Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankfulness

“I know not a word which can express the surprise and wonder our souls ought to feel at God’s goodness to us. Our hearts playing the harlot; our lives far from perfect; our faith almost blown out; our unbelief often prevailing; our pride lifting up its accursed head; our patience a poor sickly plant, almost nipped by one night’s frost; our courage little better than cowardice; our love lukewarmness; our ardour but as ice—oh, my dear brethren, if we will but think any one of us what a mass of sin we are, if we will but reflect that we are after all, as one of the fathers writes, “walking dunghills,” we should indeed be surprised that the sun of divine grace should continue so perpetually to shine upon us, and that the abundance of heaven’s mercy should be revealed in us."
-Charles H. Spurgeon

There is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  But let us not forget amidst the joy of the holiday, gratitude for our family and friends and temporary possessions how much mercy God has shown us.  We should be forever grateful.





Katie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

National Bible Bee



We just returned from a week long vacation. We drove up to Schaumburg, Illinois (right outside of Chicago) to watch my brother compete in the National Bible Bee! While the Bible Bee itself was only Thursday night through Saturday, we spent 3 days driving there and three driving back, spreading it out to visit some family and friends.

My brother made the top 100 in the senior division, so it was very exciting to attend the special national event. The event was incredibly well done, and so great to be a part of. It was amazing to watch the 300 kids from the different age divisions walk up to the stage to be honored for their hard work. These kids were absolutely amazing! We watched child after child, teen after teen walk up to the microphone and quote passages (many very long and difficult) absolutely perfectly. I think the 1 Peter 1:3-25 passage we heard the most, as we watched at least 5 contestants quote it in the finals, 3 of which were between the ages of 7 and 10.



I also had the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger, Sophie, while we were there, a contestant in the senior division of the Bible Bee. Also, at the formal dinner/closing ceremonies we got to worship with Keith and Kristyn Getty and see Doug Phillips, who we were unaware were going to be there.  

What a blessing that these young people have hidden so much of God’s Word in their hearts! It will reap so much reward in their lives, and God could use them in such mighty ways. It’s exciting to watch, but also encouraging because if those young kids can memorize so much Scripture, I should be able to as well!

Consider participating in the Bible Bee next year. What a great way to hide God’s Word in your heart, and watch many around you do the same!


Katie
P.S. Wanna see what the Chicago Tribune said about it? Read this article.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Prone to Wander

“They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.”
Psalm 106:20
Lord, how could the Israelites, who had witnessed the wonders You had done for them, experienced Your incredible power and seen Your marvelous work in their lives turn to an ox—something so worthless and that could do nothing for them?

But God, how easily do I run to idols I create—things that are futile and vain? How quickly does my heart wander from You even though You have saved me and done so much for me?

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Your courts above
(hymn: Come Thou Fount)

“Keep me at all times from robbing Thee and from depriving my soul of Thy due worship.”  Valley of Vision 
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May we learn and take heed from the choices of the Israelites, being careful not to turn to other things instead of to Christ alone.

Katie