Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Christliest Life




"Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

"Thanksgiving should never be lacking in a Christian life. It is not enough to observe one day in the year for 'Thanksgiving' although that is a beautiful thing to do. Nor is it enough to put a sentence of thanksgiving into our daily prayers, although that, also, is proper.

It is the grateful spirit which pleases God, the spirit that is always full of praise. There should be a note of thanksgiving running through all our life.

Too many of us go to God only with requests, with our burdens, our worries, our troubles; while we but rarely go to Him with any word of thanks.

We are not to be thankful only for the pleasant and agreeable things that come into our days--we are to be thankful, too, for the things that appear to us to be adversities. "Give thanks in everything." That means . . .
in the sad days, 
as well as in the glad days, 
when clouds are in the sky, 
as well as when the sunshine is pouring everywhere.

It is said here that this is the will of God for us. The Christliest life--is the one that is always keyed to the note of praise and thanksgiving."

~ J.R. Miller




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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healthy Friendships With Other Women




A Note from Marci:  Ladies I have been working on a devotional to share with the women at our church at a ladies tea and the topic is Friendship.  The excerpt below was from the Revive Our Hearts website and was written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  As you read the expert below may you be in prayer to be a friend who demonstrates the qualities laid before us in Titus 2.

"How can I have healthy relationships with other women?

Women are wired to be relational creatures. When there’s exciting news, heartbreak, disappointment, or the need of a shoulder to cry on, we usually turn to a friend.

Within the Titus 2 passage there is a valuable word of exhortation that should be a vital aspect of our friendships: “Encourage the young women to . . . be sensible” (v. 5 NASB).

This one little word is packed with meaning. It’s the Greek word sóphrón—to be of sound mind, self-controlled, temperate. To operate with this mindset is to use wisdom, taking the knowledge of the Word of God and applying it practically to the demands of daily life in order to live life to God’s glory.

To be a sóphrón woman means that your behavior is directed by God’s truth rather than driven by your emotions. When faced with challenging circumstances, the tendency for most women is to react—not in wisdom—but with our emotions! This is where being a Titus 2 friend can be helpful. A Titus 2 friend demonstrates:

A listening ear
An open heart
Tenderness
Confidentiality
Loyalty
Humility
Sensitivity to the Spirit
Devotion
A sense of humor (especially a willingness to laugh at yourself)
Grace for “life interruptions”
A heart that forgives quickly and frequently
Letting go of things that don’t really matter while holding on to things that do
Patience
Forgetting the worst and remembering the best
Humbly confronting when necessary
Speaking truth in love—always
Serving as a faithful encourager
Taking time to cultivate a long history together
Commitment to prayerful intercession

Ask God to bring friends into your life who will point you to truth when you are struggling. Don’t wait for this kind of person to befriend you, though; take the first step by asking God to lead you to someone who needs a friend. Be this kind of friend (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16–18)."  

~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss




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Sunday, November 23, 2014

10 Simple Mentoring Ideas




Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
~ Titus 2:3-5

The word mentoring has taken on a whole new meaning in our modern day evangelical churches.  If we look at the passage in Titus 2 above that serves as a guide for what mentoring should entail in a relationship with an older woman and a younger woman, it doesn't seem to be so complicated.

Mentoring doesn't necessarily mean doing a bible study together (it can but it doesn't have to).  The younger women in our lives need discipleship from us in the areas of marriage, family and home keeping.

Is there a younger woman you can mentor?  If you have daughters, you already have women in your home to mentor.

Younger women, can you look to an older woman in your church who you admire their walk with the Lord, their family life and their marriage that you would like to glean from? Have you ever thought to ask her if she would take the time to meet with you and mentor you?

Older women don't be concerned at what this undertaking may mean to you because the time is minimal and the blessings are many.  The younger women in our lives need us to pour truth into their hearts and share practical living skills.

10 Simple Ideas to Get You Started:

1. Pray and see who the Lord is leading you to mentor.  Seek out a younger woman and if you're a younger woman, seek out an older woman.  

2.  Determine how often you will meet on a regular basis.

3.  Let her live life with you as you go about your normal cooking, cleaning, menu planning, scheduling, caring for your children and your every day tasks.

4.  Let her see how you and your husband interact. What does a Christ honoring Christian marriage look like lived out on a daily basis amidst the normal daily struggles we have.  How do you and your husband handle conflict?  What does submission look like?

5. Love on her, laugh with her and just enjoy being together.

6.  Share resources with her that have benefitted your Christian walk.

7.  Read a Christian book on biblical womanhood together and chat about it over coffee.  There are some great Christian Homemaking blogs that offer good articles to discuss together too.  

