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The Gift of Memory

The Gift of Memory

Lamentations 3:21 KJV
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope."

Our memory can sometimes be servants to hopelessness and despair. When we are faced with circumstances beyond our control, our mind can think up dark and despairing predicaments from   past situations. It can be like a dark cloud hanging over us raining down unwanted thoughts. When this happens we are at times unable to, “cast down imaginations...bringing every thought into captivity” ( 2 Corinthians 10:5).

The same memory that brought Jeremiah to despair brought him life and comfort again when he, remembered where he found true hope. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; for they are new every day. There is no need for one to live in a state of despair, for truth can transform bad memories into His divine comfort. The memory that may have brought so many dismal and gloomy things into a believer’s life can be trained to carry a wealth of hopeful …

Because of Love, I Am Loved

          Because of Love, I Am Loved

Psalm 37:4

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

All My Desire
The desire, “Come taste the Lord with me,”
 Has been My constant prayer,
 Needing the Lord to answer me

 And knowing that He’s there.

He showed me you are my hearts desire
And I know God has given me, you.
It is with this desire, I long to serve Him
In all that I say and do.

Sharing my life with God’s man–
How wonderful that will be,
Giving myself to only him and him, to only me.

“Come taste the Lord with me,”
A longing only He can fulfill.
What joy to know the love we share
Is truly in God’s will.

                                                                                      by Dianna Moffitt Carroll

       Because of Love, I Am Loved

My husband was the pastor of our church for eighteen delightful years. What a marvelous life we shared together while serving the Lord. On June 12, 2002, after twenty-five years of marria…

In Times of Distress

                 In Times of Distress

Esther 4:1-8

In a crisis situation, how would you say you typically respond? Do you become hysterical, pray, seek counsel, try to run away, or react in some other way? Why do you think you respond in this way? Have you had to make some decisions that required great courage, humility and trust? Esther, the queen of Persia, and her cousin, Mordecai are in an overwhelming crisis in their lives. They must make a life or death decision regarding the Jewish people in the land––along with Esther the queen.

Mordecai realized that his nationality had been publicly announced and this brought him tremendous grief. The Queen learned about the decree that had been published throughout the land and she became concerned for Mordecai in his time of mourning. There was a law against wearing sackcloth in the king’s gate which was not surprising in  light of the shallowness of spiritual life in the royal court. Esther sent clothes for Mordecai to put on but he, in his …

When Things Look Impossible

When Things Look Impossible
Esther 8:1-8

"...Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews..."

According to the law of the land, the property of Haman would be given to Esther as a compensation for all that she had suffered. Mordecai was presented to the king as Esther’s guardian and cousin and was given the signet ring that Haman had once worn with all it’s prestige and authority. The day of annihilation, by an irreversible decree, was still going forward as Esther falls upon the king’s feet begging him to stop what Haman had started. The Medo-Persian law states that no decree may be revoked once the order has been given not even the king himself could reverse the edit.

King Ahasuerus  gave Esther and Mordecai the power and privilege of drafting their own decree and  allowing them to send it out under the king’s seal. Th…