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A Daily Prayer

So I have started writing a post numerous times but every time I just get so tired that I never get to finish it. This is not that post. That one will come. ūüôā Sometime…

I have had a lot on my mind lately and this prayer by Matt Chandler has been one that I have said often:

“My prayer, then is, ‘Lord, help me rejoice in You in this moment. Because I know You are in control. I know You love me; I know You love my family. And I don’t understand what You’re doing, and I don’t know how things are going to work out. But help me to acknowledge that if I have You, I have everything.'” ¬†-Matt Chandler, To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain

I love that quote. I say it to remind myself that it’s okay not to know how it’s going to work out. I remind myself that God’s love is unchanging, undying, and he won’t leave me. I remind myself that his sovereignty is my hope and that somehow, with Christ, there IS a way to rejoice and find that hope in the midst of difficulties.

And that’s what I have for you today. That, and this beautiful song to encourage you to find your hope in Christ and what he has done for you.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in encouragment

 

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A Great Savior

Currently I’m reading the book, “Respectable Sins” by Jerry Bridges. I just started it and I can already recommend it. It’s about all the sins that believers tend to think of as ‘lesser’ sins. Those like gossip, anger, jealousy, unthankfulness, etc. In our minds we all know that sin is sin but if you really look at your heart you would probably agree that you have sins rated from horribly-worst to not-as-bad-as-murder.

A thought from that book really struck me this week so of course you get to hear about it. ūüôā His thought was that if we truly, deeply believed in our hearts that God has paid for all of our sins, then we don’t need to be afraid to confess them. If you really believe that Christ paid the penalty for your sins (past, present, and future ones) and that when God looks at you all he sees is Christ’s perfection, then you don’t need to be afraid to admit your sin.

What a freeing thought, right?! Sometimes I find that I don’t want to admit a sin of mine even to myself, let alone to others, but if I stopped to remember that God has already forgiven me of that sin, then I can deal with the issue and move on!

From Respectable Sins:
“To the extent that I grasp, in the depth of my being, this great truth of God’s forgiveness of my sin through Christ, I will be freed up to honestly and humbly face the particular manifestations of sin in my life. That’s why it is so helpful to affirm each day with John Newton that, ‘I am a great sinner, but I have a great Savior.‘” (pg.35, emphasis added)

I have that quote from John Newton hanging in my room and I see it every day. It reminds me that I AM FORGIVEN! Yes, I still sin and make mistakes but Christ is greater than my sin and has already forgiven me! How incredible is that?!

So don’t be afraid to admit or confess your sin to yourself, to the Lord, and even to others. Realize that if you are a believer, you are already forgiven. Your sin was nailed to the cross long ago and¬†you also can say that you are a great sinner, but you have an even greater Savior.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in books

 

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Big Sister Mode

I used that term one time during a conversation and I got funny looks for it. Obviously, the person I was talking to was NOT a big sister.  However, the phrase could use some explanation I suppose.

Big Sister mode is when God gives Big Sisters an essential extra supply of grace just when they need it. 

Big Sister Mode is when your parents think your mom just had a miscarriage and is going to the hospital and you keep it to yourself so as not to upset your siblings.

Big Sister Mode is when your little brother has a life threatening seizure and you are bawling your eyes out but then your parents leave in the ambulance and you instantly collect yourself.

Big Sister Mode is when your younger sister almost drowns in a lake and you don’t scream or cry.

Big Sister Mode is when you find yourself in scary situations but know that you are the oldest and if you panic then so will your younger siblings. ¬†It’s when you put your emotions aside to deal with the emotions of others. It’s when you stop seeking someone to comfort you and you start to comfort others. You don’t have to be the oldest sister to have it; you simply have to be an older sister. (I suppose you could have big brother mode, but I’m not a brother so I’m not sure. ūüôā ) A friend of mine calls it survival mode.

I’ve thought a lot about those situations since that conversation. Why do I respond that way? I don’t think about it during those moments. I never THINK about going into Big Sister Mode. It just happens.

The more I think about it, the more I realize: it really is just by God’s grace. He provides strength at those times when it is most needed and mine is gone. ¬†He gives hope to me so I can share it. He comforts me so I can comfort others.

It reminds me of these verses.

Isaiah 40:29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in encouragment

 

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What Brothers Need

My biggest fear about living so ¬†from home was that my siblings wouldn’t know me. That they would know about me but not who I am. ¬†I wanted to be actively involved in their lives, not a spectator. ¬†Especially with David. ¬†I had read a lot about how a sister can impact her brothers and I wanted to spur David towards Christ. ¬†I loved letting him know he needed to protect me and save me from bad guys. ¬†I loved when he would put his arms around me and tell me I was his baby. ¬†I loved when he would hold the door open for me. And I loved encouraging him to be a godly man for Christ.

In our Sunday School class here we have been talking about what it means to be a true woman of God.  One of the lessons hit me.  We talked about how we can encourage all young men in our lives toward godliness.  We should so reflect Christ that they are encouraged to be godly men.  Our meek and quiet spirit can spur them to be the biblical leaders the world needs.

I also just read a chapter in a book about that!  (Amazing, how God works!)  It was about demonstrating respect towards our brothers and also being interested in their interests.  The book talks about how girls always complain about the lack of godly young men but at the same time they are tearing down the manliness of their brothers.

