Tuesday, June 29, 2010

06/29/10 - Trust

My husband read a story he told me about. I am going to paraphrase....

This young son and his dad were driving. The dad asked the son where they were. The son didn't know. The dad asked the son where they were going. The son didn't know. The dad then said, "Well, I guess your lost then." The son replied, "I'm not lost I'm with you."

Isn't that how it is with God? We're not lost, we just don't always know where we are going and we are to trust that He knows.

Child like faith is a precious thing!

Monday, June 28, 2010

06/28/10 - Daily Devotionals

Are you struggling with daily being in the Word of God?

My suggestion: read the Proverbs of the day.

So today is the 28th, read Proverbs 28.

This is something I've done for many years and this is what I read my boys at the breakfast table (not every morning, don't think I am that super of an amazing mom). Of course they are 4 and 5, so we read 5 verses on those mornings we read.

Find a topic that jumps out at you: your mouth, pride, marriage, money, friendships....and mark it as you read. You'll be so surprised at the themes and wisdom packed in those 31 chapters! I always read something that applies to my life that day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

06/27/10 - Every Relationship

I believe every relationship we have should point us to Christ! Every relationship should cause us to grow more like Him.

I've warned Christian teens dating non-Christians: if this relationship doesn't point you closer to Christ, it will only point you farther away.

Be alert!

Do I believe you can't be friends with people who don't have the same faith as you? Of course not! I believe in those friendship we can be challenged to grow in our walk by being an example of Christ's love, grace, and truth to them.

I say again, "be alert!"

Saturday, June 26, 2010

06/26/10 - Idol

We can make almost anything an idol in our life. We can turn a good idea or healthy expectation into an idol.

Has remaining "emotional pure" become an idol in your life? Are you more concerned with saving your heart than you are with becoming sold out for Christ?

It's easy to take a good concept, like saving your heart, and turn it into some way more than God intended it to become.

It's easy to look down on others who don't hold to your standard. But what's the difference, pride is still sin.

When people read my book I know it can open their eyes and help them see a new way of relating to people. But my book is not the "main thing". A single Christian's main goal should not be to remain pure emotionally.

The Main Thing is a pure, passionate, loving, all encompassing relationship with our Lord, Creator, and Savior! Make that your main goal. Putting anything above that is idolatry!

Friday, June 25, 2010

06/25/10 - Growing

Does it excite you to grow, change, and become more Christ-like? What are you actively doing to mature in your faith? Do you have someone who challenges you, who really challenges you?

The older I get, the more excited I get about growing up in my faith. I see God refining and working on very specific issues in my life!

I see God prodding me along and although it's not always fun, it is worth it!

Friday, June 11, 2010

06/11/10 -Parts of our life

What parts of our life are effected by knowing God?

Not just knowing God, but knowing and understanding what you need and what He did for you. We can know God, know of God, but remain totally unaffected in certain areas of our life. Maybe we put God over in this area of our life, our Sunday life, and other parts of our life we live as we please.

I am not exempt! I have areas that I struggle to surrender fully to God, areas I cling to. I am working towards making sure that not one area remains untouched by His love, grace and truth.

Sometimes I look at the church world around me and my heart is saddened. We have no shame in sin, we look just like the world, we have nothing better to offer. We have conflicts just like non-believers, we have unsatisfying marriages like unbelievers, we are joyless, and worry like the best of them.

Christ didn't come for this! He came to give us a new life! He came so that His light would penetrate every area of our life and be radically changed! He wants us believers to look, act, think so DIFFERENT that we're aliens and strangers in this world.

How I long for this in my own life!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

06/04/10 - 73 E-mails

I'm not ignore all of you or this blog! I got on my emotional purity yahoo account and had 73 e-mails...oops, it's been so long since I've check.

As summer approaches and as Clark is fully mobile I find I have less and less time at the computer.

In my free time lately I've been reading "Instructing a Child's Heart" by Tedd and Margy Tripp. This book has been a great parenting resource and came at the right time. I just want to share this quote, "The home is a place where we present a culture that is distinctly Christian."

As my husband and I enter a new phase of parenting with our older boys, we're more awear of this fact and need that this home is a place where a biblical worldview is taught, where Christ is seen through every action, and where they can learn to clearly see the difference between Christian culture and world culture.

This, my friend, takes a lot of time and energy! Thanks for walking along life's path with me!