Friday, May 14, 2010

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Future grace is glorified by intense and joyful confidence. This faith is what frees us and empowers us for venturesome obedience in the cause of Christ.

~ John Piper

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Somehow we must reorient our lives to God. We must learn to see things from his perspective. We must allow Him to develop His character in us. We must let Him reveal His thoughts to us. Only then can we get a proper perspective on life.

~ Henry T. Blackaby

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Monday, May 10, 2010

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To anyone in any kind of suffering, Jesus Christ has earned the right to say, "Come unto me...bring your pain here to me. Together we will find a way to make use of it. I am your Redeemer. We will not waste a single tear."

~ Eugenia Price

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

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...Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.

~1 Corinthians 15:58

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Passing It On: A Time of Stillness

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2 Peter 3:9

God is not in a hurry. He knows exactly who He is and what He’s doing. Frenzy and chaos are not His companions. Like a performer spinning multiple plates at the ends of long sticks, you’re a hard-working mother balancing multiple roles at once. The whole concept of slowing down runs counter to your reality, doesn’t it?

“Think of how I can help God if I’m living at high speed,” you might rationalize. “After all, isn’t God better served by industrious wives and moms who race through life with the accelerator pressed to the floorboard?”

No, actually, He isn’t. God is not frantically looking for volunteers to do His work hoping for some help. He’s not wringing His hands, wishing that we would do what He cannot without us. Our task as His disciples is a fairly simple one. Pleasing Him is simply a choice we want to embrace.

“Do your best to be without sin and without fault,” the apostle Peter urges. “Try to be at peace with God” (3:14, NCV). We need to stop racing and take time to rest. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NCV). Be still? It’s not a suggestion. It’s a directive and it’s for our good.

Look at us—we’re under so much pressure that the veins in our necks are bulging. Our to-do list is so long that it drags the floor. We need to slow down. We must slow down. God is better served by a woman who takes time to reflect. He is looking for a woman who draws strength from her heavenly Father and listens to His promptings. A woman who thinks God’s thoughts and knows the individual needs of each member of her family. This woman is willing to give valuable time to her husband, children, and friends, not just brief moments on the fly.

She will be a woman who is able to serve her family when she meditates on what honors the Lord. Does this seem impossible? Take a deep breath. Ask the Lord to quiet your heart as you carve out time to reflect on Him. Then listen to what He says to you. “If you will be calm and trust me, you will be strong” (Isaiah 30:15, NCV).

Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers
General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God's heart.

~ C.H. Spurgeon

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Comparison Trap

Dear Friend,

“Oh, Lord,” I breathed as I sat on the platform at a meeting. “Look at that chic speaker three chairs down. Why did I wear beige? They won’t be able to see me against the curtains!”

I’ve always struggled with comparisons. I had a sister I adored and I wanted to be just like her. I had a friend with cute freckles on her nose and I wanted freckles too. I played tournament tennis and I wanted to perfect my backhand and make it look like my Wimbledon idol.

It didn’t help when I became a Christian either. In fact it grew worse. I looked around the new friends I had made and found an inordinate desire to walk like them, talk like them, witness like them, pray like them, and know the Bible like them. It was a trap?a comparison trap- and this little church mouse was caught securely in it.

Half of the problem was my own insecurity. Another piece of my problem was a sincere desire to be the very best for God, and when I saw someone doing that, I tried to copy her. Comparisons usually lead to copying and that is not all bad if you copy the principles and not the particulars.

You can’t copy spiritual gifts, however, even if you have gifts in the same area. God has made us uniquely and intends for each of us to be ourselves. Escaping the comparison trap is a question of being sure of your own identity.

The most freeing thought for me has been, “If I were them, who’d be me?” Why would God make me one of a kind if He wanted me to try being a clone? Over the years, I’ve noted that the worst group for falling into the comparison trap is ministry wives who find themselves following a perfect predecessor. No matter what, just smile and insist on being you!

In His Love,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine