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“Just” a Mom and The Great Commission

Ever feel like being “just” a mom and staying home caring for your family is less than the Lord has called you to?

Feel like unless you are serving overseas as a missionary you couldn’t possibly be fulfilling the Great Commission?

Feel pressured that laundry, cooking, cleaning and caring for children is less worthy than other things?

Being Christian wives and mothers is ‘Radical’ today.

This should be encouraging!

Ordinary Christians and a Great Commission by Tim Challies

For a long time now I’ve had a fascination with what we might refer to as ordinary Christianity, Christian living for the rest of us. This kind of a life stands in contrast to the demands of so many of today’s bestselling Christian books, books that tell us we ought to live extraordinary lives, crazy and above-and-beyond lives. Some of these authors tacitly (or even blatantly) suggest that ordinary must be synonymous with apathetic and that all these comparative and superlative terms–this-er, that-er–are synonymous with godly. But when I look to the Bible I just don’t see it.

The Bible gives us those well-known big-picture commands, the meta commands for the time between Christ’s resurrection and return. “Go and make disciples of all nations.” That Great Commission tells us the what but does not give us a lot of instruction on the how. How do we do that in our daily lives? How does this look in the home and in the office and in the church? Can normal people living normal lives do all of this?

Answers come all through the New Testament and I find it fascinating that concern of the biblical writers is how to be ordinary, how to be normal. In their minds being ordinary offers challenge enough and to be normal is to honor God. Ordinary Christians carry out a Great Commission in ordinary ways through their ordinary lives.

….   Be sure to read the rest

 


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Looking Up When Life Gets You Down

Looking Up When Life Gets You Down by Warren W. Wiersbe

When life falls apart, where is God? Does he care? Can he fix things? Does he really love us? In an uncertain world, people need to know that God is still in control, that he still cares for us and even suffers with us, and that he has a plan that cannot be defeated.In his compassionate and caring style, Warren W. Wiersbe offers beaten-down readers a positive treatment of suffering that reveals the Bible’s authoritative and comforting answers to their big questions. His faith-bolstering insight will show readers that, with God as their source of comfort, strength, and hope, they can weather the storms of life–and come out on top.

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Because of Christ’s Righteousness

We can begin each day with the deeply encouraging realization,
I’m accepted by God,
not on the basis of my personal performance,
but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.

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Jerry Bridges in

Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey Devotional

Not because I’ve studied my Bible everyday.

Not because I’ve given my money away to missions.

Not because I’m a good wife or mother.

Not because I go to church.

Not because I ….

Just because of Christ’s righteousness.


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A Place of Healing – Free Audio Book

A Place of Healing – Free Audio Book

Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty

by Joni Eareckson Tada

In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy. Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain.

The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to foundational questions about suffering and God’s will. A Place of Healing is not an ivory tower treatise on suffering. Its an intimate look into the life of a mature woman of God.

Whether readers are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites them to process their suffering with her. Together, they will navigate the distance between God’s magnificent yes and heartbreaking no and find new hope for thriving in between.


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Send me what thou wilt …

Can you say this with Spurgeon?

“Send me what thou wilt, my God,

so long as it comes from thee;

never came there an ill portion from thy table to any of thy children.”

“Say not my soul, ‘From whence can God relieve my care?’

Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.

His method is sublime, his heart profoundly kind,

God never is before his time, and never is behind.”

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Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, August 5th



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How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’ve all heard the children’s rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Around here our garden grows quite well with weeds.  The daily thunderstorms we’ve had have been extra kind to the weeds.  Why the vegetables don’t thrive as well as the weeds is beyond me.

Weeding a garden takes lots of time and work.

This is what I’ve learned that weeding takes.


  • Digging down deep in the dirt before ever setting out plants, really turning the dirt.

  • Early morning weeding before the heat of the day and before the mosquitoes in the evening.

  • Daily attention, even missing a weekend will set you back.

  • Recognizing weeds.  This is my biggest problem knowing the weeds from the seedlings.

  • Choking out weeds with mulch or landscape fabric.

  • Ridding weeds by the root and not just nipping it shorter.



Sounds like I might would do pretty well except there is a key ingredient left out  – hard work!

They all sound doable and reasonable until you get right down to doing the work.  Then it’s too hot, too buggy, back hurts, cheaper to buy vegetables, fear of snakes, hopeless, waste of time, …

Jesus used analogies about gardening and vineyards all through His sermons and actually all through the whole Bible. (John 15:1-16)


If we are a garden designed to yield fruit, good and lasting fruit, what must we do to tend our garden?  How about some of the same things?


  • Digging down deep removing the sin from our lives, even the deep unknown sins, and coming in repentance to the Lord.

  • Early morning time with God before the busyiness of the day and before the little things that annoy in the evening.

  • Daily attention, even missing a weekend will set you back.

  • Recognizing wrong teaching and false doctrine.  Do you know the false from the truth?  Doctrine matters.

  • Not allowing sin to see the light of day.  Giving no opportunity for the devil to get a foothold. 

  • Look for the root issue of sin.  Just dealing with the exterior visible sin is not enough.




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Ya’ll Come

I live here in the South, in rural Alabama.  We Southerners are a slightly different bunch than many people.  We have our good points and our bad points.  But we also have some different mannerisms that intrigue those from outside.

One mannerism, or phrase often said, when leaving from visiting another’s house or when your company is leaving is the following:

Ya’ll Come.”

Here’s a clip of Porter Wagner singing “Ya’ll Come” for those that don’t know what I’m talking about.

