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May 18





Motives

After we pay the mortgage, utility bills, tithe and other obligations, we pretty will split the money down the middle. With Susan’s share she buys groceries, cleaning supplies—you know, girl stuff. My share goes to things like boat repairs, fishing lures, and popcorn at the Dukes’ game. (Not really, but I thought it made a pretty good introduction. Though when I read the rough draft to Susan she said “That’s about how it is.”)

The truth is, Susan is less likely to spend money on herself than I am. She is usually sacrificing so someone else can have something.

Recently, I said to her, “Susan, why don’t you take some money out of the bank and get your hair fixed the way you want it?” I wanted her to do something nice for herself.

“Don’t you like my hair?”

What’s the title of that book—”Women are from Mars, Men are from …?” I just wanted her to treat herself to something nice, that’s all. I had no hidden agenda.

She was looking for the message behind the question. She wante…
May 18




SPIRIT OF GOD, DESCEND UPON MY HEART
George Croly, 1780–1860
  Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)
Although it is always thrilling at Christmas to recall the events of our Savior’s birth, or at Easter to celebrate His triumph over death, we must not forget Ascension or Pentecost. If Christ had never ascended to make intercession for us or had never sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and guide us, our relationship with the heavenly Father would be most incomplete.
One of the finest of all hymns for the Pentecost season is “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.” It was written by Anglican minister George Croly, who was known among his associates as a “fundamentalist in theology, a fierce conservative in politics, and intensely opposed to all forms of liberalism.” The hymn first appeared in 1854 in Croly’s own hymnal, Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship. It was originally titled “Holiness Desired.”
Each stanza contributes an important t…