Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thought for the Day...

You will not gain holiness by standing still. Nobody ever grew holy without consenting, desiring, and agonizing to be holy. Sin will grow without sowing, but holiness needs cultivation. Follow it; it will not run after you. You must pursue it with determination, with eagerness, with perseverance, as a hunter pursues his prey.
Charles Spurgeon


Katie

Friday, August 26, 2011

Your Response Matters

From the transcript of Nancy DeMoss's radio program today.

"I think what Psalm 37 is saying is that in our responding to evil, we should not do evil ourselves. But when we get defensive or bent out of shape, we start to take on the characteristics of those that we’re angry at, then we have sinned. We have become evildoers, and we forfeit the opportunity to influence evildoers in godly ways. We forfeit the opportunity to be redemptive.


You see, every time I react to a circumstance, I react to an evildoer, I react to somebody who is wronging me or wronging somebody that I love. When I react to that, I’m giving the world an impression of Christ. This is an opportunity for me to show Christ who loves sinners, who did not defend Himself, who did not retaliate, who chose not to become angry or fretful, but chose to look up and chose to look ahead for the joy that was set before Him.


That’s who Christ is. That’s how he responded to wrongdoers, to evildoers. My circumstance, when I’m being wronged, or when I’m being affected by wrongdoing is an incredible opportunity to manifest to the world, to unbelievers, to believers, to my family, to my co-workers. It’s an opportunity to manifest to my friends how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure the Son of God is." 


Are your responses to whatever you face today, whether that be good or bad, reflecting Christ in such a way that He is honored?

Katie

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Staycation

Last week we had a family "staycation"--instead of going on a vacation we stayed at home and did some things here as a family. We weren't able to do a whole lot, but here's a glimpse of what we did do...


We played two hours of bowling--4 games. We bowl once or twice a year so we love going. 


We went for a family walk.

We played tennis.

We also went out to eat, watched some movies (one or two as a family) and enjoyed the break from the regular routine and chores. Not a grand vacation, but a restful one. 




And this week.....
We're working on projects. Monday/Tuesday we scrubbed grout. Can you guess what I've been doing today?

Katie

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Lord Reigns!

Isn’t it comforting to know we can trust the Lord no matter what we face? That He is on the throne, and in the end will work all things out for our good and His glory?

Psalm 62:2 encourages me that “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” No matter the difficulty we face, God is there as our fortress, and while life on earth won't always be perfect and happy, He promises that we will not be greatly shaken.

"Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." (Psalm 62:8) That's what difficult circumstances should do to us--they should turn us to our loving Father. We should pour out our hearts before Him, trusting and awaiting what He will do through our circumstances.

God uses our circumstances to sanctify us. No matter what happens, we can trust that our sovereign Lord has our best (not what we perceive as best, but what is really best) for us.

I’ve shared this quote before, but I must share it again as it encourages me and fits with this post.
“Rather than focusing on what you would like to see happen, realize that God may be more concerned with what He wants to see happen in you.” 
Henry Blackaby


Katie