Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
1) Christian Education and Christian teachers "Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge." Proverbs 23:12
"...the earth is satisfied by the fruit of His work." Psalm 104:13
3) Christian Parents and Spiritual Mentors
"Honour your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
4) Traditions (having fun tenting in the backyard every Labour Day weekend)
"(God) will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:21
Friday, September 18, 2009
"The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
I was given a clearer view to this whole topic of "beauty" as I was reading a chapter from Martha Peace's book, "Damsels in Distress." She writes, "The New Testament describes the adornment of a truly beautiful woman as one who is adorned with modest and discrete clothing, good works, and a 'gentle and quiet spirit'". She then quotes from 1 Tim. 2:9-10 where it says, "Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garment, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness." Also 1 Peter 3:3,4 says, Your adornment must not be merely external- braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelery, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
This picture was made by Curtis when he was 4 years old. It is a picture of our house to Ethiopia. We have been praying for over a year and a half for our baby sister that we are hoping to adopt from Ethiopia. We read Psalm 27:14 at our family devotions one morning, and again I was reminded to be patient and trust in the LORD's timing. The author in the devotional wrote, "God will bless. God will help us. At the right time." I need to keep praying that I can fully trust in Him and in His perfect timing.
One week from today, we as creditors will vote on the proposal that has been made regarding reconstructing the agency. If the majority vote yes, then the agency will be up and running again, the LORD willing, by October/November. Matches, or referrals probably will not begin to be made until the new year (which would mean more waiting)!! God has a plan, and I need to keep trusting in Him.
Friday, September 11, 2009
"But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver." Malachi 3:2,3
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It's been a year now since I made the big purchase of new running shoes and began my jogging regime. There is still a lot of progress to be made, but I'm pleased with the goals that I have been able to meet.
It wasn't until recently when I gathered my jogging gear, I was reminded of the verses from Hebrews 12. It was a nice relief in the spring when I was able to jog without all of my winter apparel. Similarly, how often I allow things to hinder my race that God has set before me. I carry burdens that God more than willingly will carry and I allow my many sins such as pride, busy schedules, selfishness, judgemental thoughts, etc. etc. to get in my way of growing closer to God.
As I reach my "half way point" when jogging, I realize that I am starting to slow down, and I need to persevere. I also feel this in my personal life. I particularly feel this as we continue to wait for our adoption and news regarding our adoption agency. We try to remain hopeful and patient. God has marked out a race for all of us that we need to run with perseverence. It is my prayer that I can keep my eyes set on Jesus and that I can run the race that he has made for me. I desperately need God's help in running the race, especially as I try to do so with perseverence and patience.