Joy in Prison

An excerpt from Streams in the Dessert:

Joy in Prison

“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into a prison . . . But the Lord was with Joseph . . . and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper” (Gen. 39:20-23).

When God lets us go to prison because we have been serving Him, and goes there with us, prison is about the most blessed place in the world that we could be in. Joseph seems to have known that. He did not sulk and grow discouraged and rebellious because .”everything was against him.” If he had, the prison-keeper would never have trusted him so. Joseph does not even seem to have pitied himself.

Let us remember that if self-pity is allowed to set in, that is the end of us–until it is cast utterly from us. Joseph just turned over everything in joyous trust to God, and so the keeper of the prison turned over everything to Joseph. Lord Jesus, when the prison doors close in on me, keep me trusting, and keep my joy full and abounding. Prosper Thy work through me in prison: even there, make me free indeed.


A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;

Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleaseth Thee.

My cage confines me round,
Abroad I cannot fly,
But though my wing is closely bound,
My soul is at liberty;

For prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom of the soul.

I have learnt to love the darkness of sorrow; there you see the brightness of His face.
–Madame Guyon

How to Study Your Bible

Don’t let the enemy convince you that you shouldn’t bother opening your Bible because none of it makes sense, it doesn’t “speak” to you, or you just don’t know where to even begin.

Kay Arthur's helpful book

Kay Arthur’s book How to Study Your Bible encouraged me to dig right in and eagerly study a passage in depth.  I read this book years ago, but see that there is a revised version available.  From the cover:

Beloved international Bible teacher Kay Arthur has helped millions of people explore and understand God’s Word for themselves. Joining with David Arthur and Pete De Lacy, both of Precept Ministries International, Kay shares an interactive workbook companion to her bestselling The New How to Study Your Bible to help each reader glean the riches of Scripture for their personal journey as they

  • apply the inductive study approach to specific Scriptures for deeper understanding
  • encounter God’s messages through questions, reflections, and insights
  • receive greater insight into key words, major themes, and topical studies

This amazing companion will help readers of The New How to Study Your Bible master the personal and profound inductive study method and make new discoveries each time they turn to God’s Word. They will view their purpose, decisions, actions, faith, and their lives through the lens of His truth and hope.

Whether you choose to do an in depth, inductive study of the Bible, or just cuddle up under some blankets and open up God’s word and let it encourage you, I pray that you will enjoy your time alone with the Lord.  Start every day with Him and see what happens in your life!

Songbird

We just finished this lovely little book today:

The setting is Williamsburg, where the Pilcher family run their pewter foundry and live under the king’s rule.  Truxton, the yongest son, takes much delight in anything related to birds.  This interest comes in handy when he needs to seek a royal pardon for his father who gets thrown in jail for an accident in the foundry.

As we follow this family who trust and wait to see what the Lord has in store for them we are uplifted.  The family is steadfast even knowing the outcome of their father’s fate might not be what they hope, but instead what the Lord wills.  My children asked me to read the book straight through!

Charlotte’s Wisdom

“… the habit of holding oneself well in hand, the being
impervious to small annoyances, cheerful under small
inconveniences, ready for action with what is called
‘presence of mind’ in all the little casaulties of the hour —
this is a habit which should be trained in the nursery. ‘If
you are vexed, don’t show it,’ is usually a quite safe
teaching, because every kind of fretfulness, impatience,
resentfulness, and nervous irritability passes away under
self-control.”

–Charlotte Mason, The Original Homeschooling Series