Here and There (February 5 )

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is received rather than resentful over what is withheld. One or the other becomes a way of life.”  Elizabeth Elliot


Are You a Self-Centered Mom?  – Christin Slade writes transparently here on the very real struggle (and not just in motherhood but in every aspect of our lives) of selfishness and being self-centered.  “What is inherently missing in the self help sort of approach to writing parenting articles is that it doesn’t get at the root of our most basic issue. It does not answer the fundamental question of “What do I do with my sin?” Because honestly, most of the time it isn’t that I don’t know how to spend quality time with my children; it’s that other things are more important.  Let’s just be honest.  And sometimes I downright resent the demands of my family and am perfectly content to give them my leftovers. What of that?  I am not saying I never enjoy my children or delight in serving them; but there is no point in reading and pinning an article that gives me ideas when what I really need is my sin issue dealt with. No expert can give me 3 quick steps to obliterating selfishness. Neither is there an eBook on miraculously changing my hard heartedness or removing self protection from my marriage bed.  That’s because only the Gospel can do that.”


6 Principles for Effective Redemptive Communication. – Some helpful communication principles for anyone looking to improve their communication with others.  “… helpful reminders for evangelism and for all of our discourse as we seek to win the world to Christ.”


More Highly Than You Ought.  – “I’m deeply persuaded that we’re addicted to the pursuit of self-glory because, when we look in the mirror, we think we see someone who deserves to be glorified. Instead of using the mirror of God’s Word to keep our judgment sober, we see an aggrandized version of who the Bible says we actually are… Do you examine your character daily by humbly placing your heart before the one mirror you can trust, the mirror of the Word of God? Or have you fallen into the habit of looking into the distorted mirrors of knowledge, experience, success and recognition?  I understand why it’s tempting to run to these mirrors instead of to Scripture. These mirrors will give you a partisan view of your character and a false sense of approval, while Scripture will expose your weaknesses, flaws and failures. But remember this – the Cross of Christ liberates you from fear of that exposure, because the grace of the Cross has made provision for everything the Bible reveals about you.”


Slander In The Camp.  Slander is a violation of the 9th commandment, “You shall not bear false witness.” The usual suspect we think of when it involves violating the 9th commandment is gossip. While gossip is clearly evil, we often leave out slander. My guess is that we don’t really think Christians will go there. Sadly, that is not the case.”


When a Fantasy Romance Seems so Much Better Than a Real One  Tackling the topic of reality vs. fantasy when it comes to dating.


How a 40 Year Old Woman Can Look 20 Again    I really enjoyed this article.  I think we have a great need to hear from women who are not only content  (as opposed to resigned) with the fact that they are aging but choose to be joyful while doing it.  We have no choice about aging, it is inevitable. Our attitude about it however, IS a choice.  “So from this day forward, I refuse to allow messed-up American culture to boss me around. Magazines, TV, even some evolving church trends would tell me I’m less relevant at 40 than I was at 20. But do you want to know what the Bible says about that?  Garbage.  “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life” (Proverbs 16:31, NLT).  Well, then. I need to go blow out some cake candles now, before they set off the fire alarm. But I’ll leave you with this thought. Whether you’re 20 or 40 or 80 years old—do not fear another birthday.  Not everybody gets to grow old.”




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