Arguing with God

The best prayers I have ever heard in our prayer meetings have been those which have been fullest of argument. Sometimes my soul has been fairly melted down where I have listened to the brethren who have come before God feeling the mercy to be really needed, and that they must have it, for they first pleaded with God to give it for this reason, and then for a second, and then for a third and then for a fourth and a fifth until they have awakened the fervency of the entire assembly. 

-Charles Spurgeon 

Thanks…and Continue to Pray

Thank you all for faithfully praying as I requested!  My grandfather came through surgery smoothly and hopes to be discharged from the ICU today.  He had a temporary battle for short-term memory but that came back by late afternoon yesterday.

Steve continues to have seizures.  Yesterday was better, as he only had one during the course of the day, but they’re still occurring at night — which is terrifying for Suni.  Those of you who are married, try to imagine waking to the sound of your spouse having a grand mal seizure next to you in bed.  The family is tired, but really doing well fighting for joy.  They are a great example of joy and humor in trials.  Praise the Lord for His supply of abundant grace to them.

Prayer Please

Instead of Proof of Life, I have two quick prayer requests for you today.

One, my grandfather (who you can see here) was admitted to the hospital a week ago with a blood clot on his brain.  After a lot of questions, the story came out that three weeks ago he fell off a hay wagon and hit his head.  The doctors believe that the safest route at this point is to operate, which they will most likely do tomorrow morning.  There is the concern that surgery and hospitals in general make him crazy/terrified, and also the very simple fact that he is 91 years old.  Yes, 91 and still climbing hay wagons.

Two, our dear friend and pastor Steve has been having seizures all weekend.  He has an unexplained condition where he has seizures, but they usually occur once every 4-6 weeks, and usually he just has one.  Since Thursday he’s had at least six.  He and his wife Suni have shipped out the kids to the grandparents and are just riding it out right now.  Please pray for Steve’s healing and for peace of mind for both of them.

The Valley of Vision

From “The Family”

Let those that are united to me in tender ties
be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of
thy planting, for thy glory….

Morning Needs

(from The Valley of Vision)

O God the author of all good, I come to Thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without Thee I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Thy power. Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.

Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Thy blessing, and in which I cannot invite Thy inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord? or be poor, and steal, and take Thy name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Thy will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to Thee be the glory.