Oct, 15th 2008

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer  and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Phil 4:6

1. All to Jesus I surrender;  all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him,  in his presence daily live.

Refrain:
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now.

3. All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly thine; fill me with thy love and power; truly know that thou art mine.

4. All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee; fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me.

5. All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame. O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory, to his name!

Text: J.W. Van Deventer; Music: W.S. Weeden

 

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The last few months have been pretty eventful for me. God has moved a lot in my life recently. Many of you have been praying for me for a long time, and now you can see what God has done.

It’s been a while since we have told you about the fracture in my pelvis. Somebody had said then: “Why does she, who had been bound to her bed during the last year, has to be staying bed again?” It was really annoying first, but not in the long term. I didn’t know then what that could be good for, but I knew that God had His reasons. Today I can tell you one of the reasons. The bones in my pelvis are now stronger than before the fracture. The fracture has animated the bone in my pelvis to grow, which lead to higher stability. That is important and good in the long term, of course.

I live in the knowledge that God is there, and that He holds everything in His hands. And God wants to experience our day with us. Our life changes if we live every minute in the knowledge that there is God, who made us in His image. There are, of course, enemies of God- and he destroys what he can: our life, our peace, this world. But that’s why it is even more important to stay close to Him.

What would you give to be able to share your time with the smartest, most loving and holiest person? What do you say to the fact that this person is already waiting for you? We have the chance, but mostly use it only Sundays or when we are in great distress.

I have been thinking lately why we spend so much more time in life on unimportant things instead of the important ones. And what are the important things? I came to the conclusion again that the most important thing is a relationship with God- our creator. I have my spot in heaven because I am His child. But am I enjoying life on earth with all the promises and gifts that He promised us? Equally important is to see and nurture the relationships we have to people that God has entrusted to us. They are more important than all material things on earth and in our life. How little importance have material things to a person that stands in front of the doors of eternity?

Something else struck me. We mostly don’t live in the present (Today). For different reasons we live either in “yesterday” or “tomorrow”. The fact is that we live today. The only question that we have to answer and that lies in the future is the question whether or not Jesus would recognize us on the “door to heaven”?

Do you remember Saba, the pony? It was owned by our neighbors. They are going to move further away because of College and so on. The question was what to do with Saba. They’ll give Saba to me. Awesome, isn’t it? I would never have dreamed to become a horse owner. So, I’ll trust God also to help me with the costs that come with the horse. Saba will help me a great deal to improve my muscles in the right leg. She has been used for horse therapy during the last years and hence is very sensitive. And don’t worry I’ll abstain from trotting and cantering.

I’ve always loved to take pictures. A while ago I bought myself a good camera with which I love trying to catch God’s creation in detail. I feel like Job. Job (a man from the Old Testament) lost a lot in life, and got it back with a huge blessing later on. I can experience how I gain more and more energy and muscles back. I am still in a lot of pain, which often comes during the night. Nausea is an accompaniment of that, and I am also far from being independent again. But I received my life back. I’ll try to live life in the presence of God to enjoy all of the adventures, with all the “friends that cross my path”.

A few weeks ago, Silas went to Ethiopia, Africa. To be honest, I do miss him a lot… I am so glad that he has still been here during the last year. He has been a huge blessing with a servant heart. I just want to point out his website once more to you. If you have time to send him a little “encouragement mail” he would be excited and I would be with him. Even if it is only a very short message… It was also a financial risk for us to let him go. So if you have the possibility to support him it would be a great help to us all and the missionary society “Hilfe fuer Brueder”, which is supporting Silas now. The most important thing is however, that he is accompanied by prayers. Thank you so much for all your support and prayers for us. If we had not had you… but we have you! Thank you! Love and God’s blessings to you all!

Jesus be the center
Be my source be my light Jesus
Jesus be the center
Be my song Jesus

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in my sails
Be the reason that I live

Jesus Jesus
Jesus be my vision
Be my help
Be my guide Jesus

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