8.  Take the time to listen to her concerns and questions and continue to point her to Christ.

9.  Teach her how to study God's Word for herself.

10.  Encourage her to pass on what she is learning to a younger woman in her life.

These are just a few ideas but the hope is to get you thinking of how you can be intentional in mentoring the younger women the Lord has placed in your life.

What are some ideas or ways you have mentored the younger women in your life?  
How have you been mentored by an older woman?  




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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Favorite Family Thanksgiving Traditions, Simple Thanksgiving Outreach Idea, Hindrances to Joy, Are you a Big Girl?, Getting Over Cliques and Much More!


Weekend Reading:


Sharing Favorite Family Thanksgiving Traditions - "Sharing some of our favorites with you from food to books to music that we have enjoyed over the years in celebrating Thanksgiving."

Four Reasons Time Management is More Difficult Now Than in the Past - "I recently saw a comment on a blog post questioning whether our world is so much more complex than it used to be (did our grandparents live in “a simpler time”?), if they actually had less work, or whether there is something wrong with us."

What it Means to be a Big Girl - "When you find the Big Girl inside, you find the person who feels at home in her own skin, who accepts her circumstances as the place of God’s pleasure, and who has the skills to maneuver through this life with wisdom from above. You find the woman who can live life with purpose and passion. That’s what this life with God is all about."

All of us fall short, and yet He waits, with love  - "Are not we all prodigals, in different ways, leaving the generous love and mercy of our God, thinking something else will satisfy.
And yet, all of us disappoint, fall short, live selfishly, unworthy of his love. All of us."

John MacArthur on Helps and Hindrances to Joy - "It is my understanding of the character and nature of God that anchors my joy.”

How to Get Over Cliques & Get Real Community - "We can fight to find a way in or we can love on the women where we’re at. We can obsess over who didn’t talk to us or we can focus on the woman we’re talking to. We can keep looking for a seat at a more popular table or we can pass the bread basket and an introduction to the women sitting right where we already are."


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What I'm Reading This Week:

 Big Girls Don't Whine by Jan Silvious 




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Simple idea from a friend on sharing the gospel in your community this Thanksgiving Season:

"At Thanksgiving time make some cookies with your kids and take them to your local police or fire department. Use this free card I created a couple of years ago to say 'Thank you,' and also to share the gospel with these brave men and women."  ~ Anna Jackson




"When feelings become more important than faith, people will become more important, and God will become less important." ~ Edward Welch




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Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Can Leftovers Make You Sick?, Free Christmas Planner, When to Say No, She is a Public Nuisance, Politeness and Prayer and Much More!


Some Good Reads & Resources for your Weekend:

Can Leftovers Make You Sick? - "Sometimes we think of the refrigerator as some sort of cryogenic chamber that’s capable of keeping food fresh indefinitely. Stew from last week? No problem – it’s been in the fridge. Turkey slices left over from the pitch-in – what day was that, anyway? Leftover veggie pizza slices that got pushed to the back? Sure! But even at a chilly 40 degrees, mold and bacteria (both gram-positive and negative) can thrive."

Free Busy Mom's Christmas Planner - Handy tool over at Money Saving Mom.

She is a Public Nuisance - "My neighbor is a public nuisance. It’s official, actually. She has been declared a nuisance which means the police are no longer obligated to respond to her phone calls. And she calls them a lot."

Young women at home, hear me - Some encouragement for stay at home moms.


Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life? - "Christians in North America are generally polite pray-ers. We tend to pray correct, respectful words that we think God wants to hear. But let's be honest, many of our prayers are tentative, repetitive, and somewhat boring."

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What We're Reading Together as a Family:  Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel

What I'm Reading:  The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts - (This is a must read ladies.  Kara blogs at Mundane Faithfulness about her and her family's journey in dealing with stage 4 cancer and how she shares the reality of God's grace and love through her trials).  

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Wretched Radio has a new resource coming out to aid you in sharing the gospel in your sphere of influence.  The Biggest Question - Why comes out November 19th and we are enclosing copies in our Christmas Cards this year. Get some to keep on hand to share in your gifts and cards.  


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No evangelism that omits the message of repentance can properly be called the gospel, for sinners cannot come to Jesus Christ apart from a radical change of heart, mind, and will. That demands a spiritual crisis leading to a complete turnaround and ultimately a wholesale transformation. It is the only kind of conversion Scripture recognizes.~ John MacArthur





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