Aug 11

Friday Funnies

2006 at 11:04 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

Our faithful reader Rebecca sent in this cute anecdote. Out of the mouth of babes…

“One of my sons innocently showed me the mirror of my own sin of grumbling and complaining when he asked me sincerely: ‘Mommy, which one of these is the “stupid” drawer?’ Oops!”

May your wekend be full of wonderful memories!

Carolyn
for Nicole, Kristin, and Janelle

Aug 11

Girltalk Book Club: Week Three

2006 at 4:23 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

11258052_1 “Scripture…gives us no physical description of Eve. Her beauty—splendid as it must have been- is never mentioned or even alluded to. The focus of the biblical account is on Eve’s duty to her Creator and her role alongside her husband. That is a significant fact, reminding us that the chief distinguishing traits of true feminine excellence are nothing superficial. Women who are obsessed with image, cosmetics, body shapes, and other external matters have a distorted view of femininity. We need to go back to Scripture to see what God’s ideal for a woman really is. And the biblical account of Eve is an excellent reminder of what a woman’s true priorities ought to be.”

When I read this paragraph, I was struck by this truth: Eve’s beauty was not what gave her value! I tend to accept the “fact” that beauty is important because that is what the culture screams at me from every street corner. But this chapter was a fresh reminder to me that my priority should not be my outward appearance, but rather my God-assigned role as comforter, nurturer and helper.

One young reader, fifteen-year-old Joanna Linn, understands the importance of these priorities. You may remember Joanna’s story, which we shared with you last November. If not, read it now and you will be all the more encouraged by her answer to this week’s question:

How did this chapter influence how you think about your true priorities as a woman?

Being a young teenage girl, my true priorities would not be very different than a saved mother, grandmother, single woman, or any other lady. My true priorities as a girl are first and foremost to honor and glorify God in everything I do. After honoring and glorifying God, my priorities are a little different than some other women. My priorities are to respect and honor my parents, and to be submissive to their leadership. Just as Eve’s priorities were to honor God and serve her husband, mine need to be to honor God and serve my parents.

This chapter influenced me to think more about the Lord and my family. I need to be more aware of God and his desires for me at this point in my life. I also need to be aware of my parent’s desires for me. Being a young teenage girl, I am still under my parent’s instruction and care, and need to be submissive to them just as if the Lord was there telling me what to do. Ultimately, he is the one that I am obeying when I obey my parents. I need to keep God and my family as my true priorities.

Thank you so much for your thoughts, Joanna. You’ll be receiving your very own copy of Twelve Extraordinary Women, personally signed by John MacArthur.

For the rest of you—please keep sending us your answers! Here’s next week’s question from Chapter Two about Sarah (taken from page 36):

Like Sarah, what “earthly inconvenience” are you experiencing, and how is it “mitigated by the promise of eternal blessing”?

We are eagerly anticipating your responses, and hope you enjoy and benefit from Chapter Two!

Aug 10

A Prayer for my Family

2006 at 5:06 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

In his book, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, D. A. Carson examines several of the Apostle Paul’s prayers and encourages us to align our own prayer life with Paul’s theology, priorities, and practices. One petition Dr. Carson works through in his book is Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Thessalonica found in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (“Worthy Petitions,” Chpt. 3). From this chapter, I have adapted a prayer that I regularly pray for my own family. I want my intercession for those I love best to reflect the Savior’s priorities for them. This prayer helps me do just that.

Father, I pray today that you may count us worthy of your calling. Enable us to become increasingly holy, self-denying, loving, full of integrity, steeped in the knowledge of you and your Word, ever delighted and eager to trust and obey you. We are not strong enough or disciplined enough to live up to your calling on our own. But I ask that you will so work in our lives that we may grow in all things that please you so that you ultimately judge us to be living up to the calling that we have received. Help us to establish and pursue only those plans, goals, and purposes that are in keeping with your will and intent for our lives and by your power cause every good purpose and faith-prompted act of ours to bear abundant fruit. I pray this so that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in our lives and our lives in Him. Lord Jesus, thank you that you are transforming us into your likeness with ever increasing glory by your marvelous grace. It is only by your grace that we can become fruitful. It is only by your grace that we can persevere. It is only by your grace that we can mature. It is your grace that enables us to love others more. It is your grace that enables us to cherish holiness and a deepening knowledge of God. Therefore I ask all these things on the basis of your grace.

Aug 9

Back to School Prep

2006 at 5:53 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

It’s that time of year again. Drive to any nearby shopping center and you will see that “back to school” sales are in full swing. This was always my favorite part of the school year—the part before school actually started. I loved getting new pens and pencils and fun supplies. Unfortunately for my mom, my excitement about going back to school didn’t carry on into the school year. Sorry, Mom!

Here at girltalk we have decided to join the “back to school” craziness. We want to collect and share ideas from all of you—to provide you with helpful tips, and also add a little splash of fun to your school-year reentry.

So, here is what we need…

  1. Wake up ideas. How to drag those half-asleep kiddos out of bed in a fun—yet effective—way.
  2. Your favorite tricks for a peaceful morning routine.
  3. Thoughts for making that first day of school special.
  4. How about those boring lunches? Any suggestions for making the PB&J a little more exciting?
  5. Ideas for happy carpools.

