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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

Beginning of Spring Semester Thoughts




School has started.  It will be in full swing next week, when I start my second class.  I found myself thankful for things that I've had such a hard time being content in or just plain thankful for.  I've found myself thankful for a some what less busy schedule, for the Lord's sovereignty in where He has me right now.  For so long I've expected/wanted to be in a different place, but today I'm thankful for the blessings He has given me.  The time and ability to focus on school.  I have time to do two classes...it will be busy as I also work 30 hours a week, but I have the time.  I pray I'll also find time to invest in my family and friends, my two blogs, reading, and getting to know, be encouraged, and encourage others around me.  This is the season the Lord has me in and He's kept me busy and I'll pray He will give me the strength to do well at work and school and also to love those around me and be a light in this world.  There is much to be thankful for.

One thing I've noticed is how hard social media can be.  I mean I knew this and kept myself from it for a few months before deciding to get back into it, but it's hard.  I worry.  I compare.  I think, why does she have what I want.  Why does she look so good.  I'm not good enough.  I need to be careful, I need to not put myself in a place where I think I need or deserve anything.  Or a place where I think others are perfect, because, we. are. not. perfect.  Social Media can be really dangerous, but I see the fun and joy it can bring as well.  The way people can connect.  Or share their hearts.  There is a lot good ways to use it.

We went to visit family this last weekend.  Such mixed emotions and feelings each time we come away from a visit with them.  Though thankful for another chance to be with them, it's also hard to see our relationship will never be the same again.  Coming home makes me realize one thing... never take for granted family or time spent with them.    Though not easy to visit with family, many people are not as lucky to have time with theirs.  I know the Lord works through every hardships like not talking to family members for a few years or a cousin being diagnosed with cancer.  I see how He does and I'm thankful for His hand at work and the opportunity we had this weekend.

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