Saturday, December 31, 2011
On Monday 70,000...yes 70,000 college students will be descending upon the Georgia Dome to worship Jesus as King!
Maybe you're going!
But if you're not, you can watch the whole thing on a live stream: Passion 2012 Live Stream
Starting Monday night at 7 pm EST.
I'll be catching as much as I can (in between homeschooling, laundry, and being a mom!)
Saturday, December 17, 2011
We often don't share the pain, the yuck, the junk, or the sad things in our life. I am not advocating that we use these social outlets as a chance to bear our souls for shock value or to just to vent.
But those people in our real life, are they seeing us for who we really are? Are we wearing masks to keep up the pretense that all is well?
You know, no one has it all together! No one has a perfect marriage, perfect life, perfect parents, perfect body, perfect anything! We live in an imperfect world. We're sinners...all of us!
I appreciate friendships where there is no "playing", no pretending, but authentic fellowship for the glory of God. May God allow all His people to be in community with others where there's no masks or pretending!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Or Anger? Frustration? Critical words?
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
We chose to use our church, Christ Community Church, as the back drop for our Christmas card picture, because much of our year was intertwined with our involvement at church.
In February we had the privilege of hosting a marriage conference. That stirred in us a desire to do more marriage ministry and in September we began a class for newlyweds. God has also brought about some deeper ties to the body of Christ we serve and fellowship with at Christ Community Church!
We’ve also been blessed with a trip to Disney World with John’s parents and sister and Thanksgiving in the Dells with Heather’s family. What great memories we made this year with family!
We’ve continued home educating the boys and joined a local group of homeschoolers. The boys have enjoyed making new friends who, to their surprise, also have school at their homes!
Our prayer for the year to come is that we will be more God-honoring, Christ-Centered, and Holy Spirit filled, all for His glory!
John, Heather, Miles, Luke & Clark
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
- Breaking the Power of our Past
- Live in Brokenness and Vulnerability
- Receive the Gift of Limits (having healthy boundaries)
- Embracing Grief and Loss
- Making the Incarnation your Model for Loving Well
Monday, October 3, 2011
I listened to Alex and Stephen Kendrick on FamilyLife this week. They are the brothers behind the movie: Courageous. (Which we're going to see on Saturday night with two other couples) They were talking about their own dad and one of them said something that has just replayed over and over in my mind. When talking about his dad he said that he (and their mom) lived out authentic Christian living in their home.
Authentic Christian living modeled and lived out.
Often times in parenting I think about this method or that tool. I contemplate if I am training the correct way. I doubt myself or a certain way I had a situation.
But when my sons are 40 I want them to say, "My parents lived out authentic Christian living"
So what is authentic Christian living?
This topic has been on my radar for awhile, but heightened since having 6 little eyes watching everything I do.
Here are a few things to me that are authentic Christian living:
- Living with the "roof off" with God. Being will to admit your mistakes and not hiding any sin from God.
- Living with the "walls down" with other people. This is so huge and I think plays itself out in many forms 1) Not holding grudges with other people, being quick to forgive others. 2) Not being critical of others and how they may do things different than how you do things 3) Serving others 4) Not speaking ill of those who are your leaders/bosses/church leaders
- Keeping a clear conscience
- Not thinking more highly of yourself. Keeping yourself in the shadow of the cross.
- You are the same exact person Sunday morning in Church that you are Tuesday night or Saturday night...complete consistency in who you are
- Being aware of the Holy Spirit in every moment of your life
- Actively pursing holiness, letting your kids know and see this authentic desire for purity in all areas of your life
- Prayer is not just something talked about, but something DONE! In all situations and for all things!
- The word of God is read, studied, loved, enjoyed, appreciated, and discussed in the home.
- Being humble and broken
- Being consistent with rules
- Look for heart attitude, more than just change the action
- Caring more about the inside (heart) than the outside...car, house, clothes, external appearances or behavior
- Honoring your parents (the children's grandparents)
- Being transparent with your kids (age appropriate)
- Having no huge family secrets
- Openly talking about feelings about emotionally painful or hard things
- Obeying the law
- Not using control or fear to get them to obey
- Not ever treating your kids like they are a bother or that they are getting in the way of you doing what you want
- Serving your family with a genuine love and selflessness
- Being hardworking
- Having complete integrity
- Husband loving their wives
- Wives respecting their husbands
- Husbands being the servant leader
- Wives joyfully submitting to that servant leadership
- Laughing together
What would you add to this list? Or what would you take away?
