big wardrobe which was in an otherwise empty room in the professor’s sprawling country residence in England. I’m referring to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The four children were exploring the house on a rainy day. However, it was Lucy’s sense that the wardrobe was worthy of exploration that changed her life as well as her sibling’s lives. Young Lucy was given wonder-filled uncommon sense. Continue reading