Intersecting Life and Faith

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Life Map-New Year

I don’t remember when this post was originally written. It is probably several years old, but these points remain true as I focus on 2016.

As I look back on 2015 I see personal loss but God in His infinite love and grace gave me gifts at the end of 2015 to look forward to in the coming year. A post regarding 2015 is still rambling around in the ole’ brain. Life is one big adjustment. It seems from birth to the grave, adjustments are a part of life. But I have laid a firm foundation over the years, and these focus points bring great encouragement and comfort, because God and His Word are my firm foundation and He never changes. 
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1. In everything I do I want to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. (1 Corinthians 10:31) I want to be a  Christ follower, not just pursue the American dream of 2.5 children, a home and 2 cars in the garage. I want to know God who rescued me and loves me. I do this by making it my goal to read His Word everyday and attempting to pray without ceasing. I pray for people and circumstances as God brings them to mind.

2. Spend my life encouraging my family as a wife and mother; to exhort and encourage all women I am privileged to call my friends. I want to encourage them  to love God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind, and their neighbor as themselves. (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30)

3. To teach women how to love God’s Word, encouraging them to love God by loving His Word. (Psalm 119:1) I do this by writing several blog posts a week, teaching women’s Bible studies and Sunday School, giving birthday cards and gifts, praying and meeting with women whenever I can over coffee, lunch, meeting in my mom cave, or walking together at the local walking track.

4. Educate myself in the gifts I believe God has given me.  Continuing to hone counseling and  writing skill(or lack of), and reading many books to the glory of God. My first book, published in 2014, Confessions of a Farmer’s Daughter can be purchased by clicking on the link from me.

5. Eat right and exercise on a regular basis, making it my goal to remain healthy to serve the Lord and  “look good” for my husband and no one else. His opinion is the only that matters. Keep communication open between my four children by texting, calling, emailing, visiting, and praying for them everyday.

Ultimately I want to be a woman who knows charm is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 31:30)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Missing The Point

Come December our thoughts turn to Christmas. If you live at the Gates house, we love to celebrate and typically begin Christmas music around Thanksgiving. This year it was a week before…for me anyway. Some, whom I will not name, have been known to have it on in July.  Our celebration of the newborn King include decorations, a white Christmas tree which you have to see to believe. The neighbors who drive by and can see it glowing in our picture window have commented it is very pretty. You’re welcome to come see for yourself!!  I love to bake, mostly to give away to friends and neighbors, and we love to buy gifts for our family. Please stop by and enjoy our tree, there might even be some baked goods waiting for you!!!

The past several years my mind has turned to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Much has been written about her, who she was, why it was prophesied she would be a virgin and how old she might have been and where she gave birth. I was researching her again this year and was reminded how easy it is to become so focused on the minor points of her life and forget the most important point of the Christmas story.

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a descendant of Adam so that He could ultimately go to the Cross and die in our place. Now the descendants of Adam can be saved from an eternity of separation from their Creator. God gave His Son to this world, which is the greatest gift that could ever be given. Let us celebrate this truth and tell the world about God’s amazing love. Tim Chaffey(Answers in Genesis)

How easy it is to get caught up in the rush of the holidays that I do not take the time to sit down, read the Word of God that was written to me and remember why God gave the Greatest Gift. He gave so I could be rescued from the domain of darkness; apart from Christ I am completely destitute. (Colossians 1:13) If that isn’t the best present ever then I don’t know what is. God loved me so much He gave, He loved, He loves lavishly. (1 John 3:1)

I also do not want to miss the point of who Mary was. Luke 1:28 says she was “favored by God”.  The Message says it best

Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.

Uhhhh….ten…Chun. Where is Yours?

A week ago today, Lauren boarded a plane and took off for Wyoming…by herself. She had flown, but never alone. Because her brother lives in the middle of nowhere in  Wyoming, Lauren had to make two connections to get there. Since her flight out of Washington D.C. was delayed, it was a possibility she would miss her connection in Denver to fly to Casper. The men of our family vowed to not let that happen as her dad, brother, and Hannah’s boyfriend made plans to make sure she would not be alone in the baggage claim overnight if she missed her flight.

Last week, there were two murderers running free in upstate New York after they had escaped from  a maximum security prison. Though not very close to where we live, we did have our guard up. And last Friday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision of marriage that I do not agree with. Mix in another daughter returning from six months of travel, close friends who have children graduating from high school with many graduation parties and endless rain and storms, there are too many things that cause ‘soul noise’. Noise that no one else hears, but the constant “unharmonious or discordant group of sounds.”(Dictionary.com) Worry about the future, worry about safety, worry about an unhappy marriage or children who are struggling. 

I am thankful I have a remedy for worry, for the noise that can rumble around in my mind. The remedy of the gospel. I don’t have to try and figure out what the future holds for any of these issues, because I know Who holds the future. The elixir of God’s Word is what is needed to face any day. Diligence in saturating my heart, mind and soul in the Word of God will remind me where my focus needs to be every. single. day. I trust the Bible to help me navigate the pressing issues of my 21st century culture. I trust God to show me how to love and how to live as a pilgrim. 

How to saturate in God’s Word?

  • Read God’s Word before you read anything else…newspaper, email, FB, or pinterest…easier said than done…
  • Use your smart phone, Ipad, Kindle or Nook to listen to God’s Word while you get ready for the day and as you fall asleep at night.
  • Before you head to FB or Pinterest read the Bible on your computer or keep your Bible close to your computer reading God’s Word first.
  • Listen to God’s Word as you exercise.
  • Read the statutes of God before that favorite novel.
  • Listen to the precepts of God as you get meals ready or clean.

By the way, Lauren did make her connecting flight and began her two week visit with Justin and her new sister-in-law Melissa. 

Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. 2 Timothy 2:8

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