Here and There (April 20)

“I don’t have a vision except for Jesus Christ. I don’t want to be anything. I don’t want to be a big shot. I don’t want to be important. I don’t want to conquer the world. I just want to be pleasing to God today and that is enough. That is enough. and strive as I might, I haven’t obtained that goal so why should I look for another?”~Paul Washer

Top 5 Ways to Get Through Tough Phases With Preschoolers and Toddlers  – Some great suggestions here (and not just for little ones…).

How to Have a Closer Marriage (Why I Kill Spiders)  – “If you listen long enough, you can tell where people have been hurt, where they are particularly sore and sensitive. To love that person well, you’ve got to accept their vulnerability and protect it.”

Can a “Hint”…Hurt?  – “How are you possibly hinting at sexual sin?”

A review of the book One Last Thing: The Christian Porn Secret.  – “When Tara Faulkner discovers her fiancé’s secret habit, she’s ripped out of her fantasies of the perfect wedding and the happily-ever-after marriage, and faced with the kind of decision she’s never had to face.”

How to Respect a Husband Who Hasn’t Earned It  –  “If you are walking in the flesh – in your self-will – focused on what you do or don’t deserve, then all bets are off. Respecting your husband won’t have a chance. There are enough grievances in marriage to last a lifetime.  Offering this kind of respect is abnormal to our sinful nature because obeying what the Bible says is a matter of walking in the Spirit – something every true believer has the power to do.”

God’s Grace Will Find You  – “The grace of God will find you. No matter where you’ve gone or how far you’ve drifted, nowhere is out of the reach of God’s grace.”

04-03-Muller1908169_10152771872546961_2535683072806292742_n

Advertisements

Here and There (April 17)

“Entitlement fuels complaint. When you think you deserve what you don’t have, you’ll grumble rather than celebrate the grace you’ve been freely given.” Paul David Tripp

Kindle deals: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper ($4.99); A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp ($2.99); Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates ($2.99); Suffering and the Goodness of God by Robert Peterson ($4.99); When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper ($1.99); Caring for a Loved One with Cancer by June Hunt ($1.99); What Happens After I Die? by Michael Rogers ($2.99); Why, O God? by various ($3.99); An Infinite Journey by Andrew Davis ($4.99).

On Hating Sin and Loving Sinners  – “When we hate sin, we should hate ours first.  We should be brought low by it.  It should cause us to bow before a holy God, acknowledging our unworthiness.  And, it should make us rise again with the knowledge that it’s only by God’s grace and mercy that we ever take a right step.  Then, each day, when we have met our own sin and have set out to conquer it in the name of Jesus, we can greet others along the road and love them.  Really love them.  Because we will feel desperate to warn them about what sin really does to the heart and the soul.”

Just in case you’ve ever wondered What Should Christians Do On Sundays  – “Laura Ingalls and her family spent all day Saturday preparing for Sundays. (AndI start feeling convicted.) Saturdays they took baths, ironed their clothes, and made all the food for the next day. Then Sunday morning, they got all dressed up in their finest clothes, did their best hair, to have church, at home. No one else saw. No one else came. They did their (long, boring, even?) worship, and then sat quietly for the remainder of the day, until sundown. Gulp.”

J.D. Greear exploring the question Are You Weak Enough For God To Use You?  – “But weakness forces us to throw ourselves in desperation before God, and that is the only place—and the only posture—in which we can learn the four words that transform our lives: God is always faithful. You and I may never know that God is all we need until he is literally all we have.”

What Would Jesus Wear? Thoughts on fashion and the gospel.

This. Is. The. Day  – “Rejoicing in the day at hand means embracing the sovereign work of a loving God. Otherwise, I’ll be wishing for another day. Feeling bombarded by seemingly random circumstances. And I’ll be far from rejoicing when my head hits the pillow tonight.”

5 Ways the Gospel Transforms Your Work  – A summary of Tim Keller’s teachings about how the gospel impacts our work.

Who Can You “One Another” Today?  -“For example, what if we saw the “one anothers” in Scripture as imperatives (commands from Christ), essential to real Christianity, and not re-categorize them as suggestions, conveniences, and when-you-get-around-to-its?”

10524009_10153124357429437_7637459043417723456_n

Here and There (April 13)

11096383_10152848301944353_1099810527801790452_o

Rachel writes from her blog A Mother Far From Home on The Best Parenting Advice I’ve Ever Gotten  – “Start out how you can hold out.”  (I’m saving this one to reread a few times.)

How to Truly Encourage the Spiritual Life of Your Husband  – Some ideas on what a wife can do to encourage her husband.

In her blog, Grace Covers Me takes us In Her Shoes: A Christian Woman Who’s Had an Abortion (Part One)  – “Let us not ever forget that the Church is a redeemed people. Each of us, by the grace of Christ, have been redeemed from our slavery to sin. Among our own, let us not forget, are those who, though made holy and righteous, wrestle with secret shame about the sin they’ve been redeemed from. Let us not forget, so that we might bring the light of grace into the dark and hidden, so that we might speak grace and be a tangible picture of God’s grace toward one another, so shame and condemnation are banished.”

