Life Lately // Lots to be Thankful For

There is much to be thankful for this season!

… Cooler weather for baking!

… Delicious fall foods!

… Seeing the light at the end of the seminary tunnel!

… Beautiful California “fall” days!

… Having a car that gets me around town for my job!

… Being sent to Portos to pick up treats for the office!

… Our cozy little home!

… Quiet mornings to blog! And a husband who lets me pursue my goals! (I would love for you to stop by and check out my new series on hospitality!)

Those are some daily blessing that I am thankful for!

What are you thankful for?

 


Serving with My Attitude

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My sweet husband put together an adorable date night for us last week. He made menus, lit candles, and wrote out questions for us to ask one another during the meal. One of the questions was:

When do you feel most loved? 

His answer to this question was not when I cook him meals, serve him, do nice things for him,  or anything along those lines. His answer was:

He feels most loved when I am happy. 

Knife of conviction in the heart! The way that I can serve my husband the most is by having a content, joyful heart.

You hear about that in women’s books or pre-marital  counseling classes. But it is an entirely different thing when it comes out of your husband’s mouth.

 It reminded me of Proverbs 17:1, “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife.”

It does not matter how much I serve my husband. If I do it with a complaining heart or out of obligation, it is worth nothing. It is better for me to have a godly attitude than to have a perfect home or table full of homemade food.

My big area of struggle is contentment. But obeying Christ with my attitude, not only provides me with spiritual blessings, it blesses my husband.

Having a content heart serves him in these ways:

- It makes him happy to see me happy.

- He is blessed by knowing the my relationship with the Lord is right.

- It encourages him to have the right attitude.

What ways do you encourage your husband with your attitude?

 


Dear Christian Praying for Grace

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Dear Christian,

You are praying for grace. You are hurting and you do not know what to do. Pain is blinding. It confuses you and you cry out to the Lord.

You are praying for wisdom. You do not know what to do. The situation is beyond your control. You pray and pray and pray. But you are at a loss.

You cry out to the Lord for grace. You say, “Lord, I need grace to get through this. This is hard. Sustain me and help me navigate through.”

You are confused and hurt when nothing seems to change.

Oh Christian, I want to remind you today, that you have already been given the grace that you need. It is there for the taking. Every ounce of grace that we need is already promised to us. We just need to draw upon it.

In our pride, we forget that we have already been given everything we need for life and godliness. We choose to ignore the promises of God and then we cry out that nothing is happening.

But Christian, the same Spirit that God used to create the Heavens and the earth is the same Spirit that resides in you. The power to resist temptation and to obey Christ’s commands is already within you.

If you are a true child of God, you have already been given unmeasurable grace. Stop looking at your situation and start looking at the Savior.

Christian, today I pray that you grasp the grace that you have been given. I pray that you praise the Father because He has given you what you need. I pray that you keep praying – not because you are hopeless, but because it aligns your will to God’s.

I pray, dear Christian, that you thank Him that you are helpless. It forces you to draw upon the grace that you have already been given.

May you remember the great gift you have been given in your salvation.

Sincerely,

Me


Dripping Jesus

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I want to be one of those people who just drips Jesus. You know who those people are. The ones whose face lights up when they talk about the sweetness of their Savior. The ones who can’t talk about anything else; the name of Christ is always on their lips. They are just dripping Jesus.

I want to be one of those people!

I was talking to my husband last night about my favorite Psalm, Psalm 63. As I described why I loved that Psalm, it occurred to me that the psalmist was one of those people who just overflowed with love for the Lord.

How do we cultivate this heart?

All You Desire

The psalmist describes how his longing for God is like someone longing for water in the desert. This is poignant imagery. If you were wandering through the desert and looking for water, that would be an all-consuming task. Trust me. You would not care what kind of clothes you have on or what people think of you. All you want is water.

Is my longing for the Lord all-consuming? 

All You Can Eat

The second word picture the psalmist uses is that of someone eating marrow and fatness. According to my knowledge of Ancient Near East culture, marrow and fatness were a rarity. It was something you got to eat if you were wealthy. It was not a common every day item. Maybe in our culture this would be akin to filet mignon. Knowing God is more satisfying than the most decadent dish.

Am I more satisfied by knowing Christ than anything else?

All You Can Think Of

The psalmist says in verse 6 that when he is lying in his bed at night his mind is filled with thought of the Lord. I don’t know about you, but when I am awake in the middle of the night, my mind is not filled with thoughts of God. Usually my mind is spinning thinking about everything I need to do or conversations that I had that day. I am definitely not kept awake by thoughts of Christ.

Is my mind filled with thoughts of Christ? 

How do we become someone who is dripping Jesus Christ? Jesus needs to be all we desire, all that satisfies us, and all we can think of. When we fill our minds and hearts with His Word and His person, we will naturally overflow and drip Jesus.

The highest praise that we can receive is for someone to tell us that we are overflowing with the love of Christ. Let us be people who are dripping Jesus!

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More Hospitality and More Babysitting

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Since my husband and I don’t have any kids, I asked my mom for some ways that a married couple with kids could serve. And you guys, she should have written this whole series! Her ideas were so insightful! I am excited to share them with you today!

My mom wrote that she believes that as adults we should all be serving.  We should have our kids serve alongside us because our kids learn from our example.

Prepare Meals for Others

What better way to teach your kids to cook and instill a spirit of service in them than to prepare meals together? Prepare meals together for those who just had a baby, have an illness, or just need encouragement.

Serve at Church Together

You can teach Sunday school with your kids or help in AWANA. Anything that allows you to serve with your kids is a great training ground for learning to serve the church.

Open Your Home 

As we have talked about previously, it is essential to open up your home to others. Let your kids help with the preparations and the clean up. Teach hospitality and thoughtfulness by example.

Babysit

Babysitting is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to care for children. If you are tied to your home, you can easily watch someone else’s kids at your home.

Write Notes

This is a great way to minister if you are not able to leave your house often. You can write notes to grandparents, shut-ins, and missionaries. Nothing brightens someone’s day like a cute drawing or note from a child.

I can speak from experience that these are great ways to teach children to have a heart to serve. My own parents taught these by example and I am so thankful that they were so intentional with their parenting!

This week we looked at ways to serve as a single person, how to serve as a married couple, and lastly how to serve as a married couple with kids.

What unique ways have you found to serve in your specific season of life?