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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a

To the Waiting One                          author unknown
Sarah's Trust                                    a poem by R. Huff
Sarai or Sarah                                  by J. Kirkpatrick
Deference vs. Difference                  by D. Spearman

To The Waiting One
author unknown

Sarah's greatest treasure child was but her barren womb.
For Lazarus, bound up in rags, twas but his silent tomb.
The icy earth in winter's dark, hides secret life untold,

For `neath the sod, alive in God, waits seeds unslain by cold.
Do listen well, O weary one, for these sing in thy days,
Their ancient, silent hymn of Spring, of midnight hope and praise.

Be still and rest! This is God's hour! Birth nothing of thine own,
As shining forth in dawning pow'r, Christ makes His presence known,

Bow low and yield to Life unsealed, receive thy inner King,
Knowing He will bring to be God's perfect Holy Thing.

Amid thy death the sacred Breath breathes for thee.
Ask not how, but know dear one, it has begun.
The Mystery is now.

Sarah's Trust
by Rachel Huff

We have to leave our kindred
Go to a place so new
That is what God said,
So that is what we will do.

It isn't a new land,
No don't get me wrong
It belongs to Pharaoh's hand
The trip there is so long.

We stopped to build an altar
An altar to God
Now that that is done
We must be moving on.

We're finally in Egypt
Where famine is in the land
Many people are hungry
But that is in God's hand.

I am to be his sister
Though I am his wife
I must do as I am told
To save my husband's life.

I have to obey
I must, I must, I must!
But I have nothing to fear
Because in God I put my trust.

I know God will save me
Yes, that's what He will do
He will tell Pharaoh the story
In words that are true.

Pharaoh now knows the truth
I am now free
God did it all, this I know,
because Pharaoh did not touch me.

We are now ready to leave
God had purpose for this day
I learned a great lesson
"To trust and obey".

My story is simple
You have to obey and believe
Ask the evil to go away
And from you, it will leave.

Sarai or Sarah
by J. Kirkpatrick

God, in His infinite wisdom, has hidden many secrets in the names given to His ancient people. Such is the case between the names Sarai and Sarah. Although both names have the same root meaning, Sarai demonstrates a negative aspect, while Sarah reveals the changed character of the Godly woman. The Hebrew name Sarai means "to play the prince, to have power over, to prevail over, to Lord over". Sarai's name was changed to Sarah because she had a change of character. In the physical, Sarai ruled over her household, playing the part of the prince. In the Spiritual, Sarah ruled over her carnal nature and was submitted to her husband. Peter tells us of this wondrous, marvelous work accomplished in Sarah's life:

"For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement." *** I Peter 3:5-6

How can today's Sarais who desire to be the ruler of their homes and their husbands, change into holy women as Sarah? Modern day Sarais who desire to become God's Spiritual Sarahs must:

1. adorn themselves as Godly women

2. relinquish the headship of the home to their own husband, calling him Lord

These modern Sarahs who desire with their whole heart to relinquish their position of rulership in the home will become the Spiritual mothers of the promised seed, Christ?

"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ." *** Galatians 3:16

As mothers we must earnestly desire the best for our children. It is a mother's total desire to see her children be a success as they grow to adulthood. Because of this desire, many times we believe we know what is best for our children. In our limited understanding of God's purpose for our offspring, we try to prepare our children for adulthood as we see fit. God's Word warns:

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." *** Isaiah 55:9

Are we willing to let go of our own desires and raise God's heritage according to His Word? Many might say, "But I am with the children every day. I want to be their friend. I see their wants and their needs. More than anyone else, I see their hopes and aspirations." I encourage you as mothers, rest in faith, knowing the Lord has given us His Word to show us how to raise His heritage to maturity.

If you are blessed to have a Godly husband who has Christ as his head, then rest in knowing that your children will become what God has purposed for their lives.

What are the goals you have for your children? What are the goals your husband has for your children? What are the goals the Lord has planned for your children from before the foundation of the world? These questions need to be discussed and prayerfully sought after in God's Word. Only as you and your husband come into complete agreement with God's purpose for His heritage will your children become the promised seed of Abraham, which is Christ.

"A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation." Psalm 22:30

What seed is this? This is the promised seed, Christ. There will be a generation who will walk into God's Kingdom. Godly mothers, know assuredly, there is a seed that will serve the Lord. As the Psalmist reveals, there is a company of children from every generation who will be part of God's promised seed, Christ. The responsibility of preparing this precious Godly seed of Christ rests on the shoulders of Godly fathers and mothers who will faithfully nurture and train their children in God's Word to fulfill their destiny as God's heritage.

Every generation has the opportunity to become the promised seed, Christ. But only a few will ripen to maturity. Will you become a modern day Sarah and willingly relinquish rule of your house, and allow the goals of the Father to develop in your child? A mother's heartache over a child who leaves home and turns away from God will be avoided, if she will only lay down her limited goals for her children, and allow the long term goals of the Father to work its wonderful work in His children's' lives.

Mothers, come into perfect agreement with the Father and your husband where the raising of your children are concerned. You will reap a bountiful harvest of God's seed in the Kingdom. If you choose rather to continue prevailing in the home as final decision maker where your children are concerned, then you will indeed have an earthly seed, but the heavenly Christ seed will not come forth. Think upon these things, earnestly seek the Lord in prayer and fasting, discuss these most important goals with your husband and begin new and fresh to raise up seed unto Christ.

Just  A  Grape

DEFERENCE VS DIFFERENCEeen

This is a very interesting word study. Deference means "courteous respect, yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another ". Difference means "the degree of being unlike". In other words, "how much two things differ in their opinion, wishes, or judgment".

The difference between these two words is IF. IF we defer not to d IF fer then we are being deferent and not d IF ferent. We will show deference if we do not choose d IF ference.


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