The True Woman blog on the importance of honoring our Mother-in-Laws in Thanks for Raising the Man of My Dreams  – “Your mother-in-law has spent nights and days, months and years loving and shaping your husband. She has put in a lifetime of mothering, fulfilling endless needs, living out the very same call that you now many days find yourself drowning in. Most likely, experience has taught her a thing or two. Don’t allow culture to tell you that she has less value or a lesser place now that you have landed her son.”

Has God Ever Let You Down?  –  “What is your response to disappointment? Do you accept it well? Do you pout and get angry? We are so easily swayed and turn away from God in these moments. Many times we don’t realize it until we have gotten ourselves into such a mess…and then we don’t know where to go. Usually, we complicate matters and go everywhere but to the Lord.”

This paints a picture of Sacrificial Motherhood  – “Growing up I didn’t understand how important it was that my mom embraced the saying she kept hanging in our house. But I experienced it. I experienced her daily giving up her own comfort so I could be comfortable and secure. I received her life-giving care in ways I only know about now that I am on the other side of motherhood. I never heard her complain about lack of free time or sleep. I never heard resentment over her limitations as a mother to four children. I saw joy and felt love. And through it, I saw her live out what it means to have the mind of Christ flow out of her. She was content to sacrifice her time to meet her child’s needs.”

Dannah Gresh explores the question Does Teaching Purity Contradict God’s Grace?  – “But just as you cannot teach modesty without grace, you cannot teach grace without a thick theology of sin. And that requires us to teach guidelines for living such as purity and modesty.”

Quotation-J-D-Greear-faith-absence-doubt-Meetville-Quotes-225844

04-06-Weirsbe

Here and There (April 8)

1939441_367686190091248_172986297069585948_n

Notable Kindle deals:  The Christ-Centered Exposition Series ExodusEzra-NehemiahSong of SongsMatthewMarkGalatiansEphesians1&2 ThessaloniansJames1, 2, 3 John ($2.99 each). The Underestimated Gospel by Together for the Gospel ($2.99); The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley ($2.99); Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax ($1.99); Heroes and Monsters by Josh Riebock ($2.99).

How God Defines Success  – Hint: It’s probably not the same way the world does…

Becky Kopitzke writes on the remedy she discovered for all her husband’s annoying habits in When Hubby Leaves His Socks on the Floor.

A powerful article from Rosaria Butterfield on The Dead End of Sexual Sin  – “How should we think about sin that has become a daily part of our identity?”

Young Mothers, You Need Friends  – “Unless we’re careful, young moms, we will wake up one day and find that all of those incredibly fulfilling friendships that once overflowed in our pre-baby lives have melted away, gradually and without much fanfare.  We will feel the weird invisible weight of loneliness, and we may even try to force our kids or our parents or our husbands to fill those roles that should be uniquely set aside for dear friends.”

Help Me Face Today  – “The more we recognize fear as sin, combat it with Scripture, and give it over to our Father, the more Christlike we become. Clinging to God’s promises, we repeat them to unwanted thoughts that can put us through a terrible day before our feet ever leave the covers.”

Some reminders on Why We Are Going To Get Up And Do It All Again Tomorrow  – “And we will find strength in remembering that motherhood isn’t our job. It is our joy. It is not our obligation, but it is our opportunity. And these moments that seem unending, will all be over before we know it. You’ve got this, friend. We’re going to make it together.”

Good Friends Bring Friends to Jesus  – “If you believe the truth about who Jesus is and what Jesus has done then, to the extant that you care about your friends and want to see Jesus honored, you will tell them about him. This is what good friends have always done.”

“Our problem is not that we desire happiness. No, our problem is that we continue to foolishly believe that we can attain it apart from him. We think that if we just try hard enough, the next time we’ll get it right (whatever it is) and we’ll be happy. Instead of pushing through to the true source of all joy and happiness, we sinfully believe the false promises of lesser gods.”
― Elyse M. FitzpatrickBecause He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life

1900722_10152746965766961_1112593002760632086_o

Here and There (April 6)

10459106_880964178612513_7229544458917516862_o

Some Notable Kindle Deals:  The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer ($2.99); Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham ($3.99); Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson ($3.99); Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger ($3.99); Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($3.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99); The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Finally Free by Heath Lambert ($3.99).

The Silence of God by Andrew Peterson

Illogical Easter  – It doesn’t make sense.  Can it possibly be that easy?

And speaking of Easter, What Difference Does It Make anyway? Take a look…

Left: the Narrative of a Child of Divorce  – Jonathan Edwards (not the puritan) writes on the struggle to make sense of life when a parent leaves.

It is important to Quiet the Fear, Do the Work  – “There is likely some opportunity before us to pursue today. Let’s not be surprised if we don’t want to do it. That’s the nature of real fighting in a real war. Let us be strong and courageous. Quiet the fear. Fight the good fight. Do the work. The Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.”

