Journal July 22

2011

2 PETER 1:3-11

*His divine power has given us

WHAT?

Everything we need

FOR WHAT?

for life and godliness

HOW?

through out knowledge of him

WHO?

the one who called us by his own glory and goodness.

*Through these

THROUGH WHAT?

grace and goodness

he has given us

WHAT?

his very great and precious promises

SO WHAT?

so that through them

WHAT? 

the great and precious promises

IN WHAT? 

the divine nature

and escape

ESCAPE WHAT?

The curruption

WHERE?

in the world.

caused by

WHAT?

Evil desires

*For this very reason

WHAT REASON?

that we have been given what we need to participate in divine nature and escape corruption.

make every effort

TO DO WHAT?

to add to your faith goodness

(to your) goodness, knowledge

(to your) knowledge self-control

(to your) self-control, perseverance

(to your) preseverance, godliness

(to your) godliness, brotherly kindness

and (to your) brotherly kindness love

*For if you posess these qualities

WHAT QUALITIES?

faith, goodness, knowledge, sefl-control, perserverance, godliness, kindess and love in increasing measure, they will keep you from

WHAT?

from being ineffective and unproductive

IN WHAT? 

in your knowledge

OF WHAT? 

of our Lord Jesus Christ

*Bur if anyone does not have them

HAVE WHAT? 

faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, kindness and love

he is

WHAT?

nearsighted and blind and has forgotten

WHAT? 

that he has been cleansed from

FROM WHAT?

his past sins

*Therefore , my brothers,

WHY?

Because if you don’t you’ll be nearsighted forgetting what Christ has done

be all the more eager

TO DO WHAT?

to make your calling and election sure.

*For if you do these things

WHAT? 

make your calling and election sure

HOW?

By adding faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love

you will never fall

and you will receive

WHAT?

a rich welcome

WHERE?

Into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Journal June 29

2011

PSALM 5:1-3

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to youI pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

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Journal June 28

2011

1 PETER 2:11

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”

*Satan uses body image issues to hinder us in the work of the kingdom.

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Summer Mom

We’ve all seen Jen Hatchmakers post, “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever.” In fact I’m sure this is at least the second year that I have giggled through the post. We all laugh, because we know it’s true. We start off the school year with exuberance and we do everything well, but by May we’re tired. I’m tired. I’m tired of waking up early and making lunches and shuffling kids out the door. I’m tired of daily reading fluency and other homework. I’m tired of volunteering and after school activities. But, I have to admit, I enjoy my peace and quiet time. My time alone, at home. I’m an introvert and even though I still have a baby at home, well… she takes good naps!

So here is summer, it’s coming, it’s around the corner, one more week of school. And I’m excited about it… and dreading it. I never wanted to be the type of parent who dreaded summer with her kids. I love my kids. My kids are a blessing. I have prayed for each and every one of them. There are women out there who long for children… and I’m lucky enough to have three. I am so thankful that God has given them to me. There is nothing in the world like having a front seat ticket to watching a person grow, learn, explore, and develop. They’re amazing! Each one is different and unique and I cherish my time with them.

But, I know myself, the worst of me. I’m a selfish person. I like “me-time.” I don’t like answering 100 questions, whining, or fighting. I know I have a short fuse and sin in my anger. I yell and snap at my kids when I shouldn’t. I’m not creative and I’m a total home-body.

So, as I think of the encroaching summer today, I want to pray.

Lord, thank you for my children. All too often I take them for granted. They are a gift from you and I love them more than I can express. As I enter into summer, help me to be a good mom to them. Give me strength and lots and lots of energy. Give us fun stuff to do. Help me to make this summer one that is filled with happy, carefree, childhood memories for my kids. Give me patience and wisdom. Help me to be slow to anger and quick to listen. Give my children tender hearts for their siblings. Grow a bond and friendship between them that will last into adulthood. Protect my children from evils in the world. Protect their ears from words they should not hear, hurtful comments from neighborhood kids, and even anger from me. Protect their eyes from things they should not see and their hearts from things they should not learn. Keep them safe from danger, and please Lord, no more broken bones this year! Lord Jesus, shine through me into their lives. Help me to use my time with them wisely. Help me to be a good example to them. Help me to slow down and point out your amazing creation, to marvel at cloud shapes, the beauty of a sunset, or the fragrance of flowers. Humble me so that I can serve them well. Give me wisdom to disciple them through fights and fun. Give me patience. Give me energy. Continue to give me an overwhelming love for my children. Lord, I cannot do these things on my own. I am desperately dependent on you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for my beautiful, amazing, smart, funny, crazy, kids. Thank you for letting me be their mom. Thank you for summer. Thank you for grace. Amen.

