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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 124 – For Your Reading Pleasure

smorgasbord

It’s been a little while since we did a smorgasbord blog (check out previous ones here, here and here) so let’s share some link love and get some mutual edification up in this place.

“Sell everything and buy wisdom.” -Proverbs 4:5, MSG
“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
“Knowledge without humility is vanity.” – A.W. Tozer

6 Costs of Real Friendships by Jen Thorn

This. All of it (especially No. 3 and 4). Straight to my heart. Check out a snippet:

Everyone has a dark side. Sin is the great equalizer and our common enemy. Friendship is designed, among other things, for growth in godliness. This means friends help each other identify and fight sin (Eccl. 4:9–12). Doing this requires you knowing their heart and them knowing yours. There must be a willingness to open up our lives and hearts and to let others in. We need to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Intimacy must be a part of friendship, and it must go both ways.

Best Advice for Dating Couples (VIDEO) with Jen Wilkin, J.D. Greear and Derek Rishmawy

These awesome people weigh in with stellar Scriptural advice:

Derek: Be committed to the local church.
Jen, encouraging women: Be sure that a man celebrates your strengths and doesn’t feel threatened by them.
JD: Physical attraction can be intoxicating and misleading.

Save the Drama: Raising Girls Who Speak the Truth by Jen Wilkin

It’s no secret that Jen Wilkin is one of my favorite people. Glean from her wisdom in regards to raising daughters here (and also here):

Don’t panic: drama doesn’t have to plague our daughters. We can help them steward those adolescent emotions as a gift rather than succumb to them as a curse. It’s a stewardship skill learned first and foremost not among their peers, but at home.

Love Demands Holiness by Michael Durham

My pastor has been speaking about love lately (what is love? baby don’t hurt me…) and, wow, so good. Check out some of the goodness here (and here and here):

The woman caught in adultery was told something else besides, “Neither do I condemn you.” What else did Jesus say to her? “Go and sin no more.” The love of God demands a change. It demands that we live holy lives unto God. Why? Because that’s what His love does. That’s what His love is. It loves everything that’s holy and pure and right and good.

When It’s Not Your Heartbreak by Haley Russell

My best friend is a gem (people, she’s the one King Lemuel’s mama is talking about in Proverbs 31 when she says she is worth far more than jewels) and she writes in a way that is real and raw and beautiful. Check it out (and see one of the most adorable photos of all time [spoiler: it’s Haley on her first day of first grade. heart eyes]).

Life hurts. And what hurts worse is that I can’t fix things. I can’t fix break ups or deaths. I can’t fix sadness or grief. I can’t fix loneliness. It’s easy to think of things to do or words to say. It’s easy to give a hug. But what’s not easy is putting all of that love and heartbreak into a prayer. To cry out to our Abba, our Father. I’d rather be spinning my wheels, looking like I’m doing something. Feeling good about helping. Trying to fix. When the reality is: I can’t fix anything. But I can cry out to Abba.

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