Flood our inbox with your emails! Suggestions about any of these five school-related tasks would be most welcome. We will need all of your stuff by Sunday evening so that we can give you the goods next week.

Aug 8

The Valley of Vision CD

2006 at 1:43 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

Cd2 Do we have a treat for you!

Sovereign Grace Ministries has just released their most recent worship CD based on the classic devotional book, The Valley of Vision—a collection of Puritan prayers.

I love this book! For years, my own prayer life has been informed and enriched by reading the prayers from The Valley of Vision during my morning devotions. Now to have a number of these theologically-rich, Christ-exalting prayers put to song—how neat is that?!Sharris

So let me encourage you to order this CD today by going to www.valleyofvision.org. Also at the website you can listen to samples of the songs, download the lyrics, lead sheet and chord charts and watch a trailer. As a special bonus, you can now watch an interview with my dear friend Shannon Harris (wife of Josh Harris) who sings several songs on the album.

Finally, the kind servants at Sovereign Grace have extended their offer of a free download of one of the songs performed by Shannon, “The Precious Blood,” until THIS FRIDAY, August 11. Don’t miss it!

Aug 7

A Wonderful Place To Be

2006 at 2:24 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

How can I thank you? This past year you have carried me by your prayers and strengthened me by your encouragement. And now, you are kindly sharing in my joy. I have read every one of your emails and intend to save them and, God-willing, show them to our little one some day.

As Mom told you, I am fighting through all-day “morning” sickness, however common grace in the form of Zofran is keeping me upright. But I have nothing to complain about. When someone asked me recently how I was feeling, I told them the truth: “happy to be pregnant.”

I would appreciate your continued prayers. As many of you know, the complications I experienced with my last pregnancy occurred after I delivered Jack. This morning, I read a journal entry from February 22, 2005. I think it sums up the desire of my heart:

“Yesterday was Jack’s second birthday. A wonderful time to reflect on God’s preserving power. I am so grateful to be here and to be healthy on my son’s second birthday. We are trying to get pregnant and Steve pointed out that I have an opportunity to trust God…regardless of what happens. For if I do not get pregnant I must trust, and in fact, I must rejoice in the goodness of God and His sovereignty. And if I do get pregnant, I must rest in the truth that my health is no less in the all-powerful, all-wise and all-loving hands of Christ. This is exciting to me. I am presently in the midst of an opportunity—not just to not “mess up”—but to actively and vocally rejoicing in the goodness of God regardless of my circumstances.”

Before I conceived I had an opportunity to trust God; now that I’m pregnant I have another opportunity to trust God. But come to think of it—we should always trust God, whether in trial or blessing. We are always under His sovereignty, guided by His wisdom and surrounded by His love. What a wonderful place to be!

Aug 4

Friday Funnies

2006 at 10:31 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

Here’s this week’s Friday Funny from Jennifer:

“When my brother Charlie was little, he would sometimes get in the bed with my mom on chilly nights (what child doesn’t!). One night he was in her room and said, ‘Good night, Cover Girl!’ She said, ‘Why Charlie! Do you think I’m pretty?’ He said, ‘Yes, but you’re stealing all the covers, girl.”

I hope you all have a tremendous weekend!

Kristin
for Carolyn, Nicole, and Janelle

Aug 4

Book Club: Week 3 Assignment

2006 at 7:28 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

Thank you all for your wonderful answers to our first Book Club question. We hope you found it helpful to synthesize your thoughts on the Preface and Introduction. For next week, we will read chapter one of Twelve Extraodinary Women and invite you to answer the following question (by Thursday midnight):

John MacArthur writes in chapter one: “We need to go back to Scripture to see what God’s ideal for a woman really is. And the biblical account of Eve is an excellent reminder of what a woman’s true priorities ought to be.”

How did this chapter influence how you think about your true priorities as a woman?

Friday Funnies will be along shortly.

Aug 4

Girltalk Book Club: Week Two

2006 at 6:18 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

In the final paragraph of his introduction to Twelve Extraordinary Women, Dr John MacArthur makes this declaration about these notable women of Scripture: “The faithfulness of these women is their true lasting legacy.”

One of our readers, Susan Jansen, captures this very truth in her poignant answer to our first Book Club question:

“Life is made up of ordinary days” is a favorite quote of mine. I can still remember my first moment of “ordinary days”. It was soon after coming home from my honeymoon. The year before had been full of meeting my husband, being wooed, getting engaged, and planning a wedding. And an extraordinary day…all eyes were on us. Then, we were just another couple, learning, growing, going to work, and paying bills. Days, months, and a year went by, and then a new adventure: I was a mother to be. Well, the baby arrived, the grandparents glowed, the gifts arrived, and then Dad and grandma went back to work and I began a new set of “ordinary days”. This extraordinary event happened 3 more times in the next 10 years. Now, with each child came more “ordinary days” and some “extraordinary ones”: first teeth, walking, potty training, school, puberty, driving, graduations, and a wedding. The quote"extraordinary days” are few and far between, but the “ordinary days” are what make up the in-between. Those are the days when seeds are sown, prayers are prayed, and forgiveness is exchanged.
What makes for an extraordinary life? Faithfulness in the ordinary, motivated by His grace.