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Pencils, Notebooks, and Calligraphy Pens.

 30.11.12

Welcome to a new look!  I love Delaney's design, isn't it lovely? She captured exactly what I wanted (and was very patient with my few "just one more little thing..."). Thank you, Delaney!

And if you are wondering what is the reason behind this new design, well, look at what I have been doing lately:





















Have a most blessed weekend!




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As For Me, I Will Meditate on Your Precepts.

 29.11.12



If you need encouragement to purposely meditate on God's Word, please read Psalm 119 -today-.

I have been reading it and the more I read it and the more I consider it, I keep seeing that there really is no other way to meditate on God's Word all day if we are not purposely doing something about it. It has to happen in real time. And how do we do it?

We could carry verses in our purses, inn our car, put them on the fridge, or hang them on our walls, and then we should not forget that they are there, but instead it would be good if we could make halts during the day to read and consider them, and pray them and then, live them while driving through the busy streets, or the moment we cook breakfast, or when we explain Math to our children or talk with them about their future, or when we are at Starbucks having coffee with our friends, or the times when we are with our husband in our room with the door closed.

Or we could also start (or continue) memorizing the Scriptures. This is a perfect way to meditate on the Scriptures all day; and yes, it is challenging, but so rewarding!

Consider what the Psalmist says, and after reading each verse ask yourself, "What am I purposely doing to -keep, seek, meditate, etc... ?"


"Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, 
who seek him with his whole heart..." (v.2)

"I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules." (v.7)

"With my whole heart I seek you,
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I may not sin against you."  (v.10-11)

"With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth." (v.13)

"I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your Word" (v.15-16)

"Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors." (v.24)

" [I] find my delight in your commandments,
which I love.
I will lift up my hands toward your
commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes." (v.47-48)

"When I think of your rules from old,
I take comfort, O LORD." (v.52)

"When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies." (v.59)

"...as for me, I will meditate on your
precepts." (v.78b)

"I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life." (v.93)

"Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day." (v.97)

"Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path." (v.105)

"You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word." (v.114)

"I open my mouyh and pant,
because I long for your commandments." (v.131)

"I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promise." (v.147-148)

"Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble." (v.165)



Let us encourage one another to abide in the Word.

Under His sun and by His grace,


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Ripped Jeans and Pearls

 27.11.12

"The White Tablecloth" oil on Canvas, by Henri Eugene Augustin Le Sidaner


White long tablecloth,
Men wearing ties and jackets.
Women with high-heels and black dresses
And all looking at the door...

He is wearing ripped jeans,
A baseball cap,
A colorful t-shirt.
She is wearing a grey dress,
And pearls around her neck.

His frame is flimsy,
So is hers.
He is in his late twenties,
She is in her seventies.
He has an iPhone in his hand,
She has a cane.

We all gawk in disbelief.
He takes his seat first,
She is trying to manage
Her cane, her purse, the chair.
He doesn't bother to help,
He is lost in his phone.

She asks for a glass of water, "No ice, please."
He asks for a glass of wine, red. "Cabernet."
She orders a salad, "No salt, please."
He orders a steak, "With extra blue-cheese."

She is bended.
So is he.
She tries to show herself strong,
He doesn't care to be weak.

She grew up chanting,
"I am a woman,
I am strong,
I can conquer,
I need no man,
Not even my son."

He grew up believing her.

He drinks his wine,
And puts in his mouth the last bite of her salad.
She drinks her water.
He asks for the bill.
She pays it in full.




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Praying the Sermon on the Mount -On Anger and Reconciliation-

 25.11.12

A Grace that All Can Understand

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny."
Jesus

Father, thank you for your word, for the wonderful gift that it is to have it, to be able to open it and read it, and meditate on it and be transformed by its power. Thank you, Lord.

These words that you said for us to take heed, are hard words in deed. Sometimes we live a relaxed life full of grace, without paying attention to words like these, words that call us to live in grace a more demanding life of love.

I ask you forgiveness for the words that have come out from my mouth and have hurt others.
Forgive me for the times in which I have been so angry at my children, at my husband, at my brothers and sisters that I reacted in a sinful way against them.
Forgive me, Father, for those times when I have left people hurting without asking for their forgiveness.
Forgive me for the lie that many times I have believed, the lie that says that "it is not my place to seek for a way to make a reconciliation happen."
Forgive me when I forget that it is blessed to be a peace-maker,
       and remind me that peace making is not passive,
       that it always moves towards making every effort to live peaceably with others.

