Thursday, July 17, 2014

Can We Offer Grace to One Another?


Today and the days following:

Can you offer grace to your sister in the faith and not make your standard her standard?  The Bible is our standard and we are all in different stages of being sanctified.

Can you remember that we are all called to different paths in this live?  We have different lifestyles, different budgets, different interests, different opinions on matters of personal preference and no one way is right in those areas the Lord has given us freedom.  

Can you offer grace when someone says something you don't agree with and you take a strong personal offense?  We have become a culture of overly sensitive people who can't handle when someone disagrees with us we are ready to cut them off or cut them down.  

Can we take the time to encourage and spur one another in our roles as women instead of cutting one another down?  If we spent half the amount of time encouraging as we do gossiping or slandering one another what a difference it would be in our relationships.

Can we humbly learn to take criticism and learn from each other without feeling someone is cutting us down?  So many times we can learn and grow from others and we just shut down and don't listen or take to heart their correction.  May we not be prideful people but remember the Lord did not leave us alone on this earth but gave us brothers and sisters in the faith who are here to help us grow in His ways.  

Can you remember you are not the one called to be the judge of the world and your standard is not the one we are called to meet.  We are called to live our lives before an audience of One as Christians and Jesus Christ is Who I am to live my live to please.  (See Avoiding Improper Judgments)

Can you live a life of transparency before others and not be afraid to share your struggles and the sins you are dealing with.  Many times that person needs to know they are not alone in their struggles  and shame on us for being too prideful to share our weaknesses with others.  No one is living a perfect life - don't live your life with a mask on.  

Can we remember if we are Christians and have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ through our repentance and faith in Him that we are now children of the God of the Universe.  We have much to be thankful for and much to be joyful about.  We have been saved from the wrath of God and the Lord is preparing a place for us in heaven right now.  If Jesus isn't enough - nothing will be. 

So today let's live our lives to the glory of God.  Let's not compare ourselves to one another but let us compare our lives against God's standard - His Word - the Bible.  May we remember not to be concerned what other people think about us if we are living our lives to serve the only One who's opinion matters - Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If we took more time getting to truly know one another instead of assuming we know one another it would make a world of difference in how we see and treat and respond to one another.  


But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?~James 4:6-12

"We all want grace, but we cannot enjoy grace when there is an attitude of comparing."
~ Jerry Bridges ~




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Capture Your Journey - Camping Just the Two of Us


My husband and I have been married over 28 years and we camped this year for the first time alone.  We are eager to make this an annual adventure.  There is something to the quiet of the campsite in the early morning, a cup of coffee and not really having to be dressed to go anywhere.  I wore the same jeans for four days and it felt really good.

We camped close to home since my daughter is due soon with her little one and I didn't want to be far away in case the baby decided to come a bit early.

We kept our menu simple with some grilling and foil cooking so clean up was easy.  We used Starbucks instant coffee packets instead of taking the french press and even took a drive for an ice cream on a stormy night to get a relief from the rain for a bit.  Not really roughing it but truly enjoying our time together.

Our son Josh, Doug's dad and my daughter's family came for dinner one night and you can visit her post on that here.

The hiking, fishing and walks along Lake Michigan were such a joy to do together.  Holding hands, long walks and lots of time to just talk and be together.  I so love this man the Lord has gifted me with.  Just when I think it can't get any better or I couldn't find myself more in love with him - It does get better and I do find myself more in love with him than the day before.

Here's a little peek at our campsite and time.  We've came across the term "glamping" and I kinda like it - I do take quite a bit of home with me for comfort and making a home away from home.

Everything - including the kitchen sink

We love using the two room tent we used with the kids because it gave us a "family room" sitting area

I'm not fond of eating with bugs and this screened room goes up in minutes and makes it a joy to linger over our dinner together minus the mosquitoes.

From Starbucks Instant Coffee (which is pretty tasty) to hot chocolate my tea kettle from home comes in handy.  I am thankful for the propane stove to cook eggs, pancakes or heat up chili quickly and easily.  We have quite a bit of rain so our fire was pretty non-existent.

My kitchen sink ;)

This one has been a favorite read - I highly recommend it.  

A Campsite favorite Banana Boats - Slice a banana and toss in chocolate chips, marshmallows and some peanut butter if you would like.  Wrap in foil and set over the hot coals for a bit.


Just some simple foil packets - One with Chicken and Veggies and the other with Potatoes, onions and cheese.  Love the easy clean-up.

