Monday, January 23, 2012

happy birthday hosanna and I miss you Joel

Five years.... hard to believe! My sweet little Joel, miss him still! Hosanna was 5, today she is 10! This day is one I never look forward to in my memory, but I push the bad memories away and let the Lord fill my mind with grace and hope today!

Happy birthday Hosanna!! Happy heaven day Joel!

"I have exalted one chosen out of the people."
— ps 89:19

Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that he might be able to be our brother, in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, "I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will he suffer me to want while he is on his throne? Oh, no! He loves me; he is my Brother." Believer, wear this blessed thought, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King's own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity, treat him as such.

Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our wants and sympathize with us. "He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin." In all our sorrows we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty-he knows them all, for he has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find his footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, he has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.

"His way was much rougher and darker than mine
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?"

Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road, and consecrated the thorny path for ever.

Resting in His grace,



Daniel and Jaynee Lockwood and Family said...

Spurgeon. So beautiful.
Thinking about you this morning, my friend. Will be praying for you. Praying your heart will be full of His grace today, and that the tender hole that will always be there will be a constant reminder of the love of our Lord and the hope and joy that is soon to come as we are together with him forever!
Love you, miss you, and Happy Birthday Hosanna!

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday, Hosanna! Happy Heaven Day, precious Joel!
I will be thinking about you today!

Teena said...

Have thought of you ALL day!

Praying for you... remembering Joel...thank you for showing us Jesus!

I love you,

Rachel said...

Beautiful. A brother born for adversity... I will have to think about that. Thank you for your courage!