Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Ponderings

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, 
that in nothing I shall be ashamed,
 but that with all boldness, as always, 
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, 
whether it be by life, or by death.  
 For to me to live is Christ, 
and to die is gain.  Philippians 1:20-21

What a life verse this would be.    
According to my earnest expectation and hope   (what are my expectations and hopes?   Are they Christ centered or me centered? )
that in nothing I shall be ashamed (Do I live in a way that I have nothing to be ashamed?   Am I ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?)
But with all boldness, as always, (am I bold about my salvation in Jesus, always?)
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body (am I magnifying the Lord like a telescope does -great, magnificent objects brought near or like a microscope which makes much of something small?   Lord may it be a telescope!)
whether it be by life, or by death (in all circumstances, even those I don't understand, do I glorify the Lord?)
For me to live is Christ (is my life permeated with Jesus?)
and to die is gain (do I look forward to my eternal home with great expectation?)

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