Thursday, January 11, 2007


My sweet husband has asked me to accompany him to the school this morning to help him out - so I won't be a-blogging today, my friends. He has created this wonderful element for you, though, to enjoy.

I will just share these thoughts with you instead of my usual banter - something that really touched us. We have had many open and closed doors in our spiritual journey and these words we found in the Streams in the Desert book, by Mrs Chas E Cowman. Perhaps these words may speak to you too... if you have experienced some closed doors you just did not understand at the time:

"They were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia."
Acts 16:6

It is interesting to study theh methods of His guidance as it was extended towards these early heralds of the Cross. It consisted largely of prohibitions, when they attempted to take another course than the right. When they would turn to the left, to Asia, He stayed them. When they sought to turn to the right, to Bithynia, again He stayed them. In after years, Paul would do some of the greatest work of his life in that very region; but just now the door was closed against him by the Holy Spirit. The time was not yet ripe for the attack on these apperently impregnable bastions of the kingdom of Satan. Apollos must come there for pioneer work. Paul and Barnabas are needed yet more urgently eleswhere, and must recieve further training before undertaking this responsible task.

Beloved, whenever you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgement absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one. Say, "Blessed Spirit, I cast on Thee the entire responsibility of closing against my steps any and every course which is not of God. Let me hear Thy voice behind me whenever I turn to the right hand or the left."

In the meanwhile, continue along the path which you have been already treading. Abide in the calling in which you are called, unless you are clearly told to do something else. The Spirit of Jesus waits to be you, O pilgrim, what He was to Paul. Only be careful to obey His least prohibition; and where, after believing prayer, there are no apperent hinderances, go forward with an enlarged heart. Do not be surprised if the answer comes in closed doors. But when doors are shut right and left, an open road is sure to lead to Troas. There Luke awaits, and visions will point the way, where vast opportunities stand open, and faithful friends are waiting. Paul, by Meyer.

Is there some problem in your life to solve,

Some passage seeming full of mystery?

God knows, who brings the hidden things to light.

He keeps the key.

Is there some door closed by the Father's hand,

Which widely opened you had hoped to see?

Trust God and wait - for when He shuts the door

He keeps the key.

Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet,

Or answered NOT as you had thougth 'twould be?

God will make clear His purpose by-and-by.

He keeps the key.

Have patience with your God, your patient God,

All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He,

And the door of all thy future life

He keeps the key.

Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest,

To know of EVERY door He keeps the key,

That He at last when just HE sees 'tis best,

Will give it THEE.



  1. Thank you sooo much for the frame and your words for today:) Have fun working with your DH.:)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful frame and yesterday's telephone pole!

  3. Barb ~ Thanks so much for the thoughts - always a comfort! Please tell Miles I said I love his gorgeous frame!! ((hugs)) From me for being so sweet to make it for us! Today is not such a good day - Grandmom is not doing well she was admitted to hospital this time and she is not liking it at all. It's heartbreaking. My poor father is very down.

  4. thank you so much for all your free things
    sharon L

  5. Thank you for today's freebie and all the others that you have given us. I look forward to reading your blog everyday.

  6. Thank you for the beautiful frame!

  7. beautiful frame and awesome words ..thanks so much

  8. Thank you for the frame this one is also very elegant, thanks!


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