Dec 2

Friday Funnies

2005 at 8:47 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

Given that three out of the four writers of this blog are blonde (or more accurately, blonde with a little extra help from chemicals), we found the following submission from Julie in Huntsville, Alabama, particularly funny. We hope it makes you laugh too!

“A Blonde’s Answer to this Math Problem”

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It is our prayer that the unspeakable peace that comes from acknowledging God in all our ways (see previous post) will be yours this weekend.

Warmly,
Carolyn, Nicole, Kristin and Janelle

Dec 2

In All Our Ways…

2005 at 3:00 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Homemaking | Holidays

There are 22 days, 9 hours, 59 minutes and 28, 27, 26 seconds until Christmas Day. Before this fact compels you to rush off to the mall, I want to remind you of a verse that can produce peace in your soul and mine this holiday. It’s a familiar one; a verse we are often quick to quote and slow to apply, and not one we usually associate with Christmas. It’s Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” Charles Bridges’ comments provide fresh insight into this little verse. Consider them carefully.

“Take one step at a time, every step under Divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted…Consider no circumstances too clear to need his direction. In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let him be supreme. Who of us has not found the unspeakable ‘peace’ of bringing to God matters too minute or individual to be entrusted to the most confidential ear?”

Proverbs 3:6 is our go-to verse when we’re faced with a big decision. We are often quick to acknowledge the Lord and seek His guidance in extraordinary situations. However, we assume we can “carry on…the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel.” God calls this self-idolatry and pride.

How often I live as if I don’t need God in order to clean my bathroom, or discipline the boys, or find that perfect gift for my mother-in-law, or put up Christmas decorations—as if I am sufficient in and of my self to handle most things! My lack of dependence upon God is pronounced in these “ordinary matters.”

And yet, as Mr. Bridges points out, “God loves to be consulted…no circumstance [is] too clear to need his direction!” He wants us to bring to him all our little decisions, our minor frustrations, our small dilemmas. He doesn’t just tolerate our questions—God LOVES to be consulted! Hasn’t he commanded us to acknowledge Him in all our ways?

The Christmas countdown may tempt you to anxiety, but as Christians, we are truly meant to experience peace in our souls—not just at Christmas, but every day, the whole year through. This precious, “unspeakable peace,” comes when we bring to God all of the ordinary matters of our day.

So what were you going to do next? Before you get up from your computer, pause, read this verse and quote again, and acknowledge Him. Unspeakable peace can be yours for the rest of the day.

Dec 1

“Do What You Can”

2005 at 2:50 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Homemaking | Holidays

On Tuesday, Nicole talked about depending on God in the midst of a busy holiday season. As a mom with young kids, mine is a busy season regardless of whether it’s a holiday or not. Christmas only adds to the feeling of “being overwhelmed” and “having no time.” It only increases the temptation I already face to rationalize away my quiet times.

Even though I might not be able to have extended times as I did when I was single or newly married, I must not neglect my relationship with the Lord simply because I have young children. Whether it means getting up early or taking time over the boy’s naps, I must make every effort to seek God’s face and receive His grace.

Recently, I’ve begun “tracking” my times with the Lord. I write down how much time I spend with the Lord each day, or a “0” for none at all. This is not a legalistic attempt to earn God’s approval. Rather, it is to help remind me of the importance of seeking God and to help keep me from neglecting my relationship with Him.

On this topic, I want to encourage you to read an article by Donald Whitney, author of Simplify Your Spiritual Life. He both empathizes with the unique challenges a young mom faces, and yet encourages us not to neglect our pursuit of the spiritual disciplines. But even if you don’t have young children, this is a timely article for all of us going into the Christmas season: “Do What You Can.” And do it all in the shadow of the cross.