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I’ll Fly Away

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This morning I am so nervous and excited about what the Lord has planned for me today. We are going to be giving the morning’s devotional at our homeschool co-op and this will be such a new experience for us all.

 

About two months ago I felt that the Lord was telling me it is time to start doing things for Him that are not comfortable. If that means speaking or singing in front of a group of people, then that is what He wants me to do. It is time to get over myself!

Our homeschool co-op leader was asking all of the families to fill in for her while she was gone. That meant doing the morning devotionals. She came up to me and asked if I would like to do it. My first reaction was to say, emphatically, NO! But then I remembered what the Lord had put on my heart just that morning, and I said, Yes! I was slightly amused by the Mrs. W’s brief pause, but she smiled and put us down for March 25th. That’s today.

 

So, after praying about what we were supposed to be sharing, the song I’ll Fly Away popped up in my mind. The kids and I, along with another family had just begun learning this song together. While we were going through this song for the first time and after singing it, one of the kids from the other family said, “Wait a minute, this song is about dying.”

If you have ever heard this hymn, you can chuckle along with me because it certainly is about dying, and it certainly sounds like a joyful song. Why is this song, a song about dying, so joyful and happy?

So, after reciting the words, we will sing the song and talk about how all believers can sing that song. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you too can say Hallelujah, I’ll fly away.

 

Thank you Lord for this opportunity to step out and put our faith in You. I know that you have put this in place tell someone about the joy of being with You in heaven. That this place is only temporary, and we will be able to fly like a bird to a land where joy shall never end.

Amen.

 
Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Chorus
I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

Chorus

Just a few more weary days and then,
I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

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More parables…

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“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?

“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

“These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Matthew 15:17:20 NASV

I started to realize that I actually thought that I was being a good Christian because I get up early almost everyday and read the bible and pray. These are good things, but, if after I do this I go on with my day thinking I can call it good then it becomes a ritual…A ceremony almost….

The Lord deserves so much more of my time…And what comes out of my mouth the rest of the day does not reflect that I spent time with Him.

I read an excerpt out of Amy Carmichael’s book If.

If I am depressed because others have spoken against me or don’t like me, then I don’t have Calvary love.(paraphase)

I asked my kids if they knew what Calvary love was. They didn’t. I had a hard time explaining it, and after trying to look up a bible verse, I couldn’t find one. I looked up Calvary on Google, and Wikipedia said that Calvary is an english based word for Golgotha, the sight of the crucifixion of Christ. Okay, many people already know this, but it was a good lesson for us. So we talked about how we can love like Christ did at Calvary. One of my children said that it was impossible. Do other people feel this way? I know that I feel that way a lot. But I have read many biographies about heroes of the faith that have. I find them very inspiring, and they always point to their Saviour, never wanting glory for themselves. When I feel like fighting back, I find myself seeing their faces and remembering their stories and realizing they were doing what Christ did in the bible.hand washing

The Parable of the Sower….

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Today’s reading with the kids was out of Matthew 13.

I always thought that I was this kind of seed…

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty” 13:23 NASV

After much prayer and asking the Lord to help me see my sin and repent, I have come to the conclusion that I am really this kind of seed.

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”

Now, I know many might say that I am being harsh. But really, what fruit have I produced? Am I not consumed with many things?

Yesterday I went to a women’s bible study with a group of women that I really don’t know yet, but am trying to get to know. I am very blessed that they are willing to share their thoughts with me, a virtual stranger. We were discussing our weaknesses and how the Lord can use our weakness. There were many different answers. I did not speak up. Why? Because I cannot speak without becoming tearful. It is so embarrasing to always want to cry when I am sharing my soul with others. But, I did come to the realization that I have not shared my testimony very often in the last 4 years. I have one on one, but never in a large group. Too terrifying. But the one or two times that I have has always been a blessing to me and others. My spiritual growth seems to have stopped about 4 years ago. I have not pushed myself outside of what is comfortable.

If I want to become the kind of Christian that hears the word, understands it, and bears fruit, I am going to have to give up those things that are keeping me from my Saviour.

I pray that the Lord will guide me and protect me as I try to remove the thorns from my life and that I will bear good fruit for my Lord.