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Happy Thanksgiving!

This week is pretty busy and we’ll be gone for Thanksgiving, so don’t expect any posts till next week.

I am so thankful for God’s salvation!  I am thankful for his unmerited grace and favor that he bestowed  and bestows on me. I am thankful for the peace that only he can provide.

I am thankful for God’s forgiveness! I’m thankful that I don’t have to live with guilt because he freely and readily forgives all my sins.

I am thankful for God’s provision! I’m so thankful that he didn’t put me in this world alone, but that he placed me in a wonderful family and gave me many encouraging friends.

 

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving as you remember all God has done for you!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in thanksgiving

 

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The Difference Between Starting Well & Finishing Well

Have you ever noticed that although there are an abundance of boys named David, the name Solomon is much less common.  And, to be honest, I wouldn’t name my son Solomon.

David sinned to be sure, but he was repentant(2 Samuel 12:13).  The Psalms are full of David’s songs of repentance, even his song of repentance after he sinned with Bathsheba(Ps. 51).   David sinned against the Lord, but he confessed his sin, and turned from it.  He ended well.

Solomon is a different story.  He started well.  He made a righteous choice and asked God for wisdom and God added his blessings abundantly upon him.  1 Kings 10:23-25 says this:

“Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.”

The other parts of that chapter describe Solomon’s great wealth.  Then comes chapter 11:

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.
And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the LORD commanded. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”
And the LORD raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. He was of the royal house in Edom.

(1 Kings 11:1-14 ESV)

What a change.  It just serves as a reminder to me that there is a difference between starting well and finishing well.  I want to finish well.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Bible

 

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Quotes for Today

The antidote for covetousness is contentment. The two are in opposition. Whereas the covetous, greedy person worships himself, the contented person worships God. Contentment comes from trusting God.  – John MacArthur

 

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!  – Elizabeth Elliot

 

As long as a man is alive and out of hell, he cannot have any cause to complain.  – Charles Spurgeon

 

Is it our task to force the biblical doctrine of God to answer to modern culture, or (is it our task) to address modern culture with the biblical doctrine of God? If modern culture-or any culture-establishes the baseline for the doctrine of God, such a doctrine will certainly bear little resemblance to the God of the Bible.  -Albert Mohler

 

When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.  -A.W. Tozer

 

It is either all of Christ or none of Christ! I believe we need to preach again a whole Christ to the world – a Christ who does not need our apologies, a Christ who will not be divided, a Christ who will either be Lord of all or will not be Lord at all!  –A.W. Tozer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in encouragment

 

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Memorizing Scripture

Several years ago, my Mom read aloud Fanny Crosby’s autobiography to Caroline and I.  I was struck by how much of the Bible she had memorized.  She knew the Pentateuch, the Gospels, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and many of the psalms by heart.  She often memorized five chapters a week.  Wow!  Hence, I always smirked when people told me I could memorize Bible verses quickly!

You see, I can memorize about a verse a day.  I do it as I exercise on the treadmill.  The problem is, if you were to ask me to repeat what I memorized a year later, it would be completely gone.  I might be able to stammer through some of the verses, but not a lot of them.  I memorize by chapter or book.  I repeat the verses over and over again.  But, if I don’t recite it constantly, even while I’m memorizing something else, I’ll forget it.  So, every once in a while, I come back to that passage and recite it; sometimes I’ll have Caroline listen and stop me if I miss a word.  And, yes, I memorize word-perfect.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t be as confident when I want to use that verse.

A lot of people ask, “Why all the trouble?”  Here’s why:  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11

For a more in-depth reasoning, I would recommend this great post by John Piper.  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/why-memorize-scripture

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Bible

 

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What Moms Think of That Daughters Don’t

My family has a private blog that I use to blog about what’s going on around here.  You know, to keep them all updated since none of our family lives near here.  My uncle started this blog and encouraged everyone to use it.  Mostly, it’s just me.  My uncle posts sometimes but usually I feel like I’ve overtaken this blog.  I know my family doesn’t mind because they like to read it.  So I started my own blog and since then, I have only posted one thing on the family blog.  My mom mentioned something about this to me. I responded by saying that I didn’t really think anyone read it except my one uncle.

She explained:  “You have a wonderful opportunity to be a witness to your family.  They have always thought that we forced you to live the way we do, the way that is obedient to Christ.  Through your writing, you can show them otherwise- even if it is just one uncle.”

She’s right.  If I can be a witness to just one person, it’s worth it!  It reminds me of the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

Lesson: Moms have a little more wisdom than daughters.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in blogging, family, witness

 

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Enjoying Life

I want to enjoy life.  I want to live a holy and pure life.  I want to play and have fun with my siblings. I want to realize and take hold of the important things in life.  I want to live without fear.

And, by God’s grace, I can!

I don’t have to live in fear of tomorrow because it’s in God’s hands.  I can suck the joy out of every moment because He has given me that joy.  I can love and enjoy my family because He first loved me.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5: 8

I’m learning about this, the important things.  In the end, it’s not going to matter I if  accomplish all the things I would like to.  Did I show Christ’s love to others? Was I a blessing to those in need?  Did I take time to love and serve my family?

Not that I don’t want to accomplish things. But sometimes, I need to look at the big picture.  In the vastness of life, is this going to matter?  I want to put my whole being into loving God with all my heart and loving my neighbor as myself.  That’s the big picture. That is what is going to matter in the end.

I can serve the Lord while I wash toilets, scrub floors, read to my sister, hang out laundry, or wash the dishes.  And I love that!  I love that I can glorify God through my daily life.  Through my work and my studies.  It’s what brings meaning to the little things I do!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

I want that to be my goal in life.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in contentment, family, joy

 

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