Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The past

I have been thinking lately that I really need to start looking into the lives of those great believers that came before us.
What brought them to the victorious lives they lived?
What were their struggles and how did God teach them to overcome.
I think this journey began last year when I purchased, A Man Called Peter.
Our library has a huge sale at this time of the year.
You pay a dollar a book or wait a week and you can get a paper bag filled with books for 5 dollars.
This time when I went I found a book on the life of Catherine Marshall.
She was the wife of Peter Marshall.
I was really excited to make this find. It is sad but there are so many great old books that are being taken out of circulation because of lack of interest.
If you get a chance you really need to pick up this book.
The title.....Catherine Marshall Meeting God At Every Turn.
She was an amazing woman of God and had some incredible experiences in her walk with the Lord.
During her marriage to Peter she got sick and was put to bed by her doctor for over two years.
God used this time to prepare her spiritually for a great journey.
He taught her how important it was to leave the past behind.....so that she could walk a life full of the power of the Holy Spirit. I was surprised to hear what a wealth of information she was on the Holy Spirit. Why is it that so many times I tend to think that the older generation does not really have much to offer when it comes to a walk with the Holy Spirit?
During the time she was praying for healing....God opened the windows of heaven and allowed her to grasp truths that are simply astounding.
Denise, there are some great truth in this book about healing and the scriptures surrounding it and possibly why we are not seeing the gifts in action today.
Great truths about the move of the Holy Spirit.

After her first husband passed she spent several years as a single Mom.
The lesson learned during these years.....priceless.
When she remarried God took her on a journey that helped her fully understand prayer and how it was meant to work. I was touched by the unity God brought between her and her husband.
When she married..... her husband thought her better fit to be the spiritual leader in their home. She knew this was not the way God wanted it to be. But instead of coaching or nagging she was silent and prayed. After a long time of her husband seeing her get up early in the morning, he asked her what she was doing......what was so important that it drew her from her bed? She told him that it was important to consult with God and ask Him what His plans were for her day. And that without that time she was sure to get started on the wrong foot.
He was so touched that he asked her if they could start the day off in prayer together.
She went out and purchased a small coffee pot and coffee tray with a timer for the coffee pot.
Each night she would get the pot ready and they would be woken by the smell of coffee instead of the shrill alarm.
How cool is that?
Then as they began consulting God about their lives her husband came up with the idea of starting a prayer journal. He would write down what they were praying about with the date.
And each time the prayer was answered.....it was again noted.
She talked about how this brought such unity to their marriage. How God used this time to teach them to work out issues that once brought strife.

I could go on and on.....but instead, I will highly recommended that you get this book. I am really hoping that God will use this book in my marriage also. I would love to spend time with Keith like Mrs Marshall did with her husband.

My next find?
A book on the life of Amy Carmichael.
I'll let you know how it is.

Have a blessed day~


Denise said...

Sweetie, sounds like a wonderful book. I will have to check it out. Thanks, I love you.

Shirley said...

Sounds like some good reading. I once had a book by Katherine Marshall...can't remember much about it...was when I was first saved...over 30 years ago...that was a time that I spent my lunch hours from work at the Bible book store in Charleston...I read a lot then...need to get back to those types of books...I remember how I loved reading about the lives of great Christians.

Fitter After 50 said...

One of the best "Classics" I have read and am going to reread is "The Kneeling Christian" by Anonymous. I also think that I wouldn't mind reading more about those who wrote the Hymns. Thank you for your comment on my blog. More Selah for me. I appreciate your heart. I really do.

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for sharing this story. I have ready stories here and there about this great woman of God. This one wwas so precious! I think it is profitable to read about these icons of the faith!

Fitter After 50 said...

? for you
Where is your list of the blogs you follow?