Continuing the Gratitude Journey

1061.  Coffee in the morning.

1062.  Ability to walk better and feeling better generally overall.

1063.  The Holy Spirit who is with me always, helping me when no-one else can.

1064.  My children.  When did half of them grow up?  Image

1065.  New group of ladies seeking to find out “What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?”

1066.  Answered prayer for a family member.

1067.  A mama serving in the army who gets to come home today.Image

1068.  Raspberry-Strawberry smoothies on a hot day.

1069.  Hearing the adventures of a modern-day Paul.

1070.  Protection for two of my children and friends in a car accident.

1071.  Knowing that God is in control and that in the end “we win.”

1072.  Joining the birds in a morning worship song to the creator.

 

 

Spiritual Battles Boil Down to a Choice: Obedience or Disobedience.

Confusion is not of God. When my mind finds it self dredging up lame arguments against God’s Word I find myself wondering through halls of excuses. It is not until I come to the conclusion to just “plain ol’ obey” the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word that peace comes. Ease doesn’t come. Peace does. Strength to do a hard thing for the sake of Christ …and for Him alone.

It is so easy to surrender to being liked, being a “cool Christian”…accepting everyone and everything for the sake of “love.” True love is not always “soft, comforting, warm” most of the time it is a stinging antidote to a lie that we have believed. It does not make one feel better immediately. It can be tough medicine to swallow but it works. In time repentance is brought forth as the poison of self deceit is drained by submission to the truth. The confusion clears and you know what to do next because you have set your heart to obey His precepts and not your own way.

Many saints of old have felt fear when on the brink of sincere, complete obedience and yet they trudge on in the truth. They did not turn aside to lies when they didn’t understand. They simply obeyed. The didn’t listen to any voice but God’s. We have examples of Abraham in offering His only son; David in fighting a giant; Moses in confronting Pharoah; Joshua in conquering the promise land. Jesus in fighting the temptation in the wilderness and ultimately dying on Calvary. The juxaposition of how “God’s Ways are Not Our Ways.” is so clear …except when we do not have a heart to simply obey.

So what is God whispering to you today in your heart? What has He said this past week in the voice of a pastor? What has He shouted at you through the very words of Scripture? It IS better to obey than to sacrifice. Do it, whatever it is, (and you ‘know’ what it is)  today.

Wise in Your Own Conceit

 

I have been considering some verses in Proverbs today.  The phrase “wise in your own conceit” caught my eye in Chapter 26 verses 12 and 16.  They say:

12. “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.”

16. “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit that seven men can render a reason.”

I pulled out my good old “new” Webster’s Dictionary which had traveled to Florida to college with my son but now has returned for the summer.  The curled edges of the cover revealed that in reality it had been well used…oh joy!  Webster defined conceit as:  (1)a result of mental activity, (2) individual opinion.

Hmmm.  Wise in my own mental activity…wise in my own individual opinion?  Too close to home for me.  I wondered how many times I had been involved in my own mental activity and valued my own individual opinion.  Is it good to be known as a person who “speaks their mind.”  No. It is good to be known as a person who has the mind of Christ.  Is it valuable to be a person with “strong opinions?”   According to Proverbs, it is not….when that opinion is the result of one’s own individual mental activity.  In reality….who cares what I think?  We should care what Jesus thinks.  And what Jesus thinks is usually not what my mind is “thinking.”  Love my enemy?  Do good to those who despitefully use you?  Hmmm.  Let each esteem the other better than himself?   Arrgggh.

I was confronted today with truth.  Truth that I am “wise in my own conceits”.  I must choose to submit my opinions to the living word.  The final Word.  The mind of Christ.  Peace does not come when our mind is active with the supporting and reinforcement of my own opinion.  Peace comes (perfect peace) when my mind is stayed on Christ.

Isaiah 26:3  “Thou wilt keep Him (or Her …thank you Jesus!) in perfect peace who’s mind is stayed on thee.”   (KJV)

“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus” (vs. 5 of Philippians 2).  We read in verse 3 of the same chapter a cameo of what that will cause in our own mind.   “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves.”  It continues in verse 7 ….”but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant….”    (KJV)

Life does not always flow well with Scripture.  Usually that doubled edged sword cuts us across the grain …leaving frayed edges that show how our own flesh isn’t willing to give in easily.  But cut us it does.  It cuts self right out … if we let it.  Like cutting off a rotting section of meat so the rest can be preserved.

