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September 28, 2011

Trust and Obey....

On Sunday I was preaching from the pulpit of the Methodist Church here in Williston (it's the only one~look it up).  I was preaching on Exodus 17:1-7 (Water from the Rock).  I went on and on about the many times water is referred to in the bible (Old/New/Epistle/Gospel).  But let me travel back in time some....(the dots are the time machine working, lol).

 The announcement for Joys and Concerns came and a mic was passed around.  One man,alone,in the very front pew raised his hand.  The mic was given to him.  He spoke with a quiver and the heavy breathing that someone has when they are trying not to completely and totally break down in a 'Great Flood' of tears.  He asked for prayers for his wife and their marriage.  No prayers for him ONLY for that of his wife and a marriage that he 'doesn't think is going to make it'. :( As he was talking I couldn't help but think about my sermon.  After going on and on and on about water I bring up the real point of the Exodus reading~trusting in God.  I even encourage people to trust God in their family lives and marriages. These words (that I had penned a week before) flashed in my head. 

I take my spot (atop my step stool) behind the pulpit and I knew God was definitely in this place! 

Talk about the pressure!!
I hope the young man, probably in his mid to late 30s, felt God that day!  I hope he takes that HUGE leap of faith and trusts God in his marriage.  I hope that his wife felt the Spirit as well where ever she was that morning. 

The closing hymn that morning was Trust and Obey...I have posted the words below.


  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.
    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

    Please pray for this man,his wife and their marriage- thank you my dear Blogger Family!~Jess

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