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We’re at home tonight, Lincoln has been in bed for over an hour. I’m sitting at the desk, working on the computer and Christina is on the couch, reading.
From across the room she say’s, ”You know what I hate most about being pregnant?”
“No,” I say honestly, because she has never once started a sentence like this before and I’m startled. My ears perk up.
“Not being able to move like I normally do.”
“Huh, well I can understand that,” I say deceptively, because I have no idea but can imagine I would hate that aspect more than anything, too.
So, that’s it. I go back to work and she goes back to reading. I am clueless to the changes her body will go through over the remaining months of her pregnancy. She is going to kill me when she reads this post though. She thinks I’m over here working…
It’s a pretty random complaint but it’s gonna be on my mind for a while I can already tell. I need to be more sympathetic to my wife’s discomfort. I need to realize more I cannot relate. That’s it. Back to work.
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
On the cross, for our sin, bloody and beaten: ”And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
We also know that Jesus was raised from the dead.
“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39
“While He blessed them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51
It is because of this Life that we are here…me typing and you reading. We are living because of the grace of God. I hope the “wow” factor has flipped a switch in you. It’s amazing.
You may have heard the phrase, Redeem your drive.
It’s a powerful daily tool. A great friend of mine has been doing just that by loading up his iPod with Gospel-saturated teaching and encouraged me to do the same. I want to echo that idea to you and encourage you to redeem your lunch break as well.
The idea is simple, right? You have certain periods of downtime that are required for your daily routine to properly function, so use them for the glory of God. Study. Educate yourself on the endless Creator. Seek the Author of life. Grow.
I’ve been attempting to do this by reading on my lunch breaks at work. Yes, I am still reading that same book (as well as a stack of others). Please no comments on my tortoise-like speed. I know. Believe me, I know. I snapped this pic with my BB Bold 9700 eating next to my truck in the lot at work. Feel free to send me your pics via e-mail or text. I suggest you try this simple discipline and apply it to the hectics of your daily life. Be in the Word.
[some daily reading notes]
One of the best learning tools someone once mentioned that I keep in mind when reading the Bible is this- a question: How is what I’m reading describing an attribute of God?
2 Corinthians 5:18-19, where Paul describes God the Father to us as The Reconciler, explains that He is so through Christ, and in Christ we are a new creation.
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
I am also reading in Galatians and see some action we are to do as this new creation. Galatians 6:8b-10 “but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Read on, we should be as Paul was- ‘crucified to the world’ and bearing one another’s burdens along the way. Not possible for you or I, right? I mean, you’re probably not worth it, I know I’m not. So, despair, or
HOPE! If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, crucified to the world, with a heart of flesh, bearing one another’s burdens in a relationship with the one who has reconciled him to Himself, God the Father: The Reconciler.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1. Really look and examine what Christ did for us.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serving one another.” Galatians 5:13. How do we serve others the way Christ served the “least of these”? How do we give…obey…love…trust…live the way Christ calls us to? We don’t without the supernatural ability given from our forgiving God. I think I’m too comfortable with my cozy life. Would any of you agree? As hard as it may get for us (speaking of myself and Michael now) we have still been given more than we deserve. The grace of God is outstanding.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. That’s a promise.
“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” - did you get that??- “so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:16. Thank you Jesus.
For any of you who know Bob Hausmann, this is just some of what he covered today in Sunday school. I’ve been re-reading what he went over tonight and I thought I could share tid-bits for anyone who wasn’t there. I hope everyone has a good night.
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” Habakkuk 1:5
It’s been busy in our household lately. Whether it’s celebrating a holiday that frankly I don’t understand the necessity of or getting caught up on housework, the days just seem to be over before they begin. Now, there has been some down-time Lincoln spent “working” or bicycling with daddy and going on walks with mommy.
Whenever it’s busy like it has been, I find it easy coming up with excuses for not being in Scripture. During these times I feel myself getting frustrated easier and losing patience faster. There really is a peace that comes with being in the Word…daily. Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Yes, life gets busy and I pray that myself along with all loved ones can read the breath of God to find peace amid chaos. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteouness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Before starting, we want to wish Danny a “Happy Birthday”! Hope you enjoy your day.
The first of September has brought a beautiful day; at least I think so. It’s dark, rainy and lovely. Yes the warm sunshine is nice but the rain is very welcome after the scorcher of a summer we’ve had this year. The first thing Lincoln noticed after he woke up was that it was raining. He put on Grandpa’s hat and asked for the umbrella. No matter what, he’s always ready to be outside. Many times Michael and I have talked about how Lincoln could easily live outside. The only reason he comes in is because we ask (force) him to.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” -Psalm 18:1-3
Now I urge you to go read the rest of Psalm 18.
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” -Psalm 145:18
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” -Romans 8:26
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16
To start the week I ask all to take time to pray for friends and family. God is working in many ways and sometimes all we can do is be in prayer. We lead such fast pace lives that we often don’t take time to “be still”. So pray. Let your prayers be the most intimate conversations you have with God, as Francis Chan puts it.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” -James 5:13
Lincoln is a bit under the weather, or it could be his constant teething, so he’s been very calm and quiet. For all that know him this is not his normal behavior. Whenever he does have a cold he prefers to cuddle. Of course, as his mother, I can do this all day! This always brings me back to when he was born and then I realize how fast time has gone by. I’m sure all parents can agree that you blink your eyes and your “babies” are walking, talking and telling you “no” because they that’s now their favorite word. Lincoln’s way of telling us he wants to be held is by saying “hold ya” with his arms up. So I will cherish theses moments of “hold ya”.
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” - Hebrews 3:13-14