Monday’s Musings #252 & January Daybook

January Daybook & Monday's Musings #252 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is January 29, 2017.

The weather is really nice. Not too cold and sunny. Supposed to have nice sunny weather all week.

I am presently enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. It’s the Lord’s Day and it ought to be restful. We’re watching a 1936 movie with our kids at the moment. Do you like old movies?

I finished my goal setting earlier this month. So far, I have been able to work toward some of them. I like to do a monthly check in to see where I am with each one. This helps me stay focused and intentional.

We have been tentatively planning our future trips. Planning early helps us afford it financially as well as encourage us to hold each detail in prayer. It is my prayer we get to do all we are hoping to.

Some of the books I am hoping to read this year are in my hands now. I am starting with “Does Grace Grow Best In Winter?” by Ligon Duncan. This book answers the questions: What is suffering for? What does it look like from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty? It looks like a quick read with, hopefully, a good message.

Our family bible time consists of two things. We are reading through the New Testament using this plan. We are also continuing our study through The Shorter Catechism using Training Hearts, Training Minds. We’re on question #42 this week. We often have good biblical discussion and I am loving this time with my kids.

I am excited about baseball season! With the Super Bowl this upcoming weekend, I am ready to close out football and watch some baseball. Do you like baseball? Do you have a favorite team?

Spring cleaning has begun in our home. I’ve tackled the master bath and my bookshelf in our bedroom. I’ve also begun to clean out and reorganize our pantry. I am excited to be making good progress in decluttering and reorganizing areas in our home. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to happen in spring friends.

At our church, we are starting up our community groups once more. We will be in a different group and are excited to see how God will grow us up in Him during our time together. It’s a blessing to fellowship with fellow believers.

I am grateful for a new year, for goals to work towards, for a God who hears my prayers, and for praise.

A favorite quote: My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

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Learning To Breathe In A New Season

Learning To Breathe In A New Season | What Joy Is Mine

I am learning to breathe in a new season of life. Over my life time, to date, I have lived through several different seasons. I am not referring to winter, spring, summer and fall. I am talking about seasons of life. I have lived through seasons of grief, joy, sadness, worry, happiness, and fear to name a few. Today my season is adaption.

We are blessed to have two children living at home still. However, they are learning to become adults in this world and their schooling and jobs take them away from home throughout the week. I find myself at home alone during those periods. This is a new season for me and I am working on adapting to it.

Life is full of different seasons. Some of those seasons we may even repeat. With each season we live through, we have to learn to breathe anew. Whether its going from being single to being married, or going from being just the two of you to three of you, or going from having your parents around to letting them go, or going through a job change, its all new seasons of life to walk through. Each one carrying with it lessons to grow us up in the Lord and strengthen our faith in Him. Even those seasons we might repeat, God is always sanctifying us as his children.

So, how do we learn to breathe through each season we live through?

1. We get on our knees.And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian. Coming before the Lord and laying all we have at His feet and seeking wisdom is one of the best things we can do in every season of life. We turn it over to Him and let Him lead the way.

2. We accept the will of God for us.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17) God’s will for us is perfect for us. His will, the sovereign design of all things, is always best for us, even the trials we endure. He has a purpose for our sanctification and that is to be more like Christ.

3. We rely on God’s strength and not our own. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” (Psalm 28:7) All seasons of life will challenge us in some way. Being a wife, a mother, gaining a new friend, going to a new church, suffering a loss of loved one, etc., require strength to endure. Strength found in ourselves will fail because we are weak but strength found in our Lord will prevail because He is faithful. He will help us in each season of life we live through.

4. We trust the plan for our lives. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10) The Lord has a purpose and plan for our lives. He is intentional and sovereign over every detail. We can walk through our time on this earth knowing that each season is not in vain. God is working in us to further our growth in our faith in Jesus Christ. We just need to trust Him and what He is doing.

5. We understand that seasons will change and bring new challenges. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Being aware that life brings us different seasons is important in helping us grasp how to breathe through each one. Embracing each new season is way better than fighting it. We need to let the Lord do His work in us for our good and His glory.

6. We view each season as a time to grow spiritually. “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (Hebrews 6:1) Believe it or not, every season we breathe through grows us spiritually.  We do not experience our seasons in vain. God is purposeful and desires us to be more like His Son. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:29)

7. We walk with a grateful heart. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This shouldn’t need much explaining. A grateful heart always puts a different perspective on our seasons in life. It is a form of worship. It celebrates the greatness and graciousness of God and a grateful heart helps keep us from feeling negative emotions like resentment, bitterness or anger to name a few.

Seasons of life become much more bearable and joy-filled when we seek and rely on the Lord and not ourselves. Whatever season we are in today, it is my prayer we will seek our God and His will through prayer, trust His well designed plan for our lives and understand we will grow and change, aiming to become more Christ-like, while expressing gratitude along the way.

Are you learning to breathe through a new season of life?

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Monday’s Musings #251 & Delightful Serving

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Do you serve in your church? Do you find it delightful?

Delight defined is “to receive great pleasure in.”

Scripture says we are to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving Christ.” (Colossians 3:23, 24) When I read this scripture, it tells me how we are to serve. We are to serve as unto the Lord and not men.

