Friday, March 27, 2009

Heading into Sudan!

Snow tomorrow, rain today, warm sun the day after tomorrow 
sounds like life in general, no?

When life becomes difficult through circumstances beyond our control. . . there is a poem I think about and often re-read. Its one that Elizabeth Elliott shared when she had a radio program years ago. I wanted to share it today for our times are seemingly more uncertain now and perhaps it will encourage you in your focus and help you gain perspective. The poem reminds us of truth we can hang our hat upon. 

Our missionary daughter and her family are flying into southern Sudan to begin their assignment April 7th. We would appreciate your prayers for the details of getting all their household goods packed and ready 36 hours ahead (the rules of the government), for safety as they travel and in the town which will be their home which they will share with others. 
Thank you!

Blessings to you in whatever you are walking through just now. 

Do The Next Thing

"At an old English parsonage down by the sea, there came in the twilight a message to me. Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven. And all through the hours the quiet words ring, like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear, many a doubt hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from heaven, time, opportunity, guidance are given. Fear not tomorrow, child of the King, trust that with Jesus, do the next thing. 

Do it immediately, do it with prayer, do it reliantly, casting all care. Do it with reverence, tracing His hand who placed it before thee with earnest command. Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener, working or suffering be thy demeanor, in His dear presence, the rest of His calm, the light of His countenance, be thy psalm. 
Do the next thing."

Truth For Life
God opposes proud people, but he helps everyone who is humble. 
Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, 
and He will honor you when the time comes. 
God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to Him.
I Peter 5:5b-7

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