All this hit me because I felt I couldn’t do that. ¬†I live five hours from my brother. It never occurred to me that it could be done anyway, in the way I treat him when I call and skype. ¬†Do I listen to him, even though I can’t understand a word he says over the phone? ¬†I’ve made it a habit to encourage him every time I talk to him. ¬†Usually this comes in the form of my telling him he’s my hero. ¬†David loves super heroes- Spiderman, Superman, Batman. ¬†He’s knows they save people and he runs around in his super hero costumes all the time. I want him to know that I admire his bravery- against imaginary villains, snakes, and Caroline-monsters. ¬†(Okay, I might have to rethink that predicament.)

I’ve also realized that I need to be doing this with my sisters. ¬†I need to encourage them to live as godly young ladies. ¬†Also, I want to encourage them to see David as a young man and not an annoying little brother.

I’m learning to be more encouraging with everyone I know, especially my family.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in family

 

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The Perfect Christmas

This year, we had some of the best presents we’ve ever had for Christmas.¬† They weren’t really expensive or really fancy, but they fit the intended person just right.¬† I know you want the run-down, so here is the list of the best presents:

  • I wrote a while back that we were remodeling our bedroom. We did it mostly because for Christmas, Rebecca moved into our room. She is getting older and it will encourage her to act older and more mature if she thinks of herself as one of the ‘big’ girls, instead of a little kid. We painted and completely rearranged the whole room and none of the younger ones saw it till yesterday. Over Becca’s bed we painted a big letter ‘R’¬† with a tiara on it, complete with sequins. She was so surprised and thrilled. She spent practically all day in her new room.
  • Bethany and David still share a room. They’re young and don’t care. So, in their room we put up a canopy over Bethany’s bed. She has the top bunk and we fixed these lacy curtains to the ceiling and they hang over her head. She LOVED it- she’s such a girly girl!
  • We also hung curtains (not lace ones) around David’s bed so it’s like a tent in there. He was so excited!
  • For Mom we got a set of non-stick pots and pans. It is an 18 piece¬†set and SHE spent last night figuring where to put them.¬† It was a great gift for her, AND they were FREE! My Dad’s work does this safety drawing if you are accident-free and he won this set- which is what we wanted to get Mom anyway!
  • We got Dad a HDMI cord that hooks our laptop to the TV. We had an old one, but it always messed up the computer, so the new one is wonderful.
  • David got lots of presents but he’s so easily pleased that all of his were great ūüôā
  • Of course, Caroline got the video posted for her.
  • And me? I got what I wanted most: a Mp3 player for when I run. Ahhhh….I love it.

Of course, there were lots of other gifts given and many of them were wonderful as well. These here were just the best ones. We’ve never had a Christmas like this before. There were many presents that couldn’t be unwrapped, like the bedrooms and the video. But they fit. Everyone agreed that this was our best Christmas

 

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Christmas

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This week is pretty busy and we’ll be gone for Thanksgiving, so don’t expect any posts till next week.

I am so thankful for God’s salvation!¬† I am thankful for his unmerited grace and favor that he bestowed¬† and bestows on me. I am thankful for the peace that only he can provide.

I am thankful for God’s forgiveness! I’m thankful that I don’t have to live with guilt because he freely and readily forgives all my sins.

I am thankful for God’s provision! I’m so thankful that he didn’t put me in this world alone, but that he placed me in a wonderful family and gave me many encouraging friends.

 

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving as you remember all God has done for you!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in thanksgiving

 

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Reformation Day!

‚ÄúSo when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬† Martin Luther

We don’t celebrate Halloween.¬† Instead, we prefer to celebrate Reformation Day on October 31.¬† That is the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five theses to the Wittenburg church door.¬† It is such a great time to remember the reformers and thank God for their courage.¬† I’m in the middle of reading a biography on John Calvin and I picked it specifically¬†right now so I would be reading it on Reformation Day.

Do you know why we have the five points of Calvinism?¬† It’s not because they were the only ones written, but because they were the ones that the church had a problem with.¬† I learned that from another book I’m reading right now:¬† Grace Unknown¬†by R.C. Sproul.¬† Excellent book.

Last year, we made Reformation lapbooks¬†and had bread bowls for dinner.¬† One year, we had dirt (the dessert) in honor of the Diet of Worms.¬†¬†We have four hoopskirts¬†that we got when a Christian¬†school around here moved. ¬†I told the girls that this year¬†I would wear a hoopskirt all day on Reformation Day.¬† When I said that, I didn’t realize that I had to give a piano lesson and babysit for a ladies Bible Study and help with¬†Wednesday night¬†church.¬† Hmmm…Can I drive¬†in a hoopskirt?¬† I realize that a hoopskirt¬†is a little late for that time period but I don’t have a bunch of petticoats lying around here. ¬†Oh well, it will be lots of fun!¬† Caroline thinks I need to find a reason to run to Walmart. She wants to see how many weird looks I get.

So, in honor of the day, I’ll share some quotes from a few of the Reformers.

‚ÄúIt would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility “faith”!
(Institute III.2.3)‚ÄĚ
‚Äē John Calvin

“Christ is our justification, from which follows that our good works, if they are of Christ, are good; but if ours, they are neither right or good.”

— ¬†Ulrich Zwingli

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Reformation Day

 

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