Ten Years Old!

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 27-07-2010

Well, on July 27, 2000, Philip Mathews was born.  I cannot believe it has been ten years.  How the time flies.  I must give thanks to God for his great faithfulness to us!  Philip said of his birthday again, “this is the best birthday ever!” 

What a long way we have come since 2000.  If I only knew then what I knew now, maybe my life would’ve been different.  Maybe I would have trusted God more.  Maybe I would have more faith.  I am not really sure.  I just am thankful to God for His mercy, and for second chances. 

We had our family over for supper, and I reminded Santhosh that Philip’s first birthday party was in our home also.  We had decorated the house and because it was his first birthday, Wal mart gave us a small special cake for the ‘baby.’  As the entire youth group and family gathered around to sing to baby Philip, he began to cry.  He refused to touch his special cake, as we wanted him to lick the icing or touch the cake.  He cried and refused to touch anything.   I began to cry myself as I remembered that day, and to think about where he is today.  How far he has come!!  He loves to eat almost anything now.  He is talking so much better now.  How great my God is.

Friends, I know you may also be struggling through a difficult time.  Remember He is in control.  Our God is faithful.  His purpose will be fulfilled.  Please pray that you fall into His perfect will for your life.  We love you so much and pray that God give you His perfect strength.  That strength will carry us on in our weakness.

Because every child matters!

susan

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Hope

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 26-07-2010

Last week’s praise and worship team sang Chris Tomlin’s  ‘Jesus Messiah.’  I kept meditating on the lines which sing “all our hope is in You.”   Truly, over the past few weeks, I have realized that my hope cannot lie anywhere else, but in Him.

In the midst of struggles, pain, trials, tears and questions, I can only look to God and say, all my hope is in you!  Santhosh had given a message a few weeks ago on ‘ The God who saves.’   When we look at the struggles and pain and trials that we all go through,  there is only so much that we can physically do about those situations.  Yet when we  walk by faith, we will see the impossible and believe.

We must know that ‘I am limited in what I myself can do about this problem. ‘

 Only God can help me resolve it.  This is the God whom we serve. 

No matter what the situation is, dear friends, remember this God who we serve.  He has a plan and a purpose for each one’s life.  His purpose WILL prevail.  In spite of what our concern is for others or the trials we go through, God’s perfect will must be accomplished.  Submit yourself to God’s holy will, and trust Him.

Love you so much and God bless,

Susan

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“Till the race is finished, and the work is done….

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 12-07-2010

…….We’ll walk by faith, and not by sight! ” So sing Keith and Krystyn Getty…  I love this song, and I’ve been playing it over and over from youtube.  As you have figured,  I am still trying to learn about this faith walk.  My former student gave me some information on the topic that I will discuss below.

Those who “walk by faith” confide in revelation for authority. In fact, our faith and the revelation of God’s word are so connected in the Bible that sometimes the gospel message is referred to as “the faith” (Jude 3). After all, the only way to “walk by faith” is to walk as Scripture directs (Romans 10:17). Perhaps the most pointed statement of the supremacy of revelation to experience is in 2 Peter 1, where Peter says that he believed not only because of the great sight he beheld on
the Mount of Transfiguration, but also be cause of the “even surer prophetic word” (2 Peter 1:19, NASB marginal note).

 

How difficult it is to close the flesh and to hope in what we cannot see.  I was reminded of Abraham and the promise of Isaac and the blessing through Isaac that was divinely revealed to Abraham.  He waited years for Isaac, and then in the flesh thought the promise could be fulfilled with his own “help” in having Ishmael.  Of course, that is the easiest thing to believe.  Having Ishmael is also quicker, yet it happens through our own sight.  When actually, in walking by faith, we would trust God, and not rationalize a way for the promise to be fulfilled through our eyes.

Wow.  What a difficult concept to understand.  I have to admit I worry for Philip and his health, because of the condition of his spine.  Am I acting in faith?  Or am I crazy for not pushing for a spinal operation?  Is that a lack of faith in God, or is it God’s answer and I cannot accept it?  I truly believe that God will heal Philip’s spine.  There will never be a spinal fusion.  If our spine surgeon says he could never make Philip’s back completely straight, and that is impossible, then I have the Word that tells me the things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.  One of the first verses we ever  were strengthened with was from Genesis 12, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

No.  There is nothing too hard for the Lord.

Press on!    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-YISm700Pc&feature=related

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