Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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The Seven Fears Controlling Controllers: Well I wish I didn’t see myself in any of these descriptions, but sadly I did. Perhaps you can relate to the struggle and insecurity of trying to control everything in life.

Is Your Church Messy Enough?: So often what we want to see in church is neat and tidy people and relationships. But that’s not how it is or should be. I like this short post on why its necessary to have some mess in the pews.

Less Redeeming Things And More Enjoying Them: Man is this a delightful and anxiety-releasing read. As someone who has learned the art of over-thinking and analyzing almost everything (for spiritual reasons – of course), I could not possibly need to read this more.

Ecclesiastes – The Bible Project: Here is yet another one of these. I find these videos beautiful and full of helpful information.

 

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We Are Begotten Unto A Lively Hope…

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When life gets too rowdy and unmanageable I love to read Spurgeon. He’s always able to articulate how I’m feeling, and then properly snap me out of my despair or confusion. This morning was no different then most other mornings. I needed some help and God gave me this word. I hope its encouraging for you also.

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.”—Psalm 112:7.
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?
Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?
Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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The Sin Of Talking Too Much: If perhaps you are described as someone who talks a lot, maybe you should take note of this. But I’d say this is for anyone who has a working tongue.

How The Christian ‘Masculinity’ Movement Is Ruining Men: I’ve said this before and I’ll likely say it again. We need to do better in the church at defining what masculinity is through Scripture and nothing else.

Beauty Is Born In Bad News: I hate that its true, but it is.

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Whisper Sweet Somethings…

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When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay…

I suffer from something called anticipatory anxiety. It’s not clinical but purely circumstance driven and I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. When things (big things) are on the horizon, my little heart starts to panic. Like a train barreling down the track this trepidation stampede’s directly at me. There is very little that can be done to eliminate it. Management is what’s necessary.

And as the summer comes to a slow close and the beginning of September looms ahead with all of its new challenges and new commitments and potential new beginnings, dismay becomes my food for thought.

And its in this place…this space of fluster, I call upon God to open His mouth and speak to me. I beg Him to whisper sweet somethings to change the trajectories of my thoughts away from dread, toward hope.

This is the place where I long for His words to lay siege the burden of my soul. His whispers of great somethings is the only place I know I will find rest. And so I open those ancient pages. There He speaks. Sometimes softly, still and small. Other times thunderous and deafening.

But every time sweet.

With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!

My soul gives way to petition. And I beg the Lord for mercy. I desire the hope I know I should have. It should come much more easy than it does. I want to be a natural truster, but I’m not. My flesh is weak. And I need to be reminded.

When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!

I read it over and over again. You know my way. You know my way. You know my way. Which means I don’t have to. I don’t have to know it all. Slowly the burden lessens and the fear fades into the background. He is with me here now. In the space of my fear-soaked alarm, He’s at my side. I know my cries are being heard.

You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.

His voice bellow’s from the text. I find refuge yet again in Him. His portion is enough. Its more than enough. My soul slowly begins restoration. What else do I need, besides God? What more could possibly bring peace besides this nearness to the redeemer? What more could I want from Him?

The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me

Like cool water to a dry throat are these whispers of sweet somethings. Only this whisper feels more like a roar. Yes, I hear you God. In my distress the Lord’s Word is where I find hope. I find it not in September, nor its unknowns. Jesus is all my hope and stay. He is it. And one day I will be with Him. No matter what strife fills my days and months ahead, my greater joy is knowing that my ultimate bounty is found in heaven.

There I will be surrounded by the righteous in the presence of the most high King of Kings.

In my anxiety I call upon the Lord, not to take it away. But to overcome it with His majesty. To outweigh the balance in the direction of hope. I ask Him to speak…then I open the pages, read (today it’s Psalm 142) and listen.

The train of anxiety hits in full force, but I am not moved. I can’t be. Not here, with His whisper in my ear.

Dread gives way to His sweet somethings…

…His living and active Words of hope.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Don’t Say God Is Silent With Your Bible Closed: This is an important read. How often do we feel like God isn’t speaking to us while never picking up our Bibles? We silence the sound of God’s voice in our lives when we leave our Bible on the shelf.

Do I Really Have To Pray For Politicians I Oppose: It seems like an obvious answer to the question. Which it is. But in todays political climate of extreme anger, frustration and hate, we all might need this reminder.

The Suprising Truth About False Teachers: The question is not whether you ever hear the voice of false teachers. You do — probably every day. The question is whether you can discern which messages are false.

The Biggest Story: Now this looks like its gonna be very good. Looking forward to it!

 

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Our Summer So Far…

As you may have noticed I haven’t been on top of the whole blogging thing. But It’s summertime. And that’s the only excuse I’ve got.

However its been awhile since I’ve written a more personal post for those of you who find that stuff interesting. Which is mostly just my two far-away friends. And a personal post is no fun unless there is an alarming amount of pictures. So here we go!

First and foremost the weather so far has been glorious. After four consecutive boiling hot summers from hades, we finally are experinecing a cooler, more enjoyable season. Which I have loved so much! Our land is still green and not burnt to a crisp and there is no smoke and smog filling our skies. Lovely.

So we decided to go to space…

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Not really. Just the planetarium, which was very fun.

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Our July was made up of two weeks of summer school for the kids then one week of Church Daycamps (put on by my husband, because thats his job). After that my husband took two weeks of holidays off (which he more than earned after pulling off an excellent Kids Daycamp)! So we went camping!

Here we are looking beautiful…

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And eating…(because…summertime). We explored nature…

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And acted insane…

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It was good family fun.

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We also spent some time in Birch Bay collecting shells…

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And watched TV in the trailer…(because…summertime).

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But what has made our summer extra fun is all the time my kids get to spend (and torture) our new cat! We adopted her in the Spring. Her name is orphan Annie and she was a neighborhood stray that we had the joy of rescuing. Our kids are in love with her and regularly impose themselves on her personal space.

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And although her 6am ritual wake-up call of walking over our faces and meowing loudly, invokes genuine rage that must be suppressed every single morning…we do still love her.

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And that is it!

From here on out, our summer looks pretty chill. Which makes me happy. So I hope you enjoyed this riveting picture update. And I hope your summer is filled with all kinds of family memories made!

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Rings With Tiny Forests In Them: These are absolutely beautiful and amazing and I’m proud that these creators come from my very own province.

The Attractional Church’s Growing Irrelevance. Yes to this! It’s my conviction that attractional church philosophy is not the best form of church ministry. Sure, to each is own. But the reasons shared in this article are exactly why I feel that way. The attractional church is still answering questions most 21st-century lost folks aren’t even asking. The attractional church is still assuming lost people have some working knowledge of the Bible and its stories. The attractional church still thinks lost people are impressed that a group of Christians will sing a Taylor Swift song at church. The attractional church thinks their decades-old bait is still good for the switch.

How ‘Stranger Things’ Re-Enchants The World: Everyone is talking about this new Netflix series, and I’d be lying if I said I’m not totally into it. Because I am. Don’t spoil anything for me! Here is an interesting look at why this show is so popular.

The Myth Of Maternal Bliss: We have all met those mothers. The ones who seem to have it all figured out and manage to find every detail of motherhood completely magical and sweet. And then there are mothers (I believe the majority of us) who often don’t feel the magic. I found this article refreshing and encouraging.

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