Tuesday, 31 January 2012

One day at a time

      I sat at my desk this evening to try and make sense of my busy schedule. It ended up being a rather frustrating task. In the middle of feeling overwhelmed by a heavy load of future responsibilities and being weighed down by the continuing demands of life, I sensed God telling me, "Take one day at a time". When I listen to friends share their struggles and anxieties, I often find myself saying, "Keep your eyes on Jesus, and take one day at a time." It sounds so simple. Yet there is great relief in realizing that our lives are in the Lords hands. We need to live today as much as we can to the glory of God. The Lord asks us to hand our burdens into his care, for He knows what we need.
 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."  Matthew 6:34

                                               ~Grace~ 
My own photo (taken last spring)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Humility

I have come to the belief that I've been born into a very proud and egotistical generation. People now consider it acceptable even normal for others to praise themselves, promote themselves and put themselves first. I could almost say that in today's society many consider pride a virtue, as a result they view humility as a weakness. It seems that everyone is screaming for his or her own rights and is desperately striving to be seen as somebody of importance. The intense preoccupation with self-esteem, self-love and self-glory is obliterating the fundamentals on which our society is built. I strongly believe that no culture can survive with pride running rampant, for all of society depends on relationships. And when people are completely committed to themselves relationships disintegrate. Is this not what's happening to our culture, as friendships, marriages and families fall apart? 

Sadly the preoccupation with self has found it's way into the church. Possibly the fastest growing marvel in modern Christianity is the large emphasis on pride, self-image, self-fulfillment and other aspects of selfism. The Scripture is clear, however, that selfism has no place in Christian theology. Jesus repeatedly taught against pride, and with His teaching he continually lifted the virtue of humility. I have found that this is most clear in John 13. This passage of scripture is clear that it was the day before Jesus' death, and instead of being totally preoccupied by thoughts of His death, He was consumed with his love for the disciples. Although He knew He would soon go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, Jesus was concerned for the needs of those twelve men. It what was literally the last hours before His death and Jesus kept showing the disciples his love over and over. There is a great lesson in this whole account: Only complete humility can generate complete love.

                                                 ~Grace~

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Complete Joy



       One of the main elements of a complete life in Christ is fullness of joy, which is a result of abiding in the True Vine. Jesus says in John 15:11, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." God wants us to be consumed with joy, however, as I have observed, few Christians are. Many people are bitter, discontented, and are complaining within the body of Christ. The Christian life is often portrayed as a deprived, sheltered way of living. Like if they accepted the Love of God they would be consenting to take a bitter religious pill. It is when we violate God's design that we lose our joy. If we abide fully, we will have full joy. 

David cried out, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me"(Psalm 51:12)
When David sinned, he no longer sensed the presence of God. 
He had allowed sin to restrict his abiding relationship with God. He did not lose his salvation, but he lost the joy of his salvation. That joy returned when David repented his sin to God and accepted the consequences of it. His guilt was then removed; he returned to a pure unrestricted abiding relationship with the Lord. God had made his joy complete once again.
As long as we abide with our whole heart in the True Vine, our joy is unaffected by our external circumstances or the disappointments of life. We can experience the same constant joy that Jesus had, because His joy flows through all those who rest in Him.

                                              ~Grace~

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Youthful Passions


 Why I ever bring myself to watch a Jane Austen movie is beyond my current comprehension. All it ever does is indulge me into a world full of fantastic words, handsome men and beautiful dresses. It truly does leave me in a state of self pity. I swear I was born in the wrong era! I do believe that I would fit quite nicely in the world of Jane Austen, however materialistic it may be. Some times, I dream of beautiful heroines in books, what a thrill their everyday life is! But, nevertheless, daydreaming only really feeds the want and desire I have for excitement. I find that nearly everyday I need to remind myself to "Flee from youthful passions..." 2 Timothy 2:2

                                              ~Grace~
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Monday, 9 January 2012

Marks of Manhood

When does a boy become a man? The confirmation to this question must go further than biology and age. The Bible defines manhood as a functioning reality, carried out by a man fulfilling his rolls in  leadership and responsibility. Dr. Albert Mohler suggests thirteen "Marks of Manhood" continuously revolving around maturity and spiritual growth. 

1. Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children. 
2. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father.
3. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and handle money.
4. Physical maturity sufficient to work and protect a family.
5. Sexual maturity sufficient to marry and fulfill God's purposes.
6. Moral maturity sufficient to lead as an example of righteousness.
7. Ethical maturity sufficient to make responsible decisions.
8. Worldview maturity sufficient to understand what is really important.
9. Relational maturity sufficient to understand and respect others.
10. Social maturity sufficient to make a contribution to society.
11. Verbal maturity sufficient to communicate and articulate as a man.
12. Character maturity sufficient to demonstrate courage under fire.
13. Biblical maturity sufficient to lead at some level in the church.
  
All rights from the "13 Marks of Manhood" reserved to Albert Mohler.
Please visit this page for the full description under each "Mark of Manhood":  http://www.therebelution.com/resources/marks_of_manhood.htm

                                                 ~Grace~ 

When I say...



 WHEN I SAY, "I AM A CHRISTIAN"

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting, "I’ve been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost!
That's why I chose this way"

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble—
Needing God to be my guide

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed
And cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
Asking humbly to be taught

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are all too visible
But God believes I'm worth it

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache,
Which is why I seek His name

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority...
I only know I'm loved

Used by Permission
Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer 

Carol Wimmer is truly a beautiful soul and a faithful follower of our Lord. Please visit her website to be encouraged through her writings as I have. http://carolwimmer.com/

                                            ~Grace~