Archive | October 2017

Jesus Keeps His Promises; Never Will He Leave Us

                                                                                                                                                             



My heart has been grieving for a dear friend whose husband recently passed away—after a long bout with cancer. She is a woman of strong faith. She prayed for her husband for many years. God answered her prayers, and through the grace of God, he overcame lifelong addictions. To us, it seemed as if his ministry was just beginning—that he had the potential to tell, teach, and encourage hundreds (perhaps thousands) of addicts about the transforming power of Jesus.

His death left unanswered questions.  What went wrong?  Did we lack faith? What happened to the impact that he could have had? That we thought he was going to have? 

With hurricanes, earthquakes, baffling shootings, and continued wars, my friend’s death is certainly not the only one that causes concern and brings questions to our minds.

Often, I do not understand why things happen the way they do; God does not answer my “Why?” questions. Yet, in my soul, I have peace–the sign of his presence.

On Sunday afternoon, as I was walking along the lakeshore and praying about these things, God gave me a new song.  It flowed out of the following Scripture, which I read earlier in the day.

“For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
(Isaiah 54:10 NLT)


Jesus Keeps His Promises

Jesus keeps his promises
And this is what he says to us:

Never, never, never, never
Never will I leave you.
Never, never, never, never
I will never leave you.

In this time of pain and sorrow,
I long to be your Comforter

Never, never, never, never
Never will I leave you.
Never, never, never, never
I will never leave you.

I will carry you along
Give you peace—restore your song.

Never, never, never, never
Never will I leave you.
Never, never, never, never
I will never leave you.

He doesn’t answer every question
Yet, we feel our Lord’s compassion

Never, never, never, never
Never will he leave us.
Never, never, never, never
He will never leave us.

Some things remain a mystery
Until in heaven’s light, we see.

Never, never, never, never
Never will he leave us.
Never, never, never, never
He will never leave us.

Having hope, our tears contain
A peace that we cannot explain.

Never, never, never, never
Never will he leave us.
Never, never, never, never
He will never leave us.                                                                

 Jane Ault 10/8/2017


51pieRVT8WL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_                           

In times of pain and sorrow, it may be difficult to maintain self-control and gratitude. When we choose to receive God’s grace and love, we grow toward emotional freedom. He empowers us to overcome destructive anger, resentment, and revenge. Buy here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This entry was posted on October 27, 2017. 6 Comments

Back to Daily Gratitude

 



My husband, John Ault, and I are very grateful for the prayers of family, friends, and church community over the past two weeks, in which he’s been experiencing sciatic pain and allergic reactions. He’s gradually improving, but please don’t stop the prayers. Truthfully, this experience has brought me “back to gratitude”


Back to Daily Gratitude

Jesus gives us what we lack;
We can never pay him back.

All he wants is gratitude;
Let’s cultivate that attitude.

If we faithfully practice
Gratitude, it will relax us.

We will not be mad and worried;
Furthermore, we won’t be hurried.

Hurry makes us unaware
Of what God’s given us to share.

We see only what we need
And, soon, move into greed–

Unthankful for our daily bread,
We feel mad instead of glad.

Ingratitude deceives us;
We forget that we are dust–

Increase self-expectations,
Then, expect congratulations.

But God never honors this
Nor will he forever bless

Us–with favor in our labor.
He will bless our grateful neighbor.

Again, Jesus gives us what we lack,
What we need to bring us back–

Back to daily gratitude.
Let’s cultivate that attitude.

10/12/17 Jane Ault

This entry was posted on October 20, 2017. 4 Comments

Loved from Eternity

 



It has taken decades for me to internalize the depth of God’s love . . . I’m sure that I still haven’t fully comprehended it. Frequently, in a fresh, new way, God reveals his love to my heart. And I respond with a fresh, new poem.  You may not be a poet, but God wants you to understand the depth of his love. 

If you can identify with the words of the following poem, I invite you to make them your own.


Loved from Eternity

I was worn out with fear and doubt,
But I could not figure out
How to escape the thing in me
That kept my mind in slavery.

It was not a chain put upon
Me—by someone else, just my song;
It was my own song of unbelief
That kept me in a state of grief.

Then one day, Jesus came!
He set me free, broke my chain!
This is the truth he spoke to me:
“I’ve loved you from eternity.”

Now at last I understand
I was wanted! I was planned!
Jesus healed me, made me whole.
I have a purpose and a goal.

Free from fear, guilt, and shame,
I serve my Lord and for him, claim—
Through prayer, the things he speaks to me;
Things which only faith can see;

Not toys of silver or of gold,
Which tarnish and collect green mold,
But gifts incorruptible,
Rewards indestructible.

I was worn out with fear and doubt;
Jesus knew what it was about.
This is the truth he spoke to me:
“I’ve loved you from eternity.”

10/8/2017 Jane Ault


The choice to receive God’s love opens the doorway to emotional freedom. He, then,  empowers us to overcome destructive anger, resentment, and revenge. Buy here.

 

 

 

 

   


 

This entry was posted on October 13, 2017. 4 Comments

Enter: GRACE . . .

 



On some mornings when I wake up, I would like to turn over and go back to sleep. On one such morning this week, this little rhyme popped up in my head:

When morning arrives and the sun is in sight,
I could reflect on the distress of the night.

How would rehearsing my miseries and failures
Affect my feelings, my thoughts, my behaviors?

Would this help me gain confidence, grow in faith?
Would it help me avoid my usual mistake?

For me the usual mistake would have been to roll over and go back to sleep, focusing on my stiff and sore muscles. Instead, I promptly got up.  During breakfast, I chose not to complain about the “distress of the night” (which did not actually amount to much) but to share my little poem.  It made for a happy and relaxed breakfast time.  

Being senior citizens, we could both find ways to complain about the adjustments that we need to make in everyday life. Would focusing on our present puny miseries and past failures help us to finish this life well? Of course not! We want to finish well. Don’t you?


To finish well I must not dwell
On how I failed “to make the grade”,

Instead, remember who it is
That forgives and gives me aid.

To finish well, I must change my pace
To myself and others, “Enter: Grace”!


Enter: GRACE

It’s not lost to you, God—
All that data of mine;
My hard drive crashed,
But your memory is just fine.

Every word from my mouth,
Every thought in my head,
Every action I have taken,
With your scanner, you have read.

And you’ve stored everything
On your disc in the sky;
But my sins you’ve deleted,
For that, I gratefully sigh.

If you made hard copies
Of every foolish error
And gave them out to friends of mine
I truly would despair.

God, please look over
The spreadsheets in my mind;
Edit them with truthfulness.
Show me where I’m blind.

And in my daily computing
Teach me to enter: Grace;
So when others sin against me,
I, like you, their sins erase.

Jane Ault
This entry was posted on October 6, 2017. 8 Comments