Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Houston, We Have A Constitution: I really can’t believe this. We all knew this would probably start happening sometime in the future, but unfortunately the future is now.

Sex And The Single Woman: This is a great article that shouldn’t just be read by single people. It lets us all peer into the joy and struggle of living single. I have so many beautiful, single women friends, and this helps me understand just a little bit.

The Bible Is For Women Too: I had the pleasure of being published on the Aquila Report again. Make sure to check out this website for all kinds of helpful articles!

Rend Collective – My Lighthouse: It’s a fun song.

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The Bible Is For Women Too…

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I am not a you-go-girl type. I also don’t wear perfume.

I’d rather be busy in the kitchen making pie then eating that pie sitting in a women’s church group. That may be because all of my women’s ministries experiences have included standing in a group of you-go-girl type woman, being overcome by a hundred different brands of perfume and feeling really uncomfortable.

Is it just me or do most Church Women’s meetings have a tendency to be centered around topical, Esther-based, introspective, devotional, self-focused, motherhood/wife-directed, encouragement driven studies only.

Let me back up, before I offend every person in my gender.

I am not anti-woman or anti-women’s ministry. If you love going to Woman Of Faith Conferences and you even shout you-go-girl occasionally, and your favorite book is Breaking Free by Beth Moore…God bless you! None of those things are wrong. Even wearing too much perfume can be over-looked.

What I am writing about today is that most Women’s groups in the church seem to be built for a certain brand of woman. The focus is narrow and because of that, women are most certainly falling through the cracks. And the crack-falling women tend to be the ones who don’t fit in with the current topic being studied. Like the infertile ones. Or the single ones. The new-believer ladies or the young and slightly cynical ones (like me). We have no place. And some of us really want a place.

Yet there is one thing that could easily bring us all together. One thing that would allow us all to rub shoulders, stand side by side and learn and grow as a group. Surprise…that one thing is the Bible.

Unfortunately, it’s missing.

Why is this?

I am a happy complementarian woman. And I believe strongly in male sacrificial, Bible-based leadership in the home and church. I desire for my male lead pastor to exercise authority by opening the Word every Sunday morning for the edification of the church. I want him to teach and admonish us with the Word of God in that setting. It is the one thing that brings all us men and women misfits together.

It is a good thing.

So why are women so timid to do the same thing when we are in a group together? Why do we feel the need to rely on the author of a devotional book to do that for us? Why is it that topical series on things like motherhood or releasing your inner Esther or breaking free from the mundane or becoming a wife of prayer are more important than the simple study of Scripture.

I’m not saying those topic’s aren’t good, relevant or important. They are. It’s just that scripture handles all of them. I’m also not saying that we should never ever study a topic or Christian book together. What I am saying, however, is a Christian book should be studied along side scripture and a topical study should not be the pre-dominant practice.

Studying God’s Word together as women unites us from all walks of life, all personalities, and all age groups. It is the way it should be. With all our differences we really need each other.

Women, we need the Holy Word. We need it more than ever in the history of the church.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2

There is a crisis of identity for women today. Our culture screams at us convoluted, confusing and contradictory messages about who we are and what our purpose is. We breathe in those messages every single day. We need help to discern what is good and pure. We need each other for support when the noise in our heads overcome us. We need the Word to fill and abide in us as we do life together.

I pray there will be a renewal in the church in regards to ministry to women. The focus must change, because the Bible isn’t just a man thing.

It’s for women too.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Be Yourself In Prayer: Yes!! We are all guilty of changing a bit when it comes time to pray, so this is just a helpful guide for all of us.

Husbands, Hold Your Wife’s Hand: Well this made me pretty teary-eyed. And I just love what he says so much. Read this one!

Living With Ebola In West Africa: If you haven’t already been praying for those suffering with this disease, let these pictures push you to start! These are people, not just numbers.

The Book With No Picture – B.J Novak: I’ve got to get my hands on this book. What a genius idea. My kids would absolutely love it!

And a very happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadian readers! I will be partaking of some turkey tonight, tomorrow and next Sunday! Let the fun begin!

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Picture Of The Week…

Wow I haven’t done this in a very long time! It’s a mixture of being too busy to keep up with it and not taking as many pictures as I used to. This time I actually have some material! We went to the pumpkin patch last Saturday and I just couldn’t resist getting a family shot up against this beautiful red barn!

