Friday, October 16, 2009

From a Servant in the City, to her Parents in the Country

New York, June 1, 18____

My Dear Parents:

I take the first opportunity, since I arrived in the city, to write to you. It was a sore trial, I assure you, to leave home, but since coming here I have been quite contented, and I am getting so well accustomed to my work, that I begin to like my place very much.

Mr. and Mrs. Benedict, are both very kind to me. The family consists of father, mother and three children, the youngest being a little boy three years old; a beautiful little fellow, that always reminds me of brother James. Eliza, the oldest girl is thirteen, and Martha is eleven. They are both very kind to me, and do so much about the house that it helps me very considerably. Mr. Benedict is a clothing merchant in the city, and I judge, is in very good circumstances. The girls are attending school at present.

All the family are very regular in their attendance at church. For the first few days here, everything seemed very strange. I hardly knew what to make of so much noise and so many people on the streets. I have now, however, become accustomed to the multitudes and would, I presume, consider my native village very dull indeed, compared with the bustle and activity of the city. I realize every day, dear parents, the worth of your good advice to me, which I never knew the value of so much before; thanking you for the same I will always endeavor to follow it.

Give my love to Johnny, Mary, Jimmy and all enquiring friends. I shall anxiously look for a letter from you. Write me in the care of Solon Benedict, No.----, Thirteenth Street.

Your dutiful and Affectionate Daughter,
Betsy Ann Fairbanks

The Mother's Reply

Swallow Hill, PA, June 7, 18____

Dear Betsy:

Your letter which has been received, affords great pleasure and satisfaction to your father and myself. Nothing could give our hearts greater happiness than to know of your enjoyment and firm purpose to do right. Now that you are removed from all parental restraint, it is of the most vital importance that you implicitly rely upon the religious precepts which have been instilled into your mind, and that you daily pray to God for guidance and mercy. We are greatly pleased that you are well situated with Mr. and Mrs. Benedict; in return for their kindness you must be honest, industrious, kind, and obliging; doing your duty always faithfully, which will be a real satisfaction to yourself as well as to your employers. Several of the neighbors, who have called, have wished to be remembered to you; Mary and Jimmy unite with your father and myself in sending you love. We shall constantly pray for your continued protection and prosperity. I remain, dear Betsy, Your affectionate Mother, Harriet Fairbanks

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Are You Paying Attention?

"Woe to those who rise up early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink; who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them! And their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, Nor do they consider the work of his hands." Isaiah 5:11-12

In this chapter Isaiah is explaining what is going to happen to God's vineyard because they are neck deep in sin. They refuse to obey the commandments and refuse to walk in God's statutes. God is angry as well as deeply saddened because his beloved people are not producing good fruit. They are going to be trimmed down to absolutely nothing. He looked for righteous people but what he found were greedy, stingy, addicts who do nothing but but live for their own desires. God had been calling to them, trying to get their attention earlier but they refused to listen and pay attention to what he was doing around them.

We, as a nation, are Israel's counterpart. Every horrid sin that Israel is guilty of in this book, we are guilty of as well. We are greedy and stingy buying up homes to turn a profit or keep for ourselves , buying more and more land for ourselves, to increase our bank accounts. And while there isn't anything wrong with that as a principle, is good being done with the extra money?
Is it being sown into God's kingdom, or is it being used to buy ourselves more "things" to increase our status with those around us? These people are drinking, partying and turning their homes into dins of revelry. We live to "party" and have a good time and show everyone we are doing well for ourselves! When we are "entertaining" are we entertaining missionaries? Are we housing them? Are we taking care of your own family members who are in need during these difficult times? Even those of us who call ourselves Christians do this and all the while not paying attention to what is going on around them. For me the key verses were "But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

In order to be accused of "not paying attention or watching what God is doing around us" we
have to be somewhere in his presence hearing something. For instance, when we as parents are admonishing our children and are giving them life instruction and we see them looking around everywhere but at us, we say "Pay attention!" The same when they are in school receiving instruction from a teacher. They are expecting that the students are paying attention. If they see them doing anything other than taking notes or keeping their eyes on the board, they say "Pay attention!" We as his people must pay attention to how we as Believers are living. Are we living in a manner that is pleasing to him? Are we walking in his ways? Are we justifying our overindulgent lifestyle because we don't "overindulge all the time?"Do we look like the world or do we look like a holy people set apart from the rest? Will people recognize us as His children and run to us when trouble comes or will we be difficult to recognize? We know without a doubt that when we don't pay attention it is a recipe for failure.

Look at what is taking place in our nation and in the world. Watch carefully and study the Word. Pay attention to the works of His hands. I believe Yeshua's Shofar is in his hand or at least well within his reach. It is only a matter of time before it sounds. Pay attention. Be ready.

Look at what the following verse in Isaiah 5:13 " Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished and their multitude is parched with thirst."

Are you paying attention to His instruction or will you perish for lack of knowledge?

Heavenly Father,
I want to be set apart for you! I don't want to be swallowed up into the world and become unrecognizable. I want to live for you and be ready so that I hear your shofar. I don't want to be among the greedy, stingy, and found in a room full of drunken people. I want others to know me as a person who follows in your statutes and your ways. In Jesus' Name.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Walking With Yeshua

One of the goals that I had when I began this blog was to share my walk with Yeshua (Jesus) through my journaling.
I have finally come to the place where I believe that I can jump in and start sharing some of my journals

I must tell you, gentle reader, that I am not a bible scholar and I did not go to bible college. Perhaps some day I'll get to do that.

Right now, I walk with my Yeshua daily by reading His Word and journaling what His Word has spoken to me. When I journal, I choose the verse that speaks to my heart,speaks to any circumstances I may be facing, answers questions that I am struggling with. I use the S.O.A.P method. If you would like to learn more about this simple method, view this link http://http// It is a very simple method of learning God's word and applying it to your life. This is the method that I use most of the time. Right now, however, I am going through the book of Isaiah with Kay Arthur in Precepts for Life and lately I have been getting most of my journaling material from my study work.

What I journal is my own work. I've chosen a scripture that I can apply to my life to make changes in me that are necessary to keep me in right standing with Yeshua. To be holy and righteous before my Lord, Jesus Christ is my goal every single day that I live. It will be my goal until I draw my last breath. You may not always agree with what I have written and you may feel led to comment -please do. I love and welcome comments and insightful dialogue. I will not however, accept any inflammatory comments; flame comments will not be posted.
All that said, I hope that you enjoy reading some of my thoughts and work. And if my journals have helped you in your walk with Yeshua or taking you toward Him - I rejoice even more!!

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