Actually makes me sad thinking about it, because it is something that is going by the wayside.  Only the older folks still do that, but I don’t know, maybe I should start it up again.  I can just see my grandmother standing wiping her hands on her apron and saying “Ya’ll come to see us, ya’ hear.”

So “Ya’ll come to see us, too.”

But I do remember as a child when someone was leaving and they said “Ya’ll Come.”  My evil little heart would think what would they do if I did.  I can’t believe I would think that, because I know most of them would have all been perfectly willing to take me right along with them.  But even as a child, I knew that a general “Ya’ll Come” wasn’t the same as a personal invitation.  Nothing like my moma calling me by name and saying get in the car.  Or being mailed an invitation to a party with my name on it.

Is the gospel call a “Ya’ll Come” or is it a more personal invitation?

It is a personal invitation.  We are each one called by name; from the foundation of the earth we were called by name to inherit the Kingdom of God (Matthew 25:34).

Isaiah 43:1-3

1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.  ESV

Ephesians 1:3-5

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

5  he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, …  ESV

Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.  Zaccheaus is called by name.

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” ESV

Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-18.  Mary was called by her name not just a general call.

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). ESV

Saul/Paul in Acts 9:1-18.  Saul called by name.

Acts 9:4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” ESV

Have you been called by name?

Aren’t you glad that the Lord calls us directly and specifically and not just a general easily ignored –

“Ya’ll Come back, ya’ hear!”



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Little Hints

Ever noticed how you can be listening to someone you don’t know at all but yet walk away saying “that’s a believer”?

I had that experience this weekend in a public setting and with large numbers of public school teachers and students.  No one was blatant and discussed the gospel, but those who speak the same foreign language, understood clearly.  I always enjoy watching and listening to people, especially from a distance.  It is amazing what you can learn.

Believers just have their own vocabulary at times.  Which was so obvious this weekend.  Did you realize how much truth can be hidden in a simple conversation?  Everything from attitude and mannerisms, to little phrases found in Scripture.  Much like when I’ve written letters to missionaries in dangerous situations, you can’t be obvious and blatant about your faith, but every believer understands:

“I don’t want to disappoint my Father.”

What do others notice about you in your daily conversations or public speaking?

Ephesians 4:22-24
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
   KJV

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:…  KJV

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  KJV

1 Peter 3:1-2
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
  KJV

These verses all reference our conversation, however the more literal translation to would be life.

However Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has this definition for Conversation:

Conversation –  1. General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.

So you can see how life fits better today.  But I think we lose the realization of the impact of our words.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.  ESV

 


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The Happy Man

The Happy Man

The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration
in the parish of Repentance unto Life. He has a large
estate in the county of Christian Contentment.

He was educated at the School of Obedience
—and often does jobs of Self-denial.

He wears the garment of Humility, and has
another suit to put on when he goes to Court,
called the Robe of Christ’s Righteousness.

He is necessitated to travel through the world on
his way to heaven—but he walks through it as fast
as he can. All his business along the way—is to
make himself and others happy. He often walks
in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes
climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness.

He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer,
and sups every evening on the same. He has food
to eat, which the world knows nothing of—and his
drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God.

Thus happy he lives—and happy he dies.

Happy is he who has . . .
  Gospel submission in his will,
  the love of God in his affections,
  true peace in his conscience,
  sincere Divinity in his breast,
  the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck,
  the vain world under his feet, and
  a crown of glory over his head!

Happy is the life of that man who . . .
  believes firmly,
  prays fervently,
  walks patiently,
  labors abundantly,
  lives holily,
  dies daily,
  watches his heart,
  guards his senses,
  redeems his time,
  loves Christ, and
  longs for glory!

“Happy is the man who does not walk in the
 counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of
 sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his
 delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his
 law he meditates day and night. He is like a
 tree planted by streams of water, which yields
 its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
 Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3

~  Lachlan MacKenzie ~

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The Lord Promises to Provide For All Our Needs

Here is a closer look at the subject of why we fear to obey the Lord and make excuses for our disobedience. This post covers the beginning principles of how we think wrong, faulty thinking, I Can’t Be a “Keeper At Home” Because ….

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ESV

Notice this does not say every want but every need. Not everything we think we “need” is really a need. Have you ever written out every expense and divided them into the wants and needs categories?

Needs

Food
Shelter
Clothing

Wants

Cable TV
iPhones
New Car
Four Bedroom House

Divide every single thing you spend money on and just honestly see what category it truly should be in.

Also remember that just because we need shelter from the weather that does not mean that we have to have a particular type. God will provide but that does not always mean that we will have a large home with each child having their own bedroom. That is a want not a need.

Read this post for better insight into housing I Have a Confession to Make.

Are your housing choices made in order to meet others expectations?

Matthew 6:5-15

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
ESV

Notice “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” and “Give us this day our daily bread.

Our Heavenly Father knows what we need. He is not like some parents today who would rather have their alcohol or drugs than to feed “His” children. Our Father is perfect and holy He will do what is right at all times.

We in the US think that if our cabinets, pantry, freezer and refrigerator are not full we are suffering. While much of the world starves for food, we throw out more food than they will ever eat.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?
32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
ESV

But it is not all just needs our Lord provides. When we trust in Him, He will also grant us the desires of our heart.

Psalms 37:4-5

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act
.
ESV

There are so many verses that show that the Lord will meet our needs if we just trust in Him and seek His will.


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