It’s been silent here for a while and I should update, but while an update is brewing, here’s what I’ve been reading:
Another Army wife gave me a book called The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. The prayers are arranged topically. I haven’t read many of them yet, but the ones I have read are beautiful and full of treasure.
I’ve been convicted lately of my complacent heart, and this prayer pricked my conscience:
need of Jesus
I am blind, be thou my light,
ignorant, be thou my wisdom,
self-willed, be thou my mind.
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit’s voice,
and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
make it alive to evil’s slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word,
and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
Thy name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
but thy cross has brought me near,
has softened my heart,
has made me thy Father’s child,
has admitted me to thy family,
has made me joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou lovest me,
that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
that I may reflect the image of heaven’s first-born.
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
for unless he move mightily in me
no inward fire will be kindled.
That is my cry, Lord Jesus. I need you to move mightily in me, or else no fire will burn in my heart.
What is God doing in your heart? Is your conscience pricked over something? I’d love for you to share in the contact form at the bottom of this post!
PS. I will update soon! There are so many changes coming our way. In the absence of a post of my own detailing a wonderful homecoming for my love, check out Mandie Joy’s beautiful capture of the event: http://www.seeingjoy.com/welcome-home/