“Our work may seem at times to be very discouraging, but if one soul is turned from the error of his way to righteousness, there is joy in heaven. The FATHER and the SON rejoice in the presence of the angels. The song of triumph and victory is sung and echoed and reechoed through the courts of heaven. Then why should we not be wise in this life and work for the glory of GOD.”

E.G. White, Manuscript 6a, 1886

For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, teaching us that, denying impiety and worldly desires, we should live soberly and righteously and piously in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour Jehoshua the Messiah; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own possession, zealous of good works.

Titus 2:11-14 (KJV/RV, margin/YLT/ISV/custom)

Guard the Avenues of the Soul

On every hand there is that which would tempt the Christian to forsake the narrow way; but those who would perfect a character fit for eternity must take the will of God as their standard, separating entirely from everything that is displeasing to him.

E.G. White, Signs of the Times, 12/17/1896

Entire separation requires us to remove such things from our minds, as well. This is the most challenging thing of all; but I have experienced the power of the mind and can testify to this truth, that your mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination. What you see in your mind is as real to you as what you see with your eyes and your body and subconscious will both respond to it as if it is real.

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Thus actions repeated form habits, habits form character, and by the character our destiny for time and for eternity is decided.

E.G. White, Christ‘s Object Lessons, p. 356

Lost and Found: A Testimony

This has been a very interesting week for Ricky and I, to say the least! This testimony will be really two testimonies in one.

Earlier this week, on the New Moon, we were rebaptized. (I won’t go into the reasons here.) We chose to do it at a local lake that we saw from the satellite view on Google Maps had a small beach. On the way, we got to see a rainbow, the sign of God‘s covenant, which we saw as a sign of His approval and blessing. 🙂

There was an issue with the wind, though, so when we first arrived, we explored around to see if there was a better spot. There was! A short distance from the main beach there was another mini beach that was more sheltered from the wind, but still enjoyed some sunshine. It was perfect. It took a while for us to find it, though. In the process of this time, I lost our keys!

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Let Us Be Filled With Light, Not Darkness

Because it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (EMTV)

Where the light shines, darkness flees. Light and darkness cannot dwell together.

Therefore, can we have our hearts filled with the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” if our thoughts are dwelling on the dark things of this world? I believe not. That is why the Lord commands to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8 RV), which requires us to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

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When we believe in Christ as our personal Saviour, the peace of Christ is ours. The reconciliation provided for us in the atonement of Christ, is the foundation of our peace. Gloomy feelings are no evidence that the promises of God are of no effect. You look at your feelings, and because your outlook is not all brightness, you begin to draw more closely the garment of heaviness about your soul. You look within yourself, and think that God is forsaking you. You are to look to Christ. “In Me,” Christ says, “ye shall have peace.” Entering into communion with the Saviour, we enter the region of peace.

E.G. White, Signs of the Times, August 11, 1909

Blast from the Past

I used to have a LiveJournal account. Over a decade ago. I refuse to feel old over that.

I finally deleted it last week, but before I did, I found myself skimming over my old posts. There weren’t a whole lot; most of them were just short stories and poems that I had found and shared. But there was one post that stood out from the rest, one of the last I wrote. It was quite interesting to revisit. Clearly, simplicity is not a new interest for me! In fact, the name of my Livejournal was Ordinary Gold, which was a modification of a previous blog named Aureate Simplicity. Given the subject matter, I thought I’d share (most of) it here. And then I’ll share some additional thoughts afterward.

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The Frozen Pipe (An Object Lesson)

Firstly, I want to praise the Most High God for taking such wonderful care of us, always! This past Sabbath, we woke up to a frozen water intake pipe. We were certainly not happy about that, of course! But I crawled under our mobile home with my hair dryer and dealt with it. I went down with much prayer because the last time this happened, it took most of the day to thaw. It still took a while this time, but we serve a prayer-answering God! We are especially thankful that nothing has frozen since then. My husband figured out how to block the gap that was letting too much cold air get at the pipe. Praise God!

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