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I have called you friends . . . -John 15:15
It was a pretty emotional morning for me. My wife and I dropped off our oldest daughter at the airport this morning. She's 15 and flying to Thailand by herself to work at a rescue home for the next month. It's something she has begged me to let her do since our visit to Thailand last fall.
All of the expected fears filled my mind occasionally, but they were overcome by other positive emotions...
Thanksgiving: I am so grateful that Jesus saved Rachel and gave her this desire to serve those in need. It was only a couple of years ago that she seemed so far from the Lord. I can never thank Him enough! My little girl is in love with Jesus and loves serving Him! Thank you Father.
He calls his own . . . by name . . . -John 10:3
Below is part 2 of Hannah Whitall Smith's classic book, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life.
When the believer has been brought to the point of entire surrender and perfect trust, and finds himself dwelling and walking in a life of happy communion and perfect peace, the question naturally arises, "Is this the end?" I answer emphatically "No, it is only the beginning."
And yet this is so little understood, that one of the greatest objections made against the advocates of this life of faith, is, that they do not believe in growth in grace. They are supposed to teach that the soul arrives at a state of perfection beyond which there is no advance, and that all the exhortations in the Scripture which point towards growth and development are rendered void by this teaching.