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Broken Dreams                                             Author Unknown
Poem                                                            by P. Raymond
Word from the Lord                                      as given to F. Jones
A Word From Our Readers                          from Evelyn Obery
Encouragement                                             from Ramona Levey
The Continuing Story of Grandfather Oak...   by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

Broken Dreams

As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God because He is my friend.
But instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried, "How can You be so slow?"
"My child," He said, "what could I do? You never let them go."

Sometimes, having faith means to let go and let God have His way.
Then testify as we see faith grow, with God in control every day.
      Author unknown

When I am depressed and discouraged looking backward at the past,
Show me some new thing you are doing in my life that will last.
I leave the misery of the world behind and make a brand new start.
While Your Holy Love creates within me a clean, pure heart.
       P. Raymond

Word from the Lord As given to F. Jones, OK

The ways which I judge My People are many and varied.  I expect them to praise Me in all things (as My Word says to do), and they do not. They are judged by the words that they speak.

I expect them to exhibit fruit (spiritual fruit), not just leaves (spiritual gifts), and so many do not. They are judged for the lack and quality of the fruit they have borne when I visit them to inspect their "crop".

I expect My people to be consistent and committed in their walk with Me. Many are not, and so they are judged for their lack of commitment and inconsistencies as they stray from My Throne.

I expect them to forgive one another when they come together to cut covenant (commune, fellowship, be community), and so many do not forgive. So they are judged in that I cannot forgive them, according to My Word [Matthew 5:23-24, 6:15]

Where are those who follow My purpose for them?
Where are those who are continually teachable?
Where are those who hunger and thirst for Me, My presence, every moment of every day?

Those are My remnant, My chosen, My own.  Find one of those, My people, and follow that one as he walks ever closer to Me [SS 1:7-8].  Then shall you learn to be committed. Then shall you learn to walk in true relationship with Me.

David was not always sinless. Yet his heart was Mine.  Moses lost his temper and he was severely punished. Yet he was My own.  Mistakes can be made, but if the heart is turned toward Me, mistakes can be redeemed. Wake up, O people, and be Mine, truly Mine!! This is what I would have you do.

Soon the sun will rise on the horizon. But this cannot happen until the night has come. And it is coming quickly now. Hurry, children, to get into place. When the darkness arrives, it will be very dark indeed. And then shall I come, when the sun brakes the barrier of darkness and all is seen for what it is, all is seen in reality. Then shall I judge between the quick and the dead

Who will stand in that Day?

From our Readers:

Quote. . . There are two manchilds coming forth. The true church and the false church at the same time. You'll not know the difference with the seeing of the eye, nor the hearing of the ears. Only by discerning of My Spirit will you know." I said, "How can it be that we won't be deceived?" The Lord said, "Keep your eyes on Jesus and the love of the truth in your heart, and you will never be deceived." Evelyn Obery, Apple Creek OH

Encouragement:

Quote. . . A Love Feast The Father just sent a serene, steady heron on its course past my pond as I sat at the table desiring some refreshment from the Lord. He had just told me He knew I was tired, but that He would let me see with more clarity now. If we could receive even a small portion of the grandeur of His purpose -- its essence -- we would trust in His LOVE for us all. The constraints will be removed and we will be lifted into heights undreamed of -- into such stupendous magnificence. We will weep with joy and blessed relief. Open thyself, and be filled. Ramona Levey, Worcester NY

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The Continuing Remembrances of Grandfather Oak

"Remember, Little Oak, I left off telling you the reason why Abraham and his household were required to keep moving to new places." "Yes, Grandfather, I remember what you told me. But it is very hard to understand why God required them to move so often."

"Little Oak", there is one thing you must always remember. God's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. What we think is limited by our small understanding, but God's thoughts and purposes for our lives are far reaching. He knows exactly what we need to go through to perfect our walk, whether it be to stand or move.

"Little Oak, listen as I bring you up to date about Abraham's next stop in Canaan." " Look Sarah! Look Lot!" said Abraham. "There in the distance is the landmark the Lord showed me last night in my dreams. Sarah and Lot stood in utter amazement at the pitiful sight Abraham was pointing out. Across the valley, on a wind swept hill stood the burnt remains of what must have been a magnificent oak in days past. For even in its present sad state its girth was over 30 feet in diameter. More amazing was the abundant green foliage on its east side. Abraham, Sarah, and Lot all thought to themselves, "Was this valley between Bethel and Ai to be our next dwelling place? And what is the significance of this lone oak in our journey. . ."

"Little Oak," said Grandfather, "My ancestors have often told me stories about this tree known as the Weeping tree". This lone tree standing so stark against the wind knew its purpose, and it stood many, many centuries fulfilling the purpose for which it was created." "Grandfather," said Little Oak, "I am beginning to understand what you said about standing or moving. Some must be willing and obedient to move at God's command as Abraham and his household. And some, like you, must be willing and obedient to be cut down to be used as useful vessels. And some, as the Weeping Tree, must stand alone for all the world to see, never to be a tree of great beauty and usefulness."

"Grandfather," asked Little Oak, "Why was this tree called the "Weeping Tree"? "Well, Little Oak, answered Grandfather, "Many travelers have poured out their hurts and sorrows beneath this lone tree. I just suppose they feel a kinship to its untold hurts." "Grandfather, I wander what my destiny is to be in God's purpose in my life? Do you think I will have to suffer as this "Weeping Tree" or will I be cut down as you to be used as a beautiful wooden vessel like you?"

"Little Oak," said Grandfather, "God has truly blessed you with a questioning mind. Please know, Little Oak, that your destiny and the purpose God has prepared for you in life is yet to be revealed. Just remember, Little Oak, to keep a willing and obedient heart to fulfill the purpose and destiny God has created you for."

Next month: Abraham's Altar beneath the "Weeping Tree"


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