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Walk Without Stumbling (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Walk Without Stumbling
November 10
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved. (Psalm 121:3)

If the Lord will not suffer it, neither men nor devils can do it. How greatly would they rejoice if they could give us a disgraceful fall, drive us from our position, and bury us out of memory! They could do this to their heart’s content were it not for one hindrance, and only one: the Lord will not suffer it; and if He does not suffer it, we shall not suffer it.
The way of life is like traveling among the Alps. Along the mountain path one is constantly exposed to the slipping of the foot. Where the way is high the head is apt to swim, and then the feet soon slide; there are spots which are smooth as glass and others that are rough with loose stones, and in either of these a fall is hard to avoid. He who throughout life is enabled to keep himself upright and to walk without stumbling has the best of reasons for gratitude. What with pitfalls and snares, weak knees, weary feet, and subtle enemies, no child of God would stand fast for an hour were it not for the faithful love which will not suffer his foot to be moved.
Amidst a thousand snares I stand
Upheld and guarded by thy hand;
That hand unseen shall hold me still,
And lead me to thy holy hill.

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Seekers, Finders (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Seekers, Finders
August 18
If thou seek him, he will be found of thee. (1 Chronicles 28:9)

We need our God; He is to be had for the seeking, and He will not deny Himself to any one of us if we personally seek His face. It is not if thou deserve Him, or purchase His favor, but merely if thou “seek” Him. Those who already know the Lord must go on seeking His face by prayer, by diligent service, and by holy gratitude: to such He will not refuse His favor and fellowship. Those who, as yet, have not known Him to their souls’ rest should at once commence seeking and never cease till they find Him as their Savior, their Friend, their Father, and their God.
What strong assurance this promise gives to the seeker! “He that seeketh findeth.” You, yes you, if you seek your God shall find Him. When you find Him you have found life, pardon, sanctification, preservation, and glory. Will you not seek, and seek on, since you shall not seek in vain’ Dear friend, seek the Lord at once. Here is the place, and now is the time. Bend that stiff knee; yes, bend that stiffer neck, and cry out for God, for the living God. In the name of Jesus, seek cleansing and justification. You shall not be refused. Here is David’s testimony to his son Solomon, and it is the writer’s personal witness to the reader. Believe it and act upon it, for Christ’s sake.

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Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably
June 27
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13)

Oh, that my heart may be upright, that I may always be able to bless the name of the Lord! He is so good to those that be good, that I would fain be among them and feel myself full of thankfulness every day. Perhaps, for a moment, the righteous are staggered when their integrity results in severe trial; but assuredly the day shall come when they shall bless their God that they did not yield to evil suggestions and adopt a shifty policy. In the long run true men will thank the God of the right for leading them by a right way. Oh, that I may be among them!
What a promise is implied in this second clause, “The upright shall dwell in thy presence!” They shall stand accepted where others appear only to be condemned. They shall be the courtiers of the great King, indulged with audience whensoever they desire it. They shall be favored ones upon whom Jehovah smiles and with whom He graciously communes. Lord, I covet this high honor, this precious privilege. It will be heaven on earth to me to enjoy it. Make me in all things upright, that I may today and tomorrow and every day stand in Thy heavenly presence. Then will I give thanks unto Thy name evermore. Amen.

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Hugs and Kisses, God From Kids Around the World…By: Allia Zobel Nolan…Book Review

Hugs and Kisses, God…From Kids Around the World

By: Allia Zobel Nolan

Genre:  Christian Children’s Book

Reviewed by:  Bonita L. Ledzius

Reviewed on:  April 23, 2012

Publisher:  Zonderkidz/Zondervans Publishing

Publication date:  2011

Thanking God can happen anytime, anywhere, and by yourself or with other people.  The children in “Hugs and Kisses” remind us that we should always be thankful, and that there are many ways to show our thankfulness to God.  From kneeling at our bedside to showing kindness to others, we can be a vessel of praise daily to our Heavenly Father.  Through the poetry and pictures every child who reads, or is read “Hugs and Kisses, God” will be given a treasure that will help them face their future with much more joy…a heart of gratefulness and praise.

The simplicity of the poetic message that Allia Zobel Nobel wrote for this book is wonderful, and will be simple for the beginning reader, and for the baby and toddler listening to understand.  The artwork of Miki Sakamoto is cute and colorful, and will hold the child’s attention easily.  The message is important and expressed in a way that any child would understand, and remember.  It encourages thankfulness in the family and with the family, and I believe it will truly become a family bedtime classic for children.

“Hugs and Kisses, God…From Kids Around the World” is a wonderful book, and a amazing reminder of all the blessings God daily gives us and that we should be thankful for them.  The “Lift-the-flap” style of the book will keep your child entertained, and adds a wonderful surprise extension of the picture and message of each page.  This book should open communication between you and your child on what they are thankful for, or for you to point out things that your child and your family should be thankful for.  I’m thankful to God for giving Allia Zobel Nolan the talent and idea to create this book for our children.

Rating:  G…Perfect for any child, or person, any age.

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Thank You, God from Kids Around the World…By Allia Zobel Nolan…Book Review

Thank You, God…From Kids Around the World

By: Allia Zobel Nolan

Genre:  Christian Children’s Book

Reviewed by:   Bonita L. Ledzius

Reviewed on:  April 23, 2012

Publisher:  Zonderkidz/Zondervans Publishing

Publication Date:  2010

Children from around the world share in day to day, and moment to moment ways that we tell God we love them.  From things that God created for us like sunshine, animals and family, to those that God inspired like dolls and building, we have been given things to be thankful for and all we need sometimes is a reminder of how we have been blessed.  “Thank You, God…From Kids Around the World” does just that.  From the beautiful artwork, to the poetry, this book is a must have for your children’s home library.

Allia Zobel Nolan did a wonderful job of sharing different cultures in different areas around the world, things about those cultures and thankfulness to God for them.   From Babuska Dolls to Kangaroos, pet camels to curry, we are given a tour of the wonders of many countries and how God has garnered praise in each.  Any young child in the first stages of reading will be able to read this one to themselves, and any child being read to will have their attention held as well.  The poetry flows easily, and is aided beautifully by the artwork which has been done by Miki Sakamoto.

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