Friday, October 31, 2008
"Prayer is one of the most difficult jobs you will ever undertake - but it is the quickest way to get anything done."
"Spiritual breakthroughs will come not as we sit and wish for them to happen, but as we are on our knees."
"God in His incredible wisdom has ordained prayer to be the most powerful weapon of the church. If He had chosen anything else, like preaching, singing, money, or education, many of us could not participate in waging warfare. But prayer requires none of these things. It can take place anywhere, any time, and can be done by anyone. A housewife, a child, a grandfather, a corporate executive - all are able to impact the world and help change the destiny of millions."
What about you? Have you prayed for someone today?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Adorable, isn't it?
Definitely not the rustic bunk bed I had envisioned. :)
Wild life abounds at the Purple Sage Ranch!
Katelin and Tara rehearse music ahead of time...
Going over last-minute details with the ranch manager.
Our favorite little sister on the team - Elizabeth Riddell - looking the part of a charming maiden.
Jenna and Jaqueline
Jenna is the daughter of the ranch manager, and was my personal assistant the entire weekend. She was the GREATEST help!
Mom enjoyed helping one of the attending mothers with her baby. What a cutie he is!
Another Katrina... :-)
The dining room.We enjoyed a 4-course meal for dinner, as you can probably tell from all the silverware. :)
The dining room at night.
The ranch at sunset.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
He blessed us with a very smooth experience, beautiful weather, good health, safety on the road, wisdom, and a delightful group of maidens and mothers!
Here are few pictures of the weekend. The rest can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/maidensquestministries
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I was a full-time student too, for many years. I know how full the days can feel, and the pressure that can be there to meet deadlines on assignments. I know that the easiest thing to let fall by the wayside is daily quiet time with Jesus. After all, quiet times don’t receive grades and don’t come with fixed deadlines. Therefore, it’s so much easier to give priority to other needs that seem more pressing! But in the light of eternity, what is truly more important?
My friends, there is nothing more important in this life than your relationship with the Lord. And there is nothing that can replace the activity of seeking Him. Reading inspirational books, listening to stirring sermons, participating in family worship, and completing assignments for Bible class are all fine activities. They can even greatly benefit our lives! But they cannot replace time alone in God’s presence.
In the book that He wrote for us, the heart of our God is learned. And He says this:
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
Set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God…”
(1 Chronicles 22:19)
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
(1 Chronicles 16:11)
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Without a doubt, school work is important. But my encouragement to you is to strive against allowing educational pursuits – or any pursuit for that matter – to receive more priority than Jesus Christ. When I was in high school, I made a commitment to the Lord to spend time with Him every day; praying, reading Scripture, journaling His teachings, and seeking to know Him better. Now, looking back, I truly believe that those daily moments spent in His presence have shaped who I am today and became the foundation upon which my relationship with Jesus continues to be built. The algebra, literature, and science I studied was important, but these subjects do not have much of a lingering effect on my current life. The rewards of seeking Jesus, however, continue to endure.
Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy,
at Thy right hand are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11)
If there’s anything Satan especially fights against, it’s our time spent in God’s presence seeking His face. Why? Because he knows that such a Christian will be a radiant and effective vessel of Jesus’ love to this world. Beware of distractions!
Oh my friends - I long to be faithful about seeking the Lord every day. Not because it’s something on my to-do list to be checked off out of obligation. Not because “Bible” is a subject in school that I am studying. But because of love. Because of desire. Because of true devotion to the One who loved me enough to breath life into me.
How about you?
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face;
my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.