24 December 2010

9 ways to pray for your soul

This article from DesiringGod.

19 December 2010

notes from the tilt-a-whirl

from the desiring God blog...

page 157 of N. D. Wilson’s book, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl:

The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.

16 December 2010

for some reason

i just really love this.


Via Kevin DeYoung.

10 December 2010

book list

another book for the ever-growing list:

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen

via Justin Taylor.

02 December 2010

'God reveals truth about himself in his Word, not for the sake of knowledge, but for the sake of relationship with us.' -Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep.

I know i'm kind of stupid, but i've only recently realised this.

29 November 2010

notes from lausanne

From John Piper's message on Ephesians 3, delivered at the third Lausanne congress in South Africa:
When Paul was willing to go to prison for the sake of Christ, he showed the nations that Christ is more precious than freedom. When he was willing to suffer for Christ, he showed the nations that Christ is more precious than comfort and security and prosperity.

In other words, the infinite value of the unsearchable riches of Christ shine brightly not in Paul’s prosperity, but in his imprisonment. With his suffering, he draws the nations to the glory Christ and displays the wisdom of the cross.

But no one chooses prison,

* no one turns from prosperity,
* no one sees the breadth and length and height and depth of the love Christ that passes knowledge,
* no one is filled with all the fullness of God,
* no one says, “I count everything as loss for the sake of Christ”

without supernatural, omnipotent power coming into their lives.

And how does it come? Paul shows us that it comes by prayer.

Most of the peoples of the world where the church is not yet planted, don’t want us to come and bring the gospel. But they will perish if the gospel does not reach them. If, for Christ’s sake, we are willing to go—and Christ commands us to go—then we will suffer. And if our suffering is to be the glory of the world, then we must pray.

So to you, O Lord, who are able to do far more abundantly
than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us,
to you be glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations,
forever and ever.
Amen.

24 November 2010

Instead, be confident that singleness is intended by God to say something glorious about Him, about His supreme sufficiency to supply every need, and His supreme worth to be loved and devoted to exclusively by all.

Brooks Waldron.

diy goody bags

this is random. but i really like it.
diy goody bags. from babyccino kids via swissmiss.

22 November 2010

the gospel changes everything

Really good series linked by Justin Taylor, on discipleship and the gospel.

20 November 2010

think and do something about

from D. A. Carson.
If I have learned anything in 35 or 40 years of teaching, it is that students don’t learn everything I teach them. What they learn is what I am excited about, the kinds of things I emphasize again and again and again and again. That had better be the gospel.

If the gospel—even when you are orthodox—becomes something which you primarily assume, but what you are excited about is what you are doing in some sort of social reconstruction, you will be teaching the people that you influence that the gospel really isn’t all that important. You won’t be saying that—you won’t even mean that—but that’s what you will be teaching. And then you are only half a generation away from losing the gospel.

Make sure that in your own practice and excitement, what you talk about, what you think about, what you pray over, what you exude confidence over, joy over, what you are enthusiastic about is Jesus, the gospel, the cross. And out of that framework, by all means, let the transformed life flow.
via Justin Taylor.

12 November 2010

28 October 2010

grey

definitely like this wedding.

24 October 2010

don't waste your life.

You will waste the pain that comes from losing your dreams if you refuse to let the disappointment drive you like Ruth to let go of all those hopes and put your whole heart into God’s plan for your life, trusting Him to give you what is best.

If you refuse to do this you will eventually find a way to make your dreams happen for yourself, and miss the only thing that really offers you the peace, joy and security you seek in the first place.

from fabs.

10 October 2010

do it again!

justin taylor posted an excerpt from g. k. chesterton on God's delight in repetition.

19 September 2010

the very essence of our nature is desire

But someone will ask, "Should I not desire dinner? Should I not desire a job? Should I not desire a spouse? Should I not desire the child in my womb? Should I not desire a healthy body or a good night's rest or the morning sun or a great book or an evening with friends?"

