Welcome to the weekend!! :)
It's been a wonderfully short week at school for the kids, with both Monday and Friday no-school days. The weather is dipping below freezing now, with snow in the forecast for tomorrow!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about mentoring, and challenged you to order two copies of Melissa Kruger's book "Growing Together," one copy for you, and another copy to give a young woman who you could mentor.
Realizing that I put out this challenge, I made sure that I did the same thing for myself, buying two hard copies. There's a young woman who I have been mentoring, the last year, and I thought it would be a good fit for us.
Since I also have a copy on kindle, that meant I had an extra book. I honestly wasn't sure what to do with it, so I put it up on my shelf, and asked the Lord that if there was someone who needed it, He would bring her.
An unexpected email came into my inbox this week from a friend I made at seminary, specifically asking me if I would be interested in mentoring her.
I was surprised...and excited. I knew it was an answer to prayer!
I hope this is an encouragement to you today.First, that God answers our prayers as we step out in obedience to Him, and second, that exciting things happen when we do. The Lord uses mentoring relationships to mold each person, and I'm excited to see what He will do through this season.
How have you stepped out in obedience this week?
(This week on the blog: Confessions of A Grumbling Heart)
Here are a few articles that I found on the web this week. Hope you enjoy!
"What if we used our homes as a basecamp for the Gospel? We’d start by preaching it to ourselves and our loved ones. Next, we invite our friends, neighbors, and the broken around us. With doors open, arms extended, and minds set on eternity, we can be used by God to change someone’s eternity."
"We are steeped in a culture that is all about our happiness.Happiness is good. God is honored through our enjoyment of his creation. But our lives are not about our happiness. We were not created to pursue happiness as the ultimate thing. Happiness as our life goal is an idol."
"In biblical terms, there are no individual ‘saints.’ In its 60 appearances in the New Testament, the word is always plural and always used as a description of all the Christians in the church."
Time for some honest truth, we find ourselves master's at seeing the sin of others, but how much time do we take identifying our own? "The point, of course, is not to follow mathematical formulas but to admit spiritual weakness and establish godly priorities."
Important thoughts to reflect on, as we love and care for the women around us going through miscarriage.
A reflection, adapted from Jonathon Edward's book "Heaven is A World of Love."
"Perhaps this is what I needed to hear as a young boy considering the claims of Christ—not a life where all was loss, where the things I held dear were taken away—but a life where all these things were added to me when I finally sought the kingdom of God."