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Behind on Bible Reading?

“Don’t give up, friends! Find time. Make your reading a priority. Don’t worry about getting behind or doing it the wrong way. Reading Scripture is an eternal investment with immeasurable rewards.”

Bible Memory Resources from Do Not Depart

This web page is a list of links to their resources for different passages.  It’s a wonderful resource if you are memorizing Scripture or want to start.

5 Things Every Missionary Wants You to Know About Culture Shock

“We all love to hear about missionaries preparing and going to the field, don’t we? But the truth is, just as many families going are also coming back due to burnout, health issues, and relationship struggles.  We don’t hear much about that. For the most part, they come off the field and no one really knows what happened. This is sad, because I really believe that some of their struggles on the field would be softened by caring people reaching out consistently. More than ever, we as individuals and churches need to work at understanding our missionaries–  Work at knowing how they think, what they are going through, and how we can be actively involved in their care.”

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I try to avoid controversy on my blog.  I realize that I am probably stepping it in when I post the following links.  You will know how I feel about observing Lent when you read the posts below.  I do not understand the fascination of Protestants with this observance…and I am not alone.  I have converted Catholics as friends that just shake their heads.  If you have an opposing view and choose to comment, please be kind. 

Why I’m not giving up cupcakes for Lent?

“God doesn’t want you to give up chocolate, meat, or cupcakes in His name. He wants you to totally give your all on a daily basis in for Him.”

5 Reasons to Not Observe Lent

“Carl Trueman said it well when he wrote, ‘…just as celebrating July the Fourth makes sense for Americans but not for the English, the Chinese or the Lapps, so Ash Wednesday and Lent really make no sense to those who are Presbyterians, Baptists, or free church evangelicals.'”

photo credit:  Tim Melton

From the books…

“Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness…fearful that we will offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion– ‘Am I of any use? ‘ and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.” ~Oswald Chambers on Mark 14:6

“If I were to ask you, ‘What does the fine linen the bride is wearing stand for?’ you might be inclined to say, ‘The righteousness of Christ that covers us.’ Significantly, however, the text says something different: ‘Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints’ (Revelation 19:8). It’s only because of the Bridegroom’s work that the chosen princess, the church, can enter the presence of her Lord. Yet her wedding dress is woven through her many acts of faithfulness while away from her Bridegroom on the fallen Earth. The picture is compelling. Each prayer, each gift, each hour of fasting, each kindness to the needy, all of these are the threads that have been woven together into this wedding dress. Her works have been empowered by the Spirit, and she has spent her life on Earth sewing her wedding dress for the day when she will be joined to her beloved Bridegroom.” ~Heaven by Randy Alcorn, pp. 199-200.

 

 

Awake, my soul…

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Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew:
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest this day
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

~Thomas Ken

Worth the Read

Up from Idolatry

“The first time Dr. Nomura Takuyuki decided to put on a Christmas meeting at his 19-bed hospital 20 years ago, he feared what others would think of him and if it would hurt his business. Christians make up only 1 percent of Japan’s population, and most Christians stay quiet about their faith in a society where social cohesion trumps all.”

Beware the Instagram Bible

“Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters. It shines a partial light. We must know it both for what it says and for what it does not.”

Sunday Afternoon Tea-Peace on Purpose

“When I would lose my peace and get tense and feel like my world was spinning out of control, God would gently remind me that it was my choice to bring this image or that article into my home.  For that is what we do when we look at any media… “

The Fires of Growth-This is the first post of #2 son’s blog.

“God’s process of sanctification is not one that ought to be feared or dreaded, but rather it ought to embraced with open arms.”

Planning the Perfect Wedding-This is the first post of my new daughter-in-law’s blog.

“This wedding is Not all about you! Yes I know you’re the bride but their is someone of equal value in the wedding… your groom!”

Spring

February is probably my least favorite month.  It’s cold, rainy and dark and I am always looking forward to spring.  Sometimes the plum blossoms bloom later in the month.  Sometimes they wait until March.  Either way, that is the first sign of spring in this part of the world.

I usually spend February doing some projects around the house before spring arrives and calls me outdoors.  For some reason this year, I’m a little anxious for the appearance of spring.  I’m even thinking about spring cleaning early!  =O

Yesterday, I packed away my Christmas village and today I put out my cherry blossom dishes.  If you’ve been here long, you know that I absolutely love the cherry blossoms.  They should be here the end of March.  That season will be extra special this year as I will have a special guest from the USA to share them with.  Can’t wait!!Hutch.jpg

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

~Genesis 1:14