Monday, March 24, 2014

A Beautiful Perspective

If you visit here with any regularity, you know that Grace Livingston Hill is my favorite author.
Her stories, which take place in the early 1900's, are stories of triumph over tragedy, and she includes the salvation message in all but the earliest books.
When re-reading "Happiness Hill" the other day, these words caught my heart......

 ""Well,......this is as near heaven as I'll ever get on this earth!.....Why, if I'd ever known we were coming to this I could have borne everything I went through sweetly."

 "You did, Mary!", (said her husband), "but isn't that just like us mortals!  I expect that's the way we'll talk when we really see heaven.  We'll say, 'If I had known it was this He had in store for me I could have borne all and never faltered!'  'The sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed hereafter.'"

If I had know it was this He had in store for me I could have borne all and never faltered.

We all have trials and difficulties.  We see through a glass darkly.

I'd like to remember to have a heavenly perspective......NOW.  Wouldn't you?!

Wishing you a wonderful week.  Encouragement follows!

Here's Romans 8 from The Message Bible.....

17 And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him! 18 That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. 19 The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. 20 Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in 21 until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. 22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. 23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. 24 That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. 25 But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. 26 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 27 He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. 28 That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. 30 After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. 31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? 32 If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? 33 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? 34 Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us - who was raised to life for us! - is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. 35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: 36 They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. 37 None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. 38 I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, 39 high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.


podso said...

My I read all of her books when I used to go to my grandmother's house in the summer. She had every one I think. Now I have some of hers. Such a nice post!

Wanda said...

How could I have forgotten...back in my teenage years I real all of her books...and loved them.

Thanks for the memories, and for the wonderful scriptures.

Wonder whatever I did with those books...maybe they were from the Library.

Sue said...

Great author she is, and have most of her books, it has been a long time since I read them, thanks for the memories, Thanks for the encouragement from Romans 8, it was such a blessing reading from the Message Bible.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am not familiar with the author, but I know the scripture and it's wonderful promise that nothing can separate us from the love of The Lord. God is so good. So faithful. So true.



Susan said...

Hi Carol. I don't know that author but would like to read her books.

Your header is beautiful (And hopeful.) Susan

elizabeth said...

My mother in law had so many of her books and I used to love to read them. I love the truth presented in the quote and, of course, the scripture passage!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

AMEN. That was how I felt when we looked over the hillside in Italy. A piece of heaven after a very rough year. A provision beyond anything I could have dreamed of. I too need that heavenly perspective. Thanks for this post, it started my day out right.

Chatty Crone said...

I know who Grace L. Hill is and I own ALL her books and through my life have read and reread them. God always came through when they held on to their faith! Thanks for coming by!


Vee said...

I have heard that daily doses of Romans 8 will do a person good. I listen to it once a week via Bible Gateway. I probably need to up my dose. Love Grace Livingston Hill, but find the stories too simplistic in my old age. Still, I remember them fondly. What splendid views!