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

My Little Arrow Is Finally Here!!

>> Friday, July 30, 2010

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4

Yep, he's finally here!! Born Sunday, July 25th weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz. and 18 and 1/2 inches long.

Praise God!

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"...She Will Be Saved In Childbearing..."

>> Friday, July 16, 2010

Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. 1 Timothy 2:15

As I sit here for another day waiting for baby Noah to enter this world, I decided to turn my attentions to the holy calling of motherhood. And the view that the Lord has of children.

First of all, I had to repent for not keeping my eyes "on the prize", and for complaining instead. Yes, I've been so focused on being uncomfortable and miserable, and complaining about it all. And I have not been too easy to live with, either. So, I made a conscious decision today to change my focus while I wait.

This Scripture speaks a lot to me. First of all, it is NOT saying that the only way for women to be saved is through childbirth. No. Our salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, and not by our works in the flesh... which would include childbearing. This is talking about our calling as mothers and how we are to fulfill it and the future rewards for it.

So, how is it then that we would be saved through childbearing???

First and foremost, we would be saved from ourselves!!! Our sin natures!!! I can honestly say that God has shown me my TRUE SELF through my kids!!! It's funny that being married doesn't do that... BUT being a parent does!

Over the years of being a mom, God has graciously shown me my SELFISHNESS, PRIDE, ANGER ISSUES, MY MOUTH ISSUES...(MY WORDS), etc., etc., and etc.! The list could go on and on. The Lord has revealed to me the condition of my heart! And I have to say that I am truly thankful for that. It has not been easy to face it, and it certainly is not easy dealing with it, BUT my Lord is a good God and a gracious God Who is working in me to change me for His glory and for my good!!!
Wonderful, Beautiful is what You see
When You look at me.
You're turning the tattered fabric of my life into
a perfect tapestry!
The Real Me by Natalie Grant

Now, we have to look at the rest of the verse. Considering the fact that we, as mothers, will one day answer to God (and not man) about how we fulfilled our calling as mothers, we should really take a closer look at the rest of the verse. "...If they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control."

Childbearing, child rearing, or child training, can become mundane, irritating, and downright horrible and unfulfilling...IF we let it. But if we walk by faith, walk in unconditional love like Christ did, pursue that holiness that God requires, and learn self-control...THEN and only THEN will we be rewarded in our efforts.

Being a mom is definitely a Holy Calling! And I have to remind myself of that. Not only are the kids learning about themselves and about me, but I am learning about myself, as well. As the kids grow up, so am I!! So, I have to ask myself...

Am I walking by faith, or am I keeping my eyes on the problems???


Am I walking in love as Christ did, or am I being conditional with my love?

Am I continually pursuing holiness, or am I pursuing my wants and desires?

And the best for last... Am I learning self-control, or am I continually losing control???

This is a high calling, for sure!!! A noble calling! A holy calling! One that I love and desire to grow in. One that I despise at times because it can be so hard! But, HE is changing me and purifying me for His glory and for my good!!!
Lord, my solemn prayer is for You to continue working in me Your Presence and Your Love to change me and purify me. You have blessed me tremendously with two boys, and now with another one on the way. How humbled I am that You would entrust me to them. I know that I have screwed up so many times, but You can redeem it all!! I put my trust in You and only You to help me in this high and holy calling. My flesh is weak, but I am strong in You. I will continually remind myself to "rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Thank You for "turning the tattered fabric of my life into a perfect tapestry." I humbly and gratefully pray this in Your Precious and Holy Name. Amen

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Okay, I Have A Confession To Make!

>> Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Well, here it is...

I shouldn't have joined the 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge!!!! There, I said it. I knew at the time that it would be difficult right now, but I did it anyway. Well, I read everything on the first day, but then the second day came around, and I just couldn't do it!!! There was no way I could read that much in one day. Not now. So, I am asking everyone to forgive me. I still love the idea, and I love challenges that motivate me. But the timing is all wrong right now.

Why?? Well, I'm in pain!!! Waiting on this baby is just about killing me. And I have so much on my mind and so much to do that this challenge is just going to have to be put on the side for now. I printed out the daily reading schedule and have it in my Bible. I WILL use it!!! I may not sign up to do it, but I will do it on my own.

Just not now!

