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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

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Monday Morning Munch No. 72 – Miracles and Misery

experience-sadnessI’m reading through the Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s reading plan this year and for the 13 days I’ve been at it, it has been fantastic.

The reading takes us through four books of the Bible at one time and a few days ago I spent some serious time laughing over some of Noah’s descendants’ names in Genesis 10 (examples: The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Mash [v. 23]. To Eber was born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg [v. 25], lol), but there have been some slightly (sarcasm) more profound things shown to me.

Matthew 11:20 for example:

“Then [Jesus] began to denounce the cities where most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.”

Lesson: Mighty works of God do not equal repentant and Christ-exalting hearts.

So what is more important? Seeing miracles and the mighty works of God or grieving and repenting of our sin? 

I think Jesus’ denouncing (which means to publicly declare to be wrong or evil) of and misery over those most-miraclized cities answers it for us.

Lord, give us not more of the miraculous but more of Your Beloved son in whom You are well pleased and through whom we have redemption. Give us a repentant Spirit, Father. Let us not see the works of Your hands and be hardened or apathetic but consume us with an undying passion for Your name to be justly honored in both the world and our hearts.

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