Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10.
It was not long after the passing of the time in 1844 that my first vision was given me. I was visiting a dear sister in Christ, whose heart was knit with mine; five of us, all women, were kneeling quietly at the family altar. While we were praying, the power of God came upon me as I had never felt it before. I seemed to be surrounded with light, and to be rising higher and higher from the earth. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me: “Look again, and look a little higher.” At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling toward the city….
I related this vision to the believers … , who had full confidence that it was from God. The Spirit of the Lord attended the testimony, and the solemnity of eternity rested upon us. An unspeakable awe filled me, that I, so young and feeble, should be chosen as the instrument by which God would give light to His people….
In a second vision, which soon followed the first, I was shown the trials through which I must pass, and that it was my duty to go and relate to others what God had revealed to me….
I prayed earnestly for several days, and far into the night, that this burden might be removed from me and laid upon someone more capable of bearing it. But the light of duty did not change.
My Saviour declared me to be His messenger. “Your work,” He instructed me, “is to bear My word…. My Spirit and My power shall be with you…. It is the Lord that giveth the messages.”
I do not write … expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision—the precious rays of light shining from the throne.
The Faith I Live By p. 294
Prayer Requests
—-I really need prayer for the emotional and mental abuse my husband puts me through. I know it is making me sick. Please pray for his conversion. Connie
—-Prayers appreciated my oldest is in surgery! CD
—-Please continue to pray for little Xander who has now been upgraded to stable.
—-Plz pray for my long time Sherry, to be able to be successfully weaned off her vent and breathe on her very own, with NO adverse effect!! Gail
Dear Friends,
In the old church hymnal is one of my favorite songs that I used to play quite often for offeratory. I wish that they had included it in our current hymnal for its words are full of deep meaning.

“They Brought Their Gifts to Jesus.”

by Eben Rexford
They brought their gifts to Jesus,
And laid them at His feet,
And love for this dear Saviour,
Made every offering sweet;
Good deeds and words of kindness,
Help for the poor of earth,
And not a gift among them
Was thought of little worth.

Wouldst bring a gift to Jesus,
That He will count most sweet?
Say, “Lord, my heart I give Thee,”
And lay it at His feet.

Apart from other givers
A poor wayfarer stood;
He saw the gifts they offered,
The poorest counted good;
And he was filled with longing,
A gift, though poor, to bring;
Alas! all empty handed
He stood before the King.

Wouldst bring a gift to Jesus,
That He will count most sweet?
Say, “Lord, my heart I give Thee,”
And lay it at His feet.

“Dear Lord,” he cried in sorrow,
“I know how kind Thou art,
Take all I have to give Thee,
My sinful wayward heart.”
Then Jesus answered softly,
“Count not the gift as small,
Though all of them are precious,
Thine is the best of all.”

Wouldst bring a gift to Jesus,
That He will count most sweet?
Say, “Lord, my heart I give Thee,”
And lay it at His feet.

It is our daily privilege to consecrate ourselves anew every morning, to lay all of our plans, all of our abilities, all of our thoughts, all of our energy, all of our desires, all of our sorrows, all of our joys at our Dear Saviour’s feet. Paul says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Rom 12:1,2

Let us draw near to our Dear Saviour with a true heart in full assurance of faith in His love and grace. Let us give ourselves, fully and completely to Him, following “righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Tim 2:22 Let us hold fast our faith without wavering for He is soon returning to take us to His Father’s house. (John 14:1-3)
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“Fear Thou Not … I Am With Thee”
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