Please forgive me for my lack of diligence when I had invited others to join me. Hopefully God used me, even in my weakness, to steer someone else to the challenge. That is my prayer.

Keep Pursuing HIM!!

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I've Joined the Challenge~ Oh, My!!

>> Monday, July 5, 2010

Well, call me crazy, but I stumbled upon this challenge and I went for it. I must admit that I've never read the Bible all the way through, although my son has. I tend to study the Bible by topics. Or whatever I am in need of. So, this 90 Day challenge is just that... A CHALLENGE!! Especially with the baby coming in 3 weeks.

Will you join me? And maybe YOU can keep me accountable!! Visit Mom's Toolbox for all of the information. Or grab the link on the right.

Now it's time to start reading!!!

Blessings to you,
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Cooking, Cooking, & MORE Cooking!

Making your home sing Mondays

Well, the clock is tickin' away, so I am cooking till my feet want to fall off!! I stocked up with more meat on sale...check out what I paid here. My freezer is quickly filling up and my home is singin', knowing that meals are being provided!!

Maybe I will post some pix of the freezer once I'm done. Right now, I just need to rest my back and my feet!!

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Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!

Today, I was so encouraged by a comment left by a fellow blogger. I turned right around to tell her thank you for encouraging me! So, right now, I want to say THANK YOU to ALL of my readers and all of those that I follow and read. I know that I don't always leave a comment when I should, shame on me, but I am so encouraged by so many of you, that I just want to take the time now to tell you.

My prayer is that whoever reads my meager words on my posts would be encouraged and challenged in some way. I pray that the Lord would use me to touch someone's heart and that they would "see" the Lord in me. This life on this earth is not our home, we are just pilgrims on the narrow path together. And when I read posts from other Christ Loving bloggers, I am reminded that I am not alone. So, THANK YOU!!!

Have you been encouraged today by another fellow blogger? Or from someone else in your life? A friend, a spouse, a pastor, or teacher? Or maybe one of your kids? If so, tell them. Let them know when they give you a boost in your spirit. Maybe that will,in turn, give them a boost, as well!

Blessings to ALL of YOU!!
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Trusting AND Praying

>> Friday, July 2, 2010

If We Are the Body...


Learning how the Lord wants us to fully and completely trust Him has been the main area of study for me lately. I've been so anxious about baby Noah coming into our lives and not being ready for it all, that trusting God has been in the forefront of my mind. I do trust God, that He will see me through and that everyday will take care of itself. But, the Lord still expects me to pray about my anxieties. I shouldn't just sit back and expect God to just take care of everything. But, as an act of obedience and surrender, praying shows Him that I am truly dependent on Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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Thankful Thursday

>> Thursday, July 1, 2010



It's time to be thankful!! Not just because its Thursday, but everyday I am thankful to my Savior! Lately, I've been meditating on God's divine Providence in my life and learning to trust Him with every detail of each day.

With baby Noah on the way... (Yep, that's right, Noah seems to be the name we have chosen for this little one), I am thankful, first of all, that he seems to be a healthy little baby. I've had 3 different ultrasounds due to different concerns, and with each one, he seems to be quite healthy and growing normally. We praise God for that.

And since I have only 3 weeks and 5 days left before I am induced,(Not that I'm counting, or anything!), I am thankful!! I am having more aches and pains now more than ever. So, when it is over, I will be really thankful! Whew!

I am also thankful for the change in my dear hubby's job. He has been waiting and praying for some kind of change for about 10 years now. Be it a new job in a new location, or whatever, and to his dismay and my anxious prayers, nothing seemed to be happening. But thanks be to God, He opened the doors for a change within the company that offers less hours and more pay. And what timing!!!! With a new baby, we also get another blessing in this way!!!

Another thing to be thankful about is our homeschool. Yes, I am greatly thankful for the privilege of being a mom and one who can educate her kids for the glory of God! I am one of the biggest students in our homeschool due to the fact that I am learning to let go of my way and letting God teach me how to trust Him!!

I praise God for His loving care of me and my family. For His saving grace and for His Word. There are so many things to be thankful for, but this post would not be able to hold them all.

Are you thankful today?? Link up here to share your thoughts.

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Check Out My New Frugal Blog!

I've always wanted to start a blog about being frugal, so I finally did it. I just started it, so its in the beginning stages. If you are interested, click on the link in the linkbar!!

Blessings!

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