Recently I was reading Ephesians 1 and didn’t get very far as I stopped at verse 5.
“God my heavenly Father predestined me for adoption as sons(daughters) through Jesus according to the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:5
I really like how The Message reads
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”
A couple weeks ago I was filling out a new patient form. My name, number and address I could write down in my sleep, but when it came to occupation, I faltered. That is not typical for me, over the years I have proudly entered stay at home mom or homemaker in that blank. But that day, I didn’t think those words any longer described me. I’m still a mom, I’m still a wife, I’m still, for the most part working at home. But this day I didn’t know what to put. I finally settled on homemaker, but that may change someday as well. Jobs will come and go, children will grow up and leave the nest, I will grow older and may not be able to write or type on a computer. Many things that I do, that may describe me will change, but after reading this verse, I finally decided on what to put in the occupation blank.
I am the child of the One True King, and because He has adopted me into his family I will always be His. Now, I didn’t really enter this into the occupation line on the form, but why not? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I said, daughter of the One True King? I’d probably be asked, what in the world does this mean and then I could tell them about my King.
Are you a child of the One True King?
Dear Lydia,(fictional name)
I’ve thought a lot about you since our coffee day last week. Not in a ‘creepy’ way , but in how can I direct your steps to follow and love God, because I know that is your heart’s desire.
After seeing you I read an interview by Jen Wilkin, the author of Women of the Word. The interview was about books on her shelf, what she is reading and the authors that have influenced her life. Here is her brief list.
- The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer… I have read this since college and read it almost every year.
- The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
She has also been influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterson and Augustine. She also read R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, James Boice and John Stott.
I like Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and was encouraged as I read the scriptures pointing me to Jesus.
…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.,,…therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees… Hebrews 12:2, 12
Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.” Hosea 6:3
So, dear friend, shall we start together in knowing God and looking to Him every second of everyday. I am making Colossians 1:10 my new life verse because I want to walk worthy of the Lord. I want to be fully pleasing to Him and bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of our Great God.
This letter is not fiction, but the name is. I wrote it earlier this year to a friend who asked for some reading material to help her focus on the Lord. This letter is a result of that request.
This summer saw an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. After sending kids to public school for twenty three years it’s time to find something else to do with my fall. My baby birdie has graduated from high school and it is a strange feeling not spending a small fortune on supplies. Although now that small fortune goes to college bills, food and gas.
I remember thinking when she was born, how old I would be when she graduated from high school. And now here I am beyond middle age(if I live to be my grandparents age, I’m already past middle age)!!! As I’ve thought about the adventure that awaits, I truly thought I had arrived in the ‘wisdom’ department. Hey, I’ve survived raising four kids, four moves from Iowa to Kansas to Indiana to New York, times 2, and navigating the life of a ministry wife, which I love by the way.
This summer I was
searching the scriptures tearing the Bible apart to understand what it means to be wise. James 3 didn’t disappoint.
It’s not so much what we say that makes us wise, but how we live. Digging deeper into the book of James I found what I was looking for; what it means to be wise. I want to be a woman who fears the Lord, a woman who builds a lovely home; not Sir Fool who comes along and tears it down brick by brick. (Proverbs 14:1, The Message)
Wisdom from above=
- open to reason
- full of mercy and good fruits
- Am I gentle and reasonable?
- Does my life overflow with mercy and blessings?
- Can I do the hard work of getting along with others?
- Can I treat everyone I meet with dignity and honor?
These are all questions I’m asking as I pursue godly wisdom, making sure I don’t put a tomato in fruit salad. By the time this posts I will be flying across the U.S. to eat ravioli with my granddaughter..and visit her parents. And then off to Iowa in October to celebrate my nephew’s wedding. I think I like this new fall schedule.