Wednesday, April 29, 2009
How We Have Been Influenced - 1. Women don't have to be in full-blown rebellion against men to have been influenced. Ex. "I'm going to do something for me."
How We Can Change - 1. Counter this by turning your focus from yourself to God. (Rom 12:2, Phil 2:3)
How We Have Been Influenced - 2. We think and say things like "What about me?" "What about my needs?" "What about my rights?"
How We Can Change - 2. Understand that the "needs" theory is unbiblical. A God-honoring thought would be "It can be tough at times living with other sinners but whether I have my way or not, I can glorify God. Through Christ I can learn to be content and I can be grateful to Him and delight in Him." (2 Peter 1:3, Phil 4:11-13)
How We Have Been Influenced - 3. Submission of a wife to her husband is an outdated concept. Today, the emphasis is on mutual submission.
How We Can Change - 3. "Being submissive to my husband (unless he asks me to sin) is a primary way that I can serve the Lord Jesus. This may not be popular today but this is how God has chosen for me to glorify Him." (Eph 5:22-24, Col 3:18)
Monday, April 27, 2009
She has been a wonderful example of Biblical womanhood to me. Whether we're having lunch, sipping on tea, or sharing pics (we both love to take pics), I gain a dose of wisdom from her. She is so easy to talk to, laugh with, and full of Godly advice.
Thank you so much Noel for your friendship. The times I've shared with you reminds me of Proverbs 13:20a - "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise."
You are a blessing to me!
For my bracelet, I chose the "Tiffany" pattern.
I put our wed. pic and then name & date, then each child with their name and birthdate, & ended it with a verse.
For my mom's bracelet, I chose the "Autumn" pattern. I put their wed. pic, our wed. pic, and my bro & sis-in-law's wed pic, and the grandkids, and ended it with a verse. My mom absolutely loved it & couldn't wait to show it off!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." Luke 19:37-40
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Words and music by Pat Sczebel
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end
Lover of my soul I want to live for You
© 2003 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Monday, April 6, 2009
I enjoyed reading various commentaries on these verses. Many have expounded on them, but they all come to the same conclusion which I've summed up to --God is worth gaining, He is the One that sustains, and He is ALL that is needed!
For example, David (the psalmist) said, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot” (v.5). He means that God is all that he desires and needs. God is his chosen part. In Christ, all his joy, contentment, & comfort are found.
David also said, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” (v.6). He is referring to the lines that God used to divide the land for the Israelites (Numbers 26:55-56). His “boundary” lines fell on a pleasant, desirable part and his beautiful inheritance is the Lord!
If you are a child of God, you have these same blessings (Eph 1:3-14)! Yes, there are boundary lines in Christ. However, these lines help us to put on the works of the Spirit & put off the deeds of the flesh. Only in Christ’s freedom bounds, can we fully obey Him, enjoy Him, and delight in His presence.
May these truths encourage you to look to Jesus during this Holy Week. He died so that you could live, and now you have a beautiful inheritance…YES INDEED!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Q (younger woman) - "I long for the intimacy with God that I hear other women discuss. But most of the time I feel as though God is far away from my real life."
A (author) - "It is important to distinguish between warm, fuzzy feelings and the intimacy of holy habits. In our culture many women are "experience junkies" and depend on new levels of excitement as substitutes for intimacy. The intimacy of the Father-daughter relationship is nurtured by the holy habits of prayer, Bible study, private and corporate worship, obedience, communion with the saints, and thanking Him in all things. These habits are not superficial seven-minute moments with God on our timetable. They are life-dominating, mind-renewing, transforming disciplines of God's grace. God uses the fruit of these habits to sustain us through emotional upheaval and circumstantial chaos." (p. 104)