Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This week, I did some serious reading. There was something that came up several times. Not surprisingly, the issue was something I'd been pondering before the reading even began.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
- The secret to serving God in any circumstance is keeping a quiet heart.
- The quiet heart is one that rests in Jesus.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Isaiah 66:13.
- When God looks at me He sees the work of His Son in my life.
- I am rich in Him.
- Nothing I could: be, have, or do would add any lasting sense of fulfillment to my life.
- Contentment, with godliness, is great gain!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Are you ready, willing, even eager to escape prosperity in order to live simply and give lavishly for the cause of Christ and the glory of God?
Does your heart beat to have more in order to give more?
Do you have and find it hard to give? Perhaps this thought on Luke 20:25 from John Piper will help:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
who greatly delights in His commandments!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
- Shopping for Clothes
- Vacation Bible School
- BBQing with Friends
- Watching Fireworks over the River
- Reading Good Books
- Watching Swimming Lessons
- Seeing "Up" at the Theatre
- Went to the Water Park
- Summer Reading Program
- Family Camp
- Seeing the Guys from Reach Records in concert - TWICE
- Picking Raspberries
- Cooking up massive amounts of food when our freezer began to thaw out (on accident)
- Seeing Harry Potter at the Theatre
- Setting up Mom's Gazebo
- Picnics in the Park
- Walks in the Warm Night Air
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Truly God is good to Israel, to those are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Behold, these are the wicked: always at ease, they increase in riches.
But when I thought how to understand this [the confusion expressed in vs. 13-15], it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward You. Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to Glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to You.
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all Your works!!!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Among the things we saw:
Two car accidents.
The providence of God - had mom rushed along like I was pushing her to do towards the end of the day, the chances are very great that we would have been around for both of them.
People who worship very different things made manifest by the way they talk, dress, and act.
Cute old people - 'nuff said.
"Corner!" at Outback Steakhouse.
Comments among the conversations we had:
"It's not their place to judge....Everyone has a right to be who they want"
"I really admire that. It takes a special person to follow God [so religiously]."
Some amazing things about the day were the amount of things we got done...the provision of the Lord in the way of some new clothes to add to my wardrobe (with the styles of today it truly is a blessing when I pick up modest clothes that fit my figure)...mom lasted longer than I did...God gave us safe travels, good fellowship with one another, and more reasons to be thankful for the community we live in!
Monday, June 01, 2009
These last few months, my family has been having the privilege of meeting and spending time with new people. We have traveled far and wide going to conferences, family retreats, meetings, etc. As someone who loves to travel I'm almost always up for some sort of trip. When new people and places are involved, I get that much more excited.
For me, these getaways have been great for a number of reasons:
- the house is clean when we leave and I have an excuse to pursue cleanly perfection
- the van is in order with the luggage area neatly packed and arranged, snacks and drinks to go around, etc.
- the Biblical teaching and discussions are such a blessing
- the new faces and old faces that eagerly wait to meet, greet, and speak with you
- the scenery between here and wherever we go is always worth seeing
- we come home feeling refreshed, often times closer together, and ready to live out loud
Why do you enjoy taking trips?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I'm sad to say that I'm already done with it. Through this book, Raley helped me to practically analyze my interactions with other people (especially those who are different than I am). He helped me to examine myself in such a way that shows me where I fall short.
I would recommend this book to anyone who takes Biblical evangelism seriously. This is a book that will probably change the way you pursue conversations.
I must say that not all of the topics are appropriate for younger readers. However, I appreciated the way that the author wrote about life as it is without sugar coating our actions, motivations, and perceptions.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This morning I began to ponder just how much wisdom surrounds me! I have the Word of God at my fingertips anytime I open it up and place it before my eyes. I have the ability to click links, open books, watch tapes, and discuss Biblical thinking and loving. This is just one more reminder of how great God's plan to form the Body of Christ among beleivers truly is.
I'd like to share two pieces of wisdom with you.
The first comes from my 11 year old sister. Yesterday we were at Wal-Mart. As we walked through the toy isle, we were bombarded with half dressed Barbies, Bratz, and other plastic "play things". I noticed that my sister who was walking in front of me put her head down and raised her hand so that it came between her face and the shelf. I asked her what she had done and why and she looked at me and simply said,
"Those things we just passed were not properly dressed."
This made my heart leap for joy. My sister's standard, even in her young age, is the Bible. She knows what PROPER is and desires to gaurd herself from anything less. She does not practice it let alone look upon it. My sister has not been deceived into forgetting how to blush.
The other comes from John Piper. I'll let you watch for yourself.
Please note that this version does not allow you to see all the footage. If you go to the homepage or click here you can watch it in total.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
2) Read LOTS
3) Talked on the phone with friends
4) Did Laundry
5) Didn't do much cleaning
7) Went to Little League Games
8) Slept more than usual
9) Made Banana Splits
10) Looked forward to next weekend's plans
Friday, April 10, 2009
The temperatures rise, the flowers bloom, the grass begins to turn green, the sun and blue skies return! I am reminded of the seasons in my own life as such drastic change takes place in God's lovely creation around me.
This last week has been one thing after another for me. Amazingly I'm not too behind in school, my family is happy with me (mostly), and I've been able to bless others outside of our home.
Today mom and I spent some time cleaning her room. I cherish the times we get to work together.
You see, usually we don't really do that much anymore. She's trained me and now reaps the blessings of the seasons spent patiently enduring my "learning".
As we went through her room she was blessed becaues the job was being done right. I was blessed by her companionship. My dad will be blessed by the outcome.
Take joy in spring. Take joy in your family. They are both blessings sent from God that we might taste and see yet another glimpse of His goodness.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you"