Well, for one, this command means we are to serve with our eyes and heart focused on God. This means our serving has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him. With this on the forefront of our minds and in the center of our heart, we are free to serve others as Jesus would have. It then becomes a delight to serve. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Second, it means we are to serve in obedience to God. When He calls us to serve at our church, we are to do so willingly and with joy. We are not to be slothful or do it with feelings of dread. True obedience to the calling of God, does not complain or whine. Instead, we serve with a desire to please our Lord through delightful obedience. As Peter and apostles stressed in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Thirdly, this verse reminds us that unto the Lord is serving Christ. Paraphrasing Matthew Henry’s words, it sanctifies a servant’s work when it is done with the approach that it is Christ we are serving and not men only. If we could just sit on that point every time we serve in our church, what an incredible experience it would be to serve. It would go beyond duty and fill us with delight.

Most importantly, Colossians 3:23,24 goes on to tell us the benefit of serving unto the Lord. “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” As we serve Christ, we will one day have our glorious reward. The Lord, our ultimate giver of good things, will reward us. This heavenly inheritance promised is not earned by works done but more by the heart in which we have done them. It is all by His grace. It is not an earthly reward although God can bless us when we walk in obedience to Him in all things.

Serving in our church ought to be delightful, something we take pleasure in, not for personal satisfaction or recognition but unto the glory of God. It is for Him that we serve knowing that it pleases Him greatly and our reward is the heavenly inheritance that only He can give by His grace. Thomas Watson says, “The more we enjoy of God [including serving in the church], the more we are ravished with delight.” (Brackets mine)

January is just flying by, at least for me. I am so grateful you are have found Monday’s Musings and look forward to what you will be sharing. Blessings to you.

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Monday’s Musings #250 & Song of Your Heart

Song of Your Heart & Monday's Musings #250 | What Joy Is Mine

A psalm is “a sacred song or hymn.” (1828 Webster’s Dictionary) In the Bible, the book of Psalms is a wonderful book of songs. Not songs like we hear on the radio but songs of the psalmist’s heart. Sometimes his heart was “singing” about doubt or fear. Other times, it was singing about joy or trust.

Like the psalmist, one we know was David, we also carry songs in our heart. Different seasons of life brings about different songs. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) There are songs of doubt, fear, gladness, joy, grief, sorrow and peace. Each song the heart sings reflects a moment in our life story which is designed by God.

David, in Psalm 40, for instance, wrote this psalm in which his heart sings of patience, being low, finding strength, praising God and trust. He moves through verses 1 to 5 singing of how he needs God, waits on Him, seeks Him and finds Him to finally proclaim God’s wondrous deeds. It says in Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

The song of our heart ought to always reflect the awe of God no matter the season we’re in. Even through times of fear, doubt, worry and sorrow, the song of our heart should mirror God’s love for us. Our song should be of trust, peace, surrender and obedience. If our hearts could sing of those during trying times, what an example of Christ we would be! In addition, what strength we will find to endure. Why? Because we remove the focus off of what we are feeling and grab a hold of the wondrous love given to us by our Father in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

It is then the song of our heart can be about the goodness of God no matter our circumstances. Today, I ask you, what is the song of your heart? If you are singing about doubt and fear, seek the Lord and make it about trust. If you are singing about grief and sorrow, seek Him and make it about peace and surrender. If you are singing about anger and bitterness, look to God and make it about resting in and relying on Him. Today seek the Lord and ask Him to “put a new song in [your] mouth, a song of praise to our God.(Psalm 40:3, brackets mine) 

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

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Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps

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It’s a new year with new opportunities to grow in our faith. Although we can start at any time, there is something motivating about doing it at the beginning of the year. It’s a like a new start. We, sometimes, need new starts, right? Well, let’s discuss how we can take our new year and grow in the knowledge of God’s commandments by diving into His Word in 6 easy steps.

Diving into the Word of God encourages us to love it all the more. We are reminded it is the inerrant and infallible words spoken by our Father. Reading it daily and digging deep gives us a better understanding of God, who He is and what’s expected of us by Him.

Diving into the Word, or studying the Bible, is not something we do just because. We do it with intentional purpose. We plunge into the words written by our supreme Lord intending to come away with wisdom only He can give that will help us live for His glory and for our greater good. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.(Proverbs 3:1-2)

Here are six ways we can dive into the Word of God intentionally

1. Make the appointment. We need to pray and ask the Lord to show us when to meet with Him. It may not be the same for you as for another person. Once we know when, we make that appointment and stick to it daily.

2. Bring your supplies. That would be our Bible, a notebook, pen and receptive heart. Simple and sweet. We won’t need more than that to begin this diving in of God’s Word.

3. Pray for wisdom and understanding. Before we begin reading, we need to ask for discernment of what He has led us to read. He is faithful and we need to seek Him in all things, especially when we read the Bible and study it.

4. Read thoroughly and completely. Make it a habit to read through the entire section completely. It would benefit us even more to read the before and after sections as well. This will give us a bigger and better picture of what is being taught.

5. Take notes and make notes. After we have read it through once, we go back through and read it again, this time taking notes as we are moved. After we have written those down, we need to go back and make notes on what we have read. This may include definitions of certain words, researching commentaries, and logging other scripture references.

6. Express thankfulness. After we have finished, we need to go to the Lord and thank Him for that time with Him and His Word. Thank Him for wisdom gained and for meeting with us.

These 6 simple steps will help us have a deeper and more intimate time with our Lord. It is the approach I personally take when doing a study in God’s Word. I do come away with greater understanding for God is faithful.

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