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JUST A GIRL


THE LITTLE WOMAN


" I WASN'T GOD'S FIRST CHOICE FOR WHAT I'VE DONE FOR CHRIST...I DON'T KNOW WHO IT WAS...IT MUST HAVE BEEN A MAN...A WELL-EDUCATED MAN. I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. PERHAPS HE DIED. PERHAPS HE WASNT WILLING...AND GOD LOOKED DOWN...AND SAW GLADYS AYLWARD...AND GOD SAID, WELL SHE WAS WILLING.


Gladys Aylward


"Put the thought of China out of your head."


"Continue with the work you are doing."


"You are not qualified. You can not do this."


Gladys went back on the train to her home, depressed and dejected. She pulled out her bible.

She read the story of Moses, Abraham and Nehemiah. She heard God say


"Gladys Aylward, is Nehemiah's God your God?"

"Yes, of course!" she answered


"Oh God, here's my bible, here's me.

Use me, Use me God."


This was the prayer of a young woman of 28. She held up her bible and what amounted to two pennies in her hand and lifted them up to God. She had read about Abraham and Moses and Nehemiah. She said she was not strong like them.


God told her "I am the same God who sent them and I can send you."


Gladys's story is in the book 'The Little Woman' written by Gladys and Christine Hunter.


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I have more questions than answers

I am just the storyteller


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JUST A GIRL - Outside the Gate


One morning, Ms. Julie from the orphanage nudged me gently on the shoulder and took my hand. we went upstairs and sat in front of the bay window at the end of the hall.


The sun lit up the room. There was a a small sofa under the window and an easy chair setup for the intimacy of soft conversations.


We sat down under the window and the sunlight lit up Ms. Julie's hair which she wore down that day. Her lovely eyes were filled with sadness, and I could see tears forming.


My heart sank.


The noise outside and around us left. Tears started flowing down Ms. Julie's face.


I was drowning in them and stopped breathing. In those tears, all my dreams and hopes faded and retreated and fell with them.


I had been certain that I was going to be part of a family.


"How could I have been so wrong?"


"I am sorry," Ms. Julie managed to say through her tears.


"They wanted a boy."


So there we sat, both of us weeping in that silent place.



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THE SPRING OF THE CALLER


"Samson was now thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, "You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall?"


So, God caused water to gush out of the hollow in the ground and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named the place.


"The spring of the caller." (Judges 15:18)


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Never too small

Never too weak

Jesus restores

Those who seek

Take my life

Use it up

Let me drink

From your glory cup


Eternal Spring of the Caller

Strengthens me

So I can follow

Weakened from the war within

Release in me

The Eternal Spring


Samson was the strongest of men

Weak and small

In his own strength

He cried out

"Lord I thirst!"

The eternal spring

Within him burst

This is the spring of the caller

Eternal spring of Living Waters


Still I live

Still I rise

You heard my voice

You heard my cry

Never too small

Never to weak

Jesus restores

Those who seek


Living Waters, eternal spring

All my strength is found in Him

Take my life

Use it up

Let me drink

From your glory cup....../j.smith


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