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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 23 – Personally Taught

I’ve been praying for a few days about this post and still have no clear direction for what I’m supposed to write. I could write a recap of 2012, a ‘looking forward to 2013’ blog, or just a prayer for you, my readers, as I prayed for you this morning. But, I have no such direction. And while those blog ideas might come to fruition in the coming days, today I’m going to write what God is teaching me personally through reading His Word and in other books.

Can we just take a moment and realize this? Don’t gloss over this or brush it off because you already “know” it. Let this sink into your very core, believers: We are personally taught by God. Personally. Taught. By the Maker of the mountains, the Tamer of the seas and the One who crushed His Son to pardon us. Who are we that He is mindful of us?

These may be random and might not flow together, but somehow God is building them all inside me and I’m excited to see what He does with them. I hope they encourage you in your walk with our sweet Savior.

1. God despises the wisdom and strength of man

“The strong shall not retain his strength, nor shall the mighty save his life.” -Amos 3:14b

So what should our response be to that?

“Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.” -1 Samuel 2:3

2. God sets the standard

He weighs the actions (see above) and not only actions–since they can appear good on the outside–but He weighs the heart. Jesus has set the standard of goodness and the only way we can appear before our holy God is by hiding ourselves in Him.

3. We are nothing

Let us remember we are nothing–we are dust. But God (love those two words), like when He made Adam, scoops up our dust and breathes life into us when we absolutely surrender to Him–He gives us a new heart and a new Spirit and puts His commandments in us. He causes us to walk in His ways. What an amazing Savior.

“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” -Psalm 103:13 

God remembers we are dust. Do we?

4. God is enough

“…and (He will) satisfy your desire (your soul) in scorched places.” -Isaiah 58:11

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” -Proverbs 18:10

“There is enough in God, and in the discoveries which He has made of Himself to us, to make us easy at all times. The wealth laid up in this tower is enough to enrich them, to be a continual feast and a continuing treasure to them. The strength of this tower is enough to protect them; the name of the Lord is all that whereby He has made Himself known as God, and our God, not only His titles and attributes, but His covenant and all the promises of it; these make up a tower, a strong tower, impenetrable, impregnable, for all God’s people.” -Matthew Henry

“Are we content in God when no one but God knows that we have done what we ought to have done?” -John Piper, Hunger for God

5. He is coming back

“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” -Revelation 2:20

“This is the cry that the whole Bible is meant to leave in the hearts of the elect.” -John Piper, Hunger for God

“The Bridegroom (Jesus) left on a journey just before the wedding, and the Bride (the Church) cannot act as if things are normal. If she loves Him, she will ache for His return.” -John Piper

Praying for each of you in this coming year, that you will have hearts to perceive the Lord’s goodness and call of salvation. Ears to hear His Gospel and be transformed by its redemptive power. Eyes to see God’s truth and beauty in all places and that everything you see will be a reminder of your creator who crushed His Son to pardon you.

Happy New Year!

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