Father, remind me that the best offering, the best gift I can bring to you is a heart that knows how to ask for forgiveness, and how to forgive.

Don't ever let me forget, O Lord, how much you have forgiven me.
How it was you seeking out to me.
How Jesus, on the cross, reconciled to Himself all things whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Help me live a live full of grace, Lord.

To you be the glory forever and ever,

In Jesus' name,

Amen



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Wrecked by Jeff Goins - My Review-

 24.11.12

I listened to the audio version of Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins, and I have to say that this was a hard book for me to review because I expected to be confronted with the gospel calling me to do the hard things that sometimes I dismiss because of my comfortable life. Instead, I found a good book that motivates the reader to help others, to go out and do the hard things for others that can only be done when we come out from our comfort zone but without pointing to the gospel (even though some verses are quoted and some missionary stories are told).

Jeff Goins, is a very good author and I appreciate that he is the one that recorded the audio version. His style is engaging and his passion to make us come out from our comfort zone to help others with compassion is clearly there. However, he says over and over again (in many different ways) that "we can find the satisfaction we have been searching for..."  by living a generous life. He says that it is "generosity that gives our life meaning." The problem with this line of thought through this book, is that the author leads the reader into living a life that finds meaning, satisfaction, and fulfillment not in Jesus, not in the gospel, but in doing this and that for others. And please, don't think that I am denying works (I firmly believe that faith without works is vain), I am just saying that I disagree with the author in that our meaning in life, our satisfaction, our fulfillment should come from how much we help others or not. We will always be short of "good works."

If you are like me, drawn to this book by its title, and know that you have to move out from your comfort zone without ignoring the fact that sin is the cause of the needs in this world as well as of the lack of help we offer to those in need, then I would, sadly to say, not recommend you this book. I recommend you instead Aaron Armstrong's book, Awaiting a Savior: A Christian Response to Poverty. If you just want to "help others to find yourself" (a phrase the author uses), to find meaning and fulfillment in your life, then this book is for you.



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Disclosure: I received an copy of this audio book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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Salt, Light, and the Fulfillment of the Law

 17.11.12

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Yesterday was a long traveling day for us which was rewarded with lots of hugs at the airport, and a delicious dinner with our friends in NC. I am sure we'll be flooded with many opportunities to give thanks to God this week as we enjoy the fellowship with our brothers and sisters here.

Yesterday I also learned how long traveling days, and long lines at the immigration post in Miami (2hrs of line) are perfect to catch up with your memorization project. So no complaints here.

Meditating on what it means to be salt of the world and light of the world has been good and challenging. Leslie has shared on her blog some thoughts that are important to consider on how salt can lose its taste and what it means to be trampled under people's feet.

"[W]e Christians lose our saltiness when we bind ourselves to sin, when we sacrifice our purity and potency on the altar of pleasure and worldly pursuits."

"I suppose the good news is that we are not trampled under God’s feet. Though worthless salt, we are still salt. But we are trampled under people’s feet when they see us caught in sin."

The verses 17-18 of Matthew 5 are wonderful. As I repeat them and learn them, I am drawn, every time, to give thanks to Jesus for fulfilling the law. It is so powerful to understand all that is encompassed there! You can read a few articles from the Table Talk magazine to help you understand
this: here and here and here.

My friends, may God be glorified in us as we salt the earth and give light to those around us (starting at home) this week as we'll have lots of opportunities to interact with our extended family and friends.  And let us be drawn to give thanks for the work of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.




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Light Cannot Be Hidden

 14.11.12

©Katie Lloyd Photography

 



Light cannot be hidden
Unless we purposely hide it.
Unless we fool ourselves
Lighting a lamp,
And when no one is seeing
Finding a basket
To hide it under.

We fool ourselves,
Pretending that no one sees,
We sin in the dark
Trying to hide our light
Under our very own baskets.
Behind and under...
Screens
Words
Silence
Lies
Fears
Self-Esteem
Our own rights
Self-Righteousness
Masks

The weak flame in our lamp
Desperately searches for oxygen
To keep burning the oil,
To keep giving light.

