Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Listen to this!

Take a minute and listen to the Davis Senior High School Madrigal Choir from California perform this heavenly piece. It is certainly worth it!

Visit the website for information about this internationally known choir.
It's hard to describe how beautiful it sounds. It inspires, refreshes and quiets the soul... and yet it excites one too. What is your take on it?

Friday, March 02, 2007

On Trusting & Praying

"Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us (the chariots of Egypt, the waters of the sea, etc.), if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, brings us deliverance and joy.

The only escape from self-love is self-surrender. "Whoever loses his life for Me will find it" (Matthew 16:25 NIV). "Dwell in my love. If you heed my commands, you will dwell in my love. I have spoken thus to you, so that my joy may be in you, and your joy complete" (John 15:9-11, NEB). Whenever I have resisted Him, I have cheated myself. Whenever I have yielded, I have found joy.

William Kay, who translated the Psalms in 1870, gives this note on Psalm 73:22: "Though I was supported by Thee and living 'with Thee' as thy guest, yet I was insensible to Thy presence; - intent only on a small section of the visible course of things; - like the irrational animals that are ever looking down at the ground they are grazing. "Yet I am perpetually with Thee, Thou hast laid hold on my right hand," wrote the psalmist. "Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterwards receive me in glory ...And as for me, nearness to God is my good; I have put my trust in the Lord God" (vv.23, 24, 28, WK)."

Excerpts from Keep A Quiet Heart, by Elizabeth Elliot