A TRANQUIL HEARTL

Mark and I walking toward the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis.

Mark and I walking toward the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis.

Life gives us lots of opportunities to fret.  Traveling can step up anxieties, particularly if flights are invlolved and unfamiliar surroundings.  Recently we traveled to Europe.  The first day we met up with a canceled flight that delayed our arrival at our final destination by six hours which resulted in a canceled rental car which doubled the price to rebook.  Then we realized the place we had reserved for our six day stay was three hours from where we needed to be every day, but, it was too late to cancel.  At the last minute finding a new place to stay was not easy with 1000 extra people visiting the small city of Wittenberg.  Situations abounded to be in turmoil.

Even before we left on our trip the Lord heavily impressed on me this truth from Proverbs.  "A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot."  We have a pretty sharp contrast here.  Actually, Proverbs talks a lot about the opposite effects in our lives of a peaceful, happy heart and a broken stressed spirit.  But, how does a calm heart become reality?

Peace first comes to us when we have a right standing before God because of Jesus' death for us that wipes away all of our sin.    Continued peace grows as we understand more of God's sovereignty over everything.  God had perfect reasons for all of the situations we experienced as we began our trip to Germany--not to make us miserable, but, to cause us to trust Him more.  The more we trust Him, the more tranquility of soul we experience.  We have to have a meshing of our will with His.  This is the center of perfect peace.

This past Saturday Ruth and I shared about the Reformation Conference and our visit to Ukraine.  If you were unable to come to the Luncheon, you can still see what we presented at discoverybaptist.org ; go to Livestream for June 10th.  Also, if you would like a copy of my notes that are full of quotes from our speakers in Wittenberg, feel free to email me at nancysuko@gmail.com and ask for them.

THANKFUL TO BE A MOM

We have added six more grandchildren since this picture was taken 2 1/2 years ago.  Now another sweet baby is on the way.

We have added six more grandchildren since this picture was taken 2 1/2 years ago.  Now another sweet baby is on the way.

God has blessed me with eight wonderful children, seven loving son/daughter-in-laws, and twenty-five (soon to be twenty-six) lively grandchildren.  Mother’s Day is always a delightful day for me.  As thirty-seven of our family and friends gathered at our house this past Sunday, I thought about how very rich I am and how thankful I am to God for His goodness to me.

As I write this blog, Mark and I are halfway to Washington, DC on the first leg of our trip to Wittenberg, Germany to attend a conference celebrating the 500th year since the Reformation began.  I’m looking forward to hearing many godly men preach and to glean all I can from them.  Surely, no one can come to an end of growing in the understanding and application of the key verse of the Reformation--“The righteous shall live by faith.”  Romans 1:17

THE UNIVERSAL DEEPEST NEED

"In these days of social unrest there are plenty of voices round us that proclaim other needs as being clamant, but, oh, they are all shallow and on the surface as compared with the deepest need of all: and the men that come round the sick-bed of humanity and say, ‘Ah, the patient is suffering from a lack of education,’ or ‘the patient is suffering from unfavorable environment,’ have diagnosed the disease superficially. There is something deeper the matter than that, and unless the physician has probed further into the wound than these surface appearances, I am afraid his remedy will go as short a way down as his conception of the evil goes.
Oh, brethren, there is something else the matter with us than ignorance or unfavorable conditions. ‘The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.’ The tap-root of all human miseries lies in the solemn fact of human transgression. That is a universal fact. Wide differences part us, but there is one thing that we have all in common: a conscience and a will that lifts itself against disliked good. Beneath all surface differences of garb there lies the same fact, the common sickness of sin. The king’s robe, the pauper’s uniform, the student’s gown, the mill-hand’s fustian, the naked savage’s brown skin, each cover a heart that is evil, and because it is evil, needs salvation from sickness and deliverance from danger... But on the Cross, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, bore the weight of the world’s sin, yours and mine and every man’s. There is one security against the danger; and it is that He, fronting the incidence of the Divine law, says, as He said to His would-be captors in the garden, ‘If ye seek Me, let these go their way.’ And they go their way by the power of His atoning death.."  Alexander Maclaren

Oh, yes--good thoughts as we study together the incredible book of Jude this coming Thursday morning.  Plan to be present for our last time until fall and then join us at my house for lunch.  Bring along your favorite lunch item to share with everyone and we will enjoy a wonderful time together.