Our sin suffocates it
But if God has kindled it
Not one,
Not me,
Not my sin,
Not my stubbornness,
Not my hidding,
Not my fears,
Nothing can put it out.

God is light
And His light
pierces all darkness.
My darkness.
And darkness cannot prevail
Against the Light.
And sin faces Light
And Light overcomes.

Light cannot be hidden.
The Light that has shone on me
That has pierced my darkness
Is real
Is true.
Is forever.

I don't want to hide
My lamp.
I want to shine forth.
To live my life in the Light.
Like a city set on a hill,
Like a lamp in a house.
Shining brightly before men,
Piercing the pitch-dark night.

I don't want to hide
My lamp.
I want to shine forth.
To do good works,
Those that the Father
Prepared for me to do,
Before the world began.
That all may see
His light shining on me
Through me,
And give glory to the Father of Lights,
In whom there are no shadows,
No darkness.
No sin.


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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 
 
"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." James 1:16-18

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" Eph. 2:8-10


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Praying the Scriptures -Praying The Beatitudes-

 11.11.12

Gustave Doré, The Sermon on the Mount
Father in Heaven, I come to you in Jesus name, to thank you for calling me and making a way for me to come before you to hear you speak to me through your Word. Thank you, for opening your mouth to teach us how to live the Christian life and thank you for the grace you give us to live it out. Thank you because you did not leave us without a map, without clear instructions, without knowing where to go. Thank you because you has sent your Holy Spirit to be our Helper, our Counselor, our Teacher. Thank you, Lord.

Father, I pray that I will not forget how desolate is the condition of my heart without You. Help me to see, my need of you every day. Help me see, O Lord, my emptiness, my sin, how poor I am without your forgiveness, without your mercy. Lord, remind me always that it is not a good self-esteem what I need, but You mending my brokenness. I need you, Lord, to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

Father, we mourn for our losses. We have cried many times until we couldn't cry anymore, we cried and our tears became our prayers because we could not utter any words. But God, how many times have I cried over my sin? Not many. O God, give me a repentant heart! Give me a heart that grieves when I sin. Give me a tender conscience that will not be OK, with the little sins in my daily life. Comfort me with your forgiveness, with the assurance of your salvation. And for our losses, and the pain, and the many tears, I thank you because we can also hope knowing that one day they will be no more. Oh, to know that one day you will wipe away all our tears!

Blessed are the meek... Lord, without you in my life it is impossible for me to be meek. For to be meek is to be humble, to be teachable, to be slow to anger and slow to speak. To be meek is to be willing to see and confess that I have wronged You and my beloved ones. To be meek is to wait on you without complaining, Lord, I cannot be meek apart from You. I need you so much, Lord!

Father, how easily we are deceived into thinking that we can satisfy our soul with many other things rather than your righteousness. When I don't pray, when I don't read your Word and then go off to live my daily life, I am making, without even noticing, a wider and deeper cistern that can hold no water. Help me, Lord, to seek you and you alone to provide for my deepest needs. Satisfy me in the morning with your steadfast love, Father. Draw me to you, every day, all day. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me first and foremost to you, my Rock. Draw me to your presence, to your Word where I can find Living Water so that I will thirst no more. O God, fill my cup, fill it until it overflows.  Father, I want to eat your Word, to taste and see how it is sweeter than the honey comb. I want to eat from the Bread of Life every day and be satisfied, and be truly blessed. Thank you for setting the table and for calling me to sit at your table not as a stranger, but as your dear child.

