Friday, March 12, 2010
Hebrews 13:5: " I will never leave you nor forsake you." Sounds good, doesn't it? But it's even better when you understand the full meaning. In the Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, there is what is called a triple negavtive. It is used when the author wants to be extremely emphatic. This is the only verse in the New Testament in whcih this triple negative is used, and literally translated it reads:
"I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor relax my hold on you, assuredly not."
Now that's what I call a promise! Linda Dillow pg. 30 Creative Counterpart
And that is what I would call a promise too!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Do you make your husband a priority in your day? It seems like a silly question. After all he is an adult and I have children who need my attention and many other responsibilities. In Linda Dillow's book Creative Counterpart, She writes, "A man can have everything outside the home, but if the sincere respect of his wife and children is missing, he can be totally emasculated." Just in case you are wondering the word "emasculated" means to deprive of strength, vigor, spirit.
This is not a choice based on how we feel. If we are going to walk in obedience to His word than this can't be left out. (the same is true for the verse which talks about submission) It is easy to respect a husband who does what it says at the beginning of this verse, "love his own wife as he loves himself", but notice it doesn't say to only respect your husband if he does what you want him to do.
When he comes home at the end of the day we have the opportunity to see God work in the life of our husband and in us. Cheer him on! Prefer him! Make him your priority! (the kids will be blessed by this) Consider him! Respect him! And watch what the Lord will do in the life of your marriage.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I thought I would take some time here and go through my own bookshelf and share some of my favorites. When my eighteen year old daughter was about five, I discovered Leading Little Ones to God. It is theology for kids. But don't let that scare you, it is wonderful! It communicates so beautifully in a way that children understand. I have used this wonderful devotional for fifteen years now, and I am getting ready to begin it again with my five year old. But the best part is that everyone loves listening and hearing the stories again. There are simple discussion questions that we have used at mealtime and a hymn which we recite often as a prayer.
It answers questions like, "Has anyone ever seen God?" and "How God's children live and grow". Next to the Bible itself, this has been my favorite children's devotional. It can be used with children and grandchildren of all ages. It is truly timeless and one of my favorites.
Monday, March 08, 2010
" 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
Philippians 4:6 also reminds us to pray "with thanksgiving".
So, I tried something a little different this morning. I first began to thank God for all that He has done in my life, all that He is doing, and all that His word promises. It's amazing how when I begin this way, everything that I thought was so "BIG", all of a sudden seemed so "small" in light of who He is.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
They have started something new on their blog called The 52home Project. I love what they share so I am going to repeat it here:
8:00 pm Sunday March 7th
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
My three favorite categories (or labels) so far are Marriage, Family, and Parenting. I found myself listening to my own thoughts. It was kind of fun to look back, kind of like looking at old photos and remembering things I had almost forgotten.
Maybe I should consider it time well spent.