Doug has been fishing since he was a little guy - I love just sitting and watching him.

Beautiful hike along the lakefront

So peaceful

Favorite spot in the mornings.



The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. ~Louis Pasteur





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Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Biblically Communicating With Our Children, Stop Judging Each Other, Envy Always Wins, Comfort For Christian Parents of Unconverted Children and Much More!


Biblically Communicating With Our Children - "God has placed us in authority over our children to instruct them in His ways and in order to do that we must establish good communication with our children. We all would love our children to be good listeners and follow our instructions but it isn’t an overnight fix.  It takes time, love and much patience in developing strong relationships with open and clear communication. "

The Great Challenge Facing All Women (and why Women Need to Stop Judging Each Other) - "Your most meaningful work in the Kingdom of God may not be the big things that you do — but the one little person you love."

Envy Always Wins -  “The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.”

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children - "All Christian parents wish that God would show us something to do to secure our child’s salvation, and then “we’ll do it with all our might” because we love our child so much. Yet, God has not made salvation the effect of somebody else’s faith; our son or daughter must come to Christ on his or her own. John shows us that all Christians are born into God’s family “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, [that is, somebody else's will] but of God.” (John 1:13)" 

Why My Family Doesn't Do Sleepovers - "Before my children were even old enough to ask, Aileen and I talked it through and decided we would not allow our kids to do sleepovers. Now let’s be clear: there is no biblical command that forbids them, so this was not a matter of clear right and wrong, but a matter of attempting to act with wisdom." 



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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Working for the Lord



"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." ~ Colossians 3:23-24

My time this morning was spent in Colossians 3 and being reminded from Colossians 3:23-24 that my work is to be done heartily, enthusiastically, diligently, whole hearted service for the Lord and not for men - remembering that I will receive an inheritance from the Lord as my reward.  I am serving Jesus Christ my King in all things.  

Some encouraging thoughts today Mama as you do your work as unto the Lord:

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that the hosts of heaven will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"  ~Unknown

Your work may be tedious. You may have an employer who doesn't appreciate you or pay you what you're worth. You may want to quit. But you are working for Christ. Do your daily work so that your Master in heaven can one day say to you, "Good job. Well done." --H W Robinson


Today Christ calls, "Come, follow Me!"
Do not look back to yesterday;
Fresh grace He'll give to do His will,

His joy you'll find as you obey. 
~D. De Haan 

I love this reminder of the importance of serving God well in our every day tasks:

 "The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays - not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship."
~Martin Luther


No service for Christ is insignificant


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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Women in the Work World


Sharing some helpful thoughts for women in the work world or those pondering going back to work from Elisabeth Elliot and Carolyn Mahaney:

"Because I want to be faithful to what Scripture does say I often refer to that passage which tells me, as an older woman, what I am supposed to say to younger women: Titus 2:3-5. But, they want to know, is it wrong for a single mother to work? Is it wrong for a woman who has no children at home to work? Is it wrong for a woman to work because her husband insists on it? The last question is not quite so difficult, since a wife must submit and trust the results to God. I cannot answer the first two. So, for you who so far have found it necessary to work I want to offer some encouragement and comfort.
1. "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, NIV). Just remember that God must be the judge of your needs. Being wise, powerful and loving, He can be fully trusted to do just what He says.
2. You only know what you have to do today. None of us knows the future. Be faithful today--do your work faithfully, thoroughly, honestly, and gratefully. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV).
3. Be a lady. Betty Greene, pilot during World War II and later with Mission Aviation Fellowship, told me, "I made up my mind if I was to 'make it in a man's world,' I had to be a lady." A true lady is recognized and respected by men. Keep your honor, your distance, and your close touch with God. He will protect you.
4. If you are truly abandoned to the Lord, He will show you if/when He has a different assignment for you. Stay in touch with Him."
~ Elisabeth Elliot - Women in the Work World

If you are contemplating opportunities outside the home, I encourage you to ponder these wise questions from Carolyn Mahaney taken from her book Feminine Appeal. They are to help you in determining that you are making wise decisions and that you do not lose sight of your primary obligation to your home. 

 -What are my reasons for considering this opportunity?  Are they selfish or God honoring?
- Will pursuing this venture glorify God and honor the gospel?
- Is this an undertaking that will help my husband?
- Will it enhance and enrich the lives of my family?
- Does this endeavor hinder my role as caretaker of my home?


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

Related Resources:
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney


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