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Happy Friday! And I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Faithfulness Over Ease; The Joyful Call Of The Christian…

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Can you imagine receiving this letter from a man who wants to marry your daughter?

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall rebound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

I can’t imagine.

Adoniram Judson and his wife Ann would be the first missionaries to leave America and sail to Burma on February 17th, 1812, after being married for 12 days. They spent all there living days serving the people of Burma and teaching them about the grace of Christ.

But first a daddy had to release his daughter. And thank God he did.

I heard it be said that family can be one of the biggest road blocks to missions work. And this letter makes me understand why.

I’ve always prayed that my children will understand the Christian call to be missionaries, whether at home or in another country. But after reading this letter I am reminded of what that truly means. And I am tempted now to pray for them to be called to the safe local kind of missions. But that would be my flesh talking.

Truth be told, no missions work is safe.

Lately I have been challenged in the way of evangelism and the great commission. God has not yet called my family to another land, but he most certainly has called us to be ministers of the Good News here. Right where I am now. It would seem like we are currently doing this job given the fact that my husband is a pastor and we serve the local church.

The truth is though, that I know I could be doing more. I know that I rely on the work of my husband. Yes I am training and raising little people and that job is indeed an important task. But where else am I reflecting the urgency of the gospel? Where am I relaxing a little too much? Where has the comforts of Canada made me forget the great commission?

God does not call us to ease, but to faithful joy. ~ John Piper

The Judson’s knew very well the kind of hardships they would likely face. And yet they packed up and hopped on a boat. Fear didn’t hold them back and neither did their love for the contentment of America. The gospel sent them. The truth of the saving grace of Christ and the knowledge that hell awaits those who do not accept that grace, made them jump off that boat and trudge through truly uncharted territory.

They knew that joy comes through faithfulness, not a false sense of safety. They ignored the tidal wave of Satan-induced reasons why they shouldn’t go. Then they trudged boldly into impending suffering, because there hope was in heaven…not here.

My heart is pierced with conviction.

This is the call for all of us. We can get on a plane or we can walk down the street. We can start a Bible study group or we can invite a neighbor for dinner. But we can do something! And we have to do something! Because hell is real, but so is Jesus. And all Satan wants is the complacency of blessing that plagues the Western church to continue until we all destroy ourselves.

He wants us to be too busy, too scared, too self-involved, too tired and too entertained to care.

So if you want to light a fire under your butt for the work of Christ? Just read a missionary biography. Better yet, read the words of Christ.

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” ~Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50

 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:16-20

What will we do with the precious time we have been given? What will I do? Will I allow Satan to stop me? Or will I trudge boldly into uncharted territories, knowing my hope is in Heaven?

Let’s do something.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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10 Characteristics To Look For In An Aspiring Pastor: I think this is a good and helpful list. If you feel it is your calling to be in the ministry, consult the list.

All Those Things I Will Leave Undone: I enjoyed reading this post. I feel this way every time I look back at old photos of my babies, new and chubby, and so distant from today.

How American Parenting Is killing American Parents: Although the Christian lens in which I view my kids and parenting may be different from the author he still makes some great observations. There is truth here.

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No Bake Oatmeal Balls…

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I have a kid in school now. Which means my whole world has been turned upside down. I’m serious. This thing is all-consuming. One of the big changes is how important meals are. They were important before, but much more relaxed. Now all sorts of thought is required. My boy is never usually interested in eating breakfast first thing in the morning. But if we want to be at school on-time he must eat first thing. Also lunches and snacks need to be prepared the night before…when I’m at my most tired and least creative. I’m desperate for idea’s. So in comes Pincrack, which is where I got this recipe (only I made some modifications…and I actually mean Pinterest for those who don’t get the reference)! Yes…there is peanut butter in it which means my son will never be able to bring them to school. Sad face. But our school has not instituted a you-cant-even-eat-peanut-anything-before-school yet, so this has become a breakfast go-to!

Ok, I’ll stop rambling…here it is.

No Bake Oatmeal Balls:

2/3 cup peanut butter, 1 cup quick cooking oats (uncooked), 1/4 cup honey, 2 full graham crackers (finely crushed), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir well. Best to use hands and mix together. Pick little pieces off and roll with hands into 1 1/2″ balls. Then refrigerate in a covered container for 2 hours. Store in fridge.

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These are easy, healthy and packed with protein, great for kids and adults to start the day with! Enjoy!

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