- My daughter and her friend were singing along to music the other day, I came into the room during a worship song and found this: Proverbs 22:6 direct your children on the right path…
“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]! Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?” (James 2:17-20 AMP)
I had had my fill earlier and fired off a Facebook post on parenting. A little juvenile I know; but honestly after looking at it, I am not sorry for it. These things needed to be said. In fact, they need to be said more and more, until being a “full time” parent becomes the norm again. Here’s the post and a few thoughts I have had upon reflection:
JOB. No, not job, Job. As in the book of “Job”. You ever read it? I have, and if you haven’t, let me just say that it can be a tough journey. However, if you have the perseverance to make it through, there is a great lesson to be learned. There are many great things from this, admittedly in hindsight, wonderful book; but the key is that through all the times (both up and down) in your life, God is sovereign, good, and worthy of praise. Through all that we see, we must also realize that we are but human and not possessed of the same knowledge that God has. Recently another great lesson has been shown me from this great book… one I had never thought of before. One that even an unbeliever should find compelling…
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”(KJV)
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (KJV)
Excerpt From: Morley, Patrick. “The Man in the Mirror.” Zondervan, 1997. iBooks.
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THE FELLOWSHIP of THE UNASHAMED
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
-from “Standing Tall” by Steve Farrar
Ever been asked, “If you could trade lives with one person, who would it be?” I know we all have an answer to that question, but the truth is you CAN’T trade lives, nor should you really want to. It should be more of a “that would be nice” thing, not a real desire.