Mission Statement

The primary purpose of this blog is to help Christian women apply the counsel of God's Word to their daily lives as it relates to their relationships, circumstances, suffering and sin; and to equip them to help others do the same. "For the Word of God is living and active." Hebrews 4:12

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

He Loves Me!

Last week I had the privilege of babysitting for a friend's one year old son. Talk about adorable: pudgy cheeks, squishy thighs, and the cutest little dimpled bottom.  I was captivated by this little guy the entire night. As I watched him closely, I was struck by several thoughts:
  •  We are image bearers of the Living God; we are made to resemble Him. God gives us a tangible picture of  "image bearing"  through our own children.They resemble us! I was enthralled as I watched this little guy who was a little bit mother and father in his looks and mannerisms. And, no doubt, the family resemblance will continue to grow as he grows. It is mind boggling to contemplate that God allows you and me to take an active part in creation. He didn't have to include us, but He knew first hand the joy that would be ours.
  • Family resemblance is another theme that jumped out at me. Children look like their parents. God's children should look like Him. I should have a growing resemblance to our Heavenly Father. In fact, this resemblance is one of they main ways I know His love is upon me.
  •  I studied my little friend as he ate, played, and bathed. I was fascinated by his private conversations and his personal discoveries.  I am reminded of the way God watches and delights over His children.
  • I was constantly watchful of my little friend not wanting him to fall or even stumble. I was aware of the security measures taken by his diligent parents to ensure his safety. I am reminded that God's security measures, the commands of Scripture, speak of his love for me and His desire to protect me.
If I pondered longer, I am sure I would "see" more of God as result of my babysitting time. God's classroom is everywhere...even at the feet of a babe.

  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's Your Prison?

Sometimes, life's circumstances can feel like a prison! Perhaps, your "prison" is a bad marriage, a rebellious child, a houseful of little ones, a looming financial concern, a besetting sin, an illness or some other difficulty. The Apostle Paul was no stranger to imprisonment. He wrote to the Ephesians while in prison and it's worth noting his outlook as he faithfully wore his prisoner chains. Paul says, "For this reason, I, Paul the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of the Gentiles" Ephesians 3:1) and "And as a prisoner for the Lord' (Ephesians 4:1). Paul was willing to suffer for Christ and for the advancement of the gospel in the lives of others. Are you? Whatever your "prison" circumstances, do you see yourself as a prisoner of the Lord  for the sake of others? No doubt, Paul's readers would have thought his situation bleak, but Paul saw it differently. He knew God was in the trouble. He trusted in the Soveriengty of God to superintend every detail of his life, even his suffering. We know, by the power and grace of God, Paul learned to be content wherever he was and whatever the condition (Philippians 4:10-13). Sinclair Ferguson writes, "Here Paul, 'the caged bird', sings from a full heart about the grace of God in the gospel. He is a prisoner, yet the gospel has set him inwardly free."  The gospel can set us free too from our personal chains and prison cell; so take heart wherever you are or whatever your condition! You are not a prisoner of your marriage, but of Christ. You are not a prisoner of a  rebellious teen or a house full of toddlers, but of Christ. You are not a prisoner of finances, sickness, or any other calamity, but of Christ. You are not a prison of your sin, but of Christ. Your prison is a platform to preach! Never forget that ultimately you are a prisoner of Jesus Christ and your imprisonment serves to mature you, promote the gospel in others, and ultimately give the Lord Jesus Christ the honor due Him!

Points to Ponder:
1.What struggle, circumstance, or relationship serves as your "personal prison"?
2. How might viewing yourself as a "prisoner of Christ Jesus" change your outlook?
3. With a biblical outlook, how might your "chains" be used to advance the gospel in your situation?
4. A biblical outlook can only be achieved through a right understanding of God, suffering, and the powerful work of the gospel to set you inwardly free. What practical steps can you take to change your outlook from prison to praise to platform?