Good Reads from Around the Blogosphere

Masking Anger as Justice over at Femina hit the nail on the head and was convicting and encouraging.

Sunday Morning Chaos made me chuckle. How true this is so often! I have found, like the author, that getting prepared the night before church helps keep the Sunday morning chaos down to a minimum. She has some sound advice. Though I can’t quite bring myself to agree about the pop tarts. ūüôā

Al Mohler has a well written article, The Chicken of the Sea: A Modern Tale of Fear, Failure, and Cowardice, speaking to the tragic accident of the cruise ship Costa Concordia.

I recently came across the blog Heavely Springs. So many good things to read.¬†I plan to read through her “Women of the Reformation” series very soon.

Can’t wait to try this delicious looking Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower!

Next time you sit down at the end of a long day let it be a reminder to you of  the gospel.

 

Jesus: The Joy Giver

So many christians today walk around with a “woe is me” attitude. Just looking at them you assume they are in pain or distress. Frankly, talking to them makes you depressed.

Certainly we all go through hard and trying times. Trusting in Christ doesn’t mean we will never face difficulty. It does mean that we have a¬†sovereign Saviour that we can trust to carry us through those hard times and to only do what is good and best in our life.

Do you have joy? Jesus Christ is the Joy giver, and if He is in you, then you should be showing forth that joy in your life. Are you showing that joy in your life today, Christian?

¬†John 15:11¬† “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;¬†let them ever sing for joy,¬†and spread your protection over them,¬†that those who love your name may exult in you. “

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life;¬†¬†in your presence there is fullness of joy;¬†at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”

Faithfulness and Fruitfulness

“Faithfulness is our business; fruitfulness is an issue that we must be content to leave with God.”¬† – J.I. Packer

Whatever My God Ordains

Whatever my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, or need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken,
My Father’s care circles me there,
He holds me that I shall not fall,
And so to Him I leave it all.

~Samuel Rodigast

Trials as Precious Gifts

“Whatever trial we are experiencing, we can be sure that God is at work in us. We must not reject the trial or irritation, because it is God’s will for us at this point in our lives. When we recognize it as being from His hand (for our good and His glory), we can accept even our trials as precious gifts – wonderful opportunities to testify of His goodness.”

from “Passionate Housewives Desperate for God” by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald

Good Reads for Mom’s

Here are a few good reads for mom’s from around the blogosphere. Some days being a mom can be grand, and some can it can be tiring and discouraging. I find it helps encourage me to read what other Christian mom’s have to say about this great calling we have of motherhood.

Motherhood is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

Preparing My Heart for Motherhood

4 Things I’ve learned about God Through My Baby Who Was Born Blind

The Long View

The Gospel for Busy Moms

What I Do Have

Doing without is not the popular option these days. Bigger is better, they say. And most people seem to be pursuing after that American dream that includes those bigger and better things. But at what cost? Are those bigger and better things always best?

If you are a stay-at-home mom like me, you can likely relate with us and the things we don’t have. We don’t own a house. Yes, we really would like to. But at this time financially we aren’t able to do so. We have one vehicle. And it’s not brand new or very cool. It’s a minivan. We don’t have a boat. We don’t have cable. We don’t have a big screen tv or a blue ray¬†player. We don’t have¬†the newest cell phones or have internet on our phones. We¬† rarely eat out at fancy restaurants, and we don’t take expensive family vacations. We shop at thrift stores and garage sales, scour the ads on Craig’s List, and love hand-me-downs.

And to many in the world that list of “don’t have’s” might seem down right depressing. And to be honest, if I looked at it from the perspective of the world, then perhaps I also would see it as depressing. Instead I look at what I do have.

I have two beautiful little boys, with another on the way, ¬†that I get to spend every day with. They have never been to daycare. I have been there for every first, every special moment, and¬†been apart of¬†every new discovery. I don’t have to worry about maternity leave, or¬†getting a day off work for dentist appointments.¬†I get to focus on them, not on an outside job. I get to make home cooked meals for my family each night, and we all sit down together to eat them. We do everything together. We can spend the day reading books,¬†playing at the park, and making cookies.¬†I have the opportunity to be with them, to teach them, to shape and influence them more than any other person on earth. I have the privilege of showing them that they are gifts from God, and more important to us that anything else in this world.

It is our choice that I stay home and care for our boys. And it is a choice we know God delights in. It is what He has called me to do, and I want to do it with a happy heart. Yes, there are days that “doing without” can be frustrating. But those are the days that I have neglected to keep my focus on what is truly important. So if you, like me, are a homemaker living on one income, keep that precious calling in focus. It’s not¬†what we don’t have, it’s what we do have that really matters.

Good Reads from Around the Blogosphere

There are varied opinions in our country about how we should react to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Justin Taylor writes a good article about the proper Christian response. You also might want to read Desiring God’s article “Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden is Dead?”

If you are a mom of little’s then you should read this good post on showing hospitality with small children at home.

The power of the Gospel doesn’t begin and¬†end¬†with salvation. It extends to all areas of life.¬† Read about that power transforming our reactions to life circumstances in “Despising the Shame“.

My husband mentioned at lunch that he could get into some brownies…..I think I might go up whip these yummy looking delights while the boys are at nap. All the reader comments rated the recipe with a 10!

Resurection Celebration

We added something new this year to our celebration of Easter with the boys, and I think it will become a yearly tradition from now on. We made Resurrection¬†cookies. The boys had a blast, and it was a wonderful opportunity to teach them again many¬†details about Christ’s death and resurrection. With each ingredient that you add, you read Scripture and then have a corresponding action to represent the events in Scripture. You can find the recipe and instructions here.

Saturday night:

Sunday Morning:

  

We had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday with our boys and with our church family. We had a beautiful morning service followed by lunch and afternoon service. It was a blessed day as we remembered that we have a risen Saviour!

“On This Day in Christian History” by Robert J. Morgan

On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes

The author of this book gives brief biographical sketches of 365 different men and women from Christian history. The stories are arranged in daily readings, one short story for each day of the year. The day of the year correlates with a significant date in the life of the person being written about.

I really enjoyed this book, and learning more about a myriad of different men and women from history. While I wouldn’t call all of¬†the people¬†mentioned in the book a¬†“Saint, Martyr, or Hero” as the book claims, I did appreciate the vast majority of those he wrote about. It was great to have my memory refreshed about many faithful Christians that I have learned about in the past, and also to learn about new men and women who lived, and¬†many times¬†died,¬†for Christ. Many of the stories left me eager to learn more about that individual.

This book would be great to use along with your devotions, or as a brief reading to start or end your day. I read it cover to cover, but I think it would be more enjoyable in small portions spread over a period of time as was intended.

Disclosure: I received this book free as part of the BookSneeze review program from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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