Saturday, October 29, 2011


Welcome to "Quaint Words!"

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

"Then He comes to us, walking on the sea, and says: 'Fear not. It is I. Be not afraid.' And we whisper to ourselves, 'It is the Lord.'

Yes, then it is easy. Then we understand. Then we wonder that we should have doubted. Then we are ashamed of our wavering. What a beautiful tribute to Christ would have been our trust!

...What a joy to hear Him say, 'Come,' and we go, really walk upon the sea, really do wonders until some tremendous sorrow-wave dashes up between us and Christ, and for a moment we lose heart and...cry out, 'Lord, save me!' And immediately (that word immediately is so full of love!) stretching forth His hand, He takes hold of me, and when He is come into my heart-boat the wind ceases.

It is only after Christ has taken - has been given - full control of our heart-boat that the winds cease. This is the struggle of our life - to let Christ rule.

...[when] we have emptied our lives of everything that could raise a tempest in the heart, then Christ will sit at the helm, and the waves may toss, and the winds blow about the boat, but we are calm, for we have no cause to fear.

Christ sits at the helm and rules."

(From "Spiritual Pastels" by J. S. E., c. 1918)

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

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  1. "This is the struggle of our life - to let Christ rule." This is so true. SOmetimes I don't even realize when I've taken over and running on my own....when I finally let go and let Him take is easy. thanks Sharon...hope your weekend is the best.

  2. Oh my goodness - a tough one - I go back and forth between am I doing it with or without God. Sometimes I just do it too fast. SOmetimes I am so slow . . . sandie

  3. Beautiful! A Selah moment - or two, or three! Need to hear this as I have never been water safe and often find myself under the surf.

    Lord - raise me up . . .


  4. So true. Why do we try to steer ourselves through the storms when Christ is so capable and ready to guide and direct us? Thank you for this reminder.

  5. Our "heart boat". That's what he called it, and I love that. I love that particular passage anyway. It's one of my favorites. Fear not. I AM.

    I also loved how he talked of the love in the word immediately.

    There's even love in the word eventually, if the meantime is covered in his purpose.

    Not so eloquent as a Quaint Word, but you know what I mean.

  6. Yes, Sharon--"heart boat". They could have been your words here. They rhythm sounds so much like your writing and the thoughts like our own troubled seas.
    Yes, it would be wonderful to hear Him say, "Come" and to know that the "immediately" is full of love.
    There is peace once He is at the helm. If I could just keep my hands from meddling.

  7. And that is, indeed, the challenge, to empty our lives of everything that could cause a tempest in the heart.

    Very nice post. Blessings to you - Marsha


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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