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Lie Still And Trust







How great is the temptation at this point! How the soul sinks, the heart grows sick, and the faith staggers under the keen trials and testings which come into our lives in times of special bereavement and suffering.


"I cannot bear up any longer, I am fainting under this providence. What shall I do? God tells me not to faint. But what can one do when he is fainting?"


What do you do when you are about to faint physically? You cannot do anything. You cease from your own doings. In your faintness, you fall upon the shoulder of some strong loved one. You lean hard. You rest. You lie still and trust.


It is so when we are tempted to faint under affliction. God's message to us is not, "Be strong and of good courage," for He knows our strength and courage have fled away. But it is that sweet word, "Be still, and know that I am God."


Hudson Taylor was so feeble in the closing months of his life that he wrote a dear friend: "I am so weak I cannot write; I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God's arms like a little child, and trust."


This wondrous man of God with all his spiritual power came to a place of physical suffering and weakness where he could only lie still and trust.


And that is all God asks of you, His dear child, when you grow faint in the fierce fires of affliction. Do not try to be strong. Just be still and know that He is God, and will sustain you, and bring you through.


"God keeps His choicest cordials for our deepest faintings."


"Stay firm and let thine heart take courage" (Psa. 27:14, --After Osterwald).


Stay firm, He has not failed thee

In all the past,

And will He go and leave thee

To sink at last?

Nay, He said He will hide thee

Beneath His wing;

And sweetly there in safety

Thou mayest sing.



*Streams of the Desert


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Jan I must say I have some trouble believing the sentiment in some of this literature as it is written in what I call "heroic form". The words of Mrs Hudson Taylor, caregiver, may have been very different!


While it is good to read some of this inspiring literature it is not very grounded in today so I tend to read modern autobiography instead.I guess it is all personal choice and personal experience and depends on when we are reading it whether or not we are currently being "sore tested".


I do depend on God and it is a lot of the time when I am in the Valley of the Shadow when I cling on most stubbornly.


Keep on posting material that gives us food for thought.



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Sue, I respect your opinion. I just have had some very rough moments lately, and my friend sends me these from "Streams of the Desert." I try to keep an open mind when someone sends me something knowing they are only trying to help me. I have been going through some serious health issues and I have been hit hard at times, therefore, all I can cling to is my faith. This Blog entry really hit home to me and I thought I would share it in my Blog to possibly help others.


*I welcome feedback from others. :)

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interesting blog and ofcourse I enjoy all your spiritual blogs and love to highlight them. I think it requires tremendous faith on God that when we are fainting, you still believe that God's strong hands will save you. that requires enormous leap of faith & I know I am still working on developing it.




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oh jan, i am so sorry to hear of your harley boy, i know that you are very atach to your dog, and i can see why he is a great looking dog, and i will pray for comfort for the tragedy you are having with the loss of your dog harley, hope fully the vet can help harley when you are sad we are sad as well jan

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