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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. 96 – Do you have eyes that see…

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Repeat after me:

It’s not my circumstances that are the problem, it’s the way I view them.

This repetition is continual practice for me as the last couple of months have proven that I’m still looking at things from my perspective, not through the lens of the Gospel.

So I started asking myself some questions. There are so many more we could ask ourselves, and maybe you have some more to add that can help us continue to shape a Gospel-oriented mindset? If so, I would l o v e to hear them.

DO YOU HAVE EYES THAT SEE…

  • The Lord as the only source of goodness (Psalm 16:1)?
  • God’s incomparable holiness (Isaiah 40:28, 25)?
  • God’s demand for your holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16, 1 John 2:5b-6)?
  • That by serving the “least of these” you are serving Christ (Matthew 29:40)?
  • Sin as exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13)?
  • That God created you as His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139)?
  • God’s grace as sufficient for every single thing you face in life (2 Corinthians 12:9)?
  • Beauty in the ashes (Isaiah 61:3)?
  • God’s strength in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)?
  • Death as life (Luke 9:23-25)?
  • The Bible as the only way to purity and life (Psalm 119:9, 50)?
  • Your heart as desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9)?
  • You desperate need for Christ’s atoning sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5:21)?
  • Your help comes only from the Lord (Isaiah 41:13)?
  • That it pleased God to crush His spotless Son for you (Isaiah 53:10)?
  • God’s flawless sovereignty, love, justice and mercy even in the hardships, trials and terrible situations and circumstances of this life (Romans 8:28)?
  • Everything as a tool in the hands of a loving Father to shape you more and more into the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18)?

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 96 – Do you have eyes that see…

  1. Robin says:

    That we have the power and responsibility to choose our thoughts (Phil 4:8)

    And that we must be careful who, or what we allow to speak into our lives (Psalm 1:1-2)
    I believe this includes music and entertainment…does it glorify what God calls sin? If yes, we should not partake. As Mark Hall of Casting Crowns said,… “why would I want to listen to music that draws me back to the life Christ died to save me from?”

    1. Love this! Thank you for adding those, especially the last one. SO important and so underestimated for the believer. Are we consuming things (music, movies, books, food, conversations, etc.) that promote holiness or detract from it? Thank you, Robin!

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