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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Do the Next Thing

I think I'm out of sorts this morning. I have so much to do that I'm weighed down and that only slows me down. I was reminded of Elisabeth Elliot's devotion to simply do the next thing. She quoted an old Saxon poem in the newsletter, so I went on a hunt and found it. Many have probably heard it but we are going to go over it again.

I thought I'd throw a rope of encouragement out - Let's all "Doe the Next Thing" (Original spelling)

From an old English parsonage, down by the sea, there came in the twilight, a message to me; Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven, hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven. And on through the hours the quiet words ring, like a low inspiration -do the next thing.

Many a questioning, many a fear, many a doubt, hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from heaven, time, opportunity, guidance, are given. Fear not tomorrows, child of the King, Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately; Do it with prayer; Do it reliantly, casting all care; Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand, Who placed it before thee with earnest command; Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,(working or suffering) be thy demeanor. In His dear presence,the rest of His calm, the light of His countenance Be thy psalm. Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing, then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.

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To the day given, Theresa

2 comments:

Danielle said...

That phrase has helped me through many days as well. Satan likes us overwhelmed...God is of order. Praying for your family today.

jannza said...

Thank you for sharing that. It is lovely. I'll be reminding myself to do the next thing...with Jesus.

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