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The Small Things

August 3


The Small Things
Laying on Susan’s lap, I didn’t know what was more beautiful, her big brown eyes or the clear blue sky. One thing I knew for sure, I’d found the girl of my dreams—I was in love. I took a long piece of grass and wove a ring out of it and put it on her finger. You know, the little things are the important things.

Susan made me a fishing pouch out of an old nail apron. She attached it to a belt on the back and applied velcro strips on front to keep its contents from spilling out. I keep a telescopic spinning rod and reel in the pouch.

I like to have the spinning rod with me when I am fly fishing the streams for when I come upon a pond. The other day, I put an 1/8 oz. jig on it and was going deep for big trout. When I cast it, something felt strange—I looked down at the rig, and sure enough it was broken. I lost a small screw that attached the bail to the reel. It was now worthless. You know, the little things are the important things.

It was a small stone that D…

MY JESUS, AS THOU WILT!

August 3




MY JESUS, AS THOU WILT!
Benjamin Schmolck, 1672–1737
Translated by Jane L. Borthwick, 1813–1897
  I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8)

  My will is not my own till Thou has made it Thine; if it would reach the monarch’s throne it must its crown resign. It only stands unbent amid the clashing strife, till on Thy bosom it has leant and found in Thee its life.
—George Matheson

Following the decision to accept God’s provision for salvation, our next most important decision is to do God’s will, regardless of what the future may bring. Often, however, we have difficulty in discerning God’s will. George Mueller, one of the great men of prayer, has given these insights from his own life regarding this matter:

    •      Seek to get your heart in such a condition that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Do not depend upon feelings or impressions.

    •      Seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Wo…