I’m so thankful for the Word of God that does not leave me to myself and my own conceited opinions. The  hymn “May the Mind of Christ My Savior” is my prayer today.

May the mind of Christ, my Savior, Live in me from day to day, By His love and power controlling All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly In my heart from hour to hour, So that all may see I triumph Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father Rule my life in everything, That I may be calm to comfort Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me As the waters fill the sea; Him exalting, self abasing, This is victory.

May I run the race before me, Strong and brave to face the foe, Looking only unto Jesus As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me, As I seek the lost to win, And may they forget the channel, Seeing only Him.”

Visit Notebooking Pages.com!

This past fall I found a link to a homeschooling site called “Notebooking Pages.com”  I was looking for resources for art and music documentation when I came across the link on the Harmony Art Mom blog.  Notebooking Pages.com is a resource for those who use various styles of homeschooling.  It works well with Charlotte Mason as it gives you a plethora of pages in every category.  The pages are beautifully designed to highlight the subject and to set off your information in an interesting, eye-catching way.  It is a starting point for creativity for the child with a great imagination.  It is also a ending point for a child who just wants to put what they know down on paper for recording their studies.  Debra Reed has given homeschool mom’s a sigh of relief when it comes to documentation and presentation of work in each discipline of study!  If you are a homeschooling mom this is one site you should visit and consider joining!

www.notebookingpages.com

 

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Gratitude Journey #1037 – #1060

Life is so busy right now that I barely have time to catch my breath.  Gratitude is a choice that I’m making today.  Won’t you join me?

1037.  Aspirin when you have a headache.

1038.  The Internet.  (At 5:00 am looking for worksheets …it’s marvelous thing.)

1039.  Bird’s singing in the dark just before the dawn.  May it remind me of the real “dawning” of that day

when Jesus comes back.  This could be it … even so come Lord Jesus!

1040.  The sweetness of a friend’s counsel.

1041.  A phone call prayer prayed with enthusiasm and faith.

1042.  Safety of a friends life amid storm tragedy.

1043.  Did I mention the birds are singing in the dark?……I want to be like that.

1044.  Older ladies who inspire me with their seriousness about the gospel and their reading choices.

1045.  A short conversation on the salt covenant.

1046.  200 plus volunteers who give of their time and life so the gospel can go out in UPWARD basketball.

1047.  People who help an old mom find a young, quick three year old who loves adventure.

1048.  Watching people serve with great joy and little recognition in their local church.

1049.  Genuine kindness shown toward little children.  I was reminded of how it takes time to do this and relenquishing of self.  Could this be another meaning of “suffer” in the “suffer the little children to come unto Me…” that Jesus spoke?

1050.  Libraries.  (E-books haven’t completely taken over …yet….and I don’t want them to either….)

1051. The “so great a cloud of witnesses” who surround us….

1052.  Watching basketball games with my husband.

1053.  A reminder from an 8 year old to say “false” before the word “god” or “goddess” when reading aloud a book about Greek mythology.  He was so right.  “Give unto the Lord the honor due unto HIS name.”

1054.  The purple foxgloves, yellow daffodils, and tulip’s sprouting their way up through the dirt to herald the coming of Spring.

1055.  A turned over sock basket. Count it all joy.

1056.  Answer to prayer in the middle of Walmart.

1057.  A determined pursuit of the “D.Min.” by my husband.

1058.  An older pastor/wife who shared at our marriage conference.  So great to see faithful people who just keep doing what is right.

1059.  Putting out a fire in my microwave quickly ….(last time I did that I had to call the fire department).

1060.  Traveling family who stop in for a visit.

 

New Neighborhood

I’m moving to WordPress blogging due to privacy issues with Google’s blogger that make me uncomfortable.  I opted for a new name this time as well.  “Knee’s Down, Chin Up!” is a phrase that I use to conclude some letters and notes to friends.  Essentially it’s a reminder to keep your knee’s down in prayer and your chin up in attitude.  “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.”   I hope that this blog will encourage the readers to keep praying and keep choosing joy each day of their journey.

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