Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Drama This Weekend!

If you are anywhere near Salem, IL, you really would enjoy this drama! Check out Rachelle's website for her post about it. Here is the link. I hope you can join us!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Crucial Aspects of Parenting

She came downstairs to breakfast this morning, book in hand.

"I've been reading Every Moment Holy, and I came across a suggestion. Would you all want to share a truth you are learning or a question you are pondering this morning?"

The three of us had such an inspiring discussion over our meal.

After a bit, she and her daddy left for work, and I stood washing dishes, pondering what had happened.

What does it take to bring a young adult to this place? There's no question that God is at work in her life. But, we are responsible for what we did in our home when she was growing up. I wondered if these weren't crucial aspects of her development:

1. We had to help her come to full surrender. That took prayer, consistency, focus, and modeling.

2. We had to help her recognize self-deceit and learn how to reject it and pursue the truth. That required diligence, modeling, and a lot of careful consideration of thought, along with prayer.

3. We had to give her a taste of life's incredible adventure when one is surrendered, relentlessly  pursuing honesty, and a relationship with God above all else. Does not the sense of adventure just happen when our surrender and honesty is real?

Parents, it's worth every bit of energy you put into those early years to share relationship like this with your adult children!

May God guide you and give you wisdom! He is so good.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Emotions and the Will: The Way of Jesus

In my early teens truth began to sink into my heart. I had been told that if I am characterized by discontentment, anger, moodiness, or impatience, I need to examine my will. 

“Such dispositions flow from a willful heart, Laura. You are not getting what you want, and you’re not happy about it. Your expectations are not being met, and you don't like it. You are making yourself miserable as well as everyone else around you."


I hated to admit it, but it was true. And one of the best things I ever did was face it!

I wanted to follow Jesus. I had made an initial choice to trust Him, and I wanted His beauty to flow through me. 
So I trusted those who pointed out this truth, and I sought help. 

It came. 

I've learned the process. When such feelings arise, I ask God to help me be honest with myself. With Him by my side, I dig beneath the feelings to see where my will is in the matter. I have learned, I only come to the truth and gain freedom from controlling emotions if I am willing to be absolutely honest and if I am willing to humble myself, admitting my need. Honesty with self does not come naturally. We can easily deceive ourselves. Our will can blind us to truth. Our pride can too.

Once I am willing to be honest and do whatever it costs me, the desires and emotions are surrendered to God, and my thinking changes. The desires melt away. The emotions dissolve. They have no power over me. I accept that I don't necessarily know what is best for me. What I wanted or preferred is placed in His hands, and I go after finding out what He would have me pursue.

Surrendering our will to God frees us from being consumed with ourselves and what we want by nature. It frees us from being moody, angry, discontent, and impatient people. Do such emotions still come? Of course. No doubt they will until we die. We are responsible for what we do with them. As we deal with them the way Jesus exemplified, abundant life is ours!

"Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." ~ Jesus

Paul tells us he dies daily. As a follower of Jesus, we too are called to surrender again and again.

We do not have to be characterized as moody, discontent, angry, impatient people. Thanks be to God! He is good, and through Him transformation is possible! 

His peace can reign in our lives. We can find rest, contentment, and a sense of pervasive well-being! 

"If any man will come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." 
~ Jesus

"...wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,... among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ye are washed, ... ye are sanctified, ... ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God.1

O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.2  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.3  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.4  I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.5 

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.6  My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.7 

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.8  Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.9 

1Rom 7:22; 2 Psa 119:97; 3 Jer 15:16; 4 Sol 2:3; 5 Job 23:12; 6 Psa 40:8; 7 Joh 4:34; 8 Psa 19:8,10; 9 Jam 1:22,23; 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Worship Chorus!

A brand new product line on the website! 
A worship chorus composed just last week is now available.
You can listen to an audio version at this link.

It sells for $5.95.
You can choose your key and pay via Paypal.
You get a high qulity PDF via email.