When I mutter, "Blessed are the merciful, because they shall receive mercy..." I think of how much mercy I have received from your hand. Every morning your mercies are new towards your people; every single morning you bless me with new mercies that flow from your Throne of Grace. Every morning I open my eyes and the first thing I taste is your mercy, your goodness. If I could only remember this as I live my life! Help me live a life of mercy. To be at all times merciful to my husband, my children, my friends, my neighbors, my enemies. Help me to give mercy to those whom I find hard to love. Help me, to give mercy in the same way that you have given it to me: endlessly and freely.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God," I love to meditate on this beatitude, Lord. What an amazing promise you have given us!  And it is amazing because you have provided a way for us to have a pure heart so that we can see you. Thank you for giving us Jesus, who gave his own life for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify us for himself. Thank you because you cleanse us, because you give us new hearts. Thank you because you clothe us with robes of righteousness. Thank you because you no longer see our filthy sin, but Jesus in us. Thank you because we can live this life knowing that we shall indeed see you. Lord, I don't want to forget this promise, not for a second: I shall see you and not perish, it is because of your grace that I have a pure heart, cleansed by the blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

You have cleansed my heart and make it pure so that I may have peace with you.While I was still a sinner, Lord, when I was still your enemy, you sent Jesus to pay the price for my sins, to carry my guilt and shame, to save me. Lord, when I did not love you, you loved me and drew me to you. Your call was irresistible, your grace amazing. You even made me your child! And now you call me to be a peacemaker, just like you. To love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgivable. To reach out and and as far as it depends on me, live peaceably with all, always overcoming evil with good, always giving acts of mercy and never revenge. Father, that the world may know us, your children, because of our efforts to live peaceably with one another. That the world may know that we are your children because of the love we have among ourselves, and the acts of mercy that we show to those who are in need.

Lord, when I consider that persecution for righteousness' sake is a blessedness, I have to admit that I have many, many times neglected praying for my brothers and sisters that are being terribly persecuted around the world. In your Providence you have set my feet in a place, in a time, in a situation where fierce persecution is almost null, but let me never forget that it might come. It is my prayer that if it comes to my life, or to the life of my beloved ones, you will give us the strength, the endurance, that eternal vision of the reward that awaits for those you have chosen to suffer, so that we may never deny your Name.

I give you thanks, Father, because you hear the prayers of your own because of Jesus' sake. Thank you, because you have shown us the way we should go. Thank you for your Word is your own breath and it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness the righteousness in my life I need to be blessed. Make me, O God, a complete woman, equipped for every good work.

In Jesus name,

Amen




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The Time It Takes to Recite The Beatitudes

 9.11.12



This is how long it took me to recite The Beatitudes (including a few bumps!).  I guess I have no excuses not to keep on going.  I now know that I cannot say, "I have no time to memorize God's Word." or "It takes too much time, and I just don't have it."

I have discovered that what it really takes to memorize God's Word, more than lots of extra time, is being intentional about it.



"It is my hope that you will discipline your mind to trade your thoughts for God’s. As you give your attention to His Word, He will meet you in unexpected places—amidst the laundry pile and the dish pile, in the car pool line and in the drive-through line. Your relationship with God will grow deeper and richer than you could ever have imagined. He will be your constant companion, your most intimate confidant."

"Train your mind to run to God’s Word, daydreaming with His thoughts. Practice these verses throughout your day, whenever you can squeeze in forty seconds."

Janet Pope, His Word in My Heart

If you wish to do so, please share with us how you did this first week by leaving a comment in the section below.

Blessings on your weekend, sisters.


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The Sermon on the Mount -One Blessing After Another-

 8.11.12

"Memorizing entire books or passages will keep intact God’s succession of ideas, without interruption. Many individual verses, memorized out of context, can give a false meaning..."

"Memorizing entire books or passages will keep intact God’s succession of ideas, without interruption. Many individual verses, memorized out of context, can give a false meaning"

Janet Pope, His Word in my Heart




"When the Lord Jesus preached His famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, He began with the Beatitudes. Too many people read these as though they were a set of impossible hurdles. But Jesus was beginning His message as God loves to begin all His gospel work—with promises.

We are told in Scripture that the one who begins a good work in us will also be faithful to fulfill it. But we may also reason backwards—the one who will fulfill the good work is the one who began it. If He gives us the gift of seeing Himself, He also gives the gift of enabling us to be peacemakers. If He gives us the filling, He also gave us the hunger and thirst for righteousness to begin with.