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Journal May 30

2010

1 PETER 4:7

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”

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Journal April 29

2011

THANK GOD FOR DIRTY DISHES

Thank God for dirty dishes’

They have a tale to tell.

While others may go hungry,

We’re eating very well.

With home, health and happiness, I shouldn’t want to fuss;

By the stack of evidence God’s been good to us.

-Author Unknown

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A New Kind of Legalism

What do you think of when you think of legalism? I think of self-righteous people who look down on others for *gasp* drinking beer, or dancing, or playing cards, or… I think of people who look down on a woman who has a sexual past because they can’t seem to understand that the broken woman is a new creation in Christ. To me, these issues seem to be a thing of the past. I don’t live in the Bible belt, so I assume this problem still exists. However, I am surrounded by amazing believers who understand the grace of the Bible. We’re all gross and disgusting sinners. How dare I look down on a sister for her sexual past when bitterness has stripped joy from my life in years past?

However, it seems like there’s a new wave of legalism out there. It’s not about looking down on people for the bad things or sins that they are/were caught up in, but rather it’s about judging others because they’re not DOING something. (And that something is specifically tied to whatever the person is passionate about.) Don’t get me wrong, as Christians we SHOULD be loving others. However, there’s a movement of restless people who think, “If you’re not adopting/working to end human trafficking/feeding the hungry in third world countries/etc. then there’s something lacking in your Christian faith.” or “Look at me, look at what I am doing/did for the gospel, what are you doing?” It’s a haughty, self-righteous attitude.

There are a handful of new books floating around that have changed people’s lives and have spurred them to do amazing things for the gospel. But these same books are fostering this attitude of self-righteousness. They spurn middle-class life and basically say there are no excuses for not doing what they promote as a worthy cause. This is a new burden placed on believers.

Here’s the thing though. Outsiders don’t necessarily know what’s going on within the family. What about…

  • the family who is strategically sharing the gospel with their middle class neighbors
  • the family that provides bread and milk for the less fortunate down the street
  • the family that gives up autonomous life and works to support and live with a disabled family member
  • the family that fosters children
  • the wife who’s desire is to serve others more, but needs to submit to her unbelieving, or less mature husband
  • the family that sacrifices family time for misc ministry purposes
  • the family that still lives well but donates 1/2 their income
  • the woman who cleans the church weekly
  • the man who is faithful to stack chairs, etc.

The point is, is that sometimes the Christian life does not call people to travel to a foreign country, adopt a child, or even evangelize on the street. Sometimes the Christian life calls people to labor where they are, for the people already in their circle of acquaintance. They are called to do the invisible jobs. The Bible calls us to live in such a way where the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. So, if you are a disciple of Christ who has been called to something public (like adoption, I mean, it’s really hard to keep that secret) that’s AWESOME! But don’t become self-righteous and look down on others who don’t have a heart for [enter your passion here]. Assume the best of your brothers and sisters in Christ. God has (or will) more than likely burdened their hearts with something, but you may never hear about it. It may be something that is only between them and God and you will never know of the sacrifice they have given.

Let’s get rid of the old legalism and let’s get rid of the new legalism. Let’s get rid of this, “What are YOU doing?” mentality and remember that the Christian life is often about doing, in that by doing we’re loving others, but it’s also about being; simply resting in who Christ is and what He has done. I don’t HAVE to DO because of what He has DONE. And the only reason we DO (read love) is because I am FIRST loved. Don’t be impatient with those who are behind you on this amazing road of Christ. Meet them where THEY are but keep in mind, they might be ahead of you because of the secret sacrifices they’ve made that you’ll never know about.

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Journal March 25

2002

HUMILITY

“Humility is not the product of direct cultivation, rather it is a by-product. The more I try to be humble the less shat I attain unto humility. But if I am truly occupied with that One who was ‘meek and lowly at heart,’ if I am constantly beholding His glory in the mirror of God’s word, then shall I be changed inot the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

-John commentary by James Montgomery Boice quotes Arthur W. Pink

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Journal March 15

2010

CHARLES STANLEY about goal setting:

1. State precisely what you intend to accomplish.

2. Keep your goals private.

3. Set goals you can’t reach on your own strength and ability.

4. Make a commitment to your goals.

5. Take one step at a time.

6. Set a goal to successfully manage your success.

7. Take the plunge. “I’m going to take the risk. I’m going to jump in and see what happens.”

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Journal March 14

2010

ISAIAH 40:31

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and no faint.”

“What homemaker hasn’t found herself asking, after the fiftieth load of laundry in a week or when facing yet another sink full of dirty dishes, ‘Is there anything significant about what I’m doing here?’ Yet in God’s eyes, nothing is more significant than servanthood. The path to genuine greatness lies in serving.”

-Sacred Marriage quoting Gary and Betsy Ricucci

 

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