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Gray, TN

Madie's Devotional Journal 1972-73

Apr 21, 2020 by Bonnie

Mom didn’t write every day, but I thought I’d record this short account I found in a little notebook. She started this when she was 50 years old, and prayed for all of her children, and little Marti, her niece.

July 19th, 1972

Col. 4:15 “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful.”

Help me to be truly thankful for all your blessings and even the testings which come my way. “Not my will but thine be done” in all things.

“Praise to the Lord the Almighty, the king of creation. Oh my soul praise him for he is my king and creation.”

Nov. 4th, 1972

Rom. 15:5-6 “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Nov. 11, 1972

Eph. 5:18-20 “Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess but be filled with the spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the hame of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Let me lose myself and find it Lord in thee.

Nov. 13, 1972 - Monday

Eph. 6:10-15 The Whole Armor of God, protection against the Enemy.

v. 16 - Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

v. 18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

v. 19 - That I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Nov. 14, 1972 - Tuesday

Deut. 33:27 “The Eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee and shall say, ‘Destroy them.’”

Art thou sunk in depths of sorrow

Where no arm can reach so low?

There is One whose arms almighty

Reach beyond they deepest woe.

God the Eternal is thy refuge.

Let it still thy wild alarms.

Underneath thy deepest sorrow

Are the everlasting arms. - A.B. Simpson

Jesus came to me today and delivered me from all my doubts.

Wed. Nov. 15, 1972

There’s a sweet sweet spirit in this place

And I know it’s the spirit of the Lord

Come holy spirit, sweet heavenly dove

Stand close beside us, filling us with thy love.

All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give.

I will only love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

Moment by moment I’m kept in his love.

Moment by moment I’ve light from above.

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,

Moment by Moment, oh Lord I am thine.

Steve’s Birthday

Thurs. Nov. 16th, 1972

Thank you Lord for healing Steve and forgive me for doubting and worrying when symptoms seemed to indicate problems. Help me to give him proper food to keep him strong and healthy.

Thank you for his life and what it means to us as parents and use him to spread Christ to the uttermost part of the world—wherever you lead. May he continue to listen to you and have a tender heart and love for the lost.

Sunday, Nov. 19th, 1972

God’s way shall be my way. Tho I may not see, why troubles and sorrows oft gather ‘round me. He ever is seeking my gold to refine, I’ll trust in His presence My Savior divine.

God’s way is the best way, God’s way is the right way. I’ll trust in Him all ways, He knoweth the best.

Thank you for Jon’s dedication and wanting you to direct in his future. He is yours and yours alone.

Monday, Nov. 20, 1972

Job 14:14-15 “If a man die shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait till my change come.—Thou shall call and I will answer thee, thou wilt have a desire to the works of thine hands.”

“Anywhere He leads me I can safely go.” Direct us as a family and use me in some way to show Christ’s love here at home or wherever you may lead. May Christ be seen in me dear Lord.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1972

Psalm 100

Garry learned this in pre-school and how I praise thee Lord that he was called and was willing to go when God called. Bless him and Ilene today and Bonnie’s little family as they spend a day of Thanksgiving away from the family. Make us a blessing to Ruth and Vic’s family as we gather together on Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 27, 1972

The Revival Crusade has now ended but the Revival goes on in our hearts and lives.

Lord, keep me “close to Thee” today. Psalms 71:16 “I will go in the strength of the Lord God. I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.” 71:1 “In thee O Lord do I put my trust: let me never e put to confusion.”

Thank you Jesus for your love to me. May that love flow through me to others. Give me a true love for souls and use me today. May Christ’s love be seen in me.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1972

Isaiah 40:30-31 “Even the youths shall be exhausted and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

Meet the physical needs of those who are cast down and discouraged today. Especially Mrs. Rose in her illness, Mrs. White’s sister, Grandma Beitner, and others. The Wycliffe families, the Loyds, Dawn Gammon, so many who need encouragement. Surround them with thy Holy Spirit.

Thurs. Nov. 30, 1972

Psalms 61:2-4 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. For thou has been a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever. I will trust in the shelter of thy wings.”

Satan cannot touch my heart while I’m living in the Glory of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Be with Garry and Bonnie’s families and meet each need in their hearts and lives. Give Dot true peace and assurance of thy love.

Friday, Dec. 1st, 1972

Phil. 4:8 “Think on good things.”

“Beautiful day”—Have thy way today Lord in every situation. Keep our eyes and hearts on thee and thee alone. Give us patience and victory over circumstances which can be so frustrating. Especially the cat. Show us thy will regarding our trip to Texas and preparations to be made. Lead and guide that we may be a blessing to some one today. Meet those who sorrow or are on beds of pain and suffering.

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 1972

Nineteen years ago little Dot was born. Direct her paths Lord and keep her sweet and conscious of thy Love.

Psalms 51:10-11 is for me as well as all of us today.

“Create in me a clean heart Oh God and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from they presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.”

Thursday Dec. 7, 1972

Psalm 34 The Lord hears the righteous.

1. I will bless the Lord at all times. His Praise shall continually be in my mouth.

4. I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.

7. The angel of the lord encampeth round about them that fear him and deliverers them.

8. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.

Tues. Dec. 12th

Eph. 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

May my life be lost in thee and show thy love to all my loved ones and friends. May Christ alone be glorified and honored in all I do and say. Thank you Jesus for all your love and blessings—May I trust and obey as you lead and guide me moment by moment. Take this day and use it for thy glory.

Wed. Dec. 13, 1972

Isa. 12:2 “See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid for the Lord is my strength and song. He is my salvation.”

“Just to let my Father do what He will.

Just to know that He is true and be still;

Just to follow hour by hour as He leadeth

Just to draw the moment’s power as it needeth

Just to trust Him this is all

Then the day will surely be

Peaceful, whatso’er befall.

Bright and blessed, calm and free

-Frances Havergal

Wednesday, Jan, 17, 1973

“I know not what the future hath of Marvel or Surprise

Assured alone that life and death His mercy underlies.”

-J. G. Whittier

A new year has begun. Everything I have and am is yours from this day forward.

Jeremiah 18:3-4

Have thy Way today and every day.

Friday, Feb 23, 1973

Mark 7:15-17 “There is nothing from without a man that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him. Those are they that defile him.”

Keep my heart pure and clean that my words will always glorify thee.

Friday, Oct. 19, 1973

Had our first frost last night—beautiful “bright blue” day. Thank you Jesus for “everything.” Bless little Marti as she starts another year—Help Garry and Ilene with little “Ginger.” Bonnie and Art and twins, Give them health and strength.

I Thes. 5:14