And the answer is no—unless it is a desire for GOD! Do you desire dinner because you desire God? Do you want a job because in it you will discover God and love God? Do you long for a spouse because you are hungry for God and hope to see him and love him in your partner? Do you desire the child and the healthy body and the good night's rest and the morning sun and the great book and the evening with friends for God's sake? Do you have an eye for God in everything you desire? (See Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31.)

from john piper.

10 September 2010

prayer

We can do no thing of real power until we have done the prayer thing. Here is a man by my side. I can talk to him. I can bring my personality to bear upon him, that I may win him. But before I can influence his will a jot for God, I must first have won the victory in the secret place. Intercession is winning the victory over the chief, and service is taking the field after the chief is driven off. Such service is limited by the limitation of personality in one place. . . . Prayer puts man into direct dynamic touch with a planet.

S. D. Gordon. From the Desiring God blog.

06 September 2010

john piper

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of material success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity.

So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.

Radical Womanhood.

25 August 2010

really good article. (about the blessing of the lack of physical intimacy that is inherent in singleness and what it teaches us about God)

22 August 2010

05 August 2010

homemade ginger ale

i'm going to try this. yummy!

14 July 2010

21 May 2010

beautiful



By Bryan Schumaat via design is mine.

26 April 2010



i don't know how to imbed links so i'll just say that this is via dream everyday via papertissue. sorry.

but doesn't this look wonderful? uh-mazing.

31 March 2010

thanks elisabeth elliot

"Just here is the lesson for me: when Jesus took up his cross, He was saying yes with all his being to the will of the Father. If I am unwilling to say yes in even a very little thing, how shall I accept a more painful thing? What sort of practice does it take for a disciple to learn to follow the Crucified? A friend hurts us, a plan goes awry, an effort fails--small things indeed. But then cancer strikes, a daughter marries unwisely, a business folds, a wife abandons her home and family. The call still comes to us: Take up your cross and come with Me. With You, Lord? Yes, with Me. Will You give me strength and show me the way? That was my promise--is it my custom to break promises? "

Oh I'm tired. And painting is hard work; mixing colours is hard work. Working with 5- and 6-year-olds is HARD work. Reminding them to wash their hands, to keep their hands off each other, to walk, to talk quietly, to share, how to share, how to apologise, and on and on. It's HARD. And it feels like I'm not making any difference.
But that's a lie from Satan and I'm not going to believe it. Instead, Jesus, I believe that You love these kids with everlasting love and that You called me to this job to love these kids. To, in a million small ways, be Your hands and Your feet and Your voice. And You know that I fail daily. But You forgive me and You intercede on my behalf and underneath are the everlasting arms. And You give wisdom and grace. Jesus--I need Your help! I seriously can't do this anymore unless You help me.

09 March 2010

03 March 2010

straight from elisabeth elliot

Sometimes a task we have begun takes on seemingly crushing size, and we wonder what ever gave us the notion that we could accomplish it. There is no way out, no way around it, and yet we cannot contemplate actually carrying it through. The rearing of children or the writing of a book are illustrations that come to mind. Let us recall that the task is a divinely appointed one, and divine aid is therefore to be expected. Expect it! Ask for it, wait for it, believe that God gives it. Offer to Him the job itself, along with your fears and misgivings about it. He will not fail or be discouraged. Let his courage encourage you. The day will come when the task will be finished. Trust Him for it.

"For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed" (Is 50:7 AV).

24 February 2010

overcoming with joy

something i need to think about/ work on.

12 February 2010

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different" - Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

We're not doubting that God will do the best for us, we're wondering how painful the best will turn out to be-C.S.Lewis

30 January 2010

22 January 2010

europe




back home from europe. had a wondrous time--because i serve a wonderful God!
got some amazing opportunities to bless the churches with the gifts God has given me--which is amazing!!! oh i'm so unworthy. i'm just blown away that God knew all this and planned all this and that i got to be part of this huge plan. it's such confirmation for a doubting child. grazie mille!