Outside my windows… it’s been raining a bit today. Sort of ironic that there was a blizzard on the east coast last week and Maine didn’t get any snow!
Inside my house… the amount of tissues that we’ve gone through the past few days is more than we usually go through in a few months. Blizzard or no, it’s definitely cold season in Maine.
Counting 1000 gifts… tissues with lotion. I’m quite serious! It may seem a small thing, but I’m always thankful for them when I have a cold.
Prayers of the heart… for wisdom. I’ve been reading a lot of things lately that have made me ask myself some hard questions.
What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… a couple of them are curled up on the couches nursing their own colds. The other two are playing a game.
From my playlist… Can’t Fight This Feeling. I’ve always loved this song!
From my reading list… I’m still reading Safe House, but that’s a book that needs to be read slowly and pondered. So, I’m also reading one of the Assassin’s Creed novels. I’m not familiar with the video game franchise, but they say that you don’t need to be familiar with the games to enjoy the novels. We’ll see what I think when I get a little further in the book.
From my needlework basket… pulling out the plastic canvas to make a chemistry themed tissue box cover for Munchkin.
In the learning room… Thankfully, we’ve still been able to get through schoolwork every day, despite the colds!
Random ramblings… I saw a post today on Facebook where someone was raving about one of the popular “prosperity gospel” speakers on TV. I understand why their doctrine is appealing, but it’s completely un-biblical. Take a look at John 16:33 HCSB:
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Jesus himself warned his disciples that they would have suffering in this world. He didn’t tell them that if they had faith, and thought positively, and believed enough, that their lives would be easy and great. He didn’t tell them that He wanted them to be happy, wealthy, and successful. He said things like what we find in Matthew 16:24-26 NIV, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?'”
Trusting in our own efforts to win God’s favor is building our faith on the foundation of shifting sand. We can earn nothing, and it’s only through the redemptive work of Jesus dying in our place that we can even be forgiven. That’s the solid foundation that we must build our faith on if it’s to weather the storms that we will face. The real hope of the gospel is not in circumstances here on earth, it’s hope for eternity. Life here is over in the blink of an eye, but there is so much more than just this!
Profound ponderings… “And the fact that it bothers me bothers me also.” – Unknown
Caught on film…