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Perfect Purity (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Perfect Purity
July 24
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment. (Revelation 3:5)

Warrior of the cross, fight on! Never rest till thy victory is complete, for thine eternal reward will prove worthy of a life of warfare.
See, here is perfect purity for thee! A few in Sardis kept their garments undefiled, and their recompense is to be spotless. Perfect holiness is the prize of our high calling; let us not miss it.
See, here is joy! Thou shalt wear holiday robes, such as men put on at wedding feasts; thou shalt be clothed with gladness and be made bright with rejoicing. Painful struggles shall end in peace of conscience and joy in the Lord.
See, here is victory! Thou shalt have thy triumph. Palm, and crown, and white robe shall be thy guerdon; thou shalt be treated as a conqueror and owned as such by the Lord Himself.
See, here is priestly array! Thou shalt stand before the Lord in such raiment as the sons of Aaron wore; thou shalt offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving and draw near unto the Lord with the incense of praise.
Who would not fight for a Lord who gives such large honors to the very least of His faithful servants? Who would not be clothed in a fool’s coat for Christ’s sake, seeing He will robe us with glory?

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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And He Still Loves Her…An Anniversary Tribute to my Sister and Brother-in-Law

In love, together forever and ever!

My sister and her husband

Fourty-four years ago this month, a young Airman and a younger woman walked down the aisle, said vows before God, their families, and many friends.  They vowed to stay together, to honor and cherish each other, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and health, forsaking all others, until death do they part.  In a world that a lasting commitment has become a rare thing, this couple has become an example that it can happen, if they truly love each other, respect each other, care for each other, take care of each other, and allow God to not only bless their marriage but to put his will first in their marriage.  That couple is my 3rd oldest big sister, and her husband.  Now I have to tell you that all 3 of my oldest sisters and my oldest big brother have been married to their first loves forever.  But I’m writing this to honor this sister and her husband who are celebrating their 44th Wedding Anniversary this month of May, 2012.  Around 12 years ago I wrote some lyrics for a song that were inspired by this sister of mine.  I have always admired how her husband, no matter how long they have been married, still seemed to be courting her.  He would write her little love notes each day, call her while he was at work just to say that he loved her, and when they were together he opened doors for her, held her hand, and usually had his arm around her.  Now I have to tell you, that when I was younger and having trouble with my dad, it was my brother-in-law who usually I looked up to as an example of a good father.  My sister and brother-in-law would take us places, let us stay with them in the summer, and were like a second set of parents to us younger siblings.  When I needed clothes, they often bought me things to wear.  My sister and I would often have the same dress, in the same colors, because they would know I needed one too.  When I was 15 and ran away from home because of something Dad said, and something one of my brothers did to hurt my sister, it was my Brother-in-law and sister who came to get me as I was walking and took me to their house to stay.  This is the sister and brother-in-law who took us to the drive-in movies with them, introduced us to mugs of rootbeer, took us to his mom and dad’s home, told us jokes, took me to the hospital for the births of both of my natural daughters, and in fact, my sister was in the delivery room with me when Jk was born by C-section.  She was the one who nicknamed Jk, Ladybug, and her husband was the one who actually came up with Jk’s first name.  So you can see they have been a big part of my life.  I don’t know what life would be like without my sister and brother-in-law in it.  My sister told me today that the reason their marriage has lasted so long is because Jesus Christ was in the center of it, and they worked at it.  So today, I’m sharing the lyrics I wrote for them as an anniversary tribute to their lasting love.

On their wedding day, 44 years ago.

And He Still Loves Her

Reminiscing on days gone by,

when first he held her close,

There was no doubt inside his heart,

That he would love her most.

He knew back then he’d spend his days

Showing her the love inside.

It wasn’t something he’d hold back,

Nor something he could hide.

 

 

And he still loves her,

More and more each day.

And he still loves her,

More than words can say.

So he takes a moment everyday

To share the love he feels,

In a note, a call, and a little touch,

So she’ll know his love is real.

 

 

Reminiscing on days long past,

As she stood right by his side,

Remembering all the love he felt,

As she then became his bride.

How willingly she made the vow,

That promised him her heart.

He knew right then that this special love,

Would never let them part.

 

 

And he still loves her,

More and more each day.

And he still loves her,

More than words can say.

So he takes a moment everyday,

To share the love he feels,

In a note, a call, and a little touch,

So she’ll know his love is real.

 

 

Today they sat together,

In rockers side by side.

His eyes are filled with love,

Her heart is filled with pride.

He’ll know no other lover,

Who’ll take his heart away,

And forever he will love her,

Long past their dieing days.

 

 

And he still loves her,

More and more each day.

And he still loves her,

More than words can say.

So he takes a moment everyday,

To share the love he feels,

In a note, a call, and a little touch,

So she’ll know his love is real.

 

 

Over fourty years have passed,

Since he first made her his bride.

They vowed that day before their God

As they stood there side by side.

The Lord has been there ever since,

To help them keep their vow.

His presence in their hearts and lives,

Still keeps their love strong now.

 

 

And he still loves her,

More and more each day.

And he still loves her,

More than words can say.

So he takes a moment everyday,

To share the love he feels,

In a note, a call, and a little touch,

So she’ll know his love is real.

And He still loves her.
Yes, He still loves her.

He’ll always love her.

    By:  Bonita L. Ledzius… copyright 1999

 

My sister and brother-in-law with their children.

Still walking together, with his arm around her.

Being silly, but they are just down home good people.

Happy 44th Anniversary, B.J. and Nelda!

(I invite anyone who would like to send blessings to them on this special anniversary to leave a comment below.)

 

 

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The Beloved Stranger…By: Grace Livingston Hill…Book Review

The Beloved Stranger

By: Grace Livingston Hill

Genre:  Christian Romance

Reviewed by:  Bonita L. Ledzius…Radiant Lit

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing, Inc….2012

Reviewed on:  March 27, 2012

Sherrill Cameron is all a-flutter about her special day.  Everything seems perfect, her dress, her veil, the bouquet of flowers, and even the new wardrobe she has purchased for the honeymoon voyage.  Then why does she feel like something is wrong when she looks at herself in the mirror?  Was it fear, or doubt?  She felt so lucky to be marrying Carter McArthur…until she catches him with another woman and finds that his love for her is based on lies and greed.  In a last minute switch she sends the other woman down the aisle to marry her bridegroom.   Was she doing the right thing?  Would she have regrets for not fighting for this man she loved?  How long would this aching in her heart last?

Graham Copeland had just arrived in town when he was swept up in a very strange wedding drama.  Who knew that this woman that he caught as she fell from her car near the church would become the center of his life so fast?  They knew nothing about each other, except what had taken place at the church when Graham helped Sherrill up to the choir balcony, but Graham was quickly swept up with this lovely woman.  He’d help her through to the end of the reception no matter what it took.  Could Sherrill really trust him?  Was he connected to the missing emerald necklace that was a gift from Sherrill’s Aunt Pat Catherwood?  Once the wedding was over, would Sherrill ever see her “Beloved Stranger” again?

Carter McArthur was shocked and quite stunned when he saw Arla Prentiss walking towards him in the white bridal gown, instead of Sherrill Cameron.  A mixture of fear and anger rose inside him, knowing he had been found out and that he was never going to have a chance at the Catherwood fortune.  Why was Arla the bride instead of Sherrill?  How would he pay off his many creditors?  Would he really lose his business over this misfortunate marriage?

To read more of this review, check it out at…http://radiantlit.com/2012/05/review-the-beloved-stranger/

 

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