10.26.2007

whatever my God ordains is right


Whatever my God ordains is right
In His love I am abiding
I will be still in all He does
And follow where He is guiding
He is my God, though dark my road
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all

Whatever my God ordains is right
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path
I know He will not leave me
I take content, what He has sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait His day

Whatever my God ordains is right
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, or need, or death be mine
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father's care, encircles me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all

Whatever my God ordains is right
Though now this cup I'm drinking
Bitter it seems to my faint heart
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true, each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart
{{original words by samuel rodigast 1676.
translated by catherine winkworth 1863.
alternate words by mark altrogge 2007
}}

this song has become very dear to me recently. I've found it helpful in my daily battles to keep the contentment, trust and surrendered-ness that God's worked in me. there is so much room for growth. in all of these areas {and more}. YET I am grateful that God allows to me to see what fruit He has already wrought. I am still more grateful for His sovereignty---which is the constant source of peace; which allows my heart to rest. no matter how long this season of waiting may be. nor how weary i may grow. He is always in control. His timing does not fail to be perfect.

10.12.2007

farewell

Wednesday afternoon, Dixiana Hanks {grandmother to beks} went home.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." {rev.21.}
I wish I had words so I could honor her for a life well lived to the glory of God. I had the honour of spending 2 weeks out of many childhood summers in her house with Beks, and I will never forget her kindness and generosity...but I don't have any words. It just doesn't seem real.
I am ever so thankful for the gospel. Because of the gospel I'm not sad for Grammie. I know she is resting in her Savior's loving hands; and that one day her family will see her again. I'm grateful her family has this hope...but it doesn't keep us from missing her.
Please keep the Schwab fam in your prayers, as well as "GP" (her husband) and Taunte Lisa (her daughter).

10.02.2007

jane austen*

Nothing will come out right. So. To make up for the last post's 2wk existence (!) I thought I'd post something fun. Hmm. What's one thing that me and all 4 of my faithful readers {the kars, als, beks} enjoi?
Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen. Even if we disagree on which film is better, the book is best. So in honor of my fellow Elizabeths, and other Bennet girls; some quotes:

Bingley: "Come Darcy, I must have you dance. I cannot bear to see you standing about in this stupid manner..."
Darcy: "You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room."
"There is one of her sisters...who is very pretty."
"She is tolerable, but not handsome to tempt me. I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men."

Jane: He is just what a young man ought to be: sensible, good-humoured, lively..."
Elizabeth: "He is also handsome, which a young man ought to be, if he possibly can...he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You've liked many a stupider person."

Mr Bennet: "An unhappy alternative is before you Elizabeth. From this day forward you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and I shall never see you again if you do."

Elizabeth: "Shelves in the closet!? Happy thought indeed..."

Darcy: "And this is all the reply I am to expect? I might wish to be informed why, with so little endeavour at civility, I am thus rejected."
Elizabeth: "And I might inquire why with so evident a design of offending me you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character? Is this not just cause for incivility, if indeed I was uncivil?"...
Darcy: "Disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. They were natural and just..."
Elizabeth: "You are mistaken if you suppose the manner of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner."

Jane: "You are joking Lizzie! engaged to Mr Darcy! ... I know how much you dislike him."
Elizabeth: "That is all to be forgot. Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now. But in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable..."
Jane: "Are you quite sure that you feel what you ought to?"
Lizzie: "You will only think I feel more than I ought to, when I tell you...I must confess I love him better than I do Bingely. I fear you will be angry."
Jane: "My dearest sister, now be serious... Will you tell me how long you have loved him?"
Lizzie:"I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberly."

*much of the fun is lost out of context. it reads very different, eh?