Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday thoughts.

I have lots I could post about
{lots of weekend crafts, my love affair with craftbond, husband's crazy Costco purchases...}
But today, I just want to post my thoughts.

I had the chance to meet up with one of my heart friends.
Lauren is one of those people that just exudes love, mercy, and grace.
I'm pretty blessed by her.

As we shared our hearts and talked about Jesus,
she shared with me a great article by G.D. Watson

{click on 'read more' at the end of the post to see it}
Its a rich nugget of Truth.
that happens to speak directly to my heart right now.

so today, that's what I'm thinking about.
others may, but you cannot.
{that's a quote from the link. you would know if you'd clicked to read more! :D}

any thoughts?

If God has called you to be like Christ, He may draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on you such demands of obedience that he will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians, who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writing, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such things, and if you begin it He will lead you into some deep mortification, that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making money...but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, and that is a helpless dependence on Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.

The Lord will let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for his coming glory.

He will let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you...rebuking you for little words and feelings, or for wasting time.

God is an Infinite Sovereign; He has the right to do as He pleases with His own.

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Lord Jesus–that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways that He does not deal with others.

Then, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.

Others may. You cannot.

G.D. Watson


Unknown said...

totally what i needed to read today! thanks for sharing this! :)

Anonymous said...

What an awesome challenge, Katie. It's easy to make excuses or to think "Well, they're not doing this, why should I?" Thanks for sharing.

Maggie and Ben said...

wow. love that. Such truth!

Emily said...

Really liked that. Great reminder as I've been dealing with things in my life getting in the way of God's work in and through me. I've been growing in my utter dependence on Him each day. Thank you!

Megan said...

Loved this!! It's so hard to remember sometimes that as Christian we are called and held to different/stricter standards. Thanks for the great reminder!!

Sam W. said...

thanks for the encouragement :)

laureneshepherd said...

love you, katie.

Tatiana said...

such a great article, and great encouragement. Thanks for sharing this :-)