10.27.2019

They strengthen my faith!

I L-O-V-E reading the biographies of godly men and women.
The Lord graciously afforded me the time to consume these 21 titles over the past two years,
and I am grateful He did so!
Some of the volumes were already on my "to read" list while others were added after learning about their influence on the men and women I already admired.
Well-lived godly lives have a powerful effect on those around them and, those who follow after. I have never met one of the subjects of these biographies, yet I feel as if we are intimate friends.
Praise God for putting it on the hearts of the saints of yore to write down His dealings in their lives!
We have access to vast treasures in the pages of these books!

These - are my NEW books!
I tried to lessen the number of volumes due to the commitment of foster care, but I was only able to shorten the list by six.
<insert face-slap emoji>
Too many excellent biographies - not enough hours in the day!
I look forward to discovering what the Lord plans to teach me through these extraordinary men and women, for I never walk away from a story unchanged or without a fresh, proper perspective on life because of their faithful pursuit of and service to God.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.’ Matthew 25:21

The first read of the new collection was The Life and Diary of DAVID BRAINERD. He was one of America's 1st circuit-riding preachers, and missionary to the Native Americans in the early 1700s.
As always, the Lord used the life of this faithful man to challenge, convict, and comfort my own.
Thank You, Lord!

At 25 years of age he wrote:
"It is good, I find, to persevere in attempts to pray, if I cannot pray with perseverance, I.e. continue long in my address to the Divine Being. I have generally found, that the more I do in secret prayer, the more I have delighted to do, and have enjoyed more of a spirit of prayer: and frequently have found the contrary, when with journeying or otherwise I have been much deprived of retirement. A seasonable, steady performance of SECRET DUTIES IN THEIR PROPER HOURS, and a CAREFUL IMPROVEMENT OF ALL TIME, filling up every hour with some profitable labor, either of heart, head, or hands, are excellent means of spiritual peace and boldness before God. Christ, indeed, is our peace, and by Him we have boldness of access to God; but a good conscience void of offense, is excellent preparation for an approach into the divine presence. 
Filling up our time with and for God, is the way to rise up and lie down in peace."

 "Oh, how sweet it is to be spent and worn out for God!"

"Oh that I may be enabled to plead the cause of God faithfully, to my dying moment! Oh how sweet it would be to spend myself wholly for God, and in His cause, and to be freed from selfish motives in my labors."

The following scene took place three days before Brainerd died (a slow, painful death from tuberculosis), as told by Jonathan Edwards in whose house David spent his last days:
"In the evening, as one came into the room with a Bible in her hand, he expressed himself thus; 'Oh that dear book! That lovely book! I shall soon see it opened! The mysteries that are in it, and the mysteries of God's providence, will be all unfolded!'"

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