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To decide what the best use of it is, you must ask what use the Enemy wants to make of it, and then do the opposite. Now it may surprise you to learn that in His efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else. The reason is this. to us a human is primarily food; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself - creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united with Himself but still distinct.
Of course I know that the Enemy also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every one of them. When He talks of their losing their selves, He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.
|baked french toast|
|Brian really likes this meal!|
|The Christmas train display is out and Brian was delighted!|
|waiting for a train to come through the tunnel|
|the little trains in side displays|
YOU WILL FAIL; Jesus' forgiveness is REAL.
YOU WILL GROW; transformation by the Holy Spirit is REAL, too.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Lord, we see in your word a calling to something we cannot do on our own. We know the damage parents can do to children, perhaps even the way our own parents fell short of this calling. The pain can run so deep. Remind us of Your love for us, Your desire that we share in Your holiness, Your tender care for us. There is no God like you. Fill us with a desire to know your Word, apply it to our lives, and teach it to our children. We need you and we love you. Thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for giving us all we need for life and godliness and for the depth of Your forgiveness in Christ - what a blessed message we have to give to our kids because of who You are. Amen.
MONDAY: Ask the Lord to completely surround your children with emotional, physical and spiritual protection.
TUESDAY: Pray that the Lord will strengthen your children’s faith and will fill them with a passionate desire to want to seek and know Him, His word and His will.
WEDNESDAY: Ask the Lord to give your children godly wisdom in choosing their friends and peers, and to give them strength and courage to boldly take a stand for what is right.
THURSDAY: Pray that the Lord would renew your children’s mind. Helping them to remain pure in their thought and deeds.
FRIDAY: Ask the Lord to extend His blessing over the activities of your children, both academic and extracurricular, giving them alertness and clarity of mind. Pray also for encouragement in their defeats and humility in their victories.
SATURDAY: Pray that your children will be sensitive and compassionate to the needs of others, and that the Lord will help them act in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
SUNDAY: Pray for and seek blessings for those who are in authority over your children, asking the Lord to give them wisdom and understanding as they instruct your children.
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
|preparing to sing|
|appreciating the singing|
|Michelle (Isaac's mom), Michelle, and me|
(sister & sister-in-law: yes, my children have two aunt Michelles!)
January 21-22: Colorado Springs, CO, MH Conference, COS Marriott
February 4-5: Irvine, CA, MH Conference, Mariners Church
February 18-19: Irving/DFW, TX, MH Conference, LC Marriott
How unbecoming of a daughter of the King! I'm loved to the core by a God who was willing to die to rescue me from that nasty sinful nature. Only in His presence do I find that fulfillment I'm looking for. God promises to fill us up, quench our thirst, give rest to our souls.
Again, how unbecoming of a daughter of the King! God has taken my life and given me new purpose: to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. I can do this in whatever situation and don't need to distract myself. I I have a spare minute, I can think of Him, encourage the ones I'm with, or give thanks for anything going on around me. If I have a task to do, I could just do it - and reward myself with some posting time when it's done!
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I Timothy 1: 15-17
Nap time is replaced by some time alone in their bed or bedroom. Provide your child with a special box or bag of things to do (quiet toys, games, drawing supplies, books), set an alarm so they know when the time is up, and leave them to it!
Elizabeth takes a 45 minute rest and then I let her watch one half-hour television show. During her rest time she has access to a large bag of library books (so they're constantly changing), markers and paper, and really anything else she wants. She has her rest time on our bed, because our children don't have their own rooms. Ironically, her rest times are rarely very quiet; she sings and talks to herself a lot! Nevertheless I notice a negative difference in her evening behavior on days that she does not have this alone time.