Wednesday, June 29, 2011

06/29/11 - Good Weather

We've basically been outside for the past 5 days! I love when the weather turns nice!

My heart is full with things to share! God is teaching me much on prayer, repentance, and being judgmental!

Those each need their own posts, but for now, it will have to wait. I am way too tired to write.

Just know that God is always at work, even if you're walking through something painful right now, He'll use it for His glory and when He does, be amazed at His grace!

Friday, June 24, 2011

06/24/11 - Be a doer

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Let that sink in, re-read it!

We must not just hearers of the Word, but doers. We must radically obey the words of scripture.

The consequences of being just hears causes me to shutter! Our churches are packed full of hears who remain untouched by what they hear. They call on grace, yet live their lives with themselves on the throne of their heart!

May we not be untouched! May every aspect of our lives be radically touched by the Gospel!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

06/22/11 - Confession/Repentence

As I've listened to Revive our Hearts the past couple of days I can't help but think of the concept of true confession and repentance in our Christian walk.

As Andrea Griffith has shared her testimony I think there are many in our churches who have the "I believe in Jesus as the Son of God" part down, but are lacking that "180 degree repentance and true confessions of sin" part.

They go through the motions, but have unconfessed sins that gnaw at their very souls. They are bitter, angry, unforgiving, and prideful. They lie, over exaggerate, and pretend. They don't obey the authority in their life, actually they despise that authority. They lack modesty in their hearts, and are deeply immersed in pornography or sexual relationships. Their bibles sit Monday to Saturday, untouched and if they were honest, they really don't get much from reading. Their prayer life is mostly short prayers of grace at dinner or when they tuck their kids in bed.

Yes, each Sunday they sing praise songs with full effort but their hearts far from truly bowing in full submission to the King and Lord. They've never understood those Christians who say, "God's Word jumps off the page to me." or "I just can't get enough of Him."

If you feel this describes you at all, please listen to Monday, Tuesday, and todays program of Revive our Hearts, I believe this could be life changing!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

06/21/11 - Praying Through

I had a chance to hear Eric Ludy speak at the Illinois Christian Home Educators conference at the beginning of the month. I typed out notes and would like to share. (these are just my notes, unfiltered and unedited...enjoy!)

Praying Through - Eric Ludy

It's longer than most of my posts, but if you need encouragement in your prayer life, I know this will give you just that!

Monday, June 20, 2011

06/20/11 - Make me sensitive

That's been my prayer lately, "God make me sensitive to gossip, to slander, and towards negative/critical attitudes in my heart."

You know what, God is making me sensitive!

If you have a sin in your life you want to purge, ask God to make you sensitive towards that sin, hyper-sensitive!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

06/18/11 - God's Learning Curve

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

06/10/11 - Sanctification

"Marriage is one of God's best instruments for sanctifying His children! Differences between spouses work great for revealing their true spiritual state." - resolved2worship -

My friend posted this on her blog and it jumped out at me!

I've been thinking through sanctification in my life and seeing how I can tend to see things through a selfish perspective and not, "How is God using this to sanctify me?"

We tend to be self-centered in our thinking when issues of life arise. We may ask, "Why, God?" His only answer may be, "To sanctify you my child!"

We can think of being single through this self-centered perspective, when in reality God will use being single and being married as a tool to sanctify us.

God's hand of sanctification will grow you into Christ-likeness, which will further the gospel. It's all about Him and once we realize that we can move aside and let His perfect will be done.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

06/08/11 - Siblings

"Love your neighbor as yourself" is the second great command (Mark 12:31) and at times loving "our neighbors" is easier when it's the homeless at the soup kitchen, or the best friend, or the person who needs to bend your ear for 2 hours, or the random friend you've not seen from college...but your brother or your sister you live with?

Learning to really selflessly love those we live with can be a challenge? Why? Those people tend to bring out our fleshly tendencies the most. They are with us when our guard is down and they rub those spots that cause a reaction out of step with walking in the Spirit.

Teaching to really love your "neighbor" (the people you live with), will help you be a better wife/mom or husband/dad. And more importantly learning to be patient, joyful, loving, peaceful, and kind will help as you grow in Christ-likeness.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

06/07/11 - Surprise

So we have this HUGE surprise for our boys on Saturday. They have no idea what's coming, they have no idea the blessing that is in store for them on Saturday.

Because we have this surprise that will wear them out, we've decided to have a super low key week. We're not going to go anywhere, we're just going to be home, and be calm. (or try to be and dad are super excited as well!)

As I got thinking about this, I thought of when God has some BIG thing around the corner in our life. We may think, "Life is dull! Nothing is happening! Why does life seem so low key, when I am looking for some excitement?"

Well, maybe God has some HUGE surprise for you just around the corner. Maybe He's got you in a season of rest to prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead.

So trust Your Heavenly Father knows what's coming and watch for His movement in your life.

Monday, June 6, 2011

06/06/11 - Prayer

As I've been reading Wrestling Prayer by Eric and Leslie Ludy my prayer has been, "Lord give me Your eyes, give me Your ears, give me Your mind, give me Your hands, give me Your heart."

I want to be fully engaged for the sake of Christ.

If you're looking for a good summer read, can I recommend "Wrestling Prayer"?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

06/02/11 - ICHE Convention

I am leaving in an hour for the Illinois Christian Home Educators convention. This year I'll be speaking on three topics:

  • Emotional Purity: The Heart of Purity vs. The Form
  • Intentional Mothering through the Preschool Years
  • Couponing 101
If you think of me, will you pray for me. I want to have the eyes, the ears, the voice, the mind of Christ these two days. I want to see what He wants me to see. Say what He wants me to say. Minister to those He wants me to minister to.

I have a burden to share my heart of totally surrender to Christ in every aspect of our life and I need the Holy Spirit to guide and direct.

Thanks friends!