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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. 39 – Good Reads

“Read, but not to remember everything. Read because that 1% that you remember has the potential to change your life.”-C.J. Mahaney

readingI am so thankful for good reading.

Reading that is passionate, honest, deep and drives me to Jesus.

Currently I’m reading Experiencing the Presence of God by A.W. Tozer and What Jesus Demands From the World by John Piper while re-reading The Mark of a Man by Elisabeth Elliot.

Excellent books.

However, I also try to find time to exercise my heart and mind by reading blogs throughout the week and the following blogs were completely used by the Lord for me, and, although you’ll find a variety of topics, they all have the same goal: the exaltation of Christ.

I hope you find time to read them.

Good Reading: 

The Well by Whitt Madden

A man wandered in the desert for many days after his vehicle had broken down.  No sign of help.  No sign of food or water.  The heat of the noonday sun was bearing down upon him and discouragement began to sit in.  His legs were giving out and just when he thought he wasn’t going to make it another step, he saw it.  There just a few yards from where he was, stood a well.

5 Things I Wish Guys Knew by Tracy Edwards (on Katie Kiesler’s blog)

No. 2. Be humble! One thing that’s awesome about not having everything perfectly together, is that it gives you a chance to SHOW it. Show you are human and broken and need God. That is so attractive to me. Sidenote: Insecurity is not attractive. But security in Christ in the midst of your failings is a HUGE eye-catcher.

Male Perspective :: What I Wish Women Knew by Josiah Krause (on Katie Kiesler’s blog)

God’s will for your life is not to find out if a guy is interested in you, for if that is your focus, you’ve taken your focus off God.

Serving Not Leading by Cole Ryan

The Bible talks infinitely more about being a servant than it does about being a leader. God does not say “well done, good and faithful leader” – He says “well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)

Joy in God’s Will by Michael Durham

Happiness for the Christian is determined by what makes God happy. Anything less is misery and, in the end, the real agony of defeat. How could David rejoice if he returned to Jerusalem knowing it was not God’s will? Joyfully resign to God and His will for you. It is better than any will you might have.

The Redeeming Power of Pain by the Connatsers

Some people are merely acquaintances with troubles, while others have been plunged into fiery furnaces.

But amidst the harsh conditions of this life, hope is alive.  Peace is at hand.  Joy is attainable.  

Pain can be redeemed.

Come Away With Me by Lauren DeMoss

If we are busy loving the things of the world with part of our hearts, we can not be loving God with all of them too. God calls us as Christians to such a higher standard than we so often set for ourselves, and that the world sets for us. We justify it by saying that it is harmless, and for entertainment purposes only, but mark it down, that we can not live set-apart lives with one foot in the world.

We can not be dazzled by the things of the world AND the things of the Lord.

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