This past week, I finished reading Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowland.
(That's a link to a free Kindle version- go grab it!) I've always enjoyed reading biographies, especially ones of fellow saints, but it had been awhile since I read one. Benjamin & Matthias read portions of this story for their writing/literature class at co-op & a friend (thanks, Stephanie!) recommended it. I'm having my boys, as well as Patricia, read the entire story. Yahoo- joining in together on the great conversations of ideas! :):):)
"God's power is as great now, and as sufficient to save, as when He preserved Daniel in the lion's den; or the three children in the fiery furnace. I may well say as his Psalm 107:12 "Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever." Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." (pg. 38)
"Yet I see, when God calls a person to anything, and through never so many difficulties, yet He is fully able to carry them through and make them see, and say they have been gainers thereby. And I hope I can say in some measure, as David did, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted." ... I have learned to look beyond present and smaller troubles, and to be quite under them. As Moses said, "Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord" (Exodus 14:13)." (pg. 42)
This woman didn't pen these words lightly. She lost a child, friends & family. She was taken captive by Indians. But she saw & recorded God's mercies in the midst of it all. Teach me, O Lord, to have such a perspective! To see beyond the vanities of life & to keep my focus on my Savior. Teach me to not doubt Your power because You are not doing what I think best. Teach me to come boldly to Your throne & then to "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord."
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