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Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father
by Sharon Jaspers Caughill

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

I often wonder at how God must view my daily silliness. He oversees my every moment, so how can He remain so incredibly patient with me? I know myself intimately and I am quite idiotic. Yet God loves me. And in Scripture He, with great compassion, warns me to be wise and careful and prudent. He instructs me desiring the best for me and wanting me to be safe. How do I respond? Sometimes I choose to be foolish and reckless and frivolous. And I question. Constantly question. In return He patiently guides and prods me along the path of life. I am always within the gaze of His eternal devotion. His eyes are specifically on me! His love is so vast. His love is so perfect.

Yesterday I was watching our grandson, Wellesley, who reminded me of this. Every time I turned around Welles was doing something dangerous or stupid. Now I think Welles is incredibly smart. He even looks smart – his eyes often peer back at me with a ‘wow you are silly Nana – I will pray for more intelligence to come your way’ eyes. But yesterday he was having a love affair with danger. I stopped him twice with scissors. The bright red-handled kitchen shears he removed from the lower rack of the dishwasher. For some reason their attractiveness is a constant draw. And tiny scissors he found rummaging through stuff his grandfather left strewn around which is another blog topic completely. I looked at him as he happily carried around danger and thought about myself – drawn to exactly what I should not be. With relish I carry peril in my heart and soul and body and mind. Because I love Wellesley a lot I chose to pry the scissors from his greedy little hands and as I did I thought about God ever so patiently taking things from mine.

A few minutes later he was at the top of the stairs shaking the protective gate hollering – desperately wanting to pull it away so he could have the freedom of the stairs. Why yes it would be fun to tumble down those hard wooden stairs and land on the basement cement. Nana is so cruel to put up that roadblock! And again I thought about the protectiveness of God for me – and how I stand pushing against that which He lovingly has in place for my protection. Do I appreciate it, thank Him for it? No I wrangle and shake and babble and whine. It seems so ‘in the way’! It seems so harsh! He guards me out of love. Why can’t I remember that? What a foolish little lamb I am. But oh my Shepherd!

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

Sharon Jaspers Caughill is the wife of Senior Pastor Paul Caughill, High Point Baptist Chapel, Geigertown, PA. Sharon loves her time as Pastor’s wife, but especially enjoys her time as grandmother and wrote this article about an experience with her grandson. We are sharing it with her permission.

America’s Hope by Jeanette Whittaker

America’s Hope

by Jeanette Whittaker

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

“We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” –Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan spoke these words more than a generation ago. They were powerful words then, but have become perhaps even more meaningful as we look ahead to 2012.

In his 1964 speech, called “A Time for Choosing,” Reagan captured the sentiment that the citizens of the nation must step forward to take responsibility for the future of the nation. Posterity will be blessed or will suffer depending upon how actively we step up to the plate and make a difference in our nation.

His sentiments echo a long heritage, beginning with America’s founding fathers. Generations of citizens struggled to secure liberty, even laying down their lives to secure hope for their posterity. It is our responsibility today to honestly accept that torch of responsibility and equip ourselves to be the hope-bearers for future generations.

Where do we look for guidance in achieving such a monumental task? It’s tempting to pin our hopes on political action, influential leaders, or people in places of power. The truth is that the future of our nation resides in the hands of an overruling Providence. If there is any hope for our nation, we must place our trust in the God of Nations and align ourselves with His principles regarding the government of men and nations.

Do we know His principles regarding the government of nations? Do we believe that He exercises power and control over the destinies of nations? Are we ready to live by His principles of liberty for men and nations?

For many of us these questions have rarely occupied our thinking, much less our serious consideration and practice. Our nation is suffering the consequences of this lack of Biblical understanding and character.

If your heart yearns to secure the blessings of liberty for your children, as they were secured for us by previous generations, now is the time to take action. Pilgrim Institute has served in this arena of teaching for over three decades. Individuals from all walks of life have learned powerful Biblical truths regarding the application of Biblical principles to ALL aspects of life, including both self and civil government.

Pilgrim Institute training has empowered and equipped people to make a difference in their own circles of influence. The highlights of this Biblical teaching are now being made available to you in a new DVD study series entitledRestoring America’s Biblical Foundations. Refined over decades of faithful teaching, and carefully laid out in an 11-lesson study format, Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations presents a systematic overview of the truths which have transformed individuals, families, and classrooms. These very same truths, applied at the local, state, and national level, have the power to restore hope for future generations.

Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations features the powerful teaching of James Rose and Ruth Smith, long-time advocates of Biblical thinking for families, educators, and civil government. The DVD teaching, along with related questions for group discussion and individual study clearly communicate lessons which can immediately be put to practice in a home or classroom and provide the basis on which citizens can act responsibly in matters of spiritual, religious, economic, civil, and political liberty.

Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations will soon be available for purchase. Begin planning now to invest in your own personal study and pray concerning sharing these important Biblical truths in a small group, Sunday School class, or other places of influence.

 

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