This is the work that God gives us to do—that we believe in the one He has sent. The beginning, middle and end of all our duties is to trust in Him, to believe in Him, to rest in Him. Why? Because the just shall live by faith."         Douglas Wilson



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A Project for the Busiest Months of the Year: Memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
Memorizing the Sermon on the Mount: A Printable Schedule




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Memorizing The Sermon on the Mount - A Printable Schedule-

 7.11.12

My friend Lisa left a comment on yesterday's post saying, "I'm crazy enough to join you but I'm also crazy enough to require lots of helps!" Well, here it is, to all my crazy friends, a simple schedule for you to print (I have no idea how to make pretty graphics with my computer, so I just took my markers, my journal, and my camera. If you come up with a prettier one and would like to share it with us, email it to me, and I will share it with everyone else).







Beside the weekly verses I added some boxes to put a check on the verses that I have already memorized. These little boxes will also help me to make my schedule a bit more flexible and don't lose track of my progress. For example, this week I want to memorize all the beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12), instead of only the first 9 verses of Mt 5, which means that I can check a few more boxes from the next weekly verses (I'd rather be ahead than behind before Christmas comes).

If you prefer a -somehow- more relaxed schedule, you can easily divide these chapters in 21weeks as follows:

Week 1: The Beautitudes (Mt 5:1-12)
Week 2: Salt and Light (Mt. 5: 13-16)
Week 3: Christ Came to Fulfill the Law (Mt.5: 17-20)
Week 4: Anger (Mt. 5: 21-26)
Week 5: Lust (Mt 5: 27-30)
Week 6: Divorce (Mt. 5:31-32)
Week 7: Oaths (Mt. 5:33- 37)
Week 8: Retaliation (Mt. 5: 38-42)
Week 9: Love Your Enemies (Mt. 5: 43-48)
Week 10: Giving to the Needy (Mt. 6: 1-4)
Week 11: The Lord's Prayer (Mt. 6: 5-15)
Week 12: Fasting  (Mt. 6: 16-18)
Week 13: Lay Up Treasures in Heaven (Mt.6:19- 24)
Week 14: Do Not Be Anxious (Mt. 6: 25-34)
Week 15: Judging Others (Mt. 7:1-6)
Week 16: Ask, And It Will Be Given (Mt.7:7-11)
Week 17: The Golden Rule (Mt. 7: 12-14)
Week 18: A Tree and Its Fruit (Mt. 7:15-20)
Week 19: I Never Knew You (Mt. 7:21-23)
Week 20: Build Your House on the Rock (Mt. 7: 24-27)
Week 21: The Authority of Jesus (Mt. 7: 28-29)

How will we keep each other accountable? What if we meet here every Friday to share how we are doing? If you have a blog and decide to post about your progress every week feel free to link to it.

I will also be posting every Lord's Day a prayer based on the weekly verses (instead of my regular Praying the Psalms series), because I have found that one of the most wonderful benefits of memorizing the Scriptures is that you can use them more effectively, as a sword in the hand of a warrior in your prayer time.



So here we go, Sisters...  May God bless our minds and hearts.





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A Project for the Busiest Months of the Year: Memorizing the Sermon on the Mount

 6.11.12



This is crazy, I know. But I need it. I need to be drawn (and at times even dragged back) to the Word of God, especially when my mind and heart want to go wild. The busiest season of the year is coming; Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, family, friends, planning, traveling, food, feasting, all of that is right at the door (and I am pretty happy and excited about it, don't take me wrong!), but in the midst of all that, I don't want to be like Martha, caught up in the many distractions that surround this season and then forget what really matters, that one thing: taking time to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to His Word.

So I contacted my friend Elizabeth Hankins (whom I met while memorizing Philippians in 2011, and with whom I have been memorizing several passages -and books- of the Scriptures since then), and we decided that it was time for us to work on The Sermon on the Mount. So here we are, two moms with kids, crazy schedules, books to read, meals to cook, brownies to bake, papers to grade,  tired feet, and Facebook accounts, ready to memorize, by God's amazing grace, 111 verses by the end of January 2013, which means that we will have to cover about 8-9 verses per week.

