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12 Jan

John Piper told a story from John Newton at the Passion 2011 Conference.  You can listen to the sermon here.

Newton says, ‘Suppose a man was going to New York to take possession of a large estate and his carriage should breakdown one mile before he got to the city, which obligated him to walk the rest of the way to the inheritance. What a fool we should think him if we saw him wringing his hands and blubbering out all the remaining mile, ‘my carriage is broken! my carriage is broken!’.

I had to stop and think; what does my life look like as  follower of Christ?

Am I focused on the broken carriage, or is my hope in the inheritance waiting for me?

Some days I carry the weight like a yoke around my neck.  So much in this world is beyond our control.

There will always be bills to pay,

cars that break down,

families in crisis,

loved ones who are sick and hurting…

It’s broken isn’t it? This life.

So how are we to respond?

Do we walk, wringing our hands with worry, and grumbling as we go the mile, so focused on our circumstance that we miss the point of this life?

This year I’m praying that God will teach me to look past my circumstance and see His inheritance…

And praise Him:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  Ps. 19:14

…No matter where He takes me.

What about you? What is your prayer for this new year?


Because it’s your birthday

27 Dec

How do I love Thee?  Let me count the ways:

  1. For almost 12 years you have spent your birthday driving me (and the kids) to see extended family for Christmas get-togethers even though you are most definitely a homebody.
  2. Last year (on your birthday) I had surgery and your birthday got pushed aside.  You never complained.  Your children watched you love and serve your wife completely.
  3. You wrapped every single Christmas present this year and most of the gifts last year.  You are my hero.
  4. You do P90X with me so that I have a partner and accountability even though you really dislike it.
  5. You read C.S. Lewis to the kids before they go to sleep.
  6. You didn’t complain when I brought home the wrong number of candles for your cake/cookies/brownies.  (I promise, I know that you are thirty two, not thirty one.)  And you still blew them out, wrong number and all…
  7. You eat whatever I place in front of you, and you do so happily.
  8. You love babies, even when they are not our own, and you’ve never minded being spit-up on.
  9. For the last week I’ve barely been able to walk and you have taken care of everything around the house…everything. And you did those things while under extreme stress…with a smile. There was always a pillow under my foot and a cup of coffee on hand.  I’m honored to be your wife.
  10. You put up with my picture-taking.  🙂

Happy Birthday.

Taking it Captive

29 Nov

He has given us His unmeasurable grace. The all knowing, all seeing God of the universe has pardoned us, set us free.

Do we live like He has? Or do we hole up in our corners nursing our fears and failures until we forget what He’s accomplished.

We begin to listen to the lies of our enemy:  You always mess this up.  Surely you aren’t asking for forgiveness for that sin again? or Those are your thoughts?  And you profess Jesus? He can’t use you. You’ll never make it. Don’t you remember …?

Does the rhetoric sound familiar?

But His Word says:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Sometimes we let things slide,  don’t we?  We think that because it’s just a thought, it’s really not too important but then we start to believe the lie…

Thought precedes action, doesn’t it? And then sin begins to compound because we don’t repent and make use of the grace available to us…unmeasurable grace and we turn aside because we think we have no need.

Can I challenge you this week to take your thoughts captive?

Saturate your mind with the truth of His word.  Read about Him. Worship Him.  Let the words you say bring glory to Him.  Remember what He has done and the love that was poured out for you.

Then come back and share in the comments or on your own blog.  I would love to know how Jesus is teaching you through His word.










With Thanksgiving

10 Nov

The laundry has been calling my name with its mountainous hampers overflowing onto my needing-to-be-scrubbed bathroom floor.  There are dishes in the sink leftover from last night’s uninspired dinner because mama was just too tired to unload the dishwasher.  School is waiting to be taught, and deadlines are looming…

But I sit and open His word, trying to drown out the distractions of life and the voices of my children. “I should have gotten up earlier,” plays round in my head. 

Some days frustration gets a foothold, doesn’t it? Then frustration unchecked turns into impatience and impatience turns to anger, and so on and so on until our spirit is out of alignment with His.  He’s been teaching me about this and showing me how out of  alignment I really am. I never seem to learn the easy way.