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
- They realize how little they really know
- They are willing to seek reconciliation no matter how wrong they have been
- They are not concerned with self at all
- They love to serve others
- They are desperately aware of their spiritual needs
- They are humble at any ministry God may allow them to do
- They consider others more important than themselves
- They compare themselves with Christ-likeness, not others
- They freely offer forgiveness
- They are grieved when they sin
- They are willing to boldly confront sin
- They are full of grace through the power of the cross
- They are willing to be obedient, not matter what it may look like
- They are dependent on the Holy Spirit for the power to live the Christian life
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
- Reformed Theology
- Homeschooling or Public School
- Dating or not Dating
- King James Version or another one
- Birth Control
- Creation Care/Environmentalism
- Sunday School or Family Integration
- Speaking in tongues as a sign of baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Biblical Manhood/Womanhood
- TV or no TV
- Hymns or Praise and Worship Songs
- What you wear
- Drinking (not drunkenness)
- When and how often you should take communion
- Should Campus Crusade for Christ change it's name
- Acceptable movies
- or you name the debate
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
God is so gracious. He gives us what we need, when we need it.
He's got a big learning curve.
I can just see Him shaking His head, "Oh Heather, you want me to have to teach you this lesson all over again. Okay, then here we go."
Then I shake my head, "Why didn't I remember!?!"
I am thankful for a husband who walks along side me without being critical, without get mad at me, without complaining, but just loving me!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
- Emotional Purity: The Heart of Purity vs. The Form
- Intentional Mothering through the Preschool Years
- Couponing 101
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
- at your e-mails/computer history
- your CD's/Ipod
- your movies
- the books you read
- your bank account
- your clothes
- your journals
- your Facebook account
- your photo albums
- your calendar
- your text messages
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Our family vision is to
glorify, honor, and serve God
by promoting a simple environment
where we value prayer, self-control,
hospitality, and loving others
more than self.
With this statement in hand, I was able to go through my house with this new perspective. It has been my filter, so to speak.
How do you think a vision statement could help you organize and clean your living space?
Monday, May 16, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
I got this e-mail from a wife whose husband has been battling an issue with pornography:
“We have a few women in our church that dress immodestly. I so badly want to go up to them and say, ‘Don't you know what you are doing to my husband? Can't he even come to church and not have to battle this?’”
Do you know women, that there are other sisters in Christ who are battling pornography in their homes? Their husbands want to be free, but at every turn are being bombarded with images that tempt him.
Yes, saying that cleavage is inappropriate may sound legalistic and putting on rules, but I think of my sisters in Christ who are striving to be Godly wives and have God honoring marriages who feel like they have to “do battle” with immodesty even at church.
Please let’s encourage and help one another in this area. May we gentle correct, with grace and love. Older women take the lead in this. Don’t encourage immodesty among the younger women in your lives. Dress modestly and let the “hidden person of your heart” be what motivates you.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10
Modesty is a hot topic in Christian circle. What is modest? What is immodest? How do we honor God in what we wear? How do we have an open, honest, and frank discussion about this topic without coming across prideful or legalistic?
As I’ve been reading through Mary Kassian’s book: Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild, I realized that we all have wildness in our heart. We all have fleshly bents of the heart that pull the attention off of honoring God and put it squarely to us. We all have the bent of heart this way in our flesh.
I've observed in my own heart a bent towards wanting to wear clothes that put the focus on me, and not on God. It’s a matter of the heart I’ve had to wrestle with over the years.
However, as the weather warms up the cleavage comes out. The shorts get shorter, the tops get lower, and the dresses get tighter. Literally it’s a sea of cleavage in the world and in the church.
Having a husband and three sons has changed my view of what is modest vs. immodest. As a mom of sons I believe it’s my duty to protect their eyes for their future wives. Also, I don’t want their eyes to be stimulated too early by images that could haunt them their entire life.
So I started noticing the plunging necklines and all the cleavage that was all around me, around them! Not just them, but I have a husband who doesn’t need to see other women’s boobs.
Ladies, when you look in the mirror, if you see your boobs, other people see your boobs. If you’re in a low cut top and bend over in front of mirror and see boobs, others will see your boobs.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s John Piper’s take on Modesty: Is Modesty an Issue in the Church today?
Look over the results of The Modesty Survey done by the Rebelution. These are real thoughts from real guys on modesty.
As we hear about the struggle men face with this issue, why to we come as close to the edge as we can? Why do we see “how much we can get away with”?
Our hearts should be in humble submission to God asking Him what He finds acceptable, modest, and appropriate. We should ask if our clothes have people look at our faces or other parts of our bodies.
We are representing Christ in our dress! That has to be our focus! We are to shine the gospel to those looking at our clothes!
This is going to look different for women, but I hope we can all agree that cleavage is immodest, no matter what the occasion, what the outfit, how the person looks in the outfit, or how little of the cleavage is showing.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Yesterday on the radio they were talking about the wedding dress of Kate Middleton. They were speculating about who made the dress and what it was going to look like. They said they knew one thing, "Her arms will be covered because Royalty demands modesty."
Yes, royalty demands modesty.
As Christian women we are daughters of The King, we are Royalty. We should be setting the standard of modesty, not stoop to the world standards. We should be distinctly different!
I hope others take notice of her beautiful dress and the simply way she honored her position as the new Duchess and maybe one day the Queen.