This article explores Why “I’m Sorry” Isn’t Enough –  Teaching Our Kids The Language Of Forgiveness.

“Did you know that, on average, each of us speaks about twenty-five thousand words daily? My last book didn’t have that many words. A lot of language is flowing out of our mouths every day and having an impact on those around us. But how much of that flow is fulfilling God’s intended purpose for our speech? How much of it reflects pride, rather than a gospel-motivated humility?” ― C.J. MahaneyHumility: True Greatness

“It is impossible to forgive someone if you feel superior to him or her.”  Tim Keller

10950700_374356882757512_2934129694351669723_n

Here and There (April 3)

11053058_364394630420404_8946023086619503025_n

If you have a teen, you might be interested in taking a look at The Challies.com Summer Internship Program  – “I first began to consider creating an internship program while observing my son in his 9th grade public school. He professes faith and is often called upon to stand for what he believes, but both he and I see the need for continued learning and development. For that reason I decided to invest in his training through the summer. As I created the program, I saw value in opening it to other participants, both for his benefit and for theirs.”

I found a lot of encouragement in this article for those times When You Want to do Great Things for God…And He Asks You to Keep on Being a Mom  – “I have been created, gifted, and trained specifically for these children, today. I am their mother, for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).”

A book review on the latest from Cruciform Press  –  “Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord When Death Visits the Womb is a book that is needed for both those who’ve miscarried and those who hope to love someone who has.”

Some encouragement for all of us working at Bringing Up Children Who Have a Heart to Serve  – “So this mom is not doing it all by herself anymore. We’re working on serving together. Yeah, it’s slower, messier, and less efficient. But, oh, so much sweeter.”

Good advice here on Helping the Hurting  – “If you are going to give counsel, realize that your friend may have a crystal clear understanding of God’s sovereignty. Your friend may know the Word of God very well, but it doesn’t mean he or she does not hurt anyway! Often our emotions are in conflict with our theology and even the strongest warrior sometimes has to find a place to cry. Be the soft landing.”

A recommendation to Stop Praying Safe Momma Prayers  – “I used to pray “momma prayers.” “Keep them safe . . . help them to do well in school . . . help them get along with others . . .” Yet, my Holy Spirit-inspired desire for them to love God more than anything and be blessed by all that brings, has prompted me to ask Him to take them through whatever it takes to know He is enough when all else seems to fail them.”

Some wise words for When You Don’t Feel Like a “Good Enough” Christian  – “So instead of comparing yourself to them, instead of being intimidated by or jealous of  them… why not thank God for strategically placing them in your path? And never forget that your relationship with Jesus is a personal one. It won’t look like anyone else’s because you weren’t created to be anybody’s exact duplicate.”

Can I Please God and Clean the Kitchen?  – “It’s the 6th time through If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the 5th diaper change, the 4th fight you’ve broken up, the 3rd load of laundry, still 2 hours until your husband gets home, and the one thing that seems to be a constant is your children’s bad attitude! For those of us in thisseason of life, spiritual growth can seem like a noble but distant aspiration. We would love to grow… if we could just get a moment of peace and quiet!”

Take a second and read What You Probably Need to Hear the Most Right Now.

Also, here are some current Kindle deals: The MacArthur Study Bible (NASB) or NKJV ($4.99); and The Jesus Answer Book by John MacArthur ($1.99).

11077918_374357302757470_7626019988257613540_n

Here and There (April 1)

Quotation-Nancy-Leigh-Demoss-god-Meetville-Quotes-99580

Deals for Kindle:   How People Change by Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane ($2.99)

My Fearful Night of Shortsightedness  – “God cannot be summed up in one character trait. He is both powerful and personal. Transcendent and immanent. I could not make sense of my fear until I saw both sides of this coin.”

Kevin DeYoung writes in Not That Bright  – “You don’t have to bear the burdens of the planet, just bear witness to the one who can. You don’t have die for the sins of the world, just introduce people to the one who has. You are not the light. Ouch, and hallelujah!”

Some help for those in the toddler trenches with Self-Control for ToddlersThe Christian and Common Grace  – “Temporal sufferings, like temporal blessings, are an opportunity to bring glory to God. If we who have Christ as our model don’t believe that, a lost and dying world never will.”

A thoughtful article, Beware the Unloved Women  – “Jesus He died to pay for sins, that we might have forgiveness of sins. Then He rose again, proving He is God and we can believe what He promised. To the unloved woman who repents from coping with her longings in her own way and determines to follow Christ, He gives a new heart with godly desires. Then He gives power to have a gentle and quiet spirit and to love others. Trust in Him and you will know the love of God Himself.”

Never Sorry Enough  – “As is so often the case in life, I was holding someone else to standard I could not hold myself. I can never be sorry enough. He can never be sorry enough. But I can imitate God in granting free and full forgiveness and in letting the matter rest.”

truebeauty