Good morning! It's Monday again, the beginning of a new week and the beginning of yet another month. If the old saying is true, I must be getting really old, because time is flying! I pray that the beginnings of a new week will bring new and fresh reminders of God's unfailing love and faithfulness to us, His children whom His has adopted and bought with the blood of His beloved Son. Oh, how glorious is our identity in Christ! I often am reminded of the words of the lion Mufasa, - from the Disney movie The Lion King - which he spoke to his son Simba, who was having some what of an identity crisis. In a strong, deep voice he urged his son, "Remember who you are." I cannot tell you how often that has come to my mind regarding my identity in Christ. When struggling with sin, I have sometimes repeated Mufasa's words aloud to myself. It is true. Because I belong to God, I am no longer a slave to sin; I have been "bought with a price." I am a child of the King. He has adopted me as His own and has given me His spirit - the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead - to dwell in me. So, the next time you or I are tempted to sin, to be anxious, to doubt or fear, let us remember who we are - because of Christ's presence in our lives - and Whose we are, because of His precious blood.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
My purpose of this post is to hopefully start something that I will do on a weekly basis - once again, I don't want to sound selfish - but for the good of my own soul. I want to make Thursday's Thanksgivings a time each week where I mention something that I am grateful for. Similar to Scripture Memory Mondays, I thought that this would serve as a form of accountability - a way to keep my often overwhelmed or just plain ungrateful heart in check - especially if I knew I was going to be posting about something for which to give thanks. Whether anyone reads it or not (I know my mom will...and probably my friend Melanie ;), I think this will benefit me greatly. So no matter what I am facing each week, I know that on Thursdays I will have to stop and ponder long enough on being thankful that I have to write about it. Hopefully this will help me live out God's will for me in regard to His First Thessalonians command. And if I feel I am running out of things to write, then I will just dig deeper. I can see this being nothing but beneficial for me, for at times my countenance all too similarly reflects the words of my sweet John David .... "I'm just sad."
So to kick off Thursday's Thanksgivings, I will type my first lines of gratitude...
Just today, I mentioned to someone, "I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have family in town." Truly, I have not a clue. I think back a little over a year ago, and where we thought we'd be at this time, and it looks nothing like the present. (Click HERE if you are unsure of where we were a little over a year ago.) But, of course, the Lord knew His plan for us and exactly what we would need during each moment of it. We did not foresee autism, nor child #2, in our future, but of course, our wise Father was already holding those things in His hand, as well as the grace to see us through each day. For that, we are so grateful. Of course, we are thankful for our precious second child; and I can honestly say that we are thankful for autism...all that the Lord has taught us through our precious John David and the circumstances surrounding his unique little life - oh, I cannot begin to articulate!
To summarize, today I am thankful for my family so near...to love me (in close proximity - it helps on those hardest days to have the hug of a mother or a kiss on the cheek from a daddy;), to encourage me, and to help with our children (which also helps on those hard days:). Furthermore, I am thankful for God's providence; His timing is perfect, and what He allots to each of us is only that which is for our greatest good and His greatest glory. He could do no different; if he did, He would completely defy His character - which, praise the Lord - is unchanging (yet another cause for thanks!)
As Charles Spurgeon stated: "If God ordains it, the worst calamity is the wisest and kindest thing that could befall me." Thank you for the reminder, Bro. Spurgeon! (Click HERE for more thoughts on this truth.)
Just sitting here typing, trying to put my thoughts into words, I have already reaped some of the priceless benefits of gratitude. Those of you who may actually read this, I hope that you will join me in taking time - at least once a week - to truly ponder that for which we can be thankful. If we stop and think.... my goodness, we have so much!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Although it is still Sunday, in 12 minutes it will be no longer be. I feel as though our Monday will be rather busy. I thought it wise to go ahead now and post a new verse for the week, lest time slip away tomorrow.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Happy Monday! I hope last week was a great one and that you were able to focus more on God's Word by working on memorizing it. I sure was. Like I mentioned before, I am doing this primarily for my own sake and accountability - not to sound selfish - because consistently working on memorizing Scripture is a spiritual discipline that I struggle with. But according to some of your comments, I am not alone in this. So I hope that we can help each other.
I am excited about starting to work on another verse for this week. I was praying about which verse to post...I mean, EVERY verse is God breathed and "living and active", and the Bible is full of golden nuggets to chew on and have stored in our hearts and minds, right!?!
Well, our family is spending the week in Disney World. The Pugh family LOVES Disney World! And since I have become a Kizziah, my love for Disney still remains, and now my husband has joined the club. But, as my sweet mother often reminds us when experiencing enjoyment and luxuries (some of you may not consider a trip like this a luxury, but we sure do!), "Just take a whiff, don't inhale." That has benefited me in so many situations. Just enjoy the whiff of such "pleasures" but don't inhale, or it may overwhelm you...it may even make you sick. We don't want to get too accustom to such things where we find ourselves seeking our joy and satisfaction and contentment from them. We know that joy comes from Christ, for "in HIS PRESENCE (NOT the Magic Kingdom) is FULLNESS OF JOY, and at HIS RIGHT HAND (NOT that of Mickey Mouse, dining with him and his friends around the breakfast table) is PLEASURE FOREVER!" (Psalm 16:11). In Christ we find contentment, not in vacations and "get aways", not luxury and short-lived thrills. So, as mom says, although it's not wrong to experience these things, we don't want feel as though we HAVE to have them. We enjoy them when we are able to, and we aren't depressed or unfulfilled when we can't. It will make us sick if we are seeking our pleasure in anything else save Christ Himself. Other things may bring momentary pleasure, but they are only that...momentary, not eternal or soul fulfilling.
So, in my ponderings of which verse to post for week 2, I found Psalm 84:10 to be quite appropriate:
"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."
Psalm 84:10 (ESV)
A day in His courts is better than a thousand days at Disney World (or insert the name of any other place that you LOVE to go!) In His presence is fullness of Joy and eternal Pleasure! (memorize Psalm 16:11 if you don't have it down yet...)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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