Last week, I started my series of Thoughtful Thursdays sharing with you what I’ve been reading and learning as well as a few things for which I am thankful.
4. Watching my husband playing with balloon swords with my kids at the Pine Car Derby at our church made me thankful for a husband who takes time to play with his kids.
5. Seeing the beauty in the snowfall even though we are tired of the snow. I just kept saying, “This is the day the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
6. That I have good health. I had a stomach ailment for a couple of days this past week; and whenever I am sick, I am reminded of those who struggle every day with illness.
A Convicting Thought from Another Blog:
- Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island wrote last week about North Korea’s pronouncement from Kim Jong-un that 33 Christians would be executed:
While we in the West argue over worship styles,sleep in when there’s a visiting preacher,bemoan having to endure a boring prayer request or off-key soloist,serve up the pastor’s sermon over lunch,or sit home and judge the church unworthy of our attendance altogetherthere are other brothers and sistersgasping their way to every precious momentwhen they can gather, in hiding, with other precious believersand hear a whispered message from God,bathe in the reading of His word,and pray with passion and tears for strength to endureand the courage to continue speaking the truth under threat of death.
Thoughts from what I am learning:
- From Sunday School–
We were studying John 17 where Jesus is praying His high priestly prayer. He says in verse 1, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” We went over passages in John where Jesus said, “My time is not come.” (John 2:4 and 7:6), and then in John 13:1, He says that He “knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father.” Now in John 17, He confirms that the hour is come.
Now in John 17:4, He says, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” Jesus says 6 times in the first 10 verses, “glorify” or “glory.” Here in verse 4, He says that He had finished the work God has given Him to do and that was to glorify God while He was on earth.
This made me ponder the fact that if Jesus’s work was to glorify His Father, then that should be my my work too . . . every day. Jesus was single-minded about what He had to do, and I should be too.
Of course, I have many things that occupy my day such as taking care of my children and babysitting; but through it all, I should make glorifying the Lord in everything I do my first objective.
- From Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
We read the chapter about Lies Women Believe about Children for our ladies Bible study; and even though I did not agree with everything, I loved many parts of the chapter including the ending of the chapter. She said,
The Scripture teaches that each generation is responsible to pass on to the next a heritage of godliness. This is both an awesome privilege and a weighty responsibility. The sobering fact is that we are responsible for the seeds we sow, and we must live with the harvest that results. We cannot plant seeds of halfhearted, undisciplined, worldly lives, and then hope for a ‘crop failure’ in the next generation. . . . Being a parent is a high and holy calling. There is no more demanding occupation. The best of parents are utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit to make it ‘click’ with their children. That is why a mother’s greatest human resource is prayer.”
Wow! This was so convicting and such a great reminder of my responsibility. I love the last line that my greatest human resource in prayer. I was reminded that I need to pray more for help in this great responsibility!
Please pray for me as I strive to bring my children up for the glory of God! I would appreciate any comments if this is your goal as well, and we can pray for each other!