Here and There (February 9)

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Free eBooks from Desiring God Ministries – “Over the past two years, the team at desiringGod.org has published a series of ebooks made available to our readers free of charge. The ebooks range from material written by John Piper, individual biographies, and multi-author volumes, with each one downloadable in three electronic formats (PDF, MOBI for Kindle, and EPUB for iBooks and other readers). Some also include a paperback option as well.”

I’ve been abused; Am I still pure?  – “Purity is a heart’s desire to honor the Lord that extends to our choices. If you have been sexually abused, it is not your purity that has been taken, but your innocence. You’ve paid a heavy price, and I don’t want to gloss over that. It makes the momma bear in me what to stand up on her hind legs and roar! But it also makes me want to show you, that there is no wound God’s love cannot heal.”

Cross-Centered Love Stories  –  “Just because someone desires to be married doesn’t automatically mean he or she is being selfish.  The desire for a human love story was given to us by God.  He is the One who invented romance in the first place, and He is very much behind the idea of marriage.  But when the pursuit of our own happiness becomes a higher priority than surrendering our lives to God and trusting Him with each detail of our lives, we are missing the mark.”

10 Ways to Show love to Your Kids Without Spending Money  – Great suggestions here!

Adam4d with another thought provoking cartoon on sharing our faith with others.

Along those same lines, here is a quote on video from atheist Penn Jillette, of the magician duo, Penn & Teller. “I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?  “I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

God Didn’t Design us for Busy  –  “The world says: My Life + More Work = Financial Success and Lasting Happiness. God offers us a different equation for a true success and a purposeful life: My Life + God’s Way = Living On Purpose.  God’s way is the way of purpose. Of living intentionally in order to love others. God’s way is the way of rest coupled with meaningful work. God’s way is the way of true balance and lasting success.  God’s way is not about us. God’s way means less of us and more of him. God’s way isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.”

Our Worst Day Ever (and New Morning Mercy)  – A beautifully honest and encouraging message.  I needed to be reminded of this today and just in case I’m not the only one, I share this with you.

Fatigue is not a Sin  – Reading this article reminded me of Ajith Fernando’s To Serve Is To Suffer article, where he talks about using his gifts in “the fog of fatigue”.

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