People who know me know that I have a habit of jotting things down on scraps of paper during preaching time, and then sticking them in my Bible. About every six months I shake them all out. Well, I don't actually shake my Bible. I take them out gently. :)
I used to write them directly into my Bible, and sometimes I still do that instead. But it has to be something really good to make it into there, and I really prefer to have my Cross pen in hand for such a moment. Fine point, blue. I know-- I'm weird. We've already established that.
When I take them out I write the best of them into my Bible or a notebook. Or at least, I try. I know I've lost lots.
Anyway, I thought I'd share a few with you. This is good stuff. I'll give credit if I remember who said it, but ofttimes the speaker was not the originator of the thought anyway. Preachers, like bloggers, sometimes 'borrow' thoughts. :)
For anyone who might be just jumping in now, I trusted Jesus when I was eleven years old. You can read how it all happened here. I then began on an incredible journey with God that has brought me to this place today. It's been a passage marked by unspeakable joys with some great heartache mixed in. Jesus has never left me. Not for one moment.
It's been nearly fifty years. He showed Himself to me early, and I thought it awesome then. But that was just a taste. Now I know Him more fully. He is my wonderful Redeemer. He is the Lord God Almighty. But He is also my Daddy and my closest Friend.
I wish I could say that I just decided that this relationship would be nice and claimed it one day. But that's not how it works. God has taught me His incredible presence and peace through the darkest of my days, not through those filled with the most sunshine. And I wouldn't trade even one of those days now for all of the tea in China. I...