Sunday, September 14, 2014

He Maketh No Mistake

We have been dealing with some less-than-happy family news in recent days, and I've returned to my personal "Book of Comforts" for precious reminders. Since I know that trials are common to all humans, I just thought I'd share this one in a more public way. Whatever you are facing, I hope it brings comfort. It came to me via a beloved aunt who graduated to heaven (because of breast cancer) long, long, ago. She had lost a teenage child (my cousin) and knew great sorrow. The poem still comforts me, as does her memory.        

He Maketh No Mistake
by A.M. Overton

My Father's way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I'm glad I know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way.

Tho' night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break;
I'll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.

There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim;
But come what may, I'll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He'll make.
Through all the way, tho' dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Mother-in-Law's Wedding Day Vows

When my beloved mother passed away in 1996, I was entrusted a loose-leaf notebook in which she had hand-copied some of her favorite poems, quotations, Bible verses, etc. I had already begun the habit of making my own collection, and over the years I've returned to these "favorite quotes" many, many times for encouragement, laughter, and sweet memories. Today I want to share something I clipped out of a women's newsletter long before I became a mother-in-law. Still a good reminder.

A Mother-in-Law's Wedding Day Vows
by Vivian Dennis

Daughter-in-law, loved by my son, chosen by God--welcome to the family and to our hearts. From this day forward, with God's help, I promise ...

  • I will love you in the same way Jesus loves me. (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:8,9)
  • I will allow you to be the uncontested first lady in my son's life. (Genesis 2:24)
  • I will be patient and kind, never arrogant--giving no advice unless you ask for it. (1 Corinthians 13:4)
  • I will do nothing from a selfish motive. (Philippians 2:3)
  • I will give you the benefit of the doubt in everything. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
  • I will seek (i.e., vigorously pursue) peace in our relationships. (1 Peter 3:11; Romans 12:18)
  • I will talk to my God about your shortcomings--not to my son, not to my friends, not to my prayer group. (1 Timothy 5:13)
  • I will dwell only on those things about you that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8).
  • I will pray for your regularly. (Philippians 4:6).
  • I will, by God's grace and power, set for you and example of godliness. (Titus 2:3-5)