Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Deeps

Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach. Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be yours alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in you, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being. Give me a deeper knowledge of yourself as saviour, master, lord, and king. Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in your word, more steadfast grip on its truth. Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from you. Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until you alone are seen in me, your beauty golden like summer harvest, your fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but you, no law but your will, no delight but yourself, no wealth but that you give me, no good but that you bless me, no peace but that you bestow. I am nothing but that you make me, I have nothing but that I receive from you. I can be nothing but that grace adorns me. Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water. Amen

(a Puritan prayer)

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Location:Lougheed hwy, Port Coquitlam, BC

Friday, August 26, 2011

Childlike Faith

These are my two little faithful pray-ers! Last week both Denise and I had near misses with large wildlife on the road. Thank God it didn't happen. Every night in their bedtime prayers Elijah and Grace ask God to keep us safe on the road. Grace prays, "Help Nanna and Pappa not to hit a moose again." We have often envisioned an angel dispatched on a mission to shoe a moose off the road, or one time holding the muzzle of an elk as we drive by. Thank God for the prayers of our family.

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Location:Thessalon, ON, heading east on hwy 17.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

There is a River

We have a vacation wish list of places that we've driven by in our truck. Some day we'd like to return to take some time to really relish the scenery and sights. I84 heading east out of Portland, Oregon, is one of these. This route is also called the Oregon Trail. It follows the Columbia River. The scene transforms from rainforest and waterfalls to desertlike landscape.

Traveling along this route we passed through many cities using the mighty river as their source of life and commerce. I was reminded of Psalm 46:4-5
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
God is the source and constant supply of all life. Every moment our sovereign Lord is providentially sustaining life on this broken planet. If He were to remove His gracious hand even for a moment we would all dry up and perish.

Further, He has mercifully provided for our life beyond our existence on this planet. In the final words God's message to us, we read these words of hope in Revelation 22,
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Dive deep into God's unending flow of love and experience His grace for whatever challenges that you are facing. He alone is the source of our life.

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Location:I84 eastbound in Oregon

Monday, August 22, 2011

Psalm 121

In two months from now, when we approach the mountains I will start to get a nervous feeling in my stomach. I am usually confident driving in the mountains in the warm months, feeling assured with my skills and well maintained equipment. But when the weather turns cold, there are so many factors that I cannot control. In reality, I have no ultimate control over anything. My sovereign Lord graciously has everything in control.

I was reminded of Psalm 121 as I approached the mountains today driving through Black Diamond, AB. As the Hebrew pilgrims trekked towards Jerusalem for the festival they would sing this Song of Ascent. Jerusalem was built as a fortified city on Mount Zion. It was a safe haven for all weary travellers. However, the Hebrew pilgrim would acknowledge in this song that in truth safe is only found in the Maker of the mountains.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Today, and everyday, I renew my commitment to trust the Lord for our safety; for everything.

Here we are parked in Fernie, BC. On the Crow's Nest Highway. We are the blue truck (Yanke), not the black Schneider National.

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Location:Fernie, BC

The Necessity of Thankfulness

Psalm 50
The Lord has no need of my sacrifices or anything else I can offer Him. He already owns all things (vv. 8-12). My only appropriate response to God, who created and owns all things, is thankfulness. "He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." (v. 23). Gratitude acknowledges that I have nothing and He has everything I need and has graciously given to me all that I need. His gift of mercy is new every morning!

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Location:Calgary, AB

Saturday, August 06, 2011

A Drive Through the Desert

Just got back into Canada after a five day trip down to California. We passed through the Mojave Desert on I15. 40C, but it's a dry heat!

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Weakness with watchfulness will stand, when strength with too much confidence will fail. Richard Sibbes

Don't forget that you need His help for everything in your life.

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Location:Prince of Wales Dr,Regina,Canada

Breakfast of champions. We're currently on a reset of our driving hours, parked in Regina, SK. I haven't blogged in such a long time. One reason is that we have started using an iPad for our Internet needs and blogger doesn't work on our iPad. So I found a Blogger manager app and we'll see how it works.

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Location:Prince of Wales Dr,Regina,Canada