The Cross He Gave May be Heavy

Greetings friends! I hope you are well and joyfully resting in the power and love of Jesus Christ. I hope you all have been having a good week . . . even if you are going through great difficulties, it is my prayer that you are finding strength to continue pressing heavenward. I am well; life has been quite busy lately since I started school again. Something I believe Momma taught while home-schooling is a love for learning. I do love challenging my mind and figuring out things; after taking a break from school (of which I am very thankful for), I am more than ready to tackle some brain-challenging subject. :o) 
Today, I came across a hymn written by Ballington Booth. “The Cross He Gave May be Heavy” is very neat (pardon my understatement!). It was quite convicting and encouraging. Convicting in that the trials I often claim are so small and pitiful compared to the trials, burdens, and sufferings Christ bore for me. Encouraging because the sufferings and toil we endure bring others to Christ and bring us, if we let them, closer to our Heavenly Father. Truly, the Christian life is a blessed one. I hope you are blessed and encouraged! If you would like to hear the tune of this hymn, please click on this link.
The cross that He gave may be heavy,
  But it ne’er outweighs His grace;
The storm that I feared may surround me,
  But it ne’er excludes His face.
Chorus:
The cross is not greater than His grace,
The storm cannot hide His blessed face;
  I am satisfied to know
  That with Jesus here below,
    I can conquer every foe.
The thorns in my path are not sharper
  Than composed His crown for me;
The cup that I drink not more bitter
  Than He drank in Gethsemane.
The light of His love shineth brighter,
  As it falls on paths of woe;
The toil of my work groweth lighter,
  As I stoop to raise the low.
His will I have joy in fulfilling,
  As I’m walking in His sight;
My trials more blessings are bringing,
  Christ in them is my delight.
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May the Savior bless you as you endevour to follow Him! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light!!
Your sister in Christ,
Frannie
Clipart: antiqueclipart.com

Walking with Vision

Greetings dear brothers and sisters in Christ! :o) I was truly blessed by the below verses and also the quote given by our pastor. In some ways the verses relate with our new year; in order to succeed this coming year we need a vision. To gain a vision we must look to Christ and accept His vision for us and then trust Him to help us walk accordingly. . .and then we must follow.DobsonFull
“And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight,
and they followed him.”
Matthew 20:29-34
“Without their vision they cried out to Him, With their vision they followed Him.What do we do?”
–A Paraphrase of Pastor Paul Hamm
May Jesus bless you as you use this new year to draw closer to Him! With love,
Frannie
P.S. “Light on the Word” was painted Henry John Dobson. It was found at this link.

Preparing for Jesus

Greetings dear sisters in Christ! I hope this finds you all well.
Today has been a blessed day for me. I was running an errand when I bumped into a dear friend working across the street. After many smiles, a hug, and friendly conversation we agreed that she and her family would try to stop by after work. As I walked toward my car I felt a skip in my step, a joyous energy. . .company was coming! Once home I knew I had to get the house in order, pull the fall decorations out, and make cookies. I flew about the home setting fall knick knacks here, swiffering dust bunnies there, and lighting candles. Even though my guests would not see the laundry room, I worked on flipping loads. I worked with fervor all the while keeping one eye on the window; are they here yet? :o) Perhaps you too know this joyous feeling of waiting and preparing for someone you enjoy? Needless to say, we had a pleasant and good visit and I was so thankful for their time! Spring_Cleaning_1950s
 While preparing for my guests, I wondered if I would act the same if I ever had a “Jim dear” coming home to me. Will I anxiously prepare for my husband and lovingly bring him into a clean, orderly, and pretty home? Will I sweep away cob webs and fetch my decorations from the spider-infested garage without complaint all to please my home-coming prince? I then wondered if this is what Christ intends in my life, both physically and spiritually.   1 John 3:2-3 reads, 

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Christ gives hope (hope of eternal love and life, forgiveness, victory and power, the hope to be holy and to be the sons of God, and so much more!). Because we have hope we are to purify ourselves. Webster’s 1828 dictionary has a very interesting definition of the word purify.
PU”RIFY, v.t. [L. purifico; purus, pure, and facio, to make.]

1. To make pure or clear; to free from extraneous admixture; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
2. To free from pollution ceremonially; to remove whatever renders unclean and unfit for sacred services.
Purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day purify all your raiment. Num.31.
3. To free from guilt or the defilement of sin; as, to purify the heart.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Tit.2.
4. To clear form improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.
PU”RIFY, v.i. To grow or become pure or clear. Liquors will gradually purify.

Interesting, eh? To purify means to make clean, to prepare. This is similar to the preparation frenzy which occurred earlier today; I swept away the old because of the hope of fellowship, friendship, and company. In my Christian life I also need to prepare myself. Is my thought life lovely, pure, and pleasing to God? Am I seeking the lost knowing that their time is short? Do I really love my neighbor? Is my future laid before the Lord? Am a truly following Christ? To prepare for Christ means so much for the Christian. Let us seek His will and lay our lives fully in His awesome and capable hands!
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” II Corinthians 7:1
Oh, I have so much to learn! I am so thankful the Lord gave me a glimpse at what I need to be doing. . .by His grace, may He find me faithfully preparing myself for His coming!! :o)
“The king’s daughter [is] all glorious within:” Psalms 45:13
May the Lord richly bless you sisters! Thank you to all who visit my blog, I hope that I may be a blessing and light in your busy day!
With much love,
Frannie