I also hope wedding dress designers take notice that not all brides want to wear strapless, which is pretty much all you find if you go wedding dress shopping. They need to give brides a choice. (Although you can have a wedding dress alter to make it "chapel ready" which would add straps or sleeves to a dress.)
Let's hope that Kate's dress sets a new standard in Wedding Dresses!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Think of your favorite sports team. Get a picture of them in your mind. Now imagine that they are having the BEST year ever! They've won almost every game and they're unbelievable!
Now imagine if someone gave you front row tickets to the championship game!
What would you do?
How would you behave if you were at the game?
Would you dress up?
Would you cheer so loud that you'd lose your voice?
Would you jump up and down?
Would you dance around at each score?
Would you spend a week reading the paper and listening to sports radio to get ready?
Would you talk to all your friends about this game?
Would you go to sleep thinking about it and wake up thinking about it?
Would you say, "Really front row...that's too close!"
Really, cheering, no..why would I cheer...what would people around me think.
Yawn...didn't they play last week, do we really have to go?
What...3 hours, no way, I am not staying 3 hours.
You want me to wear my jersey, no thanks.
Don't tell anyone we're going!!
Raise my arms at a score...those people are silly!
See friends we're all created to worship.
But what do we worship?
Some worship sports teams more than Jesus.
Some worship their family more than Jesus.
Some worship their sex life more than Jesus.
Some worship their dreams more than Jesus.
Some worship their career more than Jesus.
Some worship their stuff more than Jesus.
Some worship their coffee more than Jesus.
Some worship the earth more than Jesus.
Some worship their ego and reputation more than Jesus.
Some worship their un-forgivingness more than Jesus.
What do you worship?
What gets you excited?
Going to church or going to your favorite sporting event?
Friends, transfer that worship to Jesus, there's nothing better!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Living financially independently is just one of the ways a new couple will not depend on parents. The decision making is now made by the couple, not that parents won't be asked for guidance and wisdom, but the ultimate decision is made by the couple.
The command to honor our parents is not rescinded at the marriage when the new family is formed, it is still in effect, but I think it's important to state that it's not obeying the parents. The best way to honor parents is to live a life that honors God, that honors the parents more than anything."
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
(I wrote this article for my local MOPS group, so yes,
it's geared towards moms, but I hope it can be helpful for you!)
I can do all things through Him who strengths me
In these tiring days of wiping noses, cleaning up messes, being on the brink of exhaustion, and acting more like a ref than a mom some days, how do we stay spiritually satisfied?
As moms of preschoolers there should be a sense of urgency to keep ourselves spiritually full each day. If we have a bent towards spiritual matters our kids will have a bent towards spiritual matters. Also, if we’re to be raising up this generation of kids it’s best we go to The Book to find out how to! But how does that practically work itself out each day?
I hope these practical tips will help you as grow spiritually as a mom of preschoolers!
1) Don’t compare how other mom’s do it. When I hear of a mom who gets up an hour before her kids to do her bible time, I sigh, “I’d have to get up at 5 am and honestly I need sleep!” This doesn’t work for my schedule or with my kids.
2) Find the best time to get some time in God’s Word. We should try to get at least 15 minutes a day reading God’s Word. Now before you lament that you don’t even have 15 minutes, look at what you do: Do you watch TV, surf the Internet, or look at random profiles of friends on Facebook? I am sure if we all got real honest with ourselves we can find 15 minutes.
3) Find some verses that really minister to your heart, write them out on 3x5 cards and post them where you spend most of your time: kitchen, car, bathroom, laundry room, or carry them in your diaper bag.
4) Leave bibles around your house where you spend time nursing, cooking a meal, or in your car. Having the Word around will give you more of a chance to grab a quick spiritual snack.
5) When you do get some “time off”, use some of that time of concentrated and quality time reading God’s Word. This has proven to be some of the most spiritually awesome times for me!
6) Get accountable with another mom. One great idea is to text a friend “check” each day after you’ve read. For me, there’s a group of gals on Facebook I “check” in with each day after reading.
7) It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, just read the Proverbs of the day. So the 6th of the month read Proverbs 6. Or pick a passage of scripture and read it every day for a month or two. (I’ve been in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5 – 7 nearly every day since Jan 1) You’ll be amazed at how much you are fed just by reading and re-reading the same passage!
8) Subscribe to a podcast of your favorite teacher (Can I suggest: Walk in the Word, Revive our Hearts or FamilyLife Today) and while you’re folding laundry or playing a game on Facebook you can turn on a sermon to be encouraged.
9) If you have time join a bible study. This may require more of a time commitment, but would provide accountability and some life on life mentoring you may need in this season of life.
10) Relax! There are no rules on how you do your “bible time”. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what works for you! And remember we only do this “through Christ who strengthens” us!
I hope you’re encouraged by one of these tips and I hope that you continue in your daily bible time or find time to get started!