I thought this was an appropriate picture in light of the article about ‘working hard to rest.’ Our dog Jed has it figured out. This is his routine on a regular basis, so regular it comes quite easy for him.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The extremes displayed on Donahue and Oprah gave us permission to throw off shame and guilt and finally begin to love ourselves.” Michael Lawrence, Conversion
The Phil Donahue Show (1967-1996) paved the way for shows like the Oprah Winfrey Show and so many others. One of the great lies of the enemy, which people flock to, is that they are ultimately good and need to love themselves more. If this were true there would be no need for repentance yet we know that without repentance and understanding that we are not lovable that we cry out for salvation. After all, isn’t the problem that we come out of the womb loving ourselves ‘too much’. I am certain that this was the case with me and if I were honest with myself, I would have to admit and am still drawn to that self-love. I don’t need much encouragement there.
VERSE OF THE WEEK
2 Corinthians 5:18–20 (ESV) — All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
This is a remarkable bit of Scripture. I am in awe of the truth that I have been reconciled to God through Christ and in turn have been given the ministry of this same reconciliation. We mustn’t get nervous about sharing the Gospel with others. It is not us who is doing the sharing. It is God who is making his appeal through us, imploring people on behalf of Jesus Christ to be reconciled to God. Oh how profound a truth is this!
An email may take 30 seconds to write, but it will probably take more psychological and mental energy, especially if it’s something important you will keep thinking about.
Most often one of the most difficult things to do is rest. How frequently do we fall into bed exhausted, only to toss and turn, unable to fall asleep. We must learn to take to heart of value of stilling our hearts (and our bodies) in order to have the Lord refresh us (Psalm 46:). This is an excellent article reminding us not only of the importance of rest, but steps to take to insure that we are taking the time to rest.
“It’s(PrayerMate) given me the structure to make sure every day I’m praying to the Lord. So I’m not praying the same old prayers but it’s mixing them up, it’s making sure that I’m praying something a little bit different every day.” Tim Challies
As many of you know I have an issue with iPhone and iPad apps. My problem is I tend to be addicted to them, although I am getting better. Having said that, there is a prayer app that a very reputable source recently told me about, Tim Challies. I have tried several prayer apps and finally resorted to Wunderlist (a ‘to do list’ app) which I was using fairly faithfully. But no more! PrayerMate does everything I have wanted and a bit more and have to agree somewhat, though it is early in the game, with what Challies said. You can check out the full video or transcript here.
The 1950s housewife found herself squeezed into the airless space between two epochs—between the old economy with its farms and household shops, and the new with its steel skyscrapers and computers.
I found this to be a very interesting and thought provoking article. I had mixed emotions as I was reading it and then was a bit perplexed by the emotions I did have. Take a read and let me know what you think.