The thing is that we would love for you (yes, you!) to join us in this crazy endeavor. It will take some extra effort and discipline, but I am sure we can do it if we ask the Lord to help us choose wisely how we spend our time during this coming season. We must learn to make wise and simple choices, for example, limit the time we spend on all social networks, don't read all the many blogs out there (even this one, forget about it!) choose only two, maybe?  Avoid Pinterest (once you know what crafts you are making and what are you cooking, stop looking for more ideas to pin). We should ask ourselves, What if instead of checking my mobile every 10 mins.  I'd review my Bible verses with the same urgency? This is not an impossible thing to do, you can carry the Bible verses you are memorizing with you at all times (I always have them in a Moleskine that fits in my pockets), you can repeat them in the shower, while doing your hair, while driving. You can pray over them while cooking breakfast and cleaning after dinner. You can mutter them in the car, or on your bed at night. Be intentional. Don't forget about it. Don't set it aside. Don't leave it for later. You will be so blessed after persevering day after day.

We are about to enter a season of feasting, why not make it a time for feasting on the Word of God. Let's be filled with it, let Him fill our cups until they overflow!

I always encourage my friends who memorize a large passage of the Scriptures to study it in depth while doing so. It helps enormously to know what the passage means when you recite it. It also helps us not to memorize a book -or passage- for the sake of just memorizing it, it helps us meditate on it and be convicted and challenged by it.

I recommend these resources to help you study The Sermon on the Mount (read only the commentary on the verses you are working in a particular week. You don't want to be overwhelmed).

An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mountain by Pink.

The Sermon on the Mount: The Character of a Disciple by Daniel M. Doriani

The Sermon on the Mount: Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice

You can also read Thomas Watson's exposition of The Beautitudes at Grace Gems.

Or if you prefer to listen 30 mins. sermons  (that is what I am doing this time), you can download and listen to John Piper's series here or you can choose from many other sermons at Monergism.


I am excited for a season of feasting in the Word!



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Praying the Psalms -Psalm 101-

 4.11.12

©Jenny Downing Photography


Psalm 101 (ESV)
A Psalm of David


I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will make music.
 I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
    I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
    shall continue before my eyes.

Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
    from the city of the Lord.



Father in Heaven, what a beautiful thing it is to wake up this morning with a song of praise and worship in my mouth. Help me keep this song through the day, and help us, your Church, today to sing of your steadfast love and justice in the assembly of the saints with a glad heart. Help us make music to you and rejoice in doing so.

Father, as I sing your praises through the day, as I consider your steadfast love and justice, I pray that you help me ponder the way you have showed us to follow.  Help me consider how to love kindness, and do justice, and walk humbly before you, my God. Let this be the hard motivation behind all I do.

My Father, help me to walk in integrity of heart within my house. Help me to live this day, this week, this life, with integrity everywhere I go, but always starting within the walls of my house, within my room. God, it is in our homes where we take off our shoes and show who we really are. Help me be true to the gospel when no one else is seeing me, when I do the dishes and read a book with my children under the covers. Help me to live in integrity in my marriage, to honor my Man and bless him every moment. Help me love my precious family,  those with whom I share a roof, those with whom I share the meals; Help me also to love the stranger and the foreign; give me eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to do, and feet to walk.

God, help us to honor you with our eyes. Help us not to set our eyes before anything that is worthless. Lord, that we may choose wisely this week which books to read, which websites to visit. Father, help us to hate the work of the evil One. Lord, thank you, thank you because you have made us free from the bondage of sin, now we are free not to cling to the sins of our past. O what a glorious truth this is!

This week I will fight many battles, some big and other small, but I pray that in each one your name may be glorified. That my heart will be purified as a refined silver in the oven.  Help me overcome all the perverse desires in my heart that rise against your Holy Name. Help me fight against all arrogance. Lord, I want to be poor in spirit, always depending on you. Some prayers are not easy to say, but God, I pray, keep me humble. Remind me always that the arrogant, the one with a haughty look can not stand before you.

This week help me, Lord, to choose my company, my friends wisely. Help my children, my Man, help us all to dwell with those who love Truth, who are faithful to you, who honor your Word and fear your Name.

Morning by morning I will fight my enemies in your name, Jesus, and because of You, I will stand firm.

I love you Lord, because you loved me first...

Amen




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The Beauty of Being a Woman

 1.11.12

When I was reading through The Feminist Mistake I kept thinking how grateful I am to be a woman and to know that I have been named by God.

So I wrote a small piece about the beauty of being a woman...

Come, read over at Desiring Virtue and share with us what are some of the things you are grateful about being a woman.

Under His grace,



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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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