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A Good Family Day with the Lord

13 Dec
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and  “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” – Romans 4: 5-7

Today we went to church and heard yet another great sermon by Randy Anderson.   After church we headed over to my in-laws house – Jenny & Mike’s, as we do most Sundays.  Then we all headed over to Jeff & Debbie’s to hang out, eat delicious food,  get into a couple typical family squabbles, play games, and watch the Charger’s game.

I am reminded of the sermon today as I think back on the day we’ve had.   Not so much about testing God but trusting in God’s faithfulness, knowing that He is there and He is able.   Today was a mostly good day, with a few low points here and there.   There were times where I was completely aware of God’s presence, and other times where I know I’d forgotten him, or just simply chose to ignore him.

I need to be more consistent in remembering that God is always there.   During our good times and bad times, He is always present.   He never leaves us.  Oh how different my life would be if I were constantly aware of His presence!  So much of my life is centered on me, when it should be centered on Christ.

This week my prayer is for a changed heart.  The attitude reflects the heart, and my attitude has not been a good one lately.  I don’t want to be the type of person that people think low of, because then they will think low of the God I serve. I pray that my attitude and heart would reflect Jesus Christ, and that I may learn how to replace my pride with humility.

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The Person of Advent

8 Dec

Every week I’m blown away by the sermons at our church.  I learn so much each week.  I often find myself wishing the sermon was longer, and they are hour long sermons!   God has given Randy Anderson the incredible gift of teaching and he does it exceptionally well.  I feel blessed to be able to hear him teach each week.  Here is a link to the sermon our Pastor did on Sunday.  It helped put the season into perspective for me.

The Spirit, Temptation, and the Person of Advent, Part 1

Honoring Jesus this Season

7 Dec

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Jesus Christ

Let us not be tempted by all of the beautiful things of the season and all of the seemingly important traditions, so as to overlook the true meaning of Christmas.  I am so guilty of this.

Snuggling with my daughter as we enjoy listening to Christmas music, the snow and colorful lights in the neighborhood, all of the wonderful memories of 20 Christmas’ with my Mom –  so often these are the things that capture my heart more than Jesus’ birth.  While these things are good, they all fail in comparison to the birth of  my Savior.  During the Christmas season it’s so easy to get caught up in all of the busyness, the excitement, and the joyful traditions, thus making it easier to forget that Jesus is the reason for the season.  It is my prayer that we would live by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  I hope that this year we will discover new ways to incorporate Jesus into our Christmas traditions and that we would learn how to honor and glorify God throughout the entire Christmas season.

Self-Esteem in Christ Alone

8 Nov

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6

If God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, why is self-esteem even an issue among Christians today?

As Christians we are no longer controlled by our sinful nature, we have been blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!  The Holy Spirit brings forth good fruit – the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and self-control.

Self-esteem is what brings us to believe we are worth anything on our own, to believe we deserve all of the good things and don’t deserve all of the bad things that happen to us.   Self-esteem is what leads us to believe we are inherently good people; that we should not (nor will we ever) be punished for our sin.   It is self-righteousness.

In one sense, low self-esteem is the opposite of pride. In another sense, low-self-esteem is a form of pride. Some people have low self-esteem because they want people to feel sorry for them, to pay attention to them, to comfort them. Low self-esteem can be a declaration of “look at me” just as much as pride. It simply takes a different route to get to the same destination, that is, self-absorption, self-obsession, and selfishness. Instead, we are to be selfless, to die to self, and to deflect any attention given to us to the great God who created and sustains us.Click here for full article.

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Encouraging Sermons for Mothers

8 Nov

It is my prayer that these sermons and messages would be as much of an encouragement to you as they have been to me.  Each of these sermons/messages are 45 minutes – 1 hour long.   These are just a few that I’ve come across in the past several months.  I’m sure I will add to this list as time goes on.

Honoring the Biblical call of Motherhood – John Piper

A Woman who Fears the Lord is to be Praised – John Piper

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 1 –  Mark Driscoll

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 2, Mark Driscoll

Revive Our Hearts Series: This is Nancy Leigh Demoss’ radio show.  There have been several series’ on motherhood, this is their most recent series on motherhood.

A Call to Intentional Mothering with Holly Elliff:  (You can read the transcripts or click on “Listen” to hear the show)

The Beauty of Motherhood

Grace and Power for Mothers

The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

To God Alone be the Glory

19 Oct

Aaron Shust – To God Alone
From the album Take Over

Can you take me by the hand
Can you use me as I am
Break me into who you want me to be
When the time is finally right

You will open up my eyes
Show me everything you want me to see
This life is not my own

Chorus:
To God alone be the glory
To God alone be the praise
Everything I say and do
Let it be all for you

The glory is yours alone
Yours alone Take the offering
I bring You want more than what I sing
Can I give you every part of me

Turn these pennies into gold
Take this life I call my own
Until I’m running after your heart
I’m needing to let go

We will rise and we will fall
But you remain after all
You’re glorious and beautiful You’re beautiful

Women of Faith… Faith in Who?

19 Oct

This past weekend I attended the Women of Faith conference in St. Paul, MN with a friend of mine.  It was nice to be encouraged by other women about certain life circumstances.  I enjoyed hearing a few testimonies from the speakers and the worship team sang beautifully.   Even after many moments of fun and laughter and encouragement, as I said in my previous post, I was hoping to learn about God at this conference.

After some careful thought I divided the conference into percentages of what occurred during the conference.  I would say that 30% of the the conference was talking about how great and wonderful and life-changing “Women of Faith” conferences are (which is self-promotion), 20% was devoted to the selling of the books, CDs, and DVDs available by the Women of Faith speakers (more self-promotion), 40% was life stories told by the women that taught very little about Christ, the other 10% was some teaching of Biblical principles, but never any solid biblical teaching.

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