What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

OUCH! That Really Hurts!!

>> Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Take it from me, don't bite your lip while you are eating!!! THIS is what can happen! My platypus bit two huge junks out of his lip, and in turn, suffered from 2 huge ulcers!!! The poor thing woke up a few days later with the biggest lip you have ever seen. And those ulcers! How awful and how painful. He couldn't eat for several days. But thankfully, he is better today with a normal lip and the ability to eat again.

So, what can you take away from this? Try not to bite your lip!!

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"Do You Trust Me?"

>> Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Do you trust Me?"

I remember those words in my ears, so audibly, so clear, as if I could actually feel the breath of God.

"Do you trust Me?"

This was years ago when I was facing a moment of fear in my mind. And as soon as the fear entered my thoughts, God spoke to me.

I will NEVER forget that moment! God was challenging me and my faith. Of course, I answered, "Yes, Lord, I trust YOU!"

Now, ever since then, when things come along to bring doubt, confusion, fear, and anxiety, I have to remember those words. "Do you trust Me?"

But, every time I have to ask myself, "Do I trust Him?" Can I honestly say that I trust God all of the time???? If I were completely honest and forthcoming, I would have to answer, "No!"

I forget! I lose sight of my Savior in the midst of the problem, just as Peter did when he was walking on the water. Peter was able to walk on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. But, as soon as he looked away and focused on the raging sea, he began to sink. THEN he cried out to Jesus for help.

Trusting God with all of our lives, with all of our circumstances, is just as important to Him as pursuing holiness and walking in love. As Jerry Bridges says in his book, Trusting God, "It often seems more difficult to trust God than it is to obey Him." And that is so true. Obeying God is something that we control, but trusting God in things that are ultimately out of our control is difficult.

The first thing I have to remember is that He is in control of EVERYTHING!!! The good, the bad, and the ugly! Consider what is said in Lamentations 3:37-38...

Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

God is Sovereign! He is God, the One and Only!! And if I would just remember that, then I would be able to rest. To rest assured! God is good and He does look out for our good. But what is our ultimate good??? Let's consider a Scripture that we all know, BUT a lot of us tend to leave out the most important part of it. Romans 8:28 AND 29...
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,...

The ultimate good that God is talking about is not to make things turn out to keep us happy, BUT to conform us into the image of Christ. Our ultimate good is to be more like Christ, to reflect Him, and to bring Him glory!!! Isaiah 43:7 says,
"Everyone who is called by My Name, Whom I have created for My Glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him."

So, if I can just remember that everything that happens in this life is in God's hand. In every circumstance, He is there!! Even when I can't see Him, He IS there!! The good, the bad, and the ugly things of life. When something comes up in my day that I wasn't expecting, when sickness comes, when my son chooses to do something that puts his life in danger, when family members just can't put their feelings aside and forgive, when homeschooling is not working the way I want it, etc., etc., etc... God IS in the middle of it all!!

So, do I trust God?? Can I trust Him?? Yes, I can because He promises to never leave me. Will I trust Him? Well, I'm learning to day by day.

Do You trust God with everything in your life?? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts on this. How has God brought you through something that increased your faith in Him? How has He proved His faithfulness to you? I would love to read about it.

Keep Pursuing Him,
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Help! I'm Stuck in a Rut!!!

>> Thursday, May 13, 2010

I've fallen in a rut, and I can't get up!! The last 3 weeks have been hard on me and I can't seem to get myself out of the "ho-hum" mood. I really hate it when I feel like this. Nothing seems to motivate me!

Is it the pregnancy blues? I'm waiting on the nesting stage to kick in. It would be nice if it kicked in about now. It doesn't help that I can't breath half the time.

Could it be homeschool burnout? I'm definitely ready to call it quits! But knowing that we won't get much done in August means that we need to keep pressin' on at least until July!

If anyone has any suggestions, or any motivational tips, please let me know. Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Keep Pursuin' Him!!

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Happy Mother's Day, Mama!!

>> Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Mother's Day brings many different emotions to many people. Happy feelings, sad feelings, and even angry, resentful feelings. Some may even have guilty feelings stemming from their own mothering. But for me, today, I have grateful feelings for my mom. We have not always seen eye to eye on many things, but even so, she remains loving and accepting of me. Being a mother myself, I know how hard it is to let go and let God... And my mom has done that graciously. And I am thankful for that. She has loved me like any mother would love her child... unconditionally.

Thank you, mama, for being my mom. Thank you for putting up with me and for trying to understand me, even when you didn't know how. Thank you for all of the advice you have lovingly given me over the years. And especially, thank you for praying for me!!!

I pray that today you will be blessed, knowing that I love you dearly! May you have many happy and joyful days ahead. Remember, the Joy of the Lord is your strength!!!

Many Hugs and Kisses!!!
Your Daughter

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What's Been Going On

>> Thursday, May 6, 2010

As you could see from my last post that I had a terrible week, last week. This week has been a "gettin' it together" week, I guess. But even still, not doing so well. Not enough school work... so we're still behind.

Not enough sleep... baby and brain keeping me up.

Dealing with worry... will post about that later.

A new member to the family... will share pictures soon... so having to get used to her being here and taking care of her.

Lots going on, at least in my brain, but not much to show for it.

Till next time,
Keep pursuing Him!

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