Today we are grieving the loss of our dear friend John Spiro. He passed into glory yesterday, following a long battle with ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease).
I remember when he came to our house for dinner, only one day before the disease finally confined him to his home. His wit and humor were still on full display, despite the constant discomfort and pain. He talked of God’s goodness and mercy and his anticipation of meeting the Savior. He was full of faith.
John mentored many young musicians to skillfully play for God’s glory. He encouraged, challenged, and influenced countless friends to follow hard after Christ. He cherished his family with all his heart. He inspired all who knew him by his stalwart trust and unflagging joy in Christ. The church he loved will bear the imprint of his life and legacy for many years to come.
It was an honor to have known him.
Kathy, Gabriel, Joseph, and Amanda—we love you dearly and we are praying for you!
“I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished the race.” 1 Timothy 4:7
Bridgette sent us a funny story that all sleep-deprived moms will relate to:
I recently had my 5th baby in December. Last week my oldest daughter lost her top tooth and I had sent a picture of her to my friends asking if they had seen her missing tooth for fun. I had taken her tooth and placed it in an envelope for safe keeping and placed it in my desk. It just so happens that my sister-in-law was visiting and saw me do it.
The following week my daughter lost her other tooth. I was looking everywhere for the envelope I had put her previous one in but could not find it. Once again I took a picture of her and sent it to everyone asking if they had seen the other one.
A day later I got an e-mail from my sister-in-law (who had returned back home) telling me that one of my daughter’s missing teeth had been found. You see I had put her tooth in an envelope that was from a wedding card I had filled out and given to my sister-in-law to give to this new happily married couple. Little did I know it was in that envelope!
Since my sister in law was the one who gave them this card, I was told that they had the tooth and thought it was very funny it was inside!
Don’t forget that Monday is the deadline for the Pick One Spot Contest. See you then,
Nicole for Carolyn, Kristin, and Janelle
For all you new 5 O’Clock Club members, here’s some encouragement from Marcia, a veteran early riser:
And of all the wisdom shared in Feminine Appeal, one of the single greatest practical influences it has had on me is this habit of rising early, and seeing the value and joy of doing so. Rhythms of life, with now three young children, keep changing, but this single element of my life holds like an anchor and is precious to me. It is not the habit itself that is inherently precious, but the communion with Christ that it has enabled for me and in me. Rising early is no guarantee that I will have sweet communion with Christ. But, practically speaking, rising early is the greatest guarantee that I will have time in the day for communion with Christ. And by His Grace, rising early has been a tool leading directly to that end, and thus of invaluable worth. Thank you for your continual encouragement. I smile to look over the long list of fellow women in the 5 O’Clock club. Kindred Spirits. All praise to Christ.
Visit our 5 O’Clock Club page to read other testimonies of grace or join the club.
Did you know that Don’t Waste Your Sports is for moms too? So one woman discovered and wrote to tell my dad about it:
Dear Mr. Mahaney,
As I read the girltalk blog this week, I found your sermon titled, Don’t
Waste Your Sports. I want to thank you for sharing what God has taught you
about the ways parents, coaches and children can glorify God in their
I was struck by the opportunity I have wasted as a wife and mother. My
husband coaches soccer and our children both participate in club soccer, in
our area. Coaching and playing soccer have been an area of contention in our
marriage for many years. In fact, in my pride and arrogance, I had sent a
link to this exact sermon to my husband a few months ago. Yesterday, I had a
good listen for myself. The Lord used your teaching to humble me.
I had wasted the opportunity to honor God by gladly submitting to my husband
in this area. I had wasted countless drives to games and practices
complaining, rather than giving all glory and honor to the Lord. This is an
opportunity to shepherd my own heart, and the hearts of my children. This is
an opportunity for our family to talk about and make much of God on way to
the field, on the field, and on the way home from the field!
I am so thankful for God’s grace, through your teaching and the opportunity
we have to not waste our sports, but instead do all for the glory of God!
Last Thursday, Nicole encouraged us to enlist our friends as allies in our fight against fear. Great advice. I have benefited more times than I can remember from friends speaking truth into my life.
But sometimes those trusted friends may not be available or maybe they are getting a little tired of saying the same things to us over and over. That’s probably how my friends feel! There is another group of friends that should be consulted daily in our fight for faith—books and sermons!
Books that are rich in truth of who God is, and sermons that faithfully declare God’s Word should be among our best friends. And hey, and the great thing is, they are never busy or unavailable! I have a few books and messages that I have read and listened to dozens of times in my battle against fear and unbelief. A few of our favorites are:
Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd Jones,
Running Scared by Ed Welch
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Beside Still Waters by Charles Spurgeon (you can look up fear or anxiety in the index)
Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper
A Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul Tripp
“Be Humble, Be Alert” sermon by Rick Gamache
“Antidote to Unbelief” sermon by Mike Bullmore
“The Troubled Soul” sermon by CJ Mahaney
So if you find yourself battling fear today, pick up a book or listen to a sermon. Your soul is sure to be strengthened!