Romans 15:13

•April 22, 2014 • Comments Off on Romans 15:13

Romans 1513 ~ Birgit Whelan

 
 
 

Peggy and Christine

•February 7, 2014 • Comments Off on Peggy and Christine

‘In 1949-1951 God used two elderly sisters, Peggy and Christine Smith, in the Lewis Revival in Scotland. Both women were in their eighties. Peggy was blind, and Christine was crippled with arthritis. They couldn’t even leave their little cottage to worship in the village church. But they knew how to pray. God used their prayers to plant seeds of longing in the hearts of men who then began to pray for revival. God sent a great spiritual awakening in response to the earnest prayers of these two obscure women.’

~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Biblical Womanhood in the Home, p.76. 

 

The significance,  the power and the legacy of prayer!

What an Almighty God can do through the humble, faithful, sacrificial prayer of those who love Him.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective ~ James 5:16.

 

My King

•January 5, 2014 • Comments Off on My King
 

 

This is truly awesome! Though I’ve posted this in the past, it is the perfect way to begin this New Year, in adoration and worship to the Lord Jesus, my King.

A very blessed and Happy New Year to you :)

 
 

How Great Thou Art

•December 31, 2013 • Comments Off on How Great Thou Art
 
 

The perfect way to come to the end of the year, in worship of God’s beyond-words greatness :) This is stunning! Blessings on your New Year’s eve …

 
 

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Lyrics translated by  Stuart K. Hine, 1949.

 
 

Of God’s Life

•December 28, 2013 • Comments Off on Of God’s Life

 

Summer Meadow in Surrey

 

‘The true ministry is God-touched, God-enabled, and God-made. The Spirit of God is on the preacher in anointing power, the fruit of the Spirit is in his heart, the Spirit of God has vitalised the man and the word; his preaching gives life, gives life as the spring gives life; gives life as the resurrection gives life; gives ardent life as the summer gives ardent life; gives fruitful life as the autumn gives fruitful life. The life-giving preacher is a man of God, whose heart is ever athirst for God, whose soul is ever following hard after God, whose eye is single to God, and in whom by the power of God’s Spirit the flesh and the world have been crucified and his ministry is like the generous flood of a life-giving river.’

~ E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer.

 

Though these words were intended for the preacher, they are words that can also apply to any Christian life. In whatever God has called each of us to, in whatever He ordains for each day, may our lives be ‘God-touched, God-enabled, and God-made.’ May our character reveal a heart that ‘is ever athirst for God,’ and may our interactions with others, and the areas in which we serve, give life ‘as the summer gives ardent life.’

 

Sovereign

•November 9, 2013 • Comments Off on Sovereign

Stockholm - Dusk - Birgit Whelan

 

‘Confidence in the sovereignty of God in all that affects us is crucial to our trusting Him. If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God’s sovereign control, then we cannot trust Him. His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, we cannot trust Him. You may entrust to me your most valuable possessions. I may love you and my aim to honor your trust may be sincere, but if I do not have the power or ability to guard your valuables, you cannot truly entrust them to me.’

~ Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

 

The Grace of Weakness

•August 7, 2013 • Comments Off on The Grace of Weakness

Grace Hands - Whelan IV

 

For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.

~ Psalm 139:13-16.

 

These are the awe-filled words of David, in his song to God at the wonder of his creation.

They are words that also deeply affirm us, as known in the mind of God before we ever came to be, and exquisitely crafted and nurtured by Him into existence.

They are words that fill the lungs again when we struggle to see our purpose, and sometimes even our value.

I have come to see these words in a different way also though, in a way that’s been freeing. That it’s not only what these verses affirm about what we are in God’s design, but what we are not.

How easy it is to be snared by the sense of: do more, be more.

We could potentially spend our one gift of a life, spend our selves, trapped in this pursuit, that in essence says, do more, be more.

But beyond the realm of our responsibility and our choices, and the worshipful working out of our salvation,  it is not possible to be any more than what God has created of us to be.

And so in the laying down of the striving, is a rest in our limits.

What a chance this gives this us to trust God:

The eternal God who is infinite in His wisdom and perfect in His love personally made you and me. He gave you the body, the mental abilities, and the basic personality you have because that is the way He wanted you to be. And He wanted you to be just that way because He loves you and wants to glorify Himself through you. This is the believer’s foundation for self-acceptance … trusting God for who I am … flaws and all.

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges (Colorado: NavPress, 1988) 173.

What a chance this gives this us to glorify God, Who assures us: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness’ ~ 2 Cor.12:9. And to echo the strength of Paul’s humility in his response: ‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’~ 2 Cor.12:9. (emphasis added).

The goal never was to do more or to be more, but only to rest and to receive.

 

Photo and Writing by Birgit Whelan © Copyright 2013.