Here and There (February 25)

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Meeting God in the Thick of Things  – A reminder here that God is with us right in the middle of everything going on.  “We forget that God is with us. He is near, even when pea soup is scorching on the stove and the baby is screaming for attention.  Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we do need to withdraw from all the noise of life. We need to carve out crevices for solitude and reflection and prayer. I’m just uncomfortable with a tendency I see in myself to think of retreat as the only way to meet God. I forget that He is in the midst of the fray as well.”

When I Forget to Breathe  – Encouragement for those who have experienced the heartbreak of miscarriage.

All I Have is Christ  – Examining our hearts for greed and a battle plan for resistance.  “Christian, we have a greater possession than the Arkenstone. We have a treasure infinitely greater than all the gold in Erebor. His name is Jesus. To be at home with him is our great reward. He is our better possession and abiding one. We are our Beloved’s, and he is ours.  And when he is our Great Possession, dragon-sickness has lost its power, and we are finally freed to possess the kingdom our Father created us to inherit. And even on that day when we finally have it all materially, our greed-free hearts will gladly say, “All I have is Christ.”

Loving Your Husband Before You Get Married  – Single or married, the goals are the same: “Problems in marriage are always the result of self-centeredness. So the time a person spends when he is single should be time spent in preparation for marriage. This is important even if he never gets married. This is because biblical preparation for marriage is nothing more than learning to follow Jesus Christ and love one’s neighbor. In other words, preparation for Christian marriage is basically the same as preparation for Christian living.”

A Plead for Innocence  – A case made here for becoming an expert on what is true…”John MacArthur: “Don’t study false doctrine, don’t study sin, don’t study error, stick with the truth and godly obedience.” It is well and good, I think, to have some familiarity with some of the most common false teachings and false teachers. We do well to know why we are not Mormons or Roman Catholics or why we believe same-sex marriage is wrong. But it can be dangerous to immerse ourselves in false teachings and false teachers. It can be dangerous to assume that we need to have a deep understanding of error in order to hold fast to what is true.”

Jesus Flips the Switch  – A great illustration here:  “Whatever suffering you’re currently experiencing, or whatever suffering comes to you in the future, you can trust that you’re held in the hands of a sovereign King, who knows your suffering, is sovereign over your suffering, is with you (“Emmanuel”) in the midst of your suffering, and has conquered your suffering. He flips the switch, allowing suffering to refine us, not destroy us. And he does so as the sovereign ruler over all things, “the first and the last, who died and came to life” (Revelation 2:8).”

Building Loving Relationships in Your Church Family  – Article from Thankful Homemaker on the messy business that is doing life together in our church family.  “Do you look at those in your church and see them as your family?  If you are in Christ then your brothers and sisters in the faith are your family. Sometimes because they are family we can treat them like our own immediate family members.  We can hold a grudge because they said something we didn’t appreciate.  We can judge them by their words or actions.  We can speak poorly of them to others.  We so often forget they – just like us – our sinners saved by grace who don’t always look or act like their heavenly Father but look and act more like their old selves before new life in Christ.”

Put a Little Love in Your Voice  – “The trouble isn’t necessarily what we say. It’s how we say it.”


From Adam4d as only he can put it.


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