And then I overhear this conversation:

Why are you turning the tv off, Noah?

“Because mom has her bible out.  We need to give her quiet.”

“Oh, ok,” for a moment there is silence and then one at a time, they come to the table where I am, carrying their bibles…

What are you reading mom?” the little one asks,  “I want to read the same thing.” So I helped her find the same passage in Corinthians, the boy decided on the book of Luke, and we read together, but separatelyThank you, sweet Jesus.

Oh Lord how soon I forget…

And he reminded me yet again of how many reasons I have to praise him with thanksgiving. All of the laundry I was groaning about means I have a family to care for, there are some who don’t.  The dishes sitting in the sink are visible proof of the way He has provided us with food to eat even when the money ran dry.  The sweet voices of my children remind me of His favor and how He has given us the gift of laughter and filled our home with the joy of redemption in spite of our sinfulness

In 1 Corinthians Paul says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

Yes, He is faithful, isn’t He?  He is faithful and He has called us into a relationship with His Son.  And really, do we need anything else?

Linking up at the (in)courage November Carnival:

Are You Thirsty?

4 Nov

I’ve started placing my bible on top of my computer. It’s a little thing, I know, but:

For a season my routine had changed and instead of reading the Word with my coffee I was scrolling through my Google Reader and checking up on email.  I meant to get to my bible but by the time I reached for it, the little people were ready to start school.  We study Him together in the mornings and I teach of Him and His sweet promises but I just wasn’t feeling them.  My spirit was dry, and tired, and…

So, I grew sad, and melancholy, and for the first time in my life felt the chains of a depressed spirit. I cried to my husband. I cried to my sister. I cried to everyone but Him, you know, the One who breaks the chains. 

Wouldn’t life be simpler if we always ran to Him first?

My girl’s scripture for memorization is : “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. ” John 7:37b (ESV)    And as I read with her and repeated the verse over and over, I realized that I had forgotten some things:

He meets me where I am.  His is enough. He is sufficient. His water never runs dry.  Though my spirit fails me, He will not.

Come, drink, believe Him, and “Out of his heart will flow streams of living water.” John 7:38 (ESV)

Lots o’ Links

29 Oct

It’s the Friday before Trick or Treating and I’m still working on costumes.  I may or may not be slightly overwhelmed with all the festivities we have planned for this weekend and the next.   I won’t bore you with all the details but after the last of the Halloween stuff this Sunday my house will become Christmas central for our annual craft weekend on the 6th.  That means the whole house needs to be cleaned and decorated for Christmas by next Friday.

Pray for me friends. 🙂

With all that said, here are some links that I’m loving right now:

  • We will be making this planner at Christmas crafts this year.  It is super cute and cheap.  Let’s hope it’s easy too.
  • I can’t say enough about the book Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy by Jonni McCoy.  It’s such a wonderful resource and the recipes are out of this world and easy.  She also has a separate cookbook Healthy Meals for Less.  You can pick it up from her site.  A couple of our favorites are the Chicken Pot Pie and the Italian Spaghetti Sauce…and the homemade ranch dressing…I could go on and on…
  • This post about mothering on the Resurgence by Jani Ortlund.  Seriously good stuff.
  • This YouTube video is pretty funny and maybe a little true. 🙂
  • I’ve mentioned before that I meet with a group of high school girls on Saturday mornings.  This week we are starting the book Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh.  So far I am LOVING it!  Our (and your) students are dealing with issues (or seeing their friends deal with them) that are uncomfortable and unpopular to talk about in the church, but need to be addressed. This book is a good conversation starter, but best done in a small group setting.  Please don’t just hand them the book to read alone. It can be a useful tool but does not take the place of a parent speaking Truth in their life. There is also an online resource that is great.  You really should check it out.
  • What’s in the Bible has now relaunched their website with all kinds new perks!!!  Go, look, enjoy.

See you soon, friends.

Loving Her Neighbors

8 Oct

And so she went, skipping down the street in her pink polka-dot rubber boots, sharing the Bread of Life with her neighbors.