Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Oh, and in case you hadn't heard yet... the Wood family was blessed with another baby! Daniel Justice Wood came into the world June 21st 2011; he came into our hearts through adoption just a few days later! We have been very blessed.
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.”
Have you ever thought about what Christ reflects? He is the wisdom and power of God! He is the sound wisdom we must seek to carry us through our daily walk and he is the power of God to carry us through any circumstance we might face.
Christ is known as Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is the Wisdom of the ages and he desires to show us the riches of his grace (Ephesians 2:7-8). And by him we are saved through faith!
Christ is understanding; through his word we gain all understanding needed to walk upright before him and we gain strength in resisting temptation’s hold upon our flesh as we seek his counsel. It is he that makes us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us what is well pleasing in his sight; all to bring Glory and Honor to the name of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:21).
Prayer: Hear our voice, O LORD: we ask that you give us understanding according to thy word. We lean upon your heart, let us hear your gentle voice as we meditate upon your precepts. LORD, we call to you to show us how to live so that every work we do is your good work. We desire to be pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©
Friday, June 3, 2011
Beth Joy (16) and Sarah-Grace (11)
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
With the knowledge we have available to us today and the books and software available to search out just about anything that causes us to wonder, there is the problem that we seek to find solutions on our own. Not that it is wrong to do so as long as we have been guided by the Holy Spirit to do so and that we FIRST took it to God for His direction. We fall into the hazard of excluding God from our decision making, perhaps its being in a hurry to get the task done, or because we think others will think less of us if we don’t get the job done immediately. But the warning is if we step out in our own strength, we may find that we’re picking ourselves up from a disaster.
What parent has not warned their child to be careful, to seek counsel and to give it time to think over before making a decision? What adult has not wished they had waited before they made a decision that turned out badly…perhaps giving it a few hours, days or weeks to consider and pray over would have resulted in a better outcome?
When we seek the LORD in our walk; we find that HE SHALL DIRECT OUR PATHS.
We make the mistake of depending on God to help us only when we need help, we do not rely upon Him for all things. We must abide in Him and He will abide in us. The key to this verse is “in all thy ways acknowledge Him”. Consider this, if you do not do so already, to keep the decision making to the LORD’s word in your heart, instead of making the decision yourself and finding yourself at a loss for wisdom.
Prayer: The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know His name will put their trust in Him. The LORD does not forsake them that seek Him. All who seek Him have reason to rejoice; for His love and salvation are continual. May the LORD be magnified through our dependence upon Him and may His name be given glory and honor for our walk before Him. We will not lean on our own understanding, but we will trust in the LORD with all our heart; and acknowledge Him in all our ways. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©